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Top picks for getting out Dec. 13 – 19 including The Nutcracker, Christmas markets, Captain Tractor and more

The holidays are upon us! Whether you are into holiday-themed events or really, really not, there’s something for you when considering what’s happening around town this week. Trust me. I’m trustable.

Thursday: The Calgary Men’s Chorus presents Christmas at the Movies over at the DJD Studio, the Du-Rite Aces will be at the Blues Can, and down the street(ish) at the Loose Moose Theatre you can still catch a Chrismoose Carol.

Friday: I will tell you about this until it’s done, or until your seasonal shopping is done: Market Collective’s Christmas Market continues over at the BMO Centre, and for more market action you can head to the St. Louis Hotel for She[Empowers] Christmas Market – shop from and support female entrepreneurs from 4-9 p.m. Movies at The Grand featuring National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989) takes place at, yes, The Grand, at 7 p.m. Captain Tractor with the Plaid Tongued Devils will be over at the Ironwood (if you miss them tonight, catch them Saturday as well!)

Saturday: The Vocal Latitudes World Music Choir will perform Ring Them Bells at the Unitarian Centre in the NW, The Wardens will play the Gallery House Concerts Society show, and The Calgary Multicultural Choir presents Welcome: A Seasonal Greeting at River Park Church. If you’re headed to Banff, you can catch Sharon & Bram at the Eric Harvie Theatre, or if you’re in town then Alberta Ballet’s The Nutcracker is at the Jubilee Auditorium. Feel like some comedy? The Kinkonauts’ Radio Play: It’s an OK Life, Considering will be at the Rose Room, Alexandra Centre.

Sunday: It’s the Penny Sanborn Trio presenting Mirror Suite at Buckingjam Palace, Hark the Glad Sound happens at Knox United Church with the Dolce, Viva and Brava choristers, Spiritus Chamber Choir presents A Spiritus Christmas at the Bella Concert Hall and the Wonder and Gloria Christmas Concert takes place at the First Alliance Church.

Tuesday: It’s the Who Knows Variety Show with Dan Duguay at the Ironwood, and on …

Wednesday: Zorro: Family Code is still running at the Martha Cohen Theatre, presented by ATP. It’s an early show (6:30 p.m.) so you can catch it after work and still be home in time for 8 p.m. snacks. 

There is so much more going on in this city than you can imagine. Check out all of the listings to plan your week ahead!

(Photo: The Nutcracker by Alberta Ballet)

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Kari Watson is a writer and former Listings Editor of FFWD Weekly, and has continued to bring The Culture Cycle event listings to Calgary through theYYSCENE. Contact her at