Nightlife & Music

Best Holiday Concerts in Seattle

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Ready to enjoy a musical concert, caroling adventure or toe tapping family musical event? Puget Sound is filled with the joyful tones of the holidays. Find one you’d like to attend. Here are some of our favorites.

Seattle Men’s Chorus: Baby, it’s Cold Outside
Friday, November 30 – Saturday, December 22
Benaroya Hall
200 University Street
Seattle, WA 98101
206.215.4747
http://www.flyinghouse.org

With their unique blend of song, dance, and campy comedy, Seattle Men’s Chorus (SMC), heats things up when they take to the stage for their annual holiday concert. Adding some sizzle to traditional holiday tunes with the use of Benaroya Hall’s star-feature, the Watjen concert organ, SMC takes you on an exotic journey with festive songs from south of the border, Hawaii, and other tropical locales. So forget the chill and swaddle yourself in the feel good warmth of SMC this season! Plus, Ana Gasteyer will join Seattle Men’s Chorus as their very special guest artist during opening weekend performances (Friday, November 30 and Saturday, December 1 only). Ana, formerly with SNL, is currently playing the role of Sheila Shay, the wacky neighbor on Suburgatory. Tickets start at $40.00. Tickets and details online.

Magical Strings Annual Celtic Yuletide Concert
Sunday, December 2
3:00pm
Kent-Meridian Performing Arts Center
10020 SE 256th St.
Kent, WA 98030
253.856.5050
http://www.kentarts.com

The Boulding Family’s musical celebration of the holiday season is a treasured tradition in Kent! Once again, Pam and Philip Boulding are joined by their children, grandchildren and special guests for an afternoon of enchanting Yuletide music. The Bouldings perform on Celtic harps, hammered dulcimers, whistles, strings, percussion and harp-like instruments from around the world. Guests add Irish step dancing, drumming and storytelling for a festive and memorable performance. Tickets start at $16. Call for more information.
Black Nativity
Thursday, December 6 – Sunday, December 23
The Moore Theatre
1932 Second Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
206.682.1414
http://www.stgpresents.org

A Seattle holiday tradition continues in its third year at the historic Moore Theatre. This year’s gospel song play by noted American poet and novelist Langston Hughes features special guest! Gospel and R & B star BeBe Winans will join in the performances on Friday, December 21 through Sunday, December 23. Every performance features the powerful voices of Pastor Patrinell Wright and the Black Nativity choir, backed by a soulful live band, and choreographed dancing from award-winning Jamel Gaines of Brooklyn, NY. Tickets are $22.50. Available online.

Santa’s First Magical Ride: The Musical
Friday, December 7 – Sunday, December 23
Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
4408 Delridge Way SW
Seattle, WA 98106
800.838.3006

Based on a children’s book published last year by a local Seattle poet/author, Paul Carr, the musical tells the story of where Santa came from, as a baby, and how he was raised by the North Pole Elves. In the telling of this magical new story, we finally learn the answers to “How DO the reindeer fly? How do you get all those toys in your sack? And How do you get around the world in just one night??” These are the questions we all wanted to know as kids, but no one could tell us any good answers. These questions are answered in this great new musical with Bluegrass flavored music. It’s guaranteed to have you toe-tappin’ with the Elves in no time. All tickets are $15.00. Ticket sales are being handled online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com.

SMooCH (Seattle Musicians for Children’s Hospital)
Friday, December 7
7:00pm
Triple Door
216 Union Street
Seattle, WA 98101
206.838.4333
http://www.thetripledoor.net

A diverse lineup of local rock acts will bring their combined talents to the Triple Door for the first annual SMooCH (Seattle Musicians for Children’s Hospital) Show. Brad (Stone Gossard, Shawn Smith), Chris Friel Orchestra with special guests Pete Droge and Carrie Akre, Stag, The Young Evils, The Sangster Family Band and Rachel Flotard will all donate performances to raise funds for Seattle Children’s at an evening concert and auction. Reserved tickets are $150 and $100 for general admission/standing room; admission includes complimentary beer, wine and appetizers. The evening also features raise the paddle and a silent auction for items, including signed prints by renowned music photographers Lance Mercer and Sam Jones. 100% of event proceeds benefit Seattle Children’s Hospital. Purchase tickets online.

