The holidays are a special time, and the best way to get into the festive spirit is with music. Philadelphians are in luck; the city has plenty of amazing concerts to ring in the joyous season. There are concerts for the whole family and unique shows that will blow your winter socks off. Here are the best holiday concerts in Philadelphia to celebrate the special season.
The best holiday concerts in Philly to celebrate the season
Brian Setzer Orchestra: Christmas Rocks
For one night only experience the sounds of 3-time Grammy-award-winner Brian Setzer and his 19-piece orchestra as they put their own spin on holiday classics such as Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree, Jingle Bells and Here Comes Santa Claus. The acclaimed show also features original Brian Setzer hits along with Setzer’s iconic guitar work.
Nov. 24, 8 p.m., Academy of Music, 240 S Broad St., Philadelphia, $39-$89, kimmelcenter.org
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Audiences will be transported back to 1968 and are invited to attend the Harper’s Hardware Christmas Party with special entertainment: The Winter Wondrettes. This classic and wacky holiday show stars Missy, Suzy, Cindy Lou, and Betty Jean who are just as colorful and unpredictable as they are talented. There will be plenty of classic holiday songs and barrels of laughs. This show is perfect if you are looking for unique holiday concerts in Philly.
Nov. 13- Dec. 30, various times, Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St., Philadelphia, ticket prices vary, walnutstreettheatre.org
A Dream Is A Wish: Holiday Princess Concert
All princesses and princes in the Philadelphia area are invited to this heartwarming show and encouraged to sing along to popular songs such as Frosty the Snowman, It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and more. After the show, there will be plenty of photo opportunities with the cast and refreshments including holiday cookies and apple cider. Children are also encouraged to dress up in their favorite prince and princess attire. This show is one of the best holiday concerts in Philly for families.
Dec.16, 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., Suzanne Roberts Theatre, 480 S. Broad St., Philadelphia, $35, philadelphiatheatrecompany.org
A Philly POPS Christmas
The magical holiday concert is back for another year, Todd Ellison takes center stage and Peter Richard Conte is playing the organ for this evening full of festive cheer and classic songs. This year the POPS will be accompanied by Mandy Gonzalez who appeared in the hit Broadway show, Hamilton. This colossal performance also features 300 talented musicians from The Philly POPS Festival Chorus, the Philadelphia Boys Chorus and the award-winning African Episcopal church of St. Thomas Gospel Choir.
Dec. 1- 22, various times, Verizon Hall, 300 S. Broad St., Philadelphia, tickets vary, phillypops.org
Michael Mcdonald: The Season of Peace Holiday and Hits Tour
Five-time Grammy Award winner Michael McDonald is bringing his special holiday show to Philadelphia. Mcdonald will usher in the holidays with Christmas favorites like White Christmas, Oh Holy Night, Children Go Where I Send Thee and a new version of Winter Wonderland.
Nov. 30, 8 p.m., Parx Casino, 2999 Street Rd., Bensalem, $45-$250, parxcasino.com