Celebrating the Holidays with Live Performances in Boston


Boston is home to many theatres and venues offering live performances throughout the holiday season. Here is a look at a few of the options around the area this year.

Holiday Pops with the Boston Pops

Boston Pops will be performing its popular Holiday Pops arrangement through the rest of the month. Conducted by Keith Lockhart and featuring traditional holiday favorites, performances will take place mornings, afternoons and evenings. Special kids matiness, which include family sing-alongs and photo opportunities with Santa following the performance, are also available. Special kids menus will be provided for those who are seated at tables. Several matinee performances will also include a screening of Home Along with orchestral accompaniment.

Holiday Pops performances will take place at Symphony Hall, which is located at the intersection of Mass Ave and Huntington Ave at 301 Massachusetts Avenue.

Boston Baroque Performances

Boston Baroque will be performing Handel’s Messiah on December 11th and 12th at 7:30 each night. Directed by Martin Pearlman, the Grammy-nominated production will feature Boston Baroque’s period instruments. For many, attending this show has become a Christmas tradition.

Boston Baroque will also welcome the New Year with a performance of Domenico Cimarosa’s II Maestro di Cappela and Mozart’s Arias and Duets. The performance, which takes place on January 1st at 3:00 pm, will include complimentary champagne and chocolates during intermission.

The Handel’s Messian performance will take place at the New England Conservatory, which is located at 30 Gainsborough Street. The New Years performance will take place at Sanders Theatre at Harvard University. Parking is available for free at a nearby garage.

Black Nativity at Paramount Theatre

Every year, the Black Nativity gospel song-play written by Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes is performed in Boston. The lyrical retelling of the original Nativity story includes music dance and traditional Christmas favorites performed in a gospel style. The performance is produced by the National Center of Afro-American Artists and is the longest-running Black Nativity production in the world. Performances continue through December 20th at Paramount Theatre. The theatre is located at 44 Charles Street.

Christmas Celtic Sojourn

The Cutler Majestic Theatre at Emerson College will be hosting performances of a Christmas Celtic Sojourn from December 11th through the 20th. With both afternoon and evening shows available, the performance will feature music and dance. Featured artists will include Seamus Egan with Solas, fiddler Winifred Horan, cellist Natalie Hass, harpist/singer Maeve Gilchrist, bassist Chico Huff and guitarists and keyboardist Eamon McElholm. The Nordic Fiddlers Block will also be performing. The Cutler Majestic Theatre at Emerson College is located at 219 Tremont Street within Downtown Boston’s Theatre District.

Christmas Revels at Sanders Theatre

The Christmas Revels Boston have been using music and dance since 1971 to explore winter solstice traditions from a variety of different cultural perspectives. This year’s theme will be “Christmas in Wales,” with the performance exploring Celtic legends and songs. Among the features of the performance will be traditional mummers, Welsh anthems and tales of dragons – all with audience participation encouraged. Performances take place December 11th through the 27th with both matinee and evening shows. The Sanders Theatre is located in Memorial Hall of Harvard University in Cambridge.

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