Celebrate life, hope and the spirit of giving at a concert that keeps the good times coming this season. These concerts draw a crowd of faithful fans due to their wonderful performances year after year. Expect music that connects with the audience as you enjoy the familiarity of traditional holiday songs your family loves. Leave your worries behind and listen to this season’s best talent.
Aaron Neville: A Christmas Celebration
111 S. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Price: from $38
Hours: Dec. 18, 8 p.m.
Add a dash of Louisiana to your winter season, and enjoy a southern Christmas Celebration this year with the great R & B singer Aaron Neville and his quintet. The concert may take place in the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, but Neville brings his hometown of New Orleans to the stage, delivering a powerful and spirit-filled holiday concert. This triple-platinum record-winning artist knows how to make the holidays special. Enjoy a concert that includes classic Christmas carols, R & B, gospel and pop music.
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The Music Center Holiday Sing Along
135 N. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Hours: Dec. 21, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
The holidays often consist of families spending time together and watching television. This holiday, make it different. Instead of staying home, gather your family and friends together and join in on interactive fun under the stars. Visit the Music Center Plaza for holiday sing along good times at a show hosted by Active Arts. Singing together as a group may just be the beginning of a new holiday tradition. This event provides sheets of lyrics and live music.
The Vandals 17th Annual Christmas Formal
8430 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Hours: Dec. 22, 7 p.m.
If you want to turn this year’s holiday party up a notch and attend a rocking concert, then go to House of Blues for the Vandals 17th Annual Christmas Formal. This punk group knows how to jam and get the party going. It brought along some fellow musicians that plan on making this holiday extra cool. The Angry Samoans and The Implant will also bring alternative, festive sounds. This show is for those who like to life to the fullest. Join the Vandals and guests for an energetic performance on a holiday-themed stage, with other holiday props such as snowmen, stockings, snowflakes, moving reindeer and ribbons. By the time this concert is over, you’ll be ready to ring in the new year on an upbeat note.
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Long Beach Symphony Orchestra
300 E. Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90802
Price: from $22.50
Hours: Dec. 9, 2 p.m.
Get ready for a joyous celebration at Terrace Theater. Boldly adorned with gorgeous holiday ornaments, this is the place to bring your family and friends to a holiday concert they will enjoy. Long Beach Symphony Orchestra is sure to please all of those in search of a true holiday experience. Thomas Wilkins will conduct this festivity alongside top musicians from the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra. This family-centered event includes a visit from Santa Claus and even has designated the top row seating for children and picture taking. This concert is unique in that it features Christmas carolers wandering the theater bringing good tidings with their hymns. To top it off, there will be secular and sacred music making alike for a moving performance anyone can enjoy. To give back to the community, Long Beach Symphony Orchestra invites attendees to bring a canned food or clothing item to the show to donate.
Holiday Candlelight with the Pasadena Symphony
132 N. Euclid Ave.
Pasadena, California 91101
Price: from $30
Hours: Dec. 1, 7 p.m.
For an authentic holiday celebration, visit the elegant All Saints Church. It is hosting a spectacular show that includes some of Los Angeles’ best talent. The Pasadena Symphony promises an unforgettable holiday featuring celebration music in a sophisticated old-European style. The fun does not stop there. The Los Angeles Children’s Choir, La Bronze Handbell Choir, Lisa Vroman, Soprano, Grant Cooper, Conductor, The Donald Brinegar Singers and the LA Bronze Handbell Choir will accompany the show. Get ready for some holiday cheer, bell ringing, and to chime in with the choirs to one of your favorite traditional holiday carols. This candle-lit event is going to be beautiful.
Cassandra Bautista is a freelance writer from Los Angeles. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.