It wouldn’t feel like the Holidays without Yuletide music to set the mood. This year, we once again find plenty of seasonal concerts to make the Christmas spirits sing!
Let’s take a look at the festive Christmas concerts to help you enjoy the sounds of the holiday season
Vancouver Welsh Men’s Choir: A Ringing Swinging Christmas
December 2, 2023 2:30pm with guests Coastal Sound Youth Choir, and soprano soloist Deeandra Miranda at White Rock Baptists Church, 1657 140 Street, Surrey
December 3, 2023 2:30pm with Winter Harp at Massey Theatre, 735 Eighth Avenue, New Westminster
December 5, 2023 7:30pm with soprano soloist Deeandra Miranda at Surrey Arts Centre, 13750 88 Ave, Surrey
December 9, 2023 2:30pm with Coastal Sound Youth Choir, and soprano soloist Melanie Hiepler, at Christ Church Cathedral, 690 Burrard Street, Vancouver
December 15, 2023 7:30pm with guest school choir Argyle Secondary, and soprano soloist Melanie Hiepler at Centennial Theatre, 2300 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver
December 16, 2023 7:30pm with guest school choir Magee Secondary, and soprano soloist Deeandra Miranda at Shaughnessy Heights United Church, 1550 W 33rd Ave, Vancouver
The Choir’s 50+ singers are led by Music Director Jonathan Quick, with pianist Karen Lee-Morlang, and joined by guest youth choirs and soloists for a concert of traditional and popular festive music in their distinctive 4-part harmony.
United Voices Choir: Handel’s Messiah
December 2, 2023 2pm at Pacific Spirit United Church, 2195 W 45th Avenue, Vancouver
December 3, 2023 7pm at St Paul’s Anglican Church, 1130 Jervis Street, Vancouver
December 9, 2023 2pm Sing-Along version at Kerrisdale Presbyterian Church, 2733 W 41st Avenue, Vancouver
Listen or sing-along with the 60+ choir voices, directed by Dr. Greg Caisley, with a professional orchestra and soloists – Melanie Krueger (soprano), Leah Giselle Field (contralto), Martin Renner Wallace (tenor), Andrew Greenwood (baritone)
Winter Harp 30th Anniversary Christmas Tour
December 3, 2023 2:30pm with Vancouver Welsh Men’s Choir at Massey Theatre, 735 Eighth Avenue, New Westminster
December 13, 2023 7:30pm, at The Cultch Historic Theatre, 1895 Venables Street, Vancouver
December 16, 2023 3pm & 7:30pm at The Shadbolt Centre for Arts, James Cowen Theatre, 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
December 17, 2023 3pm & 7pm at The ACT 11944 Haney Place, Maple Ridge
December 18 & 19, 2023 7:30pm at BlueShore Performing Centre, Capilano University 2055 Purcell Way, North Vancouver
December 21, 2023 7:30pm St Andrew’s-Wesley United, 1022 Nelson Street Vancouver
Familiar songs and rare carols performed with harps, flute, violin, bass flute, medieval instruments, percussion, poetry and song.
Vancouver Bach Choir: Christmas with Bach Choir 2023
December 3, 2023 2pm at Orpheum Theatre, 601 Smithe Street, Vancouver
Join more than 400 singers of the Vancouver Bach Adult and Childrens Choirs under music direction of Leslie Dala and Marisa Gaetanne and conducted by Catherine Campolin, Shane Raman, Cathrie Yuen. The choirs are accompanied by The Touch of Brass Quintet and Michael Dirk on organ, with pianists Stephen Smith, Kin Ming Wong, Shifra Day, Aslan Aslanov, Christine Choi, Jeon Mok
VSO “A Traditional Christmas” Concerts
December 6, 2023 7:30pm at Michael J Fox Theatre, 7373 MacPherson Avenue, Burnaby
December 7, 2023 4pm & 7:30pm at South Delta Baptist Church, 1988 56 Street, Delta
December 8, 2023 4pm & 7:30pm at Centennial Theatre, 2300 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
December 9, 2023 4pm & 7:30pm at Bell Performing Arts Centre, 6250 144 Street, Surrey
December 16, 2023 4pm & 7:30pm at Orpheum Theatre, 601 Smithe Street, Vancouver
Celebrate this holiday tradition with family and friends as host Christopher Gaze regales audiences with festive stories while David Bui conducts the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in a concert filled with favourite carols and Christmas classics.
