Pop Music

Holiday pop picks

Singer Camila Cabello
Singer Camila Cabello (Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)

TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA The long-running traveling orchestra, which brings together rock opera’s explosive theatrics with Christmas’s chilly yet hopeful moods, will perform a program based on its 1999 made-for-TV flick “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve”; this year’s show is happening in tribute to founder Paul O’Neill, who passed away in April. Guitarist Al Pitrelli, a member of the spectacle-minded group since 1995, has taken over bandleader duties. Nov. 24,
3 and 8 p.m. DCU Center, Worcester. 508-755-6800, www.dcucenter.com. Nov. 25 at 8 p.m., SNHU Arena,
Manchester, NH. 603-644-5000, www.snhuarena.com

KRIS ALLEN: SOMETHIN’ ABOUT CHRISTMAS The eighth “American Idol” brings his 2016 album “Somethin’ About Christmas,” which is peppered with his gently effervescent takes on classics like “Winter Wonderland” as well as the original “Mommy, Is There More Than Just One Santa Claus,” a mouths-of-babes track about another Kris’s existence in the space-time continuum. Dec. 3, 8 p.m. Tickets $20 and up. City Winery Boston. 617-933-8047, www.citywinery.com/boston


MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER CHRISTMAS Chip Davis’s pop-minded alloy of classical pomp and New Age wonder released its first holiday album, “A Mannheim Steamroller Christmas,” back in 1984; this tour will present his group’s biggest hits with eye-popping visual accompaniments. Dec. 5, 7:30 p.m. Tickets $30 and up. SNHU
Arena, Manchester, N.H. 603-644-5000, www.snhuarena.com

HORTON’S HOLIDAY HAYRIDE FEATURING THE REVEREND HORTON HEAT AND JUNIOR BROWN The fired-up fusion of high-energy punk, Southern-fried rockabilly, and revival-tent wailing delivered with cocktail-hour panache by Jim “Reverend Horton” Heath has already resulted in one holiday album, 2005’s “We Three Kings.” Expect this show to blend the reverent with the winkingly jovial. Dec. 10,
8 p.m. Tickets $32-$35. The Sinclair, Cambridge. 617-547-5200,

KISS 108 JINGLE BALL Radio megaglomerate iHeart’s annual holiday showcase of its playlists’ biggest and brightest stars has a surprisingly robust Boston lineup given this year’s wan Top 40 offerings, with pop-rock alchemists Fall Out Boy, reborn “Idol” Kelly Clarkson, girl-power quartet Fifth Harmony and, separately, alum Camila Cabello, whose new single “Havana” is one of the radio’s most irresistible singles, on the bill. Dec. 10,
6 p.m. Tickets $41 and up. TD Garden. 617-624-1050, www.tdgarden.com


MIX 104.1 NOT SO SILENT NIGHT: KESHA AND BLEACHERS Kesha’s 2017 return to the spotlight would have been a feel-good tale even if she hadn’t released the giddy, resilient “Rainbow” earlier this year. At lite-pop purveyor Mix 104.1’s annual holiday show, she’ll be supported by Bleachers, the neurotic, idea-stuffed solo project of Jack Antonoff, who’s also been helping outsize pop personalities like Lorde, St. Vincent, and Taylor Swift perfect their wildly disparate aesthetics.
Dec. 14, 7 p.m. Tickets are free with contest entry. The Wilbur. 617-248-9700, www.mix1041.radio.com

COUNTRY 102.5 HOLIDAY JAM 2017: LOCASH AND HIGH VALLEY Two country duos — the all-American hitmakers LoCash and the Canadian prairie pair High Valley — headline Country 102.5’s annual celebration of Yuletide cheer. Dec. 14, 7 p.m. Tickets $25-$45. House of Blues Boston. 888-693-2583, www.houseofblues.com/boston

CHRISTMAS QUEENS In its eight years on the air, “RuPaul’s Drag Race” has become a cottage industry, with its glammed-up contestants sashaying through attitude-laden singles, albums, and videos after making their names in the drag-show trenches. The just-released third compilation of seasonal tunes from the show’s queens, “Christmas Queens 3,” will have its halls decked at this show, which will feature performances by the likes of Peppermint and Jinkx Monsoon.
Dec. 19, 7 p.m. Tickets $50. Royale. 617-338-7699, www.royaleboston.com


ONE TREE HILL HOLIDAY: TYLER HILTON AND KATE VOGELE The CW tearjerker that helped launch the careers of these two folk-poppers went off the air five years ago, giving their latest joint tour a nostalgic patina that reflects the season’s home-for-the-holidays vibe. Dec. 19, 8 p.m. Tickets $20. Brighton Music Hall. 617-779-0140, www.crossroadspresents.com

TWISTED PINE HOLIDAY SHOW The locally grown string band, which released its lively self-titled debut this past summer, puts a seasonal spin on its bluegrass-tinged, twist-filled pop. Dec. 23, 8 p.m. Tickets $15. City Winery Boston. 617-933-8047, www.citywinery.com/boston


Maura Johnston can be reached at maura@maura.com.