Top 5 Holiday Music Events in Vancouver

Photo credit: Ballet BC

They get stuck in your head.  We’ve heard them a million times before.  But – in the right setting – there’s just something about Christmas songs that even a Grinch has to love.

Vancouver has a disproportionate number of holiday music events every year.  Here are five you might want to check out:

1) Arts Club presents White Christmas: The Musical: Irving Berlin’s holiday treasure from 1954 gave the world the unforgettable White Christmas, perhaps king of all Christmas jingles.  The family-friendly, tap-dancing classic will get its annual treatment by the Arts Club.  Runs through Dec. 28 at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage.   

2) The VSO’s A Traditional Christmas: Led by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, this compendium of sing-alongs, carols and other Christmas-themed content is a holiday favourite.  It includes the participation of the UBC Opera Ensemble and EnChor.  There are three nights of downtown shows, before the popular act heads to Lower Mainland suburbs.  Dec. 8-10 at St. Andrew’s Wesley Church; Dec. 11-16 various venues. 

3) Christmas with the Bach Choir: Held in the classic Orpheum Theatre, the Bach Choir’s annual concert features both the requisite holiday classics and newer works.  The singers will be accompanied by the Vancouver Bach Children’s Chorus, as well as an organ and brass ensemble. Dec. 4 at the Orpheum Theatre.

4) Vancouver Chamber Choir presents Handel’s Messiah: The perennial Christmas favourite (you know, with the Hallelujah Chorus) is performed by an all-star cast with great soloists, choirs and orchestra.  This performance is also in the beautiful Orpheum and takes place only once every three years.  Dec. 9-10 at the Orpheum Theatre.

5) Alberta Ballet’s The Nutcracker: This big budget production of the classic children’s ballet is staged after Christmas at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.  Sugar plum fairies, mice dressed as soldiers, and snowflakes dressed as princesses dance to Tchaikovsky’s glorious score.  Dec. 28-31 at Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Those are just a few musical options for the holidays.  Have more favourites?  Please share below. 

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