Occasions in and round Saskatoon celebrating the Christmas season

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A roundup of the city’s festive festivities in the lead up to Christmas.

The lights at the Enchanted Forest have been switched on, Nov. 17, 2022. The lights at the Enchanted Forest have been switched on, Nov. 17, 2022. Photo by Matt Smith /Saskatoon StarPhoenix

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Our days are sure to be merry and bright in the lead-up to Christmas thanks to Saskatoon’s holiday events. From tiny tots (with their eyes all aglow) to those looking for libations with their holiday jubilations, there’s something for everyone.

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Aboveboard: In this romantic comedy about magic and misunderstanding, Nick installs a camera to catch the neighbour he suspects of stealing food from his fridge. Instead, he discovers an unlikely trespasser has been living in his apartment. Runs to Dec. 17, 5:30 p.m., at St. John’s Anglican Hall. Tickets $60, available at minifridgetheatre.com.

Actor Dalton Lightfoot in a scene from Gordon Tootoosis Nikaniwin Theatre’s A Rez Christmas Carol. (Provided: Gordon Tootoosis Nikaniwin Theatre) Actor Dalton Lightfoot in a scene from Gordon Tootoosis Nikaniwin Theatre’s A Rez Christmas Carol. (Provided: Gordon Tootoosis Nikaniwin Theatre) jpg

A Rez Christmas Carol: Gordon Tootoosis Nīkānīwin Theatre presents Curtis Peeteetucce’s comedic look at life on the Rez at Christmas time. A Scrooge-like band manager is taken on a journey by the Spirits of the Four Directions, who show her the effects her choices and actions have had on people’s lives. Runs to Dec. 18 at Broadway Theatre. Tickets $13 to $18, available at 306-652-6556, gtnt.ca.

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FOR THE KIDS

Santa and a Scavenger Hunt at the Market: Visit Santa Claus at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market, Dec. 17, 10 a.m. to noon, and Dec. 18, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will also be a Christmas scavenger hunt all weekend. Find all the animals on your card to win a treat. Hours and information at saskatoonfarmersmarket.ca.

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ALL AGES CONCERTS AND EVENTS

Jeffery Straker’s A Very Prairie Christmas: Singer-songwriter and pianist Jeffery Straker presents an evening of classic and contemporary Christmas songs and storytelling. Dec. 15, 7:30 p.m., at The Bassment. Tickets $27 to $37, available at thebassment.ca.

Handel’s Messiah: The Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra’s long-running holiday tradition returns. With guest conductor Cosette Justo Valdés, singers McKenzie Warriner, Oli Guselle, Spencer McKnight, Brenden Friesen and the SSO Chorus. Dec. 16, 7:30 p.m., at Knox United Church. Tickets $46 to $51, available at saskatoonsymphony.org.

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The Christmas Songbirds: Kathi Lewis, Theresa Sokyrka, and Tatrina Tai present an evening of Christmas carols and seasonal anthems. Dec. 16, 8:30 p.m., at The Bassment. Tickets $25 to $35, available at thebassment.ca.

Christmas Presence: For the eighth year, Burnt Thicket Theatre presents a unique mashup of stories and songs that explores the nativity with a messy but joyful hope, with a new combination of materials. Available free online as a radio podcast Dec. 15-31; link available at burntthicket.com. Donations will go toward the company’s script development projects.

Sing-Along Messiah: Join the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra in singing favourite choruses from Handel’s Messiah. Dec. 17, 2:30 p.m., at Knox United Church. Tickets $20 to $46, available at saskatoonsymphony.org.

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The Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra presents the long-running holiday tradition, Handel’s Messiah. The Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra presents the long-running holiday tradition, Handel’s Messiah. Photo by Julie Isaac Photography /Supplied photo

Indigenous Northern Plains Social Dance Night: Celebrate Indigenous culture with hand drums, jigging, round dance, full regalia and Indigenous Santa. Dec. 17, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Wanuskewin Heritage Park. Admission is by donation of a nonperishable food item for the Saskatoon Food Bank or winter clothing for the community. Learn more at wanuskewin.com.

