‘Tis the season for holiday events across Ottawa. From live musical performances, theatre shows and dances, the festive spirit can be found on stages across the city. In addition to a few of the events we’ve gathered up below, another place you can find great performances might be your local high schools who often have musical holiday concerts at this time of year, theatre groups, local bands and community venues that may be hosting their own special holiday event open to the public. This is also a great way to introduce the kids to these shows and support organizations and performers in your neighbourhood. Here are some of our favourites.
A Christmas Carol
Where: Shenkman Arts Centre
When: November 22 (6:30 pm), November 23 (1:30 pm), November 24 (1:30 pm)
The Ottawa School Of Theatre is bringing a Christmas classic to the stage at the Shenkman Arts Centre between November 22 and November 24 as they perform A Christmas Carol. This family-friendly performance will take place during the same weekend as the popular Baz’Art artisan sale. This seasonal ghost story is filled with holiday carols and is sure to share the spirit of Christmas with the audience. Tickets are affordable too; $5 for children and $10 for adults. Tickets available here
Where: Meridian Theatres at Centrepointe
When: December 7th
Sugarplum fairies await your family during The Nutcracker ballet performance at Meridian Theatres at Centrepointe on December 7th. There are two performances (at 1 pm and 7 pm) presented by Les Petits Ballets. The colourful and magical story on stage is a festive way to introduce your kids to dance. Tickets are available on the Meridian Theatre website.
Holiday Hits with the NAC Orchestra
Where: National Arts Centre
When: December 12-14
Your favourite holiday carols and songs will be performed at the National Arts Centre on December 12, 13 and 14 at 7 pm. The performance is about 2 hours long with intermission so it may be a bit much for the younger ones to enjoy, but older kids will appreciate the contemporary twists, and classical takes on songs like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, White Christmas and more family favourites. This isn’t just an instrumental concert, singers will be delighting audiences with their crooning too. Tickets are available on the NAC website (and keep an eye out for their special sale on November 21 and 22!)
Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s The Nutcracker
Where: National Arts Centre
When: December 4-8
The Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s performance of The Nutcracker, featuring the Mouse King, a young Clara and a brave soldier takes the stage at the National Arts Centre between December 4th and 8th. There are evening and matinee performances available for this popular and beloved ballet. Tickets available on the NAC website.
Tales of a Charlie Brown Christmas
Where: Dominion-Chalmers Church
When: December 5th, 7-9 pm
The classic soundtrack from a Charlie Brown Christmas will be performed by Ottawa jazz musicians on December 5th in this very popular Ottawa Jazz Festival Tradition. There’s no way to hear this music and not be completely swept into the festive season. Tickets are currently sold out on the site, but keep an eye out for those in the Facebook group who may not be able to use theirs anymore.