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.

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.

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.

Alice in Wonderland (until Jan 4)

Metro Theatre presents its annual holiday musical pantomime with a production of Alice in Wonderland.

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.

Merry Kissmas – A Royal Romance (until 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.

Holiday at the Elbow Room Café (until Dec 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

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (until Dec 31)

Gateway Theatre presents the 50th-anniversary production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

It’s A Wonderful Life (until Jan 5)

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

Winter Celebrations (until Jan 5)

The Anvil Centre in New West throws open its doors with Winter Celebrations, a 14-day celebration of winter with a cornucopia of free entertainment for the whole family.

The Nutcracker (Dec 28-30)

Ballet BC presents Alberta Ballet’s The Nutcracker including a local cast of over 70 children from the Lower Mainland and live music from Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

2019 Year in Review (Dec 26-31)

Vancouver Theatresports takes a lighter look at the past 12 months with 2019 Year in Review.

New Year’s Eve 2019 with Vancouver TheatreSports (Dec 31)

Vancouver Theatresports rings in the New Year with three performances on New Year’s Eve 2019 to help you say goodbye to 2019 and hello to 2020.

Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert (Jan 1)

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra welcomes the New Year with a special Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert.

2020 Year of Predictions (Jan 2-4)

Vancouver TheatreSports is back with 2020 Year of Predictions, a comedic look at the year ahead.