SGN 2017 HOLIDAY EVENTS CALENDAR
Compiled by Justin Craig
SGN Contributing Writer
& Rick McKinnon
SGN Staff Writer
27th Annual Seattle Area Support Groups & Community Center Holiday Tree (& Greenery) Sale. Nov. 24-Dec. 23, 9am-9pm. SASGCC, 303 17th Ave. E. www.sasgcc.org; 206-322-2437. This holiday tradition goes to benefit the organization that provides peer support services to members of the LGBTQ community. Trees range in price from $25-$300, depending on size and species. 100% of proceeds go to support the operating budget of the center. Receipts are available for tax deductions purposes.
Seward Park Clay Studio Winter Holiday Show & Sale. Dec. 1-24. 5900 Lake Washington Blvd. S. PREVIEW NIGHT PARTY: Dec. 1st, 6:30-9:30pm, is a great chance to get the pick of the best ceramics in town, with over 40 artists represented in the sale. $10 suggested donation at the door: light food, drink and fun. From Dec. 2-24 the sale is FREE and open to the public: Mon-Fri 11am-7pm; Sat-Sun 10am-6pm. Shop for amazing holiday presents while supporting one of the Northwest’s cultural gems. What is on view and available for purchase includes an impressive range of work: including sculpture, majolica, functional stoneware, delicate porcelains, raku, wood-fire, wall hangings. Even if you aren’t in the market for purchasing (and prices are remarkably affordable!), just surveying the range of expression in clay is worth a trip to this event. www.sewardparkart.org.
Arboretum Foundation’s “Gifts & Greens Galore” Holiday Sale. Dec. 2, 10am-3pm. Washington Park Arboretum Graham Visitors Center, 2300 Arboretum Dr E. Don’t miss our popular annual holiday sale! It features a great selection of nature-inspired gifts including local, seasonal specialty items. You’ll also find a unique selection of botanical decorations. Buy something for everyone on your list this year, while helping support maintenance and children’s education programs at the Arboretum! Free hot drinks: Shoppers can also warm up with complimentary beverages, including ZOKA Arboretum Blend coffee, hot chocolate, and cider. All sales benefit the Washington Park Arboretum. 206-325-4510; www.arboretumfoundation.org.
WISH LIST: Basic greens we’re looking for include Douglas fir, pine, cedar, and spruce. Specialty greens include incense cedar, camellia, mahonia, and red-twig dogwood. Thank you for donating!
INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING? If you’d like to help out at this event, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 206-325-4510.
South Park Arts 2017 Art Under $100 Holiday Sale. Dec. 16, 2-8pm. Seattle Design Center, 5701 6th Ave S. 70 amazing artists will convene at the Seattle Design Center. From 1-2pm, patrons who wish to be VIP can purchase a $20 ticket (all proceeds benefit South Park Arts) to get first pick of the coveted affordable artwork, along with champagne and chocolate. Tickets available through Brown Paper Tickets. The beloved event continues to gather momentum, celebrating its thirteenth year in a spacious venue in Georgetown/SODO. For holiday shoppers, AU100 offers an unsurpassed opportunity to discover unique, affordable art while supporting local artists. www.southparkart.org.
In store this year: 1) THE ART: Paintings, sculptures, jewelry, textiles, photography, blown glass, cast glass, stained glass, wood, encaustic, dioramas, woodblock printing, letterpress and more! And nothing priced over $100. 2) There’s ART made by YOU: Create a handmade treasure with The Makery, a free art lab that runs on reclaimed materials and creativity – the perfect, kid-friendly, family fun activity.
Seattle Sampling Artists' Studio Tour. Dec. 1, 4-9pm; Dec. 2 & 3, 10am-5pm. Seattle Sampling is Seattle’s most established and largest holiday arts and crafts tour celebrating over 28 years of fabulous arts & crafts! This free, self–guided tour offers holiday shoppers a relaxed and intimate opportunity to meet the artists in their own environments. The tour provides both continuity with established artists and change with new and emerging artists bringing a sense of discovery and wonder to the tour while also connecting customers with their favorite artists they have followed for years. www.seattlesampling.com.
2017 Native Art Mart. Dec. 3, Dec. 9 & Dec. 18, 10am-4pm. Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center in Discover Park, 5011 Bernie Whitebear Way. Find great holiday gifts at the Native Art Mart. Beautiful work by Native American Artists. Many styles and tribes represented. Clothing, jewelry, woodworking, drums, art prints, and so much more. Affordable, unique and fun. Support local Native artists.
Festival of Trees Celebration. Nov. 18-29. OPENING CELEBRATION: Nov. 19, 1-4pm. Fairmont Olympic Hotel, 411 University St. Join our featured patients, friends and family to enjoy entertainment provided by the St. Jude Parish Sanctuary Choir and the Seattle Girls' Choir. Also listen to Christmas stories and enjoy homemade cookies. One of our featured patients will start the Celebration by lighting the Fairmont Olympic's grand lobby tree. Another featured patient, will open the Teddy Bear Suite for the season. Numerous holiday items, including wreaths, small trees, table decorations, and ornaments designed and crafted by our guild members especially for our guests will be available for sale. The Children's Corner will carry gifts of interest to our younger guests. Children can pose with Santa for a photo taken by Yuen Lui Photography. www.seattlefestivaloftrees.com.
Sheraton Seattle Hotel’s 25th Annual Gingerbread Village – "25 Years of Cheer: A Celebration of Seattle." Nov. 21-Jan. 1. This year, the Gingerbread Village will be located across the street from the Sheraton at the City Centre building.. For 25 years, Seattle has embraced the Sheraton Seattle's Annual Gingerbread Village benefiting the Northwest Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. As a tribute to the city, the theme for the 25th Annual Gingerbread Village is "25 Years of Cheer: A Celebration of Seattle." Sheraton invites visitors to stroll through Seattle's cobblestone past and glimpse into its future, reflecting on what makes the city special. Seattle’s top architecture firms, master builders and Sheraton Seattle culinary teams have come together to rediscover the city’s historic past and imagine the future, including its waterfront. The event is free to the public, with donations benefitting the JDRF Northwest Chapter. More information is available at www.gingerbreadvillage.org where you can view the gingerbread displays, vote for your favorite and donate online.
Macy’s Holiday Parade & Macy's Holiday Star Lighting. Nov. 24, 9-10am. Come kick off the holiday season with the 27th Annual My Macy’s Holiday Parade. This year’s parade will feature 25 inflatable floats, local middle and high school marching bands, nearly 650 costumed characters, professional sports teams and community drill teams. At the conclusion of the parade, Santa will dash in on his reindeer-led sleigh and head directly to his holiday post at Santaland® on the third floor at Macy’s Downtown Seattle. Visiting hours will begin at 11am. The Holiday Parade route begins at 7th Ave. and Pine St., then travels west down Pine St. to 5th Ave., south on 5th Ave. to University St., west on University to 4th Ave., and finally north on 4th Ave. to Macy’s front doorstep.
