Sheep in Satellite Beach, donkeys and goats on Cassia Boulevard?
Our Father's House of Satellite Beach will present the 27th Annual Bethlehem Walk 6-8:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 7, 8 and 9, at 535 Cassia Blvd., Satellite Beach.
Be drawn back to a special time that fulfilled the prophesies of history with the enlivenment of the ancient town of Bethlehem, as it was 2,000 years ago, during the birth of Christ.
There will be a special performance for pre-schools, schools and home school groups on Friday night. Reservations are needed for this performance only.
For more information, visit www.ofhsb.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (321) 777-0057.
Spirits of the season
More than a dozen local restaurants and bars will be shaking it up at the Melbourne Regional Chamber's annual "Martinis & Mistletoe" event.
Presented in partnership with Twin Rivers Insurance Inc., this year's holiday event will be held on Friday evening, Dec. 7, from 6-9 p.m. at Rosner Chevrolet.
Each year, this event, which draws more than 250 attendees, features the "Best Martini on the Melbourne Coast" competition, where restaurants and bars compete to see which can create the most exotic looking and best tasting martini.
Guests have the opportunity to sample each of the creative variations on the traditional martini recipe from all of the contestants before casting their ballot.
The cost to attend the event is $45 per person, which includes a holiday buffet, olive bar, dessert and coffee bars, music and dancing, as well as a souvenir specialty martini glass, etched with the "Martinis and Mistletoe" logo.
Challengers currently set to compete for the coveted title are:
RendezVous Restaurant & Lounge at Holiday Inn Viera
Runaway Country Music Festival/Grills Riverside Seafood Restaurant
Lafitte's Hilton Rialto
Crowne Plaza Melbourne Oceanfront
The Broken Barrel Tavern
River Rocks Restaurant
Uno Chicago Grill
Hilton Melbourne Beach Oceanfront
In addition to the martini competition, contenders put their creative talents into decorating their individual serving stations to vie for the "Best Decorated" award.
For information about how to participate in this year's "Martinis & Mistletoe" event as a competitor, contact Cassie Hansen at email@example.com or (321) 724-5400, Ext. 231.
If you are interested in sponsoring this event, please contact Stephanie Franklin at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (321) 724-5400, Ext. 225.
To register as an attendee, visit www.melbourneregionalchamber.com and click on Events/Event Calendar & Registration.
'Sounds of Christmas' concert
The Indialantic Chamber Singers will present the "Sounds of Christmas" sacred and secular choral favorites at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic church, 5655 Stadium Parkway, Viera.
The concert is free, but donations are accepted.
For more information, visit www.indialanticchambersingers.org or call (321) 960-5000.
Annual Christmas concert slated
The Harbor City Harmonizers, the Platinum Coast Chorus and the Holy Trinity Junior High School Chorus will present the "Sounds of the Season IX" Christmas concert at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy, 5625 Holy Trinity Drive, Melbourne.
Call (321) 213-9HCH for tickets.
Cost is $10 per person.
For more information, visit www.platinumcoastchorus.com or email email@example.com.
Go candlelight shopping downtown
The 12th annual Holiday Nights & Candlelight Shopping series of events in Historic Downtown Melbourne has begun with a holiday tree-lighting ceremony in Campbell Park on E. New Haven Avenue at the railroad tracks.
The candlelight shopping events will take place in the shops, arcades and on the sidewalks of Downtown Melbourne from 5-9 p.m. on Saturdays, Dec. 8, 15 and 22.
All three evenings feature a wide variety of family holiday entertainment, with musicians, church and school choirs, bell choirs, carolers, "Father Christmas" and more.
Boutiques, shops and galleries will be serving traditional holiday fare, such as wassail, cookies, teas, hot chocolate, mulled cider, coffee, wine and cakes throughout the evening.
New events will be added throughout the period, so call Melbourne Main Street at (321) 724-1741 if you are interested in participating in this special holiday event.
Bring a dish to a potluck Christmas event
The Portuguese-American Cultural Center of Brevard will present a potluck Christmas event at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at 1771 Agora Circle, Palm Bay.
The Nite Shift Band and DJ SpaceJam, and a special guest, will be providing the entertainment.
Santa will be making an appearance and giving away gifts for the children.
There will be activities for the children, no cover charge and pictures with Santa.
Please bring a dish of food to share.
For more information, call (321) 216-6914.
Handel's 'Messiah' to be performed
The Brevard Community Chorus, under the direction of Robert E. Lamb, will present selections from George Frideric Handel's oratorio, "Messiah," on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m. at the King Center for the Performing Arts, 3865 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne.
