December Events, 2016


Illinois, Chicago, Event Date: Sunday, December 18, 2016

The Protege Philharmonic Annual Christmas Concert, Chicago, December 18th

The Protégé Philharmonic will perform its wildly popular annual Christmas Concert featuring music of Brahms, Dvorak, and Gershwin, with favorite holiday seasonal works by Leroy Anderson and an audience participation Christmas Carol Sing-A-Long. The event will take place on Sunday, December 18 at 3pm at the auditorium at the Salme Harju Steinberg Fine Arts Center, Northeastern Illinois University, at 3701 West Bryn Mawr Ave., Chicago, IL. Admission is $15.00.


New York, NY, Event Date: December 23, 2016

Masterwork Chorus Brings the Drama of Messiah to Life, Carnegie Hall, December 23, 2016

The Masterwork Chorus and Orchestra, under the baton of Music Director Christopher Shepard, perform their electrifying interpretation of Handel’s Messiah on December 23, 2016 at 8:00 pm in the legendary acoustics of Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, 881 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10019. It is the perfect evening to experience Messiah, as Christmas truly begins.   Maestro Shepard is joined by soloists, soprano Esther Heideman, winner of ...


Georgia, Jekyll Island, December 29 to 31, 2016

Bluegrass Music Celebrates New Year's at Jekyll Island, GA, December 29 to 31, 2016

Promoters Adams Bluegrass, LLC, announced that the 41st Annual New Year's Bluegrass Festival will be held at Jekyll Island,  in the New Convention Center, 75 North Beachview Drive, Jekyll Island, GA 31527. The indoor show is a famed meeting place for Bluegrass fans and musicians from throughout the country.  The three day event begins on Thursday, December 29 at 12:00 Noon and goes until 11:00 p.m. Thursday's line-up features The Gary Waldrep Band  ...


Florida, Holmes Beach, Event Date: December 10 to 11, 2016

29th Annual Winterfest Festival Fine Arts & Fine Crafts: Art, Food, Music, Fun, Holmes Beach, FL, December 10 to 11

With artists presenting original works of art in all media, the 29th Annual Winterfest Festival Fine Arts & Fine Crafts Fest takes place December 10th and 11th, 5901 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217, at Holmes Beach City Hall Field. This is an Outdoor Event with Food Vendors offering BBQ, Fish, Crab, Chicken, Cheese Melts, Wraps and Hot Dogs to Lemonade and Ice Cream. Free Trolley Rides on island. Admission is free.   The event includes a Young ...


Illinois, Chicago Area, Oakley, Event Date: December 10 and 11, 2016

18th Annual Bucktown Holiday ArtShow Coming to the Chicago Area, Dec. 10-11

The18th Annual Bucktown Holiday ArtShow, with 100 artists presenting original works of art in all media, takes place December 10th and 11th, 2016 at Holstein Park Fieldhouse, 2200 N. Oakley, Chicago, IL 60647. The event is the longest continuously running Holiday ArtShow in Chicago.   A Silent Auction takes place simultaneously during the ArtShow with a work of art donated by each artist participating in the ArtShow as well as other donations for ...


Illinois, Park Forest, Event Date: December 3, 2016 to January 4, 2017

Step Back into a 1950s Christmas" Exhibit, 1950s Park Forest House Museum, Park Forest, IL

The 1950s Park Forest House Museum, 227 Monee Road, Park Forest, Illinois, in St. Mary’s Catholic Church, is presenting "Step Back into a 1950s Christmas" exhibit, open December 3, 2016 through January 4, 2017.   Take a break from the hustle and bustle of 21st Century preparations to spend quality time getting a dose of Holiday Nostalgia. Vintage decorations are in every room. The museum features a musical, Black Forest green, aluminum ...


Michigan, Goodrich, Event Date: December 9 to 11, 2016

Tinsel & Treasures Ranked Among Top 100 Contemporary and Classic Craft Shows

Sunshine Artist Magazine, America’s premier art and craft show magazine, named Handcrafters Tinsel & Treasures Holiday Market fifteenth (15th) among the 100 best contemporary and classic craft shows in the United States and Canada. Tinsel & Treasures is Michigan's only top rated indoor art and contemporary craft show. The 37th annual Handcrafters Tinsel & Treasures Holiday Market celebrates the very best of this gift giving season featuring over seventy five artist from across the Midwest selling an eclectic mix of gifts crafted by hand and heart. With a variety ...


