Carols by Candlelight Returns With Beloved Annual Holiday Country Concerts | Upcoming San Diego Events

A spectacular family holiday concert, Candlelight songs, will take place December 10 and 11 to California Arts Center, Escondido. Now in his 32sd This year, the proceeds from this holiday country concert will go to the Rady Children’s Hospital.

The two-night concert will feature country music stars singing their hits and favorite holiday songs. This year’s headliner is Mark Wills, who is making his Carols by Candlelight debut. Wills, a member of the Grand Ole Opry, has eight top 10 country singles, three top 10 country albums, and has been named the Academy of Country Music’s Best New Male Vocalist.

Other headliners and seasoned performers on Carols by Candlelight are Jamie O’Neal, Anna Vaus and Steve Vaus (2010 Grammy winner). Academy of Country Music Award winner and Grammy nominee O’Neal has three Top 10 Country Singles. Anna Vaus was recently named one of CMT’s Next Country Women; she has also just received the Miranda Lambert Prize and the ASCAP Prize.

Also appearing in this year’s lineup is Back to the Garden, a Woodstock tribute band, recreating the music of the era, featuring music from the Byrds, the Doors, Crosby Stills Nash and Young, Joni Mitchell, Mamas and the Papas, Carole King, the Eagles, and more.

After the performances on stage, to close the evening, the public and the stars meet in the courtyard and sing “Silent Night” by candlelight. In addition to live entertainment, the perk also includes a live auction featuring signed guitars and other items, as well as silent auction items and raffle prizes, donated by sponsoring organizations. To find out how to get involved or become a donor, visit

VIP Orchestra seats, the first 16 rows, cost $ 94 per ticket, while the standard orchestra costs $ 70 per ticket. Tickets are available (starting at $ 18) at the box office at (800) 988-4253. Active duty military personnel and first responders can purchase tickets at the box office at 50% off regular prices (ID required).

The California Center for the Arts is located at 340 N. Escondido Blvd in Escondido (92025).

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