Kingstonist’s Guide to Holiday Entertainment 2014

Kingston Assistancy Christmas Effort, Queen's ArchivesAs always, there are plenty of ways to get into the holiday spirit in Kingston over the next few weeks.  From entertainment-filled local shopping events to plays and choir and orchestra concerts, there is something for everyone.  Have a look at our guide and start planning your holiday entertainment today.

Thursday, November 27th-Saturday, December 13th 2014, 8pm:  Domino Theatre presents Uh Oh, Here Comes Christmas, a charming show that takes a funny, heartwarming and often poignant look at the struggle to find the spirit of the holidays amid the avalanche of commercialism, stress and chaos that crashes down every December. Tickets are $20 plus HST and handling.

Friday, November 28th 2014, 6pm-9pm: Mulberry Waldorf School presents Mulberry After Dark, an evening marketplace.  This event is licensed and will include live music and local vendors. Admission is free but be sure to bring cash to pay vendors.

Friday, November 28th – Saturday, December 6th 2014, 7pm: King’s Town Players presents Santa Claus, The Panto at Theological Hall, Queen’s University.  The show runs Wednesday-Saturday evenings with 1:30pm matinees on Saturday.  Tickets range in price from $10-20 ($50 family rate).

Saturday, November 29th 2014, 10am-3pm: Mulberry Waldorf School presents their annual Winter Fair. Enjoy live music, a silent auction and an artisan market.  Children can enjoy the magical forest, candle dipping and a puppet show of The Elves and the Shoemaker (1o:30am, 12pm, 1:30pm).  There will also be local food provided by Epicurious Catering. Admission is free.  Be sure to bring cash as most vendors only accept cash.

Sunday, November 30th 2014, 7:30pm: The Engineering Society of Queen’s University holds its 69th annual Festival of Carols at Grant Hall.  This event brings together Queen’s students and the Kingston community for a night of musical performances from campus groups, and caroling. Admission is free but donations to the food bank are encouraged. Free reception to follow.

Tuesday, December 2nd 2014, 7:30pm: The acclaimed Irish ensemble, Danú, celebrates Christmas with ‘Féile Na Nollag’ (A Christmas Gathering) at The Grand Theatre.  Tickets range in price from $35-45 plus HST and handling.

Wednesday, December 3rd 2014, 5:30pm: Canta Arya School for Strings presents their Twilight Concert of Carols and Classics at Chalmers United Church.

Saturday, December 6th 2014, 11am-7pm: Enjoy Holiday-themed woodland crafts and events both indoors and out at The MacLachlan Woodworking Museum. The day’s events include family crafts – including branch candle holders made in part by the MacLachlan’s woodworkers, cedar wreaths, mini-reindeer – fireside snacks, nature walks, and winter story time with the Kingston Frontenac Public Library. All events are free with the price of admission to the museum.

Saturday, December 6th 2014, 7:30pm: Orchestra Kingston presents their annual Messiah Sing-along at The Salvation Army Citadel.  Those who wish to sing can join in for rehearsals at 5:30pm on the two Tuesdays prior to the concert. Tickets are $15-20 and are available at the door.

Sunday, December 7th 2014, 4:30pm: The Limestone Chorale presents Cool Yule, an evening of jazzy holiday merrymaking at Absolute Comedy. Cash bar, menu available, kids welcome. Admission is by donation. Call 613-372-2368 to book a table.

Saturday, December 13th 2014, 3pm and 7:30pm: The State Ballet Theatre of Russia presents The Nutcracker at The Grand Theatre.  Tickets range in price from $39-49 plus HST and handling.

Saturday, December 13th 2014, 7:30pm: The Kingston Chamber Choir presents Rejoicing at St. George’s Cathedral.  The choir will perform Bach’s Cantata 147, Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben and will be accompanied by a chamber orchestra.  Tickets range in price from $10-25 and are available at the door.

Sunday, December 14th 2014, 7:30pm: The Barra MacNeils present An East Coast Christmas at The Grand Theatre.  Tickets are $44.25 plus HST and handling.

Tuesday, December 16th and 17th 2014, 7:30pm: The Kingston Symphony and The Kingston Choral Society present their annual Candlelight Christmas at St. George’s Cathedral.  This show always sells out quickly so be sure to get your tickets now. Tickets range in price from $10-30.

Thursday, December 18th – Saturday, December 20th 2014, 7:30pm: Bottle Tree Productions presents A Christmas Carol at The Grand Theatre.  The evening show begins at 7:30pm with a Saturday matinee at 2pm.  Tickets are $38.75 plus HST and handling fee.

Friday, December 19th and Saturday, December 20th 2014, 7:30pm and 2:30pm: Cantabile Choirs of Kingston present their annual Christmas concerts at Sydenham Street United Church.  Evening performances on Friday and Saturday will include all but the Junior Choir.  Saturday’s matinee includes all choirs. Tickets are $15-27.

Sunday, December 21st 2014, 8pm: Weeping Tile and Friends announce the 20th Annual Holiday Rock Show at Stages Nightclub.  All funds raised will go to support The Kingston Salvation Army’s Winter Relief Fund, the Boys & Girls Club of Kingston and Area, and Martha’s Table. Performances by DJ Footbags, The Diaries, Jay Harris, Krista “Lederhosen Lucil” Muir, Weeping Tile, Deck the Halls with Balls & Kelly featuring Brucey “the Git” and special guests. Tickets are $20 and available at Zap Records, Stages Nightclub, The Brass, The Grizzly Grill and online.  All ages.

Thanks to Hellebardius for today’s photo.

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Danielle Lennon

Danielle Lennon is Kingstonist's Co-Founder. She was the Editor, Community Event Coordinator and Contributor at-large (2008-2018). She is otherwise employed as a section violinist with the Kingston Symphony, violin teacher, studio musician and cat lover. Learn more about Danielle...

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