In July, Darlene Love celebrated her 79th birthday by taking a 7-mile walk across the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge in New York. She has always approached her career like an athlete in training — she kickboxes four times a week at 5:30 a.m. — and for the past 21 years, Love’s peak season has been Christmastime.
Love has made roughly 80% of her annual touring income from her yearly Christmas trek alone, spreading holiday cheer with her 1963 classic “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home).” This year, the ongoing pandemic made her three-month outing impossible — but Love wasn’t going to miss it. Instead, she’s streaming directly into fans’ homes with her pretaped, pay-per-view Love for the Holidays show on Dec. 5; it will be available through Dec. 25. Around 50 venues, mainly nonprofit performing arts centers, will receive a portion of ticket sales.