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.
Step dancing, bagpipes, choir celebration
The First United Methodist Church of Titusville and St. Andrew United Methodist Church of Mims will present a Celtic Christmas Celebration Thursday through Sunday, Dec. 13, 14, 15 and 16.
All performances are at 7 p.m.
Thursday and Friday, Dec. 13 and 14 performances will be at St. Andrew United Methodist Church, 3302 Green St., Mims.
Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 15 and 16 performances will be at First United Methodist Church, 206 S. Hopkins St., Titusville.
The celebration is free. Donations will be accepted. Refreshments will follow in the church hall.
The concerts will feature authentic Celtic instruments, bagpipes, Irish step dancing, along with the combined choirs of both churches singing the Celtic music of Christmas.
There will also be a sing-along of Celtic Carols for all to join in the celebration of Christmas.
A nursery will be provided for the Saturday and Sunday performances.
For more information, call the church office at (321) 269-7631.
Annual holiday show on ice scheduled
In December of 1996, a Space Coast tradition began with the debut performance of the Space Coast IcePlex Holiday Ice Show.
With the exception of a few experienced skating transplants from the north, all the skaters performing were enthusiastic beginners.
Sixteen years later, the annual event now features, not only beginning skaters, but also individual gold medal skaters and national and world medal winning "Theatre on Ice" teams, including skaters who appeared as tiny tots in the first event and now compete at the highest levels.
This year's show, "Home for the Holidays," features four performances: Friday Dec. 14 at 6 p.m., Saturday Dec. 15 at 5 p.m. and two performances on Sunday Dec. 16 at noon and 6 p.m.
Auditions for solo and cameo skating roles were held in early September, with rehearsals beginning in October.
Participants in the IcePlex Learn-to-Skate program also take part in creatively costumed group numbers.
Each year, the coaching staff and the costuming and set design crews combine to present an entertainment event that rivals any professionally staged ice show in the country.
In the cool air of the IcePlex and a cup of hot chocolate to stay warm, the IcePlex Christmas Show tradition is a wonderful way to be a part of the feeling of the season.
Because each performance is at sell-out capacity, the $12 per person tickets should be purchased in advance at the reception desk. Sorry, tickets are not available to purchase by phone or online.
The IcePlex is at 720 Roy Wall Blvd., Rockledge.
For more information, call (321) 504-7500 or visit www.spacecoasticeplex.com.
"Messiah," the enduring Christmas oratorio by George Frideric Handel, will be presented as a free "sing-along" concert on Friday, Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 5655 Stadium Parkway, Viera.
All area singers are invited to participate in the grand choral event that attracts several hundred Central Florida singers each year.
The professional Space Coast Symphony Orchestra will accompany the assembled singers, with featured soloists from the Space Coast Chorus.
Orchestra artistic director Aaron Collins will lead the orchestra and chorus in the fifth annual Messiah sing-along.
Singers may bring their own score or use the music provided.
The public is invited to sing or simply listen to the perennial Christmas favorite.
For more information, call (855) 252-7276 (toll free) or visit www.SpaceCoastSymphony.org.
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.
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. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 14 and 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.
'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, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and a Sunday matinee 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.
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.
'Dino' and company on stage for the holidays
Join in for a nostalgic look back at the 1960s' Dean Martin Show, and enjoy some holiday favorites of Dino's and his friends, who arrive on stage to perform his Christmas show at the Melbourne Civic Theatre, LeGallerie Plaza, 817 E. Strawbridge Ave., Melbourne.
Songs will include: "Let it Snow," "King of the Road," "Most Wonderful Time of the Year," and more.
Cost is $25 per person.
Peg Girard is directing the show, with set design by Alfie Silva, musical direction by Alfie Silva, technical direction and lighting design by Alan Selby and sound design by Wendy Reader.
The show dates are Dec. 14, 15, 20, 21 and 22 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 16, 23 and 24 at 2 p.m.
Call the Melbourne Civic Theatre for more information, at (321) 723-6935.
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.
Go candlelight shopping downtown
The 12th annual Holiday Nights & Candlelight Shopping series of events in Historic Downtown Melbourne is in progress.
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. 15 and 22.
The 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.
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.
Holiday at the Port is ongoing
The Port Canaveral Association has announced the "How the Port Stole Christmas - Animated Light Display" through Jan. 2.
This is a unique family-oriented event that benefits the Central Brevard Sharing Center.
