The holiday’s are alive with Victorian spirit at Craigdarroch Castle. Travel back in time to a Christmas season 125 years past when you step into the National Historic Site during the month of December.
“Christmas was and continues to be a magical season at the Castle,” says John Hughes, Craigdarroch Castle’s executive director. “Each December the Castle is decked with traditional decorations and we fill the month with festive events, including live music, special Victorian-Christmas school programs and classic stage productions.”
Once again Craigdarroch Castle will be home to Jason Steven’s one-man production of Charles Dickens’ 1843 classic, A Christmas Carol. Stevens’ presents the tale of ghosts, regret, love and Christmas redemption in an hour-long intimate performance set in the Castle’s Dance Hall. Stevens’ tour-de-force performance has become a much loved classic event at the Castle. Performance will be held Dec. 16 and 17 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 20 to 23 at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., and is suitable for ages 13 and up. Tickets are $20 for adults.
Premiering at the Castle this December is Radio, Mistletoe and My Man Godfrey by Launch Pad Theatre. The festive flip of the 1936 screwball comedy My Man Godfrey tells the story of a sprightly socialite who, during an unscrupulous Christmas scavenger hunt, hires a drifter as the family butler only to fall in love with him (much to his dismay). The show runs from Dec. 27 to 30 at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. for a short tour to the dance hall in which the performance takes place. Tickets are $20 for adults ($18 for members).
Craigdarroch Castle’s halls will also ring with the sound of festive music this holiday season. Musicians ranging from jazz artists to medieval folk groups to classical cellists to Celtic bands will perform Dec. 10, 11 and 17 to 24 at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. and Dec. 27 to 30 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The performances are free with Castle admission.
For event tickets or more information, visit thecastle.ca