Celebrate the season with the best holiday music Boston has to offer. Holiday concerts around the city feature everything from rock, to country, to pop and classical – so you’re sure to find something to satisfy the whole family. Start practicing as most of these shows invite the audience to sing right along with the performers.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra: “The Christmas Attic”
TD Banknorth Garden
100 Legends Way
Boston, MA 02114
Date: Dec. 20, 2014
The annual Trans-Siberian Orchestra show during the holiday season is one of Boston’s favorite traditions. This year, the orchestra is touring its rock show, “The Christmas Attic,” nationwide for the first time. The show will feature one of the orchestra’s most popular hits, “Christmas Cannon,” which hasn’t been performed at shows in previous years. Those who are new to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra experience will love this progressive rock event that features modern takes on classical songs and has been a holiday tradition since the band’s founding in 1996.
206 Clarendon St.
Boston, MA 02116
Date: Dec. 13-14, 2014
Enjoy a true classic tradition in downtown Boston with the annual Candlelight Carols at Trinity Church. The church’s choir will lead the congregation and guests in singing songs that tell the Christmas story. This evening combined church service and concert is so popular that this year it will happen on two evenings: December 13 and December 14. However, we recommend getting there early to reserve a spot.
301 Massachusetts Ave.
Boston, MA 02115
Date: Multiple dates and times throughout the month of December
Another seasonal favorite is the Holiday Pops show by the beloved Boston Pops. Keith Lockhart’s Pops will perform all of the holiday classics and invite the audience to sing along. This concert is perfect for the whole family, though infants and toddlers under the age of four are not permitted in the Boston Symphony Hall for evening performances. Luckily for young families, there are many matinee options throughout December.
Boston Tuba Christmas
Faneuil Hall Marketplace
1 Faneuil Hall Square
Boston, MA 02109
Date: Nov. 29, 2014
Wallet a little light from Christmas shopping for friends, family and co-workers? No worries as Boston Tuba Christmas is a free concert that is fun for the whole family. The informal outdoor show invites tuba and horn players from all over New England to play low, brassy versions of all of the classic holiday songs. It is safe to say that if you’ve never heard an all-tuba band, you are in for a fun un-matchable treat. Know an enthusiastic tuba player? There are still a couple of days left to register to play in the show.
Haul Out the Holly
New England Conservatory
30 Gainsborough St.
Boston, MA 02115
Date: Dec. 15 and 20-22, 2014
The Boston Gay Men’s Chorus is truly one of the city’s lesser-known treasures. Each holiday season, the chorus sings Christmas classics to sold-out audiences. They even have a fun show on December 15, 2014 just for kids! Get a sneak peak of the show by watching last year’s YouTube videos.
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