THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND We’re into the thick of holiday prep now, with piles of snow, a seemingly endless array of craft sales and markets, and yuletide entertainment everywhere you turn. Go grab some festive fun!
Where: The Yardbird Suite, 11 Tommy Banks Way N.W.
When: Today and tomorrow, 8 p.m.
Cost: $24-$28 Edmonton-raised Jim Brenan brings his 11-member team of jazz musicians back to town. The versatile and talented group is led by Brenan, who serves as composer, arranger and tenor saxophonist, offering up smooth jazz to weary souls. If the din of Christmas shopping is already doing a number on you, take a soothing break at Old Strathcona’s home of jazz, the Yardbird. ISTOCK ISTOCK
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Where: Maclab Theatre at the Citadel, 9828 101A Ave.
When: To Dec. 23, 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $30 and up
This year marks the 19th (and last) for the Citadel Theatre’s beloved holiday telling of A Christmas Carol, at least in the current form, a Tom Wood adaptation. The largely Edmonton cast lovingly tells the story of Bob Cratchit, Ebenezer Scrooge and ghosts past, present and future. For a hit of nostalgia or if you’ve never seen this rendition, take it in before it’s gone. KRAMPUSNACHT
Where: Dr. Wilbert McIntyre Park, 8331 104 St. N.W.
When: Tomorrow, 7 p.m.
It’s an old German/Austrian Christmas tradition — albeit a grouchy one. Krampusnacht celebrates the Yule Lord, or Christmas Devil, but don’t be afraid. Bring your kids and enjoy the annual walk featuring costumes of Krampus and St. Nikolaus — even the black and white angels “perchta” for a pleasant, wintery downtown walk. Photos and activities start at 7 p.m.; walk goes at 8 p.m. ISTOCK