Who’s ready for the season of silver bells, holiday jingles, and entertaining holiday shows? From popular holiday movies in concert, to The Nutcracker ballet, to Christmas cabaret, here are 13 of the most festive holiday concerts and shows you can check out in Vancouver this year.

The Nutcracker by Goh Ballet 


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We’re starting off with one of the most (if not the most) classic holiday tales of all time: The Nutcracker. Performed by the talented Goh Ballet, the story will unfold onstage at multiple showtimes from Thursday, December 14th to Sunday, December 17th.

When: Thursday, December 14th to Sunday, December 17th
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Cost: $131.95+

Home Alone in Concert 

Home Alone is a comedy classic featuring acclaimed music by composer John Williams, which will be performed by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra this December. So get ready to relive one of the most beloved, heart-warming holiday tales around.

When: Wednesday, December 13th and Thursday, December 14th
Where: The Orpheum
Cost: $21.19 to $109.19

ELF in Concert 

Another family-friendly holiday concert to check out this month features the music from ELF, a story of an Elf from the North Pole who travels to New York in search of his father. The heartwarming classic and score by John Debney will come to life through the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra on December 21st and 22nd.

When: Thursday, December 21st and Friday, December 22nd
Where: The Orpheum
Cost: $21.19 to $109.19

Fruitcake Weather: A Christmas Cabaret 

On Sunday, December 3rd, La Fabrique St-George Winery is hosting a special Christmas Cabaret performance by Postmodern Camerata, filled with classic stories, carols and songs from Irving Berlin to Gordon Lightfoot.

Note that space is limited at this venue, so be sure to snag a ticket sooner rather than later!

When: Sunday, December 3rd
Where: 7 East 7th Avenue
Cost: $22.63

Traditional Christmas at the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra 

With performances scheduled throughout the month of December, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra is playing Traditional Christmas music at the Michael J Fox Theatre, Centennial Theatre, and the Orpheum. So get ready for a delightful mix of songs by John Williams, Tchaikovsky, Humperdink, and more.

When: December 6th to 9th, December 16th
Where: Multiple locations
Cost: $40.95 to $45.71

The Jinkx & DeLa Holiday Show

Equal parts music and comedy, drag icons Jinkx and Ben DeLa Creme are taking their Holiday Show to Vancouver at the end of the month, complete with fabulous costumes, quick-witted comedy, and brand-new songs. So get ready to kick off the new year with tons of laughs.

When: Saturday, December 30th
Where: The Orpheum
Cost: $149.95 for two-day GA, $249.95 for VIP

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Vancouver is getting a series of holiday concerts this season with performances throughout December, and each one will be illuminated by thousands of candles. One of them will feature music from Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” on December 22nd, both at the Kerrisdale Presbyterian Church and Christ Church Cathedral.

When: Friday, December 22nd and Saturday, December 23rd
Where: Kerrisdale Presbyterian Church and Christ Church Cathedral
Cost: $58 to $80

The Parlour Magic & Holiday Show

On Thursday, December 21st at 7:30 pm, The Park Pub in West End will host Rob Teszka for their annual Holiday Show, in celebration of the winter solstice. Guests can expect to enjoy an array of festive magicians and variety artists – with intriguing acts of magic, juggling, circus, mentalism, and more.

When: Thursday, December 21st
Where: 1755 Davie Street
Cost: $22.63

Merry & Bright – North Shore Choirs 

This year, North Shore Choirs is performing twice on December 23rd; at 1 pm and 4 pm. The choral concerts will use partial proceeds to go towards #EndALS through ALS Action Canada.

When: Saturday, December 23rd
Where: 2055 Purcell Way, North Vancouver
Cost: $17.31

Candy Cane Cabaret: Naughty & Nice Dance Show & After Party

Starting at 6:30 pm on Saturday, December 2nd, a special Candy Cane Cabaret is coming to Passion and Performance Arts Inc., filled with “naughty and nice” dances, a local business Christmas market, a fun photo booth, Christmas crafts, and a full bar and food trucks.

When: Saturday, December 2nd
Where: 8273 Ross Street
Cost: $40.54

Funk The Halls featuring The Funk Hunters


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The Funk Hunters are a Canadian EDM and DJ duo from right here in Vancouver, and every year, they put on a two-day, high-energy Christmas show. This year, they’re performing alongside Felix Cartal, Maddy Oneal, and Rome In Silver. So get ready to put a new kind of “jingle” in your step!

When: Friday, December 22nd and Saturday, December 23rd
Where: Commodore Ballroom
Cost: $59.75+

A Festive Naturally Freaky: Krampus Style Davie Street Drag Show

From 8 to 10 pm on Wednesday, December 20th, The Show Cellar is hosting a Krampus-style drag show, complete with “freaky twists” that celebrate uniqueness, boldness, and mischief this holiday season.

When: Wednesday, December 20th
Where: 1755 Davie Street
Cost: $17.31

KFB 16th Annual Christmas Party Matinee: Peach Pit and More 

Ready for another jam-packed all-ages Christmas show? The 16th annual Kingfisher Bluez Christmas Party will have a matinee show featuring Peach Pit, young friend, Cam Blake, Max Boonch, Kylie V, Be Afraid, Flat Earth, Tall Mary, Nonarchy, and Dawson Gool. Best of all? All proceeds from the show go towards 1-800-SUICIDE / Crisis Centre BC.

When: Sunday, December 17th
Where: Commodore Ballroom
Cost: $48

So there you have it, holiday enthusiasts! There’s a wide variety of winter-themed, holiday concerts and shows to choose from this year. Happy holidays!