Accompanied by select players from the Brevard Symphony Orchestra, the 120-voice group will perform the uplifting "Hallelujah!" and other well-known choruses, such as "Unto us a Child is born."
General admission tickets cost $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and active military and $5 for children or college students with valid student identification.
For more information, visit the King Center box office or call (321) 242-2219.
One-act musical play presented
"Amahl and the Night Visitors" will be presented at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at the Suntree United Methodist Church, 7400 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne.
For more information, visit www.suntreeunitedmethodist.org or call (321) 242-2585.
Usher in the holiday season with a song
The award-winning a cappella group, Platinum Coast Chorus, will share its holiday repertoire with the public at the Franklin T. DeGroodt Memorial Library Sunday, Dec. 9 at 2 p.m.
The event is free of charge, and everyone is invited to enjoy the holiday serenade.
The Platinum Coast Chorus is a chapter of Sweet Adelines International, a worldwide organization of women singers committed to advancing the musical art form of barbershop harmony through education, competition and performance.
The Franklin T. DeGroodt Public Library is at 6475 Minton Road S.W., Palm Bay.
Contact Caroline Rosado at the Franklin T. DeGroodt Memorial Library for more information at (321) 952-6318.
Hand bell music to ring
The hand bell choirs of First United Methodist Church of Cocoa, 825 Forrest Ave., Cocoa, will present the "Annual Christmas Ring" Sunday, Dec. 9, at 2 p.m. at the church.
Admission is free, with a nursery provided.
For more information, visit www.fumc-cocoa.org or call (321) 636-4811.
Annual 'flutes and voices' concerts in two locations
The Indialantic Chamber Singers will perform its 11th Annual Flutes & Voices concert in two locations on Sunday, Dec. 9.
The singers will perform with the Space Coast Flute Orchestra at 2 p.m. at the Suntree United Methodist Church, 7400 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne.
They will also perform with the orchestra at 4:30 p.m. at Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 106 N. Riverside Drive, Indialantic.
Both concerts are free to the public, but donations with gratefully be accepted.
For more information, visit www.indialanticchambersingers.org or call (321) 960-5550.
Free holiday show to be presented
The Space Coast Chorus will present its holiday show at a free Sunday afternoon performance at 2 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 9, at the Central Brevard Library, 308 Forrest Ave., Cocoa.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (321) 635-7845.
Christmas at the country club
The Community Band of Brevard will present "Christmas on the Green," an outdoor concert of Christmas band favorites, at 2:45 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at La Cita Country Club, 777 Country Club Drive, Titusville.
The concert is free.
For more information, visit www.communitybandofbrevard.org or call (321) 725-9191.
Holiday memories concert in Palm Bay
The Greater Palm Bay Senior Center will present a holiday memories concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at 1275 Culver Drive N.E., Palm Bay.
The Golden Tones and Pretenders will perform.
Cost is a donation of $5. The concert is open to the public.
For more information, visit www.gpbsc.org or call (321) 724-1338.
Jazz on tap for the holidays
The Space Coast Jazz Orchestra will present "A Jazz Christmas," Christmas favorites done Big Band style, at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at St. Mark's United Methodist Church, 2030 N. Highway A1A, Indialantic.
Cost is $20, with 18 and younger admitted free.
For more information, visit www.spacecoastsymphony.org or call (855) 252-7276.
Concert is 'Old Fashioned Christmas Choral'
The Dr. Vernon Boushell Concert Series continues at Riverside Presbyterian Church with the third annual "Old Fashioned Choral Christmas Concert" on Sunday, Dec. 9, at 3:30 p.m. at 3400 N. Atlantic Ave., Cocoa Beach.
The concert will feature the Riverside Chancel Choir, under the direction of Glenn Arnold, with sacred and secular music of the holiday season.
To honor the memory of series' namesake, Dr. Vernon Boushell, daughter Sherry Boushell MacLean will sing traditional Christmas favorites.
The audience will be invited to join in a sing-along of popular Christmas carols in what promises to be a festive event for all ages.
A free ticket for the performance is available online at www.RiversidePres.org or by calling (321) 525-7825.
An Old Fashioned Choral Christmas Concert is the third event of the free 2012-13 Dr. Vernon Boushell Concert Series at Riverside Presbyterian Church in Cocoa Beach.
Horn quartet and choir to perform in Old Eau Gallie
St. John's Church, at 610 Young Street in Old Eau Gallie, will present the Harbor City Horn Quartet and Ascension Chime Choir at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, for its December Second Sunday in the Park concert.
