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Holiday Events Guide
Compiled by Rick McKinnon

SGN Staff

 



ARTS & CRAFTS

“Yulefest 2008” – 11/22, 10am-6pm; 11/23, noon-5pm. Nordic Heritage Museum, 3014 NW 67th St. Kick start your holiday season with the Nordic Heritage Museum’s Annual Christmas Festival. Enjoy performances by a host of Scandinavian musical talent and browse hand-crafted gifts from over 50 vendors. Suggested donation $4-adults, $2 children under 12, kids under 3 get in free. Limited parking is available for suggested donation of $2. www.nordicmuseum.org

“Pratt Holiday Art Sale” – 12/5, 6-9pm ($20 admission for opening night celebration); 12/6-7 & 11-14, 10am-7pm (free admission). Pratt Fine Arts Center, 1902 S. Main St. 206-328-2200; www.pratt.org

“St. Mark’s Cathedral’s Annual Christmas Boutique” – Gifts for all ages, including books, ornaments, nativities, CDs, cards, candles, local gourmet foods, fair trade coffee and more! St. Mark’s Cathedral, 1245 10th Ave. E. 11/21-12/24. Mon-Thurs, 11am-5:30pm; Fri-Sat, 11am-3pm; Sun, 9am-1pm. 206-323-1040; www.shopatsaintmarks.org

“South Park Arts Annual Art Under $100 Sale” – 12/6, 4-10pm. South Park’s Old Fire Station, 8201 10th Ave. S. 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, sculpture, neon, jewelry, clothing, photography, glass, letterpress, and more. FREE entry; art raffle every 30 minutes, plus live music. www.southparkarts.org.

“Vashon Island Art Studio Tour - Holiday 2008” – 12/6 & 12/7 and 12/13 & 12/14, 10am-4pm. Come see a myriad of artwork – paintings, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, glass, jewelry, photography, garden art – hosted by more than 100 Vashon Island artists. Take a virtual tour and get a map at www.vashonislandartstudiotour.com. Maps are also available at Island businesses and galleries, once you’re on Vashon Island.
 
“Winter Festival” – 12/6 & 12/7. 10am-5pm. Attracting more than 4,000 people, this event features two buildings filled with 115 high quality, juried crafts booths, live entertainment on two stages, a quilt raffle, a huge bake sale and lunch items. Phinney Ridge’s biggest holiday event! Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. Admission is $2 for members, $4 for nonmembers, plus a can of food for local food banks. Children 12 & under free. See website for list of artists & entertainment schedule. 206-783-2244; www.phinneycenter.org

GINGERBREAD VILLAGE

“Super Hero Holiday” – Sheraton Seattle Hotel presents their 16th Annual Gingerbread Village, benefiting the Northwest Chapter of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Seattle’s top architectural firms will team up with Sheraton Seattle’s culinary staff to design, bake and build elaborate gingerbread displays and holiday creations reflecting this year’s theme. The Gingerbread Village will be back at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel this year – 6th Ave. & Pike St. The display is FREE and open to the public. Donations will be accepted. These gingerbread houses are fantastic and a pure delight to look at! On display 11/28-1/4.

PIKE PLACE MARKET

“Magic in the Market” – Seattle’s Pike Place Market, 1st Ave. & Pike St., becomes a winter wonderland when thousands of lights are turned on on Saturday, 11/29 @ 5pm. Join in the festivities earlier in the day as the Dickens Carolers serenade market goers from noon-4pm with traditional holiday tunes. At 4pm enjoy the rousing sounds of trumpets, French horn, tuba and trombone with the Seattle Brass Quintet. Donate cans of food for the Downtown Food Bank. Bring four cans and get a free eco-friendly, reusable shopping bag while supplies last, noon-4pm. Santa hands out candy canes and poses for photos, noon-5pm. Check out the Market’s vintage truck, too.

