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Music director Valérie Sainte-Agathe conducts the San Francisco Girls Chorus’ “A Highland Holiday” on Dec. 19 in Davies Symphony Hall. (Courtesy photo)

There is no shortage of holiday choral concerts in 2016; here are some of events filled with seasonal music and good cheer:

San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus: “Babes in Joyland” is the holiday pop show. 8 p.m. Dec. 9, 2 and 8 p.m. Dec. 10, $25-$70. Nourse, 275 Hayes St., S.F., www.cityboxoffice.com

Singin’ in the Rain: The classic film musical screens, with live accompaniment from the San Francisco Symphony. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9-10, $28-$95. Davies Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F., www.sfsymphony.org

KITKA’s Wintersongs: Tunes from Slavic, Baltic, Balkan, Jewish and Bosnian-Muslim traditions make up the women ensemble’s program. $15-$40. Dec. 10-18 at various locations including 8 p.m. Dec. 17 at Old First Church, 1751 Sacramento St., S.F., www.kitka.org

Sing You a Merry Christmas: The carol sing-along is for children and families. 11 a.m. Dec. 10 and 17, 4 p.m. Dec. 23, $10-$25. Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St., S.F., www.cityboxoffice.com


Grace Cathedral Choir of Men & Boys
: “A Cathedral Christmas” offers classic carols and sacred masterpieces with full orchestra and organ. 3 p.m. Dec. 10-11 and Dec. 17-18, 7:30 p.m, Dec. 12, $15-$60. Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St., S.F., www.cityboxoffice.com

San Francisco Boys Chorus
: “Swing a Christmas Carol” features catchy favorites, Broadway tunes and holiday classics. 5 p.m. Dec. 10, $20-$40. Calvary Presbyterian Church, 2515 Fillmore St., S.F. www.sfbc.org

Pacifica Edge Voices
: “Adoration & Celebration: Bach and More” includes traditional and contemporary of holiday music and accompaniment by the Amaranth String Quartet. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10, $15-$35. Green Room, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F., www.cityboxoffice.com

Ragazzi Continuo: “Christmastime Is Here” includes holiday tunes, winter-inspired music from across the globe and a new arrangement of the English folk tune “The Snow It Melts the Soonest” by Derek Sup. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10, $15-$25. St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 178 Clinton St., Redwood City; also at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17 at Trinity St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 1668 Bush St., S.F., www.ragazzicontinuo.org

San Francisco Renaissance Voices
: The fifth annual “Festival of Lessons & Carols” is based on a tradition that began in 1918 at King’s College in England. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10, free. Seventh Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1329 Seventh Ave., S.F., www.sfrvoices.org

Peter and the Wolf: The S.F. Symphony Youth Orchestra plays Prokofiev’s classic, with narrator Linda Ronstadt. 11 a.m, Dec. 11, $21-$89. Davies Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F., www.sfsymphony.org

Holiday Brass: S.F. Symphony’s brass section takes the spotlight in a concert of seasonal music including J.S. Bach’s “Christmas Oratorio,” Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride” and other holiday favorites, 3 p.m. Dec. 11, $20-$79. Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F., www.sfsymphony.org

Ragazzi Boys Chorus: “In the Company of Angels” explores the “language and harmonies of our eternal search for spiritual wisdom.” 4 p.m. Dec. 11, $18. Old First Church, 1751 Sacramento St., S.F.., www.oldfirstconcerts.org

Oakland East Bay Symphony: Michael Morgan conducts the symphony and choral groups in “Let Us Break Bread Together,” with holiday classics and music from the era of the Black Panthers, 4 p.m. Dec. 11, $15-$60. Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland, www.oebs.org

Merri-Achi Christmas: Mariachi Sol de Mexico de Jose Hernandez celebrates Mexico’s Christmas traditions. 8 p.m. Dec. 11, $25-$95. Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F., www.sfsymphony.org

Christmas in a Celtic Land: Golden Bough plays carols from Ireland and Scotland. 8 p.m. Dec. 16, $18. Old First Church, 1751 Sacramento St., S.F., www.oldfirstconcerts.org

Young Women’s Choral Project: “Peace On Earth” is a holiday showcase of 100 voices. 4 p.m. Dec. 17, $10-$35. Calvary Presbyterian Church, 2515 Fillmore St., S.F., www.brownpapertickets.com

Chanticleer
: The acclaimed all-male choir’s holiday concert offers “joy and tranquility in music old, new and familiar.” 8 p.m. Dec. 17, $35-$75. St. Ignatius Church, University of San Francisco, 650 Parker St., S.F., www.cityboxoffice.com

Schola Cantorum: “Christmas Angels” showcases holiday tunes by the chorus, accompanied by virtuoso harpist Dan Levitan. 3 p.m. Dec. 18, $20-$30. Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View, www.mvcpa.com

San Francisco Choral Artists: “Light in Winter” includes “music of contemplation and renewal, of confronting darkness and rejoicing in light’s return.” 4 p.m. Dec. 18, $25-$28. St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 1111 O’Farrell St., S.F., www.brownpapertickets.com

San Francisco Girls Chorus
: Valérie Sainte-Agathe leads 300-voice group in “A Highlands Holiday” with special guests composer-bagpiper Matthew Welch and cellist Joshua Roman, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19, $30-$60. Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F., www.cityboxoffice.com

A Brass and Organ Christmas: Local brass musicians perform with the church’s 7,466-pipe Aeolian-Skinner organ. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19, $15-$60. Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St., S.F., www.cityboxoffice.com

California Pops Orchestra: “Pops Family Christmas” includes tunes from Broadway, Hollywood, Tin Pan Alley as well as a carol sing along. 3 p.m. Dec. 18, $20-$55. Flint Center, DeAnza College, 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino, www.californiapopsorchestra.com

San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus Home for the Holidays: The concert celebrates its 27th anniversary. 5, 7 and 9 p.m. Dec. 24, $25-$40. Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F., www.cityboxoffice.com

MESSIAH

George Frideric Handel’s oratorio is a holiday classic. These are some local performances.

Handel’s Sing it Yourself Messiah: Urs Leonhardt Steiner directs the Golden Gate Orchestra and Chorus program. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12, $20-$35. Mission Dolores Basilica, 3321 16th St., S.F., www.cityboxoffice.com

American Bach Soloists: This year’s soloists include Hélène Brunet, Emily Marvosh, Derek Chester and Mischa Bouvier, and Jeffrey Thomas conducts. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14-16, $20-$118. Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St., S.F., www.americanbach.org

Messiah Sing Along/Play Along
: Stephen Sano conducts the annual concert. Orchestral parts are provided. Singers may purchase scores at the door. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16, $10-$15, Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford University, http://events.stanford.edu/events/618/61857/

Sing It Yourself Messiah Pub Crawl
: Golden Gate Symphony and Chorus bring their participatory holiday classic to the streets. 6 p.m., Dec. 18, donation requested. Southern Pacific Brewing Company, 620 Treat Ave., S.F.; also at 8 p.m., Dec. 19 at The Homestead, 2301 Folsom St., S.F., www.goldengatesymphony.org

Schola Cantorum
: The 100-voice choir performs its annual sing-along “Messiah” led by maestro Gregory Wait. 7 p.m. Dec. 19, $31-$41. Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View, www.scholacantorum.org

San Francisco Symphony and Chorus: Patrick Dupré Quigley and Ragnar Bohlin direct The City’s top orchestra and chorale in performances of Handel’s masterwork. 8 p.m. Dec. 15-17, $15-$169. Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F., www.sfsymphony.org

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