5 shows to keep the holiday spirit going between Christmas and the New Year

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      Was your time too squeezed pre-Christmas to catch a holiday show? Fortunately, some of the best productions are still going strong into the New Year. Here are a few productions to keep the Yuletide rolling.


      It's a Wonderful Life

      To January 5 at the Anvil Centre

      Patrick Street Productions finds a charming way to weave the music of George Gershwin, Kurt Weill, and more into the beloved story of the classic film. That means George Bailey and Clarence are there, but so are retro Broadway standards and a live, old-style orchestra.

      East Van Panto: Pinocchio
      Emily Cooper

      East Van Panto: Pinocchio

      To January 5 at the York Theatre

      Hyperlocal references (hello, Beckwoman's, Joe's Coffee, and Hastings Racetrack) mix with Lil Nas X and Billie Eilish songs for a rip-roaring, and sweetly subversive, neighbourhood tradition.

      Alberta Ballet's The Nutcracker
      Gerard Yunker

      Alberta Ballet's The Nutcracker

      December 28 to 30 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre

      Think onion-shaped domes and delicate snow falling on a lamplit St. Petersburg street and you'll get somewhere close to the gorgeous vibe of this Imperial Russia-set beauty. The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra is on hand to play Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky's famous score live.

      Bad Hats Theatre's Peter Pan, presented by Carousel Theatre for Young People

      Peter Pan

      To January 5 at the Waterfront Theatre

      Carousel Theatre for Young People takes on Bad Hats Theatre’s smart and modern-feeling new spin on J.M. Barrie's story. The live music has a cool pop-folk feel, and all the inventive theatrical magic happens right before your eyes, sparking kids' imaginations without high-tech effects.

      Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley

      Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley

      To January 4 at the Granville Island Stage

      Set two years after the conclusion of Pride and Prejudice, this Arts Club production is a feast for Jane Austen fans. The setting is pretty, warm, and cozy: snowflakes fall outside a big drawing-room window that frames a Christmas tree.