Guide to Holiday Entertainment in Kingston in 2016

guide to holiday entertainment, live music, Kingston, Ontario2016 has been a tough year in many ways and I don’t know about you, but I could really go for some holiday cheer right now. Thankfully Kingston has a ton of great events including live music, theatre, dance, craft making and outdoor recreation to help brighten up the last couple of months of this trying year. We’ve compiled a list of some of the great things happening in ygk over the next four weeks. Have a look and start planning. Drop off a comment below if we forgot your favourite holiday event.

Saturday, November 19th, 5pm: Kingston’s 13th Annual Nighttime Santa Claus Parade will make its way down Princess Street starting at Innovation Park at 5pm. Spectators are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items for the Food Bank as well as letters to Santa! Stick around after the parade and join Santa for the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony in Market Square.

Wednesday, November 23rd-Saturday, December 3rd, 7:30pm: Bottle Tree Productions presents A Tuna Christmas in The Baby Grand Theatre. It’s Christmas time in Tuna, the third-smallest town in Texas, and radio station OKKK is abuzz with local Yule Tide news and personalities. Tickets are $26.75 for adults and $23.75 for students and seniors (plus HST and handling fee).

Tuesday, November 29th, 7pm: The Kingston Symphony presents The Kingston Youth Orchestra, The Kingston Youth Strings and The Kingston A Strings. Join all three student groups for A Christmas Celebration at Chalmers United Church. Tickets range in price from $6-10, $25 for a family of four, and are available at the door.

Thursday, December 1st-Saturday, December 17th, 7:30pm: Domino Theatre presents It’s A Wonderful Life at The Davies Foundation Auditorium (52 Church St.). Tickets are $20 (plus handling fee). Seniors and members are $16 on Thursdays and children and students are $10.

Friday, December 2nd, 2:30pm: Queen’s Dan School of Music’s annual Messiah Sing-a-Long, an informal gathering of voice and orchestra, pays tribute to the glorious music of Handel in the lobby of The Isabel Bader. All members on the Queen’s and Kingston communities and beyond are invited to participate. Admission is free.

Friday, December 2nd, 7:30pm: Melos Choir and Period Instruments presents A Star in The East II at St. George’s Cathedral. The evening will feature Advent and Christmas music from western and eastern traditions, 12th to 18th centuries with period poetry readings. Tickets are $25 for adults, $22 for seniors and $5 for under 13 and are available at The Church Bookroom, The St. George’s Cathedral office, at the door and online.

Friday, December 2nd, 7:30pm: The Grand Theatre hosts Christmas in Nashville, a tribute to the wonderful world of country music that began in Nashville over 100 years ago. The show will feature the music of Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Johnny and June Carter Cash and many more. Tickets are $60 plus HST and handling fee, $55 for seniors.

Saturday, December 3rd, 10am-5pm: The Maclachlan Woodworking Museum presents Winterlight. This event celebrates the changing season by bringing the community together to enjoy crafts and the cheer of holiday lights. Enjoy Holiday-themed woodland crafts and events both indoors and out. Light refreshments will be available.

Saturday, December 3rd, 2pm: Queen’s Trillers A Capella will perform their Winter concert at Chalmers United Church. Admission is by a minimum donation of $5. Free refreshments will be provided.

Monday, December 5th, 7pm: Join The Communications and Electronics Garrison Military Band for their annual Christmas concert at Sydenham Steet United Church in support of their Food Voucher Program. Admission is by donation.

Friday, December 9th, 7:30pm: Join Orchestra Kingston and The Kingston Choral Society for their annual performance of The Messiah at Sydenham Street United Church. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for students and free for anyone 16 and younger.

Saturday, December 10th, 3pm and 7:30pm: The State Ballet Theatre of Russia returns to the Grand, presenting the beloved classic, The Nutcracker, featuring traditional choreography and sparkling imagery. Tickets are $44.50 and $49.50 plus HST and handling fee.

Sunday, December 11th, 2pm: Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area is hosting an afternoon of Holiday Crafting. Turn your old holiday cards and wrapping paper into unique new holiday decorations. Bring your own supplies or use some of theirs.

Sunday, December 11th, 2:30pm: The Kingston Chamber Choir presents Songs of Delight, at St. George’s Cathedral featuring Dylan Thomas’s A Child’s Christmas in Wales read by actor/raconteur Richard Partington, and The Mulberry Waldorf School choir. Tickets are $25 and $15 for under 30 and are available at The Church Bookroom, Expressions Fashion Boutique, online and at the door.

Sunday, December 11th, 2:30pm: Kingston Townsmen Chorus and She Sings! present Please Come Home for Christmas at Cooke’s Portsmouth United Church. This concert is in support of the St. Vincent De Paul Society. Donations are accepted – Please bring toiletries, winter clothing and/or non-perishable food items. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for Students, children under 12 are free and are available at Brian’s Record Option and at the door.

Sunday, December 11th, 2:30pm and Tuesday, December 20th, 7:30pm: The Grand Theatre presents Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy in A Celtic Family Christmas. A second Kingston show was added because the first one sold out so quickly so get your tickets now! $49.50 and $44.50 plus HST and handling fee.

Wednesday, December 14th, 4:30pm: Canta Arya School for Strings presents Twilight Concert of Carols & Classics at Chalmers United Church.  Featuring seasonal music and the works of Bach, Beethoven and the World Premier of Kingston composer, John Burge’s work: ‘Bells in the Moon of Wintertime’.  Admission by Donation to support Canta Arya’s many Outreach Projects.

Friday, December 16th, 7:30pm and Saturday, December 17th, 2:00pm and 7:30pm: Cantabile Choirs of Kingston present O Christmas Tree at Sydenham Street United Church. A staple holiday tradition for many Kingstonians. Tickets range in price from $15-27.

Friday, December 16th and Sunday, December 18th, 7:30pm: The Kingston Senior Choristers present a concert of familiar carols and songs of hope and inspiration especially selected for the season at Bay Park Baptist Church. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children and are available from any chorister, by calling 613-767-0673 to reserve, or at the door.

Saturday, December 17th, 7:30pm: Join Kingstonian Taylor Donaldson’s Montreal jazz band for a special holiday concert at Cooke’s Portsmouth United Church as they play seasonal favourites, selections from Duke Ellington’s “Nutcracker Suite”, carols, and more! Tickets are $10 and $25 at the door.

Sunday, December 18th, 2pm: Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area is hosting an Outdoor Christmas Party for the animals. Bring your family out to feed the birds, play some games and enjoy a fun winter’s afternoon in the great outdoors. Party goers will also leave a special nature present for all of our animal friends. Meet up at the Outdoor Centre by 2 p.m., when the festivities will begin. Folks are advised to wear clothing and footwear that is appropriate for the terrain and weather conditions.

Saturday, December 19th, 6:30pm: The Grand Theatre presents Max and Ruby in the Holiday Sweets Nutcracker. Inspired by one of the greatest musical scores ever composed – Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite – the beloved bunny siblings star in a brand new musical production. Tickets are $30 and $35.

Tuesday, December 20th and Wednesday, December 21st, 7:30pm: The Kingston Symphony presents a Kingston favourite: A Candlelight Christmas at The Isabel Bader Centre of the Performing Arts. This concert sells out quickly so grab your tickets now!

Wednesday, December 21st, 7:30pm: Enjoy an evening of carols in four-part harmony with Quartette in A Quartette Christmas at The Grand Theatre. Tickets are $39.83 plus HST and handling fee.

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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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