Christmastime is near: 5 fun things to do on P.E.I. this week

Christmastime is near, with all the shopping, eating and musical excitement of the season. If your calendar has a few holes, here are some suggestions for fun things to do on P.E.I. this week.

From a live nativity to soup and Christmas concerts, there's lots to do as you enjoy this holiday season

Enjoy a nativity tableau from the comfort of your vehicle this weekend in Canoe Cove, P.E.I. (Santa's Angels/Facebook )

Christmastime is near, with all the shopping, eating and musical excitement of the season.

If your calendar has a few holes, here are some suggestions for fun things to do on P.E.I. this week.

Live nativity

Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. there will be a live nativity in Canoe Cove, P.E.I., at the home of Chrys and Doreen Jenkins, civic 6452 on Route 19. 

The display will include real animals, so you never know what might happen!

Admission is by donation, and proceeds support Santa's Angels and The Children's Wish Foundation of P.E.I. 

Soupy Saturdays are back

Amy and Rachel Beck performed at last weekend's Soupy Saturday at Back Alley Music in Charlottetown. (Soupy Saturdays/Facebook )

Hungry? Great! Drop by Back Alley Music on University Avenue in Charlottetown this Saturday and next from noon to 4 p.m. for a bowl of hearty soup by Chef Jane Crawford from HopYard and an amazing concert of live music.

This Saturday, Ten Strings And A Goat Skin, Dylan Menzie, Ryan Merry and Lonely Kid all perform, and next week's lineup is stellar too, including Ledwell & Haines, Al Tuck, Generator and more. 

Soup and entertainment is by donation — proceeds go to the Upper Room Soup Kitchen. More on the Soupy Facebook Page.

Plinko for Purpose

Saturday you may be out Christmas shopping and see the Plinko for Purpose display at the Charlottetown Mall.

For $2 you get a chance to play game called Plinko, and be entered to win two passes to the Cavendish Beach Music Festival. 

Plinko is a popular game on The Price is Right, and it does NOT hinge on skill — players simply place a chip at the top of a maze, and the chip "falls where it may" — in this case, one of five local charities including the Salvation Army and the PEI Humane Society. 

The charity fun goes from noon til 6 p.m. Saturday. More info on the event's Facebook page

Meet your new neighbours

Santa and one of his elves at 2015 P.E.I. Association for Newcomers to Canada Open House. (Submitted by P.E.I. ANC)

The P.E.I. Association for Newcomers to Canada holds its annual Christmas Open House Thursday Dec. 15 from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Confederation Court Mall's food court.

Enjoy free snacks, entertainment, international snacks, drinks provided by Charlotte Tea and a visit from Santa. 

"Everyone is invited — just show up and bring your Christmas spirit!" a release from the organization states. 

Bonshaw Christmas concert

Cian O Morain and Mary MacGillivray will perform at this Sunday's Christmas concert at the Bonshaw Hall. (CBC PEI/Twitter)

Bonshaw is reviving an old tradition and will hold its first annual Christmas concert Sunday at the Bonshaw Hall just off Route 1 at 7 p.m.

Some of the performers: Karen Graves & Cameron MacDuffee, Jolene Willis & family, Josh Underhay & Peter Bevan-Baker, Mary MacGillivray and Cian O Morain, the Simmonds Family, Drea MacDonald and local piano player Herb MacDonald.

Admission is by donation and proceeds go to hall maintenance. More info on the event's Facebook page

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Sara is a P.E.I. native who graduated from the University of King's College in Halifax. N.S., with a Bachelor of Journalism (Honours) degree. She's worked with CBC Radio and Television since 1988, moving to the CBC P.E.I. web team in 2015, focusing on weekend features. email sara.fraser@cbc.ca