Above / The 90-piece Naperville Municipal Bands returns to the Wentz Concert Hall for its 2018 Christmas Concert from 12:45 to 1:45PM Sun., Dec. 2. The public is invited. Admission is free of charge. (2017 Photo)

The Naperville Municipal Band will perform a one-hour Christmas Concert beginning at 12:45AM Sun., Dec. 2, on stage at the Wentz Concert Hall.

The annual concert will include familiar holiday favorites, Christmas carols “and the most famous of all Christmas arrangements, A Christmas Festival,” according to NMB Conductor and Music Director Ron Keller.

Band members also will lead the audience in a sing-a-long.

“And Santa has promised to stop by for a visit,” Keller added.

Wentz Concert Hall is located in the North Central College Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave., just steps from downtown Naperville. Admission is free of charge.


Create holiday memories at the Annual Naperville Municipal Band Christmas Concert on stage at Wentz Concert Hall. (PN File Photo 2017)

Editor’s Note / The 2018 Naperville Municipal Band Christmas Concert, timed for local history buffs who enjoy supporting the arts, is planned this year in lieu of the Tuba Christmas. Tuba Christmas is usually held on the first Saturday of December in front of US Bank, next to Quigley’s Irish Pub and Central Park. Ron Keller says Tuba Christmas will return in 2019.

Prior to Sunday’s NMB Christmas Concert, Quigley’s will be open for breakfast at 10AM and hosting its annual complimentary Pictures with Santa from 10AM until 2PM.

At 2PM, Century Walk will dedicate its 50th piece of outdoor public art, a sculpture depicting “Laughing Lincoln” that will be located in Central Park. NMB Conductor Keller said the concert will be over by 1:45PM, in time for folks to take a short hike to Central Park for the dedication. 

From 3PM to 5PM, Century Walk will host its “Bicentennial Birthday Bash,” a benefit to help fund public art, back at the North Central College Fine Arts Center. For tickets ($100 each), visit www.centurywalk.org.

Also note, the Naperville Municipal Band will return to the Wentz Concert Hall at 3PM Sun., Feb. 17, for its Winter Concert. Details about selected music to celebrate the band’s beginning in 1859, 160 years ago, will be promoted after the first of the year. Mark your 2019 calendar!