Psst… be sure to come back later in the day for the lighting of the Macy’s Holiday Star, which celebrates its diamond anniversary! The famous 161-foot high, 3,600-bulb Holiday Star has shined brightly throughout Seattle’s downtown for 61 years. The Macy’s Star Lighting happens in conjunction with the annual lighting of Westlake Center’s tree and The Downtown Seattle Association’s Carousel at Westlake Park beginning at 5pm and will include a fireworks display (weather permitting).
Argosy Cruise Christmas Ship™ Festival. Nov. 24-Dec. 23. Holiday traditions in the Northwest start on the water with Argosy Cruises. The Argosy Cruises Christmas Ship™ Festival is a holiday celebration that has been a Northwest tradition since 1949. Every year, the Argosy Christmas Ship™ sails to different Puget Sound waterfront communities, around 65 in all. Choirs on board give 20-minute performances to these communities, all broadcast via our state-of-the-art speaker system. On shore, thousands of people gather around roaring bonfires anticipating the arrival of the Christmas Ship™. For schedule, visit www.argosycruises.com.
Seattle Center Winterfest. Nov. 24-Jan. 1. Seattle Center Armory, Fisher Pavilion, Fisher Pavilion Apron and International Fountain. Connect to a world of sparkling lights, child-size amusements and spirited entertainment at Seattle Center Winterfest in Center venues and on the grounds. Five weeks of festive, fun-filled, free and affordable activities await those in search of uplifting seasonal spirit or delightful diversion from the hustle and bustle of the holiday routine. Featuring Winterfest Ice Rink and Saturday ice sculpting, including a full day of ice carving mastery on December 17. The Winter Train & Village returns, along with live weekend performances and inspiring student showcases. The festival opens with Holiday Harmony and rings in the New Year with spectacular fireworks, Fountain of Light dance party and live music by premier cover band, Sway. www.seattlecenter.com/winterfest
Woodland Park Zoo Wildlights. Nov. 24-Jan. 1 (except 12/24 & 25), 5:30-8:30pm nightly. Enter through the Woodland Park Zoo West Entrance on Phinney Ave N between N 55th & N 56th Sts. Over 600,000 energy-efficient LED lights illuminate the paths of Woodland Park Zoo through dazzling displays of wild animals and exotic destinations including “African Water Hole,” “Jungle Lights” and “Northern Lights.” Wildlights guests can enjoy brilliant indoor and outdoor displays,, a Winter Warm Up area, a ride on the zoo’s decorated Historic Carousel (additional fee) and a visit from Santa and a couple of his reindeer! Come celebrate Galactic Lights at Wildlights on Dec. 12. The zoo is including an out of this world theme night with characters from a galaxy far, far away, including an unforgettable nighttime light saber performance from Saber Guild Jet City Temple. www.zoo.org/wildlights
Magic in the Market. Nov. 25, 11am-5:30pm. Pike Place Market, 1st Ave & Pike St. Celebrate the holiday season at Magic in the Market! Meet and take free photos with Santa under the clock (11am-5pm). Decorate gingerbread cookies (for kids 12 and under and their family) in the Atrium Kitchen while swaying to the cheerful ukulele music of STRUM. Enjoy festive performances by caroling choirs, on the street under the clock. Purchase fresh cider, hot cocoa and other beverages from farmers and merchants on Pike Place while you shop the Market for seasonal foods and locally made gifts. Pick out the perfect holiday tree from Growing Washington and wreaths from local farmers on Pike Place.
At 5pm, Santa will lead a countdown to the lighting of the 20-foot holiday tree and lights throughout the Market.
Join in the fun and invite your friends to the kick off to the holiday season! www.pikeplacemarket.org
Providence O’Christmas Trees. Nov. 27-29. Westin Seattle Hotel, Grand Ballroom, 1900 5th Ave. Providence O'Christmas Trees raises funds for the ministries of Providence Senior and Community Services. Our signature three day event – Christmas Carnival, Silver Bells Luncheon and Gala Dinner & Auction – raises funds benefitting ministries who together serve over 20,000 people a day in need of healthcare, housing and hospice. http://washington.providence.org/donate/pscs-special-events/ochristmas-trees/
Great Figgy Pudding Street Corner Caroling Competition. Dec. 1, 6-8:30pm. Westlake Park neighborhood on Pine St. between 3rd Ave and 7th Ave. The biggest single musical holiday event of the season and a critical fundraiser for the Pike Market Senior Center & Clinic & Food Bank, The Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition kicks off the month of December with a singular evening of entertainment enjoyed by more than 9,000 spectators every year. 1,000 carolers and dozens of caroling teams sing their hearts out on the downtown Seattle street corners of Pine St. and 5th Ave and 6th Ave beginning at 6:15pm.
The top caroling teams compete for the most donations raised in the Figlanthropy category. The categories of Best Choral performances and Most Creative teams are selected by the Famous Figgy Judges; the People’s Choice team is selected by popular vote. The top two teams in each of these categories compete in a sing-off on the Figgy Main Stage.
A Seattle holiday tradition, the Great Figgy Pudding is a zany, family friendly and delightful holiday event for everyone. Caroling teams run the gamut from singing lawyers, to costumed co-workers of Seattle landmark businesses to Von Trapp-like families. KING-5 TV "Evening Magazine"'s Jim Dever and Kim Holcomb will share the spotlight as Figmasters this year. Returning caroling team crowd pleasers include the Starbucks Coffee Choir, Emerald City Voices, Emerald City Cloggers, and The Beaconettes. www.pikemarketseniorcenter.org.
Volunteer Park Trust Holiday in the Park. Dec. 7, 6-8pm. Volunteer Park, 14th Ave & E Prospect St. A FREE community celebration for everyone! Walk the Volunteer Park pathways beautifully lit by hundreds of luminarias!
Listen to joyful music from Holy Names Vocal Ensemble, Sing Noel, Lakeside Acafellas, Voices of Inspiration, and the Beaconettes! Launch a candle-lit make-a-wish boat at the kids’ activity booth! All while enjoying free cookies and hot cocoa provided by Volunteer Park Trust! www.volunteerparktrust.org/events.
T-Mobile New Year’s Eve Fireworks at the Space Needle. Dec. 31. Seattle Center. Includes a New Year's Eve party at the adjacent Chihuly Garden & Glass. www.chihulygardenandglass.com
LGBT COMMUNITY CELEBRATIONS
14th Annual “Stronger Together” World AIDS Day Breakfast. 7:30am-9am. Sheraton Seattle Hotel, 1400 6th Avenue. The World AIDS Day Breakfast is a fundraiser for Gay City, Seattle Counseling Service, and Care Teams, a program of Samaritan Center, who work together to provide crucial HIV prevention, education, support and care in the Seattle area. Hosted by Molly Shen, KOMO 4. Featuring keynote speaker Dr. Marjorie Hill, New York State AIDS Advisory Council. Individuals being honored at this year’s breakfast: Kenny Joe McMullen, Project HANDLE@Navos and Kevin Patz, CareTeams. Community Partners: People of Color Against AIDS Network (POCAAN), Entre Hermanos, Lifelong, Seattle Area Support Groups. Presenting sponsor is Wells Fargo.
