Light it up with these fes­tive events

Kick off your slip­pers, steer clear of the malls and em­brace the sea­sonal feel­ing.


Thurs­day Dec 7

DICK­ENS’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL At turns hi­lar­i­ous and spooky, this fun-for-all-ages tale re­counts how Scrooge beats his cap­i­tal­ist ways and finds the hol­i­day spirit with the help of three time-trav­el­ling ghosts. Nep­tune Stu­dio Theatre, 1593 Ar­gyle Street, Nov 28-Dec 24


Get into the hol­i­day headspace at this show­ing of twin­kle lights and fes­tive mu­sic, hap­pen­ing nightly be­tween now and Dec 21. Dec 10 sees Santa visit from 1-5pm while a silent disco lights up the scene Dec 16, 7-9pm. Corn­wal­lis Park, South and Bar­ring­ton, 4pm-12am. To Dec 21

UN­COM­FORT­ABLE CHRISTMAS David Sedaris’ to­tally grinch-tas­tic play sees three towns­peo­ple rac­ing to the bot­tom as they out do each other’s nas­ti­ness: Who’s worse, the theatre critic who lam­basts an el­e­men­tary school Christmas pageant or a TV exec who rips the town apart for a hol­i­day spe­cial? The Bus Stop Theatre, 2203 Got­tin­gen Street, Dec 6-10

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE Nep­tune dishes up a se­ri­ous dose of hol­i­day cheer by trans­form­ing the iconic film about a guardian an­gel on Christmas Eve into a mu­sic-filled stage piece. Stuff a tis­sue up your sleeve in case tears of hol­i­day joy strike. Nep­tune Theatre, 1593 Ar­gyle Street, Nov 21-Dec 31

Fri­day Dec 8

THE CELTIC CHRISTMAS SHOW A rov­ing cast of 100 Celtic mu­si­cians, singers and dancers bring the hol­i­day spirit with this an­nual show. Bella Rose Arts Cen­tre, 283 Thomas Rad­dall Drive, 7:30pm, $20/$30

SANTA’S CIR­CUS: A HOL­I­DAY PER­FOR­MANCE While we al­ways knew Santa’s elves work hard, we’ve never seen the hoops he has them jump (and leap and pirou­ette) through—un­til now! Af­ter this aerial hoop show wraps, kid­dos can snap pho­tos with the elves them­selves. Stu­dio In Essence, 1535 Dres­den Row, Suite 203, 5:30 and 6:30pm; Dec 9, 3 and 4pm; Dec 16, 3 and 4pm Dec 8, 5:30 and 6:30pm; Dec 9, 3 and 4pm; Dec 16 3 and 4pm

THE NUTCRACKER Sym­phony Nova Sco­tia’s hol­i­day tra­di­tion sees Tchaikovsky’s clas­sic bal­let get the full or­ches­tral treat­ment while dancers from Hal­i­fax Dance, Mer­maid Theatre of Nova Sco­tia and Canada’s Bal­let Jör­gen sweep you up in a tale of love and courage. Re­becca Cohn Au­di­to­rium, 6101 Univer­sity Av­enue, 7:30pm; Dec 9-10, 2pm; Dec 14, 4pm; Dec 15, 7:30pm; Dec 16, 2 & 7:30pm


TWIST PARTY Shine up your dancing shoes to cut a rug with the Kings. Bearly’s, 1269 Bar­ring­ton Street

Satur­day Dec 9

2017 SHUBIE PARK CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHT­ING What’s more idyl­lic than see­ing a big ol’ ev­er­green shine bright on a cold win­ter’s night? Count­ing down to its light­bulb mo­ment by toast­ing marsh­mal­lows on a big bon­fire. Shubie Park, 54 Locks Road, Dar­mouth, 4:30pm

THE BED­FORD LEISURE CLUB OR­CHES­TRA’S PRE-HOL­I­DAY CON­CERT More a sonic sea­sonal warmer than a set of specif­i­cally-Christmas tunes, this con­cert sees the Bed­ford Leisure Club Or­ches­tra tackle pieces as am­bi­tious as Sergei Rach­mani­nov’s Vo­calise— and a drum-fu­elled ren­di­tion of the

Game of Thrones theme. Af­ter all, win­ter is com­ing. Hal­i­fax Cen­tral Li­brary, 5440 Spring Gar­den Road, 2-2:30pm


Craft your own tree or­na­ment while mu­sic from The East Coast Car­ollers sets the mood at this com­mu­nity tree light­ing. Keshen Good­man Pub­lic Li­brary, 330 Lace­wood Drive, 5-7pm

FAM­ILY CHRISTMAS PAN­CAKE BREAK­FAST Pass the syrup as the most im­por­tant meal of the day gets a visit from the man in red him­self. Mem­ory Lane Fam­ily Place, 22 Mem­ory Lane, Lower Sackville.


