Seasonal events in Edmonton Keep the Holiday Spirit Alive and Well and Living All Through the Merry Month of December
From glorious light displays to Edmonton theatre and performances, Alberta’s Festival City spreads holiday cheer
Don’t let this festive season pass you by without a visit to Bright Nights Winter Family Festival, open any evening now through January 4, 2009. As Canada’s largest drive-through Christmas theme park, it literally lights up Hawrelak Park… with over 900 animated and static displays, some of which are 25 feet tall! Enter a larger-than-life land of fairytales, forests and fantasies, without every having to leave the warmth of your vehicle. Because this is the season of giving, donations to Edmonton’s Food Bank are always welcome at Bright Nights.
If you’re looking for slightly more “traditional,” grass roots seasonal events in Edmonton, see Fort Edmonton Park’s Christmas Reflections (December 7, 12-14, 17-23). This evening program allows you to take a trip back to Christmas past. Enjoy a horse-drawn ride through streets of historic buildings from 1905 and 1920. See the Christmas displays. Sing carols to live music with costumed interpreters. Make Christmas crafts or sample baking from a wood stove.
Scrooge & The Nutcracker
If you’re looking for a slightly different take on Scrooge, don’t miss The Christmas Carol Project, December 27, 8 p.m. at the Winspear Centre. It’s an all-Canadian modern roots music adaption with stylized dramatic dream interludes linking an original score of 14 songs performed by local Juno Award-winning musicians.
Another don’t-miss Edmonton theatre tradition of the season is The Nutcracker, presented by Alberta Ballet, December 11 to 14 at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium. Choreographer Edmund Stripe brings you the opulent grandeur of Imperial Russia in a production bursting with renewed vitality and joy at this favourite of Edmonton seasonal events.
The Sound of Joy
That same night, if you’re into things that swing, go to the Winspear Centre for the River City Big Band Jazzy Christmas featuring vocalist in December, Shelley Jones, at 8 p.m.
Here’s a great Edmonton event for the kids: take them on a trip around the world with Platypus Theatre. In truth, you’ll simply be taking them to the Winspear on Tuesday, December 16 at 7 p.m. for A Flicker of Light on a Christmas Night. It’s a journey through winter traditions around the world, with some of the world's greatest holiday music for a soundtrack.
Slightly older “kids” who prefer Christmas a little on the wilder side will love Jingle Bell Rock on Wednesday December 17 at 7 p.m. at Shaw Conference Centre. Metric, Tokyo Police Club, The Dears, Sebastien Grainger and the Mountains, and DJ Mike Relm team up for a truly rockin’ all ages show.
On the other side of the musical coin, there’s Handel’s Messiah, performed by the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, December 19 and 20, 7:30 p.m. at the Winspear Centre. Originally written as an Easter celebration, Handel’s symphonic and choral work has become a must-see Christmas standard.
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