You know the chorus, the “Hallelujah” one, and no, not the one by Leonard Cohen. If you’re in Toronto, head to Roy Thomson Hall to take a listen to the Toronto Symphony’s Orchestra annual Handel’s Messiah for one of the grandest symphonic experiences you may ever take part in. This year, a 140-voice choir joins forces to create a glorious and stirring performance. Oh the power, the passion!
QuébecAdabra takes place in Québec City starting this week from Dec 20, 2012 to Jan 2, 2013 celebrating the holiday season. Be charmed by Québec City’s unique atmosphere as many of the city’s neighbourhoods come alive with the Christmas spirit. Enjoy unique entertainment or go on an interactive “Light Course,” featuring LED lights, video projections and more.
Enjoy the Bright Nights in Stanley Park in Vancouver from Nov 29, 2012 to Jan 2, 2013 (closed December 25). The Stanley Park Christmas Train winds the forest that is magically illuminated by two million sparkling lights. A Vancouver Christmas tradition for +20 years, you can also enjoy hot chocolate, fresh popcorn, roasted chestnuts or visit with Santa. Train ride is $10 for adults, $7 for children and $6 for seniors. Children 3 and under ride the train free.
Make use of all that snowfall in British Columbia and hit the slopes for some fresh fallen powder! Head to Whistler or head to one of Vancouver’s local mountains: Grouse Mountain, the “Peak” of Vancouver, is located just 14km for downtown Vancouver and is welcoming Santa’s reindeer until Dec 24; Cypress Mountain for a more technical, challenging experience and boasting some “seriously good conditions”; or Mount Seymour, perfect for families and intermediate skiers and this weekend, Santa visits Mt Seymour!
If you’re in Calgary, head to Heritage Park where you can enjoy Once Upon a Christmas for one last weekend. Enjoy a scenic horse-drawn wagon ride around the park, take part in live historical theatre, see old historic homes decorated out for the holidays, sing carols or visit Santa Claus after you enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet served up at the Wainwright Hotel.
In uptown Saint John, get into the Christmas spirit by going on Uptown’s Magical Gingerbread Trail. Inspired by The Nutcracker, make your way to dozens of participating locations to view their unique gingerbread creations. Finishing up this weekend on Dec 22, participants can purchase raffle tickets to win the gingerbread display for their own holiday display at home.