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
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
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.
Virtual Holiday Train
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
A Christmas Carol @ Trinity Rep
December 17th – January 10th
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
Virtual Story Time and Craft with Lumi the Elf
Hip Hop Nutcracker New Haven
Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian
December 19 – Jan 1
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
Macy’s Santa Land
All Season Long
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!