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25 Seattle-area holiday music events for the whole family



There’s hardly a better way to ring in the holidays than with fantastic live music.

Photo: the great figgy pudding caroling competition/facebook

 

There’s hardly a better way to ring in the holidays than with fantastic live music. These kid-friendly concerts and live music performances highlight local, national and even international talent; many of them are also performances by kids, which is always a treat for little ones to see!

 

Holiday in Volunteer Park

Listen to live performances from choral groups as you wander through Volunteer Park to admire the luminaria decorating the park.

Thursday, Dec. 10; free

6 to 8 pm

1400 E Galer St, Seattle, Washington 98112

 

Tiny Tots: Holiday Hooray!

Seattle Symphony present a concert for kids up to 5 years old, featuring music, games, stories and songs.

Dec. 11, 10:30 am; Dec. 12, 9:30, 10:30 and 11:30 am; $12

Benaroya Hall, 200 University Street, Seattle, 98101

 

A Festival of Lessons & Carols

Northwest Boychoir performs its 37th annual Festival of Lessons & Carols, a series of nine holiday readings followed by a traditional carol performed by the choir and a final carol sung by the choir and audience. Ages Kids 5 and older are welcome, no babes in arms allowed.

Friday, Dec. 11, 7:30 – 8:45 pm; $16-28

More performance on Dec. 13, 18, 19, 20, 21, and 22

Plymouth Church, 1217 6th Ave, Seattle, 98101

 

Garfield Jazz Band

Garfield High School’s celebrated jazz band performs.

Saturday, Dec. 12; free

12:30 – 1:30pm

Seattle Center Armory, 305 Harrison St, Seattle, 98109

 

A Gift of Song: Seattle Girls' Choir holiday concert

This holiday performance features some winter classics as well as new songs by Seattle Girls’ Choir.

Saturday, Dec. 12;  $15-$20

1:30 pm

Town Hall Seattle, 8th and Seneca, Seattle, 98101

 

Peace on Earth concert

Head to St. Mark’s Cathedral for a holiday performance by Seattle Choral Company and get there a little early (7:30 pm) for a carol singalong.

8 pm

Dec. 11 and 12; $25, $5 students with ID, free ages 10 and below

1245 10th Ave E, Seattle, 98102

 

Ocheami, Kofi, and Amma

This performance of West African drumming and dance honors Kwanzaa.

Saturday, Dec. 12

11:30 am and 2:30 pm

Seattle Children’s Museum, 305 Harrison St, Seattle, 98109

 

Northwest Youth Harp Ensemble concert

12 harp students will perform at the Ballard library; the group’s youngest performer is only seven years old!

Saturday, Dec. 12; free

3 – 4 pm

Ballard library, 5614 22nd Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

 

Joy! Holiday Concert

Northwest Associated Arts’ seven ensembles bring almost 200 singers together to perform international holiday songs.

Saturday, Dec. 12; $20-25; free ages 17 and younger with adult entrance.

7 pm

401 S 152nd St, Burien, 98148

 

KlezKidz

KlezKidz is an all-ages group that performs global Jewish music, including Jewish folk songs, Chassidic rock, Israeli, Yiddish swing, and contemporary compositions by Jewish artists!

Sunday, Dec. 13

2 – 3 pm; free

Seattle Center Armory, 305 Harrison St, Seattle, 98109

 

Holiday Classics Concert

Watch the Kamiak High School Choir and Orchestra perform parts of Handel’s Messiah and other holiday songs.

Sunday, Dec. 13; $5-50

1 and 4 pm

2415 Colby Ave, Everett, 98201

 

Northwest Girlchoir: Somewhere in my Memory

This massive all-girls choir (250 members) will perform holiday carols, singalong songs, and original compositions; their songs will be interspersed with holiday “music memories” that audience members have shared with them.

Sunday, Dec. 13; $18, $8 senior, students and youth, free 5 and below

3 – 5 pm

4731 15th Ave NE, Seattle, 98105

 

XMAS Maximus

XMAS Maximus performs a selection of holiday classics – and some unusual gems.

Saturday, Dec. 19

12:30 – 1:30 pm; free

Seattle Center Armory, 305 Harrison St, Seattle, 98109

 

The Bobs

The Bobs are a vocals-only group, self-described as an “a capella humor and jazz quartet.”

Sunday, Dec. 20

12:30 – 1:30 pm; free

Seattle Center Armory, 305 Harrison St, Seattle, 98109

 

Joyas Mestizas

This folkloric Mexican dance troupe will perform in honor of Las Posadas.

2:30 pm

Seattle Children’s Museum, 305 Harrison St, Seattle, 98109

 

Bailadores de Bronce

Bailadores de Bronce will perform Mexican folkloric dances for Winterfest.

Saturday, Dec. 26

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm; free

Seattle Center Armory, 305 Harrison St, Seattle, 98109

 

Datina Folkloric Ensemble

Datina is a Romanian ensemble that will perform traditional dance and music.

Sunday, Dec. 27

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm; free

Seattle Center Armory, 305 Harrison St, Seattle, 98109

 

Student showcases at Seattle Center

As a part of Winterfest, Seattle Center hosts an ongoing series of student showcases from schools and local youth musical groups. Check out the full schedule of performances here.

Until Dec. 20; free

Seattle Center Armory, 305 Harrison St, Seattle, 98109

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