'Tis the season! Albany County and the Capital Region's music halls and performing arts venues will soon echo with the sounds of jingle bells, classic carols and holiday tunes. Get the scoop on upcoming holiday concerts and performances around Albany County and New York's Capital Region.
Kick off the holiday season at the Palace Theatre! Enjoy the Nutcracker! Magical Christmas Ballet! performed by stars of the Ukraine ballet on November 17. The holiday tradition features larger-than-life puppets, breathtaking acrobatics and dazzling costumes. Next up on December 6, dancer and violinist Lindsey Stirling is bringing the holiday spirit to the landmark venue with her new "Snow Waltz Tour".
Throughout December, the Palace Theater is hosting free screenings of holiday classics and blockbuster films. Watch The Muppet Christmas Carol on December 12, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation on December 19 and A Christmas Story on December 23.
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The Trans-Siberian Orchestra returns with The Ghosts of Christmas Eve: The Best of TSO and More on November 30 at the MVP Arena. This rock opera show series is a holiday tradition for many families across the country! Be mesmerized by the flashing light display and exciting sound set during this spectacular holiday show.
Cohoes Music Hall
Holiday fun awaits at Cohoes Music Hall, a historic music hall operated by Playhouse Stage Company. On December 1, The Kids of Albany present A Rocky Horror Christmas Show! for an unforgettable kickstart to the holiday season. Have fans of Disney's Frozen in the house? They'll adore Disney's Frozen Jr. presented by the Playhouse Stage Academy from December 15 to 23. Don't forget to bring your little ones to Santa's Sing-A-Long on December 19 to belt out Christmas songs to help Santa's reindeer get back in the holiday spirit.
Troy Savings Bank Music Hall
Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, a world-renowned performance space known for its near perfect acoustics, has several holiday concerts and performances on the calendar. Experience Cherish the Ladies for a night of classic carols with a Celtic twist and riveting step dancing on December 3. The Cadets of La Salle Institute are performing their annual Christmas Concert at the music hall on December 16. Albany Pro Musica presents 'The Many Moods of Christmas', a Capital Region holiday tradition, on December 18. Enjoy this festive concerts featuring traditional carols designed to inspire, celebrate and unite us in the spirit of the season.
Experience the world-class musicians of the Albany Symphony, led by the Grammy Award-winning conductor David Alan Miller, this holiday season! Catch The Magic Of Christmas, a Capital Region holiday tradition, at the Palace Theater on December 4. You and your family will be filled with holiday cheer while enjoying the classic Christmas carols and sparkling holiday tunes. If you miss that performance, there are two more opportunities to hear the talented musicians perform Holiday Classics. Head to the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall on December 10 and December 11 to enjoy the Albany Symphony perform classics such as J.S. Bach's Christmas Cantata No. 6 and W.A. Mozart's Symphony No. 39.
Experience Lark Hall, a historic performing arts venue, this holiday season. Purchase tickets for Dead Man's Waltz Holiday Celebration on December 9. Dead Man's Waltz is an all-star collective from the Northeast known for interweaving classic songs of The Grateful Dead, The Allman Brothers Band and The Band. This December concert is a special holiday celebration!
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The Egg Performing Arts Center
Enjoy a holiday performance at The Egg Performing Arts Center, a go-to venue for performances in Albany. Be dazzled by the Albany Berkshire Ballet's The Nutcracker on December 10 and December 11 or the Nacre Dance Group's The Nutcracker on December 17. On December 17, catch The McKrells Holiday Concert for holiday music as well as original and traditional acoustic music. The band is known for fusing Celtic sounds with American folk and bluegrass.