Caroling is never simply about the carols, nor the clothing, nor the cookies, nor the companionship.
Sure, you'll want to bundle up, Victorian-style, with scarves and whatnot, to look the part. And, of course, cocoa should be a part of the night, and good pals, too, regardless of their singing capabilities.
But the act of caroling is also the act of being on the move, from house to house or street to street. And the Los Angeles Master Chorale is taking the transporation side of the sweet seasonal tradition to heart by securing a new double-decker bus outfitted specifically for carol-themed events.
The red 'n cheerful roll'll make its first run onto the boulevards and byways of Southern California on Saturday, Nov. 28. That's when members of the acclaimed organization shall hold a "Holiday Whistle Stop" tour of several LA locations, spots that shall include Old Pasadena, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Los Angeles Zoo.
The pop-up caroling concert will unleash a bit of twinkle at each stop before moving on to spread a bit more benelovent, Frosty-the-Snowman-esque cheer.
But the bus won't be stowed after the Saturday following Thanksgiving. Two tours, both ticketed, will wend around downtown, on the first two Saturdays of December, and check it out: They're for the public. So if you sing a dazzling "Deck the Halls," or even if you don't but you love to warble along, you, too, can ride the bus and sing alongside a few members of the chorale (they'll be along to lead the full-throated proceedings).
Dates? Saturday, Dec. 5 and Saturday, Dec. 12.
If getting to downtown on those dates isn't your (Christmas) cards, be not blue, Mid-City-ers; public caroling on the magical double-decker bus is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 3 and Friday, Dec. 11 around the Fairfax/West Hollywood area.
Are you mi-mi-mi-ing? Searching out your merriest mittens and scarf? Pause for a jiff and book your seat; double-decker buses aren't huge and spots to carol with the LA Master Chorale, while on the roads of LA, will fill up in speedy fashion, as speedy as a sleigh over ice.
No ice here for the Caroling Bus, though, just masterful performers, some members of the public who love to sing, and some pop-up concerts around LA on the final Saturday in November.