Lots of Christmas Concerts in the Chicago Area


If you are looking for some great Christmas concerts in the Chicago area, check out our list below:

  • Moody Church continues their long tradition of their Christmas sing-along  on Sunday December 14 at 6:00pm for an evening of sacred classics and holiday favorites, presented by the Sanctuary Choir and Festival Orchestra. This event is always the highlight of our Christmas season. Stay for a light reception following the concert.   Tickets are not required; seating is open, and doors open at 5:15pm.  FREE PARKING is available at the Moody Bible Institute garage, located at the northwest corner of Wells Street and Institute Place., one block north of Chicago Avenue. Complimentary SHUTTLE SERVICE between the garage and the church will be available before and after the concert beginning at 5:15pm.
  • The Blind Boys of Alabama, who have been singing together 70 years, offer gospel with a holiday twist. The Blind Boys of Alabama are an American treasure. Known for crossing multiple musical boundaries with their remarkable interpretations of everything from traditional gospel favorites to contemporary spiritual material, including songs by writers such as Prince and Tom Waits, the band was recently called “a superweapon of roots-music uplift” by Rolling Stone magazine.City Winery, Dec. 11
  • American Wind Band invites you to its free Christmas Concert (the season of hope and promise) on Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. at Avery Coonley School Performing Arts Center, 1400 Maple Avenue, Downers Grove, IL. Concert admission is free for all who enjoy festive, delightful Christmas music. The band will perform some well-loved Christmas carols but in different combinations starting with a Prelude To Christmas, A Legend of Kings, Jingle Bells Rhapsody and Jubilant Holiday. Christmas Around the World features unique carols from other countries with remarkable melodies that are not commonly heard.
  • Another chance to hear the sounds of the season is the Naperville band’s concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at Wentz Hall. Admission is free. For more information, go to napervilleband.org.christmas concerts in chicago
  • The Chicago a capella classical vocal ensemble will perform six ticketed concerts with holiday music including traditional European and American carols, Christmas spirituals, folk songs, and Hanukkah tunes on Friday, Dec. 5, at 8 pm, at St. Michael Catholic Church, 310 S. Wheaton Ave. in Wheaton, IL; Saturday, Dec. 6, at 8 pm, at St. Clement Church, 642 W. Deming Pl. in Chicago, IL; Sunday, Dec. 7, at 4 pm, at Pilgrim Congregational Church in Oak Park; Friday, Dec. 12, at 8 pm, at Fourth Presbyterian Church, Michigan Avenue at Delaware in Chicago; Saturday, Dec. 13, at 8 pm, at Rockefeller Memorial Chapel in Chicago; and Saturday, Dec. 20, at 8 pm, at Nichols Concert Hall in Evanston. For tickets and information, visit www.chicagoacappella.org  or call (773) 281-7820.
  • The Joliet Symphony Orchestra (JSO) performs on Dec 7th at the University of St. Francis for an afternoon of exciting, dynamic performances during its tenth annual Holiday Concert! The orchestra’s annual “Christmas Classics” program features a mix of symphonic masterpieces and seasonal favorites, including: Rossini’s overture to “The Barber of Seville,” Gershwin’s “American in Paris,” Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride,” music from the animated hit “Frozen,” and much more. Pianist Maria Yeh, winner of the JSO’s second annual concerto competition, is the superb soloist in Saint-Saens’s “Piano Concerto No. 2.” Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for students and seniors, and USF students are admitted free. For ticket reservations or information, call (815) 740-3520 or visit www.jolietsymphonyorchestra.org.
  • The Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., will host free holiday concerts and performances throughout December in Preston Bradley Hall. On Classical Mondays at 12:15 p.m., enjoy Beyond the Headlines: Music in Haiti Dec. 8; a performance by the Juliani Ensemble Dec. 15; and Musicians Club of Women Award Winners in Concert, featuring Sherry Kim, on Dec. 22.    The Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts every Wed. at 12:15 p.m. present solo and ensemble performances of classical music by emerging musicians. Organized by the International Music Foundation, the Live Music Now! South Shore Opera Quartet Concert will be held Thursday, Dec. 18, at 10:30 a.m. and noon. Young and old are encouraged to dress in their finest tutus and hit the dance floor alongside professional dancers from Ballet Chicago.