Downtown Carolling: The Greystone Singers and the Harreson James Band will be carolling downtown in the afternoons on Dec. 16, 17, 23 and 24.

Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan Lighting Kickoff: SOTS will launch their new lighting design for the 2023 season with a kick-off party, including hot dogs and hot chocolate, choir performances and children’s activities. Dec 18, starting at 4 p.m. with lighting launch at 5 p.m.

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A lighting display at the Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan site in Saskatoon on Jan. 23, 2021. A lighting display at the Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan site in Saskatoon on Jan. 23, 2021. Photo by Michelle Berg /Saskatoon StarPhoenix

Christmas with Solstice: A blending of nine voices and a rhythm section, Solstice has been entertaining audiences with their vocal jazz for more than 40 years. The concert features jazz and pop arrangements of favourite seasonal songs. Dec. 17, 7:30 p.m., at The Bassment. Tickets $30 to $40, available at thebassment.ca.

Sing We Now of Christmas: The Saskatoon Chamber Singers present a combination of carols, hymns and secular songs of the season. Dec. 18, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., at Knox United Church. Tickets $15, available at saskatoonchambersingers.ca or at the door.

A Very 9 Mile Christmas: 9 Mile Brewing’s all-ages Christmas party will serve up treats for the whole family, with cookie decorating, Christmas crafts and hot chocolate for the kids. Dec. 16, 5-11 p.m.

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Fireside Singers — Christmas Memories: The annual production features more than 100 voices offering an evening of traditional and timeless seasonal favourites from classical to contemporary, including grand orchestral and choral arrangements. Dec. 19-20, 7:30 p.m., at TCU Place. Tickets $50, available at 306-975-7799, tcutickets.ca. The concert will also be available on livestream from Dec. 22 to Jan. 6 at concertstream.tv.

The Saskatoon Fireside Singers celebrate 50 years with their annual Christmas Memories concert. The Saskatoon Fireside Singers celebrate 50 years with their annual Christmas Memories concert. Photo by Stephen J. Nicholson /Supplied photo

Glow Saskatoon: The indoor holiday festival of lights features a market, a food fair, live entertainment, children’s activities and selfie walls. This year’s theme is Santa’s Sleigh Adventure — travel through a maze to help Santa find his lost reindeer. Runs to Dec. 30 at Prairieland Park. Tickets $16 to $25, available at glowyxe.com.

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BHP Enchanted Forest: The holiday light tour features a new display. Runs to Jan. 8, 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., at the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park. Admission $10/person or $35/car at the gate, or get Enchanted Express Car Passes for $30 at any Saskatoon, Warman, Martenswille or Watrous Shoppers Drug Mart or Co-Op. Information at enchanted-forest.org.

The lights at the Enchanted Forest have been switched on, Nov. 17, 2022. The lights at the Enchanted Forest have been switched on, Nov. 17, 2022. Photo by Matt Smith /Saskatoon StarPhoenix

Eaton’s Once Upon a Christmas: The traditional holiday animated exhibit is on display through Jan. 15 at the Western Development Museum, 2610 Lorne Ave. Regular admission is $5 to $12 at the door. Information at wdm.ca.

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ADULT EVENTS

Kelly Taylor Christmas: Comedian Kelly Taylor presents his legendary Christmas show. Dec. 16, 7:30 p.m., at Capitol Music Club. Tickets $35, available at showpass.com or Facebook.

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Ze Christmas Celebration: 911 Turbos celebrates their Christmas album, Ze Christmas, which launched Dec. 1. The Christmas party features opener DJ Lledroc. Dec. 23 at Amigos Cantina at 10 p.m. Tickets $15, available at amigoscantina.com.

Marilyn Pollock, left, and Janet Wanner, from Gentle Earth Design Studios,decorate their 32nd and final tree for the Festival of Trees at the Western Development Museum in Saskatoon on Nov. 24, 2022. Marilyn Pollock, left, and Janet Wanner, from Gentle Earth Design Studios,decorate their 32nd and final tree for the Festival of Trees at the Western Development Museum in Saskatoon on Nov. 24, 2022. Photo by Michelle Berg /Saskatoon StarPhoenix

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