Popping with the sounds of holiday cheer

There's no need to travel outside New Hampshire for first-rate holiday pops symphony and choral performances.

Here are some of our favorite picks for the 2017 holiday season.

The NH Phil and Pinkerton Academy Chorus

Take a “sleigh ride” with Leroy Anderson. Let visions of sugar plums float through your heads with "Nutcracker" selections from Tchaikovsky. Welcome members of the Pinkerton Chorale as they sing their favorite Holiday selections. Finally, get into the spirit by joining Conductor Mark Latham and the Orchestra while we sing along to Finnegan favorites!

What: Holiday Pops!
When: November 25 at 7:30 p.m. November 26 at 2 p.m.
Where: Stockbridge Theatre at Pinkerton Academy
5 Pinkerton St., Derry
Tickets: $5-$50.
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Strafford Wind Symphony

Kick off the holiday season with the annual Strafford Wind Symphony Holiday Pops Concert, featuring familiar favorites such as “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” and “White Christmas” along with many others.

What: Annual Holiday Pops Concert
When: Saturday, December 2 at 7 p.m.
Where: The Rochester Opera House
31 Wakefield Street, Rochester
Tickets: $12 and $7 for children 12 and under.
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Greater Keene Pops Choir

The Greater Keene Pops Choir is a unique performing ensemble that sings popular American music in all its many styles. Under the direction of Diane Cushing and accompanied by Walt Sayre, the “Pops” will be singing holiday music from around the world. Audience participation may also be included.

When:  Sunday, December 2 at 3 p.m.
Where: Colonial Theatre
95 Main Street, Keene
Tickets: $12 in advance and $15 the day of the show.
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Lakes Region Symphony Orchestra

Holiday fun featuring traditional and popular songs of the Christmas season. This year's featured singer is Broadway-style sensation Seraphim Afflick, who will be singing a variety of popular and favorite holiday selections.

What: Holiday Pops Concert
When: Saturday, December 9 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 10 at 3 p.m.
Where: Inter-Lakes high School Auditorium
Laker Lane
NH Route 25, Meredith
Tickets: $20 for adults and $10 for students
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Boston Pops

Boston Pops conductor Keith Lockhart has conducted nearly 1,700 Boston Pops concerts in his 20-year tenure, making him the second longest-tenured conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra since the orchestra's founding in 1885. Lockhart is loved and admired by audiences for his inimitable style, expressed through his consummate music-making and unique ability to speak directly to the audience about the music he is so passionate about. Lockhart has led the orchestra on 40 national tours to 134 cities in 33 states, as well as four international tour to Japan and Korea.

What: Boston Pops Annual Holiday Concert
When: Saturday, December 16 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: SNHU Arena
555 Elm Street., Manchester
Tickets: $43-$125
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Symphony NH

Guest conductor Joseph R. Olefirowicz and featuring Act of Congress. Sing along to all of your favorite Christmas carols and songs with Symphony NH, and enjoy the spirit of the holidays in New Hampshire. This concert appeals to audiences of all ages and is sure to fill you with holiday cheer.

What: Holiday Pops!
When: Saturday, December 9 at 8 p.m.
Where: Keefe Center for the Arts
117 Elm Street, Nashua
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What: Holiday Pops!
When: Sunday, December 10 at 2 p.m.
Where:Concord City Auditorium
2 Prince Street, Concord
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Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra

An annual tradition, the Family Holiday Pops at The Music Hall has something for everyone - guest choruses, a special performance by resident artist Randy Armstrong, and a holiday sing-along that will be sure to fill everyone in the room with the joy of the holidays. A part of the annual Vintage Christmas series of events hosted by The Music Hall and Strawbery Banke Museum.

What: Family Holiday Pops
When: Wednesday, December 20 and Thursday, December 21, 7:30 p.m.
Where: The Music Hall
28 Chestnut St., Portsmouth
Tickets: $25 regular; $22 seniors; $12 students.
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Capital Jazz Orchestra

If you're a Big Band lover then don't miss the Capital Jazz Orchestra, along with special guests Laura Daigle, and CJ Poole. They'll perform holiday favorites like “The Christmas Song,” “Let It Snow,” “Jingle Bells” and “Sleigh Ride.” NHPR’s Laura Knoy will also be reciting the beloved “The Night Before Christmas.” Festivities also include a traditional sing-along to put the entire family into a holiday spirit. In addition, The Nashua Catholic Regional Junior High School Choir will be joining the Capital Jazz Orchestra for some classic renditions of seasonal favorites. 

