Carols, crackers and Christmas

For many people, the start of the Christmas season is celebrated in song. Choirs have been rehearsing for weeks and singers and musicians are ready to raise the roof in traditional carol concerts. Here is a selection of the best:

l Carols and readings for Christmas with Cantorelli and Eileen O’Brien, Blackshaw Head Chapel, Hebden Bridge, Saturday, December 7, 3.30pm. Free admission.

l Carol singing by All Souls' Amateur Operatic Society and Halifax G&S Society, outside Marks & Spencer, Halifax, December 7, 11.30am to 1.30pm.

l Elland Male Voice Choir and West Vale Happy Songsters, Bethesda Methodist Church, Elland, Monday, December 9, 7pm. Tickets are free.

l Halifax Chamber Choir’s seasonal concert, Carlton United Reformed Church, Halifax, Tuesday, December 10, 8pm. Tickets on the door.

l Brighouse Theatre Productions’ annual carol concert, Carols with a Twist, Central Methodist Church, Brighouse, Thursday, December 12, 7.15pm. Tel: 01484 719163.

l Huddersfield Choral Society’s Christmas concert, with Black Dyke Band, Huddersfield Town Hall, Friday, December 13, 7.30pm. Tel: 01484 223200.

l Brighouse and Rastrick Band’s annual carol concerts, Central Methodist Church, Brighouse, Saturday, December 14, 2.30pm (with B & R’s Youth Band) and 7.15pm. Tel: 01484 712355.

l The York Waits give two concerts at Square Chapel arts centre, Halifax: Drive the Cold Winter Away, Friday, December 13, 8pm and Music for Christmas, Saturday, December 14, noon. Tel: 01422 349422.

l Todmorden Choral Society and Todmorden Orchestra with Christmas Music and Carols, Todmorden Town Hall, Sunday, December 15, 4pm. Tickets from Todmorden Tourist Information Centre or 01706 817333.

l Christmas organ concert, with music by David Lowe, Rex Cinema, Elland, Sunday, December 15, 2.30pm. Tel: 01422 372140.

l Huddersfield Choral Society with Handel’s Messiah, Huddersfield Town Hall, Tuesday, December 17, 7.15pm. Tel: 01422 223200.

l Overgate Hospice Choir’s annual carol concert with Hammonds Saltaire Band, Halifax Minster, Saturday, December 21, 7pm. Tel: 01422 345414.

l Christmas Singalong with pianist Dave Nelson, Hebden Bridge Town Hall, Saturday, December 21, 4.30pm. Tickets from Town Hall reception.