Christmas Market 2023 Recap

We want to thank everyone who came out to our Christmas Market this year – it was such a fantastic day, full of so much joy and Christmas spirit. We also want to thank all of our vendors, our many, many incredible volunteers, and our wonderful staff.

We would also like to thank all of the realtors who took the time to build, design and donate gingerbread houses for our silent auction – these were such a highlight of the market!

Thank you to:

Below is a gallery of a few highlights from the day – to view our full album, please visit Facebook.

Christmas Week

On Sunday, December 31st, please join us for breakfast and conversation, as we grow into the New Year 🌱✨

Our building is fully accessible, and you may find more information on parking and public transit here.

Please see below for our Christmas Week schedule. Our Christmas Eve services (10:30am and 7pm) will be live-streamed if you are not able to join us in person.

Sunday Dec. 17, 2023 at 10:30am
Third Sunday of Advent
Choir Cantata – Christmas Presence

Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2023 at 7pm
Blue Christmas 
longest night service honouring grief & loss

Sunday, Dec. 24, 2023 at 10:30am
Fourth Sunday of Advent
celebrating the love of the season

Sunday, Dec. 24, 2023 at 7pm
Christmas Eve 
‘Lessons & Carols’ Service

Sunday, Dec. 31, 2023 at 10:30am
Anticipating the New Year 
with food and conversation

Christmas Organ Concert with Manuel Piazza

Join us on Saturday, December 16th at 4:30pm for a special Advent and Christmas-themed organ concert, featuring a diverse selection of organ favourites to get you in the holiday mood. Tickets are pay-what-you-can, and proceeds go towards Beach United’s year-round community programs

RSVP here for our Christmas Organ Concert with Manuel Piazza.

About Manuel Piazza

Manuel Piazza is the Assistant Director of Music at St. Thomas’s Anglican Church, where he accompanies the High Mass and Evensong choirs and leads the parish’s new children’s choral program, The St. Thomas’s Choristers. Manuel completed his undergraduate studies in Organ Performance at the University of Toronto, studying repertoire with John Tuttle and conducting with Ivars Taurins. 

As an undergraduate in Toronto, he served as choir director and organist at Our Lady of Sorrows Roman Catholic Church, organ scholar at Trinity College (University of Toronto), organ scholar at St. James’ Anglican Cathedral, and one of the five organists of St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica. 

He was also an organist for the Yale Schola Cantorum, conducted by David Hill. After graduation, he was Interim Assistant Director of Music at Trinity Church in the City of Boston, working with Colin Lynch. Manuel’s playing has been praised for its “seamless registration changes … imaginative stop selections, smoothly shifting tone colours … abundant energy, (and) rhythmic control” in Organ Canada. Other awards include the Godfrey Hewitt Memorial Scholarship (RCCO), the Mary Baker Scholarship in Organ Accompanying (Yale Institute of Sacred Music), the Julia R. Sherman Memorial Prize for excellence in organ playing (Yale School of Music), the Aidan Kavanagh Prize for Academic Achievement (Yale Institute of Sacred Music), and the Ernest MacMillan Memorial Foundation Prize.

Christmas Jazz & Reflection

Please join us for a special Christmas Jazz & Reflection concert, featuring a repertoire of holiday favourites with Heather Bambrick (vocals), accompanied by Diane Leah (piano) and Jon Maharaj (bass) on Saturday, December 9th at 2:30pmplease note this is an earlier performance than our regularly scheduled concerts.

The concert is free to attend and tickets are not required; donations are welcomed and help support Beach United’s food programs. You may RSVP here!

We look forwarding to having you join us in our Main Hall on Dec 9th!