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Nanaimo is one of Canada’s most musical cities. The combination of its gorgeous coastal climate and Vancouver Island University’s music programs have made Nanaimo home to some of the most talented jazz, classical, folk and rock musicians in the world! That pedigree means that when the holiday season comes along, Nanaimo is where you want to be for great Christmas concerts!


Ken Lavigne is one of this generation’s most talented musical artists, standing side by side with other recording giants like Michael Buble and Josh Groban. On December 1st, he will team up with Nadya Blanchette and the Vancouver Island Symphony Orchestra to bring a warm and wonderful Christmas show to the stage at the Port Theatre! There’s no better way to kickstart your comfy cozy holiday cheer.


A Broadway stage show in the tradition of Jersey Boys, Oh! What A Night is a celebration of the music of Franki Valli and The Four Seasons. This December 2nd, the Las Vegas-based touring show will come to the Port Theatre here in Nanaimo to perform these classic songs with a, particularly Christmas-y atmosphere. This is a world-class performance on an intimate stage – don’t miss out!


Handel’s Messiah is one of the greatest musical pieces ever recorded, period. Stirring and beautiful for everyone no matter what your faith, it’s a perfect complement for music lovers during the holiday season. On December 9, you’ll have a special opportunity to enjoy Handel’s music in a new way – as a sing-a-long! This special performance by the Malaspina Choir invites you to join the choir for one special night of the year. Returning for its ninth year, this has become a local favourite.

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