Boston Pops Christmas Concert Series Returns

The Boston Pops Orchestra will return to Symphony Hall next month for its Christmas concert series in front of a live audience for the first time in two years, the orchestra announced Tuesday.

The shows running from December 2 through December 24 also include the return of the Tanglewood Festival Choir to Symphony Hall.

“We look forward to sharing the music of the holiday season and remembering how special it is to be together and experience the inspiring messages of hope, love and peace that resonate so strongly at this time of year and remind us of the importance of celebrating the beauty of life, “Pops director Keith Lockhart said in a statement.

The Pops canceled live shows last year due to coronavirus restrictions.

This year’s program includes traditional Pops favorites such as Duke Ellington’s jazzy version of Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite” and the annual performance of “Twas the Night Before Christmas.”

The new additions include popular Mexican Christmas songs composed by Silvino Jaramillo and arranged by Arturo Rodríguez, and a new mix of Christmas spirituals.

For the kids, the Pops will present seven matinees, a shorter no-intermission program, featuring Dr. Seuss’s popular arrangement of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and a photo opportunity with Santa Claus.

The orchestra will also perform a sensory-friendly show on December 5 for children and others on the autism spectrum with reduced volume and lighting levels, additional space for movement, noise-reducing headphones, and designated quiet rooms and support spaces.

Customers will still need to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative COVID-19 test, and wear a face cover.

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Boston Pops Christmas Concert Series Returns