Santa Claus sits in with the Houston Symphony during this weekend’s Very Merry Pops concerts. Principal Pops Conductor Michael Krajewski leads the orchestra while Charles Hausmann directs the Houston Symphony Chorus in a rousing program of Christmas classics. Expect a mix of traditional carols, seasonal pop hits and a few songs from film soundtracks. Sing along to “Deck the Halls,” “The Twelve Days of Christmas” and “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town.” Sit back and enjoy “March of the Toys” from the operetta Babes in Toyland and “Somewhere in My Memory” from the film Home Alone.
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Of course, Santa’s appearance is a highlight of the show (no word yet on whether we can expect him to pick up an instrument, but he’s sure to lead the audience in a song or two). 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2:30 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana. For information, call 713-224-7575 or visit www.houstonsymphony.org. $25 to $130.
Fri., Dec. 9, 8 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 10, 8 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 11, 2:30 & 7 p.m., 2011