5 Vancouver-Based Holiday Shows & Concerts To Catch Now

December 16, 2023

Time’s a ticking. If you want to immerse yourself in the spirit of the season, what better way than seeing a feel-good holiday concert, live theatre performance or stroll through a Christmas movie set with local musicians providing the soundtrack? Tickets are still available to these shows, grab some while you can. —Catherine Dunwoody

The Comedy Department is bringing holiday cheer to Vancouver’s west end at The Show Cellar PLUS in Coquitlam at the Evergreen Cultural Centre with the hilarious Holiday Comedy Rumble: Every Elf for Themselves. A one-of-a-kind comedy competition that features some of the best improv performers in the country, plus fun audience participation.

 Candlelight concerts  is like something you’ve only dreamt about. A live, multi-sensory musical experience sure to add some peace on earth to your hectic season. The Holiday Special features The Nutcracker and other Christmas classics taking place at Christ Church Cathedral in the gentle glow of (you guessed it) candlelight. Candlelight Jazz: Favourite Holiday Classics takes place at Kerrisdale Presbyterian Church, and we can expect swinging jazz classics like Sinatra’s version of Let it Snow, Christmas Time is Here from A Charlie Brown Christmas by Vince Guaraldi and more.

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra has a few show offerings including the Traditional Christmas at the Orpheum, The Snowman and Elf movies shown in their entirety set to VSO’s live performance accompaniment, and Salute to Vienna on New Year’s Day.

Movie fans can get a taste of Tinseltown for the holidays at Martini Town, a picture-perfect film set in Langley. Merry & Bright, runs until January 1, and is a 16-acre outdoor site where you walk right into building facades and gorgeous holiday streetscapes that we have all seen as sets in many a Hallmark Channel movie. Musical guests are scheduled daily with carollers, the Peace Arch Chorus, Dana Wenzel and Chris Dlouhy, and the SFU Choir elevating our experience.

Arts Club Theatre has two shows sure to set you in the ho-ho-holiday mood. Elf: The Musical is based on the film that has become a modern classic and runs until New Year’s Eve at the Stanley Theatre. Andrew McNee is perfectly cast as Buddy (big curly toe elf shoes to fill as Will Ferrell made the character an icon). Mom’s The Word: Talkin’ Turkey returns to the Granville Island Stage wrapping up on New Year’s Eve.


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