The Christmas Story, a new family-friendly film

Dec 11, 2020 - Jan 6, 2021

(a new family-friendly film)  


December 11, 2020 at 7 p.m. (Premiere)
December 19, 2020 at 1 p.m.
and on-demand after December 11
Tickets by donation ($10 Suggested)

After more than 80 years on stage, Toronto’s The Church of the Holy Trinity’s pageant of The Christmas Story has been reinvented into a film presenting the classic Nativity story against the backdrop of life in an urban centre in the middle of a pandemic. Shot outside and socially distanced with professional crew and volunteer performers in the crisp light of late fall, the tale of Mary, Joseph, and the baby Jesus takes on deep new resonance. 

The story of a vulnerable family seeking shelter is scored with beautiful choral music and is suffused with the true meaning of Christmas. Experience this ground-breaking and uplifting family-friendly pageant as you’ve never seen it before. Online screenings for The Christmas Story 2020: A Pandemic Pageant are December 11, 2020 at 7 p.m., December 19, 2020 at 1 p.m. and the film is available on demand now through Epiphany. Tickets are by donation ($10 suggested).

Tickets for all Online Screenings are now available here: The Christmas Story 2020: A Pandemic Pagent

This production is a fundraising event for the Toronto homeless. Since 1938, Toronto’s Church of the Holy Trinity has been putting on a pantomime Christmas pageant with live music (the original hailing from St. Martin’s in the Field, London).  Instead of cancelling this year, director Susan Watson and team found funding to make a film version.

Northeast Wisdom/Wisdom Waypoints contributor, and author of The Monk’s Cell, Paula Pryce’s daughter Olivia plays one of the two Maries. It is a beautiful production, with astonishing cinematography, all set in downtown Toronto, including the homeless tent encampment at Holy Trinity’s doors. It is a poignant version for our times.