Not-So-Silent-Night: Holiday Concerts That Deliver Christmas Cheer

There’s nothing like a little singing to get you in the holiday spirit and this year, we’ve pulled together a list of some fun, family-friendly holiday concerts to add to your must-see list. From traditional to silly, both you and your little ones will love singing along!

Jingle Jangle Joy by KidSounds, YouthSounds and TeenSounds
South Seattle families will appreciate this holiday concert on their end of town – this family-friendly concert combines traditional Christmas carols with modern tunes as well as favorites from past performances. There will even be a special guest appearance by SilverSounds Northwest, NWAA’s newest group of retired folks who believe “You’re never too old to rock ‘n roll.” This is a great option for first-time concert-goers because you get more than just music at this performance – the colorful costumes alone are sure to keep the attention of your kids! Fri., Dec. 7  at 7:00 pm. $10-15 for adults, free for children ages 17 and under with a paid adult ticket.

Highline Performing Arts Center
401 South 152nd Street
Burien, Wa
Online: nwassociatedarts.org

Cantare Vocal Ensemble
For families who are all about the traditional tunes when it comes to holiday concerts, you’ll love seeing the Cantare Vocal Ensemble sing the classics in not one, but three gorgeous cathedrals. Friday’s concert, beginning at 7:30 p.m., will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lynnwood; Saturday’s event will be in West Seattle at Holy Rosary Church, also beginning at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday’s concert will begin at 2:00 p.m. in the Wallingford District at St. Benedict Church. The ensemble consists of 40-50 singers and although they are a traditional choral group, they are far from stuffy! Fri. & Sat., Dec. 7 & 8 at 7:30 pm and Sun., Dec. 9 at 2:00 pm. $18-$20 for adults, free for children ages 12 and under.

Trinity Lutheran Church
6215 196th Street Southwest
Lynnwood, Wa

Holy Rosary Church
4139 42nd Ave SW
Seattle, Wa

St. Benedict Church
4811 Wallingford Avenue N
Seattle, Wa

Online: cantarevocalensemble.org

Seattle Symphony Holiday Pops
This popular, family-friendly program features traditional Christmas carols, including Joy to the World, Carol of the Bells andWhite Christmas, plus other familiar holiday tunes and an audience sing-along. Dec. 6 at 7:30 pm, Dec 7. at 8:00 pm, Dec 8. at 2:00 pm & 8:00 pm, Dec. 9 at 2:00 pm. $34 and up. 

Benaroya Hall
200 University Street
Seattle, Wa
Online: seattlesymphony.org

The Great Figgy Pudding Street Corner Caroling Competition
Looking for a more non-traditional way to catch a holiday concert with your kids this year? Head downtown to Westlake Center on December 7 to watch various street caroling groups battle it out in a head-to-head – or should we say, antler-to-antler – caroling competition! More than 40 caroling teams will begin singing downtown at 5:00 pm, with the finalists competing on stage later that evening in Westlake Center. Fri., Dec. 7 from 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm. Free. Donations for charity welcomed.

Around Westlake Center
Downtown Seattle, Wa
Online: pikemarketseniorcenter.org/figgy-pudding

Seattle Men’s Chorus
If you’ve lived in Seattle for more than one holiday season and haven’t taken your family to the Seattle Men’s Chorus show, you must book tickets for this year – this holiday concert is a Seattle staple and is full of fun, tradition, and of course, music that will give you chills. Most of the performances are in the evening, so plan on taking long afternoon naps – trust us, your little ones will stay awake for this show! Show runs throughout December; best time for children is Sat., Dec. 1 & 22 at 2:00 pm. $27 and up.

Benaroya Hall
200 University Street
Seattle, Wa
Online: flyinghouse.org

Renton Youth Symphony Orchestra
This winter concert by the Renton Youth Symphony Orchestra will feature tons of great holiday tunes perfect for the whole family. Tickets are available at the Renton Community Center or at the door. Sun., Dec. 16, 3:00 pm. Tickets: Adults, $10 / Students and Seniors, $7.

Carco Theatre 
1717 Southeast Maple Valley Highway 
Renton, Wa

Tell us your favorite holiday concert in Seattle! Do you have any tips for taking little music lovers to concerts?

— Katie Kavulla