Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Halifax’s holiday entertainment guide

Here are some of the shows we're looking forward to this holiday season.

It really is the most wonderful time of the year. And no one does it better than Halifax’s performing arts community.

Here are some of the shows we’re looking forward to this holiday season. And be sure to check out our full calendar of events for other happenings in and around the Halifax area.

Did we miss a show? Let us know and we will add it to our growing list here.

Theatre

Neptune Theatre is spreading Christmas cheer by singing loud for all to hear with the musical stage adaptation of the holiday classic film Elf The Musical (until Jan 8), the story of Buddy The Elf who embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity.

Dickens’ A Christmas Carol (Nov 24-Dec 30) returns to Neptune Theatre’s Scotiabank Stage in a reprise of the dramatic telling of Charles Dickens’s holiday classic about redemption and the true meaning of Christmas.

Rhys Bevan-John as Ebenezer Scrooge in Dickens' A Christmas Carol, one of two holidays shows from Neptune Theatre this year. Photo by Stoo Metz.
Rhys Bevan-John as Ebenezer Scrooge in Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, one of two holiday shows from Neptune Theatre this year. Photo by Stoo Metz.

The Villains Theatre presents The Villains’ Christmas Carol (Dec 9-11), a hilarious and irreverent retelling of the holiday classic, told in the true Villainous style: packed full of heart and cheek.

Music

Family group The Ennis Sisters (Nov 24) bring their sibling harmonies flavoured by Celtic and traditional Newfoundland influences to Halifax.

Christmas with The Ennis Sisters
Christmas with The Ennis Sisters

In partnership with Evergreen Festival, Halifax Jazz Festival brings music to the Halifax waterfront this holiday season with its Evergreen Stage Series (Nov 25-Dec 18).

The Royal Canadian College of Organists presents A Festival of Carols (Nov 28) with a celebration of Christmas through story and song.

Symphony Nova Scotia’s The Nutcracker (Dec 2-11) returns for its 30th anniversary season in the story of a young girl whisked away to an enchanted world after her toy comes to life.

East Coast singer-songwriter Lennie Gallant (Dec 11) forgoes the traditional music of the season with a multimedia show featuring songs from his 2021 album, Christmas Day on Planet Earth.

Lennie Gallant takes his The Innkeeper’s Christmas tour on the road.
Lennie Gallant takes his The Innkeeper’s Christmas tour on the road.

After a three-year hiatus, the Choir of All Saints Cathedral returns with A Rose in Winter: A Celebration of Christmas in Song and Story (Dec 11) featuring Old Man Luedecke.

LunaSea Theatre returns for Carols in the Cathedral (Dec 12) in an evening of songs, sing-alongs and holiday cheer featuring a wonderful line up choral and solo acts.

Bruce Guthro (Dec 15-17) returns to Casino Nova Scotia for a holiday songwriter’s circle featuring Matt Andersen, Gordie Sampson and a yet-to-be-announced 3rd guest.

Trad supergroup Còig brings their Christmas show (Dec 16) to The Carleton in downtown Halifax.

Halifax-based singer-songwriter Meaghan Smith (Dec 16 & 17) performs her holiday show in support of Feed Nova Scotia.

Symphony Nova Scotia returns with its annual performance of Handel’s Messiah (Dec 16-17), a highlight of the Christmas season for millions worldwide every year.

After selling out their first show, the cabaret show Broadway Brunch (Dec 18) is back to ring in the holiday season at The Carleton with a second matinee.

The Barra MacNeils (Dec 18) celebrate a Celtic Christmas with a Celtic spin on traditional favourites and original musical treasures.

Barra MacNeils Celtic Christmas in Concert
Barra MacNeils Celtic Christmas in Concert

After having their sold-out Christmas shows at The Carleton cancelled twice, Dave Gunning & J.P. Cormier (Dec 18-22) are finally able to get into the ho-ho-ho spirit.

Symphony Nova Scotia celebrates the season with East Coast music icon Heather Rankin (Dec 22 & 23) in an updated symphonic feast of holiday favourites.

The Carleton greets 2023 with Charlie A’Court (Dec 31), celebrating the 20th anniversary of the release of his seminal Colour Me Gone début.

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