Singing in the Holidays

Seattle Men's Chorus

When it comes to holiday music, the Seattle area certainly doesn’t skimp! We’ve rounded-up many of these seasonal favorites to help you find exactly what you’re looking for, whether it’s something classical, kid-friendly, sacred, secular or just over-the-top joyful.

Cream of the Cream

Nov. 29 – Dec. 22
Seattle Men’s Chorus
Our Gay Apparel
With seven concerts at Seattle’s Benaroya Hall plus additional Everett and Tacoma concerts, SMC brings all the usual glitz, glamor, camp, holiday flair and just plain fun in their repertoire to the stage.
Benaroya Hall

Dec. 521
Total Experience Gospel Choir
Oh Holy Night – A Gospel Christmas
Pastor Patrinell Wright and the Total Experience Gospel Choir, core of the popular Black Nativity Christmas show, present a retelling of the Christmas story by the choir, dancers and actors.
Various locations in Seattle, Tacoma, Bellevue

Dec. 6 & 13
Seattle Pro Musica
Noël – French Christmas
These concerts include some remarkably beautiful pieces by Poulenc and Villette, as well as traditional French carols and evocative Medieval and Renaissance works.
First Baptist Church (Seattle, Dec. 6); Chapel at Bastyr University (Kenmore, Dec. 13)

Dec. 8
King’s Singers
One of the world’s great a cappella ensembles sings Christmas music from the 16th century to today, plus Catalan carols and traditional favorites.
Benaroya Hall 

Dec. 12 – 23
The Northwest Boychoir and Vocalpoint! Seattle
A Festival of Lessons & Carols
Patterned after the Christmas Eve observance at King’s College in Cambridge, England, this classical performance consists of nine holiday readings, each followed by a traditional carol performed by the choir and a traditional carol for audience and choir together.
Various Seattle locations

Dec. 1314
Choral Arts

Christmas with Choral Arts
This hour-long program of uninterrupted music, with interludes played by piano and guitar, is now a seasonal favorite.
Trinity Parish (Dec. 13); St. Joseph Parish (Dec. 14)

Dec. 17 & 19
Pacific MusicWorks
A Christmas Oratorio
Some of North America’s best period instrumentalists and vocal soloists give a festive performance of three of Bach’s six Christmas Oratorio Cantatas.
Emmanuel Episcopal Church (Dec. 17, Mercer Island); St. James Cathedral (Dec. 19)

Dec. 19 21
Seattle Symphony, Chorale and soloists

Handel’s Messiah
Don’t miss the exquisite choral writing and the exultant “Hallelujah” chorus in this much loved work, performed with stellar soloists.
Benaroya Hall

 

Family Fun

Nov. 28 Dec. 23
Christmas Ships
Various choirs perform around Lake Washington, Lake Union and the Sound.
Argosy Cruises

Dec. 12
Kids-, Youth- and Teen
-Sounds 
All is Bright
Three of Burien’s Youth Choruses together celebrate the spirit and traditions of the Christmas season in a lively musical experience, complete with bright costuming, sets and creative choreography.
Highline Performing Arts Center

 

Eastside

Dec. 6 & 14
Master Chorus Eastside
Christmas in the Northwest
Carols by some of the Northwest’s finest composers as well as much-loved traditional tunes.
Pine Lake Covenant Church, Sammamish

Columbia Choirs
Three Christmas concerts:

Dec. 6
Yule Fest
Town Hall Seattle

Dec. 13
Lessons and Carols
Bothell First Lutheran Church

Dec. 14
Noel
Lake Washington United Methodist Church, Kirkland

Dec. 13 14
Bellevue Chamber Chorus
Christmas in Europe
Take a holiday trip across the Atlantic with this diverse sample of European treasures for Christmas and the New Year.
St Luke’s Lutheran Church (Dec. 13), Grace Lutheran Church (Dec. 14)

Also: Total Experience Gospel Choir and Seattle Pro Musica.  See above.

 

St Mark’s and St James Cathedrals

Dec. 13
Opus 7 Vocal Ensemble
Shining Rose of Heaven
This concert of works for the Advent and Christmas season will focus on music and text by women composers and poets
St James Cathedral

Dec. 13 & 19
Seattle Choral Comp
any 
On Christmas Night: From Darkness into Light
Experience the deepest reaches of darkness at the winter solstice and the returning of light in our lives though a musical collage combining music and poetic narration. A singalong will precede the concert.
St Mark’s Cathedral

Dec. 20
The Medieval Women’s Choir
Fountain of Life
The Choir sings O Vivens fons and other compositions by St. Hildegard of Bingen, a newly commissioned work by Karen P. Thomas and the Christmas sequence Laetabundus.
St. James Cathedral

Dec. 21
Cathedral Children’s Choirs
Candlelight Carols and Cathedral Children
The sublime voices of the Cathedral’s children’s choirs present the traditional candle-lit service with choral motets and congregational carol singing, the perfect way to begin the celebration of Christmas.
St. James Cathedral

 

In Your Neighborhood

Dec. 5
Northwest Girlchoir
Winter Wonder
An evening of music inspired by the wonders of winter—fields blanketed in snow, sleigh rides, and warm woolen mittens, with charming repertoire from Latvia, Finland, and Norway, plus works by Elgar and Karen P. Thomas.
Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church

Dec. 6
Pacifica Choirs
Let It Snow!
Music for everyone, mostly secular along with sacred, Christmas, Hannukah and Hebrew music. Chamber singers presents a set of Spanish carols, along with some old favorites.
Maple Leaf Lutheran Church

Dec. 7 & 13
Northwest Chamber Chorus

A Child’s Christmas in Wales
David Pichette narrates Dylan Thomas’ classic story about his childhood Christmases, combined with songs of the season and a carol sing-along.
Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church

Dec. 13 14
Choral Sounds Northwest

Shining Night
Enjoy dozens of singer and audience favorites from past years, like Biebl’s Ave Maria, White Christmas, African Noel and the hysterical Grandma’s Killer Fruitcake among many others, plus bright costuming, creative choreography and festive sets.
Highline Performing Arts Center, Burien

Dec. 15 16
City Cantabile Choir
Celtic Christmas Concert
A much-loved holiday concert featuring beautiful choral music from Ireland, Scotland and Wales, with Celtic instruments and Irish stepdance.
Greenlake United Methodist Church

Dec. 20
Seattle Jewish Chorale
The Big CHANUKAH Show
Celebrate Chanukah with an all-ages concert of music, storytelling, comedy and sing-along, plus the Shalom Klezmer Band and several area Rabbis and Cantors.
Stroum Jewish Community Center, Mercer Island

Dec. 27
Tudor Choir
Christmas Day
A concert of selections from their new recording and more classic holiday fare by Vaughan Williams, Holst, Rutter and more.
Blessed Sacrament Church