While there is no cost to attend we are asking for donations at the event. For more information and to pre-register visit strongerstogetherseattle.com
"The Monarchs' Holiday." Dec. 2, 6:30pm door; 7:30pm show. Kremwerk, 1809 Minor Ave #10. Join for a fabulous and hysterical show featuring past and reigning monarchs of Seattle, the reigning Imperial Family, and more for a show benefiting the Court's charities and Lifelong! $5 suggested donation or an unwrapped toy. Presented by the Imperial Sovereign Court of Seattle and the Olympic & Rainier Empire.
“Snowball!” Dec. 2, 7:30pm. Bertha Knight Landes Room, City Hall, 5th Ave. at Cherry St. Join us for a celebration of our trans and gender nonconforming communities and learn what we have in store for 2018. There will be a robust program, a local art auction supporting the work of queer and trans artists, free food, drinks, and community awards. Tickets: $25 and sliding scale. www.eventbrite.com/e/ingersoll-presents-snowball-2017-tickets-39601199253
As a non-profit for 40 years, Ingersoll has provided weekly support groups, educational access, and community engagement in Seattle and beyond. Through our decades of service Ingersoll has joined with thousands of individuals, families, friends and allies in the amazing and intensely human process of discovery - a wonderfully personal and social search for complete and peaceful lives. Our goal is to assure that the best services, the most welcoming conditions, and the strongest advocacy are all here for those who visit Ingersoll 2017 has been one of our biggest years yet in that work.
"POCAAN's 30th Anniversary Gala." Dec. 8, 7pm. Northwest African American Museum, 2300 S Massachusetts St. POCAAN (People of Color Against AIDS Network) hosts their second annual event to celebrate the contributions of communities of color within the Pacific Northwest, as well as raise money to support POCAAN's justice work. The gala event will include a cocktail reception, dinner, awards presentation and live entertainment. It's a stellar opportunity to honor community advocates, have a great meal and experience stellar artists in an intimate setting. The event also seeks to recognize outstanding individuals and organizations that continue to empower communities on the margin and fight for health and socio-economic equity. Proceeds from the gala and awards dinner will support POCAAN's HIV/AIDS outreach work. Donations will go to funding POCAAN's Same Gender Loving Men of Color and their Women and Girls initiatives in 2018. Tickets: $50-general; $100-VIP. Semi-formal attire requested. POCAAN is committed to fighting for health equity for communities of color in Washington state. RSVP to 206-322-7061 or www.pocaan.org.
“Pictures With Santa." Dec. 8 & 9, 8pm-midnight. The Cuff Complex, 1533 13th Ave. Seattle Men in Leather’s annual holiday event allows members of the community to get an individual or family portrait with a hunky Santa and his elves and reindeer. Sit on (leather) Santa's lap and let him know what you really want for Christmas. The portraits are professionally printed and distributed immediately following the photo shoot. Suggested donation is $10 per print. All proceeds from the event will go to SML’s charity for the year, Seattle Area Support Groups (SASG). www.seattlemeninleather.org.
Three Dollar Bill Cinema – Auntie Mame. Dec. 13, 6:30pm soiree; 7:30pm screening,. AMC Pacific Place Cinema, 600 Pine St. Celebrate the season with Three Dollar Bill Cinema's 10th annual screening of Auntie Mame, the beloved 1958 film starring the incomparable Rosalind Russell, returns for one night only, a “homo for the holidays” tradition! Always armed with a colorful dress and an acerbic quip, the flamboyant, vibrant Mame Dennis (Russell) is an unconventional socialite from the Roaring Twenties. When her young orphan nephew comes to live in her madcap party pad, Mame takes him under her wing for an adventure in living life to its fullest. This is an all-ages event. Join us early for a pre-film soirée with sparkling beverages, delightful bites, entertainment and photo opportunities galore! Local celebrity Arnaldo! Drag Chanteuse will host the evening and perform a special number before the show. Costumes encouraged. Film starts at 7:30pm sharp! Tickets: $20-general; $15-members; $12-low income, student,, senior, youth, those with disabilities; a limited number of complimentary Mame hospitality tickets will be available to people in need. www.threedollarbillcinema.org.
“Light the Night! An LGBTQ Hanukkah Celebration.” Dec. 14, 6:30-9:30pm. Hillel UW, 4745 17th Ave NE. Join JConnect, Pave and Kolenu for our annual LGBTQ Hanukkah Celebration! We will gather together for delicious vegetarian tapas, sangria, and yummy latkes and doughnuts. We will all gather together for candle lighting, singing, and some lovely thoughts shared by Udi Asaraf and Rabbi Dana Benson. FREE and open to the community. Allies, friends, and family welcome! This all-ages event is made possible through the support of JConnect Seattle, Hillel at the University of Washington, and Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle. RSVP to https://www.jconnectseattle.org/ or phone 206-527-1997.
LGBT CABARET & MUSIC
“The Dina Martina Christmas Show 2017.” Nov. 24-25 & Dec. 1-31 @ 8pm, WEEKEND MATINEES: Dec. 16 & 17, 23 & 24, 30 & 31 @ 2pm. Re-bar, 1114 Howell St. Dina Martina is the most surreal and hilarious chanteuse you'll ever find – "The Second Lady of Entertainment" – DINA MARTINA! Accompanied on the ivories by Stranger Genius Award winner MR. CHRIS JEFFRIES and armed with truly legendary songs, stories, costumes and audience gifts, Dina Martina will give you one of the most festive, invigorating and ingeniously funny evenings you've ever had! See why she's a favorite of John Waters, Matt Stone, Margaret Cho, Jennifer Coolidge, Graham Norton and many, many more! What a Dina Martina show is, simply put, is a smart and hilarious evening of entertainment you'll never forget. Get your tickets now, because pretty soon they'll be flyin' off the wall like hotcakes! Tickets: $25 advance; $30 at the door. https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3077782
"Dina Martina goes way beyond drag into some new kind of twisted art." – John Waters
"The most original drag performer working in America today. A master comic!" – The Village Voice
Seattle Men's Chorus: “A Sassy Brassy Christmas.” Dec. 10, 7:30pm (ASL interpreter will be present); Dec. 17, 8pm; Dec. 20 & 21 @ 7:30pm and Dec 23 @ 2pm & 7:30pm. S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium, Benaroya Hall, 3rd Ave. & University St. It’s not the holidays in Seattle without the most welcoming celebration of the season - and this year, we’ve infused your favorite carols and beloved classics with the warmth of brass and a pinch of sass! Featuring a soaring gospel arrangement of “Joy to the World,” the cheeky and cheerful “Super Gay Christmas,” plus a down and dirty Dixieland styling of “Let It Snow.” IN TACOMA: Dec. 9, 3pm & 7:30pm. Rialto Theater; IN EVERETT: Dec. 16, 7:30pm. Civic Auditorium, 2415 Colby Ave. www.SeattleMensChorus.org
Ham for the Holidays: The Hamchurian Candidate. Nov. 30-Dec. 17. ACT Theatre, 700 Union St. Lisa Koch and Peggy Platt (aka Dos Fallopia) return to ACT with their sassy, gender-bending holiday sketch buffoonery. With favorites like dysfunctional country duo The Spudds, the tiny Sequim Gay Men’s Chorus, and the angst-ridden Slam Poet, Platt and Koch take you on a devilishly loony holiday romp!
