What’s on this win­ter

DE­CEM­BER

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Tue 1

Beirut Chants Fes­ti­val

This yearly fes­ti­val re­turns for its eighth edi­tion, cel­e­brat­ing Christ­mas with live choirs and clas­si­cal mu­si­cians in churches around the city. This year Beirut Chants will host renowned pi­anist Julien Libeer and cel­list Boris An­dri­anov, ac­com­pa­nied by the Tchaikovsky com­pe­ti­tion first prize win­ner Alexan­der Ghindin with Con­cil­ium Mu­sicum Wien, the cham­ber or­ches­tra from Vi­enna. 1– 23 Dec. Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions. Beirutchants

Christ­mas Bazar

In the month of De­cem­ber, Zahle bou­tique ho­tel cel­e­brates Chr ist­mas with a spe­cial bazar – the per­fect place to find un­usual gif ts for fam­ily and friends. Beit el Kroum, Zahle. book@beit­elkroum.com

Sat 19

Beirut Christ­mas Vil­lage

Beirut Souks gets into the fes­ti­val spir it with a whole host of ac­tiv­i­ties dur ing the city’s first open-air Chr ist­mas mar­ket. 48 stands will sell hand-craf ted trin­kets, or­na­ments, jew­elr y, hand­made toys, sweets, clothes and Chr ist­mas dec­o­ra­tions. There’s also en­ter tain­ment for all ages in­clud­ing the first ever 100 Santa Claus Pa­rade. 19- 29 Dec. Gata.pro. Beirut Souks, Fakhr y Bey Street, Down­town

Christ­mas Vil­lage, Qab Elias

The Bekaa Val­ley vil­lage, Qab Elias cel­e­brates the lead up to Chr ist­mas with sea­sonal fes­tiv­i­ties, chants and night cel­e­bra­tions in the vil­lage square. Or­ga­nized by the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Qab Elias - Wadi el Delm. 19-23 Dec. 08 500721

Tue 22

USEK Christ­mas Con­cert

The Holy Spir it Univer­sity of Kaslik (USEK) will hold a tra­di­tional Chr ist­mas con­cer t – “Chr ist­mas: Peace, Love and Hope.” The con­cer t will fea­ture the USEK choir, con­ducted by Rev­erend Fa­ther Youssed Tan­nous, the dean of the fac­ulty of mu­sic at USEK. Tick­ets avail­able at usek.edu.lb. 8pm. John Paul II Am­phithe­ater, USEK, Kaslik, 09 600000

Sat 26

Tripoli tour

Join Tripoli-na­tive Mira Minkara for one of her now fa­mous guided tours in Tripoli. This one takes in the city’s old souks where Cru­saders, Mam­louks and Ot­tomans lef t their marks un­til to­day. LL30,000; bus LL15,000. Mira’s Guided Tours

Christ­mas Pa­rade

Don’t miss Jezzine’s street pa­rade for Chr ist­mas– it’s a time to let loose and en­joy the fes­tive sea­son. Or­ga­nized by the Jezzine Mu­nic­i­pal­ity. 07 780026

Christ­mas Recital

En­joy a spe­cial Chr ist­mas con­cert– a recital in Mar Jer jes Church in Roum. Or­ga­nized by Roum Mu­nic­i­pal­ity. 07 810027

Sun 27

Wadi Slib hike

A hike around the Kes­rouan area of Wadi Slib tak­ing in old ham­lets and wa­ter­mills. 7.30am. Meet­ing point Hik­meh School, Sagesse, Charles Malek Av­enue, Achrafieh. LL40,000 in­clud­ing trans­por t and guide. Liban Trek

Falougha to Ain Zhalta hike

Hike along Le­banon’s best preser ved and long­est trail, the Le­banon Moun­tain Trail, from Falougha to Ain Zhalta vil­lage. LL36,000.

Foot­prints

Mon 28

Fire sta­tion visit

Take the kids on a tr ip to meet the fire­fight­ers in this visit to the fire sta­tion – an in­spir ing and ed­u­ca­tional tr ip for them to meet Le­banon’s he­roes. 3-6pm. LL30,000. NEOS Kids

USEK Christ­mas Con­cert. Photo: USEK univer­sity

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