With the first light snowfall blanketing Charlottetown this week, blowing away the last of the golden leaves; city workers up on ladders decorating the eaves of businesses all over town with strings of Christmas lights, and the official Christmas tree lighting ceremony happening this evening at Province House, we think it’s safe to say that the festive season on Charlottetown has officially begun!
This year’s festivities begin tonight with the official launch of Charlottetown’s annual Wintertide Holiday Festival from November 22, 2013 to January 5, 2014. The Festival opens with a public lighting of the Christmas tree at 6:15 p.m. at Province House. Participants will receive a candle for the Candlelight Walk to the Confederation Centre Upper Plaza for the Christmas tree lighting at 6:30 p.m. The evening will be livened up by a special visit from Santa and live music performed by the Confederation Centre Youth Choir.
There are many exciting events to look forward to in Charlottetown over the next few weeks. If you are hunting for some fun Christmas gifts, stop by Colonel Gray this weekend for their Christmas Craft Fair. The Charlottetown Farmer’s Market and our many shops selling locally made food and crafts are also terrific places to find some unique presents that you won’t find anywhere else.
On November 30th, the Confederation Court Mall is hosting Pre-Parade Family Fun, complete with cookies and hot chocolate. It’s a great way to get revved up for the annual Charlottetown Christmas Parade that will wind down the streets of Charlottetown.
Charlottetown is home to some exciting music performances happening this season. On Sunday, December 1st the Confederation Singers and guest soloists will be performing Handel’s Messiah at the Confederation Centre of the Arts at 2.30pm.
On December 7th at 9am, Santa’s elves invite you to join them for their annual Wake Up Santa party. Once you have managed to rouse him from his deep slumber, the elves are pretty sure that the jolly man in red will join you to join him for a home-cooked pancake breakfast! For ticket information click here.
If you aren’t awake for the morning celebrations with Santa, you’ll be excited to know that the Barra MacNeils are performing an East Coast Christmas performance at the Confederation Centre of the Arts on December 7th at 7.30pm. These wildly talented siblings are often called one of the greatest live acts in the Celtic world, and the show is a rockin’ good way to get the whole family into the holiday spirit.
History buffs will not want to miss the opportunity to step back in time at one of Hedgerow’s Christmas performances at Beaconsfield Historic House between December 8th and 15th. Storyteller Alan Buchanan, singer-songwriter Allan Rankin and musicians Brad Fremlin and Perry Williams have created a performance that weaves together a rich tapestry of Christmas stories and songs that they will be performing against the rustic charm of Beaconsfield’s Carriage House.
Charles Dicken’s fans are going to love Mavor Moore’s 1988 adaptation of the classic A Christmas Carol that will be playing at the Confederation Centre of the Arts from December 13th-21st. On December 15th come join the Confederation Centre Youth Chorus as they perform classical and contemporary Christmas carols with guest artist Joey Kitson at the Confederation Centre of the Arts.
There’s something for everyone in Charlottetown this holiday season! For a complete list of upcoming events visit our website at www.discovercharlottetown.com.