Forecasts of snow flurries aren’t the only sign that the holiday season is quickly approaching. On Tuesday, music lovers will line up for their chance to attend this year’s Jingle Jam concerts. 

         Tickets for the Dec. 14 shows at the Tally Ho Theater go on sale at 5 a.m. at the Ida Lee Park Recreation Center in Leesburg. Over the past decade, the early-morning gathering has become a festive holiday tradition of its own.

         The event features two shows, at 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., by the all-star Jingle Jam Band, this year featuring Todd Wright, Jon Carroll, Gary Smallwood, Michael Sheppard, Mark Williams, Cal Everett, Tobias Smith, Kim Pittinger, Prescott Engle, and Stilson Greene. There also is a kids-oriented Junior Jam at 11:30 a.m.

         Tickets are offered by in-person sale only, with a five-ticket limit per person. Despite the early hour of sales and the limit, the shows sell out quickly each year. Matinee and evening tickets are $30; Junior Jam tickets are $10.
         Proceeds from the shows benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Last year, the event raised a record $20,442. This year, organizers expect to top $200,000 in total donations to the JDRF over the 11 years of the event.

         “We feel blessed that the community has embraced this event and what better way to celebrate the Season of Giving than with a Concert of Giving,” said Greene, who organizes the event while also delighting audiences with his performances of Elvis Christmas classics during the shows. “We could not do this without the partnership with The Town’s Parks and Rec Department, the volunteers, the sponsors and the artists. It is a big commitment of time and resources.”

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