Toronto Symphony Orchestra presents Home Alone in Concert

Back by popular demand! A box-office monster hit when it was released in 1990, this madcap family comedy has become a certified holiday classic. Macaulay Culkin stars as an inventive eight-year-old, accidentally left alone over Christmas, who repeatedly outsmarts a couple of bone-headed burglars. John Williams’s delightful score packs extra punch and sparkle when the TSO, joined by Resonance Youth Choir, performs it live with the film!

Date: Saturday, December 8

Time: 2pm (run time is approximately 2 hours including intermission)

Venue: Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe Street, Toronto

National Ballet of Canada presents The Nutcracker

James Kudelka’s ravishing and gloriously re-imagined version of the evergreen Christmas spectacular was created for The National Ballet of Canada in 1995 and it remains an unparalleled holiday entertainment for both children and adults. Replete with Kudelka’s signature dynamic and exuberant choreography and gliding with wonderful ease from whimsical and often boisterous comedy to breathtaking spectacle and touching emotion, the ballet is a feast for both the senses and the imagination.

In Kudelka’s adaptation, E.T.A. Hoffmann’s original tale is re-situated in rural 19th-century Russia, a world in which nature and the rituals of farm life are harmoniously and organically entwined. The story centres on a brother and sister, Misha and Marie, and their Christmas Eve dream journey which carries them from their family home through a world of wonders to the glittering winter realm of the Snow Queen and finally to the splendour of the palace of the Sugar Plum Fairy.

Santo Loquasto’s beautifully evocative sets and costumes combine perfectly with the enchantment of Tchaikovsky’s sumptuous score to complete a genuinely magical Christmas experience for ballet lovers of all ages.

Date: Friday, December 14 @ 7pm AND Saturday, December 15 @ 7pm

Run time is approximately 2 hours including intermission

Venue: The Four Seasons Centre, 145 Queen Street West, Toronto

Champions of Magic

5 World Class Magicians- One Incredible Show!

Join our award-winning team of tricksters for a spectacular night of mystery that’ll keep you guessing for a long time to come. Champions of Magic, the UK’s largest touring magic show, features five of the worlds’ finest magicians.

Witness stunning illusions including disappearances, teleportation, levitation, and a heart stopping finale that sees one performer walk through the spinning steel blades of a giant industrial fan, all presented with lighting and pyrotechnics to rival the biggest arena productions.

Date: Thursday, December 20

Time: 8:00pm

Venue: Bluma Appel Theatre, St Lawrence Centre for the Arts, 27 Front St East

The Slaight Family Foundation supported 1,867 Bigs and Littles for 23 unique cultural, recreational and artistic events in 2017. Without their sponsorship, the opportunity to experience live theatre, hear the TSO symphony, spend a day at the Zoo, and take part in many hands-on activities would not have been possible.

These events have given the children and youth we serve the opportunity to thrive and expand their horizons. For most of them this is the only chance they have to partake in unique artistic and cultural experiences. These transformative moments also strengthen a match’s relationship creating stronger bonds through shared experiences.

We are deeply grateful for the continued generosity of The Slaight Family Foundation and look forward to creating many more exciting moments for our Bigs and Littles in 2018.