Vancouver has many theatres and performing arts groups. In December there are typically lots of great Christmas concerts and other performances to choose from!
Vancouver Theatre in December
Plays and other performances showing at Vancouver theatres in December this year include Goh Ballet’s The Nutcracker at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. There is also the internationally-acclaimed musical Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story that’s on tour from Halifax, Nova Scotia.
In 2022 the Arts Club Theatre also has The Sound of Music which runs from November 10th until December 24th at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage.
See below for further details about all of the above.
For a list of festive choir and other music performances, click Vancouver Christmas Concerts.
The Nutcracker Suite
December 15, 2022 – December 18, 2022
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 take place on December 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th in 2022 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.
Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story
December 1 – 11, 2022
Presented by SFU Woodwards Cultural Programs, Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story is a high energy musical by the 2b theatre company from Nova Scotia.
The play is about a couple of Jewish refugees who came to Canada in 1908 after escaping the horrors of war. The play is about love and humanity. Although a sad and serious topic, the play is also fun and humorous.
The music shows every day between December 1 and 11, except for the Monday, at the SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts at 149 West Hastings Street in downtown Vancouver.
For tickets and full details, see the SFU Woodwards website. To see a trailer about the play, check out the following short video.
The Sound of Music
November 10, 2022 – December 24, 2022
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 runs from November 10th until December 24th this year from Tuesday to Sunday. Admission starts at $43.
For a list of shows at other times of the year, see Vancouver’s Shows & Entertainment Calendar.
To learn more about 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.