Nothing gets us into the holiday spirit like a Christmas-themed concert or carolling event. And while jamming to your favourite tunes at home is an exceptional pastime, we think these holiday concerts and shows in Vancouver are definitely worth strapping on your dancing boots for.

From cozy candle-lit concerts and classic ballets to holiday raves, here are 18 show-stopping holiday events happening in Vancouver.

The Nutcracker by the Royal Winnipeg Ballet

We’ll start off with a wintertime classic. Canada’s oldest ballet company, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, returns for another season of Nutcracker magic. Guests will enjoy sparkling costumes and sets, flawless choreography from Galina Yordanova & Nina Menon, and the iconic score by Tchaikovsky.

When: Friday December 9th to Sunday, December 11th
Where: 600 Block Hamilton Street
Cost: $60 to $75

The Nutcracker by Goh Ballet

And speaking of The Nutcracker, Vancouver’s own Goh Ballet has a show of its own. Queen Elizabeth Theatre will once again transform into the Sugar Plum Fairy’s magical kingdom, complete with life-sized toy soldiers and the notorious Mouse King. If it’s been a while since you’ve seen a rendition of the iconic holiday ballet live, we can’t recommend it enough.

When: Thursday, December 15th to Sunday, December 18th
Where: 630 Hamilton Street
Cost: $38.75+

Making Spirits Bright by the Vancouver Men’s Choir 

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The Vancouver Playhouse has been a staple in the city’s performing arts scene since 1962. And this year, they’re bringing back a beloved annual tradition: Making Spirits Bright with the Vancouver Men’s Choir. The talented group will sing all the classic Christmas tunes you know and love.

When: Friday December 9th to Sunday, December 11th
Where: 600 Hamilton Street
Cost: $45 to $95

Music for the Winter Solstice


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Music on Main is returning to Heritage Hall this month with a special concert ahead of the astronomical first day of winter, bringing all of the warm, candlelit vibes we need to get through the darkest day of the year: Winter Solstice 2022. If you’re looking for a cute date night idea or event to mark a special occasion, this is it.

When: Wednesday, December 14th and Thursday, December 15th
Where: 3102 Main Street, Heritage Hall
Cost: $18 to $49

The Messiah – Pacific Theatre

With showtimes at 2 pm on Saturdays and 8 pm Wednesday to Saturday, the Pacific Theatre’s The Messiah is a celebrated tradition and it’s officially back this year. Witness the comedic Christmas story unfold as three performers (including an opera singer) play a cast of thousands.

When: Until December 17th
Where: 1440 West 12th Avenue
Cost: $35 for regular tickets

Home Alone in concert

This year, you can see this holiday fave in concert in addition to your screen at home. The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra presents Home Alone in concert, performing renowned composer John Williams’ “charming and delightful score.”

When: Wednesday, December 14th and Thursday, December 15th
Where: 601 Smithe Street
Cost: $31.90+

A Holiday Rave – The Beaumont Studios

Yes, you read that right. The Beaumont Studios is hosting a holiday-themed rave by Leave Us Lost & Jk Gaultier, and we’re sure this one will definitely get you on your feet.

When: Friday, December 16th
Where: 316 West 5th Avenue
Cost: $22.75

Christmas with Chor Leoni

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Chor Leoni presents its seasonal celebration of light, hope, and connection, with performances ranging from holy to hilarious. The annual tradition will share an inspiring repertoire of timeless holiday classics and winter harmonies, including two world premiere commissions from Canadian composers and three-holiday treasures newly arranged for Chor Leoni.

When: December 16th, 17th, and 19th
Where: 1022 Nelson Street
Cost: $20

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Holiday Night Concerts at the PNE

And last but not least, If you want to keep the festivities going at the PNE Winter Fair, you can check out their Holiday Night Concert Series all month long. Below is their amazing lineup:

  • December 14th: The Kat & Dave Show Starring David Foster & Katharine McPhee
  • December 15th: The Tenors
  • December 16th: Tom Cochrane with Band
  • December 17th: Dallas Smith
  • December 18th: Jann Arden
  • December 19th Holly Cole
  • December 20th Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox: A Very Postmodern Christmas
  • December 21st: Dionne Warwick and the Sounds of Christmas
  • December 22nd: Johnny Reid
  • December 23rd: A Boy Band Christmas: An Evening of Holiday and Hits Featuring Jeff Timmons, Drew Lachey, Justin Jeffre from 98 Degrees, Jamie Jones of All 4 One, Trevor Penick from O-Town, & Ryan Cabrera

And as for the rest of the Winter Fair, guests will definitely want to check out the indoor skating rink, family-friendly theatre shows, and amazing light display. Oh, and don’t forget to grab a couple of doughnuts and holiday treats, while you’re at it!

When: Wednesday, December 14th to Friday, December 23rd
Where: 2901 East Hastings Street
Cost: $15 for Fair admission, concerts additional (require fair admission)

And that’s a wrap on some magical holiday concerts and shows to check out around Vancouver this year. We hope you make the most of them!