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Full family lineup for December

Concerts, theatre, storytelling, nighttime snow activities



By Nicole Fitzgerald

The Christmas spirit is alive and well in Whistler with the Whistler Family Holiday lineup of entertainment and activities lasting to Dec. 31.

MY Millennium Place hosts a number of theatre performances, ranging from concerts and family storytelling to dance and theatre.

Romanza – L’arte del tenore returns to Whistler with the Canadian version of the three tenors Thursday, Dec. 21 at 8 p.m. at MY Place as part of the Whistler Arts Council’s Performance Series. Humour, classical and contemporary music, and three-part harmonies come together for a magical evening of musical entertainment. Tickets are $22 for adults and $19 for students and seniors.

For the first time, Whistler will host a professional showing of the Nutrcacker Ballet Dec. 22 and 23 at 4 and 8 p.m. at MY Place. The internationally acclaimed Goh Ballet builds on a classic presentation by adding multimedia components and narrative to bring the charming tale to life. Tickets range from $12.50 to $37.50. Reduced ticket prices for matinee performances.

Children have their chance to step up to the stage with the Queen Storytime Show presented by Amie Wolf Dec. 28 and 29 at MY Place as part of the Real Canadian in Whistler series. Wolf hosts an interactive time of story theatre with children ages 3 to 12 invited to bring the concert to life by singing, playing characters and making sound effects. Admission is by donation with a suggestion of $3 per person or $10 per family.

Get into the Let is Snow spirit with Warren Miller’s latest ski flick Off the Grid on Thursday, Dec. 28 at 7 and 9 p.m. at MY Place. The film includes a world-record ski jump off a 245-foot cliff with skiers exploring Alaska’s rugged Chugach Range then getting gnarly at the World Snowball Fighting Championships in Japan. Tickets are $10.

Get to know The Bard in Shakespeare’s Will on Dec. 29 and 30 at 7:30 p.m. at MY Place as part of the Real Canadian in Whistler series. The one-woman show starring Nicole Busby unearths the hilarity of Vern Thiessen, a Governor General Award-winning Canadian playwright. The humour and greatness of Shakespeare comes to life in a contemporary style with romance, reconciliation and revenge. Tickets are $25 for adults and $22.50 for students and seniors.

Mountain fun abounds with evening snow events and activities to slide into.

The Tube Park , with 1,000 feet worth of sliding, is open until 8 p.m. during the holidays at Blackcomb Base 2.

Learn to ride the rails at Ride Tribe Holiday Jib Sessions Friday, Dec. 29 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Blackcomb Kids. Teens ages 13 to 18 are welcome to join. Children can also learn to ride the rails at a kid’s Jib Sessions Thursday, Dec. 21 and 28 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Blackcomb Kids. Workshops are $45.

Christmas carolers will be out in full force over the holidays bringing Christmas cheer around Whistler Village. And gift-wrapping is taking place Dec. 21 to 24 from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Telus Conference Centre. Gift-wrapping is by donation with proceeds benefiting local charities.

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