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San Diego Christmas Concert Guide

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There aren’t a lot of great take home messages in movies these days. However, when Will Farrell proudly exclaimed “the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear” in the film, Elf, he really hit the nail on the head. Along with gingerbread houses, eggnog, and colored lights galore, one of this season’s best causes for celebration is the abundance of holiday concerts. So in celebration of all of the live holiday music going on around town, SanDiego.com has rounded up a list of the best and the loudest places to let your ears bask in the joyful sound of the holiday spirit.

91X WreX The Halls - December 10 & 11 BUY TICKETS
This year 91X is once again bringing the sound of holiday cheer to America’s Finest City. For the first time ever the station’s annual holiday concert will be held on two consecutive nights. The weekend long extravaganza will feature headliners including Florence & The Machine and Death Cab for Cutie on Saturday, December 10, followed by blink-182 and Social Distortion on Sunday, December 11. The shows will also feature a slew of supporting bands, and since WreX The Halls is jamming as much music down your ears as possible, the concert will be utilizing a rotating stage to eliminate any downtime for set changes. If you show up early enough, you can enjoy the free “holiday bonus” preshow in the Valley View Casino parking lot. Saturday’s “holiday bonus” bands include The Nervous Wreckords and LE Blorr, while Sunday will showcase punk favorites New Found Glory, Fenix TX and Set Your Goals Sunday.
Valley View Casino Center 3500 Sports Arena Boulevard

Sophie At 103.7’s Holiday of Miracles Benefit Show - December 11
Sophie’s Holiday of Miracles Show is truly embracing the season’s spirit of giving. The radio station’s annual concert is being held at the legendary House of Blues and features headliner Lenny Kravitz as well as support from Gwen Stefani’s better half, Gavin Rossdale and his band Bush. This 21+ show is anticipated to draw a big crowd, in turn benefiting the local Rady Children’s Hospital. If you have a big heart and even bigger wallet this season, you might want to consider splurging for the VIP tickets which gets you access to a special preshow acoustic performance by coffee shop favorite, Mat Kearney. They say that giving back feels good. The Sophie’s Holiday of Miracles Benefit Show proves it.
House of Blues 1055 Fifth Avenue

Star 94.1 Acoustic Jingle Ball - December 12
Star 94.1’s Acoustic Jingle Ball is a rare opportunity to see some amazing artists in an intimate setting. Held at Anthology in Little Italy, the event will showcase incredible acoustic performances from singer Christina Perri known for her popular single “Jar of Hearts”, along with bands Parachute and Scars on 45. The venue will be rearranged with minimal seated dining to reflect a more cozy theater style, allowing guests to get up close and personal with the artists. Food will be available from a special menu that will feature gourmet cuisine including a Grilled Angus Burger or Grilled Vegetable Wrap from the patio food station.  And as if that isn’t enough, a portion of the proceeds will go to YWCA’s Becky’s House Domestic Violence Program.
Anthology 1337 India Street

Z90.3 Jingle Jam - December 14 BUY TICKETS
This season’s biggest hip hop holiday bash is Z90.3’s Jingle Jam taking place on Wednesday, December 14.  Rapper Pitbull has been all over the place this year, from collaborating on Jennifer Lopez’ comeback song “On The Floor” to getting sued by Lindsey Lohan after poking fun at her less than legal lifestyle with his lyrics, so it only makes sense that one of 2011’s biggest hip hop artist would want to headline Z90.3’s blowout holiday show. Also on the bill are Wiz Khalifa, Big Sean, Flo Rida, New Boyz and Nayer.
Valley View Casino Center 3500 Sports Arena Boulevard

Christmas Carol Sing-Alongs with First United Methodist Church - December 14
If Christmas carols fill you with nostalgic euphoria, bringing back memories of holidays spent around the fire and baking cookies for Santa, then a traditional holiday concert like the Christmas Carol Sing-Along hosted by First United Methodist Church is sure to warm your heart. At this free event Director of Church Music, Stan Wicks, will take the evening’s carolers through a comprehensive program of English Christmas carols and hymns. In addition, guests will be invited to a special DVD showing of the “Lessons and Carols Service” at King’s College Chapel in Cambridge where they trace the origins of the Christmas caroling tradition back to its birth in 1918.
First United Methodist Church of San Diego 2111 Camino del Rio South

Deck The Halls With The Anthology House Band - December 20, 21 &  24
As one of the best places in town to catch dinner and live music, Anthology won’t let families down with their ‘Deck The Halls’ show featuring their popular house band. This is Deck The Hall’s third year running and due to past success the show will be held on three separate nights, finishing the jubilee with a grand Christmas Eve performance. The band promises to get everyone in the holiday spirit with a great cross section of festive music. This performance is one that you won’t have to keep quiet for as crowd participation is strongly encouraged. So tune your vocal cords and bring the kids to this family affair. Though this venue’s fine dining menu and tasty drink options generally lends itself to a more adult crowd, the Deck The Halls event caters to families with a special kids menu featuring creamy macaroni and cheese, chicken fingers and even burgers by resident chef Todd Allison.
Anthology 1337 India Street

San Diego Mandolin Orchestra Holiday Concert and Sing-Along - December 21
What’s better than a concert full of festive holiday songs to put you in a cheerful mood? One you can sing along to! There’s nothing like a collaborative rendition of “Jingle Bells” or “Silent Night” to bring those perennial shower singers out of the bathrooms and into the limelight. That’s why The San Diego Mandolin Orchestra Holiday Concert and Sing-Along made our list of live music hotspots to hit up this winter. Even better, this family focused event held at the Coronado Public Library is free to the public. Performing since 1968 The San Diego Mandolin Orchestra is one of San Diego’s oldest and most established bands and inevitably a perfect choice for a traditional holiday celebration.
Coronado Public Library 640 Orange Avenue