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Songs and stories of the season

Special events this holiday season include Christmas concerts and tellings of the Christmas story

The Bradford Arts Centre is hosting a Winter Wonderland Concert on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m., featuring local talent in a performance of seasonal songs and entertainment. Among the performers are Front Porch Harmonies – Linda Gamble on bass, Helen Mabee on guitar, Gail McKinley on the banjo, and Ingrid Szauter on autoharp – and The Goldenaires Choir from the Danube Srs. Leisure Centre. Performance artist Alexandrina will share her belief in the power of music to uplift and heal mind, body and soul. Other performers include guitar player Laurie LeBlanc; and singer-songwriter-musicians Bruce Dixon of Newmarket, and John Montgomery of Keswick. Admission is by donation, with all funds going to support the operation of the Bradford Arts Centre. The Centre is located at 66 Barrie St. in Bradford; doors open at 7 p.m.

Bradford Baptist Church, 3224 Sideroad 10, invites the community to a Christmas ballet – Holy Night Ballet, by 1:11 Ministries, in performance at the church on Sat., Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the door, only $5 for children ages 12 and under. Loosely based on Hans Christian Anderson’s tale of The Little Match Girl, the production includes traditional and contemporary Christmas music, and dancers that range from children to professionals. Refreshments to follow.

Innisfil Community Church hosts its annual Christmas musical Dec. 7 and 8 at the Church, 1571 Innisfil Beach Rd., at 7 p.m. This year’s musical is A Christmas Break-in, featuring the Children’s Choir, soloists and more.

Christmas Chocolate Box Concert by the Barrie Concert Band, Dec 7 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Collier St. United Church, 114 Collier St. in Barrie. Adults $25, Students $10, free for children 12 and under. Bring your voices and join in the holiday fun.

The BWG Local History Association and St. John’s Presbyterian Church invite the community to Christmas at the Auld Kirk. The church, built in 1869 by settlers in the Scotch Settlement, is a designated heritage site, that is being restored by the Association and the Town of BWG. Come and celebrate an old-fashioned Christmas, Dec. 8 from 2 to 4 p.m. – with hymns, carols, and a reading of the Christmas Story by Rev. Dan Scott. All welcome. Donations of hats, mitts and gloves for residents of The LOFT will be welcomed.

The annual Live Nativity Pageant, presented by the Town of Newmarket and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, tells the story of the journey to Bethlehem and the Nativity, with live animals. Outdoors at Fairy Lake Park in Newmarket, Dec. 21 and 22, at 7 and 8 p.m. Dress warmly! Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.