Though he is not bound by the laws of physics, Santa Claus is duty bound to eat every cookie, brisket, and pile of thumbtacks you leave out for him. Explore other Yuletide traditions with this GrouponLive deal to see Southwest Florida Symphony's Holiday Pops concert at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. For $44, you get two tickets for seating in the rear orchestra or lower balcony on Saturday, December 22, at 8 p.m. (up to an $88 value). Doors open at 7 p.m.
Guest conductor and multitalented musician James M. Stephenson, who is credited on more than 150 works, ascends the podium to lead the Southwest Florida Symphony through an evening of spirited Christmas tunes in its annual Holiday Pops performance. Mezzosoprano soloist Sara Dell’Omo from the U.S. Marine Band lends her buttery voice box to the concert’s set list of Yuletide jangles, which reacquaints listeners with holiday classics including “Santa Baby” and spotlights Stephenson’s original composition Timeless Treasures. Southwest Florida Symphony’s army of woodwinds, strings, and brass instruments cultivates a vivid wintry soundscape that crescendos through Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite, as well as festive sing-alongs such as “Here Comes Santa,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” and “I Asked for a Pony, Not a Sweater.”