NORTH NEWTON – Christmas with a Caribbean flavor comes to Bethel College when the two steel drum bands present their first-ever seasonal concert.

The student band and the faculty-staff-community band will both play at 7 p.m. on Dec. 3 in Memorial Hall. The concert is free and open to the public, with a freewill offering taken.

Steel Paradise is the for-fun band made up of Bethel staff and faculty members and a few community friends. Band leader Brad Shores started the group last year.

Steel Paradise will play “Jolly Old St. Nick,” “The Steel Drummer Boy” (based on “The Little Drummer Boy” by Davis, Onorati and Simeone), “Guantanamera,” “Jingle Bells,” and two pieces by Shores, “Urban Spice” and “Blue Samba.”

The Bethel College Steel Drum Band will play a selection from the following: “Jingle Bell Rock” (Bobby Helms version), “Do You Hear What I Hear?” (Josh Wilson version), “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” by Meredith Wilson, “The Lord Bless You and Keep You” by Peter Lutkin, and “Carol of the Funk” (based on “Carol of the Bells”), arranged by Shores.