Our holiday guide to the performing arts in Halifax

With the festive season well underway we can’t think of a better way to celebrate than taking in a live show. Here is our growing list of holiday shows to consider this year in Halifax.

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The Wizard of … Oz? (until Dec 7)

The Theatre Arts Guild celebrates twenty years of holiday pantomimes with The Wizard of … Oz?, a funny twist on this classic tale along the yellow brick road to Emerald City.

Beary Merry Halifax (Nov 25)

The Stadacona Band performs in Beary Merry Halifax, an evening of Christmas favourites in support of the Salvation Army’s annual Beary Merry Toy Drive.

Peter Pan (Nov 27-Jan 5)

Neptune Theatre returns with another family musical with Peter Pan as artistic director Jeremy Webb turns the classic J.M. Barrie story on its head.

Dickens’ A Christmas Carol (Nov 27-Dec 28)

Also at Neptune this year is the return of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol with the classic story about redemption, charity, and the spirit of Christmas.

Dickens’ A Christmas Carol
Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

The Ennis Sisters’ Christmas Show (Nov 27)

The Juno Award-winning East Coast country trio The Ennis Sisters (Maureen, Karen and Teresa) bring their holiday show to Halifax.

Christmas with Heather Rankin and Friends (Nov 29-Dec 1)

Together with the Halifax Boys Honour Choir, fiddler Wendy MacIsaac, and the Rising Tide Irish Dance Academy, Symphony Nova Scotia celebrates the season with Heather Rankin.

Coastal Dance Theatre: The Nutcracker (Nov 29-30)

Coastal Dance Theatre presents The Nutcracker, in this classic tale of Clara who is left alone at school over Christmas, with a nutcracker, and some mice to keep her company.

A Cringle Christmas (Dec 4-7)

Central Zone Players presents A Cringle Christmas where Santa’s East Coast distribution centre plays a key role in making The Big Guy’s holiday gift-gifting a reality.

George Canyon & Aaron Pritchett: 12 Days of Christmas Tour (Dec 6)

Canadian country legends and multiple CCMA Award winners George Canyon and Aaron Pritchett help kick off the season with their 12 Days of Christmas Tour.

George Canyon & Aaron Pritchett: 12 Days of Christmas Tour
George Canyon & Aaron Pritchett: 12 Days of Christmas Tour

Saint Nicolas (Dec 6)

The King’s Chorus performs Benjamin Britten’s Saint Nicholas with guest soloist Nils Brown, organist Paul Halley, and a chamber orchestra.

The Nutcracker (Dec 6-15)

Another re-telling of the classic story of The Nutcracker, this time from Symphony Nova Scotia featuring puppets, dance, and Tchaikovsky’s beautiful music.

On Air – A Holiday Play (Dec 12-22)

Dartmouth Players presents On Air – A Holiday Play, by the live television holiday variety broadcasts of the 1950s.

Reeny’s Family Christmas (Dec 14)

Award-winning Nova Scotia singer-songwriter and musician, Reeny Smith brings a celebration of the season for the whole family with Reeny’s Family Christmas.

The Celtic Christmas Show (Dec 14)

The tradition continues with The Celtic Christmas Show with a cast of 50 performers, Acadian, Irish, and Scottish dancers, RCMP Pipes and Drums, and vocalist Patricia Murray.

Tales of a Charlie Brown Christmas (Dec 15)

Jerry Granelli and the Jerry Granelli Trio return to Halifax with Tales of a Charlie Brown Christmas featuring music and stories from one of the most iconic holiday soundtracks.

A King’s Christmas (Dec 15)

Nova Scotia’s Old Man Luedecke narrates this year’s edition of A King’s Christmas featuring carols from the medieval to the modern plus seasonal readings.

Boney M Holiday Favourites & Classic Hits (Dec 18)

The disco-era pop act comes to Halifax featuring Liz Mitchell with a concert mix of Holiday Favourites & Classic Hits.

Handel’s Messiah (Dec 20 & 21)

Symphony Nova Scotia returns with Handel’s Messiah under the baton of Grammy-winning conductor Stephen Stubbs and featuring the Symphony Chorus and guest soloists.

Handel’s Messiah
Handel’s Messiah

Fortunate Ones Holiday Show (Dec 20)

Canadian indie-folk duo Fortunate Ones perform with special guest Dylan Menzie in their Holiday Show.

The Barra MacNeils 20th Anniversary Christmas Tour (Dec 22)

The Barra MacNeils return to Halifax with the 20th-anniversary edition of their annual Christmas Tour.

Messiah From Scratch (Dec 27)

Now in its 41st year, Messiah from Scratch brings orchestral musicians and singers of all ages together to support Feed Nova Scotia and the Chebucto Symphony Orchestra.