Ashurst Academy of Irish Dance of Newtown featured in Playhouse performance of Christmas with The Celts

Christmas with The Celts Returns to The Ridgefield Playhouse on December 17 After Five Past Sold Out Performances

A holiday tradition, Christmas with The Celts returns to The Ridgefield Playhouse after five past sold out performances! Fans can add a touch of Celtic flair to their holiday season when Christmas with the Celts takes the stage on Saturday, December 17, 2022 at 7:30pm. This high-stepping spirited show presents a perfect combination of modern Christmas hits, lively Irish Carols, humor, thrilling Irish dancing, and lush string arrangements, giving audiences a most memorable Christmas experience.

Christmas with The Celts is more than a concert - it's a celebration of the holiday spirit, perfect for the whole family! The show will feature dancers from the Ashurst Academy of Irish Dance of Newtown. These award-winning dancers will open the show and will add their lively step dancers throughout the production. 

Christmas with the Celts, part of the Xfinity Family Series and HamletHub World Music Series, was first seen a PBS-TV special.  Since then, the show has grown into a unique blend of modern Christmas standards with the spirit and sounds of Celtic roots.  You’ll hear your Christmas classics: ‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen’, ‘Little Drummer Boy’, ‘Santa Claus is Coming to Town’; also ‘Count Your Blessings’, ‘White Christmas’ and John Lennon’s perennial ‘Happy Christmas’ along with traditional Irish music and instrumentation.  Visit 3 Keys Restaurant & Georgetown Tavern (19 Main Street, Redding) for dinner before the show and enjoy a complimentary glass of house wine with your entrée when tickets are presented. 

This year Christmas with the Celts will introduce top Irish musicians Patrick D’Arcy from Dublin and Fiachra O’Regan from Connemara, Ireland. These two have performed with Bono of U2, Sting, Quincy Jones, The Waterboys, Bill Whelan of Riverdance, just to name a few. Also, featured will be the haunting vocals of beautiful singer/fiddler Luisa Marion.

And an Irish Christmas would not be complete without the unpredictable Irish jokes (craic) and banter that occurs between band members and the audience every year and the always crowd pleasing fiery Irish dancers. The high-stepping spirited musical selections have audiences clapping along from the first lively renditions of popular contemporary Christmas classics such as Irish versions of ‘Santa Claus is Coming to Town’, Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want for Christmas’, ‘White Christmas’, John Lennon’s perennial ‘Happy Christmas’ and many surprises. The show presents a perfect combination of modern Christmas hits, lively ancient Irish Carols, hilarious spontaneous humor, thrilling Irish dancing, a children’s choir and meaningful Christmas ballads with lush string arrangements giving audiences a most memorable interactive Christmas experience.

For more information or to purchase touchless print at home ticket ($48.50) go online at www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org or, you can visit or call the box office (203) 438-5795.  The Ridgefield Playhouse is a non-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT and is committed to keeping the arts alive and available to all.


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