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Like peanut butter and jelly, music and the holidays go hand in hand. From the Lighting of the Tree ceremony broadcast from New York City to other televised holiday concerts, and favorite tunes played on repeat at the mall during the busy shopping season, festive music is literally an instrumental component to holiday traditions. Holiday music shouldn’t be reserved solely as background buzz or as a distant event on television, but should be celebrated locally as well. This holiday season, get in the spirit at one of these nearby holiday concerts.
Boston Pops Holiday Concert & Winter Gala
Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts
2132 Hillside Road, Unit 3104
Storrs, CT 06269
(860) 486-4226

Date: December 1
Price: $35-$65

Kick off the holiday concert season in a big way. The long-loved Boston Pops, who normally call Boston’s Symphony Hall home, will be making a special appearance in the Constitution State. UCONN’s Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts will host the group this December. Keith Lockhart will conduct the group in bringing holiday classics to life. Audience members can expect to interact during the concert, participating in a sing-along. This is a great opportunity to catch this critically acclaimed symphony as it visits our state.

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All Star Christmas Concert
Oakdale Theater
95 S. Turnpike Road
Wallingford, CT 06492
(203) 265-1501

Date: December 8
Price: $35-$90

The Oakdale Theater will host a variety of pop stars who join together to put on a Christmas spectacular, right in Wallingford. Enjoy the vocal stylings of big names like Phillip Phillips, Andy Grammer and Train as they share the stage to perform your favorite jolly tunes. The 5,000-seat theater offers tickets of various prices, depending on section.

Handel’s Messiah
First Congregational Church of Madison
26 Meeting House Lane
Madison, CT 06443
(203) 865-0831

Date: December 8
Price: $30-$45

Generation after generation has enjoyed Handel’s “Messiah.” The New Haven Symphony will put on a two-hour performance to delight music lovers of all ages. William Boughton directs this concert with the Christ Church Choir. Take a break from “Rudolph,” “Frosty” and “Jingle Bells” to appreciate this timeless masterpiece.

First Church Christmas Concert
First Church
250 Main St.
Wethersfield, CT 06109
(860) 529-1575

Date: December 9
Price: Donations accepted

Celebrate the spirit of the holidays in the beautiful and historic center of Old Wethersfield. First Church, located on Main Street, hosts its annual Christmas concert free of charge, though donations are accepted and appreciated. The concert will feature church choirs, as well as soloists and an orchestra. If you enjoy church music, this is the perfect Christmas concert to attend to remind your family of the true meaning of the holiday. Child care for young kids will be available.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra
XL Center
225 Trumbull St.
Hartford, CT 06103

Date: December 20
Price: $30-$68

For those who missed out on the recent Trans-Siberian Orchestra show in Uncasville, there will be a round two. The next Connecticut stop on the Trans-Siberian tour will be in downtown Hartford at the XL Center. This unique group is almost synonymous with the holiday season and should be heard live to truly appreciate the group’s grand sound. Since the XL Center is such a large venue, a variety of seating options and price ranges are available.

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Nicole DiCicco is multimedia specialist in Connecticut who enjoys dancing, movies and live music. She writes about all the nightlife Connecticut has to offer. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.