Virtual Holiday Events; A 2020 Event-Round-Up

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This year sure is different, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t enjoy some of our favorite holiday traditions and events. Check out the list below for virtual holiday events of all kinds.

 

Annual Providence Tree Lighting Ceremony- Livestream

December 5th

Free on Facebook

As part of the start of the holiday season, Mayor Elorza and the Department of Art, Culture + Tourism are thrilled to announce the City’s annual Tree Lighting Ceremony will be reimagined into a virtual experience. Attendees are invited to participate in the live-streamed event on Saturday, December 5 at 5:00 PM on Mayor Jorge Elorza’s Facebook page. The digital ceremony, produced in partnership with Steer Media, will feature performances by Festival Ballet Providence’s Nutcracker and Trinity Rep’s Joe Wilson, Jr. reprising the roll of Scrooge from A Christmas Carol. At approximately 5:10 PM, Mayor Elorza and The Rhode Show’s Brendan Kirby will illuminate the tree, generously donated by Joseph and Donna Blanchette of North Scituate. During the event, the tree at the Providence Rink at the BankNewport City Center will also be lit.


The Nutcracker Live (Stream)

December 5th and 6th

Tickets:: $35

The Nutcracker Ballet is based on the story “The Nutcracker and the King of Mice” written by E.T.A. Hoffman in 1816 and revised by Alexandre Dumas in 1844. It is set to the music of composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and originally choreographed by Marius Petipa. The Nutcracker premiered in Saint Petersburg at the Marinsky Theater in December 1892. Its first United States performance was in 1944 by the San Francisco Ballet. The ballet did not achieve popularity in the United States until The New York City Ballet first performed George Balanchine’s version of The Nutcracker in 1954. The now-beloved ballet has become a holiday tradition for many families across the country for more than 60 years.

Pennsylvania Ballet Conservatory is a classical ballet school located in Peters Township. It was founded in August 2018. Its mission is to develop and inspire healthy dancers in a positive environment while providing them with professional-quality ballet instruction and instilling an appreciation and lifelong love of dance.


Nutcracker Livestream

December 12-30

Tickets:: $30

Though we can’t be together in person, we can still stream together! Purchase your download link, grab your snacks and settle in with your friends and family to watch along with us on December 12!
Our 60-minute Nutcracker special brings a combination of comedic and heartwarming narration and some of Ballet Lubbock’s greatest historical performances. In addition to the Nutcracker presentation, each download link will include an inside look at our Clara auditions, a welcome from our sponsor, and a quick fun preview! We look forward to sharing this beloved story with you in a new way this season.

Virtual Holiday Train

December12th

Free on Facebook

The 2020 Holiday Train is going virtual on Satruday, December 12 at 7:00pm central time. Join Serena Ryder, the Trews, JoJo Mason, Logan Staats and Kelly Prescott for HOLIDAY TRAIN AT HOME. It will be a FACEBOOK LIVE event.


Hip Hop Nutcracker DPAC

December 12th

Tickets:: $20

A holiday mash-up for the whole family, directed and choreographed by Jennifer Weber, The Hip Hop Nutcracker recorded live at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center is a contemporary dance spectacle set to Tchaikovsky’s timeless music. A unique and joyful event, this evening-length production is performed by a supercharged cast of a dozen all-star dancers, a DJ, a violinist, and MC Kurtis Blow, one of hip hop’s founding fathers, who opens the show with a short set.
Just like the original, in The Hip Hop Nutcracker, Maria-Clara and the Nutcracker Prince go on a dream adventure battling a gang of mice, visiting the land of sweets and learning the lessons of the holiday season. Innovative digital graffiti and visuals transform the landscape of E.T.A. Hoffmann’s beloved story from traditional 19th Century Germany to the vibrant, diverse sights and sounds of contemporary New York City.
Through this re-mixed and re-imagined version of the classic, the dynamic performers of The Hip Hop Nutcracker take us on a journey that celebrates love, community and the magic of the holiday season.

A Christmas Carol @ Trinity Rep

December 17th – January 10th

Free Registration

Southern New England’s favorite holiday tradition continues with an all-new online experience. This free, on-demand video is a wholly unique and thoroughly Trinity Rep take on the Dickens classic that integrates traditional theatrical storytelling with technological possibilities only available with digital production. Ebenezer Scrooge is guided by Jacob Marley and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future on a heartwarming journey toward redemption that you can now share with friends and family no matter where they live. Make the spirit of the season come alive with a memorable holiday experience filled with hope.


