Tiempo Libre’s founder, Jorge Gómez, says his band is revved up for their upcoming Dec. 18 concert at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The three-time Grammy nominated group will have lots of fun playing what they term Christmas-themed music with a Cuban twist.

Seven musicians who had studied together at Cuba’s famed National Arts School, La ENA, formed Tiempo Libre 14 years ago. “We studied together in Cuba and then everybody left Cuba for different countries,” Gómez explained during an interview. “For example, the sax player, he used to live in Italy for 10 years. The conga player was in Argentina. And just like crazy, we were all here in Miami, so we started a band.” The musicians would get together and jam during their free time—their tiempo libre. These jam sessions helped them to further cement their musical relationship.

As a group, they began specializing in music that they say is a mix of many different Afro-Cuban rhythms—primarily guaguancó, salsa, bolero, cha-cha-cha and conga rhythms. And Gómez adds that they offer songs that are also augmented with musical influences from Spain and Italy.

For their concert at the Met, Tiempo Libre will play music from their latest album, “Panamericano,” and focus on holiday songs such as “Jingle Bells,” “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town,” “Let It Snow,” “Feliz Navidad,” and “Auld Lang Syne.” “The story that we want to tell at this concert is about Christmas songs, but we’re playing them with Cuban rhythms,” said Gómez.

“This music is very contagious,” he continued. “For some reason, everybody loves to dance salsa and guaguancó, and all the rhythms that are from the Caribbean also. It’s like when you have a concert from a Brazilian musician, you know that you are going to go just to dance samba. So, if you see a Cuban group, you know you are going to be dancing salsa!”

The concert at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (1000 Fifth Ave. at 82nd Street, Manhattan) is oriented towards having families bring their children to enjoy the music. “Bring the Kids for $1” tickets are available for up to three kids (aged 7 to 16) for adults purchasing one full-price $65 ticket. “We have played here before,” Gómez said. “Normally, it is like a hall: everybody is sitting. But when you hear the music, people stand up and start dancing. I don’t know if they’re allowed to do that, but it just happens. I’m sure it will happen again!”