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50+ holiday evenings to unwrap

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Thusday, December 5


Brunch with Santa and Mrs. Claus
Bacon and the big man! Get a photo as you feast.
10am-1pm, 3 Dakin Drive


Friday, December 6


Christmas Glow
Glow is a seasonal community festival, bringing together people you love to stroll, laugh and play under the twinkle of half a million lights. 3-5pm, Dec 7, 3-5pm, 200 Prospect Road


A Cringle Christmas
A play following the prep work required by the North Pole Distribution Centre to get toys under trees as Santa makes his big scene. 7:30pm, Alderney Landing Theatre, 2 Ochterloney Street, Dartmouth, $17.50


The King's Chorus presents Benjamin Britten's Saint Nicolas The King's Chorus, under the direction of Nick Halley, will present the nine-movement cantata composed by Benjamin Britten in 1948. The King's Chorus will be joined by the notable tenor soloist Nils Brown, boy sopranos from Capella Regalis Men & Boys Choir, piano, organ, percussion and a string quintet to bring this dynamic and dramatic work to life. 8pm, St. Mary's Basilica, 5221 Spring Garden Road, $20-$75


The Nutcracker
Dalhousie Arts Centre, 6101 University Avenue, symphonynovascotia.ca, To Dec 15


Impro dans le snow: Hallmark edition
A bilingual improv night that stretches the cliches of Hallmark holiday movies to ludicrous proportions. 6:15-9pm, Cafe Lara, 2347 Agricola Street, $20/PWYC


Hydrostone Tree Lighting
The annual event is back, lighting it up in support of Veith House.
6:30-7:30pm, Hydrostone Park, 5547 Young Street


Halifax Lights Festival: Silent Dance Party
Three DJs come together to make absolutely no noise in the name of the holidays. Grab a pair of headphones and dance your butt off under Argyle Street's canopy lights. Dec 6, 7-9pm, Argyle Street


Saturday, December 7


Celebrating The Spirit of Christmas with the Nova Scotia Mass Choir
A joyful evening of song to help you catch the holiday spirit, featuring Saeed Foroughi and Adina Fraser-Marsman. 6:30pm, Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia, 10 Cherry Brook Road, $14/$16


Cheer & Song Time
An open house complete with cookies, crafts and seasonal carols.
2-5pm, Evergreen House, 26 Newcastle Street, Dartmouth


Christmas Tea & Sale
Noon-2pm, St. James United Church, 181 Portland Street, Dartmouth, $10


Christmas by the Coast
A two-day sale of work from artisans and craftspeople from Ketch Harbour and surrounding areas. 11am-5pm, December 8 11am-5pm, Ketch Harbour Community Hall, 964 Ketch Harbour Road


Dartmouth Christmas Tree Lighting
Fireworks and Santa sightings included! 4:30-6:15pm, Alderney Landing, 2 Ochterloney Street, Dartmouth


Holiday card making workshop
1-4pm, The Neighbourhood Witch, 1526 Queen Street, $25


Holiday Hygge
Music, shopping and merriment with the lovely folks of the historic farmers' market.
8am-1pm, Halifax Brewery Farmers' Market, 1496 Lower Water Street


Sunday, December 8


Dartmouth community band Christmas concert
Sing along to seasonal favourites.
2-3:30pm, Christ Church, 50 Wentworth Street, Dartmouth


HFX vegan cookie exchange
2-4pm, Glitter Bean Cafe, 5896 Spring Garden Road


Shubie Park Tree Lighting
4-5pm, Shubie Park, 54 Locks Road, Dartmouth


Eastern Passage Annual Parade of Lights
6-8pm, Main Road, Eastern Passage


Monday, December 9


Channukah party
8pm-midnight, HMCS King's Wardroom, 6350 Coburg Road


Thursday, December 12


Don We Now Our Gay Apparel
The Halifax Gay Men's Chorus delivers a mix of tunes. 7:30pm, St. Andrew's United Church, 6036 Coburg Road, $20-$50


Friday, December 13


Christmas with the Paul St-Amand Quintet
7:30pm, St. Ignatius Church, 1288 Bedford Highway, $12.65


Secret Santa Mingle Time
Part gift swap, part dance, part meet-and-mingle. 10pm, Alteregoes Cafe, 2193 Gottingen Street

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Saturday, December 14


8th Annual Holiday Concert
The Second Chances band gets in on the good times with celebratory tunes. 2-3:30pm, Paul O'Regan Hall, Halifax Central Library, 5440 Spring Garden Road


A Christmas Dollhouse: A family musical
An all-ages musical based on a novel of the same name by author Richard Rudnicki.
3pm, Bella Rose Arts Centre, 283 Thoas Raddall Drive, $25-$60


santa paws at the spca Good bois can meet the big guy himself. 10am-4pm, 5 Scarfe Court, Dartmouth


Melissa Connick School of Dance presents: Home for the Holidays 10am & 12:30pm, Spatz Theatre, 1855 Trollope Street, $12/$15


Reeny's Family Christmas
R&B powerhouse slash queen of the mic Reeny Smith returns with her annual seasonal song session.
7pm, St. Matthew's Church, 1479 Barrington Street, $26/$35


