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Christmas concerts, big-puppet show, panto and more announced at Surrey theatres

Seasonal shows start Nov. 25 with Natalie McMaster with Donnell Leahy in ‘A Celtic Family Christmas’
Marley’s Ghost looms behind Ebenezer Scrooge in ‘A Wonderheads Christmas Carol,’ touring to Surrey in December. (Submitted file photo: Daryl Turner)

Don’t look now, but Christmas concerts and shows are starting to fill Surrey’s entertainment calendar.

Live Nation Entertainment has announced “A Celtic Family Christmas” concert starring Maritime fiddlers Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy, on Friday, Nov. 25 at Surrey’s Bell Performing Arts Centre. Tickets sold on the website start at $46, or call 1-855-682-6736.

The “intimate and unique show sold out everywhere prior to the pandemic,” Live Nation says, and will again see the duo perform with “their incredibly talented children playing Celtic and holiday favourites that are fun for the entire family.”

Christmas is where the couple’s family-concert concept started, Leahy said in a news release, “and we are very excited to be travelling as a family again. It’s a perfect time to travel with the children and bring light and happiness to families and fans across the country.”

Also at the Sullivan-area theatre, “A Wonderheads Christmas Carol” returns Dec. 6 with “glowing ghosts, 10-foot-tall puppets and more in a magical holiday masterpiece,” in a theatrical re-imagining of the Charles Dickens classic.


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A week later, on Dec. 12, Zachary Stevenson will star in “Buddy’s Holly Jolly Christmas,” a tribute concert presented by The Original Legends of Rock ‘n’ Roll, with Ben Klein as Elvis, Cassandra Jean as Brenda Lee and The Legends All-Star Band.

Over at Surrey Arts Centre, Vancouver Welsh Men’s Choir returns Dec. 6 with another “Holly Jolly Christmas” concert, the latest for the choir in its 30 years of performing at the Bear Creek Park theatre. Seats are sold at, or call 604-501-5566.

December is pantomime time, with Royal Canadian Theatre Company presenting “The Snow Queen: A Frozen Adventure” at Surrey Arts Centre’s Main Stage. The eight-show run, from Dec. 16-26, promises fun music, corny jokes and Disney-ish delights this year. Kerri Norris directs the panto, written by Crystal Weltzin. More show details are posted on

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