Early Music Vancouver and the Vancouver Chamber Choir: Handel’s Messiah
December 8, 2023 at 7:30pm at The Orpheum, 601 Smithe Street, Vancouver
Since its debut performance in 1742 Handel’s Messiah has grown to become a holiday time tradition around the world.
Vancouver Men’s Chorus: Making Spirits Bright 2023
December 8 & 9, 2023 8pm / December 9 & 10, 2023 3pm at Vancouver Playhouse, 600 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Always a sell out audience-favourite, the 43td Making Spirits Bright is welcome Vancouver tradition filled with timeless holiday classics, original compositions, and new interpretations of favourite tunes
Buddy Holly’s Jolly Christmas
December 10, 2023 7pm at Massey Theatre, 735 Eighth Avenue, New Westminster
Zachary Stevenson, the leading man from the hit musical “The Buddy Holly Story” performs and hosts this special Christmas concert, joined by the Chicago-based trio The Lovettes with their salute to the female icons and girl groups of the 50s and 60s
Music On Main: Music for the Winter Solstice 2023
December 13 & 14, 2023 7:30pm at Heritage Hall, 3102 Main Street, Vancouver
This annual tradition, is known for its enchanting atmosphere and exceptional musical performances that offer a refreshing counterpoint to the traditional holiday festivities, featuring intimate performances of beloved Solstice classics, including Caroline Shaw’s Winter Carol and the Wyrd Sisters’ Solstice Carole, along with many more surprises.
VSO Holiday Movies In Concert
Home Alone in Concert: December 13 & 14, 2023 7pm at Orpheum Theatre, 601 Smithe Street, Vancouver
The Snowman in Concert: December 17, 2023 1pm & 3pm at Orpheum Theatre, 601 Smithe Street, Vancouver
Elf in Concert: December 21 & 22, 2023 7pm at Orpheum Theatre, 601 Smithe Street, Vancouver
Watch and listen to the hilarious and heart-warming holiday favourites comes to life for the whole family, as the beloved movies’ scores are performed live by the VSO.
Christmas with Chor Leoni
December 15, 2023 at 7:30pm, December 16, 2023 at 11am, 2pm & 5pm, and December 18, 2023 at 5pm & 8pm at St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church, 1022 Nelson Street, Vancouver
The holiday tradition of Christmas with Chor Leoni continues to bring joy to the Yuletide with an exciting program featuring a dynamic blend of holiday classics and hopeful winter harmonies, coupled with the world premiere of A Midnight Clear from Vancouver’s genre-defying composer and violinist Cameron Wilson.
Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir: Good Tidings! A Good Noise Gospel Christmas 2023
December 15, 2023 8pm, December 16, 2023 3pm & 8pm at Christ Church Cathedral 690 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Good Noise’s annual concert fills Christ Church with the best of gospel Christmas music in a program of inspired gospel, soul and jazz arrangements of Christmas classics featuring the talented Gospel/R&B guests Timothy Fuller and Crystal Hicks
O Come All Ye Soulful
December 16, 2023 8pm at Centre Stage at Surrey City Hall 13450 104 Avenue, Surrey
O Come All Ye Soulful features two award-winning performers; powerhouse vocalist Dawn
Pemberton and bassist/bandleader, Jodi Proznick, with an all-star band bringing a joyous and soulful night filled with holiday favourites at Centre Stage.
Jazz at The Anvil: A Holly Jolly Jazzy Christmas
December 20, 2023 7pm at Anvil Theatre, 777 Columbia Street, New Westminster
Tom Keenlyside Quartet and featured vocalist, Angela Kelman, bring an evening of swinging Christmas songs and traditional classics with the all star band
Vancouver Chamber Choir: Christmas by Candlelight
December 22, 2023 6:30pm & 8:30pm Pacific Spirit United Church 2195 West 45th Avenue, Vancouver
Find a peaceful evening of music and candlelight in the midst of the Christmas hubub, as the Vancouver Chamber Choir presents music by Lauridsen, Quartel, Whittall, and more.