Whether the holidays find you humming 'It's the most wonderful time of the year' or muttering 'You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch,' we bet our 2011 Holiday Entertainment Guide has a thing or two that hits just the right note.

Byrd Ensemble: A Continental Christmas

SAT-SUN 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, Trinity Parish Episcopal Church, 609 Eighth Ave., Seattle; $12-$17 (206-397-3627 or www.byrdensemble.com).

Seattle Men’s Chorus: Cool Yule

SAT-DEC. 23 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, 8 p.m. Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11, 18-19, 22, 2 and 8 p.m. Dec. 23, Benaroya Hall (S. Mark Taper Forum), 200 University St., Seattle; $25-$75 (206-388-140 or www.flyinghouse.org).

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Emerald City Ringers: Winter Wonderland

SUN 4 p.m., Our Savior Lutheran Church, 745 Front St. S., Issaquah; free (www.emeraldcityringers.org).

Everett Philharmonic Family Concert

SUN 3 p.m., Everett Civic Auditorium, 2415 Colby Ave., Everett; $10-$20 (206-270-9729 or www.everettphil.org).

SPU Choir: The Sacred Sounds of Christmas

SUN-MON 7:30 p.m. Sunday-Monday, Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; $17 (www.spu.edu/events/sacred-sounds).

Cantus: All Is Calm

DEC. 1 7:30 p.m., Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 Fourth Ave. N., Edmonds; $30-$35 (425-275-9595 or ec4arts.org).

Lyric Opera Northwest: “Messiah” Singalong

DEC. 1 7 p.m., Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., Seattle; $30 (www.lonw.org).

“Making Christmas Memories”

DEC. 2 1 p.m., First Baptist Church of Everett, 1616 Pacific Ave., Everett; free (425-259-9166).

Boeing Employees Choir Benefit Concert

DEC. 2 7:30 p.m., Highline Performing Arts Center, 401 S. 152nd St., Burien; free with donation of nonperishable food item (www.highlinemusic4life.org).

Christmas Traditions with Rainier Symphony, Northwest University and University Presbyterian Church

DEC. 2 7:30 p.m., Benaroya Hall (S. Mark Taper Forum), 200 University St., Seattle; $12-$36 (206-215-4747 or www.seattlesymphony.org).

Cantare Vocal Ensemble: Sing We Now

DEC. 2-4 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2, Trinity Lutheran Church, 6215 196th St. S.W., Lynnwood; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3, 2 p.m. Dec. 4, St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, 1245 10th Ave. E., Seattle; $18-$25 (206-367-5667 orwww.cantarevocalensemble.org).

Bells of the Sound: Bells in Toyland

DEC. 2-4, 9-11 8 p.m. Dec. 2, Tibbetts United Methodist Church, 3940 41st Ave. S.W., Seattle; 7 p.m. Dec. 3, Trinity Lutheran Church, 6215 196th St. S.W., Lynnwood; 4 p.m. Dec. 4, Lincoln Avenue Bible Church, 1250 Lincoln Ave., Bremerton; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9, Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave. S.E., Mercer Island; 7 p.m. Dec. 10, Fairwood Community United Methodist Church, 15255 S.E. Fairwood Blvd., Renton; 4 p.m. Dec. 11, Woodland Park Presbyterian Church, 225 N. 70th St., Seattle; $8-$10 (www.bellsofthesound.org).

Seattle Symphony: The Snowman

DEC. 3 11 a.m., Benaroya Hall (S. Mark Taper Forum), 200 University St., Seattle; $15-$20 (206-215-4747 or www.seattlesymphony.org).

Lake Union Civic Orchestra: Family Holiday Concert and Singalong

DEC. 3 2 p.m., Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., Seattle; $10-$15 (206-343-5826 or www.luco.org).

Northwest Girlchoir: Let Joy Resound

DEC. 3 2 p.m., First Presbyterian Church of Seattle, 1013 Eighth Ave., Seattle; $13-$25 (206-527-2900 or www.northwestgirlchoir.org).

