Ah, December: a time when stores, doctors' offices and businesses are filled with the sounds of the season, but sitting in a waiting room while Betty Boop's "Santa Baby" blares out of a PA can turn cheer into a sneer. Holiday music is meant to lift our spirits, though, which is why Christmas concerts and caroling are treasured traditions and can help to remind us there's a reason for the season.
Get your fa-la-la-la-la on at the Family Holiday Sing-Along at the Library at Collister on Thursday, Dec. 11. The library will provide hot chocolate and cookies, and staffer and musician Sam Counsil will accompany on acoustic guitar. 7 p.m., FREE, boisepubliclibrary.org/locations/library!-at-collister.
The Boise State University Music Department presents its anticipated Annual Family Holiday Concert on Friday, Dec. 12, at the Morrison Center. Proceeds benefit the department's scholarship fund. 7:30-9:30 p.m.; $10 general, $8 seniors, $2 children and non-Boise State students, FREE Boise State students, staff and faculty. music.boisestate.edu.
The whole family will be filled to the brim with Christmas cheer when Boise Philharmonic is joined by special guests the Boise Philharmonic Master Chorale and the Northwest Nazarene University Chorus for its larger-than-life Holiday Pops concerts on Friday, Dec. 12, at the NNU Brandt Center in Nampa, and on Saturday, Dec. 13, at the Morrison Center in Boise. 8 p.m., $23-$71. boisephilharmonic.org.