Hol­i­day Cheer Roundup

‘tis the sea­son for tra­di­tion and hol­i­day fan­fare. check out some of the ot­tawa events in our hol­i­day party cal­en­dar

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Help Santa Toy pa­rade

Nov. 17 Horses, march­ing bands, dec­o­rated floats, and jolly Old Saint Nick all dish out Yule­tide greet­ings for this an­nual down­town pa­rade. Or­ga­nized by the Ot­tawa Pro­fes­sional Fire­fight­ers As­so­ci­a­tion, the pro­ces­sion en­cour­ages peo­ple to do­nate new toys or cash to help those less for­tu­nate have a hap­pier hol­i­day. From Ot­tawa City Hall to TD Place, toy­pa­rade.ca

idle Hands Hol­i­day Craft Sale

Nov. 25 All things hand­made take cen­tre stage at this funky arts and crafts event. From un­usual ear­rings to fun print wal­lets, not to men­tion ve­gan baked goods, chil­dren’s toys, up­cy­cled jew­ellery, screen printed t-shirts, and more. There’s some­thing for ev­ery­one on your shop­ping list. St. An­thony’s Ban­quet Hall, 523 St. An­thony St.

The nutcracker

Nov. 28-Dec. 2 The Sugar Plum Fairy, Rat King, and Nutcracker Prince are the stuff of Christ­mas leg­end. Based on a Ger­man fairy tale from 1816, Tchaikovsky’s clas­sic bal­let is per­formed by dancers from Al­berta Bal­let, whose sets and pro­duc­tion are as daz­zling as its 300 cos­tumes are stun­ning. Na­tional Arts Cen­tre, 1 El­gin St., nac-cna.ca

Christ­mas lights across Canada

Dec. 5-Jan. 7 When the switch is thrown, the city is bathed in a the glow from hun­dreds of thou­sands of fes­tive lights. Na­tional mu­se­ums, in­sti­tu­tions, em­bassies, and land­marks pro­vide the back­drop for the bril­liance from dusk un­til 2 a.m. Don’t miss Par­lia­ment Hill’s open­ing cer­e­monies start­ing at 7 p.m. on Wed­nes­day,

Dec. 5! Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions, canada.ca/christ­mas-lights

The Hockey Sweater: a Mu­si­cal

Dec. 5-22 This cher­ished hockey chil­dren’s book set in 1940s Que­bec had the right amount of drama to make it into a mu­si­cal. When the young Roch Car­rier wears out his #9 Mau­rice “Rocket” Richard jer­sey, his mother or­ders a new one from the Ea­ton’s cat­a­logue. He re­ceives in­stead a sweater for the Toronto Maple Leafs, which sends his life into tur­moil. Na­tional Arts Cen­tre, 1 El­gin St., nac-cna.ca

Hol­i­day Tra­di­tions around the World

Dec. 8-9 This mu­si­cal smor­gas­bord of tra­di­tional hol­i­day mu­sic will give au­di­ence mem­bers a taste of what De­cem­ber feels like around the globe. Ex­pect folk­loric songs and age-old sto­ries from Rus­sia, France, Eng­land, Syria, and ar­eas of South Amer­ica and Africa. Na­tional Arts Cen­tre, 1 El­gin St., nac-cna.ca

Han­del’s Mes­siah

Dec. 18-19 Clas­si­cal mu­sic fans flock to this an­nual pro­duc­tion of Han­del’s beloved or­a­to­rio. The NAC Orches­tra joins forces with a com­bi­na­tion of Ot­tawa cho­ruses and a se­lec­tion of tal­ented soloists for an up­lift­ing per­for­mance that cul­mi­nates with the tri­umphant “Hal­lelu­jah”. Na­tional Arts Cen­tre, 1 El­gin St., nac-cna.ca There’s al­ways a wealth of Yule­tide con­certs at the Na­tional

Arts Cen­tre. The mix in­cludes a Celtic Fam­ily Christ­mas with Natalie MacMaster and Don­nell

Leahy (Dec. 16), the Sul­tans of String Christ­mas Car­a­van (Dec. 18), Christ­mas with blues­man Matt An­der­sen (Dec. 20), and crooner Johnny Reid with the NAC Orches­tra (Dec. 21-22).

Christ­mas lights across Canada

the Hockey sweater: a Mu­si­cal

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