Garfield High School Symphony Orchestra: “Messiah” Singalong

DEC. 3 7:30 p.m., Seattle First Baptist Church, 1111 Harvard Ave., Seattle; $6-$12 (206-252-2333 or www.garfieldorchestra.org).

Northwest Chorale: Handel’s “Messiah”

DEC. 3-4 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3, University Christian Church, 4731 15th Ave. N.E., Seattle; 3 p.m. Dec. 4, Edmonds United Methodist Church, 828 Caspers St., Edmonds; free (206-522-9853 or www.nwchorale.org).

Stile Antico: Puer natus est — Tudor Music for Advent and Christmas

DEC. 3 8 p.m., St. James Cathedral, 804 Ninth Ave., Seattle; $15-$40 (206-325-7066 or www.earlymusicguild.org).

Choir of the Sound: Now Is the Singing Season

DEC. 3-4 7 p.m. Dec. 3, 3 p.m. Dec. 4, Shorecrest High School Performing Arts Center, 15343 25th Ave. N.E., Shoreline; $9-$18 (206-528-9990 or www.choirofthesound.org).

Vashon Island Chorale: Dona Nobis Pacem — Grant Us Peace

DEC. 3-4 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3, 3 p.m. Dec. 4, Bethel Evangelical Free Church, 14736 S.W. Bethel Lane, Vashon; $10-$12.50 (206-683-4556 or www.vashonislandchorale.org).

Seattle Choral Company: A Cathedral Christmas

DEC. 3, 9-10 2 p.m. Dec. 3, Bastyr University, 14500 Juanita Drive N.E., Kenmore; 8 p.m. Dec. 9-10, St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, 1245 10th Ave. E., Seattle; $10-$25 (206-365-8765 or www.seattlechoralcompany.org).

Seattle Girls’ Choir: A Festival of Advent Lessons & Carols

DEC. 3, 10 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3, St. Joseph Catholic Church and Parish Hall, 732 18th Ave. E., Seattle; 4 p.m. Dec. 10, Mount Baker Park Presbyterian Church, 3201 Hunter Blvd. S., Seattle; free (www.seattlegirlschoir.org).

Master Chorus Eastside: The Many Worlds of Christmas

DEC. 3, 11 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3, Eastlake Performing Arts Center, 400 228th Ave. N.E., Sammamish; 3 p.m. Dec. 11, Kirkland Performance Center, 350 Kirkland Ave., Kirkland; $15-$20 (425-392-8446 or www.masterchoruseastside.org).

Federal Way Symphony: Holiday Concert

DEC. 4 2 p.m., St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 515 S. 312th St., Federal Way; $25-$30 (253-529-9857 or www.federalwaysymphony.org).

Tacoma Symphony: Sounds of the Season

DEC. 4 2:30 p.m., Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway, Tacoma; $24-$77 (253-591-5890 or www.tacomasymphony.org).

Norwegian Ladies Chorus of Seattle: Gala Christmas Concert

DEC. 4 3 p.m., Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 2400 N.W. 85th St., Seattle; $12 (www.nlcofseattle.org).

Salvation Army Brass Band and Breath of Aire Choir: Christmas Concert

DEC. 4 7 p.m., Daniels Recital Hall, 811 Fifth Ave., Seattle; $6-$15 (www.christmaswiththesalvationarmy.org).

Kirkland Choral Society: Gloria! Celebrating the Season in Song

DEC. 4, 9 2 p.m. Dec. 4, Bastyr University, 14500 Juanita Drive N.E., Kenmore; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9, Daniels Recital Hall, 811 Fifth Ave., Seattle; $12-$18 (425-296-0612 or www.kirklandchoralsociety.org).

Northwest Chamber Chorus: A Rose in Winter

DEC. 4, 10 3 p.m. Dec. 4, Plymouth Congregational Church, 1217 Sixth Ave., Seattle; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10, Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, 7500 Greenwood Ave. N., Seattle; $12-$22 (206-523-1196 or www.northwestchamberchorus.org).

