It’s time to tune into the spirit of the season, and what better way than to dress up your little elves and head to a holiday musical performance. From traditional choral ensembles to shows packaged with singalongs and storytelling, this year’s lineup of spectacular holiday concerts will have your crew singing in merry measure ’til it’s time to ring in the new year.

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The Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition
Without a doubt, one of our most treasured holiday traditions (now celebrating its 30th year!) is the Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition at Westlake Park. Each year approximately 40 caroling teams take their places along the streets of downtown to sing their hearts out to raise money for the Pike Market Senior Center and Downtown Food Bank. Everyone will be getting figgy with it to their favorite holiday anthems, plus you’ll enjoy a bonus performance by the 5th Avenue Theatre. For the grand finale, top teams compete for prizes in a sing-off on the Figgy Main Stage.

Where: Westlake Park & Pine St.
Date: Dec. 2, 2016 from 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Cost: Free (donations are welcome)
Online: pikemarketseniorcenter.org/figgy-pudding

Westlake Center Tree Lightingphoto: Latifa S. via Yelp

A Festival of Lessons & Carols
Another great local tradition now in its 38th year, is the annual Festival of Lessons & Carols presented by the Northwest Boychoir and Vocalpoint! Seattle. Their classical holiday performance is patterned after the King’s College in Cambridge Christmas Eve celebration; a compilation of nine holiday readings, each followed by a gorgeous traditional carol. In eight evening concerts held all around town, the 90 member choir often draws sellout crowds. Psst! Be sure to make plans ahead of time to ensure seating is available.

Performance Schedule
Trinity Lutheran Church, Dec. 10, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Dec. 11, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. 
Holy Rosary Church
Dec. 16, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Saint Mark’s Cathedral, Dec. 17, 20 & 21, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
St. Alphonsus Church, Dec. 22, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Benaroya Hall with the Seattle Symphony, Dec. 23, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $21-$81 for Benaroya Hall performance; $11-$35 for all others
Online: nwchoirs.org

nwboychoir_credit_ben-vanhoutenphoto: Ben VanHouten

Seattle Symphony Holiday Pops
We can’t think of a better way to celebrate the season than with an ever-popular Seattle Symphony Holiday Pops concert. Kids from one to ninety-two will love hearing their favorite holiday jingles sung by the University of Washington Chorale, Broadway singers Nicole Parker and Hugh Panaro, plus more. Psst… we hear the big guy himself will be making a cameo appearance the Littles won’t want to miss out on.

Where: Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle, Wa 98101
Dates: Dec. 9 at 8 p.m.; Dec. 10 at 8 p.m. Dec. 11, 2016 at 2 p.m.
Cost: $36-$96
Online: seattlesymphony.org/holiday-pops

seattle-symphonyholiday-pops_credit_carlin_maphoto: Carlin Ma

Holiday Hooray!
This special holiday performance is part of the Tiny Tots Music Series at Benaroya Hall and is sure to be a hit with your mini music lover. A toddler sized program (just 35 minutes) introduces the youngest of concert-goers to songs from holiday classics like Babes in Toyland, The Nutcracker, and more, featuring vocals from Let Your Music Shine with Lisa and Linda. Specifically designed for the 0-5 year-old set, kids are encouraged to move and sing-along during this all interactive program.

Concert Bonus: Be sure to arrive early for the pre-concert activities happening in the lobby 30 minutes before the show.

Double Bonus: Your concert ticket also gets you into the Soundbridge for even more music exploration and activities.

Where: Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle, Wa 98101
Dates: Dec. 9 at 10:30 a.m.; Dec. 10, 2016 at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m.
Cost: $12
Online: seattlesymphony.org/holiday-hooray

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The Polar Express
Mark your calendar for this special, one-time performance of Rob Kapilow’s orchestration of The Polar Express presented by the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and Northwest Boychoir Apprentices. Designed specially for kiddos ages 6 to 11 as part of the KING FM Family Concert Series, the 40-minute show includes some frosty favorites along with a musical rendition of the classic tale that’ll have the whole family believing in the magic of the holidays. Psst! Be sure to arrive early to check out the crafts and instrument petting zoo they’ll have on hand for the kids.

Where: Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle, Wa 98101
Date: Dec. 3, 2016 at 11 a.m.
Cost: $15-$20
Online: seattlesymphony.org

seattlesymphony-credit-carlinmaphoto: Carlin Ma

Yule Fest 2016
Treat your family to a magical concert with the international award-winning Columbia Children’s Choir as they sing carols from around the world. Performed in the Great Hall of Seattle’s historic Town Hall, you’ll feel the festive spirit as you enjoy the show surrounded by vaulted ceilings, stained glass windows, and excellent acoustics.

Where: Town Hall, 1119 8th Ave., Seattle, Wa 98101
Date: Dec 3, 2016 at 1 p.m.
Cost: $20/Reserved seating; $15/Adults; $10/Kids and Seniors
Online: townhallseattle.org/event/columbia-choirs

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Menorah Mania
This year the Stroum Jewish Community Center is pulling out all of the stops for their annual Hanukkah celebration. When the whole family isn’t gettin’ down with Grammy Award winning klezmer band, The Klezmatics, there will be games and crafts on hand to keep kiddos entertained, plus hear the story of Hanukkah told by local music group Shul of Rock. When everybody is ready for a bite to eat, food trucks will be on hand with traditional dishes, pizza and donuts for purchase.

