With Christmas just a few weeks away, attending a festive show should be at the top of your list to get you into that must-have holiday spirit. From acclaimed orchestras to country music stars, here are the best upcoming holiday concerts.

Philadelphia Orchestra Glorious Sounds Of Christmas
Verizon Hall
300 S Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 670-2300
www.kimmelcenter.org

Date: Dec. 17-20

For four nights this December, the Philadelphia Orchestra will present the “Glorious Sounds of Christmas” with popular Grammy-winning conductor, composer, pianist and skilled narrator Bramwell Tovey and the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, which is sure to get you into the Christmas spirit, if you’re not already. The orchestra will perform traditional and festive pieces like “Silent Night”, as well as a few of Tovey’s own compositions, such as the “Rittenhouse Carol.”

The Philly Pops I’ll Be Home For Christmas Spectacular
Verizon Hall
300 S Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 670-2300
www.kimmelcenter.org

Date: Dec. 4-22, 2015

Starting December 4 and ending December 22, the Philly Pops will have multiple showings of its annual “I’ll Be Home for Christmas Spectacular” show at the Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall. The concert, which will also salute the military and first responders by providing 2,000 complimentary tickets, features guest vocalist Lisa Vroman and popular conductor David Charles Abell. The Philadelphia Boys Choir and the African Episcopal Church Gospel Choir will bring added cheer to the night as the Philly Pops perform your favorite Christmas tunes and conduct an audience sing-along.

Aimee Mann And Ted Leo
Union Transfer
1026 Spring Garden St.
Philadelphia, PA 19123
(215) 232-2100
www.utphilly.com

Date: Dec. 11, 2015 at 8:30 p.m.

Aimee Mann and Ted Leo, who perform together as The Both, will bring holiday joy to the stage this December at the Union Transfer. This show will include prominent special guests like Jonathan Coulton and Liz Phair and will also include traditional Christmas songs, comedy sketches and videos and an array of tunes from both Mann and Leo’s back catalog. This show is the Christmas alternative for those who “don’t really like Christmas shows.”

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Kenny Rogers Christmas and Hits
Valley Forge Casino Resort
1160 1st Ave.
King of Prussia, PA 19406
(610) 354-8118
www.vfcasino.com

Date: Dec. 18, 2015 at 8 p.m.

Grammy-nominated and country music artist Kenny Rogers will come to town this December, full of Christmas merriment for his 34th annual “Christmas and Hits” winter tour. The “Once Again It’s Christmas” tour will make its way to the Philadelphia area December 18 and will accompany his sixth Christmas album released this September, also titled “Once Again It’s Christmas.” The show will include songs from his latest Christmas record as well as traditional Christmas tunes and some of his biggest hits. Featured guests stars often join Rogers on stage, including local choirs and children.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Wells Fargo Center
3601 S Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA 19148
www.wellsfargocenterphilly.com

Date: Dec. 19, 2015 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Playing two shows in one day, the famed Trans-Siberian Orchestra, who have had an annual Christmas show for the past 20 years, will hit the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday, December 19, as part of its winter tour. The orchestra will bring a 1999 TV movie “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve” to the live stage. The story is about a runaway child who breaks into an abandoned theater and discovers ghosts and colorful visions from the theaters past. The show will include such favorites as “O Come All Ye Faithful” and “O Holy Night.”

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Kelly Neilson is a freelance writer living and working in Philadelphia. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.

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