PLU Music: A PLU Christmas

DEC. 5 7:30 p.m., Benaroya Hall (S. Mark Taper Forum), 200 University St., Seattle; (www.plu.edu).

UW Music: CarolFest

DEC. 7 7:30 p.m., Meany Theater, University of Washington, Seattle; $10-$15 (206-543-4880 or www.music.washington.edu).

Seattle Symphony: Holiday Pops with Marvin Hamlisch

DEC. 8-11 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8, 8 p.m. Dec. 9, 2 and 8 p.m. Dec. 10, 2 p.m. Dec. 11, Benaroya Hall (S. Mark Taper Forum), 200 University St., Seattle; $17-$89 (206-215-4747 or www.seattlesymphony.org).

The Sacred Music Chorale: Rejoice!

DEC. 9-11 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9, Holy Rosary Parish, 4202 S.W. Genesee, Seattle; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10, Trinity Lutheran Church, 6215 196th St. S.W., Lynnwood; 3 p.m. Dec. 11, Mason United Methodist Church, 2710 N. Madison St., Tacoma; $13-$15 (206-457-2993 or sacredmusicchorale.org).

Westminster Chapel Choir and Orchestra: Let There Be Light

DEC. 9-11 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9, 6 p.m. Dec. 10, 3 p.m. Dec. 11, Westminster Chapel, 13646 N.E. 24th St., Bellevue; free (425-747-1461 or westminster.org).

Northwest Boychoir: A Festival of Lessons & Carols

DEC. 9-11, 16-20 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9, Our Lady of the Lake, 8900 35th Ave. N.E., Seattle; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10, St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 8398 N.E. 12th St., Medina; 7 p.m. Dec. 11, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 4805 N.E. 45th St., Seattle; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16, Holy Rosary Parish, 4202 S.W. Genesee, Seattle; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17, Trinity Lutheran Church, 6215 196th St. S.W., Lynnwood; 7 p.m. Dec. 18, St. Alphonsus Church, 5816 15th Ave. N.W., Seattle; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19-20, St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, 1245 10th Ave. E., Seattle; $14-$24 (206-524-3234 or www.nwchoirs.org).

Seattle Symphony: Holiday Symphony Serenade

DEC. 10 9:30 and 10:30 a.m., Benaroya Hall (Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall), 200 University St., Seattle; $12 (206-215-4747 or www.seattlesymphony.org).

Seattle Pro Musica: Family Holiday Concert

DEC. 10 3 p.m., Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., Seattle; $10-$15 (206-781-2766 or www.seattlepromusica.org).

Sno-King Community Chorale: A World of Celebrations

DEC. 10 3:30 and 7:30 p.m., Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 Fourth Ave. N., Edmonds; $10-$20 (425-275-9595 or www.ec4arts.com).

Seattle Girls’ Choir: Advent Lessons and Carols

DEC. 10 4 p.m., Mount Baker Park Presbyterian Church, 3201 Hunter Blvd. S., Seattle; free (206-526-1900 or seattlegirlschoir.org).

Coram Deo Ensemble: Christmas Concert

DEC. 10 7 p.m., Northminster Presbyterian Church, 7706 25th Ave. N.W., Seattle; $15 (800-838-3006 or www.brownpapertickets.com/event/200474).

Bainbridge Chorale: Peace and Joy — A Christmas Celebration

DEC. 10 7:30 p.m., Rolling Bay Presbyterian Church, 11042 Sunrise Drive N.E., Bainbridge Island; $12-$20 (206-780-2467 or www.bainbridgechorale.org).

Icicle Creek Piano Trio Holiday Showcase

DEC. 10 7:30 p.m., Icicle Creek Music Center, 7409 Icicle Road, Leavenworth, Chelan County; $10-$20 (509-548-6347 or www.icicle.org).

