I think it’s safe to say that most of us are now in the holiday spirit, getting our last bit (or first bit…) of shopping done, doing our baking and getting our decorations up. Now is also a great time to make plans to get out and take in some live holiday entertainment. Between The Kingston Symphony, Cantabile Choirs of Kingston, various rock shows and The Grand Theatre, there is no shortage of music to be found. Pick up some locally produced gifts at places like Modern Fuel or Kingston Glass Studio and Gallery or just get out and participate in a community event like the Jingle Bell Walk at Market Square or the Lantern walk at Little Cat. Check out our annual Guide to Holiday Entertainment for more ideas.
Now-Saturday, December 21st: Modern Fuel presents Home Is Where The Art Is, an exhibition that will occupy both galleries, and present an array of works by local artists, from sculpture and painting to collage and other objects d’art. All the works of art are for sale with generous prices for the season–a perfect gift for friends and family. 50% of all sales proceeds will go to support Modern Fuel’s upcoming programming activities.
Tuesday, December 10th, 8pm: Celebrate with Tone Deafestivus at The Artel. There will be warming drinks and music provided by Craig Pedersen and Joel Kerr of Montreal and Kingston’s own Spencer Evans. Music starts at 9pm. $5-10 sliding scale.
Friday, December 13th, 8pm: Benefit for Salvation Army Family Services with Rae Corcoran, Twelve Hands High, and Strung Out To Dry Main floor of The Mansion, no cover. Donations encouraged but definitely not required.
Saturday, December 14th, 10am-4pm: Make your own glass ball ornament at Kingston Glass Studio and Gallery. This event is for ages 6 and up. Registration is required for both.
Saturday, December 14th, 6pm: Join the Jingle Bell Walk from Market Square to light up the Memorial Tree in City Park. This annual community event begins with skating at City Hall accompanied by tunes from She Sings. Hot chocolate will be served in exchange for a donation to the City’s P.R.O. Kids charity. Bring a non-perishable food item or cash donation for the Partners in Mission Food Bank and get a free Jingle Bell necklace for a jingly walk to City Park. The 10-minute walk itself starts at 6:45 p.m. when you and your loved ones can follow Santa on his sleigh to City Park to turn on the LED lights on the Memorial Tree.
Saturday, December 14th, 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. Adults $5.50, Children $3.00
Saturday, December 14th, 7pm: Head to Market Square after the Jingle Bell Walk to skate to a live performance by Kelli Trottier and The Mushy Peas.
Saturday, December 14th, 7:30pm: Laughter, refreshing arrangements of old and new, impeccable harmonies, tales of love and inspiration, four lovely ladies celebrating 20 years of musical friendship. Quartette will perform a Christmas show at The Grand Theatre. Tickets are $43.50 plus handling fee and are available at The Grand Theatre box office and online.
Sunday, December 15th, 11am-2pm: Kingston Glass Studio and Gallery will hold a hand casting event. These memories set in glass make great gifts! Registration is required.
Tuesday December 17th and Wednesday December 18th, 7:30pm: An annual sell-out, The Kingston Symphony‘s Candlelight Christmas concert is sure to put you in a festive mood. Hear music by the masters written to celebrate the season at St. George’s Cathedral. Sing along to your favourite carols with the Kingston Symphony and Kingston Choral Society. An early gift of music the whole family will enjoy. Tickets on sale now at the Grand Theatre Box Office and online. Adult – $30; Senior – $25; Student – $15; Child (12 and under) – $10; Backstage Pass Member – $10
Thursday, December 19th and Friday, December 20th, 7:30pm: Ballet Jörgen’s The Nutcracker returns to The Grand Theatre. This production features modern backdrops from The McMichael Canadian Art Collection and offers a rare opportunity for young dancers from the Kingston community to perform alongside seasoned professionals. Tickets range from $39-49 and are available at The Grand Theatre box office and online.
Friday, December 20th, 7:30pm and Saturday, December 21st, 2pm and 7:30pm: The Cantabile Choirs of Kingston presents By The Cradle at Sydenham Street United Church. Like the stars, the shining music of the holiday season & candlelight will illuminate the winter solstice, brighten your spirits & warm your heart. Evening performances feature all but the Junior Choir. The matinee features all choirs. Tickets available online.
Sunday, December 22nd, 7pm: An all ages, licensed Holiday Rock Show for Martha’s Table at Stages will feature P.S. I Love You, Chantal Thompson, Fred’s Lounge, Beginner’s Guide to Endings, Rueben deGroot, Deck the Halls with Balls and Kelly, Luther Wright and Sarah Harmer. Tickets available at Martha’s Table, Zap Records, Grizzly Grill, Stages Nightclub and online. $20, doors open at 7pm, music at 8pm.
December 22nd 2013, 2:30pm: The Grand Theatre presents Leahy Family Christmas. Leahy is a Canadian powerhouse of eight musical brothers and sisters who have been playing together their entire lives and this show is their the chance to share a bit of the magic of the Christmas season that began when they were children and continues today. Tickets are $44 and $49 and are available at The Grand Theatre box office and online.
Thanks to Vanilla Splash for today’s pic.