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Boston Gay Men’s Chorus show to benefit kids, Globe Santa

The Church on the Hill Choir presented Globe Santa with a $500 check at an event on the Rose Kennedy Greenway Thursday.

Cecille Joan Avila for The Boston Globe

The Church on the Hill Choir presented Globe Santa with a $500 check at an event on the Rose Kennedy Greenway Thursday.

Alongside such favorite Christmas productions as “The Nutcracker” and “Black Nativity,” a local chorus is introducing a new holiday show that it hopes will become an annual tradition.

“Haul Out the Holly — Kid-Sized Show,” is the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus’s first-ever concert just for children. Set for 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, at the New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, this performance will benefit Globe Santa and will include a greeting from Santa Claus himself.

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The performance, organized in cooperation with the Family Equality Council, is intended to be wholesome entertainment for families of all kinds, but also offers an opportunity for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender parents to come together with their families.

Craig Coogan, the chorus’s executive director, said the children’s concert was a natural outgrowth of the changes gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people have seen over recent decades.

University of Massachusetts president Robert L. Caret with Globe Santa at an event at the Rose Kennedy Greenway.

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University of Massachusetts president Robert L. Caret with Globe Santa at an event at the Rose Kennedy Greenway.

“Thirty years ago, the community just needed to come together and have a safe place,” Coogan said. “Then the scourge of AIDS happened, and the community just needed to take care of each other. Then the marriage equality thing happened, and we really became more family focused. . . . We thought this is the time to put a show together that specifically helps families.”

The 1 p.m. show for children and families will precede the chorus’s regular performance of “Haul Out the Holly” for adults, which will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday and be followed by additional performances on Dec. 20 through Dec. 22.

Coogan said the children’s show had been a success at a recent preview performance at the annual Provincetown Holly Folly.

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“The audience, which included plenty of younger people, went crazy,” he said. “There were three standing ovations.”

The performance mostly consists of familiar holiday favorites, he said, but it also includes one reworked carol, “The Twelve Gays of Christmas,” which was a big hit in Provincetown.

“It is a high-energy dance number, and when we did it last weekend, the audience just roared and jumped up on their feet for about 2½ minutes,” Coogan said.

Coogan said all the chorus’s performances are family friendly, but most are too long for young children. To create a show that would be more fun for the chorus’s youngest fans, Reuben M. Reynolds III, its longtime music director, set a one-hour length and added sing-alongs.

Globe Santa representatives will accept donations at the concert, and 100 percent of all contributions will support the purchase and delivery of the gifts. For more information, visit www.bgmc.org.

Correction: A version of this story in our print edition misstated the name of the operator of Jordan Hall as England Conservatory.

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