The Holidays have a funny way of bringing out the gentler, more cheerful side of people ... Even us bassed-out party animals here at New Times.
Maybe it's all the spiked eggnog or "sugar" cookies, but whatever it is, it's something, well, pretty magical.
And since we're in that wholesome Christmas spirit, we're hooking you up with a month's worth of Holiday lights and musical goodness, from George Balanchine's The Nutcracker to classic Christmas carols with the Gay Men's Chorus of South Florida to Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical.
Just check out Broward and Palm Beach's Holiday 2014 concert guide.
Country for the Holidays. With Eric Paslay, Rodney Atkins, Josh Thompson, and Brooke Eden. Friday, December 5, 6 to 9 p.m. Harbourside Place, 200 U.S. Hwy 1, Jupiter; 561-935-9533. Free. Grab your partner, dosey doe, and kick off "Friday Night" with a fireworks display and holiday country music.
A Very Lennon Christmas. Presented by Classic Albums Live. Friday, December 5, 8 p.m. Parker Playhouse, 707 NE 8th St. Fort Lauderdale; 954-761-5374; parkerplayhouse.com. Tickets cost $39 to $59 plus fees via ticketmaster.com. How could you not have a happy holiday with John Lennon at the helm?
Noel and Good Cheer! With Florida's Singing Sons Boychoir. Friday, December 5 and Saturday, December 6, 8 p.m. Second Presbyterian Church, 1400 N. Federal Hgwy., Fort Lauderdale; 954-564-7600. Tickets cost $10 to $35 plus fees via brownpapertickets.com. Celebrate the holidays like the French and Brits do with the little elves of the Florida's Singing Sons Boychoir. The show begins with a candlelight procession and English Christmas carols, followed by a performance of Marc-Antoine Charpentier's 1694 "Midnight Mass for Christmas." The show ends with the boychoir's "12 Days of Christmas" extravaganza.
Wonder of the Season. With the Delray Beach Chorale. Saturday, December 6, 3 to 4:30 p.m. First Presbyterian Church of Delray, 33 Gleason St., Delray Beach; 561-276-6338. Saturday, December 13, 3 to 4:30 p.m. Duncan Theatre, 4200 Congress Ave., Lake Worth; 561-868-3309; palmbeachstate.edu. Tickets cost $25 plus fees via delraybeachchorale.org, or $30 the day of. Take in the Wonder of the Season with the 65-voice Delray Beach Chorale and music that's good for both the Christian and Jewish folks out there.
Colors of Christmas. With Peabo Bryson, Taylor Dayne, Jennifer Holliday, and Ruben Studdard. Saturday, December 6, 8 p.m. Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts, 501 S. Sapodilla Ave., West Palm Beach; 561-802-6000; awdsoa.org. Tickets cost $25 to $105 plus fees via kravis.org. Paint the season red and green with Grammy Award-winning R&B singer Peabo Bryson, freestyle princess Taylor Dayne, Broadway sensation Jennifer Holliday, gospel legend Ruben Studdard, and all the Colors of Christmas.
Symphony Holiday Spectacular. With the Dunlap and Pennington Keyboard Duo and the Symphony of the Americas. Sunday, December 7, 2 p.m., and Tuesday, December 9, 8:15 p.m. Amaturo Theater, 201 SW 5th Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954-462-0222; browardcenter.org. Tickets cost $62 to $85 plus fees via ticketmaster.com. Feel like you're on the set of a Hallmark Christmas movie with the Dunlap and Pennington Keyboard Duo, Symphony of the Americas, and their Symphony Holiday Spectacular.