This time of year, Boston bands are feeling very merry. Here’s a list of some local holiday rock and roll shows this month, if you care to do some rockin’ around the Christmas tree.
Dec. 10 – Great Scott Holiday Party at Great Scott
Join local holiday supergroup The Scrooges as they belt out songs by The Stooges donned in Santa garb. You might even enjoy a seasonal pickleback or two. This party is free, but it’s strongly encouraged that you bring an unopened, unwrapped toy donation to help benefit Great Scott’s annual Department of Family Services Toy Drive (9:30 p.m., free, 18+).
Dec. 14 – Indie Rock Ranger’s Holiday Spectacular at Middle East Downstairs
Local booker Richard Bouchard invites some of his favorite locals to a festive night, including the synthy boogies of Freezepop and Animal Talk, the hard-nosed pop rock of Sidewalk Driver and Harris Hawk, and the jangly twang of Parks. This show also includes Anngelle Wood’s holiday toy drive for the Department of Children and Families. If able, bring a new, unwrapped toy for a child or teen in need (8 p.m., $12, 18+).
Dec. 14 – White Trash Christmas Party at Radio
Head to Radio and ring in the holiday season in the trashiest way possible. Order some PBRs, dig sets by Civil Warblers, Thunderbloods, and Slim Jim & the Mad Cows and participate in the deviled egg cook-off (8 p.m., $10, 21+).
Dec. 22 – Harry and the Potters’ 9th Annual Yule Ball at Middle East Downstairs
Harry and the Potters return to host its annual winter celebration of all things Potter. In addition to a performance from Hogwarts’ most rockin’ band, check out the Potter Puppet Pals, Jason Anderson, Lauren Fairweather, and the Whomping Willows. With each ticket sold, $5 will benefit the charity the Harry Potter Alliance (5 p.m., $20, all ages).
Dec. 22 – Winter Solstice Party at Radio
Celebrate a holiday that we’re all forced to participate in whether we like it or not (on the bright side, it does mean that days get longer from here on out). Welcome the year’s shortest day with the electronic love of Andre Obin, Bathaus, Ruby Ridge, Lend Bias, and a C0ralcola DJ set (8 p.m., $9, 21+).
Other holiday shows in Boston
Dec. 6 – The Other Girls Holiday Rock Show Extravaganza at Midway Cafe
(with The Upper Crust, The Other Girls, Township, and Triple Thick; 8:30 p.m., $12, 21+)
Dec. 6 – Erin McKeown’s Anti-Holiday Spectacular at Passim
(with Erin McKeown; 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., $20, 21+)
Dec. 8 – Catie Curtis Christmas Show at Passim
(with Catie Curtis; 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., $30, 21+)
Dec. 14 – Dan Blakeslee Holiday Show at Atwoods
(with Dan Blakeslee and Shea Vaccaro & Ol’ Factory; 7 p.m., $10, 21+)
Dec. 14 – Kiss 108’s Jingle Ball at TD Garden
(with Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, Robin Thicke, and more; 7 p.m., $34 -$250, all ages)
Dec. 15- Yulegrass at Passim
(with Lauren Rioux, Scott Law, Mike Block, Amanda Kowalski, and Tony Trischka; 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., $30, 21+)
Dec. 17 – TT the Bear’s Holiday Party at TTs
(with a Special Holiday-Themed Guest, Mike the Considerate and the Interns, ¾ of Scamper, Sinnet, Aquanutz, the Derangers, Ad Frank, Butterknife, and Corin Ashley; 8 p.m., free, 18+)
*Also includes Anngelle Wood’s holiday toy drive for the Department of Children and Families. If able, bring a new, unwrapped toy for a child or teen in need.
Dec. 17 – Thrifty Times Holiday Explosion at O’Brien’s
(with Nicholas Burgess, Future Days, Elephants, Ric Retro; 7 p.m., $7, 21+)
Dec. 18 – Freak Flag Experimental Santa at ZuZu
(with Krill, Cult + Leper, and Experimental Santa doing unknown Christmas Songs; 10 p.m., $5, 21+)
Dec. 19 – Very Fuzzy Xmas at The Haven
(with Fuzzy, Thalia Zedek and Heather, Melissa Gibbs and Michelle Yvette Paulhus, Field Day, Arthur Johnson and Evelyn Pope, Pat McDonald, Jim Buni and Tom Baker, Chris Colbourn and Hilken, Andy Macbain and Jonathan Ulman, Bill Janovitz, Merrie Amsterburg , Mary Lou Lord, Hilken and Mary Ellen Leahy, Winston’s Poem, Milo Jones, and Toppin’s Blood Feud Band)
Dec. 20 – Oldjack’s Holiday Homage at The Sinclair
(with Oldjack, The Rationales, and Nate Leavitt Band; 7:30 p.m., $15, 18+)
Dec. 21 – Three Kings Holiday Extravaganza at Royale
(with DJ G-Squared; 8 p.m., $50, 21+)