Christmas is coming, like it or not. If you need a little help getting in the mood this year, why not check out one of these great Christmas-themed performances coming to Fort Wayne’s Historic Embassy Theatre this December. holiday-pops-600-450-1737-522x392 On Friday, December 5 at 8:00 p.m., Mannheim Steamroller returns to the Embassy Theatre for Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis: 30th Anniversary Tour. Celebrating the release of its first Christmas album, Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, this concert will feature many of the contemporary versions of Christmas tunes that fans around the world have loved for three decades. As a matter of fact, I’m listening to “Deck the Halls” off that album right now, which reminds me just how much I love synthesizers. And Christmas. It should be a fantastic show. The next night, Saturday, December 6 at 8:00 p.m., you can catch the Elvis Tribute Artist Christmas Spectacular, featuring Shawn Klush, The Sweet Inspirations, The Blackwood Quartet, and The Fabulous Ambassadors. Listen, as far as I’m concerned, any “best of Christmas music” list has to include
  • “Wonderful Christmastime” – Paul McCartney
  • “Last Christmas” – Wham!
  • “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” – Band Aid
  • Any Johnny Mathis Christmas song
  • Any Elvis Presley Christmas song (but really, we all know “Blue Christmas” is the best)
Having a whole night of amazing Elvis tribute artists perform his Christmas best? If that doesn’t put you in this Christmas spirit, you might want to check the size of your heart… Finally, over the course of the following two weekends, December 12th and 13th and December 19th and 20th, be a part of a Fort Wayne holiday tradition – The Fort Wayne Philharmonic Holiday Pops. Seeing the Phil perform with Ben Folds just last Friday reminded me how great the musicians who play with the Phil are and how lucky we are to have them. Seriously, do yourself a favor and catch one of the six Holiday Pops shows: December 12th and 19th at 7:30 p.m. and December 13th and 20th at 2:00 p.m. (matinee) and 7:30 p.m. What a great lineup of holiday performances! What a great venue! For more information on any of these shows, check out or Win tickets to Mannheim Steamroller here. Win tickets to the Elvis Tribute Artist here.