Hudson -- As Christmas nears, the city is becoming alive with the sound and sights of the holidays.

A variety of schools and venues, including the Hudson Library and Historical Society, have scheduled concerts, plays and caroling to help residents prepare for the fast-approaching visit from Santa.

On stage, Young Actors Studio will present "Babes in Toyland" Dec. 12 to 15, following the Hudson Players recent performance of "Uh Oh, Here Comes Christmas." Tickets for "Babes in Toyland" are $8.25

Hudson City Schools will also present several free performances and open to the public, beginning with the eighth-grade orchestra's performance at the Hudson Library and Historical Society Dec. 9 at 2 p.m.

Other performances include the Hudson High School Orchestra Dec. 11 at 7 p.m., the HHS Choir concert Dec. 17 and the HHS Band concert Dec. 20.

The sixth-grade Middle School Choir, under the direction of Melanie Sipusic, will perform Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. in the middle school auditorium. The seventh- and eighth-grade choirs will perform Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. in the Hudson High School auditorium.

"We hope that the community will join the Hudson City Schools at all the wonderful holiday performances given by our very talented students and staff," said Schools Communications Manager Sheryl Sheatzley. "Their talent is just incredible and we are delighted to share this special time with citizens of all ages."

Western Reserve Academy also plans several performances open to the public, including a Vespers performance Dec. 9 at 5 p.m. at the Chapel and a Messiah Sing Dec. 12. Attendees are invited to sing the Hallelujah chorus with the WRA Orchestra and Choir.


Phone: 330-541-9435

Hudson holiday events

Dec. 9, WRA Vespers performance, 5 p.m.,

WRA Chapel, free

Dec. 9, Hudson Community Chorus Concert, 4 p.m., Hudson High School, Tickets: $10/adults, $5/children

Dec. 11, HHS Orchestra concert, 7 p.m.,

Hudson High School, free

Dec. 12, WRA Messiah Sing, 7:30 p.m.,

WRA Ellsworth Hall, free

Dec. 12-15, Babes in Toyland, 7 p.m.

(and 3 p.m. Dec. 15), Young Actors Studio, Tickets: $8.25

Dec. 16, Western Reserve Community Band concert,

4 p.m., Hudson High School, free

Dec. 17, HHS Choir concert, 7 p.m,

Hudson High School, free

Dec. 20, HHS Band concert, 7 p.m.,

Hudson High School, free