Opus 7 Vocal Ensemble: A Celebration for the Feast of St. Nicholas

DEC. 10 8 p.m., St. James Cathedral, 804 Ninth Ave., Seattle; $22-$25 (206-782-2899 or www.opus7.org).

Seattle Pro Musica: Celtic Christmas

DEC. 10 8 p.m., Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., Seattle; $12-$32 (206-781-2766 or www.seattlepromusica.org).

Gallery Concerts: A Baroque Christmas

DEC. 10-11 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10, 3 p.m. Dec. 11, Queen Anne Christian Church, 1316 Third Ave. W., Seattle; $12-$28 (206-726-6088 or www.galleryconcerts.org).

Sammamish Symphony Orchestra: Holiday Pops

DEC. 10-11 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10, 2 p.m. Dec. 11, Eastlake High School Performing Arts Center, 400 228th Ave. N.E., Sammamish; $11-$16 (206-517-7777 or www.sammamishsymphony.org).

Bellevue Chamber Chorus: Echoes of Christmas

DEC. 10-11, 18 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10, Bothell United Methodist Church, 18515 92nd Ave. N.E., Bothell; 2 p.m. Dec. 11, St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 8398 N.E. 12th St., Medina; 3 p.m. Dec. 18, Prospect United Church of Christ, 1919 E. Prospect St., Seattle; $9-$18 (425-881-0445 orwww.bellevuechamberchorus.net).

Northwest Girlchoir: Warmest Holiday Wishes

DEC. 11 3 p.m., Meany Theater, University of Washington, Seattle; $8-$20 (206-527-2900 orwww.northwestgirlchoir.org).

Pacifica Chamber Orchestra: Christmas Concert

DEC. 11 3 p.m., Everett First Presbyterian Church, 2936 Rockefeller Ave., Everett; $10-$15 (425-743-0255 orwww.pacificachamberorchestra.org).

Highline Community Symphonic Band Winter Holiday Concert

DEC. 12 7:30 p.m., Foster High School, 4242 S. 144th St., Tukwila; free (www.highlineband.org).

Canadian Brass Holiday Concert

DEC. 12-13 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13, Benaroya Hall (S. Mark Taper Forum), 200 University St., Seattle; $20-$100 (206-215-4747 or www.seattlesymphony.org).

Pacific Sound Chorus Holiday Concert

DEC. 13 7 p.m., East Shore Unitarian Church, 12700 S.E. 32nd St., Bellevue; $15 (425-820-9825 orwww.pacificsound.org).

Brass Band Northwest: Deck the Halls

DEC. 13 7:30 p.m., First Presbyterian Church of Bellevue, 1717 Bellevue Way N.E., Bellevue; free (www.brassbandnw.org).

Seattle Unity: “Messiah” Singalong

DEC. 16 7 p.m., Seattle Unity Church, 200 Eighth Ave. N., Seattle; $20 (206-328-9357 or www.brownpapertickets.com/event/199602).

Tacoma Symphony: “Messiah”

DEC. 16 7:30 p.m., St. Charles Borromeo Hall, 7112 S. 12th St., Tacoma; $25 (253-272-7264 orwww.tacomasymphony.org).

Magical Strings: A Celtic Yuletide

DEC. 16-17 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16, Urban Grace: The Downtown Church, 902 Market St., Tacoma; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17, Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., Seattle; $12-$18 (800-838-3006 or www.magicalstrings.com).

Seattle Symphony: Handel’s “Messiah”

DEC. 16-18 8 p.m. Dec. 16, 1 and 8 p.m. Dec. 17, 2 p.m. Dec. 18, Benaroya Hall (S. Mark Taper Forum), 200 University St., Seattle; $20-$81 (206-215-4747 or www.seattlesymphony.org).

Seattle Girls’ Choir Annual Holiday Concert

DEC. 17 1:30 p.m., Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., Seattle; $15-$20 (206-526-1900 or seattlegirlschoir.org).

