Musical Holidays {Holiday Concerts}

Christmas in Lake County

I will admit, I was playing Christmas music before Thanksgiving. I can’t help it, I love it and 4 weeks is just not enough time to take it all in. The holidays are a great time to introduce children to live musical performances (if you haven’t already). The festive atmosphere and familiar tunes make it fun and relatable to even some of the youngest listeners. We’ve gathered up some of the area Holiday Concerts that are great for families and children.

holiday concerts in lake county

Holiday Concerts in Lake County

Please remember to click the link for full details on each event. Little Lake County is not responsible for changes or sold out events.

Holiday Music in the Lobby
7 December 12:30 p.m.
Zion Benton Library
Teachers and students from the Zion Conservatory of Music will perform holiday favorites in the lobby. FREE.

Holiday Harmonies
7 December 2:00 p.m.
Community Arts Center, Buffalo Grove
This fun and family-friendly concert will feature many of your favorite holiday classics, along with some brand new and festive tunes.  Join the group for a family holiday sing-along after the performance. All tickets are $5 in advance or $8 at the door.  Bring a canned item to donate, and receive a candy cane after the show!  

Barrington Children’s Choir Winter Concert: When Love was Born
7 December 7:00 p.m.

Barrington High School Auditorium
Chamber Choir, Prelude, Grace Notes, and AcaBellas…more than 120 children in grades 2-12 from surrounding northwest suburbs! Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for seniors, $2 more per ticket at the door.

LCSO Welcome Christmas
7 December 7:30 p.m.
Gurnee Community Church
Using a smorgasbord of beloved carols – popular holiday songs – celebratory orchestral masterworks – classical gems – LCSO does it all with finesse and tenderness. This year featured works will include Samuel Barber’s carol montage “Die Natalie”, Fantasy on “We Three Kings”, and “Carol of the Bells” as conceived by famous puppeteer Shari Lewis. Sing the songs of Christmas as never before and join the orchestra in a night of merrymaking. Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door, children 12 and younger are free.

Perform-a-thon: Making Spirits Bright
14 December 11:00 a.m.
David Adler Music and Arts Center
Celebrate the season with a day-long marathon of spirited performances at the Adler Center. Come along for a community caroling party at 7 pm featuring Adler voice students and all your favorite holiday songs.  Performances are free, all donations will go towards the Center’s student scholarship fund.

A Chicago Chorale Christmas
14 December 5:00 and 8:00 p.m.
Ravinia’s Bennet Gordon Hall
Chicago Chorale is a professional-level ensemble of singers who cultivate their craft out of genuine love and dedication, giving freely of their time and talent.  The concert will feature classics as well as sing-a-long favorites. Tickets are $12 a person.

Holiday Concert
14 December 7:00 p.m.
Lake Community High School, Lake Villa
Lakes Area Community Band in a joint performance with the Navy Band Great Lakes presents a Holiday Concert.  Doors open at 6:00 p.m. full capacity expected. First come, first serve seating only. Complimentary reception following the performance.

Do it Yourself Messiah & Carol Sing-a-Long
14 December 7:00 p.m.
First United Methodist Church, Waukegan
Tickets: $15 general admission, children 18 and younger free.
The Waukegan Park District presents The Joseph A. Favero Memorial Do It Yourself Messiah and Carol Sing-Along. Featuring the Waukegan Symphony Orchestra & Concert Chorus.

Barrington High School Madrigal Ensemble
15 December 3:00 p.m.
Barrington’s White House
The award-winning BHS Madrigal ensemble will perform a variety of Medieval and holiday tunes in a Renaissance-themed event, complete with elaborate costuming. You just might see an Earl or a Queen. Tickets are $25 each, children in eighth grade and younger are free with an adult ticket.

Christmas Carol Sing-A-Long
22 December 3:00 p.m.
Barrington’s White House
Bring the entire family and sing along with your favorite traditional carols. It’s a fun and interactive afternoon to put you in the holiday spirit. Directed by former BHS Choir Director Nancie Tobison. Tickets are $5 a person.

Tuba Christmas
22 December 7:00 p.m.
Faith Lutheran Church, Antioch
Tuba Christmas is a volunteer group of Tuba and euphonium players who gather yearly to play traditional Christmas songs together. General admission seating so plan on arriving early.

What’s your favorite holiday song? Share it with us in the comments!


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