These holiday performances, programs and exhibitions are stepping up to the pandemic’s challenges to deliver traditions in less-than-traditional ways.

Art in the holiday season is built around traditions — Nutcrackers, Grinches, Messiah singalongs, carols or the storybooks and movies we turn to year after year. At the same time that it’s harder to make, share and experience the arts this year during COVID-19’s hold, the pandemic is also making it feel necessary to try celebrate and practice these arts traditions (plus some offbeat options) in whatever nontraditional ways we can.

Here are my picks for winter holiday arts productions, programs and exhibitions in the region. There’s plenty of “Bah, humbug” to go around.

Music: Choral

SACRA/PROFANA, Free Virtual Holiday Concert: The San Diego choral ensemble has been producing new pieces via video throughout the pandemic, like their clever socially distant rendition of “Cars” by Gary Numan, and a spooky original piece, “In Times of Hibernation” that debuted at Halloween. You can catch a few of their new works from the recent season, recordings from prior holiday concerts and some pieces from an upcoming holiday album. Saturday, Dec 12 at 7 p.m. Online. Free.

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