Vancouver has many theatres and performing arts groups. Here is a list of some of the entertainment scheduled for the Lower Mainland in December 2019.
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Vancouver Theatre in December
Plays and other performances showing at Vancouver theatres in December last year included Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley at the Granville Island Stage, It’s a Wonderful Christmas-ish Holiday Miracle at the BMO Theatre Centre and The Nutcracker presented by Goh Ballet BC at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.
Other highlights of the 2019 season included The Sound of Music at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage and Bah! Humbug! There were also wonderful nightly improv comedy shows with Vancouver Theatresports on Granville Island. See below for further details about all of the above.
For a list of festive choir and other music performances, click Vancouver Christmas Concerts.
Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley
December 5, 2019 – January 4, 2020
Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley was a seasonal comedy based on the story by Jane Austen and related to her novel Pride and Prejudice. It showed at the Granville Island Stage at 1585 Johnston Street on Granville Island.
The play ran from December 5th until January 4th every day except Sundays and December 25th. Tickets started at $29.
The Sound of Music
November 7, 2019 – January 5, 2020
The Sound of Music is a Rodgers & Hammerstein musical about the von Trapp family and their nanny in pre-Second World War Austria at Vancouver’s Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage at 2750 Granville Street.
The 1965 Hollywood movie version of the play starred Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. Favourite famous songs from the play include “Maria”, “Do-Re-Mi”, “Sixteen Going on Seventeen”, “Edelweiss”, “My Favorite Things” and “So Long, Farewell”.
The show ran from November 7th until January 5th last year from Tuesday to Sunday. Admission started at $39.
It’s a Wonderful Christmas-ish Holiday Miracle
November 21 – December 22, 2019
A Canadian comedy about Christmas-time challenges for a blended family at Vancouver’s Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre at 162 West 1st Avenue.
Ticket prices started at $29.
Click It’s a Wonderful Christmas-ish Holiday Miracle for more details.
Merry Kissmas and other Comedy Improv
November 20 – December 24, 2019
Vancouver Theatresports is a comedy theatre group that puts on shows at the Improv Centre on Granville Island. Tickets typically cost between less than $10 and less than $30, depending on the date and the show. Performances involve comedy improv, which means the actors make up their skits on the spot, often with input from the audience. It’s a lot of fun!
From late November until Christmas Eve last year the company’s feature Christmas special was Merry Kissmas – A Royal Romance. For the first half of the 90-minute show, actors did standard improv skits with a Christmas theme. After the intermission though, the Merry Kissmas production began. In it a member of the audience was selected to marry the prince and the cast of actors created a wonderful story.
Merry Kissmas took place on specific dates over the Christmas season. On other nights there were other shows including Rookie Night, Classic TheatreSports (on Tuesdays), OK Tinder – Swipe Right Comedy, Frisky Friday and The Late Show.
For more information see our article about Vancouver Theatresports, or click any of the above links to learn more about specific shows.
December 5-24, 2019
Bah! Humbug! was 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. 2019 was the show’s final year.
Performances used to take place most years at the Goldcorp Centre of the Arts at 149 West Hastings Street on Tuesdays to Sundays between the first and third weeks in December. On weekdays and Saturdays shows were usually at 7:30 pm. There were also afternoon matinees on Saturdays and Sundays. No performances took place on Mondays.
For more information click Bah! Humbug!
The Nutcracker Suite
December 20-22, 2019
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.
Shows with Goh Ballet took place last year on December 20, 21 and 22 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.
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.