There are some great events taking place throughout the month of December 2016 – stay tuned for more, but in the meantime hit the road and take in these highlights of Nova Scotia.
Hands on History- Sherbrooke
runs until the end of September
Hands On History invites people young and old to participate in Village life by offering a “Hands On”, interactive, educational and fun experience. Visit the website to learn more
Maple Sugar Brunch and Guided Tours at Sugar Moon Farm
Every Saturday and Sunday
Sugar Moon Farm serves their signature fully-licensed maple brunch. Be sure to take a free guided tour of the maple sugar operation and plan to hike the Rogart Mountain Trail. AND Christmas at Sugar Moon is simply magic. Visit the website for more details: www.sugarmoon.ca
-Celtic Music Interpretive Centre, Judique
For more information, go to the website
Saturday Ceilidh's at the Doryman -
Doryman Pub and Grill, Cheticamp
Fiddle music every Saturday afternoon. For more information, call 902-224-9909
Acadian Arts and Craft Day- West Pubnico
every week on Thursday
For traditional craft demonstrations such as artist painting, hooked rugs, braided rugs, basket weaving, wool spinning, crochet tatting, quilting and red work. To find out more, check out the website.
Mother Goose / French for Fun Program- Petit de Grat Library
With Rachel MacGillivray & Louise Migneault every Wednesday from 10am-11:30am at the Petit de Grat Library in Petit de Grat, NS, for ages 0-6. Program includes 2 stories (English & French), a light snack, a craft, children's songs, and ends with a musical exercise game. Please contact the Petit de Grat Library at (902) 226-3534 or email [email protected] more information.
Chester Gingerbread Festival
November 19 - December 19
Exquisite gingerbread houses will be on display in the village and decorated gingerbread men can be found cavorting all over Chester. Come join the fun! Click here for all the tasty details
Unicorn Theatre presents: "A Christmas Story" - Bay Community Centre
November 25 - December 4
This musical, which received rave reviews on its Broadway run, is based on the movie classic that runs round-the-clock on television every Christmas. Set in the 1940s in the fictional town of Hohman, Indiana, the musical follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker and his quest for the Holy Grail of Christmas gifts—an Official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot Range Model air rifle. Rebuffed at every turn with a similar echoing response ("You’ll shoot your eye out!"), Ralphie plots numerous schemes to achieve his desperate desire for the coveted BB gun. A Christmas Story, The Musical will bring an exciting new dimension to those who have seen the movie and will certainly stand on its own for those who haven’t. Showdates are November 25-27 and December 2-4 at the Bay Community Centre. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children, students and seniors. For more information, and ticket details go to the website
Annual Mahone Bay Father Christmas Festival
Weekends of November 25 & December 4
Larger than life Father Christmas figures wonderfully adorned, Yuletide gourmet food market, antique fair, fun filled activities for kids, demonstrations for decor and entertaining, official horse drawn transit, trees, lights, wandering minstrels, choirs and carolers. Visit the website
See the venue's website for more information
Shopping Under the Stars - Downtown Halifax
Get into the holiday mood with carolers, restaurant specials and tax-free sales. Visit the website for more
Every Saturday Night - Rocking with The Carletones.
Thursday, December 1st – Josh Lake & Chelsea Amber Christmas Party 9pm
Friday, December 2 – Scrapes 10pm
Saturday, December 3 – Slowcoaster 10pm
Sunday, December 4 - Shaun Majumder New Material Only 8pm
Friday, December 9 - Three Sheet & Know Issue 10pm
Sunday, December 11 - Lennie Gallant 8pm
Monday, December 12 – Neptune Theatre Open Stage 8pm
Tuesday, December 13 – Tomi Allen + TBA 8pm
Wednesday, December 14 – Coig 8pm
Sunday, December 18 - John Payne
Friday, December 30 – The Carletones 10pm
For more information visit the website.
Get Un-Scrooged Wolfville Farmers Market- The DeWolfe Building, Wolfville
Have a chance to win your Christmas Wish List while supporting the Wolfville and Area Food Bank. That's right, Get Un-Scrooged is back once again! The Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future will be roaming the Market, selling ballots for $5 (all proceeds go to the Wolfville Area Food Bank). Fill out your ballot by indicating up to 15 participating vendors that you'd like to win gifts from. A ballot will be drawn at 10am on Saturday December 10th, and the winner will win their entire wish list! You could win up to $400 in fantastic Market gifts while helping out local families who rely on the Food Bank throughout the year. Details here.
Christmas in the Country - Ross Farm Museum, New Ross
December 3 & 4
As part of the New Ross Christmas Festival staff at Ross Farm Museum have put together a great program for your enjoyment. Step back in time to experience Christmas in the Country. At Rosebank Cottage sample traditional dishes from the period such as plum pudding, sugar cookies & warm spiced cider while you enjoy some of your favorite Christmas carols. There will be craft activities in the school house and farm workshop. Weather permitting there will be horse drawn rides. New This Year: A Craft Fair will be held in the Learning Centre on December 4th from 10:00am - 3:00pm as part of the Christmas festival. Click here for more info.
Halifax Jazz Festival presents: Tales of a Charlie Brown Christmas - Spatz Theatre, Halifax
Experience the magic of this timeless classic, featuring local jazz legend and original member of the Vince Guaraldi Trio, Jerry Granelli - his trio along with the Sacred Heart Childrens Choir. Click here for more.
