Choir’s Holiday Sing-Along launches Carlmont into the festivities


Chesirae Barbano

Ethan Linde is struck by the wonder of the lights.

Chesirae Barbano, Staff Writer

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Carlmont choir students donned their elf apparel with festive hats and a dreidel for Carlmont choir’s fourth Holiday Sing-Along.

Families dressed for the season as they attended the free event on Dec. 6.

Junior Sam Perry said he encouraged “people to bring their kids and let them experience it, especially if they’re big on Christmas.”

The Sing-Along began with “Deck the Halls.”

For junior choir student Savanna Dillon, the Sing-Along “reminded [her] of Christmas when [she] was younger.” She said, “It warmed my heart to see that the traditions are still holding strong for the newer generations.”

Throughout the evening, elves skipped along the walkways with the younger children.

Senior Choir President Sierra Segal explained: “A lot of kids are really scared in group settings, especially if they’re shy. We have elves that get down on the kids level and talk to them, make them feel comfortable, and just keep everyone happy.”

Santa’s little helpers (from left) Kiran Boone (Twinkle), Genevieve Tep, William CastroRamirez (Sprinkles), Steve Gough (Santa), Jill Albertson (Gumdrop), Elsa Carreras (Elfsa), and Patrick Martin (Jingle).

Segal said, “Choir put together these mailing packets to all the elementary and middle schools in the area. We publicized it a lot on our social media accounts.”

With the children in mind, choir passed out coloring pages that doubled as an opportunity to win a stuffed animal. Segal said, “We like to get the kids involved and keep them occupied.”

The Holiday Sing-Along wouldn’t have been complete, however, without a visit from Santa Claus (portrayed by Steve Gough) and the Sugar Plum Fairy (portrayed by Carlmont student, Celeste Hsu).

Celeste Hsu dances the part of the Sugar Plum Fairy.

The holiday event attracted not only young children from the community but also Carlmont staff.

Instructional Vice Principal Jennifer Cho and Administrative Vice Principal Grant Steunenberg attended the family-focused event.

He said the event was “a good way to get in the holiday spirit.”