Shows for the Season – Holiday theatre to experience with the family

For many families, the holiday season doesn’t officially start until they see Clara dance across the stage with her beloved nutcracker while the music of Tchaikovsky fills the air.  There will be plenty of opportunities to see The Nutcracker and other Christmas shows in Oakville and Burlington and surrounding areas this Holiday season.

Those looking for the classical music experience will find it at the Oakville Performing Arts Centre with the presentation of The Nutcracker from November 27 to December 6.  The elaborate full-length production will feature dancers from the Oakville School of Classical Ballet.  The Centre will also hold its annual one-hour Family Christmas concert on December 13, where the whole family can be entertained by the Oakville Children’s Choir.  From December 21 to 27, also at the Centre, there will be a performance of Snow White: A Holiday Pantomime.  Put on by the Burl-Oak Theatre Group, the audience will be encouraged to join in and cheer on Snow White and her team of seven friends.  For Beatles fans, there’s a show at the Centre on December 19 devoted to the music of John Lennon called A Very Lennon Christmas.

In Burlington, the music of Tchaikovsky will fill the Burlington Performing Arts Centre on December 8 and 9 when the talented Moscow Classical Ballet present The Nutcracker.  The troupe, formally named the State Academic Classical Ballet Theatre, is considered one of the leading ballet companies in Russia.  For families looking for something lighter, Theatre Burlington’s annual Christmas show is always a favourite among young children for its audience participation.  This year’s show will be Hansel and Gretel and will be performed on November 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, and 29.

There’s always a lot going on in Toronto, especially at this time of year.  From December 3 to January 3, Soulpepper Theatre Group in the Distillery District will present the classic story A Christmas Carol at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts.  On November 23rd, you can celebrate an Irish Christmas at Roy Thomson Hall with Ireland’s Keith and Kristyn Getty.  This will be the fourth annual tour of Joy: An Irish Christmas, which is a lively celebration of the birth of Christ.  Mirvish Productions is offering several holiday-themed performances this winter, including Donny & Marie Christmas in Toronto, and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical.  Of course, there’s the perennial favourite, the National Ballet of Canada’s performance of The Nutcracker.  It will be performed at the Four Seasons Centre from December 12 to January 3.

In Hamilton, the Canadian Brass will return to the stage at Hamilton Place on December 19 where they perform with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra.  The McIntyre Performing Arts Centre at Mohawk College is proudly presenting its own version of The Nutcracker on December 4 and 5.


There’s also no shortage of festive events happening in Mississauga over the next few months.  On December 3rd, the Canadian band Skydiggers’ will perform their classic hits and season’s songs at the Mississauga Living Arts Centre.  To put a little historical perspective on the holidays, discover how early settler families celebrated the Christmas season with Museums of Mississauga.  The December 14 event will include the sights, sounds and smells of an early 19th century home with live music and goodies to sample.

We are really spoiled to have so much fabulous live theatre within a short distance of Oakville and Burlington.  So come out for a special treat with family and friends and make the most of all that is on offer this season!

by Denise Davy

Local Links:
Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts, Oakville

Burlington Performing Arts Centre, Burlington

Theatre Burlington, Burlington

Hamilton Place, Hamilton

Soulpepper, Toronto

Toronto Theatre, Toronto

Mirvish Productions, Toronto

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