Maryland, Port Tobacco, Event Date: December 9-11, 2016

Charles County Maryland Christmas Tour, December 9-11

The Historical Society of Charles County, Maryland welcomes visitors to Charles County December 9-11, 2016.  This year, 18 nonprofit cultural and historical sites have joined together to form the fourth annual Charles County Holiday Trail. The Kris Kringle Christmas Market at the Charles County Fairgrounds kicks off the weekend on Friday, December 9th at 4:00 pm.  Modeled after the famous markets in Germany, this is the first outdoor ...


Arizona, Prescott, Event Date: December 2, 2016

Mountain Artists Guild's Annual Scholarship Auction -an exciting evening of fine art, fine wine and fine food, Prescott, AZ

The Mountain Artists Guild's Scholarship Auction is held every year to benefit Yavapai County students who wish to pursue their continuing education in the visual arts.  All proceeds from this event are awarded as financial aid scholarships to qualifying students.   This year's big event takes place Friday evening, December 2, 2016.  Thanks to the generosity of the Capital Canyon Club (formerly Hassayampa Country Club) the 2016 Scholarship Auction will take ...


Virginia, Norfolk, Event Date: December 2 and 3, 2016

Old Dominion University Presents the 42nd Annual Madrigal Banquets – Music and Food of Italy, Norfolk, VA

The Old Dominion University Department of Music invites the community to its annual Madrigal Banquets on Friday, December 2 and Saturday, December 3 at 6:30 p.m. in the atrium of the Diehn Fine and Performing Arts Center on 49th Street. Tickets are available until noon on December 1 at and (757) ­683-­5305.   The ODU Madrigal Singers, Collegium Musicum, and Sacbut Ensemble will entertain diners with music from the ...


South Carolina, Charleston, Event Date: December 8 & 9

Charleston Ballet Center for Dance and Coastal Ballet USA present The Nutcracker, Charleston, SC

Lowcountry audiences will once again be treated to the most famous holiday ballet adventure the world over when Charleston Ballet Center for Dance Education’s production of The Nutcracker takes the stage for one evening and one matinee performance.  The 2016 Nutcracker performances take place on Thursday December 8 at 11:00 AM, and 7:00 PM; Friday December 9 at 10:00 AM, and 7:00 PM, at the Sottile Theatre at the College of ..


Arkansas, Farmington, Event Date: December 18, 2016

Arkansas Winds Community Concert Band Presents Krampus and Carols, Farmington, Arkansas

The Arkansas Winds Community Concert Band will present their annual Christmas concert on Sunday, December 18. The concert will be held at the Farmington Performing Arts Center, Arkansas 170 & Blue Sky Road, Farmington, Arkansas, at 3pm. The concert band has 86 members and is comprised of volunteer musicians from the Northwest Arkansas community. It is under the direction of Michael Ferguson. The Winds are proud to partner with the ...


Florida, Clearwater, Event Date: December 4, 2016

Shawn Lowery Fundraiser & Cancer Awareness Concert, Clearwater, FL

The Quaker Steak & Lube Presents the Shawn Lowery Fundraiser & Cancer Awareness Concert in Clearwater, FL, December 4, 2016, 1:00am – 10:00pm, at Quaker Steak & Lube, 10400 - 49th St N, Clearwater, FL 33760. The concert is free.   Shawn Lowery “Mr. Sawbladehead” is very well known in the Tampa Bay music and art scene.  He has given so much to the music community and amazes with his metal creations as Sawbladehead Designs.  Now Shawn needs ...


California, San Francisco, Event Date: November 21, 2016 through January 1, 2017

Two of San Francisco's "Loftiest" Hotels Offer Holiday Bed & Breakfast Packages

Hilton San Francisco Union Square and Parc 55 San Francisco – A Hilton Hotel recently introduced their Holiday Bed & Breakfast Packages. Ideal for those that want convenient access to shopping, theater productions and the Union Square Holiday Ice Rink, both Hilton San Francisco Union Square and Parc 55 San Francisco – A Hilton Hotel, are your home away from home during the holidays.   Featured from November 21, 2016 through January 1, 2017, the ...