Come out and enjoy an evening full of holiday entertainment, hot cocoa and dinner at your favorite Cove restaurant.
Santa Claus is even scheduled to make special appearances throughout the month. A great location has been chosen right on the waterfront, between Fishlips Waterfront Bar and Grill & Baja Tavern & Eats; so those visiting the Cove area will be able to view the spectacular show.
This light show is like no other in the area, especially since it will be free to the public.
Consisting of more than 110,000 LED lights, this show is big and sure to amaze visitors and locals alike.
The show will continue through December, every evening beginning at dark.
The Port Canaveral Association is a not-for-profit in Port Canaveral, whose mission is to promote commercial family-oriented development in Port Canaveral through special events and marketing.
Traditional and contemporary cantata to be presented
The public is invited to a Christmas cantata on Sunday, Dec. 16 during the 11 a.m. worship service at the First United Methodist Church of Cocoa, 825 Forrest Ave., Cocoa.
This annual event in celebration of the Advent season will be presented by the First United Methodist Church Chancel Choir, Jim Bishop, music director and John MacDonald, organist.
"Song of Emmanuel" by Lloyd Larson is a blend of traditional Christmas carols and contemporary Christian worship music that tells the story of the first Christmas. It is presented with narration from the Gospels of the biblical New Testament.
For more information about the Christmas cantata, call (321) 636-4811. There is no admission fee.
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.
Cool holiday music with the swing ensemble
The Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse, 300 Brevard Ave., Cocoa Beach, will be filled with the sounds of retro cool at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 16 when the Space Coast Swing Ensemble presents "A Cool Yule" concert.
The single performance will include old and new holiday jazz classics, along with toe-tapping Big Band arrangements of seasonal favorites.
Renowned east coast jazz singer and "First Lady of Song," Linda Cole, will provide vocals for a variety of numbers.
Cost is $26 for general admission for adults, with seniors $24.
Call (321) 636-5050 or visit www.CocoaVillagePlayhouse.com for more information.
Holiday concert planned
Let music fill this place and your hearts with the Christmas Spirit on Sunday Dec. 16, at 3 p.m. at Ascension Lutheran Church, 1053 Pinetree Drive, Indian Harbour Beach, for a gala concert, presented by Ascension Music Ministry of Hand Chimes and Choir, as well as the Space Coast Horn Ensemble; and thrill to sounds from the 30-rang pipe organ.
There is no charge, but a free will offering will be taken to help restore and renovate the pipe organ.
For more information, call (321) 355-8261.
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.
Band to perform for service
The Sound Traveler Band will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20 for the blue Christmas service at the Center for Spiritual Living Space Coast, 4310 S. U.S. Highway 1, Rockledge.
For more information, visit www.facebook.com/soundtravelerband or call (321) 868-0846.
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.
Annual boat parade scheduled
The annual Satellite Beach Banana River Sail and Power Squadron Christmas Parade will feature Santa Claus and local boaters moving through the Grand Canal, starting at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22.
The parade starts at the north end of the canal in Satellite Beach.
The parade will circle Lake Shepherd and pass under the canal's bridges.
The communication channel is VHF 71.
For more information, visit www.bananariversps.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (321) 777-5659.
Christmas classic to be performed
A fully staged musical version of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22 at the King Center for the Performing Arts, 3865 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne.
"A Christmas Carol" features a spirited ensemble of 28 performers who bring Dickens' able of redemption to life on a magical set.
For more information and tickets, visit www.ntcproductions.org, www.kingcenter.com or call (321) 242-2219.
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.
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.
Country music legend to play at local venue
Tickets are now available to hear one of America's greatest country music legends, singer-songwriter Willie Nelson, in his return to the King Center in Melbourne.
Willie Nelson, with special guest Lukas Nelson, will play at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1 at the King Center for the Performing Arts, 3865 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne.
With a career that has spanned six decades, Mr. Nelson has won multiple awards, including countless Grammy's, American Music Awards and Country Music Awards.
Recently, the Country Music Association honored Mr. Nelson with an all-star tribute at the CMAs in Nashville, Tenn.
He has also amassed reputable credentials as an author, actor and activist.
With songs such as "Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys," "On The Road Again," "To All The Girls I've Loved Before" and "Georgia On My Mind," it's easy to see why his career has stood the test of time.
Be sure to get your tickets soon for this amazing concert. Tickets start at $40.50, plus fees.
Join in at 6 p.m. for the Picnic on the Patio (weather permitting). Maxwell's will also be open.