December is a unique time to enjoy a concert in Seattle as the city hosts one of the largest holiday celebrations in the country, with the city decorated in beautiful holiday lights and the local arts scene kicking into high gear. The entire month is packed full of activities. Explore Holiday Pops at Benaroya Hall. Enjoy a live music concert of Bruce Cockburn at The Neptune Theatre on December 19th, or catch a performance of Lovelytheband starting December 29th at The Showbox.
Seattle is the perfect place to attend concerts because the city offers world-class performances to suit all tastes. From rock to classical, country to rap, there is always something for everyone. From traditional choirs and orchestras to more modern takes on the Christmas concert, here are some ideas to get you in the holiday spirit!
The city boasts a wide variety of music venues, from the historic Paramount Theatre to the intimate Tractor Tavern. The Paramount is one of the largest live-performance theaters in Seattle, offering state-of-the-art sound and lighting, as well as a restaurant and bar. The Moore Theatre opened in 1907 and is a throwback to a simpler time, with ornate artwork on the walls and velvet seats. The Showbox is a big hit with indie fans and frequently hosts shows by emerging and established artists.
There’s never a dull moment when you explore things to do with Encore Spotlight! Encore Spotlight has a list of the best concerts and events lined up for December! If you’re looking for a fun night out with a group of friends, Seattle offers plenty of options.
See a calendar of concerts to see in Seattle in December 2021
December 1, 2021
- Dr Maleek at Chop Suey
- Nordus w/ Sam Cobra (release) & Hel Mary at Tractor Tavern
- Two Feet at The Showbox
Seattle’s Chop Suey is more than just a music venue, it’s a cultural institution. It regularly hosts touring bands and up-and-coming local bands. It’s located in the heart of Seattle’s vibrant Capitol Hill district, which is home to most of the city’s best bars, restaurants and nightlife options. The club has an excellent sound system, and it’s the perfect place to enjoy a live music show.
December 2, 2021
- KBCS & Tractor Present: Richard Simeonoff + Bob Sumner w/ Annie Ford at Conor Byrne at Tractor Tavern
- Marc Broussard at The Neptune Theatre
- MitiS at Neumos
December 3, 2021
- Freakfest at WA MU Theatre
- Lettuce at The Showbox
- Smokey Robinson at The Paramount Theatre
WA MU Theatre (Washington Music Theater) has been producing high-quality work for more than a decade. This venue hosts all sorts of concerts, from indie rock to hip-hop. You know that feeling when you’re looking for something new to do on a date night? Or when you want to get out of the house on a rainy day? WA MU Theatre in Seattle has exactly what you’re looking for! They offer a wide range of shows, from comedy to musicals to dramas.
December 4, 2021
- Alexander 23 at Neumos
- Seacats w/ Divorce Care & Erik Walters (Silver Torches) at Tractor Tavern
- Thievery Corporation at The Showbox
- Thundercat at The Paramount Theatre
The Paramount Theatre is located in the heart of the Pike Place Market and is a Seattle landmark. For the past 100 years, the theatre has been a venue for vaudeville shows, plays and musicals. The 3,000-seat venue features a grand lobby, a variety of dining options, and an excellent view of the stage from anywhere in the theatre.
December 6, 2021
- Mat and Savanna Shaw – The Joy of Christmas Tour at The Neptune Theatre
December 8, 2021
- 24kGoldn at Neumos
- Gustaf at Barboza
- KBCS Presents: The Shook Twins w/ Jay Cobb Anderson (of Fruition) & Megan Letts at Tractor Tavern
- Roosevelt at The Neptune Theatre
Barboza is a unique Seattle concert venue that has a capacity of 200 people. Barboza in Seattle, Washington is the place to go to see some of the best concerts around. With its intimate setting, it is the perfect place to see your favorite band or artist up close and personal.
December 9, 2021
- KBCS Presents: The Sons of Rainier +Jeffrey Martin + Sam Doores at Tractor Tavern
- The New Pornagraphers – Performing the album ‘Mass Romantic’ at The Neptune Theatre
December 10, 2021
- Black Pumas at The Paramount Theatre
- Holiday Pops at Benaroya Hall S.Mark Taper Auditorium
- Kaylee Elizabeth (Release) w/ Fretland & Heatmaps at Tractor Tavern
- Noah Kahan at The Showbox
- Riot Ten at Showbox SODO
- The New Pornagraphers – Performing the album ‘Twin Cinema’ at The Neptune Theatre
Showbox SODO, Seattle’s largest concert venue is an 18,000 sq feet entertainment complex in the heart of Seattle’s SODO district. The venue features a wide variety of music, including rock, metal, and hip hop. The venue’s history has been written by the artists that have graced the stage, from the Rolling Stones to Pearl Jam. With a large performance space that’s perfect for audiences of nearly any size, this venue is ideal for national and international music tours, theater performances, comedy shows and more.
December 11, 2021
- CloZee at Showbox SODO
- KEXP Presents: Sera Cahoone w/ Margo Cilker (Seattle Album Release Show!) at Tractor Tavern
- Laura Marling at Neumos
Located near the Capitol Hill district in Seattle, Neumos is the perfect place for any music lover. With two full bars, an outdoor patio, and a large dance floor, Neumos offers a great atmosphere for any occasion. Neumos has a wide variety of entertainment, including live music, DJs, and karaoke. It’s the perfect place to see your favorite artists up close and personal. Neumos also has a variety of different events, including game nights, happy hour.
