Christmas concerts set throughout December in Okaloosa County

Okaloosa Chamber Singers

The Christmas concert season includes the Nov. 30 and Dec. 2 annual holiday performances by the Okaloosa Chamber Singers.

BRIAN HUGHES | News Bulletin
Published: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 10:53 AM.

CRESTVIEW — With cards to write and send, presents to buy and wrap, fruitcakes to re-gift, decorations to put up and all the rest of the Christmas hubbub, it’s easy for the holiday’s message to get lost among the frenzy.

Fortunately, opportunities abound to relax and let the season’s joy overflow at the north county’s many live Christmas concerts. Student, community and professional groups offer a bounty of holiday music, with many performances free or at a small cost.

• ‘Carols and Candlelight’

Nov. 30 and Dec. 2• Okaloosa Chamber Singers, under Dr. Marilyn Overturf’s direction, celebrates its 15th season with Christmas concerts at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30 at Trinity United Methodist Church on Racetrack Road in Fort Walton Beach, and 4 p.m. Dec. 2 at First United Methodist Church in DeFuniak Springs. The DeFuniak Springs concert is sponsored by the Florida Chautauqua, which will serve refreshments after the concert.

Selections bring the season’s warmth and spirit through the carols and arrangements of John Rutter, Mark Hayes and J.S. Bach, including his Advent Cantata 140, “Wake, Awake,” which a chamber orchestra will accompany. There will be audience participation in carol singing, including “O Come all Ye Faithful,”  “Silent Night” and “Deck the Halls.”

The concerts are free, with a suggested $15 donation per person or $25 per couple.

Contact Overturf, 682-9651 or, for more details. Visit to hear performances.

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