South Park Arts 'Art Under $100' sale, Dec. 1, 3-9 p.m. South Park artists will knock your socks off with original, edgy works not seen at a typical holiday sale. What's more, everything is affordable, with nothing priced over $100. The event will showcase a diverse array of art including painting, photography, sculpture, neon, jewelry, ceramics, glass, letterpress, and more. South Park Community Center, 8319 8th Ave S., Seattle, www.southparkarts.org.
Phinney Neighborhood Center holds its annual Winter Festival and Crafts Fair, Dec. 1-2, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. both days. Features 115 artists and crafts vendors, hundreds of musicians and dancers on two stages, a quilt raffle, bake sale, and lunch items. Supports the Phinney Neighborhood Association's hot meal program, child care, and other neighborhood projects. Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., (206) 783-2244, www.phinneycenter.org.
The Arboretum Foundation presents 'Gifts and Greens Galore' annual holiday sale, Dec. 7-8, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. both days. A unique selection of high-quality fresh-cut greens will be featured along with handcrafted gifts from local artisans. Demonstrations and craft workshops will be given by Debra Prinzing, Alexandra Hedin, and Sue Mariotti (of Etsy's Terrarium Shop). Washington Park Arboretum Visitors Center, 2300 Arboretum Dr. E., Seattle, (206) 325-4510, www.arboretumfoundation.org.
Festival of Trees, a time-honored Seattle tradition celebrating 35 years, now through Nov. 28, featuring a 'forest' of designer Christmas trees on display at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in downtown Seattle. The trees will be sold in a silent auction to benefit Seattle Children's Hospital. Other holiday items will be available for purchase as well. Details at www.seattlefestivaloftrees.com.
Gingerbread Village, the 20th annual benefit for the Northwest Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, now through Jan. 1. Seattle's top architectural firms team up with Sheraton Seattle's culinary staff to design, bake, and build elaborate gingerbread displays and other holiday creations reflecting this year's theme. The display is free and open to the public (donation suggested). Sheraton Seattle Hotel, 1400 6th Ave., Seattle. More information at http://gingerbreadvillage.myevent.com/3/events.htm.
Macy's Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting, Nov. 23, 9 a.m. (parade), 5 p.m. (tree). Parade features 25 floats, local school marching bands, sports teams and mascots, and hundreds of costumed characters - including, of course, Santa. Begins at 7th Avenue and Pine Street, travels west on Pine to 5th Avenue, south on 5th to University Street, west on University to 4th Avenue, and then north on 4th to Macy's. Tree lighting in Westlake Park followed by fireworks (weather permitting).
Seattle Center WinterFest, Nov. 23-Jan. 6. Six weeks of free entertainment, including the timeless Winter Train and Village, WinterFest Ice Rink, Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra (Nov. 23, 12:30 p.m., Armory), Ice Sculpting (Saturdays through Dec. 29, noon-2 p.m., outside Fisher Pavilion), Seattle Men's Chorus (Nov. 24, 12:30 p.m., Armory), WinterFest Student Showcase (Nov. 26-Jan. 6, various times, Armory), Bailadores de Bronce (Dec. 15, 12:30 p.m., Armory), Garfield H.S. Jazz Band (Dec. 23, 1 p.m, Armory), The Dickens Carolers (Dec. 29, 12:30 p.m., Armory), Eastside Modern Jazz Orchestra (Dec. 30, 12:30 p.m., Armory), and a New Year's Eve celebration with the Rhythm Nation (Dec. 31, 8:15-11:45 p.m., Armory). Details on these and other events at www.seattlecenter.com/winterfest/.
Pike Place Market presents 'Magic in the Market,' Nov. 24, starting at 1 p.m. The award-winning Dickens Carolers will entertain and hot cider will be served. At 5 p.m., Santa leads a countdown to the lighting of the Market's holiday tree. Details at http://pikeplacemarket.org.
