Greener BeeGreen HolidaysPAC seeing green with shows inspired by Celtic holidays

ST. CATHARINES – Never mind the winter blues; downtown St. Catharines will be seeing green with two highly spirited Celtic holiday inspired shows.

From high-flying and fast-stepping dance moves to loud and lively music, the pair of shows featured as part of Critelli’s Celtic Series are sure to brighten spirits, bring the laughs and make for a fun night out.

Things kick off in January, with a celebration of the life, works and spirit of Scotland’s unofficial national poet on what would have been his 258th birthday.  Robert Burns, a pioneer of the Romantic movement, is a celebrated poet and lyricist known for such great works as “Auld Lang Syne” and Scotland’s longtime unofficial anthem “Scots Wha Hae”. His poems “Tam o”Shanter”, “A Red, Red Rose” and “A Man’s a Man for A’ That” are still well known across the world, more than two and a half centuries after his death. Robbie Burns Day is fete on or around his Jan. 25 birthday with suppers in his honour that range from formal gatherings to informal get togethers.

In St. Catharines, HOT Ticket holders can catch a special performance of North America’s premier Celtic performers the Tartan Terrors who will bring championship-caliber Highland dance and comedy with spirit-raising music and fun.  The band is known for mixing rock’s energy with traditional folklore, dance and humour. There will be the sounds of classical pipes and fiddle, along with driving drum tones and the band’s signature guitar styles. It all combines for an evening in celebration of old Robbie that won’t be forgotten any time soon. The Jan. 25 show starts at 7:30 p.m. in Partridge Hall. Tickets are $39 or $34 for HOT ticket members.

In March, St. Catharines will again be seeing green for St. Patrick’s Day weekend when a new era in Irish entertainment makes its way to Patridge Hall for an evening that features an incredible spectacle of world champion dancers, a traditional Irish band, and the Young Irish Tenors.

Taking place just one day after people gather together to honour the traditional death date of the foremost patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick, the Rhythm of the Dance performance will bring together the best in entertainment of the Emerald Isle, presented by the National Dance Company of Ireland. From the disciplined Celtic step to the sensual, ancient Sean Nos dance style, it’s been internationally rated as one of the most popular dance shows by critics and millions of fans around the world. It’s a two-hour dance and music extravaganza containing a wealth of Irish talent that relives the journey of the Irish Celts throughout history.

The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $59 or $51 for members. Tickets for children 13 and under are $25. 

VIP Sweet Seats are available for either show, pay $30 more and you can sit in one of the limited box suites for an even sweeter view.

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