A Christmas Carol Celebration

December 17th

Free Registration

Join us for a digital celebration of Christmas Carols past!
On Rhode Island PBS‘s OVEE Platform, followed by an Interactive Talkback.
Take a journey through 16 years of Artists’ Exchange productions of 
A Christmas Carol, featuring video footage from our favorite past performances, interviews with former actors and directors, even featuring an interactive talkback experience through Rhode Island PBS’s OVEE online platform. Share in the joy of community and tradition from the safety and comfort of your own home as we reminisce of auld lang syne and delight in the ‘spirits’ of the season!

Virtual Story Time and Craft with Lumi the Elf

December 17th
West Warwick Library
Join us for a virtual story time and craft with Lumi the Elf on Google Meet. Registration required. Please email [email protected] or call 401-828-3750 ext. 112 to register.

Hip Hop Nutcracker New Haven

December 19th

Tickets:: $25

Recorded Live at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, The Hip Hop Nutcracker is a holiday mash-up for the entire family. Directed and choreographed by Jennifer Weber, The Hip Hop Nutcracker is a contemporary dance spectacle set to Tchaikovsky’s timeless music. A unique and joyful event, this evening-length production is performed by a supercharged cast of a dozen all-star dancers, a DJ, a violinist, and MC Kurtis Blow, one of hip hop’s founding fathers, who opens the show with a short set.
Just like the original, in The Hip Hop Nutcracker, Maria-Clara and the Nutcracker Prince go on a dream adventure battling a gang of mice, visiting the land of sweets and learning the lessons of the holiday season. Innovative digital graffiti and visuals transform the landscape of E.T.A. Hoffmann’s beloved story from traditional 19th Century Germany to the vibrant, diverse sights and sounds of contemporary New York City.
Through this re-mixed and re-imagined version of the classic, the dynamic performers of The Hip Hop Nutcracker take us on a journey that celebrates love, community and the magic of the holiday season.
Produced by NJPAC and Eva Price. Directed and Choreographed by Jennifer Weber

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian

December 19 – Jan 1

Tickets:: $24

Go back to a simpler time and celebrate this Christmas tradition with the whole family! See Moscow Ballet’€™s Great Russian Nutcracker from the best seat in the house; your living room! Take this opportunity to spend quality time with loved ones and experience the smash-hit Holiday tradition in this ground-breaking debut. Take a trip backstage with the cameras for a look at how the magic is made. Hear it first-hand from world-class artists, designers, and the creators of this cherished production. See the full performance as captured on stage plus an up close look at the behind-the-scenes action. Make this Christmas special; don’€™t miss this celebration! Upgrade your package for even more magical memories like a Zoom Meet & Greet with a Moscow Ballet dancer, a Nutcracker shipped to your door, and more!


Talk to Santa Claus Live

December 23rd

Free on Facebook

Santa Claus will be taking the time to stop and go Live on Facebook throughout Christmas Eve to update you on how his night delivering presents is going and to share some Christmas Magic.
You and your little ones can talk to Santa Live and ask him questions on his very own Facebook page.
Santa hopes that this will be a magical experience for everyone during this difficult time and we hope that you can join him, share this event and invite your friends to share in this wonderful experience.

Macy’s Santa Land

All Season Long

Registration

We’ve reimagined Santaland and created a festive online holiday experience for everyone. This personalized, interactive journey through the North Pole is a fun way parents can ensure their tiny tots get to visit Santa and take a selfie with the Big Guy.
The magical adventure is ready now!


 

What other virtual holiday events are you looking forward to? Let us know and we’ll add them in for others to enjoy!

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Brooke Rainville
Brooke has spent most of her life in Rhode Island, having grown up in Foster, and moving back to RI after high school in Foxboro, MA. Since becoming a foster parent in 2005, she has cared for 8 children with special needs. The first child placed in her home is now 22, and continues to both brighten and challenge her days. She is stepmom to two young children, who brighten and challenge her days in totally different ways. Brooke has worked with people with special needs for 17 years and currently works as a case manager for children with autism at a non-profit in Southeastern MA. She feels strongly that raising tiny, adorable beings up into functioning, kind, emotionally stable adults is hard, and we all, as mothers, aunts, stepmothers, foster mothers, friends, and grandmothers, have a role in making that easier for each other. Every child (and adult for that matter) we come into contact with will either be better or worse off for the experience, and we should take that seriously, while extending grace to those along with us on this journey. Brooke is passionate about serving others (although she sometimes struggles to do so cheerfully) and advocating for those who can not advocate for themselves. She loves Jesus, a well made gin and tonic, home renovation, and overlooking the dog hair on her floors.

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