A Seattle treasure since 1996, Ham for the Holidays is in its 17th incarnation, and Peggy and Lisa hope to soon be immortalized in their own Netflix original series, "Fallopian is the New Black."
“…a hysterical, tears streaming down your face YAY!” – Broadway World
"Itʼs like someone put SCTV, Carol Burnett and Auntie Mame into a huge comedy blender..." – Seattle Gay Scene
"Timing is everything, and theirs is perfect..." – Seattle Weekly
Ham for the Holidays contains adult humor and themes recommended for ages 14+. www.acttheatre.org.
Homo for the Holidays. Dec. 7-30. West Hall, Odd Fellows Building, 2nd Floor, 915 E. Pine St. Homo For The Holidays is a seasonal spectacle guaranteed to make even the most stubborn yuletides gay! An unforgettable all-star cast of burlesque, cabaret, dance, drag, and musical local luminaries come together in a display of glittering grandeur that's been called "F*CKING GREAT....F*CKING HILARIOUS!" by Dan Savage. With such acclaimed talent as Stranger Genius Award winner Cherdonna, Burlesque Hall of Fame winners and #1 Burlesque Performers in the World (Burlesque Top Fifty) Kitten N’ Lou, RuPaul’s Drag Race star BenDeLaCreme, along with the noteable Waxie Moon, The One The Only Inga, Faggedy Randy, The Luminous Pariah, ilvs strauss, Rebecca M. Davis, and Danny Kam this show is one of the most star-studded feasts of queer talent you can find on one Seattle stage! http://homofortheholidays.strangertickets.com/
Byrd Ensemble – A Classic Christmas. Nov. 25, 8pm, St. James Cathedral, 804 9th Avenue. Join the Byrd Ensemble for a festive Christmas program featuring traditional carol arrangements by the finest English composers. The main course is Benjamin Britten's famous Ceremony of Carols and Gustav Holst's Four Old English Carols, both with harp. Accompanying these pieces are traditional Christmas carols you and your family will enjoy! Featuring harpist Catherine Case. General Admission: $30; Seniors (65+): $25; Students: $20. www.ByrdEnsemble.com.
Encanto - Annual Holiday Concert. Nov. 25, 7:30pm. Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall - Benaroya Hall, 3rd Ave. & University St. The Encanto Music program, founded by José Iñiguez, in collaboration with the Camino Foundation, proudly presents an evening of unique music that pairs the beauty of Opera Aria and classical piano with the charm of Mariachi Bolero. Headlining the event is award winning Seattle opera and bolero Tenor, José Iñiguez. José will be unveiling all new music with the orchestra. The program features; Opera Soprano International renown mystery guest. Her name will be unveiled 2 weeks prior; The Ballard Symphony Orchestra conducted by Paula Madrigal; Leading us through this cultural journey is Emcee Supreme Court Justice Steve Gonzalez & Emmy award winning Hollywood producer Diana Rivera. Behind the scene expert Fernando Luna, from the Latino Theatre Projects will be our Stage and Lighting Director. A magical evening awaits.
Highlights from the evening's diverse program include Tosca, La Donna è Mobile, Miss Sarajevo, works from Salvatore Cardillo & Franz Shubert. For the boleros you will hear music from Javier Solis, Jose Alfredo Jimenez, Vicente Fernandez, Flor Silvestre and Alejandro Fernandez. Tickets: $20-35. www.seattlesymphony.org.
Seattle Pacific University – Sacred Sounds of Christmas. Nov. 26, 7pm. S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium, Benaroya Hall, 3rd Ave. & University St. Each year Seattle receives a special gift from Seattle Pacific University – the Sacred Sounds of Christmas. Featuring performing groups from SPU’s Music Department, this concert, now in its 18th year, is a much-anticipated event. Featuring the best of sacred Advent music from around the world, Sacred Sounds includes traditional Advent and Christmas carols, performed by the Music Department’s nationally recognized student and faculty musicians.
For nearly two decades, this concert has grown in both acclaim and popularity. It is a consistent sellout. Audience members come from throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond to enjoy a one-of-a-kind celebration of the Advent and Christmas seasons. Tickets: $22-25. www.seattlesymphony.org.
The Esoterics – EXCELSIS: Contemplating Extremity. Dec 1, 8pm. St Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 4805 NE 45th Street - Seattle. Dec 2, 8pm. Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 4142 42nd Avenue SW - West Seattle. Dec 3, 7pm. Christ Episcopal Church, 310 North K Street - Tacoma. In the final concert of our 24th season, The Esoterics will cast our choral gaze upward, to consider the forces that propel us to greater heights of consciousness. This December, we will welcome the transforming embrace of the celestial feminine in the songs of EXCELSIS. The centerpiece of this program will be To touch the sky by the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Puts. This ten-movement compendium of the celestial feminine include texts by Marie Howe, Mirabai, Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Amy Lowell, Emily Bronte, Edna St Vincent Millay, Christina Rossetti, Sappho, and Hildegard of Bingen. The group will perform Puts’ “If I were a swan,” a setting of a poem by Fleda Brown, as well as Paul John Rudoi’s “Spheres of influence,” setting poems about comets and galaxies by Tim Togeas and Sara Dailey. For this program, the ensemble is very excited to welcome two composers from Philadelphia, who have both written works that will receive their world premieres in EXCELSIS. Kala Pierson’s Flung open, setting a poem of her own creation, has been composed earlier this year while she was on a residency at the Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island; Andrea Clearfield’s Khandroma sets a poem by the Dartmouth anthropologist and translator Sienna Craig, that recounts the legend of the Tibetan ‘dakini,’ the ancient Buddhist spirits that dance across the sky. The Esoterics will be offering three performances of EXCELSIS. We hope that you will join us for this celestial concert series. Tickets: $15-$22. www.theesoterics.org.
Seattle Symphony – The Snowman. Dec. 2, 11am. S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium, Benaroya Hall, 3rd Ave. & University St. Raymond Briggs’ children’s book The Snowman comes to life on the big screen! The Seattle Symphony performs Howard Blake’s memorable soundtrack while the animated classic plays above the orchestra. A holiday favorite!
Classical KING FM Family Concerts are designed for ages 5 to 12. Come early for pre-concert activities in the Samuel & Althea Stroum Grand Lobby, featuring crafts and instrument exploration. Tickets: $15-20. www.seattlesymphony.org
Kirkland Choral Society – Joyful Tidings. Dec. 2, 7:30pm and Dec. 3, 3pm. Bastyr University Chapel, 14500 Juanita Dr. NE, Kenmore. Kirkland Choral Society’s well-loved holiday concert features selections from J.S. Bach’s "Christmas Oratorio" with orchestra partner Philharmonia Northwest. In addition, the program includes holiday gems by German composers Praetorius, Mendelssohn, and Biebl; and a medley of favorite holiday music by local composer Reginald Unterseher. Tickets: Adults $25; Seniors and Students $20.
