Watch Boston Bruins Forward Shawn Thornton narrate “’The Night Before Christmas” with Boston Pops

Shawn Thornton narrates “Twas the Night Before Chritmas” with Boston Pops Orchestra 2012 from Larry Murray on Vimeo.

Leading one of New England’s most celebrated Christmastime traditions, Keith Lockhart opened the 2012 Holiday pops season tonight, December 5, featuring the Boston Pops Orchestra and Tanglewood Festival Chorus in a host of familiar season favorites ranging from the “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s Messiah and “Waltz of the Flowers,” from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker to the Boston Pops’ signature piece “Sleigh Ride” and its recent arrangement of “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” A highlight of the evening was a special guest appearance by Boston Bruins Forward Shawn Thornton, narrating “’Twas the Night Before Christmas.” The Holiday Pops season, December 5-24, takes place in world-renowned Symphony Hall, newly decorated to evoke the unique magic of the holiday season.

Santa visits the Boston Pops  and Keith Lockhart in this photo by Stu Rosner.

Santa visits the Boston Pops and Keith Lockhart in this photo by Stu Rosner.

No Holiday Pops concert would be complete without a visit from Santa Claus, who entered the hall to special lighting effects and a brass fanfare, greeting audience members on his way up to the stage to share a holiday message with Keith Lockhart and all gathered for the concert. To bring the concert to a close, Keith Lockhart invited audience members to join the Boston Pops Orchestra and Tanglewood Festival Chorus in a sing-along of favorites of the Christmastime season, including “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” and “Jingle Bells.” The Holiday Pops season was introduced in 1974 by Arthur Fiedler leading three holiday performances; the 2012 Holiday Pops season features 37 performances.

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