Celebrate the 2022 holiday season with these 20 live music events


Portlanders looking to relive some pre-COVID holiday magic are in luck this year. With many pandemic restrictions lifted, holiday parties are back in a big way.

Are you ready to sing with your mask off? Here are 20 opportunities to feel the magic and celebrate the season with music this year. Also, be sure to check before you actually take off your mask - rules vary by location.

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‘Storm’s Big Holiday Ordeal’

Princeton Festival 2022

Storm Large will perform this holiday season in Portland.Laura Domilla

Join Portland’s number one gallery in the lobby, Storm Large, for its 15th annual “Holiday Ordeal.”

According to a press release, “Storm will love you, leave you, delight and abuse you with wicked charm and amazing vocals that will leave you begging for more.”

Sounds like a holiday!

8 p.m. November 25-26, Aladdin Theatre, 3017 SE Milwaukie Ave. ; Tickets start at $55, aladdin-theater.com or 503-234-9694 ext. 2.

Christmas tree singer

Portland’s singing Christmas tree will celebrate its 60th anniversary in November. Timothy Greenedge, Erin Tamblin, Katie Harman and Jurgen Rice will join the adult and youth choirs for 90 minutes of fun vacation.

Various times November 26-27, December 2, 3 and 4, Sunset Presbyterian Church, 14986 NW Cornell Road; Tickets start at $27, singingchristmastree.org or 503-557-8733.

“Hello Christmas”

Big Horn Brass is bringing an annual Christmas party to The Reser this year. The show features the St. Matthew Exaltation Handbells Plus holiday classics from the brass band of 16 musicians.

3 p.m. November 27, The Razer, 12625 SW Crescent St. , Beaverton; Tickets start at $6, Thereser.org or 971-501-7722.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

The Trans-Siberian Orchestra is touring in 2022, to present “Christmas Eve Ghosts - the best of TSO and more.” (Photo by Jason McEachern)

What’s more Christmas than the sounds of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra? Not much. This year they will bring these voices to the MODA Center through “Christmas Eve Ghosts”. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster, StubHub, and Vivid Seats.

7 p.m. on November 28, Moda Center; Tickets start at $49.50, rosequarter.com or 503-235-8771.

“White Album for Christmas”

The Beatles are back in Portland to celebrate Christmas and a great circus, with NowHere and Rose City Circus for nine days in November and December.

Different times and days November 30 - December. 10, Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 Northeast Alberta Street; Tickets start at $42.50, albertarosetheatre.com or 503-719-6055.

“Celtic Christmas”

Once again, the Gotthard Sisters bring two nights of contemporary Celtic music and new arrangements of Christmas carols to the old church to celebrate Christmas.

8 p.m. December 2-3, Old Church Concert Hall, 1422 SW 11th Ave. ; $30 tickets for adults, theoldchurch.org or 2031-222503.

“Coral Icing yearns for Christmas”

The ISing choir, Big Horn Brass members, organist Dan Miller, and pianist Yvonne Yang join together to share familiar holiday classics, including “Joy to the world,” “The Angels We Heard in the Highest,” and “Snow on Earth,” in a program that aims to Back to “Old Christmas”.

7:30 p.m. Dec 3, 3 p.m. Dec 4, The Reser, 12625 SW Crescent St. , Beaverton; $14, Thereser.org or 971-501-7722.

“Santa singing”

Have you ever wanted to sing Christmas carols with the same big guy? Well, you can at Tigard. This event includes songs, stories and gifts for each child.

10 a.m. December 3, New Broadway Rose Theatre, 12850 SW Grant Ave. , Tigard; $12 for adults, $10 for children, Broadwayrose.org or 503-620-5262.

“Comfort and Joy”

Get in the seasonal mood with the premiere holiday show from Oregon Symphony, hosted by Deanna Tham. Symphony and Oregon Chorale share a concert featuring long Christmas carols and classics like “White Christmas.”

7:30 p.m. December 7, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway; Tickets start at $25, orsymphony.org or 503-228-1353.

