The Christmas season is upon us, with lights on countless homes throughout the region and official holiday trees coming aglow with elaborate public ceremonies. There are numerous other ways to celebrate as well, with several special concerts and events planned for this week.
The Crown City Ringers are back at 7:30 p.m. Friday with their annual holiday handbell concert “All Is Calm, All Is Bright.” The free show features favorite holiday songs and a few surprises by the ensemble, which formed in 2014 under the auspices of the Pasadena Arts Foundation. The concert takes place at Pasadena Presbyterian Church, 585 E. Colorado Boulevard. Call (626) 789-3390 or visit crowncityringers.com.
Meanwhile, Little Brazil will perform its signature Brazilian sound and holiday classics from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Arcadia Performing Arts Center. The Pasadena-based trio was formed by Natalia Spadini, Bruno Justi and Marcelo Buacter and revisits the defining moments of Brazilian music from a contemporary perspective.
The center will also be abuzz with holiday music on Saturday, as the “Christmas with Maki” show features an enchanted evening of music featuring classically trained violinist and 12-language operatic singer Maki, along with special guests. It runs from 7 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $20 to $60. Both shows are located at 188 Campus Drive, Arcadia. Call (626) 821-1781 or visit arcadiapaf.org.
Looking for some holiday fun for your canine companion? Then head over to the Old Pasadena Yappy Holidays Doggy Meet-Up from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday along Big Bang Theory Way, located at 93 E. Green St., Pasadena. The free event enables dogs and their people to pose with holiday-themed props created by artist Heidi Moreno, take pictures with costumed elves, enjoy live jazz and swing by the Holly Street Stompers and receive happy hour pricing at Dog Haus Biergarten and other participating district businesses. Each dog receives a free bandana while supplies last and treats from the Dog Bakery. Call (626) 356-9725 or visit oldpasadena.org.
If you’re on a quest for meaningful Christmas presents to give, head over to the Alternative Christmas Market from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at All Saints Church, 132 N. Euclid Ave., Pasadena. Items from more than 20 nonprofit and fair trade organizations will be for sale, while Rev. Mike Kinman will lead the Advent Festival of Lessons and Carols featuring music by the Coventry Choir at 5 p.m. Call (626) 796-1172 or visit allsaints-pas.org.
The Los Angeles Children’s Chorus will celebrate the holidays with its annual winter concert, featuring sounds of the season by Elgar, Bach, Kodály, Britten, Verdi and various others, starting at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Pasadena Presbyterian Church, 585 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Tickets are $27 to $46, but are half-price for ages 17 and under. The concert and all its details will be performed on Dec. 16 as well. Call (626) 793-4231 or visit lachildrenschorus.org.
For those looking for free classical music, Pasadena Symphony and POPS will serve up a holiday-inspired performance as part of its ongoing Random Acts of Music series. The show will take place at 1 p.m. Sunday as well as 1 p.m. Dec. 18 at One Colorado, 41 Hugus Alley, Pasadena. Call (626) 564-1066 and visited onecolorado.com.
More free fun will be found at the Wonder of Christmas Story Night from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church of Pasadena, located at 500 E. Colorado Boulevard. The event offers families music, crafts and stories. Visit fumcpasadena.org.
Finally, no holiday season could be complete without the annual extravaganza by the Bob Baker Marionette Theatre, which will present its holiday show at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at One Colorado, 41 Hugus Alley, Pasadena. Call (626) 564-1066 or visit onecolorado.com.