Sharing the Holiday with The National Arts Centre

“Canada is our stage. Le Canada en scène.”

Written by: Shannon Murphy

For those who are unfamiliar, The National Arts Centre is one of Canada’s largest premiere venues for the performing arts. Located downtown on the Rideau Canal the NAC is not only a prominent Ottawa landmark but is also designated as a National Historic Site. The NAC boasts the most talented performers in a variety of disciplines including English and French theatre, vocal, orchestra, and ballet, and is home to hundreds of special events annually. The NAC proudly supports the arts through the NAC Foundation – and during the holidays it partners with various charitable organizations including the Ottawa Food Bank, and the Snowsuit Fund.


Photo: Marc Fowler

It is without question that mid-way through November the city is in full holiday swing. From the decorations on storefronts, to the snowflake display on Parliament Hill; it is easier to catch the contagious spirit of the season than it is to catch a winter cold. The famous buildings and architecture around the city each contribute their own unique winter sparkle; among these Capital hot spots is the National Arts Centre.

Since 1969, the National Arts Centre has proven to be a staple that defines the Christmas season in Ottawa. It has become a tradition among many that promotes the underlying message of each winter-inspired show; a collective love of music, culture, and community. When the outdoor signs change and the interior transforms to favour a more festive theme, NAC guests can be confident in the quality holiday performances they will experience.

The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker

Since the first of December, the NAC has shown and hosted several holiday shows and events including that of the Tchaikovsky classic, The Nutcracker, a David Myles Christmas Concert, a Christmas collaboration between Matt Dusk and the famous NAC Orchestra, Handel’s Messiah with James Feddeck, and a Christmas dinner at their restaurant Le Café. The NAC provides a memorable holiday experience and incorporates regular shows into the schedule all while debuting their highly anticipated and long awaited headline show, Alice Through the Looking Glass.


David Myles’ Promotional Invite, 2014.


If you were able to catch a Christmas special this season, or have any special memories from shows past, please share in the comment section!

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