Roosevelt High School Jazz Band – Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn’s Jazz Nutcracker. Dec. 2, 7:30pm and Dec. 3, 2pm. RHS Performing Arts Theatre, 1410 NE 66th St. Roosevelt High School’s nationally award-winning Jazz Band presents this fanciful take on the Tchaikovsky suite that’s sure to get you swinging into the holiday season. Enjoy a smörgåsbord of homemade treats at intermission. Tickets: General: $18; Student/Senior: $13. Visit http://www.rooseveltjazz.org/events/jazz-nutcracker/ for ticketing information.
Northwest Chamber Chorus – Mother and Child. Dec. 3, 3pm & Dec. 10, 3pm. Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, 7500 Greenwood Ave N. To celebrate the Christmas season, we focus on the composers who have taken their inspiration from stories of Mary and the birth of her son. We sample three very different
settings of the Magnificat by W.A. Mozart, Richard Nance and Christine Donkin, and spanning four centuries. Some favorites from our choral library are blended with new music by composers from Spain, Poland, Norway, Canada, Missouri, and Kennewick, Washington. Guest oboist Ursula Sahagian returns to join us for this beautiful program. Tickets: Adult $25; Seniors & Active Singers $20; Youth (under 18) Free. www.northwestchamberchorus.org
Dianne Reeves – Christmas Time is Here. Dec. 6, 7:30pm. Kirkland Performance Center, 350 Kirkland Ave., Kirkland. Grammy Award-winner, Dianne Reeves returns to KPC for a holiday concert with Billy Childs, Romero Lubambo, Reginald Veal, and Terreon Gully. She is the pre-eminent jazz vocalist in the world today; her arsenal of talents is richly on display in each and every song of her limitless repertoire.
This evening, Reeves will focus on selections from Christmas Time is Here, a recording so musical and pleasurable that it falls into that rare category of Christmas albums—it’s simply a great record. “I love the big gray December sky hovering outside my kitchen window when it’s Christmas,” said Reeves. “Inside, I’m cooking for about thirty people with mellow music in the background. It’s the time for me to cook, sit back, relax and float.” Well, sit back and relax, because tonight, Christmas time is…here. Tickets: $68. www.kpcenter.org
A Celtic Christmas with Affiniti & Howard Crosby. Dec. 8, 8pm. Kirkland Performance Center, 350 Kirkland Ave., Kirkland. Affiniti, the powerhouse Irish female trio, will present their Celtic Christmas Concert and feature Howard Crosby, nephew of Bing Crosby on both traditional and contemporary Christmas songs. The trio is made up of Ireland’s finest young vocalist, Emer Barry, classical harpist, Aisling Ennis and Mary McCague on violin. The set includes music from their popular holiday CD, The Gift of Music. Affiniti brings new arrangements to songs like “O Holy Night,” “Winter Wonderland” and Mel Torme’s “Christmas Song.” They will join Crosby on his uncle Bing’s biggest hit: “White Christmas.” Tickets: $25. www.kpcenter.org
Christmas with the Gothard Sisters. Dec. 7, 7:30pm. Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 4th Ave. N, Edmonds. The Gothard Sisters return to Edmonds for their fourth annual hometown Celtic Christmas celebration with holiday music, song, dance, fun and sibling shenanigans for the whole family to enjoy. Tickets: Adult $22; Senior or Student $18; Under 12 $10. www.ec4arts.org.
Pacific MusicWorks – Light in the Darkness: Bach Cantatas for Advent. Dec. 8, 7:30pm - Trinity Lutheran Church, Lynnwood; Dec. 9, 7:30pm, Emmanuel Episcopal Church - Mercer Island; Dec. 10, 2pm, St. Mark's Cathedral - Seattle. Four dramatic Advent cantatas by Johann Sebastian Bach trace the journey to Christmas through prophecy, anticipation, and, ultimately, hope. The story comes to life through some of Bach’s most beautiful music, from the contemplative to the celebratory, full of memorable melodies and colorful musical tapestries. This extraordinary program features the voices of soprano Tess Altiveros, alto Laura Pudwell, tenor Zachary Finkelstein, and baritone Zachary Lenox along with Stephen Stubbs and the Pacific MusicWorks orchestra. Ticket prices vary by location. www.pacificmusicworks.org
Seattle Symphony – Holiday Pops! Dec. 8-9, 8pm; Dec. 10, 2pm. S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium, Benaroya Hall, 3rd Ave. & University St. A holiday tradition! Conductor Stuart Chafetz and the University of Washington Chorale return for another fun-filled Holiday Pops program. Featuring holiday classics, traditional favorites and that WOW you’ve grown to love, this year’s Holiday Pops kicks off the season with humor, joy and the heartfelt warmth of the season. Tickets: $34-77. www.seattlesymphony.org
Medieval Women’s Choir – Nowelle Sing We. Dec. 9, 8pm. Saint James Cathedral, 804 9th Ave. With roots in antiquity and beyond, winter celebrations have a long history in European culture. Early Christians chose a date close to the Roman festival of Saturnalia to celebrate the birth of Christ, and by medieval times Christmas had generated a huge outpouring of music in every European land. The Medieval Women’s Choir provides a uniquely medieval musical celebration of one of our biggest holidays. Tickets: Adults $25; Student $15. www.medievalwomenschoir.org
Seattle Choral Company – Buon Natale. Dec. 9, 8pm. Saint Mark’s Cathedral, 1245 10th Ave. E. Buon Natale is the way they say Merry Christmas in Italian. Take a musical tour to Italy this holiday season, no passport needed! From sheep-covered hillsides to majestic cathedrals, let the glorious voices of the Seattle Choral Company take you through centuries of Italian masterworks singing Renaissance motets, popular carols, and works by Italian and Italian-American opera composers.
