BMS Guide to Christmas Concerts in New England

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It’s hard to believe that Christmas is only a few short weeks away. Sadly, that probably prompts a stress-filled groan from most of you – but here at BMS headquarters, we’re excited about a plethora of Holiday-themed shows coming to town over the next few weeks. We know you don’t have time to research all of them, so we did for you. Here is our guide to the Top 10 Holiday Concerts this season in New England.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra: These guys dominate our Christmas playlist and with good reason. It’s like Metallica with the Boston Pops backed by a Pink Floyd-like stage show wrapped up in Christmas flare. With three albums under their belt and another due next year, the orchestra is embarking on their tenth anniversary tour with a pair of upcoming stops in New England set. They’ll be at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island December 10& for 2 shows (4 and 8 p.m.) and at the the DCU Center in Worcester on December 11. Tickets for the shows range from $37.50 to $49.75, with a special 4-pack of tickets available for $97.32 to the Providence afternoon show only.&

Boston Pops: Get into the holiday season at the historic Symphony Hall with Boston’s beloved Christmas tradition, the Holiday Pops, led by Keith Lockhart. The Pops are currently on tour and will return home on December 11. They have at least one show scheduled for almost every day untill Christmas, including special matinees for families. Get the full schedule here. Tickets range in price from $33 to $120 through the Symphony Hall Box Office, but we recommend heading over to BosTix for the Mayor’s Special – half price tickets for select seat locations on select dates.

Aimee Mann: The Boston-bred artist returns home from the West Coast for her third annual Christmas show. Mann will be joined by special guests including Nellie McKay, Grant Lee Philips, and comedian Morgan Murphy at the Somerville Theatre for shows on Wednesday, December 10 and Thursday, December 11. Tickers are priced from $40 to $43.50 and available through Ticketmaster.

The Fourth Annual Yule Ball: Local favorites Harry and the Potters once again host an all-encompassing holiday show for geeks and hipsters alike. Draco and the Malfoys, a Rhode Island based outfit inspired by Harry Potter’s nemesis, will perform. However, we’re most excited for Hanukkah favorites the LeeVees (who needs Adam Sandler?!), which includes Guster guitarist/vocalist and Maine resident Adam Gardner. The show is set for Sunday, December 21 at the Middle East Downstairs. Tickets are $15 and available through Ticketmaster.

Amy Grant & Vince Gill: The husband-and-wife team team will once again hit the road on their annual holiday. They’ll kick the tour off in Manchester, New Hampshire at the Verizon Wireless Arena on Thursday, December 4, before making their way to The MGM Grand at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, Connecticut on Sunday, December 7 and at the DCU Center in Worcester on Friday, December 12. Both artists have released multiple solo Holiday albums, so fans can expect a two-hour show filled with old material and new favorites. The pair will be backed by a 12-piece band and several backup singers, including Gill’s daughter, Jenny. Tickets start at $30.

A Christmas Celtic Sojourn: WGBH and Brian O’Donovan are back for their 6th year of this great new holiday tradition for the Irish in the Boston. This year’s lineup includes Solas, Navan, Cara Dillon, Sean Keane, as well as dancers Kieran Jordan and Kevin Doyle, and much more. The shows are set for the weekends of December 12 to 14 and 19 -21 at the Cutler Majestic Theater in Boston. Tickets are priced from $25 to $75 and available though Telecharge. Additional shows are set for the Hanover Theatre in Worcester on December 11 and at the Providence Performing Arts Center in Rhode Island on December 18.

Jars of Clay: For fans of Christian rock, it does not get better than this. Last year, the band supported their Christmas Songs album by touring with fellow Christian stars Third Day. That tour never made it up here, so be sure to check out this rare treat. The "Love Came Down: A Christmas Pagaent" tour also features Leeland, Sixpence None the Richer, and Sarah Groves. They’ll stop in Plymouth for a show at Memorial Hall on Thursday, December 18. Tickets range from $23.85 to $41.85 and are available here. Also, fans can eat a nice holiday dinner with the band before the show. Seats are limited but still available for a dinner with the artists for an extra $38. The band will also perform the next night in Lewiston, Maine.

Raul Malo: The former lead singer for country favorites the Mavericks has enjoyed a successful solo career over the past few years. Last year, he released his first Holiday album, Marshmallow World & Other Holiday Favorites. Malo is a ball of energy and should not disappoint at Showcase Live! in Foxboro on Sunday, December 14. Expect to plenty of Christmas favorites, solo material (including new songs from his forthcoming album due next year), and old Mavericks favorites. Tickets are $30 and available through Ticketmaster.

Bela Fleck & the Flecktones: The banjo virtuouso leads his immensely talented band to Northampton for a show at the Calvin Theatre on Saturday, December 13. The tour is in support of their new holiday album, Jingle All the Way, a collection of 16 eclectic seasonal songs, the prime example being "Twelve Days of Christmas", which builds up to 12 different keys and 12 different time signatures over the course of the tune. Sounds like a musician’s favorite. Tickets are priced from $25 to $45 and are available through NBO Tickets.

Harry Connick Jr.: The New Orleans native brings his big band and jazz-pop stylings to the hub in support of his new release, What A Night! – A Christmas Album. He’ll play three consecutive nights at the Colonial Theatre, beginning on Friday, December 19. Tickets are priced from $35 to $95 and available through Ticketmaster.

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