Christmas Carolling & Music
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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
Somewhere close to Albany/Berkeley preferably.
The First Congregational Church of Berkeley on Channing has
a family-oriented relatively short Christmas Eve service at
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
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
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!
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
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:
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