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“Best Ways to Experience Kingston” Gift Guide 2016

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Here’s our top recommendations:


Cirque du Soleil @ Rogers K-Rock Centre

Wednesday, December 7 through Sunday, December 11: “When a mysterious egg appears in their midst, the insects are awestruck and intensely curious about this iconic object that represents the enigma and cycles of their lives.”

Tickets: $58, $68, $102, $150. Student discounts available, if not sold out! BUY TICKETS

world junior championship

World Juniors Hockey Games @ Rogers K-Rock Centre

World Junior Hockey Exhibition is coming to Kingston for games on December 20, 22 & 23!

Tickets: $19.10 – $28.10 BUY TICKETS


Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy “A Celtic Christmas” @ Grand Theatre

Sunday, December 11, 2:30pm & Tuesday, December 20, 7:30pm: With riveting original pieces, traditional Cape Breton tunes, step-dancing, story-telling, and a joie-de-vivre you have to see to believe, Natalie and Donnell have created a musical progeny that is in all ways unique and enticing and ensures that a strong Canadian fiddling tradition will exist for years to come.

Tickets: $44.50, $49.50 plus HST and handling fee. BUY TICKETS


Annual Holiday Rock Show @ Ale House (All Ages)

Thursday, December 22 – The annual Holiday Rock Show at Ale House to benefit Martha’s Table and Ryandale Shelter includes performances by Colleen Brown, Kingdom of Birds, Luther Wright and the Wrongs, 47 Teeth, Sarah Harmer, Deck the Halls with Balls and Kelly feat Brucey the Git.

Tickets: $20 each, all ages. BUY TICKETS


Lumina Borealis

Open from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Thursday through Sunday from December 1st to December 23. Last ticket time is 9:45 p.m.

December 1 to 23 – Journey into another world, across a frozen landscape, to reignite the winter spirit. From ice to fire, from darkness to light, let your instincts guide you. Lumina Borealis is a family friendly event suitable for all members of the family. Lumina Borealis is an illuminated night walk over the span of 1 km that takes approximately 45-60 minutes. There is a free shuttle bus that will take you from Confederation Park (across from City Hall) to Fort Henry and back; it departs every 15 minutes.

Tickets: $12 adults, $10 kids 6-12. BUY TICKETS


The Nutcracker @ Grand Theatre

Saturday, December 10 – The incomparable State Ballet Theatre of Russia returns to the Grand, presenting the beloved classic, featuring traditional choreography and sparkling imagery. Internationally renowned, The State Ballet Theatre of Russia brings The Nutcracker to life through graceful costumes, enchanting sets and astonishingly beautiful dances set to a wonderful musical score.

Tickets: $44.50, $49.50 plus HST and handling fee. Discounted tickets available, if not sold out. BUY TICKETS


“Songs of Delight” Kingston Chamber Choir Concert @ St. George’s Cathedral

Sunday, December 11, 2:30pm – This concert will feature A Child’s Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas, a wonderful exploration of the magic and mystery of Christmas through the eyes of a child. We’re pleased to have Kingston native and Toronto actor/raconteur Richard Partington read the story, performed with choral intermezzi. We’re also pleased to present the choir from the Mulberry Waldorf School.

Tickets: $25 each, or $15 each if you are 30 years old and under! BUY TICKETS

Simone Dinnerstein (Piano) @ The Isabel (all ages)

Simone Dinnerstein (Piano) @ The Isabel

Sunday, December 11 – Dinnerstein’s performance schedule has taken her around the world since her triumphant New York recital debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in 2005 to venues including the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Vienna Konzerthaus, Berlin Philharmonie, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and London’s Wigmore Hall; festivals that include the Lincoln Center Mostly Mozart Festival, the Aspen, Verbier, and Ravinia festivals, and the Stuttgart Bach Festival.

Tickets: $18 students / $34 faculty/staff / $38 general public BUY TICKETS


Hervana *all-grrrl Nirvana cover band* @ The Mansion (19+)

Friday, December 16 – It all started with a tweet: “Toronto needs an all-girl Nirvana cover band named Hervana.” It was too good an idea to pass up. Soon after, a lineup of four female multi-instrumentalists had joined forces – Carly Beath (aka Skirt Cobain), Erin Cousins (aka Miss Novoselic), Sonia Sennik (aka Dave Grrrl) and Michelle Turingan (aka Pap Smear). Much like Nirvana, there were a couple of early lineup changes and the band’s new Dave Grrrl, Adrian Pasen, joined them in September 2014. The stage names were also the product of an inspired suggestion by a stranger, when someone overheard the band members talking at a west-end bar and shouted “SKIRT COBAIN!”

Tickets: $10, 19+ only, available at The Mansion and Brian’s Record Option in advance, or at the door day-of.

Chinlock Wrestling

Chinlock Wrestling

Saturday, December 17 – A night of professional wrestling in support of Kingston Youth Diversion and other local charities.

Tickets: $10 general admission BUY TICKETS


Cantabile Choirs “O Christmas Tree” Concert @ Sydenham Street United Church

Friday, December 16 and Saturday, December 17 – Thrill to the magnificent sounds of the Cantabile Choirs in their annual holiday celebration “O Christmas Tree.” Carols old and new and seasonal songs plus favorite sing-along carols and the beauty of candlelight have made these concerts a Kingston tradition that ushers in the Yuletide season. Three performances: Friday Dec. 16 at 7:30 and Saturday Dec 17 at 2:00 and 7:30

Tickets: $20 each BUY TICKETS


A quartette christmas

A Quartette Christmas @ Grand Theatre

Wednesday, December 21 – Canadian singer/songwriters Cindy Church, Caitlin Hanford, Gwen Swick and Sylvia Tyson enchant with their singularly lush harmonies, unique arrangements and rich variety of musical influences. One of the great joys of Christmas is the music… traditional favourites like “Silent Night” and “What Child Is This?” and Quartette originals such as “The Perfect Christmas Tree” and “Hope, Peace, Joy and Love”

Tickets: $45-$47.50 plus handling fee. BUY TICKETS

Ensemble Vivant Holidays

Ensemble Vivant & Kingston Youth Choir “Christmas Tidings” Tour @ The Isabel

Thursday, December 22 – Performing some of the world’s most beloved seasonal music, the internationally acclaimed group Ensemble Vivant, together with the Kingston Youth Choir directed by Emily McPherson, will present a special family concert for the holidays. Come and experience beautiful music that will warm your heart and soul in a celebration of love, caring and sharing with family and friends at the most wonderful time of the year.

Tickets: Adult $47 / Student and Child $35. BUY TICKETS


It’s a Wonderful Life @ Domino Theatre

Dec 1-17, Thursday through Saturday nights – The saga of George Bailey, the Everyman from the small town of Bedford Falls, whose dreams of escape and adventure have been quashed by family obligation and civic duty, whose guardian angel has to descend on Christmas Eve to save him from despair and to remind him, by showing him what the world would have been like had he never been born, that his has been, after all, a wonderful life.

Tickets: $20 plus handling fee. BUY TICKETS

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