‘Tis the season of snowflakes and hot cocoa and area Night Owls are hooting about the official Night Owl Country Band’s musical kick off of the holiday season this weekend as the band, along with some special guests, return to the Pixy Theatre stage for their Annual Christmas Show at 7 p.m. Saturday in Edinburgh.

“When we perform at the Pixy we do something a little different,” says Matt Lee, lead singer of NOCB. “Like sometimes we would do the Palm Sunday, so it would be a gospel concert and we would bring along others who sing gospel. Same thing on this show, it is a country Christmas.”

And so, this year, the NOCB is bringing a couple of friends to help ring in the holiday.

The show, which will be Emceed by Ed Boston, will feature Hope’s singer/songwriter Avery Tallent and Bloomington singer/songwriter Breanna Faith.

Although this will be her second time performing with the NOCB, this show is Faith’s first time not only performing at the Pixy, but it will be her first exposure to new fans beyond Carmel’s Christkindlmarkt, which she has previously played during the holiday season.

The solo artist says she is truly excited to have the opportunity to perform a different type of show this year.

“It is just me and my guitar,” she says. “It will all be upbeat festive music and there are a couple classic songs, like ‘Oh Holy Night’ and ‘Do You Hear What I Hear.’ I also wrote my own original country song called, ‘Bring Me a Boyfriend for Christmas.’ It is fun and I am really excited to be performing that one this holiday season.”

The band says they plan to be decked out in their holiday regalia and are crafting a set list that will certainly bring the holiday cheer.

Lee says there will definitely be some Elvis Presley in the mix with “Blue Christmas,” which is one of his personal favorites, along with the band’s signature acapella version of “Silent Night” that fans always seem to love, Lee adds. The song offers Lee and guitarist Brett Denney the chance to do what the pair does best, harmonize.

As a nod to Denney, the forever Batman fan, Lee says the band will also perform the comedic “Jingle Bells Batman Smells” – “for Brett’s part of it,” Lee adds.

This show also marks the debut of the band’s new drummer, Casey Johnson, for this performance.

“He has taken some good strides with the band and has grown in the little time he has been with us,” Lee says. “I am excited for him to play this show.”

In case anyone is wondering, yes, Jolly Old Saint Nick will also be in the house Saturday.

Lee and the band say they hope to play to another full house, but above all the evening offers an opportunity to gather with friends and family after a tumultuous year. And, knowing the band, there are going to be a few surprises in store.

“You never know what is going to happen on stage, we just enjoy playing music and the people being there,” Lee says. “When you are playing a bar, people are there to have fun and listen a little bit. When you play a theater people are listening to the music and appreciating what you are doing.”

Faith says, like others, she too loves the holidays for many reasons, but there is something to be said for being surrounded by those we care about and love that makes this time of year all the more special.

“Getting to be with friends and family,” Faith says. “I feel so much more inspired and connected with the spirituality of Christmas when I put myself in the presence of Christ.”