You’ll be transported by the works of Italian masters, including Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Giovanni Gabrieli, Giuseppe Verdi, Luca Marenzio, Gioacchino Rossini, as well as Italian-Americans Gian Carlo Menotti, and Dominick Argento. Tickets: Adults $25; Seniors $20; Students $5. www.seattlechoralcompany.org
Seattle Pro Musica – Winter Rose. Dec. 9, 3pm & 7:30pm. Seattle First Baptist, 1111 Harvard Ave.; Dec. 16, 3pm & 7:30pm. Bastyr University Chapel, 14500 Juanita Dr NE, Kenmore. The “winter rose” – also called the “Christmas rose” or “snow rose” – is known for blooming during the darkest days of winter in the mountains of Central Europe. Our holiday concert celebrates the light and hope symbolized by the winter rose with such favorites as Lo, how a rose e’er blooming by Praetorius and A spotless rose by Herbert Howells. Tickets: $12-38. www.seattlepromusica.org
Bellevue Chamber Chorus – Winter Song. Dec. 9, 7:30pm; Dec. 10, 3pm. St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 3030 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue; Dec. 17, 3pm. Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 4400 86th Avenue SE, Mercer Islan . Fill your holiday celebrations with beautiful music from around the world for winter and the yuletide season. Our joyous program includes the luminous “Stars” (accompanied by tuned water glasses) by Latvian composer Ēriks Ešenvalds, “River Snow” by Chinese composer Ying Zhang, “A Glimpse of Snow” and “Evergreen” by Washington composer Vijay Singh, delightful arrangements of traditional carols by choral titans Robert Shaw and Alice Parker, Dale Warland, and Gregg Smith, and much more. Tickets: Adults $50, Seniors $38, Students $25. www.bellevuechamberchorus.org
Northwest Associated Arts – ChristmasSounds in Burien. Dec. 9-10, 2pm. Highline Performing Arts Center, 401 S 152nd St., Burien. The entire NWAA family is delighted to present their annual holiday extravaganza, ChristmasSounds in Burien! Featuring nearly 200 singers, ages 8 to 80, it is one of Burien’s most unique holiday shows. All seven NWAA ensembles will share a single stage, combining beloved traditional Christmas carols, like “The Holly and the Ivy,” with festive favorites, like “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” to get you in that merry mood. Join us as we continue this magical and fun-filled holiday tradition, from our family to yours! Sponsored by 909 Coffee & in Burien. Tickets: $20-25. www.nwassociatedarts.org
Northwest Boychoir – A Festival of Lessons and Carols. Dec. 9-22. (See website for locations and times.)The Northwest Boychoir celebrates its 39-year tradition with the presentation of its 2017 A Festival of Lessons & Carols concert series featuring eight regional performances in December. These holiday concerts showcase the 90-member combined chorus of the Northwest Boychoir and Vocalpoint! Seattle.
Patterned after the Christmas Eve observance at King’s College in Cambridge, England, A Festival of Lessons & Carols is a holiday tradition for thousands of families in the Puget Sound region. This classical performance consists of nine holiday readings, each followed by a traditional carol performed by the choir, and another carol sung by the choir and audience.
While we’re on the subject of the holidays, let’s all admit that nothing says “Christmas” quite like the angelic voices of children. That’s why the Northwest Boychoir’s annual Festival of Lessons and Carols is a Northwest holiday staple. The 90-voice choir performs its traditional carols, interspersed with readings and a sing-a-long, all around the Puget Sound region in sold-out halls. There’s nothing jollier than a concert the whole family can enjoy, from grandparents to in-laws to little ones.
For a complete listing of dates, times and locations please visit www.nwboychoir.org.
Strawberry Theatre Workshop – A Charlie Brown Christmas. Dec. 10, 1pm & 7pm. Cornish Playhouse Studio, 201 Mercer St. at Seattle Center. "Linus and Juicy" is back! The Jose “Juicy” Gonzales Trio returns to Strawberry Theatre Workshop for the jazziest Christmas party in Seattle. Groove to the fresh sounds of Vince Guaraldi's holiday classic, A Charlie Brown Christmas, played in its entirety. Now in its seventh year, Charlie has jammed its way onto the list of the region's most hip holiday traditions. Sip your cocktails at the Cornish Playhouse. Dress in your favorite jazz threads and step back into 1965, when the music was fly, and Snoopy was still just a drawing on the comics page. Featuring a silent auction of holiday gifts, and the uniquely fine chocolates of Meg Maggie Margaret.
The Trio plays twice on Dec. 10. The Main Event features a 6pm cocktail hour, two hours of music, a sales table of fine chocolates, and a silent auction. Earlier, the Trio plays a 1pm Family Matinee with a lower ticket price, discounts for youth, and a shorter set list for families who don't want to stay up late. Both events are at the Cornish Playhouse and both feature the brilliant grooves of Vince Guaraldi.
This year, for the first time, Strawshop is offering a limited number of reserved seats for the 7pm performance of "A Charlie Brown Christmas." Patrons holding Ringside VIP passes will enjoy these benefits.
All proceeds to benefit Strawberry Theatre Workshop programs for 2018. Tickets: $15-75. www.strawshop.org
Seattle Men’s Chorus – A Sassy Brassy Christmas. Dec. 10, 7:30pm (ASL interpreter will be present); Dec. 17, 8pm; Dec. 20 & 21 @ 7:30pm and Dec 23 @ 2pm & 7:30pm. S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium, Benaroya Hall, 3rd Ave. & University St. It’s not the holidays in Seattle without the most welcoming celebration of the season - and this year, we’ve infused your favorite carols and beloved classics with the warmth of brass and a pinch of sass! Featuring a soaring gospel arrangement of “Joy to the World,” the cheeky and cheerful “Super Gay Christmas,” plus a down and dirty Dixieland styling of “Let It Snow.” IN TACOMA: Dec. 9, 3pm & 7:30pm @ Rialto Theater; IN EVERETT: Dec. 16, 7:30pm @ Civic Auditorium, 2415 Colby Ave. www.SeattleMensChorus.org
Cascade Symphony Orchestra – Holiday Pops. Dec. 10 & 11, 7:30pm. Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 Fourth Ave. N., Edmonds. Due to popular demand, the Cascade Symphony Orchestra is offering two performances of the tradition, Holiday Pops. A variety of holiday and pops favorites will feature the music of Strauss, Anderson, Smetana, and more with Maestro Michael Miropolsky on violin. Tickets: $10-27. www.cascadesymphony.org
Cappella Romana – A Byzantine Christmas: The Sun of Justice. Dec. 15, 7:30pm, St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 2100 Boyer Ave E. Cappella’s Associate Music Director John Michael Boyer directs exhilarating Byzantine chants for Christmastide in Greek, Arabic, and English. Featuring Lebanon-born guest soloist, Rev’d Deacon John (Rassem) El Massih, and the release of a new CD of the program. Tickets: $24-$49. www.cappellaromana.org.
Cherry Poppin’ Daddies – World War II Christmas Canteen. Dec. 15, 8pm. Kirkland Performance Center, 350 Kirkland Ave. Cherry Poppin’ Daddies has always prided itself on its craft and musicianship, superior skills that have allowed them to excel in whatever format they choose to tackle. From swing to jazz, and the great American songbook, this band will make you want to get up and dance. Tickets: $53. www.kpcenter.org
Seattle Symphony – The Coats: Holiday Extraordinaire – Shine On!! Dec. 15-17, times vary, Benaroya Hall, Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall, 3rd Ave. & Union St. The Coats holiday show is an evening filled with laughter, joy and love.This fabulous quartet displays an awe inspiring vocal range with harmonies and catchy music that even gets Santa dancing! Discover why so many people of all ages make this their annual holiday tradition! Shine on!!!! VIP Seating – Front Row Tickets include a VIP Pre-concert MEET and GREET with The Coats. NOTE: In person and phone sales only for VIP seating. Tickets: $42.50 (see box office for VIP pricing). www.seattlesymphony.org/beneroyahall
Orchestra Seattle/Seattle Chamber Singers – Handel’s Messiah. Dec. 16, 7:30pm, Seattle First Free Methodist Church, 3200 3rd Ave W; Dec. 17, 3pm @ Everett First Presbyterian Church, 2936 Rockefeller Ave., Everett. No other work has become more closely associated with OSSCS than Georg Frideric Handel’s most celebrated oratorio, Messiah. For four decades, audiences have delighted in our complete and uncut performances. Tickets: up to $25. www.osscs.org/concerts.
