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With Christmas rapidly approaching, we are taking this opportunity to inform you about ALL of the upcoming holiday concerts. Although you'll be hard-pressed to find any high quality freebies these days, you can always count on some free concerts to keep your family/date entertained for a few hours. All the free concerts are listed in bold. We will list them in chronological order, after a few updates. If there is an event you feel is missing, please feel free to add them in the comments section.

The LA Phil is hosting it's Neighborhood Concert series, three free concerts in the community. More info can be found here.

There is a reason whythis concert is free at Colburn; it features a violist. All jokes aside, Paul Coletti is a fantastic violist and if you happen to be in the area it's a nice way to kill some time. You can also see Carmen, Brahms with the LA Phil, and LACO perform this week. The Brahms concert features the violin concerto, 45 minutes of pure, unadulterated bliss.There are a few more sing-alongs and Christmas concerts listed here from the week before.

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The LA County is hosting a "Holiday Celebration" with four interpretations of the Nutcracker, with food by Susan Feniger, the Food Dudes, Akasha Richmond, and Lala. It will be telecast live on KCET, and is absolutely free. No tickets necessary, and you can walk in and out whenever you please. It will also be shown on the Jumbotron on the Music Center plaza.

on to the concerts!

Musica Angelica: Christmas Oratorios | December 14th and 15th @ 4 PM and 8 PM
The newly opened Broad Stage is hosting the Tölzer Knabenchor/Boys Choir who are performing Bach's Christmas Oratorio, with Musica Angelica. Due to popular demand, they have added a show on the 15th at the First United Methodist Church in Santa Monica. Tickets are likely to go quickly, so grab some while you can.

Merry Tuba Christmas |
December 14th @ 7 PM
This annual event brings hundreds of tuba and euphonium players from around Southern California to perform at the Alex Theatre to perform Christmas music. Seating is based on a first come, first served basis.

Wonderful World of Christmas: Home for the Holidays | December 17th-20th @ 11 AM
At the Candlelight Pavillion, you can take your whole family and listen to holiday tunes, and take pictures with Santa! The kind that doesn'tbarhop.

Sundays Live at Lacma: Inna Faliks (Piano) | December 14th-15th @ 6 PM
Thislooks to be promising; Gaspard de la Nuit is always a treat, and includes a Haydn sonata and a Beethoven Fantasia. This is repeated at the Art and Music series.

REJOICE: Respighi + Rutter | December 14th @ 7 PM
The Walt Disney Hall concert features pieces by Respighi, Rutter, Pinham, and Morten.

A Chanticleer Christmas | December 16th @ 8 PM
The Grammy-winning a capella group returns to perform Christmas music. Covered on LAist previously, you can read about it here.

Music Center Holiday Sing-Along | December 19th @ 6:30 PM
Another freebie, and they provide the lyric sheets! Also first come, first served. If it rains, the event will be canceled. If not, bring something warm, and enjoyhearing several hundred people sing along to some old classics.

Peace on Earth | December 20th @ 7:30 PM
The Los Angeles Symphony is performing the Messiah, and works by Gounod and Beethoven. The event takes place at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.

REJOICE! With the Burbank Chorale | December 20th @ 7:30 PM
The Burbank Chorale presents Mozart's Coronation Mass along with works by Handel, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, and the requisite sing-alongs. Concert info can be found here.

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Handel's Messiah | December 20th, 7:30 PM
If you're in the Long Beach area, you can see what all the fuss is about with your very own performance at the Los Altos Methodist Church. The piece is performed by the Camerata Singers.

'Twas the Week Before Christmas | December 20th and 21st @ 2 PM and 7 PM
The LA Phil and members of Westside Ballet perform holiday music for the orchestra, and also features the Nutcracker Suite and 'Twas the Night Before Christmas (with narration). David Prather is hosting the event, and Sarah Hicks is conducting.

Holiday Sing-Along at the Walt Disney Hall | December 21st @ 11:30 AM and 2:30 PM
The Angeles Chorale hosts this concert for all ages; pieces include "Rudolph," "Frosty," and "Jingle Bells." You get to hear the organ, a choir, and a band; your kids will love this! There are two concerts, so you can schedule accordingly.

The St. Francis de Sales Choir | December 24th @ 11:15 PM
There will be a performance of Messe de Minuit pour Noël by Marc-Antoine Charpentier, the Christmas Mass by Jeannine Wagner, Handel's Messiah, accompanied by a string quartet and organist. Immediately following the concert is Midnight Mass.

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