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Where to hear Christmas Carols?
I'd like to take my little girls to see and hear some carol singing for the holidays, i was not able to find anywhere to go last year. Are there any non-church, (outside?) venues to see this? Or is my best bet a church service, we are not religious, is it OK to still go to a carol service? Any recommendations? Somewhere close to Albany/Berkeley preferably. Thanks!
The First Congregational Church of Berkeley on Channing has a family-oriented relatively short Christmas Eve service at 5:00 pm. http://fccb.org/newspages/AdventChristmasEve2012.htm. The church is very welcoming, very tolerant, and very unlikely to pressure you in any way. (I'm not a member and don't attend regularly, but that's been my experience.) Don
All Souls Parish in Berkeley (corner of Spruce and Cedar) has three Christmas Eve services, a 4 PM Christmas Pageant with children and carols, an 8 PM Carols & Candlelight service, and a 10:30 Midnight Mass It's a wonderful church with a lot of families and children All Souls member and mom
Where to go to sing Christmas Carols?
We moved from Canada to the Bay Area about 4 years ago. This year, since we're expecting our first baby in January, we won't be able to fly home for the holidays. When I was growing up, every Christmas my family would attend a local event where we rode on a horse-drawn sleigh and then got together in a big cabin to drink cider and sing Christmas Carols. I'm assuming that sleighs are out of the question in California, but I'd really like to find a holiday concert or event where we can sing Christmas Carols with other folks. We're not really religious (although not opposed to attending a church service) and can't really sing - we're just looking for a fun time. Any suggestions? Ginny
This isn't exactly what you are yearning for, but the Festival of Carols Concert and Carol Sing Along put on by the San Francisco Choral Society always has beautiful holiday music, lively sing along carols with brass choir, and children are welcome. (Full disclosure: I am a long-time member of SFCS.) This year the Festival of Carols is on Sunday December 12 at 3:00 PM at the First Unitarian Church, 1187 Franklin at Geary in San Francisco. Adults $15, Students/Seniors $10. A wonderful way to spend a couple of hours and then enjoy the lights and sights in San Francisco. Call 415-221-5590 for more information. Jody
Dear Ginny, Because '...You're not in Kansas anymore, Dorothy...' try this: Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir 25th Anniversary Concert, Sat. Dec. 4, 7:30p, @ the Paramount Theater. The show gives thousands of gospel music fans of _all_ faiths a chance to 'join the choir' in 'a glorious, transcendent evening' of music. Tkts: $10-$40. Call 465-6400 or visit www.oigc.org. Enjoy! (my DH's family is from B.C! --Carol
Our church has a fabulous tradition of singing Christmas carols to start off the Christmas season at our Hanging of the Greens event. It is Sunday, Dec. 5 at 7 pm at First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley (Dana and Channing). We look forward to it every year! http://www.fpcberkeley.org/musicevents.asp Please join us to sing!
Huber Park (El Cerrito) has a wonderful, fun, yearly sing- along with lots of families--very fun. Not sure how to find the dates--maybe you can Google it. Or if you drive by around early December, there will be a banner announcing it.
There is a meetup for Christmas Caroling being led by a wonderful music teacher, Michele Voilleque. I've known Michele for a few years now and she taught my daughter some voice lessons.. you can learn more at: http://www.meetup.com/The-Berkeley-Sing-in-Harmony-Meetup- Group/calendar/15462469/ Lisa