Ensign Symphony & Chorus – Hosannah! Dec. 18-19, 7:30pm. S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium, Benaroya Hall, 3rd Ave. & University St. Start your Christmas season with the Ensign Symphony & Chorus! You’ll hear traditional Christmas favorites that truly celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Tickets: $18-$36. www.seattleensign.org/performances.
Northwest Baroque Masterworks Project – Venetian Women: Vivaldi’s “Gloria” and “Magnificat.”
Dec. 19, 7:30pm, Bastyr University Chapel, 14500 Juanita Dr. NE, Kenmore; Dec. 21, 7:30pm, Seattle First Baptist Church, 1111 Harvard Ave, Seattle, WA Celebrate the holidays with a new perspective on some old favorites. Vivaldi worked at the Ospedale della Pietà, an orphanage for girls in Venice, as a violin teacher and then later as maestro de’ concerti. Many people do not realize that iconic works like his “Gloria” and “Magnificat,” which are now usually sung by mixed voice choirs, were originally written for his own women’s ensemble singing even the lowest parts. Beloved violinist Monica Huggett leads readings of these masterworks as they were originally heard, performed by an all-female orchestra, soloists, and chorus. Seattle Girls Choir joins the ensemble for this joyous celebration! Tickets: $20-45. www.earlymusicguild.org.
Geoffrey Castle’s 10th Annual Celtic Christmas Celebration. Dec. 22, 8pm. Kirkland Performance Center, 350 Kirkland Ave., Kirkland. Castle’s Celtic Christmas has become a new Northwest tradition! For his 10th anniversary year, Castle is pulling out all the stops, with new material, an All-Star Band, special guests from the Seattle Opera, performances by the award winning Seattle Irish Dance Company, and lots more! Tickets: $40. www.kpcenter.org
Byron Schenkman & Friends – An Evening of Viennese Classics. Dec. 28, 7pm. Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall, Benaroya Hall, 3rd Ave. & Union St. Prepare for the new year with fabulous chamber music by the four masters of Viennese Classicism: Beethoven, Haydn, Mozart, and Schubert, including trios for piano and strings as well as Schubert’s gorgeous “Sonata in A Major” for violin and piano featuring rising star (and Seattle native) Rachell Wong. Tickets: $10-42. www.byronschenkman.com.
THEATRE & DANCE
5th Avenue Theatre – Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn. Nov. 24-Dec. 31. 5th Avenue Theatre, 1308 5th Avenue. The West Coast Premiere of this recent Broadway hit! Holiday Inn is a wonderful new musical inspired by the Oscar-winning film featuring lavish sets and costumes, spectacular choreography and 20 Irving Berlin songs. Jim leaves the bright lights of show business to settle down on a farm in Connecticut – but he finds the simple life is not as simple as he thought. This is a heartwarming treat, sure to put your whole family in the best of holiday spirits.
The lowest priced tickets can be found during our preview performances on November 24-30. Looking for great seats? Check out Wednesday, November 29. As an added bonus, $20 of your ticket purchase for this performance will be donated to The Seattle Times Fund for the Needy.
"Heartfelt musical eggnog!" – NY Observer
Ticket prices vary widely by date and time. www.5thavenue.org.
ACT Theatre – A Christmas Carol. Nov. 24-Dec. 30. ACT Theatre, 700 Union St. Join us for a Seattle tradition: a ripping good telling of the classic story of Ebenezer Scrooge, the curmudgeonly businessman who requires the intervention of a few spectral guides to understand the true meaning of Christmas and life. Well over a century after its writing, Dickens' classic tale of hope and redemption continues to remind us what's really worth celebrating – at the holidays, or any time! www.acttheatre.org.
ACT Theatre – Ham for the Holiday: The Hamchurian Candidate. Nov. 30-Dec. 17. ACT Theatre, 700 Union St.. Lisa Koch and Peggy Platt (aka Dos Fallopia) return to ACT with their sassy, gender-bending holiday sketch buffoonery. With favorites like dysfunctional country duo The Spudds, the tiny Sequim Gay Men’s Chorus, and the angst-ridden Slam Poet, Platt and Koch take you on a devilishly loony holiday romp!
A Seattle treasure since 1996, Ham for the Holidays is in its 17th incarnation, and Peggy and Lisa hope to soon be immortalized in their own Netflix original series, “Fallopian is the New Black.”
“…a hysterical, tears streaming down your face YAY!” – Broadway World
"Itʼs like someone put SCTV, Carol Burnett and Auntie Mame into a huge comedy blender..." – Seattle Gay Scene
"Timing is everything, and theirs is perfect..." – Seattle Weekly
Ham for the Holidays contains adult humor and themes recommended for ages 14+. www.acttheatre.org.
Bainbridge Performing Arts – Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Dec. 1-17, Fridays & Saturdays @ 7:30pm, Saturday Early Matinees @ 2:00pm, Sundays @ 3:00 p.m. Bainbridge Performing Arts, 200 Madison Ave. N, Bainbridge Island. Everyone's favorite flying car comes to life in this adventure for all ages! Take a fantastic musical adventure with an out-of-this-world car that flies through the air and sails the seas. Based on the beloved 1968 film version of Ian Fleming's children's book, and featuring an unforgettable score by the Sherman brothers (Mary Poppins), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is one family-friendly blockbuster that audiences will find "Truly Scrumptious."
An eccentric inventor, Caractacus Potts sets about restoring an old race car from a scrap heap with the help of his children, Jeremy and Jemima. They soon discover the car has magical properties, including the ability to float and take flight. Trouble occurs when the evil Baron Bomburst desires the magic car for himself. The family joins forces with Truly Scrumptious and batty Grandpa Potts to outwit the dastardly Baron and Baroness and their villainous henchman, the Child Catcher.
Filled with amazing stage spectacle and unforgettable songs, including the Academy Award-nominated title song, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a high-flying, fun-filled adventure for the entire family.
Family-friendly fun for the holidays. Special event dates/pricing available at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org.
Burien Actors Theatre – The Christmas Carol Rag. Nov. 24-Dec. 17, Friday & Saturday, 8pm; Sunday matinees 2 pm. Burien Actors Theatre, 14501 4th Ave SW. In this delightfully irreverent musical take on the Dickens classic, Ebenezer Scrooge has been recast as an embittered woman named Evelyn and moved to 1911 New York City. Evelyn runs her New York City sweatshop with an iron fist, but slowly opens her heart when visited by a Yiddish-spouting Ghost of Christmas Past and a gospel-wailing Ghost of Christmas Present. www.burienlittletheatre.org
Can Can – Wonderland: A Carnival of Winter Wonder. Nov. 2-Jan. 28. Seattle's classic winter show is back at Can Can Kitchen & Cabaret in the Historic Pike Place Market. 94 Pike St. B. Celebrate the holidays as our cast of A-list performers swing from the chandeliers into a new show full of classic beauty and flirtatious artistry. It’ll be a glittering parade of nostalgia, exploding with dance, laughter, and all the cheer of yesteryear. This carnival of merriment will mesmerize audiences as soon as they enter Can Can’s intimate theater turned whimsical winter chalet, making this a holiday entertainment spectacular to remember. In the kitchen and behind the bar you'll find a variety of food, wine, and spirit menus carefully crafted with local market-fresh winter ingredients, prepared to tantalize even the most refined palates. 'Tis the season to eat, drink, and be merry in a wintry Wonderland where theater and cabaret meet. Consider this your invitation to the holiday soiree that you’ve always dreamed of! Tickets vary by date and show time. www.thecancan.com.
