The next night, December 16 at 8 p.m. acclaimed Irish singer Cathie Ryan and her award -winning band celebrate a traditional Irish American Christmas with The Winter’s Heart. The evening will feature Ryan’s heart-stirring vocals, virtuoso musicianship on fiddle, mandolin, guitar, harmony vocals, and percussion, championship Irish step dancing and more. From ethereal hymns to exuberant jigs and reels, The Winter’s Heart revels in the wealth of Irish Christmas traditions including leaving a candle in the window to light loved ones home, hunting for the wren on St Stephen’s Day, Nollaig na mBan (Women’s Christmas), and more. The rituals of the Winter Solstice, for centuries considered a sacred time in Ireland, will also be honored in this beautiful program. The Winter’s Heart: An Irish American Christmas is a holiday event that will kindle the warmth and joy of the season. Tickets are $20–$30.