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Live holiday music shows and concerts for a very merry 2023 season

We’ve put together a list of all holiday concerts and live music performances taking place across the Triangle this festive season.

We’ll update this list throughout December, so bookmark it online and check back often. If you see something we missed that you think we should include, let us know by emailing ask@newsobserver.com.

We’ve listed a few special recurring events up top, but then a schedule by date follows.

Sunday, December 3

NC Jazz Ensemble Holiday Rhythms: NC Jazz Ensemble’s annual holiday concert will be Holiday Rhythms: Marching on at the Hayti Heritage Center. Tickets are $20 each. When: 4-6 p.m. Where: Performance Hall in Hayti Heritage Center, 804 Old Fayetteville Street Durham Info: hayti.org

Saturday, December 9

A Jolly Broadway Holiday with David Burnham: Listen to Broadway musical hits from Broadway superstar David Burnham, known for his performances in Wicked, Light in the Piazza, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Concessions will be available for sale. Tickets start around $18. When: 7:30 p.m. Where: Garner Performing Arts Center, 742 W Garner Rd in Garner Info: garnernc.gov

Black Nativity in Concert: Presented by The Justice Theater Project. This annual event takes place at the NC Museum of Art’s Joseph M. Bryan Jr. Theater. Tickets are $5 per person. When: 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Where: 2110 Blue Ridge Rd. in Raleigh Info: thejusticetheaterproject.org/black-nativity-2023

Big Band Holidays: Presented by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. This year’s edition will feature guest vocalist Ashley Pezzotti. Tickets start around $65 with UNC-CH student discounts available. When: 8 p.m. Where: Memorial Hall, 114 E Cameron Ave. in Chapel Hill Info: carolinaperformingarts.org

Sunday, December 10

Triangle Jewish Chorale: Jewish Music Near and Far: In a variety of languages, the Triangle Jewish Chorale presents Hanukkah selections and melodies of praise and reflection. Free admission. When: 3 p.m. Where: Jewish for Good, 1937 W. Cornwallis Rd. in Durham Info: trianglejewishchorale.org

Black Nativity in Concert: Presented by The Justice Theater Project. This annual event takes place at the NC Museum of Art’s Joseph M. Bryan Jr. Theater. Tickets are $5 per person. When: 2:30 p.m. Where: 2110 Blue Ridge Rd. in Raleigh Info: thejusticetheaterproject.org/black-nativity-2023

Wednesday, December 13

Holiday Music on the Roof: Ally J: This Durham-based singer/songwriter will play a holiday-themed set on The Durham’s heated rooftop. When: 7:30 p.m. Where: The Durham Hotel, 315 E. Chapel Hill St. in Durham Info: thedurham.com

Candlelight Holiday Special: Featuring “The Nutcracker,” this holiday concert features Lyricosa String Quartet at the Hayti Heritage Center. Tickets begin at $40. When: 6:30 or 9 p.m. Where: 804 Old Fayetteville St in Durham Info: feverup.com/en/durham-nc/candlelight

Thursday, December 14

Neuse River Big Band’s Swingin’ Holiday: Listen to 20 local musicians holiday music inspired by big band legends, like the Glen Miller Orchestra and Duke Ellington. Individual tickets are about $14. When: 7:30 p.m. Where: Garner Performing Arts Center, 742 W Garner Rd in Garner Info: garnernc.gov

Sunday, December 17

The Oakwood Waits: An a cappella caroling ensemble dressed in authentic 1840’s costume will present a concert of medieval to modern carols. Proceeds will benefit Alliance Medical Ministry. $10 minimum donation suggested. When: 7:30 p.m. Where: Sanctuary of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, 1520 Canterbury Rd. in Raleigh. Info: oakwoodwaits.org

Wednesday, December 20

Holiday Music on the Roof: Triangle Gay Men’s Chorus: This Raleigh-based group will play on The Durham’s heated rooftop. When: 7:30 p.m. Where: The Durham Hotel, 315 E. Chapel Hill St. in Durham Info: thedurham.com

Saturday, December 23

Christmas with the Embers: A night of Christmas and Beach Classics featuring Craig Woolard. Tickets range from $20 to $75. When: 7:30 p.m. Where: The Rialto, 1620 Glenwood Ave. in Raleigh Info: therialto.com