By Meagan McGone
BREVARD -- In the spirit of the holidays, families are searching for things to do to be merry this season.
Look no further - the following is a rundown of events in the community that are sure to spread holiday cheer.
A collection of voices: Under the direction of Dr. Robert Lamb, the Brevard Community Chorus will present selections from George Frideric Handel's beloved Christmas oratorio "Messiah" on Saturday, Dec. 8 at the King Center for the Performing Arts in 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" during a 7:30 p.m. performance.
General admission tickets are $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.
A winter show: The Surfside Players will present its annual Christmas and winter show at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 14 and 15, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at 301 Ramp Road in Cocoa Beach.
Admission is free to the show, called "Holly Tales," which will feature sketches based on classic short stories and poems, a narration of the classic Nativity story interspersed with popular carols sung by the Greater Canaveral Barbershoppers.
Show up two hours early to get your free picture taken with Santa Claus.
For more information and reservations, call (321) 783-3127.
A walk in Jesus' shoes: What was the world like when Jesus was born? Did he watch his mother spin wool into thread for clothes? Did he help his father build wooden tools and toys? Was he sent to the market for dates or the apothecary for healing herbs?
Now they can learn about the world as Jesus knew it, as residents travel back in time at the Mims United Methodist Church's "Journey to Bethlehem."
On Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 15 and 16, from 1-4 p.m., guests will see Mims United Methodist Church transformed into the ancient city of Bethlehem.
Outside, they can see the herd animals and help the townspeople stomp grapes for wine and press olives for oil.
Inside, they can visit the marketplace shops, and the whole family can learn to weave baskets, throw pottery, play spin the dreidel or sample Biblical foods.
Further along the streets, guests will pass through the mortuary, the synagogue and the Bedouin village on their way to the stable to see a living Nativity.
The event is free to all and parking is provided.
Mims United Methodist Church is located at 3302 Green St. in Mims.
For more information, call (321) 267-6202.
An extraordinary extravaganza: The House Church of Palm Bay will host its 2012 Family Christmas Extravaganza from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at Max K. Rodes Park in West Melbourne.
This free family event will feature live music, puppets, face painting, pony rides, bounce houses, games, concessions, raffles, giveaways and performances by "Chagy the Clown."
This event is co-sponsored by the Brevard County Parks and Recreation Department, South Area.
Max K. Rodes Park is located at 3410 Flanagan Ave. in West Melbourne.
For more information, call (321) 952-5725 or visit www.thehousepalmbay.org.
A Christmas message: Practitioner and teacher of Christian Science healing, Suzanne Riedel of Denver, Colo., will present a talk, titled "The Real Christmas Message" on Saturday, Dec. 15, at the First Church of Christ, Scientist, located at 600 Melbourne Ave. in Melbourne.
The talk will be preceded by a brief musical presentation and community Christmas carols. The music will begin at 6 p.m., and Ms. Riedel's talk will follow. Childcare will be provided.
Since experiencing an immediate healing of an emergency situation while in college, Ms. Riedel and her husband have relied on spiritual healing to heal everything from broken bones to financial needs and emergencies for both themselves and their five children.
Ms. Riedel is an international speaker, and is a member of the Christian Science Board of Lectureship.
For more information, call (321) 723-5724.
A Christmas pageant and car giveaway: The Divine Mercy Catholic Academy, a nonprofit school that serves students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade, is hosting a Christmas pageant at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at 1940 N. Courtenay Parkway in Merritt Island.
The Divine Mercy Academy student body will present a variety of songs, poems and skits to tell the Christmas story.
The drawing for the 15th Annual Car Give-A-Way will follow immediately after the Christmas pageant. Tickets will be available prior to the drawing; a $50 entry donation is requested. You need not be present to win. All proceeds will go to benefit Divine Mercy Academy.
All are welcome to attend this free event.
For more information, call (321) 452-0263.
A walk through Bethlehem: On Dec. 14, 15 and 16, Friday through Sunday, from 6-8 p.m., The First United Methodist Church of Port St. John will present The 2012 Walk Through Bethlehem.
In this three-night dramatic representation of the town of Bethlehem, members of the congregation volunteer to be part of the town of Bethlehem and portray the historical characters that might have been present at that time.
Among the characters represented will be Mary, Joseph, a baby Jesus, children from a synagogue school and their teacher, the innkeeper, a tanner, a potter, a rabbi and his assistant, the woman at the well and a carpenter.
This year, the walk will introduce the Three Wise Men, who will appear during the event, after following the star in search of the King of the Jews.
Several shepherds will wander into the town, cold and lonely, but feeling the warmth of hospitality in their hearts.
For more information about the event, call (321) 631-0183 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://fumcpsj.com/2012-walk-to-bethlehem.