When: Fri., Dec. 11, 8 p.m. and Sat., Dec. 12, 8 p.m. 2015
Crowded malls, creepy Santas, canned carols playing on repeat since before Halloween: Too often, what should be a joyous season just leaves folks feeling blugh. Recapture the delight of the holidays at the Gateway Men's Chorus' concert Make the Yuletide Gay at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday (December 11 and 12). No group lifts spirits quite like this amazingly talented choir. Committed to giving voice to gay culture in the St. Louis region, the chorus performs shows that are as important and affirming as they are entertaining. Forget the Rudolph reruns and the icky 'nog — make this holiday concert your new favorite tradition. Both performances take place at St. Stanislaus Church (1413 North 20th Street; 314-287-5669 or www.gmcstl.org). Tickets are $15 to $25.