‘A Celtic Family Christmas’ concert canceled in Surrey, but other Christmas events fill the calendar


‘Scheduling difficulties’ canceled the Surrey date of the ‘Celtic Family Christmas’ concert featuring Maritime fiddlers Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy.

Live Nation Entertainment had reserved the Bell Performing Arts Center for the show on Friday, November 25. Refunds will be issued automatically from the point of purchase, a message on the venue’s website reads.

The November 24 tour concert at the Vancouver Center will continue, the post adds, and tickets for that show are available at ticketmaster.ca.

The “intimate and unique show sold out everywhere before the pandemic hit,” Live Nation said when announcing the BC tour in September.

Other Christmas-related shows scheduled at the Bell include ‘A Wonderheads Christmas Carol‘ which returns Dec. 6 with ‘shining ghosts, 10-foot-tall puppets and more in a magical holiday masterpiece’ , in a theatrical reimagining of Charles Dickens. classic.

A week later, on December 12, Zachary Stevenson will perform in “Buddy’s Holly Jolly Christmas”, a tribute concert presented by The Original Legends of Rock ‘n’ Roll, with Ben Klein as Elvis, Cassandra Jean as Brenda Lee and The Legends Group All Star.

Also scheduled at the Sullivan Area Theater are “Following A Star,” the Crescendo Operatic Society’s production of “Amahl and the Night Visitors,” a one-act opera by Gian Carlo Menotti, and “The Three Kings,” featuring featured carols sung along with Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem. On December 2, “this Christmas show is extremely family-friendly and the perfect start to the season,” reads a post on bellperformingartscentre.com.

Later, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra returns to the Bell with two “A Traditional Christmas” concerts on Saturday, December 10 at 4 p.m. and also at 7:30 p.m., with carols and stories told by Christopher Gaze.

At the Surrey Arts Centre, the Vancouver Welsh Men’s Choir returns on December 6 with another ‘Holly Jolly Christmas’ concert, the last for the choir in 30 years of performing at Bear Creek Park Theatre. Tickets are sold out at tickets.surrey.ca or call 604-501-5566.

November and December are pantomime time, with the Royal Canadian Theater Company performing ‘The Snow Queen: A Frozen Adventure’ on the Surrey Arts Center Main Stage. The eight-show series, running Dec. 16-26, promises fun music, cheesy jokes and Disney delights this year. Kerri Norris directs the panto, written by Crystal Weltzin. More details about the show are posted on rctheatreco.com.

Beginning Nov. 23, the arts center will also be a stage for Fraser Valley Musical Theater’s “Sleeping Beauty: The Musical Panto” through Dec. 4, with nine performances during fun, family-friendly shows.

In Fraser Heights, Tchaikovsky’s ‘Nutcracker’ will be performed by the Surrey City Orchestra on the evening of Saturday November 26 at the Chandos Pattison Auditorium, featuring dancers from local schools and businesses as well as the Surrey Children’s Choir. Tickets range from $20-30 through the surreycityorchestra.org website.

Another staging of ‘The Nutracker’ will take place at the Surrey Arts Center on December 10 and 11, in four shows produced by the Royal City Youth Ballet.

Other Christmas events taking place in Surrey include Lumagica, which returns to Cloverdale Fairgrounds from November 25 to December 30, featuring ‘British Columbia’s brightest light festival’ with live music , food, vendors, Santa and more. Info on lumagica.ca.

Also in Cloverdale, the Surrey Santa Parade of Lights returns on Sunday, December 4, starting at 5 p.m. in Cloverdale and ending at Central City Shopping Center in North Surrey with a related event called Big Rigs for Kids. The parade route and other details can be found at surreysantaparade.com.

On Saturday, November 19, the Surrey Tree Lighting Festival will return to the Surrey Civic Plaza, City Hall, from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. .California.

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