  • The 11th annual Dance-Along Nutcracker takes place Sun., Dec. 7. Performances are at noon and 2 p.m. in the Cultural Center’s Preston Bradley Hall. Dance lessons provided by ARCC Ballet begin one hour before performances; the Lakeside Pride Symphonic Band provides music for the Dance-Along Nutcracker. For information on all Chicago Cultural Center events, call (312) 744-6630 or log on to www.chicagoculturalcenter.org.
  • The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events will present Caroling at Cloud Gate in Millennium Park, Michigan Ave. at Randolph St., on the Fridays of Dec. 5, 12, and 19 at 6 p.m. Choral groups will perform, and visitors are invited to participate in a sing-along. Following the 50-minute caroling session, audience members are encouraged to skate at the park’s ice rink. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, 220 S. Michigan Ave., will once again perform Welcome Yule! on Sun., Dec. 14, at 1:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.; Fri., Dec. 19, at 7 p.m.; Sat., Sun., and Mon., Dec. 20, 21, and 22, at 3 p.m.; and Tues. Dec. 23 at 3 p.m. Enjoy new arrangements, cherished carols, and some musical surprises. For information, call (312) 294-3000 or visit www.cso.org.
  • The City Hall Holiday Concert Series will showcase children’s choirs from all over the city performing in the City Hall first floor lobby, 121 N. LaSalle St., Mon. through Fri., Dec. 8 through 12, from noon to 1 p.m. In a special collaboration, the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph St., will present the Chicago Children’s Choir and Sphinx Virtuosi, an award-winning ensemble of young African American and Latino string players, in a concert celebrating the holiday season on Wed., Dec. 10, at 7:30 p.m. For tickets, call (312) 334-7777 or go to www.harristheaterchicago.org .
  • The Hyde Park Youth Symphony, featuring the Hyde Park Neighborhood Choir, will perform a free concert at 3 p.m. on Sun., Dec. 14, at Hyde Park Union Church, 5600 S. Woodlawn Ave. Call (773) 363-6063. The Anthony Kawalkowski Orchestra will present the Love and Peace of Christmas, a Christmas show featuring a full orchestra and vocalists with a special guest appearance by Wayne Messmer, a children’s drum corps, and the Inspired Youth Choir.
  • The John G. Shedd Aquarium becomes a watery winter wonderland with its Holiday One World aquatic show.
  • Enjoy a military tribute, singalongs, and Santa Claus. The event is Sat., Dec. 6, at 7 p.m. at the Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence Ave. For ticket information, call (877) 987-6487 or visit www.copernicuscenter.org.
  • The Lakeside Singers will perform the Holiday Road Christmas concert. Josie Falbo, cantor at the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii, is a featured soloist. All concerts begin at 8 p.m.: Mon., Dec. 8, at Metropolis, 111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights; Fri., Dec. 19, at Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E. Chestnut St.; and Sat., Dec. 20, at Wentz Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. Prices are adults, $35; seniors, $25; and children younger than 12, $10. For tickets, call (847) 382-5085 or visit www.lakesidesingers.com.
  • The Lira Singers, Lira Dancers, and Lira Symphony will perform Polish and American carols, song, and dance, on Sunday, Dec. 14, at 3 p.m. at the Harris Theater in Millennium Park, 205 E. Randolph St. Call (773) 508-7040.
  • Musichorale, a Chicago area community choir, will host a Christmas concert at Trinity Christian College, 6601 W. College Dr., Palos Heights, IL, at 3:20 p.m. Sun., Dec. 14. Tickets are $14 in advance or $15 at the door. Call (312) 409-6661 or visit www.musichorale.org.
  • The National Shrine of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, 2520 N. Lakeview Ave. will feature Christmas carols played by harpist Penny Currier on Wed., Dec. 24, at 4:30 p.m., preceding the 5 p.m. Mass, and as a prelude of carols before the 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Christmas masses Thurs., Dec. 25. Call (773) 360-5115 or log on to www.cabrinishrinechicago.com.
  • Second Presbyterian Church will offer a sing-along Messiah on Sun., Dec. 7, at 3:30 p.m. featuring the Sounds of the South Loop Players. Admission is free, but offerings for the Greater Chicago Food Depository are welcome. A holiday reception will follow. The church is located at 1936 S. Michigan Ave. Call (312) 225-4951 or log on to www.2ndPresbyterian.org.
  • St. Barbara Catholic School will present a children’s Christmas concert, A New Light Is Dawning, Fri., Dec. 12, at 6:30 p.m. in the church at 2867 S. Throop St. Call (312) 842-7979 or log on to www.stbarbarachicago.org.

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