Christmas festivities that will begin with the Dec. 2 Winter Lights celebration in Grove City will continue the following day at the Grove City Community Winds concert.

Christmas festivities that will begin with the Dec. 2 Winter Lights celebration in Grove City will continue the following day at the Grove City Community Winds concert.

The concert, featuring the Grove City Community Winds as well as the Grove City Chamber Singers, will be at 11 a.m. Dec. 3 at Grove City High School, 4665 Hoover Road. The performance will last about an hour.

Admission is free, but attendees are asked to bring a canned good for the Grove City Food Pantry.

"It's just a nice concert that I think people would find extremely entertaining and a nice way to start the Christmas season," said performer, composer, arranger and educator Jim Swearingen of the Community Winds.

The Chamber Singers and the Community Winds probably will combine on the first and last numbers of the program, Swearingen said. During the course of the concert, the Chamber Singers will do a segment by themselves.

For a local event, "This is quite a spectacular musical presentation," Swearingen said.

Traditionally, the concert includes a sing-along to popular Christmas carols. During the song "Sleigh Ride" by Leroy Anderson, a student will be given an opportunity to guest-conduct the ensemble. A reading of "The Night Before Christmas" will be done with musical accompaniment. Santa Claus also will visit.

Community Winds has about 60 members, predominantly from central Ohio, Swearingen said. Many of the members are former South-Western City Schools students or staff members. Swearingen became conductor in 2002.

"It's grown every year," Swearingen said.

The Community Winds do about six concerts per season. The season typically goes from September to the beginning of June.