Argosy Christmas Ship Festival, Nov. 24-Dec. 23, a Northwest tradition since 1949. The Argosy Christmas Ship (accompanied by festive Parade Boats) sails to various Puget Sound waterfront communities for choir performances broadcast by a state-of-the-art speaker system. Various options are available for those who wish to sail and/or dine onboard. Visit www.argosycruises.com for information.
Sing Along With Santa, presented by Tacoma Musical Playhouse and the Tacoma Boys, Dec. 1, 10 a.m. Bring the whole family to TMP for songs, treats, prizes, and photos with Santa (bring your own camera). Tacoma Musical Playhouse, 7116 6th Ave., Tacoma. Details at http://tmp.org.
Great Figgy Pudding Street Corner Caroling Competition, Dec. 7, 5-8:30 p.m., at Westlake Center. A benefit for the Pike Market Senior Center and Food Bank. Immerse yourself in the holiday spirit as dozens of caroling teams sing their hearts out on downtown Seattle street corners in and around Westlake Center. The top teams then compete in a sing-off on the Figgy Main Stage. To form your own caroling team or for more information, contact Zoe Freeman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Green Lake Pathway of Lights returns for its 36th year Dec. 8, 5-8 p.m. (rain or shine). A free event sponsored by Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Green Lake Community Center Advisory Council featuring local musicians performing at four sites along the 2.8-mile path around the lake. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lights and candles to add to the ambiance. Hot drinks and treats will be served. Details on the event's Facebook page, www.facebook.com/GreenLakePathwayofLights.
'Hanukkah Under the Stars,' a community celebration, Dec. 15, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Celebrate the Festival of Lights at one of the largest Hanukkah celebrations in the Seattle area. Featuring the kids' band Recess Monkey, plus The Sababas, PJ Library, arts and crafts, and community candle lighting. Free with donation of personal items to Jewish Family Services (e.g., toothbrushes, deodorant, shampoo, soap). Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 E. Mercer Way, Mercer Island. Details at www.sjcc.org.
New Year's Eve Celebration at the Space Needle, Dec. 31, 11:59 p.m. Start 2013 off with a bang as the Space Needle displays the world's tallest structure-launched fireworks show with more than 2,000 pyrotechnic events. The base of the Needle will host the West Coast version of Times Square, where more than 50,000 people gather each year to watch the fireworks shoot across the midnight sky. Special events are planned at the SkyCity restaurant and on the Needle's observation deck. Details at www.spaceneedle.com.
Dina Martina Christmas Show, a Seattle tradition featuring the First Lady of Entertainment, Nov. 23-Dec. 31. Famed N.Y. critic Michael Musto called Dina 'the most original drag performer working in America today.' Martina comes armed with truly legendary songs, stories, costumes, and audience gifts, giving you one of the most festive, invigorating, and ingeniously funny evenings you've ever had. Bloody Mary/Mimosa Weekend Matinees 2 p.m. Dec. 15, 16, 22, and 23; all other performances 8 p.m. Re-Bar, 1114 Howell St., Seattle. Tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/271829.
Ham for the Holidays: Ham-ageddon! featuring Dos Fallopia, Nov. 30-Dec. 30, 7:30 p.m. Wed.-Sat.; 3 p.m. Sat.-Sun. (plus 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16 and 23). The apocalypse is just around the corner, so Dos Fallopia (Lisa Koch and Peggy Platt) celebrate with some classic moments from past years' shows, with some new tunes and sketches. Theatre Off Jackson, 409 7th Ave. S. Details at www.heylisa.com. Tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/277489.
Homo for the Holidays, an annual all-star holiday cabaret featuring BenDeLaCreme, Kitten LaRue, the Cherdonna and Lou show, Jinkx Monsoon, Major Scales, Fuchsia FoXXX, Faggedy Randy, and many more, Dec. 14-15 and 21-24, 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. nightly. West Hall, Oddfellows Building, 915 E. Pine St., Seattle. Tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/290222.