What: Holiday Pops!
When: Sunday, December 17, 4 p.m.
Where: Capitol Center for the Arts
44 South Main Street, Concord
Tickets: $27.50-$47.50
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More Holiday Performances and Concerts

This year's Christmas Revels is a Nordic winter solstice celebration. December 14-17 at the Hopkins Center for the Arts in Hanover.

Ed Gerhard's Holiday Concerts

Grammy Award-winning guitarist Ed Gerhard will perform soulful arrangements of well-loved carols, as well as his own concert favorites. Fans of guitar music and Christmas alike will want to be a part of these memorable shows.


  • Saturday, December 2, 7:30 p.m. at the The Belknap Mill
  • Friday, December 15, 7:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Church
  • Saturday, December 16, 7:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Church

Where: The Belknap Mill
25 Beacons St. East, Laconia
Unitarian Church
292 State St., Portsmouth
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NH Gay Men's Chorus Holiday Concert Series

This talented (and handsome!) group of men wants to serenade you with their 2017 holiday concert series, Celebrating the Holidays.  The sweetest sounds of Christmas, Hanukkah, and the holiday season await you around the Granite State in early December.

  • December 2: First Baptist Church of Nashua, 121 Manchester Street, Nashua at 7:30 p.m.
  • December 3: Christ Episcopal Church, 1035 Lafayette Road, Portsmouth at 4 p.m.
  • December 9: Wesley United Methodist Church, 79 Clinton Street, Concord at 7:30 p.m.
  • December 10: Derryfield School, 2108 River Road, Manchester at 4 p.m.

Tickets: $20 ages 13-64, under 13, veterans and older than 65 are $15 and children under 12 are free.

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"A New England Christmas"

Pontine Theatre presents it's original production, "A New England Christmas." To celebrate the holidays, Pontine Theatre brings three seasonal stories and poems to the stage written by some of New England's favorite authors.


  • Friday, December 8 at 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 9 at 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 10 at 2 p.m.

Where: Seacoast Science Center
570 Ocean Boulevard in Rye
Tickets: $24
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The Christmas Revels: A Nordic Celebration of the Winter Solstice

A young girl in search of her heritage is drawn into the mystical tales of her ancestors in this Nordic celebration of the season. Her quest unfolds through gorgeous traditional songs, dances and pageantry performed by a cast of talented locals and thrilling guest musicians and dancers. Don’t miss this ample helping of hygge (Nordic coziness, pronounced hoo-gah) to brighten up the dark winter night.


  • Thursday, December 14 at 6 p.m.
  • Friday, December 15 at 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 16 at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 17 at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Where: Hopkins Center for the Arts
4 East Wheelock Street, Hanover
Tickets: $10.20 - $48
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"A Charlie Brown Christmas"

The Heather Pierson Jazz Trio will bring its popular "Charlie Brown Christmas" show to Pitman's Freight Room. One of the most endearing Christmas tales ever told, "Charlie Brown Christmas" has proven itself to be an enduring classic. Originally telecast in December 1965, the program was an instant hit with audiences who connected with "Peanuts" creator Charles M. Schultz’s cast of characters – especially with its rounded-headed hero Charlie Brown, his woefully scrawny Christmas tree, and his typewriter-wielding dog Snoopy. Nearly given the ax by CBS studios at the time of its release, this beloved holiday classic resonates with both children and adults of every generation. Though more than four decades old, the story of commercialism run rampant echoes clearly to this day.

When: Friday, December 8 at 8 p.m.
Where: Pitman's Freight Room
94 New Salem St., Laconia
Tickets: Price TBD
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Rocking Horse Studio

Following the success of an Emmy-nominated television program and sold-out shows in 2014 and 2015, The Rocking Horse Christmas show returns to the Capitol Center for the Arts in 2017. Join Rocking Horse Studio, New Hampshire’s premier music production and recording facility, as it presents an evening of traditional and contemporary Christmas music performed by some of New Hampshire’s finest singers and musicians.

What: Christmas with Rocking Horse Studio
When: Saturday, December 16
Where: Capitol Center for the Arts
44 South Main Street, Concord
Tickets: $24.50
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