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The Coastside Chorale will hold its Winter Concert, one of many events that signal the holiday season on the coast. Kyle Ludowitz/Review

Seeing a play or taking in a concert is a wonderful way to celebrate the holidays and there are some great options on the coast.

The Coastside Chorale Winter Concert is a time-honored tradition. It’s a delightful program of beloved holiday songs with a few new twists. “The Little Drummer Boy” will be sung as will “Over the River and through the Wood,” “Silent Night,” and “The First Noel/Pachelbel’s Canon.”

In addition to the traditional repertoire, the Coastside Chorale will also spotlight an African Christmas song, “Kuwa Na Krismasi Njema,” which is partly sung in Swahili. The Na Wahine ‘O Kalani hula dancers will be dancing to “Mele Kalikimaka.”

Nonperishable food donations benefiting Coastside Hope will also be collected.

The Coastside Chorale Winter Concert is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Coastside Lutheran Church, 900 N. Cabrillo Highway in Half Moon Bay. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for students.

Although Shakespeare is not necessarily synonymous with Santa, taking in a time-honored play is a great way to commemorate the season. 

The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival will be sending a cast of professional actors to Half Moon Bay as they present “Comedy of Errors.” The play is considered one of Shakespeare’s most nonsensical comedies, with a major part of the humor generated from mistaken identity, puns, and word play. 

“Comedy of Errors” is set to unfold at 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 11 at Senior Coastsiders, located at 925 Main St. in Half Moon Bay.

If you’re looking to add a bit of sparkle to the start of the holiday season, look no further than the Night of Lights. Fill up a thermos of hot chocolate and bundle up before heading to downtown Half Moon Bay on Friday night. Watch as members of the community don twinkling lights or climb aboard floats to usher in the season. Many local shops will remain open, allowing revelers to sneak inside to warm up while checking items off your holiday gift list. 

This year’s celebration includes a tree-lighting ceremony, caroling groups, food trucks, roasted chestnuts, as well as holiday music. The 2018 Night of Lights is scheduled for 6 to 9 p.m. this Friday. The parade starts at 7 p.m. on Main Street. Santa Claus arrives at 7:45 p.m. on Kelly Avenue.


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