The jukebox-style cabaret “A Motown Christmas” filters holiday music through the soulful sounds of Detroit’s most famous record label. The performances include a mix of retooled classics — the Jackson 5’s energetic take on “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”; the Supremes’ string-enhanced “Silver Bells” — and original songs written by Motown artists, including Stevie Wonder’s hopeful “Someday at Christmas” and Marvin Gaye’s joyous “Purple Snowflakes.” Through Dec. 22 at various times at Signature Theatre. $38.
Iconic folk singer Judy Collins is doing only a handful of shows outside New York with Norwegian singer-guitarist Jonas Fjeld and North Carolina Americana act Chatham County Line in support of their just-released collaborative album, “Winter Stories.” Less a holiday record and more a collection of songs that evoke the aural feeling of winter, the album features stately, twangy takes on Joni Mitchell’s “River,” Collins’s own “The Blizzard” and Fjeld’s “Angels in the Snow.” Collins and Fjeld duet on many songs, including the title track and “Frozen North,” a pair of dramatic ballads that were written just for this project by Fjeld. Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Birchmere. $59.50.
If you think the symphony is too stuffy and formal, you’ll appreciate the National Symphony Orchestra’s annual Ugly Sweater Holiday Concert, where black ties and dress shoes are discouraged in favor of campy holiday apparel. The musicians and the audience members are encouraged to don gaudy red and green sweaters for the low-cost performance at the Anthem — a more casual setting for a symphonic show. Expect an 80-minute program of gift-wrapped selections performed by some of the best classical musicians in the region. Wednesday at 8 p.m. at the Anthem. $15-$35.
The DC101-derland, put on by the local rock radio station, is the holiday show for music fans who don’t particularly care for holiday music. While some bands may include a seasonally appropriate number in their performances, this concert is really just an excuse to catch headliners Mumford & Sons in a more intimate setting than usual, alongside opening sets from indie rockers Cold War Kids, local indie pop trio Shaed and rising garage punk band White Reaper. (That said, maybe Mumford & Sons will dust off their rare take on Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” for all the Santa fanatics in the audience.) Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Anthem. Sold out.
Pop trio Hanson has plenty to celebrate this holiday season. Next year marks the 25th anniversary of the brothers’ debut album, “Boomerang,” and a record is on the way next year. For the band’s “Wintry Mix” tour, Hanson will revisit some of those old cuts, preview new ones and stuff the set list full of seasonal songs. Taylor, Zac and Isaac Hanson have two Christmas albums from which to pull: 1997’s “Snowed In” and 2017’s “Finally It’s Christmas,” both of which feature holiday earworms, including Darlene Love’s “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” and Paul McCartney’s “Wonderful Christmas Time” and Hanson originals. Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Fillmore Silver Spring. $39.50.
The Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra has persisted since the 2016 closure of Bohemian Caverns, its former home on U Street NW, and will hold its annual “A Bohemian Christmas” show at the Atlas Performing Arts Center this year. The 17-piece group, which has featured notable D.C. jazz musicians over the years, takes a big band approach to holiday music, adding extra swing to such usually staid numbers as “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.” Dec. 16 at 8 p.m. at Atlas Performing Arts Center. $15-$35.