No need to feel blue after December 25. It's not over, yet! You can still take your family to big-ticket events... or their smaller (more intimate) version.
Pantomimes are my favourite kind of shows for the whole family. Children enjoy them and actors always make sure adults enjoy the show as much as their kids with tong-in-cheek jokes. Around Christmas time, any version of The Nutcracker ballet is always good for the soul!
You can enjoy the Christmas tradition of a Ross Petty Productions. In 2014, they play Cinderella with great decors, choreographies, silliness and... the funniest ways to acknowledge sponsors (cheapest $34 tickets are sold out but you can still buy tickets for all presentations) or the truly intimate setting of 50-seat Red Sandcastle Theatre in Leslieville, playing Sleepy Beauty ($59 for family of 4, call 416-845-9411 to reserve tickets).
Dates and hours:
Cinderella/Ross Petty Productions: Still playing Dec. 26, 2 p.m.; Dec. 27, 2 & 7 p.m.; Dec. 28, 1 & 6 p.m.; Dec. 29, 30 and 31, 2 p.m.; Jan. 2 and 3, 2 & 7 p.m.; Jan. 4, 2 p.m.
Sleepy Beauty/Red Sandcastle Theatre: They offer 7 p.m. presentations on Dec. 26, 27, 29, 30, and Jan. 2,3; and 2 p.m. matinées on Dec. 27, 28, 31 and Jan. 3, 4.
Their Markham performances are sold out but there are still $42 tickets available for Ballet Jörgen's Nutcracker in Kitchener on Dec. 28 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. (click here to watch an except from their ballet). Of course, there's also the splendid version of The Nutcracker by the National Ballet of Canada in The Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts in downtown Toronto (click here to see backstage footage of their ballet). TIPS: At 11 a.m. on the day of the performance, you can try to book a maximum of two RUSH tickets per person online (using the promocode RUSH) or in person at the box office. Good luck!
The Nutcracker/Ballet Jörgen: Dec. 28, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. in Kitchener
The Nutcracker/National Ballet of Canada: Dec. 27, 2 & 7 p.m.; Dec. 28 and 30, 1 & 5:30 p.m.; Jan. 2 and 3, 1 & 5:30 p.m. (As of Dec. 26, there were still many tickets in the $107-$135 range, available on the same day for the RUSH price of $40.)