From city traditions like Dance Fredericton’s Nutcracker and TNB’s annual holiday-themed theatre production, to performances from international touring musicians and unique family friendly shows, the holiday season at the Fredericton Playhouse has something for everyone.
Let’s face it. The holidays are unavoidable. As much as we like to groan and grumble about how early some people put up their trees or hang lights in their windows, the buzz of the season is inescapable. Whether it’s the excitement of spending some long overdue time with friends and family, or just the anticipation of wrapping up one year with the hopes of starting the next on the right foot, we all feel something positive this time of year. It’s personal and different for each of us. There is no universal holiday vibe. It is what we make it.
For many, making the most of the season involves getting out of the house and taking in some of the many annual events that dot the holiday calendar each and every year. And if you’re one of those who crave entertainment on big stages with all the lights, the music and the warmth that comes with gathering together as a community, look no further than the Fredericton Playhouse stage. Between now and the end of December, Fredericton’s main stage will host a mix of dance, theatre, and music sure to put a smile on even the most humbug of mugs.
Here’s what’s coming up:
Dance Fredericton’s The Nutcracker | November 27-28
Presented by Dance Fredericton Danse and featuring guest artists Alanna McAdie and Yosuke Mino, soloists with Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and Louis-Philippe Dionne former soloist with the Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada. The Nutcracker is a full-length ballet which showcases original choreography created for Dance Fredericton, elaborate costuming and sets, and the classical score by Pyotr Tchaikovsky.
The Snowman’s Ball: Christmas with Matt Andersen and Friends | Dec. 1
Singer, songwriter, and guitarist Matt Andersen is taking the holiday party on the road! Performing holiday favourites with his small band, the show will feature special guests Fortunate Ones and Reeny Smith. The Snowman’s Ball is becoming a can’t-miss tradition, so gather friends and family to celebrate the season with Matt.
Lennie Gallant: The Innkeeper’s Christmas | Dec. 3
Come join Lennie Gallant and band for a celebration of the season with the 4th annual Innkeeper’s Christmas show. This year, the highly popular multimedia show will feature songs from his new Christmas record as well as favourites from his 14 album catalogue. His past Innkeeper’s Christmas concerts have all sold out, so book your tickets early.
NB Country Showcase: Christmas Show | Dec. 4
The New Brunswick Country Showcase is pleased to present their Christmas Show. This two-hour stellar performance will feature a mixture traditional Gospel Christmas music, traditional Country Christmas music and contemporary Country Christmas music performed by Kevin Neilson, Sarah MacLoon, Sam Johnston, Barb Prosser, Dwane Drost, Bea Tompkins, Nellie Spinney, Harmonix and the Showcase Band. This special concert is guaranteed to warm the hearts of young and old alike and put everyone in the Christmas Spirit.
Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley (Theatre New Brunswick) | Dec. 9-11
Theatre New Brunswick return to the stage with Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, a witty, fun, “sequel” to the Jane Austen classic, Pride and Prejudice. This holiday tale focuses on Mary, the bookish, often over-looked middle child, as she navigates a potential romance with Mr. Darcy’s smart but awkward cousin, Arthur. Brought to life by a cast of actors from all four Atlantic provinces under the direction of Ryan G. Hinds, this highly entertaining production draws influence from Netflix’s Bridgerton with period style and enough modern wit to delight Jane Austen fans and newcomers alike. A special treat for a holiday season!
Fredericton Symphony Orchestra | Dec. 12
The Fredericton Symphony Orchestra returns with its annual fan-favourite seasonal concert – featuring special guests, the Fredericton Choral Society! Start your holiday season with a full symphony orchestra sound playing seasonal musical favourites. Good fun for the whole family!
Chantal Kreviazuk: Christmas is a Way of Life, My Dear | Dec. 16
One of Canada’s most accomplished songwriters and recognizable voices comes to the Fredericton Playhouse this season! In time for the holidays, Chantal Kreviazuk brings songs from her holiday album “Christmas is a Way of Life, My Dear”, as well as her latest album “Get to You”, released in the summer of 2020.
Tomato/Tomato: A Down Home Christmas | Dec. 19
Hang onto your hats because this Saint John-based genre-bending musical duo is ready to take you on a ride with their eclectic mix of holiday folk and country! Expect jaw dropping multitasking, dynamic guitar arrangements, and soaring vocal harmonies. This year enjoy a “downhome” Christmas with Tomato/Tomato and friends, featuring musical guest Ray Legere.
Barra MacNeils: Celtic Christmas | Dec. 20
One of the most beloved concerts on the seasonal circuit, the Barra MacNeils Celtic Christmas features a highly entertaining mix of traditional seasonal fare along with entertaining stories and dance, stamped with their lush harmonies and brilliant instrumental stylings. Their unique show is crafted to bring a Celtic spin to traditional favourites and their own original musical treasures.
Bonus for the kids! DuffleBag Theatre: Robin Hood | Dec. 27
This holiday season, DuffleBag Theatre brings the classic story of Robin Hood to life, with plenty of hilarious twists along the way! DuffleBag’s fractured fairy tales are an annual favourite, full of spontaneous and amusing audience involvement. With all the humour and fun you have come to expect, DuffleBag hits the mark with this on-target tale of derring-do!
Tickets for all performances are on sale now at the Fredericton Playhouse box office.