THIS WEEK: Dec. 1 through 7
“Keeping Christ in Christmas,” the ninth annual event will be held with the singing of Christmas hymns by candlelight at the Nativity display on the lawn of the Luzerne County Courthouse, Wilkes-Barre. All are invited to participate at 5 p.m. Dec. 1. The Courthouse tree lighting ceremony follows at 5:30 p.m. Info, call Nancy 570-239-3363.
Cantores Christi Regis Christmas Concert, King’s College choral ensemble will perform an eclectic repertoire of traditional carols and other holiday works by contemporary choral composers. 7:30 p.m., Dec. 1 and Dec. 2, J. Carroll McCormick Campus Ministry Center, North Franklin and Jackson streets, free. Info, 570-208-6044.
Battery: The Masters of Metallica, a critically acclaimed tribute that opened for Metallica on its 1998 Garage Inc. Tour. F.M. Kirby Center, 71 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 8 p.m. Dec. 1. $15, $20. 570-826-1100.
Alive! ‘75, tribute band, will present a classic 1975 KISS concert experience. Sherman Theater. 524 Main Street, Stroudsburg. 8 p.m. Dec. 2. alive75.com. Shermantheater.com.
‘Christmas Joy’ with Arcadia Chorale and Wilkes Choral Ensembles, featuring seasonal works for choir, brass ensemble and organ including Daniel Pinkham’s Christmas Cantata. There will also be a chance for audience participation. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2 at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Wilkes-Barre and 3 p.m. Dec. 3 at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Scranton. Tickets are $15 general admission, $12 for seniors and WVIA members, and free for students. 570-871-0350.
‘A Joyful Christmas’ with The Wyoming Valley Barbershop Harmony Chorus, 7 p.m. Dec. 3 at Saints Peter and Paul Church, 13 Hudson Road, Plains Township. ‘Santa’ is expected to visit during the performance. Tickets, at $5 each, can be purchased at the door or by calling 570-285-4810.
Music of Mozart and Grieg, presented by the Wilkes University Chamber Orchestra, 8 p.m. Dec. 4, in the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center for the Performing Arts, 239 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre. The concert will be conducted by John M. Vaida and selections will feature Mozart’s complete Symphony No. 40, and Grieg’s complete Holberg Suite. Admission is free.
Theater of the Mind, the Dietrich Theater Golden Days of Radio Players will perform two authentic radio plays from the 1930s and 1940s: “Station KUKU” and “Sherlock Holmes and the Night Before Christmas.” 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 7 p.m. Dec. 5. Barbershop quartet Vocal Accord will provide pre-show entertainment. Free tickets available at the door. Reservations available at 570-996-1500.
Cantores Christi Regis Lessons and Carols, King’s College choral ensemble will perform a service of Scripture lessons and songs that recount the birth of Christ and his Incarnation in the stable, as well as traditional Christmas carols. Each lesson is followed by a carol that reflects the lesson’s message and a brief prayer. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6, J. Carroll McCormick Campus Ministry Center, North Franklin and Jackson streets, free. Info, 570-208-6044
Community Choir at Misericordia University will hold its inaugural holiday concert 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7 in Lemmond Theater in Walsh Hall on the university campus with traditional choral music and a number of holiday selections including “Carol of the Bells,” “Ding Dong Merrily on High” and “Christmas Cantata.” A light reception will follow. Tickets are $5, $3. Info, 570-674-3021.
Let It Show, featuring All Time Low, MAX, Olivia Holt, Grace VanderWaal, Jake Miller, and a pre-show performance by Taylor Grey. F.M. Kirby Center, 71 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 7 p.m. Dec. 7. $25, $35. 570-826-1100.
Have a Holly Jolly Harmony concert, sponsored by the Class of 2018 and the Beyond Harmony a cappella group at Misericordia University, will benefit the Ruth Matthews Bourger Women with Children Program, 7 p.m. Dec. 8 in Lemmond Theater in Walsh Hall on the university campus. The program includes pictures with Santa and refreshments. Tickets are $5, $3. Info, 570-674-6719, email Emilee Bixler, Beyond Harmony music
Keller Williams, acclaimed instrumentalist and songwriter who created his own style of music dubbed acoustic dance music. F.M. Kirby Center, 71 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 9 p.m. Dec. 8. $25, $30. 570-826-1100.
Majesty of the Manger, Christmas Concert at Wyoming Avenue Christian Church, 881 Wyoming Ave., Kingston, with guest musicians the Chapel Chimes from Lehman-Idetown United Methodist Church and mezzo soprano Ellen Rutkowski, 7 p.m. Dec. 10. Reception follows with traditional homemade refreshments. Info, 570-498-6700.
Comfort and Joy: A Merry Evening of Music, presented by the Wilkes University Chamber Singers, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10, at the Circle Centre for the Arts in Wilkes-Barre. Works on the program include Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas,” Ed Henderson’s “A La Nanita Nana,” and Antonio Estevez’s “Mata del Anima Sola.” This event is free and open to the public, and donations are accepted. Info, [email protected]
Northern Appalachian Wind Ensemble, a new professional wind ensemble made up of 45 woodwind, brass, and percussionists from all across the United States, holiday concert 7 p.m. Dec. 16, The Theater at North, 1539 North Main Ave. Scranton, $16. Info, 570-80005020 ext. 102.
Little Big Town, the country outfit on The Breakers Tour with special guests Kacey Musgraves and Midland. Mohegan Sun Arena, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Township. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22. Tickets start at $21. 800-745-3000.
Mercy Me , the award-winning Christian wraps up its successful Lifer Tour with special guest Tenth Avenue North. Mohegan Sun Arena, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Township. 7:30 p.m. March 9. Tickets go on sale Nov. 10. 800-745-3000.
Judas Priest, the heavy metal icons tour in support of their forthcoming record “Firepower.” Mohegan Sun Arena, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Township. 7 p.m. March 13. Tickets start at $36.75. 800-745-3000.