We can either complain about the early onset of holiday festivities ... or just embrace the spirit behind them and enjoy the season.

It's too easy to complain, so let's try to make the most of it.

One holiday tradition that returns in a few weeks is the KISS 108-FM Jingle Ball, which takes place Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m., at TD Garden in Boston.

Yes, this is the same event that used to take place at the Tsongas Center in Lowell. But that was a long time ago. Time marches on, and so does popular music.

This year's lineup is a solid mix of proven acts like Shawn Mendes (though, to be fair, he's only 20), The Chainsmokers and Meghan Trainor (she's all of 24), alongside up-and-coming acts like Camila Cabello, G-Eazy and Khalid (not to be confused with DJ Khaled).

Shawn Mendes
Shawn Mendes
There are also a pair of lesser-known acts, Bazzi and Monsta X, who will likely be placed in buffer slots between some of those more well-known performers.

Interestingly, though perhaps fitting, given the radio-station demographic of teens and tweens, none of the performers has reached the age of 30.

This is also the second consecutive year Cabello has played Boston, having shared the bill last year with her former Fifth Harmony bandmates.

Cabello and Mendes, of course, had a major chart hit a few years back with "I Know What You Did Last Summer," which makes one wonder whether they'll perform that duet here in Boston. Cabello also hit big earlier this year with the song "Havana.


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Mendes' biggest hits include "Stitches," "Treat You Better" and "There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back," while The Chainsmokers hit it big with "#Selfie," "Roses," "Don't Let Me Down" and "Closer."

Trainor hails from Nantucket and her biggest hit is "All About That Bass."

The Jingle Ball format is simple, durable and reliable: You get a handful of acts, each performing their biggest hits in a shortened set, with cameos from KISS-108 DJs onstage and videos featuring other Jingle Ball acts around the country in goofy skits.

The Jingle Ball audience is also predictable: a lot of teenagers and pre-teens, mostly girls, with their parents escorting them to the show. You get a LOT of high-pitched screaming and a LOT of energy. But it is a LOT of fun.