Lyrics & Laughter- Louisbourg Playhouse
December 9 & 10
Join the cast of Cape Breton Lyrics & Laughter for a fun-filled evening (or afternoon) of holiday music and comedy! Lyrics & Laughter's Christmas shows have become something of a tradition over the years--it's the best way to get into the Christmas spirit! Colin Grant, Michelle Mills Hollohan, Jason MacDonald, Eric Angus Whyte and Adam Young will be performing some of your favourite Christmas carols and lots of toe-tapping, get-up-and-dance fiddle tunes. We'll throw in some original comedy for you, too. And, if that weren’t enough: free tea and oatcakes for everyone! Come celebrate the holiday season with Jimmy, Dan Angus and the rest of the gang, and see what shenanigans they’re getting up to this year! Find out more by clicking here
Christmas Bedtime Story- Coady Tompkins Memorial Library, Margaree Forks
Get into the Holiday Spirit! Christmas stories and cheer to get you into the Holiday Spirit! Pajamas, stuffed toys, the young, and the young at hear are most welcome! Check out the Facebook page for all the details.
Christmas with John Gracie In Support of the Friends of Saint Margaret
Bella Rose Arts Centre, Halifax
Are you looking to catch the Holiday Spirit? A sure way to do it is to attend John Gracie’s Christmas featuring a special guest appearance by the Halifax Boys Honour Choir. John has toured this beautiful Christmas Concert across the globe which included a performance at the Tree Lighting in Bryant Park in New York City. John Gracie’s two Christmas CDs, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas and Simply Christmas have sold over 60,000 copies and will be available the evening of the concert. We promise it will be a night to treasure, so get your tickets now this will be a sell out! Click here for more info and tickets..
LunaSea Theatre Company presents: The 5th Annual “Carols in the Cathedral” Concert - Cathedral Church of All Saints, Halifax
Join us at the Cathedral Church of All Saints, 1330 Cathedral Lane (formerly Martello St.), at 7:30 on Monday, Dec. 12, 2016 for LunaSea's annual fundraiser, Carols in the Cathedral. Host Martha Irving and the 12th Night Choir are joined by special guests to ring in the season with candlelight, songs, dancing, and carol sing-alongs. There will be a silent auction of last minute gift ideas and a sale of baked goods and hot cider to enjoy during the concert. Details and ticket information here.
The University of King’s College Chapel Choir in ‘A King’s Christmas 2016’
December 16 - St. Ninian Cathedral Parish, Antigonish
December 17 - St John's Anglican Church, Lunenburg
December 18 - Cathedral Church of All Saints, Halifax
Described by the Chronicle Herald as “annual magic”, A King’s Christmas is back for its ninth year. This feast of seasonal song and story is directed by five-time Grammy winner Paul Halley, and features the University of King’s College Chapel Choir performing a beautiful blend of carols from the medieval to the modern. Roberta Barker is a Professor of Theatre Studies and Associate Director of the Fountain School of Performing Arts in Halifax. Dr Barker brings to these concerts a wealth of expertise in drama and literature with particular focus on the works of regional authors. Details here.
Christmas at the Playhouse with Cyndi Cane - Chester Playhouse
The Playhouse is very pleased to welcome neo-soul diva Cyndi Cain to the stage. Cyndi, who recently earned ANSMA’s artist of the year prize, performs with a full band and will make this Christmas concert a very special event. She’s shared stages with Michael Bublé, Dutch Mason, Charles Bradley, and will be opening for Ms. Lauryn Hill at this year’s Halifax Jazz Festival. Tickets are $22 for adults and $16 for youth. Doors open at 7:00 pm. For show info & tickets click here
Musique Royale Presents: Capella Regalis Men and Boys Choir in ‘To Bethlehem with King’s’
Capella Regalis Men and Boys Choir in a traditional and heart-warming evening of beautiful carols for Christmas, ancient and modern, performed by a choir of 12 boys (ages 7-14) and 12 men. The concert will also include hymns and carols for audience participation with organist Paul Halley. Click here to learn more.
Handel's Messiah - Rebecca Cohn, Halifax
December 22 & 23
Handel’s Messiah is a moving, electrifying masterpiece, and a highlight of the Christmas season for hundreds of Nova Scotians each year. Symphony Nova Scotia again performs this great work with our very own chorus master and conductor, Jeff Joudrey.* Along with four hand-picked guest soloists and the 80-voice Symphony Nova Scotia Chorus, he unfolds the drama of this performance, from recitative, to aria, to chorus, in a passionate retelling of one of the most well-known stories of our time. Click here to find out more
Holiday Ceilidh - Membertou Trade and Convention Centre
The Cape Breton Music Industry Cooperative (CBMIC) will present a Holiday Ceilidh at the Membertou Trade and Convention Centre. This fundraising event will host some of the hottest Celtic artists from Cape Breton Island, including: Wendy MacIsaac, Howie MacDonald, Chrissy Crowley, Mac Morin and Kenneth MacKenzie. As a special treat, Dave Sampson, Sydney-based songwriting juggernaut will also be performing. Doors will open at 8 PM and the music will begin promptly at 9 PM. The Cape Breton Music Industry Cooperative (CBMIC) is a registered Non-Profit organization mandated to grow, support and empower Cape Breton’s music industry. Funds raised at the concert will help to ensure the continuation of the Cape Breton Music Industry Cooperative and the valuable programs it offers. For more info click here
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