Have all the Christmas Trees been lit and now you don’t know how to celebrate Christmas? Don’t worry! The Boston Pops kicked off their annual Holiday Pops show on November 30th 2016. The night was full of breathtaking music, the decorations in Symphony Hall were very festive, and if you have a floor seat you can order beverages and food!
The Boston Pops played all the Christmas classics for their annual Holiday Pops special that runs for about a month at Symphony Hall. To begin the magical night, they played “Angels from the Realms of Glory,” I actually teared up because of how beautiful it sounded. The violins with the choir in the song sound like a present you want to hear on Christmas morning. After this song they played “Hallelujah,” and hallelujah that they played this song because it sounded nothing but amazing. They also played “A Christmas Scherzo,” which is a melody of well-known Christmas songs, like “O Christmas Tree,” and a few other well-known songs. One song that was interesting was “Mary’s Little Boy Child,” it had a very tropical sound to it, it almost sounded like you would hear walking through Disney World, and that’s not a bad thing. The song was fun and made it feel like you weren’t in a city that is below thirty degrees everyday in the winter. Probably the most relaxing song of the night was “The Adoration of the Magi,” during this performance they had a screen that showed the famous Aurora Boreas and even though it wasn’t in real life and it was only a video it still captivated your eyes because of how stunning they are.
The second half of the night was full of fun surprise guests. Before they got to the guests though they played “Christmas Waltzes,” another melody consisting of “Silver Bells,” “My Favorite Things,” and “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” yes that song that Ellen plays during her special 12 days of give away. They also played “Home for the Holidays,” which is a melody consisting of “Home-(There’s No Place Like) Home for the Holidays,” and “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.” After these two songs the Mayor of Boston, Mayor Marty J. Walsh, came out to read Twas The Night Before Christmas and he read it with emotion which made it fantastic.
After he read the book, Keith Lockhart, the conductor of the Boston Pops introduced Santa Clause, however Santa was a little late because he was playing “Ho, Ho, Hokemon,” which they showed him playing on the screen.
To end the festive night, they played a unique, fun version of “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” where every day was a different song, they ended the song with “We Are The Champions,” by Queen. Ending the night, they played a sing a long consisting of “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “Let it Snow!,” “The Christmas Song,” “Winter Wonderland,” and “Jingle Bells.” I highly recommend for everyone to see this show if you’re in Boston for the holidays. The Boston Pops never disappoint; they always entertain every time. Holiday Pops run from November 30th to December 24th. Happy Holidays!!