Below you’ll find a handcrafted list of our favorite Christmas shows and concerts in Vancouver.
7. The Nutcracker, Multiple Theaters
No list of Christmas shows in Vancouver would be complete without mentioning The Nutcracker.
While the original stage production wasn’t very successful when it premiered in 1892, it now enjoys widespread success all across North America, especially during the Christmas season.
In fact, the show has become so successful that major American ballet companies now generate over 40% of their annual ticket revenues from performances of The Nutcracker.
If you’re looking to catch a rendition of this seasonal classic this year, you’re in luck; 3 separate renditions of The Nutcracker are coming to Vancouver just in time for Christmas 2016.
If you’re looking for a more traditional retelling of this story, we suggest heading to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre as Ballet BC presents the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker.
This captivating show that combines spectacular performers, authentic costumes, and Tchaikovsky’s iconic musical score played live by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.
Alternatively, Goh Ballet’s The Nutcracker will also be playing at The Center and will feature live music by the Vancouver Opera Orchestra.
Finally, if you’re after a more kid-friendly version of this story, be sure to check out Max and Ruby’s The Nutcracker Suite at the Vancouver Theatre. Specifically created for younger audiences, this show features beautiful sets, real-life ballerinas, enchanting costumes, and Tchaikovsky’s world-renowned musical score.
For show times, reservations, and more information, follow the links below:
Royal Winnepeg Ballet’s The Nutcracker, December 8 – 11, 2016, balletbc.com
Goh Ballet’s The Nutcracker, December 15 – 20, 2016, gohnutcracker.com
Max and Ruby’s The Nutcracker Suite, December 18, 2016, vancouver-theatre.com
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6. Vancouver Symphony Orchestra: A Traditional Christmas
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If drifting away to the sounds of mesmerizing musical arrangements produced by a world-class orchestra sounds like the perfect way to celebrate the Christmas season, make sure you check out the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s A Traditional Christmas.
The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra is the third largest of it’s kind in the country and is renowned both around the nation and internationally.
This Christmas, the orchestra will be bringing spectacular renditions of a variety of Christmas classic to various parts of Vancouver, including Burnaby, the North Shore, Surrey, Downtown, and others.
For show times, tickets, reservations, and more information, click here.
5. Mary Poppins: The Broadway Musical, Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage
Looking for an alternative to The Nutcracker? This Christmas, head on over to the Artsclub’s Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage for a spectacular reproduction of the hit Broadway musical Mary Poppins.
Complete with magnificent sets, great actors, and all the iconic music from the original Disney film, this show boasts great entertainment for both adults and kids alike.
For more information, visit the Artsclub website today.
4. Yule Duel: Charity Caroling Competition
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If you’re after an alternative to theatre shows and classical music concerts, make sure you check out the second annual Yule Duel in Gastown for a traditional Christmas night complete with all the seasonal caroling you could possibly want.
This event combines over 20 choirs from across the Lower Mainland for a one-night caroling competition on December 1. The event is free but donations are welcome, with all proceeds going to support May’s Place, a hospice in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside neighbourhood.
For more information, click here.
3. Vancouver Men’s Chorus: Making Spirits Bright
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This December 10, head on down to the St. Paul’s Anglican Church in downtown Vancouver for one of the most popular Christmas concerts in town.
Considered one of the best choral groups in Vancouver, the Vancouver Men’s Choir kicks off the winter holiday season with a rousing concert series that’s become a tradition for Vancouver families.
Tickets start at $37. To get yours, click here.
2. The Day Before Christmas, Goldcorp Stage
Image: The Day Before Christmas.
Bing Crosby, the king of Christmas music, once sang Christmas is “a time to be jolly.” And what better to honour the man’s than with a theatre comedy?
This Christmas, make sure you celebrate with a bellyful of laughs by checking out The Day Before Christmas, a hilarious seasonal comedy coming to the BMO Theatre Centre.
The production follows the story of Alex, a perfectionist who is desperately clinging to her holiday traditions but loses control of her plans while juggling family, work and a movie star.
Will she be able to save the turkey, salvage her broken-down tree, and turn her plans back around?To find out, check out the play for yourself between November 24 to December 24.
For tickets, click here.
1. Enchant Christmas Market and Light Maze
While not technically a christmas show or concert, we couldn’t complete this list without mentioning the Enchant Christmas Maze and Market.
Making it’s debut in Vancouver this year, Enchant features a 55,000 sq. ft. light maze (the largest in the world), a bustling holiday market, an open fire pit, food trucks, and much more.
Inspired by an original Christmas story by local author Leanne Johnston, guests are invited to search through the maze in order to help Santa find his missing reindeer who were set free after a storm hit the North Pole and destroyed his barn.
The maze will feature a wide variety of stunning structures and decorations, including 23 foot tall reindeer and a stunning 64 foot tall central Christmas tree decorated with over 85,000 LED lights.
Proceeds from Enchant will go towards a variety of Canadian charities, including Variety – The Children’s Charity, Canuck Place, Ronald McDonald House BC and Yukon, Music Heals and Backpack Buddies.
To secure your part in this incredible event and avoid missing out, get your tickets today. But be quick, they’re selling fast.
When: 4pm – 10pm from November 25th until New Year’s Eve, 2016.
Where: 1st and Crowe Street, in-between the Cambie Street Bridge and Olympic Village.
Tickets: Enchant Tickets Online Pricing