Green Lake Pathway of Lights
Saturday, December 8
5:00pm – 8:00pm
7201 E Green Lake Dr. N
Seattle, WA 98115
http://www.facebook.com/GreenLakePathwayofLights

Now in its 36th year, Green Lake Pathway of Lights is a FREE family event that includes four music stages around the 2.8 mile lake, with holiday performances by music groups of 20 or less. The 2.8 miles of the interior of the lake are lit by over 2500 candles! You are encouraged to light up the night yourself, with glow sticks and other items. Enjoy strolling and caroling along with acoustic musicians and choirs! Fun for the whole family.

Light The Candles: A Hanukkah Celebration for All
Wednesday, December 12
Temple B’nai Torah
15727 Northeast 4th Street
Bellevue, WA 98008
http://www.seattlejewishchorale.org

To open its 5th season, the Seattle Jewish Chorale is pleased to invite the entire community to an interactive, family-friendly concert, Light the Candles: A Hanukkah Celebration for All! For Jews and non-Jews alike, this is a wonderful opportunity to learn about and enjoy the Hanukkah holiday! Come hear and sing songs of the season in Hebrew, English, Yiddish and Ladino. Tickets start at $6.00. Available online.

Moscow Boys Choir
Tuesday December 18
7:30pm
Edmonds Center for the Arts
410 Fourth Avenue N
Edmonds, WA 98020
425.275.9595
http://www.edmondscenterforthearts.org

The Moscow Boys Choir celebrates Christmas around the world, as they sing your holiday favorites in their harmonious blending of soprano voices with rich resonant, bass, tenor and baritone. Founded in 1957, this choral ensemble is among Russia’s most prestigious all-boy choirs. Tickets start at $15. Available online.

Regional Honor Choir Youth Holiday Concert: The Heavens are Singing
Saturday, December 15
3:00pm
First Evangelical Presbyterian Church
19800 108th Ave. SE
Kent, WA 98055
http://www.RainierYouthChoirs.org

Area music teachers were invited to nominate their high school’s top singers to participate in Rainier Youth Choirs’ first annual holiday community honor choir offering. To share in the Spirit of Giving, RYC is holding a Food Drive for the Kent Food Bank in conjunction with the concert. Attendees get a drawing ticket for each non-perishable item they donate. The more people bring for the food bank, the better their chances to win prize baskets. Bring the whole family to enjoy the concert and a “cookie mingle” that follows. Tickets start at $10. Available online.

The Irish Tenors Christmas Gala
Wednesday, December 19
7:30pm
Benaroya Hall
200 University Street
Seattle, WA 98101
206.215.4747
http://www.seattlesymphony.org

Enjoy the boisterous charm of THE IRISH TENORS (Finbar Wright, Anthony Kearns, Ronan Tynan) in their annual Christmas Gala performance with full orchestra at Benaroya Hall. Concert proceeds benefit the Ballard NW Senior Center and the Senior Center of West Seattle. Tickets range from $45 – $150. The $150 tickets include entry to an exclusive post-concert reception with The Irish Tenors. Tickets available online.

Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
December 28, 29 and 30
Seattle Symphony
Benaroya Hall
200 University Street
Seattle, WA 98101
206.215.4747
http://www.seattlesymphony.org

Talented tango dancers Eva Lucero and Patricio Touceda kick off this festive concert, accompanied by Piazzolla’s The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires. Then, sit back and revel in Beethoven’s uplifting final symphony with its famous “Ode to Joy” chorus. Tickets start at $28.00. Available online.

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