The Arboretum Foundation presents Gifts and Greens Galore annual holiday sale, Dec. 7 (noon-5 p.m.) and Dec. 8 (10 a.m.-3 p.m.). 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 Etsys Terrarium Shop). Washington Park Arboretum Visitors Center, 2300 Arboretum Dr. E., Seattle, (206) 325-4510, www.arboretumfoundation.org.
Gingerbread Village, the 20th annual benefit for the Northwest Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, through Jan. 1. Seattles top architectural firms team up with Sheraton Seattles culinary staff to design, bake, and build elaborate gingerbread displays and other holiday creations reflecting this years 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.
Seattle Center WinterFest, Six weeks of free entertainment running through Jan. 6, including the timeless Winter Train and Village, WinterFest Ice Rink, Ice Sculpting (Saturdays through Dec. 29, noon-2 p.m., outside Fisher Pavilion), WinterFest Student Showcase (through 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 Years 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/.
Argosy Christmas Ship Festival, a Northwest tradition since 1949, through Dec. 23. 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.
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 events 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 Years Eve Celebration at the Space Needle, Dec. 31, 11:59 p.m. Start 2013 off with a bang as the Space Needle displays the worlds 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 Needles observation deck. Details at www.spaceneedle.com.
Dina Martina Christmas Show, a Seattle tradition featuring the First Lady of Entertainment, through 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 youve ever had. Bloody Mary/Mimosa Weekend Matinees 2 p.m. Dec. 15, 16, 22, and 23; 8 p.m. nightly Dec. 7-9, 13-17, 19-24, 26-31. Re-Bar, 1114 Howell St., Seattle. Tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/271829.
Ham for the Holidays: Ham-ageddon! featuring Dos Fallopia, through 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 & 21-24, 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. nightly. The Stranger calls Homo for the Holidays the premiere event of the true Gay yuletide season! West Hall, Oddfellows Building, 915 E. Pine St., Seattle. Tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/290222.
Seattle Mens Chorus presents Baby, Its Cold Outside, through Dec. 22. Seattles 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. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9, 16, 20; 8 p.m. Dec. 21; 2 and 8 p.m. Dec. 22. Also performing in Tacoma at Pantages Theater, 8 p.m. Dec. 13, and in Everett at Civic Auditorium, 8 p.m. Dec. 15. Details at www.flyinghouse.org.
Seattle Choral Company presents A Cathedral Christmas 2012, Dec. 7 & 8, 8 p.m., 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. St. Marks Cathedral, 1245 10th Ave. E., Seattle. Details at www.seattlechoralcompany.org.
Northwest Chamber Chorus presents Sing Heigh Ho! Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m. 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. Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, 7500 Greenwood Ave. N., Seattle. Details at www.northwestchamberchorus.org.
The Seattle Symphony celebrates the holidays with a full month of festive performances, including Holiday Pops, Dec. 7-9; Handels Messiah, Dec. 14-16; and Beethovens Ninth Symphony, Dec. 28-31. A special one-night performance of Don Tikis Hot Lava Holiday Show, Dec. 17, brings Hawaiis top musicians to Seattle for a night of island rhythms and festive tiki lounge music. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle. Details at www.seattlesymphony.org.
Breath of Aire Choir performs a free holiday concert in the Bastyr University Chapel, Dec. 7, 7-9 p.m. Holiday and seasonal favorites appealing to families of all faiths and backgrounds, sung by a 100-voice community choir. Bastyr University, 14500 Juanita Drive N.E., Kenmore.
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.
Choral Sounds Northwest presents Ill Be Home for Christmas, Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m., and Dec. 9, 2 p.m. A Burien holiday tradition featuring an unforgettable rendition of Handels Hallelujah Chorus. Highline Performing Arts Center, 401 S. 152nd St., Burien. Details at www.nwassociatedarts.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. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8, Town Hall, 1119 8th Ave., Seattle; 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15, 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. 3 p.m. Dec. 9, Prospect Congregational Church, 1919 E. Prospect St., Seattle; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15, Bothell United Methodist Church, 18515 92nd Ave. N.E., Bothell; 3 p.m. Dec. 16, 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 Womens 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 Brittens 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 Vivaldis 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.
THEATER AND DANCE
A(n Improvised) Christmas Carol, presented by Unexpected Productions, through Dec. 30. An improvised take on Charles Dickens classic, shaped by audience input. Market Theater, 1428 Post Alley, Seattle. Details at www.unexpectedproductions.org.
Scrooge: The Musical, presented by Seattle Musical Theatre, 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. Info at http://seattlemusicaltheatre.org.
Taproot Theatre presents Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol by John Longenbaugh, through Dec. 29. Its Christmas Eve, 1894, and Sherlock Holmes resurfaces after being presumed dead for three years. Only hes changed, and not for the better. Three unexpected callers arrive, uncovering clues from the detectives 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, through Dec. 30. Allen Theatre, 700 Union St., Seattle. Details at www.acttheatre.org.
ArtsWest presents The Winter Wonderettes, a new 60s Christmas musical, through 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 Harpers Hardware. Curtain 7:30 p.m. nightly (5 p.m. Dec. 24), plus weekend matinees at 3 p.m. Dec. 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, and 30. ArtsWest Playhouse, 4711 California Ave. S.W., Seattle. Details at www.artswest.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. Through Dec. 31, 5th Avenue Theatre, 1308 5th Ave., Seattle. Details at www.5thavenue.org.
Owen Meanys Christmas Pageant, presented by Book-It Repertory Theatre, through Dec. 23. John Irvings quirky and memorable boy returns to wreak havoc on the annual Christ Church Christmas Pageant in this poignant, rambunctious, and hilarious play. Center Theatre at the Armory, Seattle Center. Details at www.book-it.org.
Seattle Public Theater presents Santaland Diaries by David Sedaris and The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson, both through Dec. 24. For those who like a little spice with their Christmas sugar, Santaland Diaries chronicles one mans experience working as an Elf in Macys Santaland. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever depicts what happens when the infamous Herdman clan takes over the annual church pageant and challenges everyones 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 Macys 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 Childs 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.
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 Tchaikovskys beloved score performed by the PNB Orchestra. McCaw Hall, Seattle Center. Details at www.pnb.org.