A Very Flashy Christmas

Blog Post #242

I LOVE flash mobs! You may remember saying this before (here and here), so it will come as no surprise that I was watching Christmas flash mobs on YouTube tonight.

Flash mobs can happen in any public area, but the favourite spots seem to be shopping malls, train stations and airports — anywhere large crowds gather.

I would love it if I came upon a huge group of singers and dancers performing for a crowd at my local shopping centre — wouldn’t you? And you can bet, if I could play and instrument, or sing, or dance, I would BE in flash mob — especially a Christmas one!!


Below is a collection of videos of Christmas flash mobs from around the world — on city buses, grocery stores, public squares and more. Enjoy!

Oh, and if you are planning a flash mob for Christmas or anytime — call me, I’m in! I’ll even learn to play the tambourine — that seems easy.


This flash mob was part of “1,000 Random Acts of Culture” and organized by the Opera Company of Philadelphia. Over 650 choristers participated in this event that enchanted throngs of shoppers with a performance of the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah. The music was played on the world’s largest pipe organ, the Wanamaker Organ, and took place at Macy’s department store in Center City, Philadelphia.


 West Jet Schedules a Flight to the North Pole

In 2012, West Jet decided to entertain the passengers of the sold-out red eye flight from Calgary to Toronto. With 9 hidden cameras and 105 West Jet volunteers, the 166 guests were delighted with the talents of the airline’s employees.


The Best Way to Bring Christmas Cheer…

The American Festival Chorus debuted this holiday flash mob on November 25, 2011. With over 150 singers, dancers and bell ringers, the choir brought Christmas joy to more than 1000 shoppers at Cache Valley Mall, in Logan, Utah.


 … Is Singing Loud So All Can Hear

150 students from St. Thomas Aquinas College staged a choral flash mob at Ventura’s Pacific View Shopping Mall. The students enjoyed the experience so much that is has since become a Christmas tradition.


 May the Force Be With You

The Television Broadcasting students at Algonquin College, with the help of the Ottawa Regional Youth Choir and Darth Vader, organized this flash mob to bring some Christmas cheer to Algonquin College students preparing for exams.


Festive Food Shop

Food shopping is one of those chores that no one really likes to do, especially during the busy holiday season. This flash mob was organized to wish shoppers a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year by bringing a little joy to their shopping experience.


 En Français

In November 2011, 60 musicians participate in this flash mob in the grand hall of la Gare du Nord, in Paris. This performance was part of the fourth edition of Orchestres en fête — a nationwide event organized by the French Association of Orchestras since 2008 to promote classical music.


 Auf Deutsch

On December 3rd, 2011, shoppers at the Weinheim Galerie in Weinheim, Germany were entertained by 80 singers from five choirs, performing Handel’s Hallelujah in this surprise flash mob.


 Rudolph on the Subway?

Who wouldn’t want a little sing-along while commuting on a subway? Riders on this subway in December 2012, were delighted with this flash mob singing Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

Wishing you all the joy of the season!


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