The sounds of the season will light up Haywood County over the next three weeks, with holiday concerts running the gamut from big band and Broadway to Christmas classics and country.
With a plethora of genres, styles and venues, there’s a little something to suit everyone’s holiday palate. Here’s a round-up of some of the the Christmas musical highlights this December.
Holiday Choral Concert
The 94-member Haywood Choral Society will perform a holiday concert at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, at Waynesville First United Methodist Church.
The major undertaking for this season is “Wenceslas,” a modern-day composition weaving the melody of the 500-year-old carol into each of its eight movements.
The concert will feature both traditional and contemporary works, from “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” to “Light One Candle” from Peter, Paul and Mary, plus a humorous spoof “The 12 Days After Christmas.” Free and open to the public.
Carolina Christmas Show
A Broadway-style production of live music, dance and comedy is coming to the Colonial Theater in Canton the weekend of Dec. 6-7. Previously produced in Asheville, the show is new to the local Christmas line-up in Haywood. Pulling top talent from across Western North Carolina, the show has a cast of more than two dozen performers.
Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Friday Dec. 6; and 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. $22 adults; $19 kids ages 3-17. CarolinaChristmasShow.com.
Festival of Carols
A traditional service of scripture readings and carols will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at First Baptist Church in Waynesville. The readings will follow the biblical narrative from creation to the birth of Jesus, paired with choral anthems and congregational hymns. The service will feature the Sanctuary and Youth Choirs, as well as a choir of English handbells. Free and open to the public.
Holiday Jazz Concert
There are two chances to catch the Blue Ridge Big Band in action: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at First Baptist Church in Waynesville or 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, at Long’s Chapel in Clyde. The 19-piece jazz ensemble will belt out holiday classics like “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas,” The Little Drummer Boy,” and “Jingle Bell Rock” with vocal accompaniment. Both shows are free and open to the public.
Holly Jolly Christmas
A Christmas variety show is coming to the stage of Haywood Regional Arts Theater in Waynesville, courtesy of Kids at HART youth theater company. The festive musical holiday revue will feature talent from various Kids at HART productions, as well as a few guest performances by HART stars. There are four shows: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13; and 2 p.m. Dec. 15, 21 and 22. Tickets are $15 for adults and $7 for kids. harttheatre.org.
Three Christmas concerts will be held at Stuart Auditorium over two days the weekend of Dec. 13 and 14.
• A choral and orchestral performance of Handel’s “Messiah” and other classic Christmas arrangements will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13.
• Summer Brooke & Mountain Faith, a nationally renowned American roots band with banjo, fiddle and mandolin, will perform at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14.
• Lake Junaluska Singers, a 16-voice ensemble, will present heartwarming Christmas music, including a selection of carols from other countries, at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14.
Tickets to individual concerts are $18-$23. A special bundle of $40 for all three concerts can be purchased at the Bethea Welcome Center. www.lakejunaluska.com/christmas or 800-222-4930.
Maggie Valley singer Tricia Ann Pearl will debut the release of her new album “A Pearl White Christmas” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at Elevated Mountain Distillery in Maggie Valley. Pearl, known for her sultry and soulful country vocals, has been named a rising star by the North American Country Music Association.
The Maggie native’s new album includes an original track by Haywood County country music writer Keil Nathan Smith, called “It’s Christmas Time.” Appalachian Smoke food truck will on onsite. Free and open to the public.
Voices in the Laurel
Voices in the Laurel youth choir will present its holiday concert at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 15, at Long’s Chapel United Methodist Church, featuring both traditional and contemporary music. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. www.voicesinthelaurel.org.