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8 Performances to Enchant your Holidays!

8 Performances to Enchant your Holidays!

Hard to believe the holiday season has arrived! What better way to get into the holiday spirit then to immerse yourself in Ottawa’s vast array of performances this December.

The Nutcracker : Alberta Ballet

December 3 - 7, 2014 | National Arts Centre

Alberta Ballet’s sumptuous new production casts a bewitching spell with Edmund Stripe’s charming original choreography for Klara, The Nutcracker Prince, and the Sugar Plum Fairy. Extravagant bejewelled sets and one-of-a-kind costumes, created by Emmy Award winner Zack Brown, give the ballet the look of a gorgeously illustrated children’s book. Prepare to be transported to 19th century Russia with the captivating magic of this beloved holiday classic.

A Christmas Carol

December 6, 2014 | Ottawa Little Theatre

What better way to enjoy the spirit of the season than to laugh along with DuffleBag Theatre’s hilarious rendition of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”. Presented by the Ottawa International Children’s Festival, this outrageously funny, interactive version of the beloved tale of Mr. Scrooge is unpredictable as selected audience members will be brought on stage to play various roles in the story.

Alice Through the Looking Glass

December 9, 2014 - January 3, 2015 | National Arts Centre

A madly inventive coming-of-age story for everyone! When Alice enters the Looking-Glass World, she experiences fantastical adventures with a dizzying array of extraordinary characters – rival queens, Tweedledum and Tweedledee, Humpty Dumpty, the White Knight and many others.

The Barra MacNeils: An East Coast Christmas

December 11, 2014 | Centrepointe Theatre

The Barra MacNeils - An East Coast Christmas is a musical potpourri of traditional MacNeil family favourites gleaned from Christmas ceilidhs, midnight masses and the general festive frolic that accompanies each holiday season.

Skydiggers “A Legendary Horseshoe Christmas”

December 12 - 13, 2014 | National Arts Centre

For nearly 25 years Skydiggers’ friends and fans have reunited over the holidays at Toronto’s Legendary Horseshoe Tavern to celebrate the season to the soundtrack of the band’s distinctive rootsy Christmas tunes, Skydiggers’ classics and special guests. This year, along with releasing a full length Christmas album, Skydiggers are taking this seasonal celebration on the road…

Handel’s Messiah

December 16 - 17, 2014 | National Arts Centre

Handel’s Messiah — composed in an astonishing three weeks—is a must see-and-hear this holiday season on December 16-17 at the National Arts Centre! Its dazzling solos and some of the most glorious choral writing of all time have given Messiah nearly ritual status and made it the undisputed favourite of the holidays throughout the world.

David Myles Christmas Concert

December 18 - 19, 2014 | National Arts Centre

David Myles has something for everyone: original and classic songs in a range of styles from foot-stomping bluegrass to crooning jazz, as well as Christmas standards including Let It Snow, White Christmas and Les Cloches du Hameau. A poetic and heartfelt, to funny and whimsical evening.

A Matt Dusk Christmas with the NAC Orchestra

December 19, 2014 | National Arts Centre

Canadian jazz darling Matt Dusk and the NAC Orchestra team up for a spectacular Christmas Holiday concert filled with your favourite holiday tunes, including Silent Night, Little Drummer Boy, and Winter Wonderland.

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