Family-friendly Jingle Ball packed with youngsters

December 17, 2013 5:12 AM

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The 21-year-old pop sensation closed out the second annual holiday gig, which is hosted by local radio station Hot 99.5 — whose parent company, Clear Channel, transformed this year’s pop revue into a 12-date national tour. It’s a smart format for most of the acts invited. Sing a handful of songs and leave ’em screaming for more (or vanish before they yawn).

As ever, pop music provides children a glimpse into the adulthood they’re barreling toward, and Monday’s lineup offered a few paths to chose from.

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