Seattle Men's Chorus presents 'Baby, It's Cold Outside,' Nov. 30-Dec. 22, with special opening-weekend guest Ana Gasteyer. SMC, 'Seattle's Other Holiday Tradition,' heats things up with their unique blend of song, dance, and campy comedy, taking you on an exotic journey with festive songs from south of the border, Hawaii, and other tropical locales. Nov. 30, 8 p.m.; Dec. 1, 2 p.m.; Dec. 9, 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 16 and 20, 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 21, 8 p.m.; Dec. 22, 2 and 8 p.m. Also performing in Tacoma at Pantages Theater, Dec. 13, 8 p.m.; and in Everett at Civic Auditorium, Dec. 15, 8 p.m. Details at www.flyinghouse.org.
Rainbow City Band presents 'Quodlibet: Music to Rejoice, Reflect, and Remember,' a concert for World AIDS Day, Dec. 1, 7 p.m. Featuring the West Coast premiere of Robert Maggio's composition 'Quilt Panels (for my love, for my grief, for my letting go),' on which the band will be joined by the Esoterics, a Seattle-based vocal ensemble. (See preview in this issue of SGN). Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 4th Ave. N., Edmonds. Details at http://rainbowcityband.com.
Seattle Choral Company presents 'A Cathedral Christmas 2012,' Dec. 1-8, featuring a joyous collection of late medieval carols taken from the 1582 Swedish collection Piae Cantiones and arranged by Dale Warland, Stephen Paulus, Jackson Berkey, and Kirke Mechem. Dec. 1, 2 p.m., Chapel at Bastyr University, 14500 Juanita Drive N.E., Kenmore; Dec. 7-8, 8 p.m., St. Mark's Cathedral, 1245 10th Ave. E., Seattle. Details at www.seattlechoralcompany.org.
Lake Union Civic Orchestra (LUCO) presents a Family Holiday Concert and Sing-Along, Dec. 2, 2-4 p.m. This all-volunteer orchestra presents an afternoon of classic carols and other festive tunes. Town Hall, 1119 8th Ave., Seattle. Details at www.luco.org.
St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral presents 'O Antiphons,' a service of lessons and carols marking the beginning of Advent, Dec. 2, 7 p.m. Featuring music by the Compline and Cathedral choirs. 1245 10th Ave. E., Seattle. Details at www.saintmarks.org.
Northwest Chamber Chorus presents 'Sing Heigh Ho!' Dec. 2 & 8. Ring in the holidays with song and poetry by William Shakespeare, Christina Rossetti, Sara Teasdale, William Blake, and others, including a new 10-part Magnificat by Christine Donkin. Dec. 2, 3 p.m.; Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m., Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, 7500 Greenwood Ave. N., Seattle. Details at www.northwestchamberchorus.org.
Pacific Lutheran University presents its annual Christmas concert, 'A Child Is Born,' Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m., featuring a new work by PLU professor David Deacon-Joyner entitled 'Unto Us.' Featuring PLU's Choir of the West, University Chorale, and members of the University Symphony Orchestra. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle. Info at www.seattlesymphony.org.
The End 107.7 Deck the Hall Ball, featuring The Killers, M83, Metric, AWOLNation, Passion Pit, The Lumineers, Grouplove, Of Monsters and Men, and The Joy Formidable, Dec. 4, 3 p.m., Key Arena, Seattle. Details at www.deckthehallball.com.
Rainier Symphony, Northwest University, and University Presbyterian Church present 'Christmas Traditions,' a concert featuring carol arrangements by David Willcocks, John Rutter, Healy Willan, Bob Chilcott, and others, Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m, Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle. Details at www.seattlesymphony.org.
The Seattle Symphony celebrates the holidays with a full month of festive performances, including Holiday Pops, Dec. 6-9; Handel's Messiah, Dec. 14-16; and Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, Dec. 28-31. A special one-night performance of Don Tiki's Hot Lava Holiday Show, Dec. 17, brings Hawaii's top musicians to Seattle for a night of island rhythms and festive tiki lounge music. All events held at Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle. Details at www.seattlesymphony.org.