St. John's presents the monthly concert from September to May.
For more information or if you would like to play in the St. John's series this spring on an "open" Sunday, call Elizabeth Murray at (321) 777-0168 to send in a sample of your performance.
'Scrooge! The Musical' to play
The Henegar Center for the Arts in Melbourne presents "Scrooge! The Musical," the classic Charles Dickens' tale "A Christmas Carol" set to the music of Tony winner Leslie Briscusse.
The musical runs through Dec. 16, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.
"Scrooge! The Musical" features a cast of more than 55 singers actors and dancers, and the music is performed by a live orchestra.
In 1970, the renowned writer-composer-lyricist Leslie Bricusse adapted the classic Dickens tale into the hit screen musical "Scrooge!" The charming stage musical closely follows the plot of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," in which the miserly Ebenezer "Scrooge," (played by Michael Thompson), undergoes a profound experience of redemption over the course of a Christmas Eve night, after being visited by the ghost of his former partner "Jacob Marley," (Bob Gray) and the "Ghosts of Christmas Past" (Peyton Newell), "Christmas Present" (Anthony Santiago) and "Christmas Future."
"Scrooge! The Musical" is directed by Bryan Bergeron, choreography by Arlene Sutherland, with vocal direction by Tom Taylor; and the live orchestra is conducted by Sue Diebel.
Tickets cost for $23 adults, $21 for seniors and $16 for students, with applicable handling fees, and may be purchased online at www.henegar.org or by calling the box office at (321) 723-8698.
Call the Henegar to inquire about group rates and booking a pre-show event for your holiday gathering.
The Henegar Center for the Arts is fully handicapped accessible and located at 625 E. New Haven Ave., in the Historic Downtown Melbourne Theatre District.
Festival of lights in Melbourne
Space Coast Light Fest is a family-oriented celebration, taking place through Dec. 31, at Melbourne's Wickham Park, 2500 Parkway Drive, Melbourne.
The area is transformed into a winter wonderland, filled with hundreds of thousands of lights.
Visitors drive through the attraction to witness this once-a-year spectacle.
The event draws more than 15,000 vehicles annually.
Admission is $10 per car. Discounts and promotions can be found at www.spacecoastlightfest.com.
Light Fest is open nightly from 5-9:30 p.m.
For more information, call (321) 614-6286.
Holiday band concert
The Melbourne Municipal Band Concert "Home for the Holidays" is a free concert by an 80-member concert band at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 12 and 13, (with a pre-show at 6:30 p.m. by the Oh Golly! Dixieland Jazz Band), at the Melbourne Auditorium, 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd., Melbourne.
Admission is free. Tickets are not required.
The municipal band will feature holiday favorites, like "Silent Night," "Hanukah Fantasy" and Leroy Anderson's "Sleigh Ride," as well as the classic masterwork "The Hallelujah Chorus" from Handel's "Messiah."
You'll get a chance to say hello to Mr. and Mrs. Claus and leave this concert ready for the festivities of the season.
For more information, call (321) 724-0555, email email@example.com or visit www.melbournemunicipalband.org.
One-man comedy show scheduled
"My Mother's Italian, My Father's Jewish and I'm Home for the Holidays ... the therapy continues" with Steve Solomon will run at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 13-15, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at the King Center for the Performing Arts, 3865 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne.
Mr. Solomon is back with more wild and hilarious stories and characterizations about his family, friends and the other folks we meet whose sole purpose was to drive him into therapy in the first place.
For more information, visit www.kingcenter.com, www.stevesolomoncomedycom or call (321) 242-2219.
'Messiah' sing-a-long at St. John's
The Space Coast Symphony will present the Fifth Annual "Messiah" sing-a-long at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 5655 Stadium Parkway, Viera.
All area singers are invited to participate in the chorus, accompanied by members of the professional Space Coast Symphony Orchestra and featuring soloists from the space Coast Chorus.
The public is invited to sing or listen to this Christmas favorite by George Friedrich Handel.
For more information, visit www.stjohnviera.org or call (321) 637-9650.
Holiday dances at north senior center
The North Brevard Senior Center will present two holiday dances in December.
The "Happy Holidays Line Dance Party" will be 7-10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14. All dances are by request. Cost is $5. For more information, call (321) 267-0195.
The "Happy Holidays Center Dance" will be 7:30-10:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15. The Community Band of Brevard will be featured. Cost is $6 for members and $7 for non-members. For more information, call (321) 268-2333.
