Area Christmas Concerts Celebrate The Season

Written by Terry DeBoer on . Posted in Local

   CollingsworthFamily225The Collingsworth Family sings at Calvin College on Dec. 11  It seems like we’re barely into the month of December and already some of the area’s Christmas concerts are in the rearview mirror.

     But there are still plenty of opportunities to join a musical celebration of the season at a number of different West Michigan events.

     For an arena-sized experience, gospel music maven Bill Gaither and his Homecoming artists mark the Christmas spirit in a big way at 6 p.m. Sat. Dec. 13 at Van Andel Arena in downtown Grand Rapids.

     Not only will Gaither sing with his Grammy-winning Vocal Band (featuring tenor David Phelps), but he’s brought along fan favorites such as The Isaacs, The Martins, soloist Charlotte Ritchie, funny-man (and former Vocal Band member) Mark Lowry, among others.

     A local choir, coordinated by Chris Hansen of Hark Up Ministries, will sing background on many of the songs.

     Ticket information is available at

     Meanwhile, Calvary Church of Grand Rapids finishes up its two-weekend musical “A Christmas Carol” as this year’s Festival of Lights at 3 and 7 p.m. Dec. 12-14 in the church sanctuary at 707 E. Beltline NE.

   The production features an 80-member cast, 100-voice choir, full orchestra, and roughly 200,000 twinkling lights from which the annual festival draws its name.

     Tickets are $6 and $7, and are available at, 800-585-3737 or at the church.

                       AND THE SONGS KEEP COMING

     Singer Natalie Grant and the inspirational trio Point of Grace join forces for a Christmas concert at 7 p.m. Thurs. Dec. 18 at Sunshine Community Church, 3300 E. Beltline NE.

     Point of Grace has several Christmas albums over its recording career, including a “Home For the Holidays” collection. Grant has one of her own (“Believe”) as well as songs on various holiday compilation albums.

   Grant comes to West Michigan with a new Grammy Award nomination for her CD “Hurricane.”
     Reserved seat tickets are $25, gold circle seats $35, available via

   The all-girl pop group 1 Girl Nation, which performed at this year’s Unity Christian Music Festival in Muskegon, stops at WestShore Mall in Holland at noon Sat. Dec., 13 to spread some musical Christmas joy. There is no admission charge.

     The inspirational trio Selah sings songs of the season at 7:30 p.m. Fri. Dec. 12 at Van Singel Fine Arts Auditorium, 8500 Burlingame Ave. SW.

     The three singers perform hymns, contemporary and sacred music equally well and will offer each at their local concert. Reserved seat tickets are $34.50 and are available at the box office or on line at, 878-6800.

     The lively string ensemble known as the Annie Moses Band presents a concert of Christmas music in their “classical-crossover” style at 7 p.m. Dec. 20 at Grace Community Church, 3500 New Holland St. Hudsonville. Special guest is Joshua Carswell. General admission tickets are $15 and available at or 800-965-9324.

     And five-time Grammy winner Sandi Patty’s soaring vocals will be showcased by the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra in a “Yuletide Joy” concert at 7:30 Tues. Dec. 23 in DeVos Performance Hall in downtown Grand Rapids.

     Patty will perform some of her Christmas favorites from carols such as “Angels We Have Heard on High” and “O Holy Night” to the mainstream melody “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” Reserved seat tickets start at $32 and are available from, or the DeVos box office.


*Collingsworth Family - 7 p.m. Thurs. Dec. 11 in Covenant Fine Arts Center, Calvin College. Tickets $20. 616-526-6282

*Grand Rapids Choir of Men and Boys “Lessons and Carols” - 7 p.m. Sat. Dec. 13 in St. Andrews Cathedral, 265 Sheldon Blvd. SE. Free-will offering.

*Messiah Sing-Along – 7 p.m. Sun. Dec. 14 in Trinity Lutheran Church, 2700 E. Fulton St. $5 at the door.

*Edelweiss Choir Christmas Concert – 3:30 p.m. Sun. Dec. 21 in St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 431 1st St. NW. Free-will offering.


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Terry DeBoer
Terry is journalist who writes for newspapers, magazines, newsletters and websites. His most frequented “beat” is arts and entertainment. He is married with two children and lives in Grand Rapids.

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