A spectacular family holiday concert – Carols by Candlelight

will take place Dec. 9 & 10 at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. Now in its 33rd year, proceeds from these two holiday concerts will go to Rady Children’s Hospital.

The two-nights of concerts will feature country music stars singing their hits and favorite holiday songs. This year’s headliner is Mark Wills, making his second Carols by Candlelight appearance. Wills, a member of the Grand Ole Opry, has eight Top 10 Country Singles, three Top 10 Country Albums and has been named Academy of Country Music’s Top New Male Vocalist.

Richie Furay, a legend in the country-rock world – he was a founding member of Buffalo Springfield, Poco, and The Souther, Hillman, Furay Band. Furay is also in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and is making his Carols by Candlelight debut.

Other headliners, and Carols by Candlelight veteran performers, include Anna Vaus, and Steve Vaus (2010 Grammy winner). Anna Vaus was recently named one of CMT’s “Next Women of Country,” recently toured with Willie Nelson, Girl Named Tom, and others; she also received the Miranda Lambert Award and ASCAP Award.

Also appearing in this year’s line-up is Back to the Garden, a Woodstock tribute band, recreating the music of the era, featuring the music of the Byrds, the Doors, Crosby Stills Nash and Young, Joni Mitchell, Mamas and the Papas, Carole King, the Eagles, and more.

Following the on-stage performances, to close the evening, the audience and stars meet in the courtyard and sing “Silent Night” by candlelight. In addition to the live entertainment, the benefit also features a live auction offering autographed guitars and other items, as well as silent auction items and raffle prizes, donated by sponsoring organizations. To learn ways to get involved or become a donor, visit http://www.carolsbycandlelight.com/our-donors/.

The California Center for the Arts is located at 340 N. Escondido Blvd in Escondido (92025).

For more information, and to buy tickets, visit www.CarolsByCandlelight.com.