That 90s Night Xmas Party
On the eighth day of Christmas my baby gave to me, a pair of Chloe shades and a diamond belly ring.
10pm-2am, The Seahorse Tavern, 2037 Gottingen Street, $8 or two-for-one before 10:30pm


Yule Ritual
Can't really put it better than the event organizers did: "Join the Temple of Witchcraft for an evening to attune to the cycles and rhythms of the Earth, as we drum, raise energy." 7-10pm, Universalist Unitarian Church of Halifax, 5500 Inglis Street


Sunday, December 15


Carol sing-a-long
Wear your ugliest holiday sweater to this festive sing-a-long that's complete with apple cider. Don't forget a non-perishable food donation, too! 2-3pm, Christ Church, 50 Wentworth Street


A King's Christmas w/guest narrator-musician Old Man Luedecke
The holiday tradition returns! Catch the grammy-winning Paul Halley as he directs the acclaimed University of King's College Chapel Choir through a collection of choral works that skew from medieval to modern. Juno-winning folk musician Old Man Luedecke hosts the heart-warming happenings.
4pm & 7:30pm, Cathedral Church of All Saints, 1330 Cathedral Lane, $15-$86.95


Tales of A Charlie Brown Christmas
Halifax Jazz Fest invites all you Woodstocks and Snoopys to get into the holiday spirit with this live rendition of the cheerful children's classic. Music is provided by the Jerry Granelli Trio—adding an authentic touch, as Granelli was a member of the Vince Guaraldi Trio, who scored and performed the original recording of A Charlie Brown Christmas more than a half century ago. 2pm & 7pm, Spatz Theatre, 1855 Trollope Street, $45/$10


Monday, December 16


emera oval opens for the season Get yer skates on. 10am, Halifax Common


Wednesday, December 18


Boney M.'s Holiday Favourites Tour Belt out "Mary's Boy Child" with the disco dream that is Boney M. 7:30-9:30pm, Scotiabank Centre, 1800 Argyle Street, $51.75-$63.50


Christmas carolling party
6-8pm, Staggers Pub, 26 Portland Street, Dartmouth


Brightwood movie night: Die Hard 8-10pm, Brightwood Brewery, 35 Portland Street, Dartmouth, free


Thursday, December 19


Gay Ol' Christmas Comedy Show Lindsay Dauphinee and Adam Myatt return for their annual holiday ha-ha. 7:30pm, The Seahorse Tavern, 2037 Gottingen Street, $12 Fri Dec 20


Avalon Christmas Fundraiser Show w/Glazey, Juice Girls, Like A Motorcycle 8-11:30pm, Art Bar + Projects, 1873 Granville Street, 8:30-11:30pm, $15/PWYC


To Bethlehem With Kings
The Capella Regalis Men & Boys Choir—directed by Nick Halley—returns for its holiday concert tradition. This time around, the show is hosted by CBC's Tom Allen and features a performance of Benjamin Britten's iconic and magical work A Ceremony of Carols, scored for three-part treble chorus and harp. 7pm, Cathedral Church of All Saints, 1330 Cathedral Lane, $25-$75


Handel's Messiah
The Halifax Camerata Singers and Symphony Nova Scotia combine forces. Fri Dec 20-Sat Dec 21, 7:30pm, Rebecca Cohn Auditorium 6101 University Avenue, $35


Reel Family Movie Night
Feel your heart grow three sizes as you catch this free screening of How the Grinch Stole Christmas. 7-10pm, Alderney Landing, 2 Ochterloney Street


Saturday, December 21


yalda Night A Persian celebration of the longest night of the year, featuring poetry, dance, karaoke and a DJ. 7:30pm-midnight, Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, 1055 Marginal Road, $45


Merry Friggin' Christmas
Get a break from the wholesomness of the season with this bawdy night of laughs featuring comedians Nick Martinello, Kyle Hickey, Dave Burke and Travis Lindsay. 8-11pm, Monte's Showbar, 245 Waverley Road, $20


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Monday, December 23


Menorah Lighting
6pm, Grand Parade Square, 1770 Barrington Street, free


Tibb's Eve at Art Bar
"In Newfoundland, Tibb's Eve is the night you spend with your friends to steel yourself for Christmas with your family," event organizers explain. Here, tunes will be provided by Moon, Shoulder Season, Souvenir and Skullocybin. 7-11pm, Art Bar + Projects, 1873 Granville Street, $10/PWYC


Wednesday, December 25


emera oval public skating 2pm, Halifax Common


Thursday, December 26


Crunkmas 2019
Skratch Bastid's home for the holidays and he's bringing his annual shindig along for the sleigh ride! 9pm-2am, The Marquee Ballroom, 2037 Gottingen Street, $10/$15


Friday, December 27


Messiah from Scratch
Chebucto Symphony Orchestra's show sees a swath of orchestral musicians familiarize themselves with Handel's Messiah for only one hour before ripping into a live performance. 3:15pm, Faith City Church, 6225 Summit Street, $10


Saturday, December 28


Community carol sing 2-3pm, St. Mark's Anglican Church, 5522 Russell Street, free

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