Shopping, eating, parties and socials. The holiday season is one of the most hectic times of the year. It’s always good to find some time to just get away and enjoy some time with family and friends.

Gay and lesbian choruses across the Carolinas are gearing up for their holiday concerts. Perhaps its time to take an evening and relax while listening to the sounds of the season.

One Voice Chorus
Celebrate the holidays Dec. 5-6 with music that moves, amuses and inspires. One Voice Chorus, under the new direction of Artistic Director Gerald Gurss, presents “Depth of Winter.” Wine, beer and refreshments offered before the show, during intermission and afterwards. Unitarian Universalist Church of Charlotte, 234 N. Sharon Amity Rd. 7 p.m. $20.

Triad Pride Men’s Chorus
Join TPMC for their 10th Anniversary Holiday Concert, “Our Favorites and Yours,” Dec. 6 at the Greensboro Day School (5401 Lawndale Dr. 8 p.m.) and Dec. 13 at Winston-Salem’s University of North Carolina School of the Arts Watson Chamber Music Hall (1533 S. Main St. 8 p.m.). $15 advance/$18 at the door.

Triangle Gay Men’s Chorus
Celebrate the holiday season with Triangle Gay Men’s Chorus as they present “Instrument of Peace,” a blend of seasonal favorites, plus unique selections sure to help you find the Peace in this special time of year. The first show is on Dec. 7 at Chapel Hill’s University United Methodist Church (150 East Franklin St. 3 p.m.). The second show’s at Raleigh’s Fellowship Hall (3313 Wade Ave. 8 p.m.) $12 in advance/$15 at the door.

Gay Men’s Chorus of Charlotte
Come out and have fun with the Gay Men’s Chorus of Charlotte. It’s everything you like best about this time of year — your favorite holiday songs and a healthy dose of frivolity. St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, 1510 E. 7th St. 8:04 p.m. $10 advance/$12 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at White Rabbit, Paper Skyscraper and

Jingle Bells image courtesy of dgroth, via Flickr.