The North Brevard Senior Center is at 909 Lane Ave., Titusville.
Christmas parade coming to north Brevard
Happenings newsletter of Port St. John and Parrish Medical Center are sponsoring the 23rd Annual Port St. John Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 15, at 11 a.m.
The theme of this year's parade is "Santa's Helpers."
The parade route will be along the eastbound lane of Fay Boulevard, beginning at Waterloo Avenue, just east of the Kangaroo station, across from Fay Park and ending at Carole Avenue.
Spectators are asked not to stand in the median area for safety reasons and because several floats face the south sidewalk side only.
Judging will take place at Manila Avenue, and awards will be handed out at Fay Park after the parade.
Anyone interested in entering the parade, helping to stage the parade or making a donation to the parade may contact Randy Rodriguez at Happenings at (321) 633-7499.
The entry form is also available online at www.happenings.net.
Free local talent holiday concert
The city of Rockledge will present "Sounds of the Season." a holiday musical celebration 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at Old St. Mary's Church, 56 Barton Ave., Rockledge.
The event features a trio of musical styles from Rockledge's local talents: a barbershop quartet, Indian River Fruit Pickers of America, singer/actress Natalie McKnight and saxophonist Eirinn Abu.
Admission is free, but a non-perishable food item is requested.
A musical retelling of the first Christmas offered
The Christmas Cantata, "Song of Emmanuel," a musical retelling of the first Christmas, will be presented at 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at the First United Methodist Church Cocoa, 825 Forrest Ave., Cocoa.
For more information, visit www.fumc-cocoa.org or call (321) 636-4811.
Playhouse presents holiday jazz classics
The Cocoa Village Playhouse will present the Space Coast Swing Ensemble's "A Cool Yule" at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at 300 Brevard Ave., Cocoa.
The music will feature old and new holiday jazz classics.
Tickets start at $18.
For more information, visit www.cocoavillageplayhouse.com or call (321) 636-5050.
New music venue opens
Open Mike's is the new addition to the Brevard County music scene, located inside Florida Discount Music in Melbourne, with an original music showcase stage and event area (available for private parties).
The venue will feature a daily happy hour 5-7 p.m. Monday through Thursday with the best singer and songwriters in Brevard County.
There are free music lessons Fridays and Saturdays 5-6 p.m. with the Florida Discount teachers.
There will be coffee, cold beer, wine and live music.
Open Mike's is at 454 N. Harbor City Blvd., Melbourne.
For more information, call (321) 254-5645.
Local chorale seeks new members
The Brevard Chorale, started in 1966, is an affiliate of Brevard Community College. The Chorale meets in the Bernard Simpkins Fine Arts Center on the BCC Cocoa campus, 1519 Clearlake Road, Mondays at 7 p.m. during the school year.
New members are welcome to join during the first two weeks of each new semester. Join in on Monday, Jan. 7 if you would like to participate in the spring season.
Ensemble brings traditions to life
Thanks to Charles Dickens and a flood of nostalgia for the 19th century, the Dickens Carolers of the Brevard Theatrical Ensemble take you on a musical and storytelling adventure into some of the traditions that are included in celebrating Christmas, which have been around since before the Middle Ages.
The Dickens Carolers and Tellers perform for many groups during this season, ending by Tuesday, Dec. 18. The groups are for hire.
For more information, call (321) 676-0697 or visit www.brevardensemble.com.
Holiday play to be presented
Magic returns this holiday season for nine consecutive years in Brevard County with Galmont Ballet's production of "The American Nutcracker," with storytelling that will usher young and old into a rich and festive holiday mood.
Choreographed by Frank Galvez, this production is set in turn of the 19th century United States of America and its rife with renewed vitality and joy.
The renewed production injects a fresh and vibrant magic displayed through the stunning set designs and elaborate costumes.
With scores of children, mice and snowflakes, this spectacular achievement offers a perfect complement to Tchaikovsky's glorious musical score.
"The American Nutcracker 2012" will be Friday and Saturday, Dec. 21-22 at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 22-23 at 2 p.m. at the newly restored and sumptuous Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse.
Tickets are available now through the box office at (321) 636-5050, located at 300 Brevard Ave., Cocoa, or online at www.cocoavillageplayhouse.com.
New Years Eve party
DJ Mike Harvey will be broadcasting live New Year's Eve from Melbourne's Hilton Rialto's Wakefield Ballroom.
The event is sponsored by 98.5 The Beach radio and the Brevard Music Group.
For more details and all-inclusive packages, visit brevardmusicgroup.com.