Jet City Improv – Uncle Mike Ruins Christmas. Nov. 24-Dec. 23, Fridays & Saturdays 10:30pm. Jet City Improv, Historic University Theatre, 5510 University Way NE. You better watch out. You better not cry. It’s the 10 year anniversary of Uncle Mike Ruins Christmas. This obscene improv comedy show centers on Uncle Mike, a vulgar perverted monstrosity of a man, who twists cheerful Christmas stories into disgusting clusterf*cks. You write down a heartwarming holiday memory. We re-enact it. Then Uncle Mike ruins it.
“Bawdy retellings of of audience members’ anecdotes… for those whose hearts are two sizes too small.” – Seattle Met
“A foul, perverted, and often funny satire of family dysfunction.” – Seattle Weekly
Tickets: $17-14. www.jetcityimprov.org
Pacific Northwest Ballet – George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker. Nov. 24-Dec. 28. Marion Oliver McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St. George Balanchine's The Nutracker promises the magic that makes the holidays. Tchaikovsky's cherished score played live by the PNB Orchestra, gorgeous scenery and costumes by celebrated author and illustrator Ian Falconer (Olivia the Pig), brilliant dancing by PNB's incredible dancers, a snowfall every performance, and Seattle Center's McCaw Hall all dressed up for the holidays. www.pnb.org
Seattle Children’s Theatre – Mr. Popper’s Penguins. Nov. 9-Dec. 31. Seattle Children’s Theatre, 201 Thomas St. After a successful run on 42nd Street in New York, Kenny Wax Entertainment and TC Beech bring us this fantastic adaptation of the beloved book by Richard and Florence Atwater. Make your way to SCT this holiday season for a wintry treat, fit for the whole family. Fans of A Year with Frog and Toad and Harold and the Purple Crayon will love what is sure to be a new holiday classic. Tickets vary by date. www.sct.org.
Seattle Public Theater – Christmastown : A Holiday Noire. Dec. 8-24. Seattle Public Theater, 7312 W. Greenlake Drive N. In this film noir-inspired holiday thriller by Seattle playwright Wayne Rawley, hard-boiled detective Nick Holiday investigates some un-holiday-like shenanigans taking place in Christmastown. Add a glamorous elf, a used-Christmas-tree salesman, a muckraking reporter, and a quick-thinking cab driver, and you've got the "best new holiday romp of the year!" (Seattle Times). www.seattlepublictheater.org.
Seattle Public Theater – The Flight Before Xmas. Dec. 1-24. Seattle Public Theater, 7312 W. Greenlake Drive N. With all the stress of the holidays, spending Christmas Eve stranded in an airport with a bunch of strangers is the last thing anyone needs! With endless delays, kids shuttling between stepfamilies, a rogue cat on the loose, an important business deal at stake, and missing your grandson’s first Christmas morning, the holiday spirit can disappear quicker than your lost luggage. But sometimes, all you need is to be a little late in order to truly appreciate what you’re rushing toward. The Flight Before Xmas is a heartwarming new holiday show about finding your way home and the family we discover for ourselves. www.seattlepublictheater.org.
Taproot Theatre – A Charlie Brown Christmas. Nov. 30-Dec. 27. Taproot Theatre, 204 N. 85th St. A Christmas Tradition Reinvented. Charlie Brown is depressed by the never-ending commercialism surrounding the holidays. Thankfully, Linus is there to help him find the true meaning of Christmas in this musical adaptation of the cartoon classic. www.taproottheatre.org.
Taproot Theatre – A Civil War Christmas: An American Music Celebration. Nov. 22-Dec. 30. Taproot Theatre, 204 N. 85th St. It’s a bitterly cold Christmas Eve on the banks of the Potomac River where the lives of abolitionists, assassins, soldiers, enslaved and free are woven together in an American tapestry. In their darkest hour, when peace seems impossible, the promise of Christmas breaks through despair in this musical celebration of compassion and hope by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel.
Age recommendation: 12 and up. www.taproottheatre.org
Town Hall Presents – Short Stories Live: A Rogue’s Christmas. Dec. 10, 6pm. Taproot Theatre, 204 N. 85th St. A Town Hall tradition, the holiday edition of Short Stories Live (curated by Jean Sherrard) brings together unconventional holiday tales for an afternoon of short stories, poems, and seasonal music by returning house band Pineola (comprised of Leslie Braly, John Owen, Josh Woods, Dirk Lebsack, and Ed Woods). Favorite Northwest actors, including Kurt Beattie, Marianne Owen, and Bill Ontiveros, will take turns sharing the gleeful, carousing nature only A Rogue’s Christmas can hold.
This year’s story selections include the irreverent and witty “You Better Not Cry” from Augusten Burroughs, “Three Wise Guys,” Sandra Cisneros’ story of a well-intentioned but misbegotten clash of cultures, the funny and bittersweet “Home for the Holidays” by Chris Radant, and a selection from Jeanette Winterson’s “Christmas Days” encompassing the childlike and spooky wonder of Christmas. Plus, poetry and shorts by Calvin Trillin, Dave Barry, and others. Tickets: $15-10. www.townhallseattle.org/events.
Unexpected Productions – A(n Improvised) Christmas Carol. Nov. 24-Dec. 24. Unexpected Productions, 1428 Post Alley (down the cobblestone alley or down the stairs next to Rachel the Pig at the Pike Place Market). We all know the story of Charles Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol. Or do we? Unexpected Productions brings back its holiday favorite, A(n Improvised) Christmas Carol. Based on audience suggestions, our improvisers bend and twist Charles Dickens' tale of Ebenezer Scrooge in all sorts of hilarious directions – and each show is different. Where does Scrooge work? What ails Tiny Tim? Does Scrooge even get reformed? It's all up to you in this wild, hilarious, holiday ride. A holiday tradition for countless locals since 1985, it's the perfect way to celebrate the holidays with friends or family. www.unexpectedproductions.org.
Village Theatre – Disney’s Newsies, The Broadway Musical. Nov. 9-Dec. 31. Village Theatre, 303 Front St. N., Issaquah. Sure to be one of the most spectacular dance shows in Village Theatre history, this high-energy Disney musical combines Broadway-caliber entertainment with the story and tunes from the beloved cult-classic film. "Seize the Day" with the newsboys of New York as they become unlikely heroes and stand up for what’s right in this Tony Award-winning and Grammy-nominated hit full of classic Disney magic and theatricality. (Run continues Jan. 5-28 at Everett Performing Arts Center, 2710 Wetmore Ave., Everett). www.villagetheatre.org.