I love this time of year. The snow is still a pretty novelty and the promise of time off and fun with family and friends makes these final busy weeks of the year all worthwhile. This year’s Guide to Holiday Entertainment is full of wonderful musical experiences but also includes some great ways to shop locally, to gather with other members of the Kingston community and to take in the beautiful nature that surrounds our city. From lantern-lit hikes and tree-lighting ceremonies to choir concerts and live theatre, there is something here for everyone.
November 30th-December 22nd: Modern Fuel presents No Two Alike: Members’ Show and Sale. From the beautiful ceramics of Marney McDiarmid to the edgy photographs of William Weedmark, there will be something for all tastes and budgets. You’ll be sure to find the perfect gift for yourself or your loved ones.
December 1st-28th: Brushworks, an eclectic group of local artists associated through the Kingston School of Art, will hold an art show and sale in the Wilson Room of the Central branch of the Kingston Public Library. The exhibit will be open during regular library hours.
Saturday, December 1st, 6:30pm: Explore the trails at Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area by moonlight and lantern light. Afterwards, warm up with a hot drink by the fireplace back at the Outdoor Centre.
Saturday, December 1st, 7pm: The Kingston Arts Council’s Year in Review celebrates a fantastic year for the arts with speakers, performances, and presentations from a wide array of local talent, including a performance by PS I Love You, a reading by Sadiqa de Meijer, winner of the 2012 CBC Poetry Prize, an exhibition by Mike Bayne, winner of the 2011 Kingston Prize for Portraiture and much, much more. The recipient of the Nan Yeomans Grant will also be announced. This year’s event will take place at The Kingston Yacht Club. Tickets are $10 and are available at The Kingston Arts Council office (253 Ontario Street #203).
December 5th-December 16th: Theatre Kingston presents The Winter Wonderettes, a ‘60s holiday musical for the whole family. Santa’s gone missing! But don’t worry, The Wonderettes will use their talent and creative ingenuity, plus some great holiday tunes to save the holiday party. Tickets are $37 for adults and $18.50 for children and are available at The Grand Theatre box office and online.
Thursday, December 6th, 6pm-8pm: Sydenham Public School presents a Gingerbread Open House. Handcrafted gingerbread replicas of local landmarks will be on the auction block for hungry bidders. Don’t miss out on your chance to take a bite out of Kingston Downtown real estate market! Enjoy Christmas cocktails, light nibbles, live music performed by members of the Kingston Symphony and a chance to win a gingerbread house (value $300). $10 per person. All proceeds go towards the new play structure installed in the summer.
Sunday, December 9th, 2:30pm: The Kingston Chamber Choir presents Bach’s Magnificat in D at St. George’s Cathedral. The concert will feature guest soloists Bruce Kelly, Chris Mayell, Kathleen Radke and Dave Barton as well as an orchestra. Tickets are $20 for students and seniors and $25 for adults and are available at The Church Book Room, Expressions Fashion Boutique and at the door.
Thursday, December 13th, 7:30pm: The Kingston Symphony, The Kingston Choral Society and a stellar line-up of soloists present Handel’s Messiah at The Kingston Gospel Temple. Tickets are $36.73 and are available at The Grand Theatre box office and online.
December 13th-December 22nd, 7:30pm: Bottle Tree Productions presents The Sound of Music at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church. Tickets range in price from $15-$25 and can be purchased online or at the Grand Theatre Box Office.
Friday, December 14th, 6pm: Join in on the annual Jingle Bell Walk from Market Square to City Park where the trees will be lit for the first time this holiday season. Festivities begin at 6pm with the walk taking place at 6:45pm. Bring a non-perishable food item for Partners in Mission Food Bank and receive a free Jingle Bell necklace. Hot chocolate will be for sale, with proceeds going to P.R.O. Kids and Santa will be there too!
Saturday, December 15th, 10am-5pm: Various vendors will hold an Open House at 38 Guthrie Dr. to sell their handmade art and crafts for your holiday shopping convenience! Unique gifts and stocking stuffers include jewelry, original paintings, prints, bookmarks, magnets, colouring books, ornaments, hair accessories, puzzles, and much much more! Bring a non-perishable food item to donate and you’ll receive a pair of jingle bell earrings.
Saturday, December 15th, 7pm: The Not So Amateur Amateurs present Dickens’ A Christmas Carol with actor/singer Anthony Mann at Chalmers United Church. Tickets include dinner and the play for $35 at the door.
Sunday, December 16th, 2pm: Go to the Little Cat Outdoor Centre to make a gingerbread house out of graham wafers. Wafers, icing and candy will be provided for $2.00. While you wait for your house to set before decorating, go for a hike, or/and feed the chickadees. If you would rather not go outside, the snack bar will be open so you can sit by the fire and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and a cookie. Please note that there may be food allergens present with this activity.
Tuesday, December 18th and Wednesday, December 19th, 7:30pm: The Kingston Symphony presents their annual Candlelight Christmas at St. George’s Cathedral featuring the Kingston Choral Society and soloist Bruce Kelly. Hear music by the masters written to celebrate the season and sing-along to your favourite carols. Tickets range in price from $20-$49 and can be purchased at the Grand Theatre Box Office.
Wednesday, December 19th, 8pm: Members of Kingston’s musical community are presenting their annual Salvation Army Emergency Relief Fund Benefit Show at Stages Nightclub. The line up will include Slaves of Spanky, Spencer and Funkyfrenz, Deck the Halls with Balls & Kelly featuring Brucey the Git, Sarah Harmer, The Huaraches and Kris and Dee. This is a licensed and all-ages event.
Tickets are $20 and available at Stages and Zap Records (340 Princess st.).
Friday, December 21st and Saturday, December 22nd: The Cantabile Choirs of Kingston present their annual candle-lit holiday concert at Sydenham Street United Church. This year’s concert, titled From Heav’n to Earth will be presented in three shows, 7:30pm on Friday and Saturday as well as a 2:00pm matinee on Saturday. Tickets are $15 for children, $23 for students and seniors and $25 for adults.
Thanks to eggiepooh for today’s festive photo.