Where: Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 E. Mercer Way, Mercer Island, Wa 98040
Date: Dec. 17, 2016 from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Cost: Free with a donation of supplies to fill care kits for the homeless.
Online: sjcc.org/kids-adults-families/community-celebrations

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Make the Season Bright
Get ready to celebrate the season with Seattle Girls’ Choir. Join in for a magical holiday concert featuring the angelic voices of their top Prime Voci and Cantamus choirs as they sing all of your wintery favorites. There will be singalongs and fun for the whole family, while all the proceeds go to support Treehouse, a nonprofit that helps local foster kids.

Where: First Methodist Church of Seattle, 180 Denny Way, Seattle, Wa 98109
Date: Dec. 11, 2016 at 3 p.m.
Cost: $20
Online: seattlegirlschoir.org

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Sounds of the Season
South Sound families will love this annual holiday concert in their area of town, performed at Tacoma’s renowned Pantages Theater. Enjoy a Christmas sing-along plus familiar holiday tunes including ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas and Silent Night, performed by the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra combined with the concert, chamber and chorale ensembles of the Tacoma Youth Chorus.

Where: Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway #700, Tacoma, Wa 98402
Date: Dec. 4, 2016 at 2:30 p.m.
Cost: $19-$80
Online: tacomasymphony.org/concerts/sounds-of-the-season

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Argosy Cruises Christmas Ship Festival
Nothing says holidays in the Pacific Northwest like the sights and sounds of the Christmas Ship Festival. Each year, the Argosy cruise ship sets sail to beach parks and communities throughout the Puget Sound region, sharing their festive light display and enchanting holiday music on board. Local coral groups including The Dickens Carolers, Seattle Girls’ Choir, Emerald City Voices and many more give 20-minute performances for spectators who gather along the shores. This year, the festival will visit 65 different locations from the day after Thanksgiving thru December 23, offering plenty of opportunities to dodge the rain and make it to a serenade. So get those kiddos bundled up, grab some hot cocoa to go and cozy down by a bonfire to enjoy this wonderful holiday tradition.

Where: Shores of Lake Washington, Lake Union, Elliot Bay & Puget Sound Parks
Dates: Nov. 25-Dec. 23, 2016. See schedule for times.
Cost: Free to watch from the shore or book a cruise with Argosy and set sail with the chorus
Online: argosycruises.com/theme-cruises/christmas-ship-festival

snow-showers_pacific-placephoto: Pacific Place

Pacific Place: Sounds of the Season Performances
For families who would like to take their concert performance this season with a side or holiday shopping, and maybe a little snow flurry for dessert; look no further than Pacific Place to give you it all in one location, and for free! See traditional choral groups, jazz ensembles and world music performances in two-hour sets starting the Friday after Thanksgiving leading up through Christmas Eve. Psst! You’ll want to be sure to catch that nightly snowfall in the atrium during evening concert performances.

Where: 1st Level Atrium, Pacific Place, 600 Pine St., Seattle, Wa 98101
Dates: Nov. 25-27, Dec. 2-4, 9-11 & 16-24, 2016. Times vary. See schedule for details.
Cost: Free
Online: pacificplaceseattle.com/event

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Behold the Stars
Eastside families won’t want to miss out on this shining performance by Bellevue Youth Choirs as they sing traditional and original holiday songs about stars. Your sweet songsters will even get to belt out a few tunes as well, as they join in on a sing-along with choristers.

Where: Bellevue HS Performing Arts Center, 10416 S.E. Wolverine Way, Bellevue, Wa 98004
Date: Dec. 3, 2016 at 3 p.m. & 7 p.m.
Cost: $13-$18
Online: bellevueyouthchoirs.org

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Christmas with Seattle Pro Musica
Dress up your crew for this special one-hour concert that’s composed especially for young children and their families. Kids will feel merry and bright while they watch their peers from local schools perform traditional carols, holiday stories, and in a sing-along with the audience.

Where: University Unitarian Church, 6556 35th Ave. N.E., Seattle, Wa 98115
Date: Dec. 11, 2016 at 3 p.m.
Cost: $5-$25
Online: seattlepromusica.org/season

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Brightest Winter Stars
Warm up your winter with the Northwest Girl Choir as they sing heart-warming holiday tunes in this one-time, family-friendly performance at UW’s Meany Hall. Expect to join in with over 250 choristers for singalongs as they chant familiar tunes and songs from across the globe.

Where: Meant Hall, University of Washington, 15th Ave N.E. & N.E. 40th St., Seattle, Wa 98195
Date: Dec. 17, 2016 at 3 p.m.
Cost: $10-$23
Online: brightestwinterstars.bpt.me

Does your family have a favorite holiday concert? Tell us which one in the Comments below.

— Rachael Brandon