Arizona, Scottsdale, Event Date: December 16-18, 2016

Santa's North Pole Christmas & Gift Show Coming t Phoenix Convention Center, December 16-18, 2016

Santa's North Pole Christmas & Gift Show will be held at the Phoenix Convention Center, 100 Nth 3rd St., December 16-18.  Show times are Friday- Saturday 10am-6pm., Sunday 10am-5pm. This is one of  the largest Christmas Gift Shows in Phoenix. There will be a wide variety of vendors from arts and crafts to home improvement.  All the vendors will have their booths decorated in the Christmas Spirit. Show promoter David Schwartz and owner of


Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh, Event Date: Saturday, December 10, 2016

Kente Arts Alliance presents award winning Reggae Band, Third World, Pittsburgh, PA

On Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 8 pm, Kente Arts Alliance will present the THIRD WORLD at the New Hazlett Theater, 6 Allegheny Square East, Northside, Pittsburgh, PA 15212. Celebrating over 42 years, the ‘Reggae Ambassadors’, THIRD WORLD is one of the longest lived Reggae bands of all time, and one of Jamaica's most consistently popular crossover acts among international audiences. Mixing in elements of R&B, funk, pop, and rock ...


Connecticut, Middletown, Event Date: November 25 to December 11, 2016

Wesleyan Potters Celebrates the Holiday Season with "Star Light Winter Bright," Middletown, CT

Wesleyan Potters celebrates the spirit of the holiday season with "Star Light Winter Bright," its 61st Annual Exhibit and Sale.   Star Light Winter Bright opens the Friday after Thanksgiving, November 25 and runs through December 11 at 350 South Main Street (Route 17), Middletown, CT. Hours are everyday 10 am until 6 pm, Friday evenings until 9 pm. Wesleyan Potters Annual Exhibit and Sale is one of the oldest juried craft shows in the New ...


New Jersey, North Brunswick Township, Event Date: November 25-December 30, 2016

Hugs for Brady Holiday Light Show: the Biggest & Brightest Light Show Celebration in New Jersey

New Jersey’s biggest and brightest holiday event is coming to Central New Jersey from November 25-December 30, 2016. The Hugs for Brady Holiday Light Show spectacular starts on Black Friday, November 25th and runs daily through December 30th. An estimated 500,000 people are expected to attend. The Hugs for Brady Holiday Light Show will take place at the DeVry Campus in North Brunswick (630 US-1). Daily shows at varying times will feature ...


Florida, Naples, Event Date: December 15-23, December 26-30, 2016, January 2-4, 2017

Celebrate the Holidays with Night Lights in the Garden at Naples Botanical Garden, Naples , FL

Thousands of twinkling lights, glowing orbs, and sparkling décor illuminate one of Naples’ most popular outdoor venues this December. Naples Botanical Garden announces its annual Night Lights on  the evenings of December 15 – 23, December 26 – 30, 2016 and January 2-4, 2017 from 6 to 9 pm. Advance tickets for all nights are required.   Each evening will include holiday musical performances, family activities, and festive sweets and treats, plus ... 


North Carolina, Swannanoa, Event Date: December 10th, 2016

Owen Middle School's Holiday Craft Fair, Swannanoa, NC

The Owen Middle School will hold its Holiday Craft Fair at 730 Old US 70, in Swannanoa, NC on December 10th, 2016 from 10am - 4pm. Now in its 12th year, the annual Owen Holiday Craft Fair features arts and crafts handmade by professional artisans, likely including pottery, blown glass, doll outfits, toys, jewelry and wearable art, carved wooden items and home decorative items. The Owen Craft Fair holds a special place in Melissa Duarte and ...


Naples, Florida, Event Date: December 3, 2016 - April 23, 2017

Origami in the Garden on Display at Naples Botanical Garden, Naples , FL

This season, the Garden welcomes Origami in the Garden, on view daily from December 3, 2016 through April 23, 2017 and included with general Garden admission. These monumental sculptures from artist Kevin Box tell the story of origami, the Japanese art of paper folding. The Naples Botanical Garden is located at 4820 Bayshore Drive, Naples, Florida, 34112. The exhibition includes large-scale installations, gallery works, Box’s own compositions as well ...