Our holiday guide to the performing arts in Vancouver

With the festive season well underway we can’t think of a better way to celebrate than taking in a live show. Here is our growing list of holiday shows to consider this year in Vancouver.

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Pinocchio (until Jan 5)

The East Van Panto returns for a seventh year with Pinocchio. With its mix of fun for both kids and adults, this year the classic story of a wooden puppet who dreams of becoming a real boy gets a Vancouver makeover.

The Sound of Music (until Jan 5)

Everyone’s favourite singing family takes to the Arts Club’s Stanley Theatre stage in The Sound of Music in a show our reviewer says “should be on the list of every family looking for a joyful festive season.”

Members of the cast of the Arts Club Theatre Company production of The Sound of Music. Set and costume design by Drew Facey and lighting design by Itai Erdal. Photo by Emily Cooper.
The Sound of Music. Photo by Emily Cooper.

It’s a Wonderful Christmas-ish Holiday Miracle (until Dec 22)

Over at the BMO Theatre Centre, the Arts Club presents Vancouver playwright Marcus Youssef’s new family comedy It’s a Wonderful Christmas-ish Holiday Miracle.

Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley (until Jan 4)

Completing the Arts Club trifecta is the return engagement of Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, a festive follow-up to Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice.

Peter Pan (until Jan 5)

Carousel Theatre for Young People presents the story of the child who never wants to grow up with a new stage adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s classic Peter Pan.

Comfort and Joy (Nov 23)

The Vancouver Rainbow Concert Band, Canada’s only LGBT concert band presents Comfort and Joy, an evening of fall songs with special guest emcee Ms. Whoopsie Daisy.

O Christmas Tea (Nov 24 & Dec 5-7)

British physical comedy duo James & Jamesy return with O Christmas Tea, an adventure of titanic proportions as they attempt to keep afloat as the world floods with tea.

O Christmas Tea
O Christmas Tea

Disney On Ice: Mickey’s Search Party (Nov 28-Dec 1)

Fun for the whole family, join Mickey Mouse and other Disney characters in Disney On Ice: Mickey’s Search Party as they attempt to rescue Tinker Bell from Captain Hook.

Merry Kissmas – A Royal Romance (Nov 28-Dec 24)

Vancouver TheatreSports pokes fun at the sappy, warm-hearted romantic comedies found this time of year in the improvised Merry Kissmas – A Royal Romance.

Where the Wild Things Are (Nov 29-Dec 15)

Where the Wild Things Are returns to North Vancouver’s Presentation House for an encore performance with a stage adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s classic children’s book.

Frozen Jr. (Nov 29-Dec 7)

Anna, Elsa and Olaf take to the stage as Delta Youth Theatre presents Disney’s modern classic in Frozen Jr.

Frankenstein, the DIY Panto (Nov 29-Dec 15)

Don’t let its title fool you, Frankenstein, the DIY Panto has more to do with silly family fun than it has to Mary Shelley’s horror novel.

The Magic of Yule (Nov 29 & 30)

In The Magic of Yule, the Universal Gospel Choir shares an evening of music with a message of peace, hope and acceptance for the holidays.

The Magic of Yule
The Magic of Yule

Once Upon A Fairytale (Nov 29-Dec 14)

In the new musical Once Upon A Fairytale a Fairy Godmother tells a family-friendly tale of magic and adventure.

The Nutcracker (Nov 30)

The Surrey City Orchestra presents The Nutcracker, with dance, a choir and of course Tchaikovsky’s unforgettable music.

Handel’s Messiah (Nov 30)

Early Music Vancouver returns with Handel’s Messiah combing the forces of the Pacific Baroque Orchestra, Vancouver Cantata Singers, and four international vocalists.

Cariboo Magi (Dec 4-14)

Far From The Tree Productions presents Vancouver playwright Lucia Frangione’s heartwarming Christmas farce, Cariboo Magi.

Cariboo Magi
Cariboo Magi

The Tragic Comedy of Macbeth (Dec 4-15)

Shakespeare for Christmas? Why not? The Tragic Comedy of Macbeth combines comedy and improvisation in a comedic look at Shakespeare’s tragedy.

A Comics’ Survival Guide to Christmas (Dec 5)

Perhaps you’ll learn some new skills in surviving the holidays with this group of comedians as they present A Comics’ Survival Guide to Christmas.

Dirty Betty Presents: Hoe-Hoe-Holiday Show (Dec 6)

Are you naughty or nice? Sketch comedy troupe The Dirty Bettys are always naughty as they present their holiday-inspired comedy variety show Hoe-Hoe-Holiday Spirit.

My Wish Tonight (Dec 6)

The Postmodern Camerata presents classic stories, carols and songs from the golden age of American songwriting in My Wish Tonight.

Holiday at the Elbow Room Café (Dec 10-29)

Holiday at the Elbow Room Café is a funny and heartwarming tribute to the Vancouver café known for slinging sarcasm and insults right along with its food.

Holiday at the Elbow Room Café
Holiday at the Elbow Room Café

Tales of a Charlie Brown Christmas (Dec 11 & 12)

Jerry Granelli and the Jerry Granelli Trio return to Vancouver with Tales of a Charlie Brown Christmas featuring music and stories from one of the most iconic holiday soundtracks.

Music for the Winter Solstice (Dec 11 & 12)

Music on Main returns with Music for the Winter Solstice, a concert honouring the coming of winter, and the fresh start it offers us all.

Cool Yule with Van Django (Dec 13)

Van Django’s variety show Cool Yule promises a festive Christmas mix of nostalgic favourites, jazz standards, pop tunes, classical elements, sing-alongs, and a few surprises.

Peace and Goodwill: Christmas with the Marcus Mosely Chorale (Dec 14 & 20)

The Marcus Mosely Chorale presents Peace and Goodwill, an evening of original music and old favourites, all with a Gospel ring.

It’s A Wonderful Life (Dec 20-Jan 5)

It’s A Wonderful Life gets a musical makeover in this Patrick Street Productions stage adaptation of the iconic movie.

Christmas with Chor Leoni: Angels Dance (Dec 21)

The Chor Leoni Men’s Chorus joins forces with the Arts Umbrella Dance Company for Angels Dance, an evening of music and dance inspired by the holiday season.