Let us help you infuse your holiday season with some live music. We’ve pulled together a variety of holiday-themed shows covering a range of genres, and all guaranteed to grow your heart at least three sizes bigger. Ugly sweaters are optional, but you had best jump on tickets for several of these performances.

Swingin’ Christmas with the Volunteers Jazz Band
7:30 p.m. Friday. Chocolate Church Arts Center, 804 Washington St., Bath, $15 in advance, $20 at the door. chocolaterchurcharts.org
Swing into Christmas with a show of holiday, big band and swing tunes, courtesy of the Volunteers Jazz Band. Chocolate Church Arts Center plays host to the band that will also throw some rock and blues into the mix. Volunteers Jazz Band formed a decade ago and has been delighting audiences ever since. So grab some tix and feel good knowing that proceeds benefit the nonprofit arts center. And remember, you ain’t got a thing if you ain’t got that swing, especially during the holidays.

Photo by Matt Lankes

Kat Edmonson Holiday Show
8 p.m. Saturday. Stone Mountain Arts Center, 695 Dugway Road, Brownfield, $40. stonemountainartscenter.com
Her vintage pop and jazz sound is entirely delightful, and you can fully expect Kat Edmonson to play plenty of tunes from her “Holiday Swingin’!” album. Edmonson and her nifty band play breezy, warm takes on carols like “White Christmas,” “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm” and “”Jingle Bell Rock.” Your toes will be tapping all night long, and you’ll also love the tender glow on tunes like “Oh Little Town of Bethlehem.”

Singers Rob Gerold, Alyssa Rojecki Forcier, Rebecca Rinaldi, Owen White, Colleen Katana and Shaw Lathrop. Photo by Rich Obrey

Christmas My Way: A Sinatra Holiday Bash
7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays (no performance Dec. 4). Through Dec. 18. City Theater, 205 Main St., Biddeford, $25, $30. citytheater.org
It wouldn’t be the holidays without music from the Chairman of the Board, Mr. Frank Sinatra. Here’s a fabulous way to get a ton of Sinatra into your life. Christmas My Way: A Sinatra Holiday Bash features a sleigh full of holiday hits, including “The Christmas Song,” “Silver Bells” and “Mistletoe and Holly” mixed in with other classics from old blue eyes, like “New York, New York” and “Fly Me to the Moon.” Vocal duties will be skillfully handled by Rob Gerold, Alyssa Rojecki Forcier, Rebecca Rinaldi, Owen White, Colleen Katana and Shaw Lathrop, and the holiday-themed set will bring you right back to the era of the Rat Pack Lounge.

Don Campbell Band. Photo by Stewart Smith

A Don Campbell Christmas
7:30 p.m. Saturday. Portland Players, 420 Cottage Road, South Portland, $25. eventbrite.com
Don Campbell and his band love this time of year and are ready to charm you with their annual Christmas show. Yuletide tunes will lift your spirits as Campbell puts his folk, rock and country spin on them. Can’t make it to South Portland this weekend? Here’s the rest of Campbell’s schedule: Dec. 16 at the Franco Center in Lewiston ($30 in advance, $35 at the door), Dec. 18 the Hospice Caregivers Benefit Concert at the Scarborough High School Auditorium (free, donations welcome), and Dec. 21 at St. Lawrence Arts Center in Portland ($30 in advance, $35 at the door, $20 kids).

The Heather Pierson Trio (Craig Bryan, Heather Pierson and Shawn Nadeau). Photo by Ron Spicer

A Charlie Brown Christmas with Heather Pierson Trio
7 p.m. Sunday. One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, $25. onelongfellowsquare.com
It was 1965 when “A Charlie Brown Christmas” first aired on TV, and it’s still a quintessential classic. From Charlie Brown’s quest for the meaning of Christmas to the shenanigans of Lucy and Snoopy and the wisdom of Linus, the story is propelled by the music of pianist Vince Guaraldi. That’s where Heather Pierson comes in. She and her trio will play the timeless tunes like iconic “Linus and Lucy,” the nostalgic “Christmas Time Is Here” and the playful “Skating.” The 4 p.m. show is sold out, but there are still a few tickets left for the evening performance. The trio will also be at the Waldo Theatre in Waldoboro on Dec. 11 ($20 in advance, $25 day of show).


Sons of Serendip. Photo by Shef Reynolds

Sons of Serendip Holiday Concert
7 p.m. Dec. 9. Opera House at Boothbay Harbor, 96 Townsend Ave., $30 in advance, $35 day of show. boothbayoperahouse.com
Spend an evening in Boothbay Harbor with the classical crossover quartet Sons of Serendip. With vocals from Micah Christian, piano and guitar from Cordaro Rodriguez, cello from Kendall Ramseur and harp from Mason Morton, the music will captivate and thrill you as they perform a program of seasonal tunes. The members of Sons of Serendip, who met while students at Boston University, have been at it since 2014 and appeared on “America’s Got Talent” where they earned a fourth-place finish.

Eckart Preu, center, conducts the Portland Symphony Orchestra in a rehearsal of “Magic of Christmas” at Merrill Auditorium. Ben McCanna/Staff Photographer

Magic of Christmas
2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 1 and 5 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 9-18. Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland, $19 to $98. porttix.com
Portland Symphony Orchestra’s Magic of Christmas has been a tradition for more than four decades and always draws huge crowds. The orchestra will be joined by the Magic of Christmas Chorus, along with some special guests, including Laura Darrell from Frozen Live. Kings of the Kotzschmar organists James Kennerly and Ray Cornils will also be on stage, and holiday classics will abound.

Spose (Ryan Peters). Photo by Lily Peters

Spose’s PDank Xmas 8
8 p.m. Dec. 17. Aura, 121 Center St., Portland, $25. auramaine.com
Have yourself a very PDank Christmas, where you’ll ho, ho and hip-hop the night away with rapper Spose (Ryan Peters) and his posse of pals. The show’s an annual Portland tradition, and tickets fly out the door faster than Black Friday deals, so be sure to snag a few sooner than later. “Get Rich or Die Ryan” is the latest album from Spose. In 2010, the single “I’m Awesome” cracked the Billboard Hot 100, reaching No. 37, with the video receiving millions of streams. Since then, Spose has released several albums, a video game and a children’s book.

The horn section of The Fogcutters. Photo by Will Wohler

The Fogcutters Superfantastic Christmas Extravaganza
8 p.m. Dec. 17. State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland, $20 in advance, $25 day of show. statetheatreportland.com
With 19 members, including a huge horn section, big band The Fogcutters will fill every inch of the State Theatre with sound as it serves up holiday numbers on a decked-out stage. Expect ugly sweaters, Christmas onesies and suits, and best of all, a whole lot of fun all night long. Along with their regular vocalists, Megan Jo Wilson and Chas Lester, The Fogcutters Superfantastic Christmas Extravaganza will feature guest singers Zach Jones, Gina Alibrio and Griffin Sherry.

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