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These are the best holiday concerts to experience this month in Vancouver

While December has many of us thinking about advent calendars and shopping lists, it’s the sounds of the holiday season that really sets the tone for the most wonderful time of the year.

From musicals to holiday carols, Vancouver is quite literally booming with the festive sounds of the season. To highlight the best holiday music events happening this month, we’ve partnered with HearingLife Canada to compile a list of all there is to see and hear this December in Vancouver.

Home Alone with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra is set to perform a live score to a true holiday favourite and, arguably, one of the best Christmas movies ever made—Home Alone. Experience the comical film with enchanting sound as the VSO performs renowned composer John Williams’ charming and delightful score. The film is hilarious, heart-warming and appropriate for the whole family to enjoy. Dec. 18 and 20 at 7 p.m. at the Orpheum Theatre.

It’s a Wonderful Live the Musical at Anvil Centre

The 1946 film starring Jimmy Stewart has been reimagined for the stage, offering a fresh take on the timeless holiday classic, right here in Metro Vancouver. It’s a Wonderful Life the Musical will run from  Dec 19 – Jan 5, 2020, at the Anvil Centre in New West. This heart-warming show breathes musical life into the familiar story, retaining its warmth and humour while incorporating timeless musical standards like “Nice Work If You Can Get It”, “Rhapsody in Blue”, “One Life to Live”, and “Lost in the Stars”, along with traditional holiday carols the whole family is sure to enjoy.

The Karaoke Christmas Lights Trolley Tour

If you’d prefer to be the one making the noise this holiday season, be sure to book a ride on The Karaoke Christmas Lights Trolley Tour; a three-hour tour dedicated to showcasing Vancouver’s best holiday light displays. Each trolley will be equipped with TV’s, karaoke machines, and your favourite Christmas carols to sing while you roll through the city in search of the most sparkling lights.

A Traditional Holiday Christmas

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Holiday tradition returns with singing, storytelling, and plenty of holiday cheer. Join host Christopher Gaze and a multitude of special guests for this festive favourite and be ready to sing-along! A Traditional Holiday Christmas will be performed in multiple venues across Vancouver, check the VSO website for full concert details.

Keithmas X

It’s the 10th anniversary of Keithmas! This “fundrager” takes festive cheer to debaucherous new heights, as the annual affair pays tribute to the rock legend himself—Keith Richards—while raising funds for a good cause; the Vancouver Food Bank. This year’s event takes place on December 14 at the Rickshaw Theatre.

Taking in the sounds of the holidays is one of the best parts of the season, which is why it’s more important than ever to check-in on your hearing health.

While many of us make an effort to visit the doctor or dentist at least a few times each year, our hearing health is something that we in Vancouver seem to neglect, even though our hearing brings us so much joy, particularly this time of year. With 200 locations across Canada, including 7 in Metro Vancouver, HearingLife provides Canadians with everything they need to help live and hear their lives to the fullest, including hearing tests and hearing aids.

We know that hearing health isn’t the easiest topic to discuss, but it’s important to seek the help of a hearing expert if you notice signs of hearing loss in yourself or a loved one. The sooner you seek help, the more that can be done. If you want to ensure you’re making the most of this season’s wonderful holiday concerts and events, you can take HearingLife Canada’s online hearing test HERE.

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