7 Virtual Christmas Events Worldwide To Help Celebrate The Holidays
With Hong Kong still battling the fourth wave of Covid-19 infections, many of us have been staying at home more to stay safe, making it harder to feel excited about the upcoming holidays. Since many in-person events such as Christmas markets, concerts and meet-and-greets with Santa are cancelled this year, we've found the best online holiday events and experiences to bring a little more festive cheer to your home.
For those who are unable to travel home to visit friends and family, invite them to a joint streaming session and celebrate (virtually) together. From Christmas operas to fun, festive food workshops, we're listing where to find festive virtual experiences.
1/7 Borough Market’s Festive Kitchen
When: Selected dates throughout December, but recorded videos can be found online
Taking Christmas dinner in to your own hands this year and need some inspiration? London’s iconic Borough Market is hosting three weeks of entertainment and six live digital cookalongs, making dishes such as parma ham, blue cheese and date flatbreads, caramelised onion and squash mac ‘n’ cheese, and mulled wine pear pie. Don’t worry if you’ve missed the live event—the sessions are recorded and can be replayed on the site as well.
Discover more at christmas.boroughmarket.org.uk
2/7 Tour the Old City of Jerusalem and Bethlehem
When: December 19, 21, 23, 28
Explore the holy city of where Jesus was born with this virtual tour of the Old City. You’d be led through the four quarters of Bethlehem: The Jewish Quarter, Christian Quarter, Muslim Quarter, and the Armenian Quarter, and learn all about historic sites including the Western Wall of Solomon’s Temple, the Temple Mount, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, and the Western Wall Temple.
Discover more at eventbrite.hk
3/7 New York City Ballet’s The Nutcracker
When: Available to stream from December 11 to January 3
Although most of us won’t be able to see the Rockefeller Christmas tree in person this year, we can all pretend we’re in New York by watching New York City Ballet’s 2019 show of ‘The Nutcracker’ throughout December.
Filmed at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center last year, the show features over 50 New York City Ballet dancers, 62-piece New York City Ballet Orchestra, as well as more than 60 children from the School of American Ballet.
Discover more at nycballet.com
See also: Hong Kong Ballet Presents The Nutcracker Christmas Benefit this Boxing Day
4/7 A Christmas Carol
When: December 12-24
Watch the live stream production of A Christmas Carol this month with your loved ones to remind yourself the meaning of Christmas.
Adapted by Jack Thorne, and performed by Andrew Lincoln for Old Vic theatre in London, grab some popcorn, heat up some mulled wine on the stove top and get ready for a jolly good time.
Discover more at oldvictheatre.com
5/7 Elf: The Musical
When: December 20, 9:30am
Bastrop Opera House is bringing Elf the Musical to your screen this Sunday. Based on the family-favourite holiday film, the musical will follow Buddy the elf in his quest to find his true identity after mistakenly crawling into Santa’s bag of gifts as a child. Be sure to tune in if you’re looking for some heart-warming, musical entertainment to start your day off right.
Discover more at bastropoperahouse.com
6/7 Christmas at the Royal Albert Hall
When: December 21, 2:30am, recording available on-demand until December 31
Bringing Christmas to your screen, London’s Royal Albert Hall will be recording their annual festive carol concert this year and broadcasting it online. Played in front of a capped audience of 1,000, the concert will be played by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and conducted by Richard Cooke, Royal Choral Society and the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain.
If you’re too excited for the holidays to sleep, the concert will premiere at 7:30pm BST on December 20—or 2:30am on December 21 if you’re in Hong Kong—but if you’re sleeping early, the event will also be available to watch until the end of the year.
Discover more at royalalberthall.ticketco.events
7/7 L.A. County Holiday Celebration
When: December 25, 7am
This three-hour Christmas show in L.A. has long been a favourite with locals and has been a tradition for 61 years.
This year, you’ll be able to watch performances from 22 artists including the American Youth Symphony, Ballet Folklórico and Mariachi Garibaldi de Jaime Cuéllar, Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles and more. The first broadcast event will be happening on December 24, 3pm PST (making that Christmas morning in Hong Kong), however, there are also several rebroadcast dates available.
Discover more at musiccenter.org
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