Lebanon comes alive during the holiday season, which is why we’re encouraging you to go out and see the sights this Christmas! Dinner at home with friends and family is priceless, but we’ve put together a list of events happening around the country over the holidays for those who want a change of scenery. Enjoy browsing through our favorites.

Free and heartwarming music.

Beirut’s up and coming chamber choir Ensemble Vivace will be singing Christmas songs as part of their holiday repertoire. This year, their Baroque Christmas concert will take place in Byblos at the beautiful St Jean Marc Cathedral on December 10, and on the 17th at the AUB Assembly Hall. Don’t miss their gorgeous harmonies paired with a talented music ensemble!

To wallow in the true spirit of the holiday season, head to Christ the King church in Bsalim on December 12 for Christmas Carols by Candlelight. It’s a classic way to spend a winter night that’s bound to keep everyone in the family entertained. Even better, from the 7th to the 23rd of December, the Beirut Chants Festival 2015 will be livening churches and venues all around the country, with student and professional choirs singing classical and holiday-themed chants for your enjoyment. Check the schedule for details! It’s worth every minute.

Holiday evenings (featuring wine).

Gefinor’s best brunch spot transforms into a holiday haven every Friday. Come to The Beazbee for open cheese and wine starting at 8 PM to kick-start your weekend in the yummiest (and booziest) way possible. In case you’re still craving glass and a plate of edible goodies by Sunday, head to Hamra’s Bistro Bar for cheese and wine with Shady and the Band playing their bluesy tunes in the background! $55 gets you a bottle and plenty of food. Did we mention wine.

Festivals, parades, and bazaars.

Honestly, we had a hard time narrowing this one down. There are dozens of fairs and festive all-day events taking place all over the country! Head to Beirut Souks for the Beirut Christmas Village featuring the first-ever 100 Santa Claus parade on Dec. 19 at 3 PM. Your whole family will enjoy the open-air atmosphere complete with music, art stands, novelty gifts, and decorations.

Similar festivities are taking place in Byblos (don’t miss this year’s unique tree!), like the Dhour Shweir Christmas Festival 2015, and The Bekfaya Christmas Fest. Even if you live far away, make sure you take a drive up to the mountains for some of these events. The areas are beautifully decorated, and the performances/attractions this year are not to be missed! There are also several Christmas markets and bazaars taking place around Beirut, like Station's Christmas Market.

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