Holiday Performances

December 16, 2014

There are plenty of live performances around town to ring in the holiday season! Whether it’s the classic Nutcracker, the rollicking panto or chamber music, there’s loads of festive fun to be for kids of all ages, and their parents too!

Many thanks to for these suggested holiday performances.

Cinderella: An East Van Panto
Runs until Sunday, December 28th, see website for show times, The Cultch, 1895 Venables Street, Vancouver, Cost: varies, see website for details
There’s Cinderella, and there’s Fairy Godmother, and everything else is a little bit mixed up in this holiday panto.… Enjoy a fun, noisy, entertaining evening in the show. For ages 5 and up:

James and the Giant Peach
Runs until Sunday, January 4th, see website for show times, Waterfront Theatre, 1412 Cartwright Street, Granville Island, Vancouver
Carousel Theatre for Young People performs Roald Dahl’s story of James and the peach. When James is sent to live with his terrible aunts, his life is just about as miserable as it gets – until one, magical day when help arrives in an unexpected way! For ages 6 and up; please pre-book your tickets:

A Few of My Favourite Things: Annual Holiday Spectacular
Thursday, December 18th – Sunday, December 21st, Thursdays & Fridays 7:30 pm; Saturdays 2 pm & 7:30 pm; Sundays 2 pm, Presentation House Theatre, 333 Chesterfield Avenue, North Vancouver, Cost: $10 – $28
Celebrate the season in music and song! See the tap-dancing elves, and request your favourites during the sing-a-long. Please pre-book your tickets:

Goh Ballet: The Nutcracker
Thursday, December 18th – Monday, December 22nd, 7:30 pm; Saturday, December 21st, also 2 pm & Sunday, December 21st, also 3 pm, The Centre in Vancouver, 777 Homer Street, Vancouver, Cost: varies, see website for details
The magic of Christmas comes alive once again when Clara journeys into the magical Kingdom of Sweets. See the dance of the snowflakes and the Sugar Plum Fairy, and cheer for the Nutcracker and his men battle the evil mice. Pre-book your tickets at

Lions Gate Sinfonia Presents: Gloria! A Christmas Celebration
Saturday, December 20th, 7:30 pm, Centennial Theatre, 2300 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver, Cost: varies, see website for details
Enjoy an evening of sacred and secular tunes for the season. From traditional carols to the music of Mozart and Handel, this concert offers a little bit of everything. The evening ends with a carol sing-along, not to be missed! Please pre-book your tickets as this concert will sell out:

The Royal City Youth Ballet Presents: The Nutcracker
Sunday, December 21st, 1 pm & 4 pm, Centennial Theatre, 2300 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver, Cost: $35, kids under 14 $25
Royal City Youth Ballet has a long tradition of performing “The Nutcracker.” So maybe you have seen it as a kid? Now, take your kids to be mesmerized by the fantastic story:

A Charlie Brown Christmas
Sunday, December 21st, 3 pm, Ryerson United Church, 2195 West 45th Avenue, Vancouver
What is the true meaning of Christmas? That’s what Charlie Brown wanted to know. Come and enjoy this memorable performance with the Vancouver Chamber Choir, along with actors and musicians:

Babes in Toyland
Friday, December 19th, 7 pm & Saturday, December 20th, 1 pm & 7 pm, Inlet Theatre, 100 Newport Drive, Port Moody, Cost: adults $16, students $12

Evil landlord Barnaby is threatening to spoil everyone’s Christmas. It’s up to Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary and Tom the Piper’s Son, and their nursery rhyme friends, to save the day. For ages 5 and up:

For a more complete list of holiday performances, check out’s Holiday Hub!