GREAT FIGGY PUDDING
STREET CORNER
CAROLING CONTEST XXII

The Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition, held on Friday, 12/5, is one of the most looked-forward-to holiday events in Seattle, attracting over 7,000 attendees every year. 40+ caroling teams compete in this zany competition where you will see everything from dancing lawyers to costumed co-workers to Von Trapp-like families. The event will be held in and around Westlake Park, 4th Ave. & Pine St., Seattle, and the retail core along Pine St between 3rd Ave. & 7th Ave., and along 5th Ave. near Pine St. 6:15-7:15pm (caroling), 7:30-8:30pm (awards ceremony and community sing-along) FREE.

SEATTLE CENTER
WINTERFEST

Seattle Center Winterfest enlivens the holiday season with magical experiences for all ages with an eclectic mix of performances, events and activities ranging from fine arts and cultural offering to traditional family fun and festivities. For five glorious weeks, the season comes alive with world-class entertainment, cutting-edge performers and cherished reminders of the past. Winterfest offers dozens of FREE and low-cost events, performances and activities that will stir your soul and energize your spirit. From 11/28-12/31. The celebration continues into the New Year with extended dates from 11/28-1/4 for the Winterfest Ice Rink and Classic Carousel. Visit www.seattlecenter.com/winterfest for complete details and schedule.

MUSIC

November 23

“Bach’s First Lutheran Mass” – The Seattle Bach Choir performs the first of Johann Sebastian Bach’s rarely performed Lutheran masses, a veritable smorgasbord of well-known Bach tunes all in one work. Also on the program is a “Weihnachtslied” by the little known Austrian Romantic composer Heinrich von Herzogenberg and four madrigals by the Renaissance composer Jacques Arcadelt. 3pm. Bethany Lutheran Church, 7400 Woodlawn Ave. NE. Tickets: $15-general; $12-student/senior. 206-324-4828; www.seattlebachchoir.org.

November 30

“St. Mark’s Cathedral’s Annual Advent Carol Service” – St. Mark’s Cathedral and Compline Choirs under the direction of Organist/Choirmaster J. Melvin Butler and Canon Precentor Emeritus Peter R. Hallock will present the annual Advent Procession service of lessons and carols. Based on the “O Antiphons” (the first line of each verse of the hymn O come, O come Emmanuel), this service includes original music by Dr. Hallock as well as chant, carols, and anthems for the Advent season. The popular 60 minute service, one of the most mystical and beautiful of the season, includes processions, candlelight, banners, bells, and incense. 7pm. St. Mark’s Cathedral, 1245 10th Ave. E. FREE.

December 2

“CarolFest” – Seven University of Washington vocal ensembles – the Chamber Singers, University Chorale, University Singers, Gospel Choir, Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Men’s Glee Club, and UW Women’s Choir – present their annual holiday concert. All choirs, encompassing more than 500 singers, join together for a humorous finale, “A Musicological Journey through the Twelve Days of Christmas." 7:30pm. Meany Hall for the Performing Arts, University of Washington. Tickets: $10. 206-543-4880; www.meany.org

December 5

“Leona Coakley-Spring HIV/AIDS Benefit Concert” – Leona Coakley-Spring is a gospel/inspirational singer/songwriter. Born in the Bahamas, her original songs and arrangements of gospel standards are delivered with a unique Caribbean flair. She has released five CDs and her songs are often played on local gospel radio shows. The proceeds from her annual Christmas Concert go to support the All Saints AIDS Camp, a shelter for homeless victims of HIV/AIDS in the Bahamas. 7pm. Kirkland Performance Center, 350 Kirkland Ave., Kirkland. Tickets: $25. 425-893-9900; www.kpcenter.org.

December 6

“Fruitcake – Seattle Men’s Chorus in Concert – in Everett” – The SMC’s holiday concert is soaked in spirits with a bit of spice, nuts, and fruit tossed in for fun. It includes a healthy mix of musical selections to make you laugh, cry, and reminisce. 8pm. Everett Civic Auditorium,, 2415 Colby Ave., Everett. Tickets: $18 to $38. 206-388-1400; www.flyinghouse.org. (Also, 12/7, 12/8, 12/14, 12/15, 12/21 & 12/22 in Seattle and 12/13 in Tacoma.)

