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Your Guide to Christmas Entertainment Online

This year we will be spending a lot more time at home for the holidays and, since we’ve had all year to watch everything on Netflix, here’s a list of some different Christmas-y things to check out online.

Nutcracker Ballet

I love going to the ballet! It is so beautiful to watch and amazing to see what the dancers can do. If you’ve never seen The Nutcracker in person, I highly recommend it! It’s a fun Christmas tradition and there are often promotions for tickets, like the partnership between Ballet BC and Simons’ to create the Art for All campaign, which allows for discounted prices.

Performances are still few and far between due to covid, but in the meantime, you can watch online!

Watch this beautiful performance of The Nutcracker from the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg, circa December 2012.

Watch on YouTube: The Nutcracker Ballet in two Acts

Image by Niki Dinov from Pixabay

Dave Cooks the Turkey

This is a classic piece of Canadiana and one of my favourite things to listen to during the holidays. If you haven’t met Dave and Morley of Stuart Mclean’s Vinyl Cafe stories, this is a great introduction. Dave is can always be depended on for a good laugh!

In this story, Dave attempts to help out with Christmas tasks and is given the job of cooking the turkey. His methods are creative to say the least!

Listen on YouTube: Stuart Mclean’s “Dave Cooks the Turkey”

CBC Gem Holiday Programming

CBC Gem is a great place to watch free TV online. Signing up for their free account gives you access to all of their programs.

You can find their Holiday Programming here online.

And here are a couple of our favourites:

Escape to the Chateau Christmas Specials

Season 5, Episode 7 “Christmas Special”

Season 7, Episode 4 “Christmas at Chateau”

The Great Canadian Baking Show

The Great Canadian Baking Show Holiday Week

CTV’s list of Holiday Shows and Movies

CTV gives free access to movies and shows online—both current and blasts from the past. They have a number of Christmas movies online here: Christmas Movies

Baumgartner Restoration

One of Krista’s favourite channel’s to relax to is Baumgartner Restoration. It’s a fascinating (and relaxing!) process to watch the restoration of artwork being done.

Baumgartner Restoration YouTube Channel

Activities for Kids

If you’re looking for some activities for kids, check out Krista’s list!

10 Activities to do at Home with Kids

CBC Kids Online Games Christmas Chain

If you’re looking for some fun games you don’t have to download on a device, CBC Kids have some easy games to play online: CBC Kids Games

One I gave a try and couldn’t stop playing for awhile is this one: Christmas Chain

Christmas Puzzles

You can even do puzzles online! This site has a different Christmas themed puzzle up every day: Online Jigsaw Puzzles

If you have favourites to add to the list, we’d love to hear them! Let us know in the comments!

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