“Christmas Gospel” with the Oregon Symphony

If you love gospel music, you’ll want to join the Northwest Society’s Symphony and Gospel Choir for the 23rd annual Christmas Classic.

7:30 p.m. Dec. 10, 4 p.m. Dec. 11, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway; Tickets start at $25, orsymphony.org or 503-228-1353.

Celtic Ulitide

Join the Paulding family, mom, dad, and five adult children as they play harp, harp, concertina, accordion, violin, cello and more. There will be music, dancing and fairy tales, an Irish Christmas Eve.

7:30 p.m. December 14, Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 Northeast Alberta Street; Tickets start at $42.50, albertarosetheatre.com or 503-719-6055.

Kristen Chenoweth with the Oregon Symphony

Kristen Chenoweth arrives at the AFI Awards Luncheon on Friday, March 11, 2022, at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)Chris Pizzello / Invision / AP

Kristen Chenoweth, star of stage and screen, presents her holiday album “Happiness…Christmas!” For life with the help of Oregon Symphony.

7:30 p.m. December 15, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway; Tickets start at $45, orsymphony.org or 503-228-1353.

‘Very Scottish Christmas’ fire

Another Celtic concept of the Commonwealth Christmas party! This one features bagpipes and upland dancing. There will be Christmas carols, too.

7:30 p.m. December 15, Aladdin Theatre, 3017 SE Milwaukie Ave. ; $30, aladdin-theater.com or 503-234-9694 ext. 2.

“Holiday rock!!”

Violin music but make it rock ‘n’ roll. In this holiday show, “rock violinist” Aaron Meyer shares holiday music from Mozart to Aerosmith alongside distinguished guests including members of the Metropolitan Youth Symphony.

7:30 p.m. Dec 16, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. Dec 17, The Razer, 12625 SW Crescent Street, Beaverton; Tickets start at $40, Thereser.org or 971-501-7722.

“Elf” in concert

It’s the classic Christmas game “Elf” on a giant screen with the score played by Oregon Symphony. Elf friends will definitely agree.

7:30 p.m. Dec. 17, 2 p.m. Dec. 18, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway; Tickets start at $35, orsymphony.org or 503-228-1353.

“A very happy birthday mariachi”

Holiday Oregon Symphony

Oregon Symphony Festivals (Courtesy of the Oregon Symphony)

Join conductor Jose Hernandez as he conducts Mariachi Sol de Mexico in a musical celebration of Christmas traditions in Mexico.

7:30 p.m. on December 20, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway; Tickets start at $15, orsymphony.org or 503-228-1353.

“Holiday Brass”

Brass sleigh bells as well as musical instruments in this classic holiday show featuring the Oregon Symphony Brass Division operated by Oregon Symphony assistant conductor Diana Tham.

7:30 p.m. December 21, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway; Tickets start at $20, orsymphony.org or 503-228-1353.

Harry Konnick Jr.’s ‘A Holiday Celebration 2022’ Tour

Harry Konnick Jr. will bring his holiday magic to Schnitz, sharing Christmas classics and seasonal music on a show that’s sure to make you believe in Santa Claus, at least for a moment.

8 p.m. December 22, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway; Tickets start at $121, Ticketmaster.com.

Mark O’Connor “Appalachian Birthday”

Grammy-winning composer and violinist Mark O’Connor, accompanied by his wife Maggie O’Connor on violin and singing as well as others, brings traditional Christmas music and original pieces to Beaverton this holiday season.

7:30 p.m. December 23, The Razer, 12625 SW Crescent St. , Beaverton; Tickets start at $35, Thereser.org or 971-501-7722.

Brandy Carlisle New Years Eve

Brandy Carlisle performing on October 22, 2023 at Madison Square Garden

Brandy Carlisle performs on October 22, 2023 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.Matt Smith | For NJ Advance Medi

Send the old year in and connect with the new with Brandi Carlile at Moda Centre. You can get gig tickets from Ticketmaster, StubHub, and SeatGeek.

9 p.m. Dec. 31, Moda Center; Tickets start at $36, rosequarter.com or 503-235-8771.

- Lizzie Acker

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