Union County – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders invites residents to celebrate the season at a variety of festive events right here in Union County this month, with music ranging from light-hearted holiday favorites to the exalting sounds of Handel’s Messiah.

“Recognizing the importance of culture and the arts to our economy and quality of life, the Freeholder Board proudly supports the performing arts community in Union County,” said Freeholder Bette Jane Kowalski, liaison to the Cultural and Heritage Programs Advisory Board.

Sponsored in part by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, the following holiday programs received funding from the UC Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, Department of Parks and Recreation through the Local Arts Grant Program or the Union County HEART (History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands) Grant Program:

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Myth & Mystery – A Holiday Concert

Saturday, December 9 at 7 PM

The Concord Singers will present a program including choral works by Benjamin Britten, Lana Walter, Edward Elgar, Samuel Barber, Gabriel Faure and more — as well as some traditional carols.

$20 ($10 for children 12 & under)

Calvary Episcopal Church

31 Woodland Ave., Summit



Handel’s Messiah presented by Summit Chorale

Saturday, December 9 at 7:30 PM

The complete classic work will be presented with chamber orchestra and soloists.

$20 in advance available online  ($25 at the door / $10 for students)

St. John’s Lutheran Church

587 Springfield Ave., Summit



Crescent Concerts - Yuletide by Candlelight

Saturday, December 16 at 5 PM

The glow of candles will brighten Crescent Avenue sanctuary as the Crescent Singers present their 46th annual holiday concert as a gift to the community.


Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church

Watchung Ave. at East Seventh St., Plainfield




“Christmas Time in the City” PRISM Concert Extravaganza

Saturday, December 16 at 7:30 PM

This concert features the Continuo Arts Foundation’s choral ensembles and other local performance groups.

$20 adults ($10 students/seniors)

Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School Auditorium

272 Morris Ave., Summit



The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, through the Cultural and Heritage Programs Advisory Board and its Arts Grant Committee, and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts have made funds available for support of the arts through a State/County Block Grant Partnership for non-profit arts and non-arts organizations located in, and serving the residents of Union County, that demonstrate a high degree of professionalism in producing arts activities. The program is administered by the Union County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, Department of Parks and Recreation.

All grant programs, including the Union County Local Arts Grant Program and the HEART Grant Program are competitive.

Artists, educators, civic and historical non-profit organizations that want information about next year’s gran opportunities can contact the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, 633 Pearl Street, Elizabeth, NJ 07202. Telephone: (908) 558-2550. NJ Relay users dial 711, or send E-mail: culturalinfo@ucnj.org.