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Royal City Youth Ballet presents The Nutcracker

Mon, Nov 26 - Sun, Dec 23

Lower Mainland BC map

The Royal CityYouth Ballet presents

The Nutcracker– 30th Anniversary Season
“The time is Christmas Eve 1890, the place is Clara’s home, where Clara’sparents are entertaining family and friends with a wonderful party. Into theparty comes Clara’s favourite magical grand-uncle, Heir Drosselmeyer whopresents Clara with the fantastical Nutcracker. The party ends, the guestsdepart, and Clara falls asleep….and dreams, and dreams, and dreams….”

And so begins The Royal City Youth Ballet’s 30thAnniversary Tour of The Nutcracker. In this beloved annual tradition theaudience is transported, along with Clara, to a fantastic place where we findmagical soldiers, dueling mice, a Sugar Plum Fairy, the beautiful dancingSnowflakes and Flowers, Snow King & Queen, and other surprises, all set tothe beautiful music of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker score.
Formed in 1989, The Royal City Youth Ballet Company is a unique non-profitsociety of young people gathered together to pursue their love of classicalballet. This year’s cast features over 50 dancers from across the LowerMainland under the artistic direction of Camilla Fishwick-Kellogg.
The Nutcracker runs from November 25th through to December 23rd with performancesacross the Lower Mainland.

East Van Panto: Wizard of Oz

Wed, Nov 28 - Sun, Jan 6

639 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC V5L 3W3, Canada map

Poor Dorothy! When apipeline bursts, Dorothy and Toto are flung to the magical Land of Oz, akaNanaimo and Hastings. There, Dorothy is pursued by a Wicked Witch, meets a trioof new friends, and embarks on a magical journey to the World’s Greenest City insearch of brains, heart, courage … and Yoga Pants!

Sebastian Maniscalco

Sun, Dec 2 - Wed, Dec 12

Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 630 Hamilton St, Vancouver, BC V6B 5N6, Canada map

The comedian, actor,and best-selling author Sebastian Maniscalco is giving a concert in our city asa part of his Stay Hungry 2018 Tour. Let’s face it: in our increasingly tepid,polite, and politically correct culture we need more people like Sebastian Maniscalco.Forever able to seize the moment, never failing to speak his mind, alwaystelling it like it is, this is one man who isn’t afraid to put it all outthere. Yes, the Chicago-area born, Italian-immigrant-raised comedian behindwildly successful network specials including 2016’s Why Would You Do That?,2014’s Aren’t You Embarrassed?, and 2012’s What’s Wrong With People?, is thatlittle voice within all our heads. The one we are too timid to unleash.Maniscalco is bearing the burden of our bizarre and head-scratching modern-dayworld. (From: sebastianlive.com)

Little Dickens: The Daisy Theatre

Tue, Dec 4 - Sat, Dec 22

1895 Venables St, Vancouver, BC V5L 2H6, Canada map

In RonnieBurkett’s Little Dickens, the cast of The Daisy Theatre take on the belovedholiday classic, A Christmas Carol, in the merriest marionette mash-up ever.Faded Daisy diva, Esmé Massengill, plays the role of miserly, drunken, bitterEsmé Scrooge, encountering all your Daisy favourites (as Dickens’ familiarcharacters!) on her journey to redemption.

A raucous, adults-only holiday treat, LittleDickens combines Burkett’s mastery of marionette puppetry, playful songs, andimprovisation!

Yule Duel

Thu, Dec 6

Gastown, Vancouver, BC, Canada map

The Spirit ofChristmas, returns to Gastown this December with Yule Duel 2018 – the onlyoutdoor Christmas Carolling event in BC!

This December6th, Water Street in Gastown will be transformed into an open air concert hall,filled with holiday cheer, a live gospel chorus and over 20 entertainingmusical performances by some of Vancouver’s most notable choirs.

Choirs will besetup along Water Street, performing a selection of holiday songs to entertainthe crowd. Once the judges have made their rounds, the festivities will shiftto the main stage as teams compete in a final sing-off!

Yule Duel is afundraising event for May’s Place which provides compassionate end-of-life careto some of the most vulnerable people in the DTES.

Come share inthe holiday spirit for one night only as Gastown becomes an unforgettable
musical wonderland! Sing along, listen to live music, have fun and donate!
It’s Carolling for a Cause.

When: Thursday December 6th 2018 6pm – 9pm
Where: Gastown
Cost: Free

It’s a Wonderful Life

Thu, Dec 6 - Mon, Dec 31

6500 Gilbert Rd, Richmond, BC V6X 1A2, Canada map

Holiday Musical

A New Musical Adaptation by Peter Jorgensen
Arrangements and Orchestrations by Nico Rhodes
Based on the Frank Capra film and the original story by Philip Van Doren Stern
With the support of Patrick Street Productions
Directed by Peter Jorgensen

A heartwarmingholiday musical for the whole family

It’s aWonderful Life, set to soaring songs from the ’20s, ’30s, and ’40s, is atimeless holiday classic. With a little help from his guardian angel, GeorgeBailey, is brought back from despair on Christmas Eve to see how he has trulytouched all the people in his life.

Travel with us to Bedford Falls for a joyousjourney that will have you checking for Zuzu’s petals in your own pockets andmake you believe that every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings. Thisheartwarming holiday story is one you’ll want to share with family and lovedones.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Thu, Dec 6 - Sun, Dec 16

1212 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC V5L 3X4, Canada map

Naked GoddessProductions presents The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson at theHavana Theatre. Directed by Tamara McCarthy.

In this lively Christmas classic, the sixHerdman kids, or “the worst kids in the history of the world”, takeover the annual Christmas pageant. Filled with mayhem and fun, this hilariousand heartwarming story is sure to be a favourite part of your holiday season!

The Harlem Globetrotters

Fri, Dec 7 - Sun, Dec 9

Pacific Coliseum/Abbotsford Centre/Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre map

The Harlem Globetrotters return to the Vancouver area for four games, December seventh through the ninth. Score you tickets at Harlem Globetrotters dot com. And don’t miss your chance to get in on the action at Vancouver’s Pacific Coliseum, Abbotsford Centre and Victoria’s Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre.

Ballet BC presents Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Nutcracker

Fri, Dec 7 - Sun, Dec 9

Queen Elizabeth Theatre map

Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet captures the imagination with this uniquely Canadian retelling of the beloved holiday classic, Nutcracker. Danced to Tchaikovsky’s glorious music, the story follows the wondrous adventures of Clara, her Nutcracker Prince and the Sugar Plum Fairy. The turn-of-the century fantasy is set in a stately mansion where young Clara’s Christmas dream world comes to life, featuring toy soldiers, dancing mice and a mischievous bear who steals the Christmas pudding. Tickets start at $25! Visit balletbc.com
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Richmond Acedemy of Dance Christmas Concert

Fri, Dec 7

Massey Theatre, 735 8th Ave, New Westminster, BC V3M 2R2, Canada map

The Richmond Academyof Dance with New Westminster Symphony Orchestra present a ChristmasCelebration of Music and Dance featuring excepts from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcrackerwith special guest artists from Les Grands Ballets Canadiens and speciallychoreographed classical works performed with a live orchestra alongside Academytap dancers and vocalists.

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