During the month of December, there are many opportunities to enjoy live Christmas music.
Concerts with Live Christmas Music
Attending a concert to listen to live Christmas music is a great way to get into the holiday spirit. In fact, many families make this ritual a special Christmas tradition.
Fans of religious Christmas music find that local churches are a great source of holiday concerts. Many churches put on a special Christmas program sometime during the month of December. Events are open to the public, so you don't need to be a member of the church to attend.
Local Elementary Schools
There's nothing more adorable than singing children dressed in their holiday best! Even if you don't have kids of your own, consider attending the Christmas concert at your local elementary school. Admission is usually either free or only a few dollars and the young performers are sure to put a smile on your face.
Colleges and Universities
Colleges and universities often have Christmas concerts and plays that are open to the community. Since most of the performers are students preparing for careers in music and/or theater, you can be assured of a very high-quality concert at an affordable price. Check the college or university Web site for information regarding concert dates and ticket prices.
Professional Musical Groups
While seeing a professional musical group in concert can be rather expensive, this is a very special Christmas treat for someone who loves music. For example, Mannheim Steamroller is well-known for its Christmas concerts.
If you're on a tight budget, one way to make attending this type of event more affordable is to agree that the experience will be a substitute for the exchange of Christmas presents. In most cases, your friends and family will be happy to have one less person to shop for and less clutter to put away when the holiday is over.
Hosting a Christmas Caroling Party
If you love live Christmas music, having a Christmas caroling party for your family and friends can be a fun alternative to your usual holiday get-together. Make up a festive invitation on your home computer, reminding guests to wear warm winter coats and bring their favorite hats, scarves, and mittens.
Since not everyone knows the words to the most popular Christmas carols, it's a good idea to print off copies of the lyrics to the songs you wish to sing at your party. (You can find Christmas carol books at your local public library or visit the Christmas Lyrics Web site to look up the words to your favorite songs.) To ensure you'll have enough light to read by during the evening hours, make candle holders by poking holes in small paper plates and sliding taper candles through the top.
Start your party off by singing carols at your neighbor's doorstep. If you have guests that are self-conscious about their singing skills, remember that enthusiasm can make up for a less than perfect performance! The point of the event is to have fun, not put on a show worthy of a recording contract.
Although it's a good idea to get approval for your visit beforehand, you may also want to consider stopping at your local nursing home. The elderly residents who have no family nearby are sure to appreciate your holiday cheer.
When you're finished singing, you can return home for some hot chocolate, eggnog, and an assortment of Christmas cookies. You may also choose to decorate a Christmas tree as part of your festivities.