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What’s Hot Across Canada in December

Calgary

This December, Team Canada presents the last two games of Hat Trick ’09: the National Women’s Team plays the United States on Dec 15, and the National Junior Team takes on Finland on Dec 22. One Dec 31 and Jan 1, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar comes to the Jubilee Auditorium. Ted Neely, who played the role of Jesus in the Norman Jewison film version, headlines the show.

Toronto

In Mirvish Productions’ staging of Fiddler on the Roof, a milkman (played by the Broadway star Harvey Fierstein) struggles to keep his family and religious traditions intact despite looming changes in pre-revolutionary Russia. It’s on Dec 8 to Jan 10. Throughout the month of December and running until mid-April, the ancient world is brought back to life as the Art Gallery of Ontario unveils King Tut: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs. The exhibit showcases more than 100 artifacts, including Tut’s golden sandals, a remarkable 10-foot statue bearing his image, and other Egyptian treasures to feed museum-goers’ curiosity.

Edmonton

Years of training, teamwork, wins and losses, tears and cheers–it all comes down to the Canadian Men’s and Women’s Curling Trials Dec 6 to 13 at Rexall Place. Whoever wins gold will represent Canada in the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. Meanwhile, magic returns to the Jubilee Auditorium with the Alberta Ballet Company’s new production of The Nutcracker, choreographed my Edmund Stripe. After a sold-out world premier tour last year, new scenery, costumes and choreography will lift this holiday tradition to new heights Dec 10 to 13.

Whistler

What’s hot this month is everything cold: skiing and snowboarding. November was the snowiest month ever recorded at Whistler Blackcomb, with 5.5 m (18 ft) of snowfall, so it will definitely be a white Christmas.

Ottawa

With a newly renovated theatre, the Casino du Lac Leamy now offers dinner theatre packages. In December, check out Get Up!, a high-energy musical extravaganza featuring classic party tunes.

Canadian Rockies

A horse-drawn sleigh or wagon ride though picturesque mountain landscapes in December can be a magical experience with your family (some companies even offer private romantic rides for two). Banff is serviced by Holiday on Horseback, Lake Louise by Brewster Sleigh Rides and Kananaskis by Rafter Six. In Jasper wagon rides are only available Dec 23 to Jan 2 at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge (780-852-6091).

Vancouver

Hockey fans definitely have something to cheer about, as the Vancouver Canucks play eight home games at GM Place during December. Better ask Santa for a ticket in your stocking, since these games always sell out fast.

Victoria

Canadian jazz star Michael Kaeshammer joins the Victoria Symphony December 19 for The Days of Christmas – sure to bring a little holiday cheer to music fans!

Winnipeg

Manitoba Theatre Centre presents It’s a Wonderful Life: A Radio Play, on until Dec 19 . The classic Christmas tale is acted out as a nostalgic 1940s radio broadcast, complete with sound effects and commercials. 

Halifax

Pro hoops return to Halifax, when the hometown Rainmen kick off the new Premier Basketball League season against the Manchester Millrats. Catch the action at the Metro Centre on Duke Street on Dec 19.

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