Vancouver has many theatres and performing arts groups. Here is a list of some of the entertainment scheduled for the Lower Mainland in December 2018.
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Vancouver Theatre in December 2018
Plays and other performances showing at Vancouver theatres in December include Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley at the Granville Island Stage, Beauty and the Beast at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage and the The Nutcracker presented Goh Ballet BC at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.
Other highlights of the 2018 season include The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Blind Date, and Bah! Humbug! See below for further details about each.
For a list of festive choir and other music performances, click Vancouver Christmas Concerts.
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
December 6-16, 2018
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is a classic holiday story by author Barbara Robinson and directed by multiple Jessie award-nominated director Tamara McCarthy. It’s about the six Herdman kids, or “the worst kids in the history of the world”, who hijack the annual Christmas pageant.
The play takes place at Vancouver’s Havana Theatre at 1212 Commercial Drive and tickets cost $24 (or just $12 on preview night on December 5th). Performances take place Wednesday to Saturday at 7:30 pm. There are also matinees on Saturdays and Sundays at 2 pm.
See the Naked Goddess Productions website for more information.
Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley
November 15 – December 30, 2018
Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley is a seasonal comedy based on the story by Jane Austen and related to her novel Pride and Prejudice. It shows at the Granville Island Stage at 1585 Johnston Street on Granville Island.
The play runs from November 15th until December 30th every day except Sundays and December 25th and 26th. Tickets start at $29.
November 22 – December 30, 2018
Blind Date is a romantic comedy at Vancouver’s Goldcorp Stage at 162 West 1st Avenue.
The play is a one-actress show with audience participation where the main character, Mimi, goes on a blind date (with someone chosen randomly from the audience).
The show runs from November 22nd until December 30th from Tuesday to Sunday. Admission starts at $29.
Beauty & the Beast
December 1, 2018, to January 6, 2019
Disney’s Classical musical Beauty & the Beast shows Tuesdays to Sundays at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage at 2750 Granville Street in Vancouver.
Tickets start at $39.
Click Beauty and the Beast for tickets and more information.
December 6-22, 2018
Bah! Humbug! is an annual musical production about Charles Dickens’ famous and miserly Ebenezer Scrooge from the classic tale “A Christmas Carol”, but in a present-day Downtown Eastside Vancouver setting.
Performances take place at the Goldcorp Centre of the Arts at 149 West Hastings Street on Tuesdays to Sundays between December 6th and December 22nd. On weekdays and Saturdays shows are at 7:30 pm. There are also 2:00 pm matinees on Saturdays and Sundays. No performances take place on Mondays.
Tickets prices are the following (including GST and online fees):
- Adults (ages 18+) – $39
- Students (with valid ID) – $24
- Children (ages 10 to 17) – $24
- Early-Bird 4 Packs of Tickets – $99
For more information click Bah! Humbug! 2018.
The Nutcracker Suite
December 21-23, 2018
The Nutcracker is a classic Christmas ballet about a couple of children, toys, mice and a nutcracker. It includes music by the great Russian composer Tchaikovsky and is one of the most famous and watched ballet productions in modern times.
In Vancouver the Nutcracker is performed most years by two main ballet companies on different dates. Shows with Goh Ballet takes place December 21, 22 and 23 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Most years, but not in 2018, there are also performances with the Alberta Ballet Company.
For a list of shows at other times of the year, see Vancouver’s Shows & Entertainment Calendar.
For a list of other events this time of year, see the December Events Calendar.
For a list of festive choir performances in the Lower Mainland, click Vancouver Christmas Concerts.
For the Lower Mainland’s best winter holiday attractions, click Top Things to do in Vancouver at Christmas.