This weekend: check out The Christmas Story, a winter wonderland, a DJ Skate Night, a party at the Annex Wreck Room, or a show that features some new Christmas songs.
THEATRE: Before you get together with your family and/or friends this holiday season, check out Christmas Again??, a new Christmas show written by Jill Leger. The show features brand new Christmas songs that tell the stories of, among other things, a girl falling in love with a mall Santa, and the jolly man himself kicking back at the bar. Red Sandcastle Theatre (922 Queen Street East), Friday to Saturday, 8 p.m., $12.
CHRISTMAS ORIGINS: This is your last weekend to check out a holiday classic so popular that even the Queen herself sent a personal message of support. The 75th anniversary of The Christmas Story (the Queen attended the original production in the 1930s) depicts the origins of the holiday with angels, kings, and shepherds included. Church of the Holy Trinity (10 Trinity Square), Friday to Sunday, times vary, $20 suggested donation.
THEATRE OPENING: The local theatre community is about to get bigger. Drop by the opening of the StoreFront Theatre (brought to you by the Red One Theatre Collective). To introduce itself the theatre will be hosting a Winter Wonderland. There will be a pop-up market, film screenings, and vendors. The StoreFront Theatre (955 Bloor Street West), Saturday, 12–6 p.m., FREE.
SKATING: Yes, skating at Nathan Phillips Square is part of a Toronto tradition, but who needs tradition when you’ve got beats like these? DJ Skate Night continues, with a 1 Love T.O. Holiday Party. DJ DLUX will be dropping in to deliver some electric tunes that will carry you around the rink. Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West), Saturday, 8 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: Thought you’d be resting before you’re thrown into the bustle of family visits? Think again. The Annex Wreck Room is hosting a night of hard-rocking, brought to you by Toronto Jungle. There will be performances by Klute, Commercial Suicide, Hospital, and Metalheadz, and also complimentary drinks from Steamwhistle for the first 100 people. The Annex Wreck Room (794 Bathurst Street), Saturday, 10 p.m., $15.
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