5 things to do in Edmonton this weekend

Consider this the Christmas round-up.
Edmonton’s famous Singing Christmas Tree, with accompanying orchestra, will perform throughout the weekend at the Jubilee Auditorium. (CBC)

I’ve been holding off as long as possible, so consider this week’s list the Christmas round up.

Deck the Halls

What: What do you get when you put 150 singers in a 35-foot-tall Christmas tree and throw in the accompaniment of a live orchestra? Edmonton’s famous Singing Christmas Tree, of course! This year’s show is taking place at the Jubilee auditorium, with profits going to local charities, organizations and children in need. Tickets are available here.

When? December 19 to 22, with shows nightly at 7 p.m.

Christmas can be a drag

With Bells On, currently playing at the Roxy Theatre, tells the story of a mild-mannered accountant brush with 'She', a 7-foot Glamazon. (Ian Jackson/Epic Photography)

What: Imagine you step into an elevator only to find yourself in close quarters with “a 7-foot Glamazon who lives down the hall, who has 'decked the halls' by creating the Ultimate Christmas Queen Pageant Outfit.” Then … the elevator gets stuck, leaving you both in a frenzy to get this fabulous creature to her stage show on time. This is the premise of “With Bells On”   a new Guys in Disguise/Theatre Network production starring James Hamilton and Paul Welch.

When? Playing through to December 23 with nightly shows at 8 p.m.

Competing carols

If you’re looking for a new spin on the holiday classic this year, look no further than the Christmas Carol Project a musical version of the timeless tale of Scrooge, Tiny Tim and a couple of late-night intruders (ghosts). Now back for its 18th year, the show features a cast of local musicians (including Bill Bourne, Maria Dunn and Terry Morrison) performing in the Westbury Theatre at the Arts Barns building in Old Strathcona. Tickets are available here.

When? December 20 and 21 at 9 p.m.

However, if you prefer your Christmas Carol in its original form, director Bob Baker is once again at the helm, delivering Edmonton’s 14th annual showing of the Tom Wood-adapted story at the Citadel’s Maclab Theatre. Tickets for that production are available here.

When? Playing through to December 23 with shows at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m.

Old-timey Christmas

What: Bundle up and head down to Fort Edmonton for Christmas Reflections and take part in sleigh rides, hot chocolate, Christmas baking, craft and displays. Costumed interpreters will also be on hand along 1905 and 1920 Street to enlighten you on Christmas traditions of yore. A full schedule of sleigh rides is available here.

When? Running through to December 23

Candy Cane Lane lights up officially 5 p.m. Friday. ((CBC))

Low-key Christmas

What: If you’re looking to save a buck this Christmas, or maybe are just more interested in some quiet time at home, here’s a couple more ideas for you:

  • Take a thermos of hot chocolate or cider and a pocketful of cookies to the Alberta Legislature grounds to take a walk and check out the Christmas lights
  • Netflix has a whole dedicated Christmas list available for your mass consumption, so revisit a holiday classic or try out a new flick. Whichever you choose,  popcorn, eggnog and pyjamas are sure to enhance the experience.
  • Take a walk or drive down Candy Cane Lane and check out the lights - just be prepared to spend quite a while in traffic if you plan on taking wheels
  • If you don’t already have a tree, hit up one of the few Christmas tree farms in the area to chop down your own tree.
  • If possible, avoid the malls and airport at any cost. It’s sure to be a busy weekend!

Happy holidays!


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