Community, music and arts events of relevance to the Space Coast

The Westgate Cocoa Beach Pier will partner with Toys for Tots for the third annual Toys for Tots Beach Bash Dec. 18, featuring a complimentary buffet, live entertainment, drink specials, prizes and giveaways. The highlight of the evening will be the Santa Claus lookalike contest, the winner of which will receive a 3 day/2 night vacation at a Westgate resort. Second and third place will be awarded $50 and $25 pier gift certificates.

The Space Coast Symphony will present the Eighth Annual Messiah Sing Along, the enduring Christmas oratorio by George Friedrich Handel.  Hailed as Central Florida’s “ultimate Christmas concert,” and an annual sellout, this free concert is a don’t miss!

Melbourne Municipal Band

You won’t need snow to enjoy our wonderful Sleigh Ride concert. This event is an annual tradition with all your holiday favorites – and more. The Handbell Choir from Eastminster Presbyterian Church will play for our preshow entertainment. Eastminster’s Kyle Jones also will join the band to sing some holiday favorites and some Frank Sinatra tunes. We'll then have Mr. Jones work over time as he narrates Twas the Night Before Christmas. It’s rumored that Mr. and Mrs. Claus will take a break from their holiday preparations to make an appearance, so bring the kids!

King Center for the Performing Arts

Loudon Wainwright III has had a long and illustrious career highlighted by more than two dozen album releases, a 2010 Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Album for High Wide & Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project, and two previous Grammy nominations for I'm Alright and More Love Songs. His 2012 recording, Older Than My Old Man Now was named one of NPR's Top 10 Albums of the Year.

King Center for the Performing Arts

Don't miss the annual holiday program of the Brevard Community Chorus, when they present "Gloria" by John Rutter, along with other choral favorites of the season. Under the direction of Dr. Robert E. Lamb, the chorus will share the spirit of joy in a concert of unmatched beauty.