There’s no better way to get in tune with the holidays than to take your mini maestros to see spirited singers in action. If this strikes the right chord with your fam’s vibe, head out to see one of these shows, featuring everything from children’s choirs to professional symphonies to fun-filled sing-alongs you can’t help but join. Read on for the scoop on 13 holiday concerts that will have you fa-la-la-ing all the way home!
photo: Pike Market Senior Center & Food Bank Facebook page
The Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition
Without a doubt, one of our most treasured holiday traditions (now celebrating its 31st 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. 1, 2017 from 6 p.m.-8 p.m.
Cost: Free (donations are welcome)
photo: Ben VanHouten for Northwest Boychoir
A Festival of Lessons & Carols
Another great local tradition now in its 39th 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.
Trinity Lutheran Church, Dec. 9, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Emmanual Esiscopal Church, Dec. 10, 2017 at 7 p.m.
St. Mark’s Cathedral, Dec. 16, 19 & 20, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Holy Rosary Church, Dec. 17, 2017 at 7 p.m.
St. Alphonsus Church, Dec. 21, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Benaroya Hall with the Seattle Symphony, Dec. 22, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $23-$81 for Benaroya Hall performance; $16-$35 for all others
photo: Seattle Symphony Facebook page
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 92 will love hearing their favorite holiday jingles sung by the University of Washington Chorale, talented singers, Darius de Haas and Rachel York, 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. 8 & 9 at 8 p.m.; Dec. 10, 2017 at 2 p.m.
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.
Where: Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle, Wa 98101
Dates: Dec. 8 at 10:30 a.m.; Dec. 9, 2017 at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m.
photo: Spectrum Choral Academy Facebook page
Christmas Mystical and Magical
Enjoy a two-hour musical journey that explores holiday classics from the traditional to popular faves when you head south to experience the Spectrum Choral Academy’s 6th annual holiday performance. The show features singers ages 5-23, all decked in their show choir best. And it concludes with a candlelight “Silent Night” sing-along you won’t want to miss.
Where: University of Puget Sound, Kilworth Chapel, 1500 N. Warner St., Tacoma, Wa 98416
Date: Dec. 9, 2017 at 3 p.m.
photo: Columbia Choirs of Metropolian Seattle Facebook page
Yule Fest 2017
Treat your family to a magical concert with the international award-winning Columbia Children’s Choir as they sing carols that’ll put you in the middle of the season. Each of the featured choirs will be participating in this Eastside event you won’t want to miss.
Where: Redmond High School, 17272 N.E. 104th St., Redmond, Wa 98052
Date: Dec 9, 2017 at 1 p.m.
Cost: $20/Reserved seating; $15/Adults; $10/Kids and Seniors
photo: Seattle Girls Choir Facebook page
Make the Season Bright
Get ready to celebrate the season with the 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 sing-alongs and fun for the whole family, while all the proceeds go to support Treehouse, a nonprofit organization that helps local foster kids.
Where: First Methodist Church of Seattle, 180 Denny Way, Seattle, Wa 98109
Date: Dec. 9, 2017 at 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $20/person; $10/Students and Military
photo: Tacoma Youth Chorus Facebook page
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. 3, 2017 at 2:30 p.m.
photo: Prayitno via Flickr
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 through 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 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. 24-Dec. 23, 2017. See schedule for times.
Cost: Free to watch from the shore or book a cruise with Argosy and set sail with the chorus
photo: Pacific Place Facebook page
Pacific Place: Listen Up!
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 whenever you wander through from Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve. Check the full schedule online before you go. Psst! You’ll want to be sure to catch those nightly snowfalls in the Atrium during the evening concert performances.
Where: 1st Level Atrium, Pacific Place, 600 Pine St., Seattle, Wa 98101
Dates: Nov. 24, noon-2 p.m. & 5 p.m.-7 p.m.; Nov. 25-Dec. 24, Fri. 5 p.m.-7 p.m., Sat., noon-2 p.m. & 5 p.m.-7 p.m.; Sun., noon-2 p.m.; Dec. 18-21, 5 p.m.-7 p.m. See schedule for details.
photo: Bellevue Girlchoir Facebook page
Gifts We Bring
Eastside families won’t want to miss out on this shining performance by the Bellevue Youth Choirs as they sing traditional and modern holiday songs about the different gifts we all bring. 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: Issaquah High School, 700 2nd. Ave. S.E., Issaquah, Wa 98027
Date: Dec. 2, 3 & 7, 2017 at 3 p.m. & 7 p.m.
photo: Seattle Pro Musica Facebook page
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 participate in a sing-along with the audience.
Where: University Unitarian Church, 6556 35th Ave. N.E., Seattle, Wa 98115
Date: Dec. 10, 2017 at 3 p.m.
Everyone Dancing Merrily
Warm up your winter with the Northwest Girl Choir as they sing heart-warming holiday tunes in this one-time, family-friendly performance at Seattle First Presbyterian Church. Expect to join in with over 250 choristers for sing-alongs as they chant familiar tunes and songs from across the globe.
Where: Seattle First Presbyterian Church, 1013 8th Ave., Seattle, Wa 98104
Date: Dec. 10, 2017 at 3 p.m.
Does your family have a favorite holiday concert? Tell us which one in the comments below.
—Allison Sutcliffe & Rachael Brandon