Christmas bells are ringing, and the Wayne Choralaires are singing! The Choralaires, under the direction of Betsy Black, with piano accompanist Melissa Robbins, will present “Caroling, Caroling!” a mix of sacred and secular Christmas songs.

The Choralaires’ Christmas concerts have been a popular Northeastern Pennsylvania tradition for many years.

Concerts will be performed in Carbondale, Waymart, Hawley and Honesdale.

The program begins with “Carol of the Bells,” with the singers arranged around the sides of the room. They then process to the front while singing “Caroling, Caroling.” Then comes “Carols, Rejoice!” a medley of familiar holiday songs, and “Some Children See Him,” highlighting the universality of the Christ Child. Also in thr first part of the concert will be the traditional American spirituals “Behold That Star” and “Rise Up, Shepherd and Follow.” Also on the program are “Gesu Bambino” and a medley of medieval carols.

During intermission, Melissa Robbins will be joined by her sister Cindy as they present music for piano four hands. Jim Willow also plans to be part of the entertainment with music for the flute.

Music in the remainder of the concert will include some fun, secular works, including “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” and “Sleigh Ride, and – of course, since the Choralaires are based in Honesdale – “Winter Wonderland” by Honesdale’s own Dick Smith.
Concerts will be Sunday, December 2, at 2:30 p,m, at Queen of Peace Church, Hawley; Thursday, December 6, at 7:30 p.m. at the Ladore Conference Center in Waymart; and Sunday, December 9 at 2:30 p.m., at Central United Methodist Church, Honesdale. Choralaires concerts are designed to appeal to people of all ages and reflect a wide range of musical styles.

Admission is free, but free-will offerings will be gratefully accepted to help defray the costs of music.