Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend: Dec. 14, 2017

A happy Hanukkah weekend! Read on to find out how you spend the next few days  wandering through giant lanterns, watching The Nutcracker, learning about Solstice, having breakfast with Santa, running with elves, or being delighted by drag.

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Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend: Dec. 14, 2017

Kids In Vancouver: The Nutcracker – A Must-See Holiday Ballet

Sugar Plum Ferries | Photo: Royal Winnipeg Ballet

Sugar Plum Fairies | Photo: Royal Winnipeg Ballet

There’s the ballet – and then there’s the Nutcracker ballet. Whether you’re a devoted dance enthusiast or a newbie to the classical art form, this holiday performance is a can’t-miss event for adults and kids of all ages.

This year, Vancouver’s beloved Ballet BC welcomes the Royal Winnipeg Ballet to the stage in a very-Canadian version of the age-old ballet classic. Here’s what you can expect from this magical performance.

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Kids In Vancouver: The Nutcracker – A Must-See Holiday Ballet

Countdown to Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Nutcracker

Snowflake dancers from the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Company. Vince Pahkala photo.

Snowflake dancers from the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Company. Vince Pahkala photo.

In the end, it’s all about the tutus.

Truth be told, that’s why I go to a the Nutcracker in Vancouver every year. Sure, some people say it’s for kids, but if there’s a more beautiful ballet out there, I don’t know about it.

The little girl in me still loves to admire those gorgeous tulle dresses, and when the Sugar Plum Fairy tiptoes on-stage, I inevitably decide that I’m going to become a ballerina when I grow up. It’s never too late to start over, right?

The Nutcracker at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre tells the same timeless story every year, but it’s interpreted in a slightly different way depending on the troupe. This year, Ballet BC presents performances by Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet–one of the most celebrated companies in the country–from December 12 to 14.

I’m excited to see what this version will bring. Of course, there will be tutus. But also, apparently, some uniquely Canadian touches.

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Countdown to Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Nutcracker

Goh Ballet Presents The Nutcracker, Dec. 18-22 (VIP Prize Package Giveaway!)

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A heart-warming journey into a magical world, the Goh Ballet’s Nutcracker production is the perfect holiday treat for your family. Since the production began six years ago, critics have called it “an outstanding production” (the Vancouver Sun), “a gleaming ornament” (the Georgia Straight) and “the one to see” (the Province). The production quickly became a holiday tradition for Vancouver families and is the only Nutcracker in Vancouver that features live music and a cast composed of more than 200 dancers, including ballet superstar Paloma Herrera from American Ballet Theatre (New York) as the Sugar Plum Fairy. This ballet interpretation of E.T.A. Hoffman’s adored fairy tale, “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” is set to the Vancouver Opera Orchestra’s rendition of Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece, The Nutcracker Suite.

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Goh Ballet Presents The Nutcracker, Dec. 18-22 (VIP Prize Package Giveaway!)

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.   

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Top 5 Holiday Music Events in Vancouver