Seattle Pro Musica presents a Family Holiday Concert, Dec. 8, 3-4 p.m. Featuring traditional carols, an audience sing-along, and young choral singers from area schools. Suitable for all ages. Town Hall, 1119 8th Ave., Seattle. Details at www.seattlepromusica.org.
Seattle Pro Musica presents 'Weihnachten, German Christmas,' Dec. 8 & 15. Experience the joyous sounds of traditional German choral Christmas music, including works by Bruckner, Mendelssohn, Biebl, and Distler. The evening also includes an atmospheric candlelight processional. Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m., Town Hall, 1119 8th Ave., Seattle; Dec. 15, 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Bastyr University Chapel, 14500 Juanita Drive N.E., Kenmore. (Pre-concert lecture begins an hour before each performance.) Info at www.seattlepromusica.org.
Bellevue Chamber Chorus presents 'Joy to the World!' Dec. 9-16. An international celebration of song featuring a new work for children by Eric Whitaker, 'Goodnight, Moon.' Dec. 9, 3 p.m., Prospect Congregational Church, 1919 E. Prospect St., Seattle; Dec. 15, 7:30 p.m., Bothell United Methodist Church, 18515 92nd Ave. N.E., Bothell; Dec. 16, 3 p.m., St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 8398 N.E. 12th St., Medina. Details at www.bellevuechamberchorus.net.
Early Music Guild presents 'Wassail! Wassail!' featuring the Baltimore Consort, Dec. 14, 8-10 p.m. Music for the Yuletide season played on traditional instruments such as the lute, cittern, viol, crumhorn, recorder, and rebec. The Consort offers old carols and dance tunes from the British Isles, Germany, France, Spain, and the New World. (Pre-concert lecture at 7 p.m.) Town Hall, 1119 8th Ave., Seattle. Details at www.earlymusicguild.org.
Magical Strings presents 'Celtic Yuletide,' a fabulous gala of Irish music, dance, storytelling, juggling, and songs of the season, Dec. 15, 7:30 p.m., Town Hall, 1119 8th Ave., Seattle. Also appearing in various locations throughout the Puget Sound area Nov. 30-Dec. 17. See www.magicalstrings.com for full schedule.
Medieval Women's Choir presents 'Nowell Sing We,' a program of Medieval English carols, Dec. 15, 8 p.m. Be transported by the mellifluous harmonies of compositions by John Dunstable and Lionel Power. St. James Cathedral, 804 9th Ave., Seattle. Details at http://medievalwomenschoir.org.
A Christmas Choral Concert: Sing Love! Benjamin Britten's 'Ceremony of Carols,' chant, baroque choral anthems, and carols with the audience are all part of a free concert with the 50-voice Seattle First Baptist Sanctuary Choir, youth singers, and instruments, Dec. 15, 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 16, 1 p.m. Seattle First Baptist Church, 1111 Harvard Ave., Seattle. Details at www.seattlefirstbaptist.org.
Orchestra Seattle and the Seattle Chamber Singers present a Winter Celebration, Dec. 16, 3 p.m. A holiday concert featuring Vivaldi's 'Winter' from The Four Seasons, plus works by Beethoven, Bach, and others. First Free Methodist Church, 3200 3rd Ave. W., Seattle. Details at http://osscs.org.
KISS-FM Jingle Ball, featuring Calvin Harris, Cher Lloyd, Owl City, 3OH!3, Alex Clare, Afrojack, and Ed Sheeran, Dec. 16, 4 p.m., WaMu Theater, Seattle. Details at www.kissfmseattle.com, tickets at www.ticketmaster.com.
The Irish Tenors (Finbar Wright, Anthony Kearns, and Ronan Tynan) present their annual Christmas gala performance with full orchestra Dec. 19, 7:30 p.m., a benefit for the Ballard NW Senior Center and the Senior Center of West Seattle. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle. Details at www.seattlesymphony.org.
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Scrooge: The Musical, presented by Seattle Musical Theatre, now through Dec. 9. Based on Dickens' A Christmas Carol, the musical follows grumpy Ebenezer Scrooge through his revealing night of ghostly visits from his late business partner and the Spirits of Christmases Past, Present, and Future. Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. (plus Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m.). Info at http://seattlemusicaltheatre.org.
