The Pickerington Community Chorus, with piano accompaniment and a barbershop quartet, will ring in the season this weekend with the group's annual holiday concert.
This year's concert will be called "All I Want for Christmas." It is planned for 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, in Epiphany Lutheran Church, 268 Hill Road N.
The concert is a longtime tradition of the chorus, which will showcase about 30 singers when it performs holiday songs such as "Little Saint Nick," "The Christmas Song" and a medley from "White Christmas."
"We've pretty much done this annually for at least 10 years," said Julie Rice-Weimer, chorus president. "Everyone enjoys Christmas music, and we enjoy singing Christmas music.
"We also feel the chorus is very important for the community, not only for providing an avenue to sing but also bringing activities to the community," she said.
"The holiday concert is a good break from all the hustle and bustle and shopping and wrapping and decorating."
Tickets for the concert will be sold at the door for $10 and $8 for senior citizens and students.
In addition to the chorus, the show will feature piano accompaniment from Tony Hagood and the Columbus Chorus of Sweet Adelines.
"Tony is going to do a couple of solos," said Lisa Boyer, chorus director and a member of the Sweet Adelines. "He's a jazz pianist, and he often improvises.
"Our quartet is called Staff Meeting. We'll do humorous songs and a Christmas version of Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah.' "
Everyone who attends the concert will be entered in a drawing to win a holiday gift basket that will include movie gift cards, decorative items, personal spa items and sweets.
Rice-Weimer said the concert would be lighthearted.
"It's just fun, traditional stuff," she said. "Tony is pretty fabulous. You can put any piece of music in front of him and he just goes.
"The Sweet Adelines bring a different feel. They're a capella and sometimes they even have a little choreography."
The chorus was established by the Pickerington Parks and Recreation Department in 2007 and branched off on its own a year later.
It is now a nonprofit organization that draws singing enthusiasts from Pickerington and several communities throughout central Ohio.
"Right now, our age ranges are from about the 30s to the 70s," Rice-Weimer said.
"I live in Blacklick. We have people from places like Newark, Reynoldsburg and Columbus.
"The majority of our members are from Pickerington. We are all people who love to sing."
Boyer said the chorus has been rehearsing since September in preparation for the holiday concert.
Performances such as the annual concert provide revenue for the chorus, which is self-sustaining.
"We're a nonprofit and we're always looking for sponsorships -- and new members," Boyer said. "We'll begin our spring season in February."
More information about the concert, joining the chorus or supporting the group financially is available at pickeringtoncommunitychorus.com, as well as the Pickerington Community Chorus Facebook page.