Rainier Youth Choirs Holiday Choral Concert

DEC. 17 2 p.m., Kent United Methodist Church, 11010 S.E. 248th, Kent; $10-$15 (253-347-0180 or www.rainieryouthchoirs.org).

Northwest Repertory Singers: Baroque Christmas

DEC. 17 7:30 p.m., Mason United Methodist Church, 2710 N. Madison St., Tacoma; $15-$18 (253-265-3042 or www.nwrs.org).

Medieval Women’s Choir: Northern Lights

DEC. 17 8 p.m., St. James Cathedral, 804 Ninth Ave., Seattle; $13-$22 (206-264-4822 or medievalwomenschoir.org).

Seattle Men’s Chorus: Cool Yule (Everett)

DEC. 17 8 p.m., Everett Civic Auditorium, 2415 Colby Ave., Everett; $22-$42 (206-388-1400 or www.flyinghouse.org/smc/2011-12/coolyule.asp).

Cascadian Chorale: Cascadian Carols

DEC. 17-18 7 p.m., St. Thomas School, 8300 N.E. 12th St., Medina; 7 p.m., Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 14514 20th Ave. N.E., Shoreline; $12-$17 (206-286-6028 or www.cascadianchorale.org).

Seattle First Baptist Church: Light in the Darkness

DEC. 17-18 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17, 1 p.m. Dec. 18, Seattle First Baptist Church, 1111 Harvard Ave., Seattle; free (206-325-6051).

Calvary Choir: Christmas Cantata

DEC. 18 9 a.m., Calvary Lutheran Church of Federal Way, 2415 S. 320th St., Federal Way; free (253-839-0344 or www.calvary-elca.org).

Orchestra Seattle and Seattle Chamber Singers: Christmas Oratorio

DEC. 18 3 p.m., First Free Methodist Church, 3200 Third Ave. W., Seattle; $20 (206-682-5208 or www.osscs.org).

Seattle Girls’ Choir: Carmina Angelorum

DEC. 18 5 p.m., Episcopal Church of the Ascension, 2330 Viewmont Way W., Seattle; $12 (206-526-1900 or www.seattlegirlschoir.org).

Northwest Boychoir: A Festival of Lessons & Carols at Benaroya Hall

DEC. 21 7:30 p.m., Benaroya Hall (S. Mark Taper Forum), 200 University St., Seattle; $20-$81 (www.seattlesymphony.org).

University Unitarian Church: Handel’s “Messiah” Sing-and-Play-Along

DEC. 26 7 p.m., University Unitarian Church, 6556 35th Ave. N.E., Seattle; $10-$15 (206-525-8400 orwww.uuchurch.org).

Bainbridge Chorale: “Messiah” Singalong

DEC. 27 7 p.m. Tuesday, Rolling Bay Presbyterian Church, 11042 Sunrise Drive N.E., Bainbridge Island; $12-$20 (206-780-2467 orwww.bainbridgechorale.org).

Seattle Symphony: Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony

DEC. 28-30 7:30 p.m. Dec. 28-30, Benaroya Hall (S. Mark Taper Forum), 200 University St., Seattle; $25-$120 (206-215-4747 or www.seattlesymphony.org).

Northwest Chorale: “Messiah” Singalong

DEC. 30 7 p.m., St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 111 N.E. 80th St., Seattle; $15 suggested donation (206-522-9853 or www.nwchorale.org).

Seattle Baroque Orchestra: A Toast to Brandenburg

DEC. 30 8 p.m., Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., Seattle; $15-$40 (206-325-7066 or www.earlymusicguild.org).

Seattle Symphony: New Year’s Eve Concert, Countdown & Celebration

DEC. 31 9 p.m., Benaroya Hall (S. Mark Taper Forum), 200 University St., Seattle; $50-$150 (206-215-4747 or www.seattlesymphony.org).

Bach for the New Year

DEC. 31 11 p.m., St. James Cathedral, 804 Ninth Ave., Seattle; $25 (206-382-4874 or www.stjames-cathedral.org/music).

Compiled by Henry Han