Taproot Theatre presents Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol by John Longenbaugh, now through Dec. 29. It's Christmas Eve, 1894, and Sherlock Holmes resurfaces after being presumed dead for three years. Only he's changed, and not for the better. Three unexpected callers arrive, uncovering clues from the detective's past, present, and future. Can they save Holmes and his world from a dire end? A mystery full of Christmas spirits the whole family will enjoy. 204 N. 85th St., Seattle. Details at http://taproottheatre.org.
ACT Theatre presents its annual production of A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens' classic tale of hope and redemption, adapted by Gregory A. Falls, Nov. 23-Dec. 30. Allen Theatre, 700 Union St., Seattle. Details at www.acttheatre.org.
ArtsWest presents The Winter Wonderettes, a 'new '60s Christmas musical,' Nov. 23-Dec. 30. Take a nostalgic trip through the late '50s-early '60s musical style when the Marvelous Wonderettes are asked to entertain at the holiday party for Harper's Hardware. Curtain 7:30 p.m. Nov. 23-24, 28-30 and Dec. 1, 5-8, 12-15, 19-22 (5 p.m. Dec. 24), 26-29, plus weekend matinees at 3 p.m. Nov. 25 and Dec. 2, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29-30. ArtsWest Playhouse, 4711 California Ave. S.W., Seattle. Details at www.artswest.org.
Book-It Repertory Theatre presents Owen Meany's Christmas Pageant. John Irving's quirky and memorable boy, Owen Meany, returns to wreak havoc on the annual Christ Church Christmas Pageant. Poignant, rambunctious, hilarious. Dec. 4-23. Center Theatre at the Armory. Details at www.book-it.org.
ELF - The Musical, the story of Buddy, a boy raised by elves at the North Pole who sets off to the big city in search of his father and finds an alarming lack of Christmas spirit. Nov. 30-Dec. 31, 5th Avenue Theatre, 1308 5th Ave., Seattle. Details at www.5thavenue.org.
Seattle Public Theater presents Santaland Diaries by David Sedaris and The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson, both Dec. 6-24. For those who like a little spice with their Christmas sugar, Santaland Diaries chronicles one man's experience working as an Elf in Macy's Santaland. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever depicts what happens when the infamous Herdman clan takes over the annual church pageant and challenges everyone's traditional notions of Christmas. Details at www.seattlepublictheater.org.
Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Radio Play presented by Twelfth Night Productions, Dec. 7-16, 7:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat.; 3 p.m. Sun. A 'live' 1940s-style broadcast based on the holiday movie of the same name about a man who calls himself Kriss Kringle and is hired at Macy's but ends up in court after claiming to be the real Santa. Kenyon Hall, 7904 35th Ave. S.W., Seattle. Tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/293698.
Stone Soup Theatre presents A Child's Christmas in Wales, Dec. 7-24. Celebrate the magic of Dylan Thomas' childhood Christmas in a play adapted from his poem and featuring both youth and adult performers. 7:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat.; 2 p.m. Sat.-Sun.; special matinees at 12:30 and 4 p.m. Dec. 23 and 24. Details at www.stonesouptheatre.org.
Unexpected Productions presents A(n Improvised) Christmas Carol, Nov. 29-Dec. 30. An improvised take on Charles Dickens' classic shaped by audience input. Market Theater, 1428 Post Alley. Details at www.UnexpectedProductions.org.
Pacific Northwest Ballet presents Nutcracker, Dec. 7-29, 7:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat. plus weekend matinees. Praised by the New York Times as 'original and exciting,' this marvelously imagined production created by PNB founding artistic director Kent Stowell and author/illustrator Maurice Sendak, features more than 200 dancers, gigantic moving sets, a snowfall, and Tchaikovsky's beloved score performed by the PNB Orchestra. McCaw Hall, Seattle Center. Details at www.pnb.org.
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