Nativity pageant returns in film, concerts

A young girl dressed in an angel costume
Actors perform in the film version of The Christmas Story outside Holy Trinity, Trinity Square.
 on November 30, 2022

The Christmas Story is returning to Holy Trinity, Trinity Square this Advent and Christmas in a pandemic-sensitive format.

Following some research and discussions, organizers decided not to relaunch the full theatrical production with a cast just yet but are offering a combination of experiences for Christmas Story audiences.

There will be three concerts that bring back the live readings and gorgeous music of the 85-year-old Toronto tradition. Professional singers, whose voices in past years were only heard from the church’s choir loft at the back of the nave, will now be onstage.

The concerts will take place on Dec. 10 and Dec. 17 at 2 p.m. and Dec. 23 at 7 p.m. at Holy Trinity, located behind the Eaton Centre.

For audiences that want a more visual experience, the 2020 “Pandemic Pageant” film will be screened in the Holy Trinity nave on Dec. 9 and Dec. 16 at 7 p.m., to be watched in person. The film will also be available online from Dec. 1 through Jan. 7.

The suggested donation for all events will be $10 for adults and $5 for children.

Other churches across Canada – and beyond – are invited to host a group screening of the “Pandemic Pageant” film in their communities. Holy Trinity will be able to provide access to a download of a high-resolution file. Interested churches are encouraged to reach out to The Christmas Story at: [email protected].

“The ongoing uncertainty around the pandemic and a looming winter wave is the reason the Christmas Story committee decided against the full production this year,” says Susan Watson, director of The Christmas Story.

“We heard through the grapevine that the Stratford Festival and Broadway had very challenging theatre seasons with both actors and tech crew off sick, resulting in cancelled shows. With this arrangement, we can share The Christmas Story experience widely, but also respond easily to any potential restrictions.”

For more details on how to view The Christmas Story online, or to reserve seating for one of the film screenings or concerts, visit The Christmas Story website at or phone: 416-598-4521 ext. 301.


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