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‘Tis the season! It’s the time of year where holiday entertainment invades local clubs and concert halls for fan-favorite performances of seasoned songs.
From local legends to national tours, here’s a list of 24 holiday concerts taking place in venues across central Iowa this season.
Lorie Line (Nov. 30): A holiday regular returns for her traditional holiday show. Hoyt Sherman Place, 1501 Woodland Ave. 7:30 p.m. $54. More information at hoytsherman.org.
Max Wellman’s 8th Annual “Home for the Holidays” (Dec. 2-3, 10, 15, 17 and 22): The Des Moines-based jazz vocalist, backed by a six-person band, offers a performance of holiday favorites. Noce, 1326 Walnut St. Times and price vary. More information at nocedsm.com.
A Conquered Christmas (Dec. 7): A December tradition, featuring artists from across Iowa, returns to the Basement. Des Moines Social Club, 900 Mulberry St. 7 p.m. $5 (suggested donation). More information at desmoinessocialclub.org.
Christmas Blues with Rob Lumbard (Dec. 7): Lumbard, a tenured Iowa blues player, teams up with a cast of local musicians for a holiday celebration with a blues twist. Noce, 1326 Walnut St., 7 p.m. $15. More information at nocedsm.com.
Lazer 103.3 Holiday show featuring Seether (Dec. 9): The head-banging hard rock outfit returns to Des Moines for a seasonal celebration with the local radio station. Seven Flags Event Center, 2100 NW 100th St., Clive. $35-$40. 7 p.m. More information at sevenflagseventcenter.com.
Time for Three holiday concert (Dec. 9): The acclaimed string trio heads to Drake University campus for the Civic Music Association's holiday show, promising to deliver "favorites performed in a new way." Sheslow Auditorium, 2507 University Ave. $30-$60. 7:30 p.m. More information at civicmusic.org.
Nada Silent Night XV (Dec. 9): A staple Toys for Tots holiday fundraiser from central Iowa’s own the Nadas. Des Moines Social Club, 900 Mulberry St. 7 p.m. $20 plus a Toys for Tots donation. More information at desmoinessocialclub.org.
“All I Want For Christmas” with Gina Gedler (Dec. 9): Gedler promises to offer a night of “warm and toasty” holiday favorites. Noce, 1326 Walnut St. 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. $10-$50. More information at nocedsm.com.
Lefty’s Holiday Market (Dec. 10): Artists, labels and musicians are welcome to bring merchandise to the open-door, locally-focused marketplace. Lefty’s Live Music, 2307 University Ave. 2 p.m. Free. More information at leftyslivemusic.com.
Jewel’s “Handmade Holiday” tour (Dec. 11): The famed songwriter performs her holiday show for one night only in Des Moines. Hoyt Sherman Place, 1501 Woodland Ave. 7:30 p.m. $49-$89.50. More information at hoytsherman.org.
Matt Wilson’s Christmas Tree-O (Dec. 14): The New York-based Grammy Award nominated drummer brings his holiday show to downtown Des Moines. Noce, 1326 Walnut St. 7 p.m. $20-$50. More information at nocedsm.com.
Sara Evans’ “At Christmas” tour (Dec. 14): A country favorite, Evans tours to Des Moines behind the success of her 2014 holiday album, “At Christmas.” Hoyt Sherman Place, 1501 Woodland Ave. 8 p.m. $35-$65. More information at hoytsherman.org.
The Des Moines Gay Men's Chorus presents "Music All Around: The Holiday Concert" (Dec. 15 and 16): Music with a message meets season favorites at this two-show offering. First Christian Church, 2500 University Ave. 7:30 p.m. $20. More information at dmgmc.org.
Tonic Sol-fa holiday show (Dec. 15): The two-decade tenured A capella group from Minnesota returns to Iowa’s capital city. Hoyt Sherman Place, 1501 Woodland Ave. 7:30 p.m. $34.50-$44.50. More information at hoytsherman.org.
A Karen Meat Christmas (Dec. 16): Hosted by Des Moines’ own Karen Meat, a collection of local artists gather to celebrate the holiday season. Vaudeville Mews, 212 4th St. 7 p.m. $10 (show proceeds donated to families in need). More information at vaudevillemews.com.
Annie Booth Trio presents “”Festive!” (Dec. 16): The jazz piano trio plays to “reimagine nine Christmas favorites.” Noce, 1326 Walnut St. 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. $10-$50. More information at nocedsm.com.
A Nella Thomas Christmas (Dec. 16): The Des Moines-based singer-songwriter invades Western Gateway with holiday cheer. Gas Lamp, 1501 Grand Ave. $10. 6 p.m. More information at facebook.com/gaslampdsm.
Natalie Grant and Danny Gokey “Celebrate Christmas” tour (Dec. 17): The self-described “quintessential vocal pairing” plays Des Moines’ Sherman Hill neighborhood. Hoyt Sherman Place, 1501 Woodland Ave. 6 p.m. $24-$55. More information at hoytsherman.org.
A Christmas Concert with Simon Estes and Friends (Dec. 19): The acclaimed Iowa opera singer celebrates the holiday season with a one-night performance. Des Moines Civic Center, 221 Walnut St. $25. 7 p.m. More information at dmpa.org.
Mannheim Steamroller (Dec. 20): The Midwest’s own holiday touring tradition rolls into Ames this December. Stephens Auditorium, 1805 Center Dr., Ames. 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $49. More information at center.iastate.edu.
The Blenders "Holiday Soul" tour (Dec. 21): This popular touring vocal act is set to perform a mix of original and traditional holiday tunes. Prairie Meadows Event Center, 1 Prairie Meadows Dr., Altoona. 6:30 p.m. $35. More information at prairiemeadows.com.
The 4th Annual Ugly Sweater Christmas Party (Dec. 22): Show off your hideous holiday gear and listen to Midwest-raised music. Wooly’s, 504 E. Locust. 7 p.m. $7-$10. More information at woolysdm.com.
Home For The Holidays with Euforquestra (Dec. 23): The Iowa-based act known for hosting staple summer festival Camp Euforia returns to Des Moines’ East Village. Wooly’s, 504 E. Locust. $12-$17. 8 p.m. More information at woolysdm.com.