So many people love to visit Niagara in the summer that it’s hard to remember the place is open and full of spectacular fun all year long. Not only does the water careen at its breathtaking pace any time of year, but the offerings by the area’s entertainers and those who book those entertainers don’t drop off one bit. In fact, December is a particularly perfect month to visit, and chief among them are the many holiday-themed entertainment opportunities that exist throughout the region. From musical theater to ballet, here are just a handful of the options you can find throughout the Niagara region should you choose to spend some time with us this December.
A Christmas Fiddle Celebration
Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy’s Christmas Celebration comes to the First Ontario Performing Arts Centre in St. Catharines for two shows on December 5th, one at 2:30pm and one at 7:30pm. For lovers of Christmas and holiday-themed music, fast as lightning fiddling, storytelling, and good, old-fashioned dancing, this event is a must-see and must-experience. Whether you’re alone, with a friend, or travelling with your full family in tow, getting to watch and listen to these two world-class fiddlers will be a highlight of your holiday season.
It’s a Wrap
Brought to you by the talented people behind Niagara’s long-running and ever-popular musical dinner theater, Oh, Canada, Eh?, It’s a Wrap is a Christmas show unlike any other. Set in the 1970s, it’s a Christmas-themed variety show that includes everything from the singing of classic Christmas tunes to dancing fruitcakes and rapping elves. Enjoy a five-course Canadian-themed Christmas dinner served by cast members during the performance as well. It’s a Wrap is a delightful way to spend the evening for young and old alike, and it’s something that can only be experienced this holiday season in Niagara Falls.
For many families, the holiday season is incomplete without getting to take in the perennial holiday classic, The Nutcracker. Join area families and lucky-enough-to-know-about-it visitors as the Ballet Jorgen, inspired by the Group of Seven—an area dance troupe known for taking a different approach to classics—brings Tchaikovsky’s classic alive in a way that is refreshingly Canadian. For two days only, on December 12th and 13th at 7pm, you can experience The Nutcracker at St. Catharines’ First Ontario Performing Arts Centre.
Performing live at the beautiful Seneca Queen Theatre in downtown Niagara Falls on December 12th at 7pm, Canadian roots musician, songwriter, and singer, Catherine MacLellan is a staple of contemporary music in Canada and the United States. Her unique and luscious sound has earned her much critical acclaim over the years from media outlets as different in scope as The Austin Chronicle, BBC Radio, Q Magazine, The Boston Globe, and Maverick Magazine. For a night of roots music helmed by a singer with gravitas and exquisite taste, this one-time-only performance should not be missed.
So, head to the Niagara region for your fix of entertainment this December. Whether you’re in the mood for ballet, original roots music, or fancy fiddling, we have something for everyone, and almost all of it can only be had with a visit to Niagara.
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