Christmas musical revelry planned
Costumed church members will take the roles of angels, shepherds and magi to depict the story of the first Christmas in public presentations.
Tonight, Central Union Church will stage its annual drive-through Nativity scene from 6 to 9 p.m. People may drive or stroll through the church grounds at 1660 S. Beretania St. to view tableaux of the story of the birth of Jesus. Drivers should enter at the Beretania Street driveway.
Also tonight, Mililani Community Church members will enact scenes from the biblical story from 6 to 9 p.m. in a "Walk Through Bethlehem" on the Mililani Waena Elementary School grounds, 95-502 Kipapa Drive.
Next weekend, the Salvation Army will present its "Live Nativity" re-enactment at Waioli Gardens, 2950 Manoa Road. The 20-minute show will be performed every half-hour from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday through Dec. 24. Free parking is available.
Other public Christmas celebrations are planned.
» Today, 7 p.m. The Kawaiahao Church Christmas Concert will feature traditional anthems, carols, hula and ballet and performance of "Magnificat," by John McCreary, and "Gloria," by John Rutter, by the church choir, the Hawaii Youth Opera Chorus and other guests.
» Tomorrow, 5:30 p.m. The St. Andrew's Cathedral choir and organist will present traditional and new carols and the opportunity for the audience to sing along.
» Next Saturday and Dec. 23, 7 p.m. The 21st annual Christmas Concert at the Honolulu Tabernacle, 1560 S. Beretania St., will present traditional carols and sacred music by the 90-member adult Concert Choir and Concert Orchestra, the 50-voice Youth Choir and the 70-member Children's Choir.
The audience is invited to sing along in the free concert presented by the Honolulu Hawaii Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Free parking is available in the parking structure next to the tabernacle.