By Jeanenne Tornatore
Tis the season for getting in the spirit of the holidays, from ice skating and light gazing, to holiday concert performances that fast-become annual traditions. And seeing some of the biggest and best holiday concerts doesn’t mean you have to hit major meccas like New York and Chicago. This year, there are many exceptional touring holiday productions that are making stops across the country. Check out some of my favorites, and if they are coming to a city near you, get your tickets before they sell out:
Trans-Siberian Orchestra. With 104 shows across the country, this is the #1 selling holiday production, according to Vivid Seats. Their 2017 “Ghosts of Christmas Eve” tour will make stops in towns large and small, from Allentown, Pennsylvania to Birmingham, Alabama. This rock-opera style performance is a unique and energy-filled show that brings out every emotion of some of the best holiday songs.
Lindsey Stirling. The young violinist turned YouTube sensation is taking her talent to the stage for a 26-show holiday tour combining her classical training and her unique style for an entertaining take on seasonal classics. Catch her “Warmer in the Winter” tour November 8 through December 23.
Pentatonix. This world-renowned acapella outfit that shot to stardom after taking home top honors in “The Sing Off” in 2011 hasn’t missed a beat since. And this holiday season they are making 12 stops in major cities including Chicago, New York, Boston and Washington, D.C. with their infectious harmonies that will undoubtedly take your favorite holiday songs to a new level of entertainment. Don’t miss them, they are pure joy to witness.
The Brian Setzer Orchestra. If you were a fan of the comeback of swing music in the 90s, you’ll certainly remember this guy. Brian Setzer was a key player in the revival of the swing/rockabilly genre, and now he’s bringing back this infectious, energetic style of music to holiday audiences, accompanied by a full orchestra, with his “Christmas Rocks” tour. If you’re feeling a little “grinch-y”, this show will most definitely swing your holiday mood in the opposite direction.
Mannheim-Steamroller. Known for their innovative compositions and holiday-themed albums, this group has become an annual holiday tradition for many around the country. This year, on their 30th anniversary, Mannheim Steamroller performs 76 shows for thousands who have come to love their unique, contemporary holiday sound.
Mariah Carey. If there’s one holiday pop song no one minds hearing over and over, it’s “All I Want for Christmas is You”, which is also the name of this pop-diva’s 2017 holiday tour, with 21 performances in venues including the Beacon Theater in New York, The Chicago Theater in the Windy City, and The Colosseum in Las Vegas. Catch Mariah singing Christmas classics in her signature high-note, highly entertaining style November 17 through December 22.
And if you’re heading out for a holiday vacation or simply traveling to visit friends and family, check out Vivid Seat’s 2017 Guide to Holiday Shows to find out what’s on stage in a city near you.