This blog post is part 1 of a 4-part holiday series on the Halifax Sociable blog. Check back each week for more tips on how to make the most of your holiday vacation in Halifax!
While the weather outside can be frightful, November and December can be made delightful. Wondering how? Well, forget about the winter weather and instead create a cozy holiday atmosphere by venturing out among the merrymakers to experience the joys of the holiday season in Halifax first hand.
So, this season, make sure you don’t leave the city without seeing at least one of these festive holiday favorites.
- The Nutcracker
It’s one of Halifax’s favourite holiday traditions. This grand production combines Tchaikovsky’s hauntingly beautiful scores, spirited dancing and larger-than-life puppets, to tell the magical tale of a little girl’s toy that comes to life as she’s whisked away to an enchanted world. It’s a festive favourite for all ages that is sure to get you in the holiday spirits.
When: December 9 to December 18, 2016
Where: Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, presented by Symphony Nova Scotia
More Info: symphonynovascotia.ca
- Miracle on 34th Street
Could the department store Santa be the real thing? Find out for yourself in Neptune Theatre’s production of Miracle on 34th Street.
Kris Kringle challenges the cynics among us in this musical adaptation of the popular holiday favourite. It’s the classic story of a jolly white-bearded gentleman with a twinkle in his eye, who spreads a wave of love and cheer throughout New York City. Filled with humor and great songs, this heartwarming musical is the perfect way to spend a festive evening out with your family!
When: November 22 to December 31, 2016
Where: Neptune Theatre
More Info: www.neptunetheatre.com
- Tales of A Charlie Brown Christmas
Experience the magic of the holiday season with timeless music that will warm your heart. Back by popular demand, the Halifax Jazz Festival presents Tales of a Charlie Brown Christmas, featuring local jazz legend, Jerry Granelli, an original member of the Vince Guaraldi Trio—the musicians who scored and performed the original recording of A Charlie Brown Christmas. Rediscover the true meaning of Christmas, as you experience the music with the musician who was a part of its inception.
When: December 4, 2016
Where: Presented by Halifax Jazz Festival at Spatz Theatre
More Info: halifaxjazzfestival.com
- Dickens’ A Christmas Carol
Looking to start a new festive family tradition? Check out Charles Dickens’ timeless Christmas tale, now in its 13th extraordinary year of production. It’s become a way to celebrate the holiday season in Nova Scotia. Experience the electrifying arrival of the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. It’s sure remind you with laughter and tears that the true Christmas spirit comes from giving. Experience the jubilant musical numbers, the ‘bah humbugs’ and Scrooge’s joyful discovery of life and love—it’s a story that will be sure warm your heart!
When: December 13 to December 24, 2016
Where: Presented by Eastern Front Theatre on Neptune’s Scotiabank Stage
More Info: www.easternfronttheatre.com
- It’s A Central Small Town Christmas
Take the whole family to the theater for this production of It’s a Central Small Town Christmas. Join the talented crew from Nova Scotia Health Authority’s Central Zone Players as they tell the story of three families’ differences that become apparent when they’re forced to set up their competing Christmas tree lots in the same common space. The families quickly discover their common ground as they compete through song and dance.
When: December 7 to December 10, 2016
Where: Alderney Landing Theatre
More Info: www.alderneylanding.com
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