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

Sing along to Christmas carols, winter songs

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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