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A horn-ucopia of holiday cheer

Tubas and their friends will have, and give, a blast at the Kimmel Center.

TubaChristmas - the eighth annual - is a free concert Saturday afternoon.
TubaChristmas - the eighth annual - is a free concert Saturday afternoon.Read more

The Kimmel Center will host its eighth annual TubaChristmas on Saturday.

From noon to 1 p.m., this free community concert will feature 100 regional tuba, sousaphone and euphonium players performing carols on the Commonwealth Plaza stage. Tinsel, mistletoe and other seasonal ornaments will decorate local musicians' instruments as they play holiday classics such as "Silent Night," "Jingle Bells," and "O Come All Ye Faithful."

TubaChristmas was conceived in 1974 as a tribute to the late tuba player and teacher William J. Bell, who was born on Christmas 1902. Concerts are staged by tubaists worldwide.

Music for all ages

World Cafe Live presents KidRockers, an all-ages music concert, beginning at 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

Artists will perform original kid-friendly songs for children ages 3-13. Performers include Philly band Drink Up Buttercup. Hosts are comedians Seth Herzog, who has appeared on VH1, and Craig Baldo, who has appeared with Conan O'Brien.

KidRockers shows, featuring artists in indie music and comedy, are designed to bring families together to enjoy new music. Families can also take advantage of a discount on admission.

Victorian open house

Children and their caregivers are invited to celebrate the season Saturday at a Victorian Holiday Open House at Smith: The Kids' Play Place in the Park.

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., this free event for children ages 10 and younger will feature the Philadelphia Zoo on Wheels, characters from Enchantment Theatre Company's production of The Adventures of Harold and the Purple Crayon, magic by the Amazing Taddo, music by Catherine Selin of Makin' Music Rockin' Rhythms, seasonal crafts, and more.