HA! HA! HA!IDAYS A swank op­tion to cel­e­brate the hol­i­day sea­son, this show features a buf­fet dinner, dance and com­edy show. World Trade and Con­ven­tion Cen­tre, 1800 Ar­gyle Street, 7:30pm, $74


LATINO Make it a spicy hol­i­day in­deed as salsa, bachata and merengue mu­sic from Son Latino make you move it on the dance

floor. Lion & Bright, 2534 Agri­cola Street, 9:30pm-12:30am

Sun­day Dec 10

TALES OF A CHAR­LIE BROWN CHRISTMAS Hal­i­fax Jazz Fest invites all you Wood­stocks and Snoopys to get into the hol­i­day spirit with this live ren­di­tion of the cheer­ful chil­dren’s clas­sic. Mu­sic is pro­vided by the Jerry Granelli Trio—adding an au­then­tic touch, as Granelli was a mem­ber of the Vince Guaraldi Trio, who scored and per­formed the orig­i­nal record­ing of A Char­lie Brown Christmas more than a half cen­tury ago. What was then cut­ting-edge jazz, rare in chil­dren’s en­ter­tain­ment, is now an iconic hol­i­day sound­track for any age. Pre-show milk and cook­ies and chil­dren’s games round out the ex­pe­ri­ence. Spatz Theatre, 1855 Trol­lope Street, 2pm, $40

THE JUBILATE SINGERS’ 29TH AN­NUAL FES­TI­VAL OF CAROLS Terry Hur­rell con­ducts the Rhap­sody Quin­tet, Bed­ford Brass Quin­tet and more in a sonic shot of hol­i­day spirit. St. Mark’s Church, 5522 Rus­sell Street, 7pm, $15


It’s the jazz­i­est way to dance the hol­i­days away, with the Tues­day Night Band, Kitty & the Katz, Ge­orge He­bert & Stan­dard Time and The Back Al­ley Big Band feat. Doris Ma­son pump­ing out qual­ity tunes all night long. Spatz Theatre, 1855 Trol­lope Street, 7pm, $45

Mon­day Dec 11

CHRISTMAS ON THE GRAND PA­RADE The old­est build­ing in Hal­i­fax opens its fes­tive doors for choir singing, hol­i­day read­ings and a sure­fire shot of cheer. St. Paul’s Angli­can Church, 1749 Ar­gyle Street, 7pm


Snow­man to Love, Ac­tu­ally, from Elf to Home Alone, this quiz on hol­i­day movies, mu­sic and TV spe­cials will

have you test­ing your Christmas IQ—and spirit. The Board Room Game Cafe, 1256 Bar­ring­ton Street, to Dec 12, 6 and 9pm

TIS THE SEA­SON 11 The sea­sonal sta­ple returns for a night of mu­si­cal-com­edy fun with award­win­ning ac­tor and comedian Bette Mac­Don­ald. Re­becca Cohn Au­di­to­rium, 6101 Univer­sity Av­enue, 7:30pm

Tues­day Dec 12

CHANNUKAH PARTY Cel­e­brate the first night of Hanukkah with latkes, suf­ganiyot, Jewish tunes and mem­bers of the King’s Jewish Book Club. The Ward­room, Arts and Ad­min­is­tra­tion Build­ing, Univer­sity of King’s Col­lege, 6350 Coburg Road, 8pm-12am

FIRST NIGHT LIGHT­ING This Hanukkah kick-off sees a fes­tive light­ing and light bites start the hol­i­day right. Held in a pri­vate home, would-be at­ten­dees can RSVP and get ad­dress deets by call­ing the At­lantic Jewish Coun­cil at 902-422-7491. 7-8:30pm

A HE­LIOS CHRISTMAS The He­lios Vo­cal En­sem­ble spreads hol­i­day cheer at this in­ti­mate show fea­tur­ing works by Las­sus, Prae­to­rius and Sweel­inck as well as an­cient carols from Eng­land and Ger­many. Stu­dio 21, 1273 Hol­lis Street, 7pm, $20/$43

Wed­nes­day Dec 13

CHEBUCTO COM­MU­NITY SINGERS CEL­E­BRATE THE SEA­SON This choir lets its voices ring as col­lab­o­ra­tive pi­anist Su­san MacK­in­non joins the merry, mu­sic-mak­ing ses­sion. Hal­i­fax Cen­tral Li­brary, 5440 Spring Gar­den Road, 7pm


EN­SEM­BLE Snack on medieval gin­ger­bread and cider while Rejouissance Early Mu­sic En­sem­ble and Kirsty Money per­form an­cient Christmas carols and other ba-


Sym­phony Nova Sco­tia’s hol­i­day trad­tion sees The Nutcracker get full or­ches­tral treat­ment.

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