December 12, 2021
- Fuzz at The Neptune Theatre
- LANco at Showbox SODO
- Midnight North w/ WritnWood at Tractor Tavern
- Nirvana Live @ The Paramount 30th Anniversary Screening at The Paramount Theatre
- Okey Dokey W/ Special Guests at High Dive
The High Dive is a Seattle music venue that offers a wide range of music, from punk and metal to jam and classic rock. The venue hosts a weekly open mic night and has a full bar and vegan and vegetarian options. The High Dive is the perfect place to catch your favorite bands in Seattle and enjoy live music of various genres, including rock, jazz, punk, blues, hip-hop, acoustic, and bluegrass.
December 14, 2021
- Courtney Barnett at The Paramount Theatre
- Mariachi Sol De Mexico at The Neptune Theatre
- Mary Chapin Carpenter w/ Marc Cohn at Benaroya Hall Nordstrom Recital Hall
- The Driver Era at Showbox SODO
- Theory of a Deadman at The Showbox
Built to accommodate the rapidly growing interest in classical music in the Pacific Northwest, Benaroya Hall Nordstrom Recital Hall is ideally suited for solo performances, chamber music, orchestral concerts, and lectures.
Benaroya Hall S. Mark Taper Auditorium is one of the most well-known arts venues in the world. It is also the home to one of the world’s finest orchestras, Seattle Symphony. Known for its excellent acoustics, the hall is the destination for the world’s most celebrated musicians. The acoustics provide a high level of sound clarity and a perfect setting for a performance. The atmosphere is elegant and intimate with the perfect setting for a date night or a family event.
December 15, 2021
- Caroline Polachek at The Showbox
- Stillhouse Junkies w/ The High Seagrass & Austin Quattlebaum at Tractor Tavern
December 16, 2021
- ACTORS w/ Spirit Award & guests at Tractor Tavern
- Alec Shaw w/ Shoecraft at Tractor Tavern
- Built To Spill at The Showbox
- Milky Chance – North American Tour 2021 at The Moore Theatre
- Og Garage A Trois at Nectar Lounge
Seattle, Washington is known for its diverse arts scene, especially when it comes to the theater. The Moore Theatre has been around for nearly 100 years and has hosted performances by famous names like Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong. The Moore Theatre is one of the oldest theaters in Seattle and is famous for its grand architecture. It seats up to 1,800 people and hosts famous musicians and comedians. Enjoy a night of entertainment featuring your favorite artists!
December 17, 2021
- ive: 20th Anniversary Tour at High Dive
December 18, 2021
- Louis Cole at Neumos
December 19, 2021
- Bruce Cockburn at The Neptune Theatre
- The California Honeydrops at The Showbox
Neptune Theatre is Seattle’s oldest and largest performing arts center. The theatre is named after the Roman god of the sea. According to Roman mythology, Neptune was the god of all water. The theatre’s mission is to create and produce an exciting, vital and diverse range of theatrical experiences that are entertaining, enlightening and culturally significant, while honoring the unique character of Seattle’s diverse communities. The venue hosts a wide variety of shows: from nationally recognized musicians, to local musicians, to open mic nights, the Neptune can make it happen. The theatre is a popular stop for North West tour stops and features a number of local and regional acts.
December 22, 2021
- Giveon at Neumos
- The Dead South at Showbox SODO
December 23, 2021
- Heels to the Hardwood w/ Chris Poage Band & Old Country Rose at Tractor Tavern
- ROLLIN THROUGH THE CITY FT 2OOPAID at Chop Suey
December 29, 2021
- Lovelytheband at The Showbox
The Showbox is known for its intimate setting and has played host to iconic stars. Along with hosting world-class concerts, The Showbox also has live theater, independent films, dance, comedy and more. With its revitalization, the Showbox Theater has emerged as Seattle’s premier venue for entertainment.
December 30, 2021
- Lindstrom & The Limit w/ Hutchie & Modern Daze at Tractor Tavern
- The Polish Ambassador at The Showbox
December 31, 2021
- Allen Stone at The Moore Theatre
- Beats Antique at Showbox SODO
- KEXP Presents: NYE w/ Chong the Nomad, LIVT, & Calico at Tractor Tavern
- Polyrhythmics at The Neptune Theatre
- Thunderp***y at The Showbox
Seattle’s Nectar Lounge is an intimate live music venue that features performances by artists of all genres. The venue has an eclectic selection of live music and the atmosphere is welcoming to all. Nectar Lounge has hosted some of the most popular and talented musicians and bands. If you’re looking for a great night out and a great show, the Nectar Lounge is your best bet.
Get the most out of your holiday concert experience
Many people are looking for different ideas for their entertainment in December. From classical to pop, here are some general ideas for winter concerts that can be enjoyed by everyone! Encore Spotlight lists the best experiences in Seattle this month. One can explore the city’s diverse neighborhoods, visit world-class museums, experience the best of Seattle’s dining, or see the many great performing arts or sporting events that are happening in the city.