Guess What’s Coming to the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga This December?

Being so close to Toronto, it’s easy to forget that Mississauga has its own arts and culture scene made up of mindfully curated galleries, incredible local talent and expansive performance centres.

It's also a city that isn't afraid to get festive.

Since it's officially December, you might be thinking of checking out a festive production or two at the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga's City Centre neighbourhood. Located literal steps (maybe less than a 100 steps?) from Square One, perhaps you want to take in a holiday-themed show after a few hours of shopping.

So, without further adieu, here are some festive (and non-festive) productions you might want to catch at the LAC this December:


A Swingin’ Christmas with Toronto All-Star Big Band

Although this production hits the stage at 8:00 p.m. tonight, tickets are still available. This Big Band Style performance will feature Holiday-themed and traditional favourites from the golden age of swing, so audiences can enjoy a musical taste of the 30s, 40s and 50s. Tickets are $20-$45.

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When Angels Sing

If you just want to enjoy some classic Christmas music, you can check out this performance on Saturday, Dec. 2. Taking place in Hammerson Hall, the Mississauga Festival Choir (MFC) is celebrating the season, accompanied by the Mississauga Symphony Orchestra.

MFC will perform traditional holiday music, as well as Benjamin Britten’s “A Ceremony of Carols” and Mark Hayes’ “Gloria” with the Orchestra.

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A Jinglebell Jukebox Christmas

This very affordable (just $12) show will take place on Dec. 6 and will feature Rotherglen Erin Mills students celebrating the season with a contribution of modern and traditional Christmas songs.

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Oscar Peterson and Oliver Jones—A Celebration

While not explicitly holiday or Christmas-themed, this concert will honour a musical legend and cap off LAC's 20th anniversary celebrations. Slated for Dec. 9, the concert is a gathering of three generations of Canadian and International jazz greats who will pay their respects to Oscar Peterson and Oliver Jones.

The LAC says Oliver Jones will receive the LAC Lifetime Achievement Award in honour of the LAC’s 20th Anniversary from Celine Peterson (Oscar’s daughter and Oliver’s goddaughter). Every orchestra ticket purchased will enable a budding music student to attend the concert as LAC's guest.

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The Nutcracker

If you're free on the evening of Dec. 10, you might want to check out The Nutcracker. Playing in Hammerson Hall at 7:00 p.m., The State Ballet Theatre of Russia production features what is arguably one of the best known and well-loved holiday-themed ballets. According to the LAC, guests can expect the same authentic Russian choreography that is performed in Moscow by the famous Bolshoi Ballet.

Set to Tchaikovsky’s music—including Waltz of the Flowers, Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and Waltz of the Snowflakes—the production is both artful and familiar (and likely to be enjoyed by everyone, should you choose to make it a family affair).

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Mississauga Symphony Orchestra: Highlights from the Messiah

On Dec. 16, you can check out the Mississauga Symphony Orchestra for a concert of highlights from Handel's masterwork oratorio, Messiah.

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Mississauga Symphony Orchestra: A Merry Little Christmas

On Dec. 17, you can check out a family concert featuring a combined orchestra comprised of MSO and MSYO musicians with the guest youth choir "Resonance." The musicians will play such holiday favourites as Sleigh Ride, the Hockey Night in Canada theme and movie themes. There will be a free Long & McQuade Instrument Petting Zoo in the Atrium.

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