“A North Seas Christmas” – The 38-voice Northwest Chamber Chorus performs holiday music from Norway, Sweden, Latvia and Great Britain. The centerpiece of this concert is Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols for mixed chorus and harp. Guest harpist Alexis Odell joins the chorus for this holiday favorite. From Norway are featured Ave Maris Stella by Trond Kverno and Ossana in Excelsis by the romantic Norwegian composer August Söderman. Swedish works include Jan Sandström’s evocative Sanctus, as well as the traditional Jul, Jul, Strolande Jul. Traditional songs from Norway, Latvia and Great Britain round out this festive North Seas program. 7:30pm. Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, 7500 Greenwood Ave. N. Tickets: $20-general; $16-student/senior; $12-active singer discount; children 6-12 free with paying adult. 206-523-1196; www.northwestchamberchorus.org. (Also 12/13 in Tacoma & 12/14 at 3pm in downtown Seattle.)

“Songs for Saint Nicholas” – On his feast day, December 6, the Medieval Women’s Choir celebrates St. Nicholas, early medieval saint and patron of children and sailors, with medieval French and English and traditional Dutch songs. Percussionist Peggy Monroe and harpist Bill McJohn will enliven the sounds of the choir in the glorious acoustics of St. James Cathedral. 8pm. St. James Cathedral, 804 9th Ave. Tickets: $25 (general seating reserved by advance donation). www.medievalwomenschoir.org.

“Sounding Joy!” – Cantaré Vocal Ensemble presents a stunning program of Christmas classics in one of Seattle’s premiere concert venues. 8pm. St. Mark’s Cathedral, 1245 10th Ave. E. Tickets: $20-general in advance; $18-senior in advance; youth 17 and under free (excluding ticket handling fee) with paying adult in advance; $22 at door. 206-246-6040; www.nwassociatedarts.org. (Also 12/7 at 2pm.)

December 7

“Fruitcake – Seattle Men’s Chorus in Concert” – The SMC’s holiday concert is soaked in spirits with a bit of spice, nuts, and fruit tossed in for fun. It includes a healthy mix of musical selections to make you laugh, cry, and reminisce. With special guest Grammy and Tony Award-winner Jennifer Holliday on 12/7 & 12/8. 8pm. Benaroya Hall, 3rd Ave. & University St. Tickets: $25 to $65. 206-388-1400; www.flyinghouse.org. (Also, 12/6 in Everett, 12/8, 12/14, 12/15, 12/21 & 12/22 in Seattle and 12/13 in Tacoma.)

“Instrument of Peace – Rainbow City Band in Concert” – Rainbow City Band presents its winter concert featuring songs from varied cultures centered on peace, harmony, diversity and the holiday season. Join us as we perform some “good ole standbys” along with a few newer pieces, including “Instruments of Peace.” 3pm. West Seattle High School, 3003 California Ave. SW. Tickets: $15. 866-841-9139 ext 2126; www.rainbowcityband.com; www.brownpapertickets.com/event/47698.

“Messiah” – Handel’s Messiah with Orchestra Seattle & Seattle Chamber Singers has been a Northwest holiday favorite for 25 years. The oratorio is performed in its entirety, with a fine quartet of soloists, chorus, and orchestra, and two harpsichords, with maestro George Shangrow conducting from the second harpsichord as Handel himself did. This is a complete performance of the original 1742 Dublin version, using the original instrumentation. 3pm. First Free Methodist Church, 3200 Third Ave. W. Tickets: $25-general; $20-senior; $10-student; youth ages 7-17 receive one free ticket with each paid ticket. 800-838-3006; www.brownpapertickets.com/event/38048; in person at any Seattle-area Silver Platters location; www.osscs.org.

“Navidad – Christmas in the New World” – Seattle Pro Musica presents a concert featuring the lively rhythms of Latin America, a majestic candlelight processional, and captivating Baroque villancicos for voices, guitars, and percussion, blending indigenous music from Spain, Africa, and latin America. Featuring Schola and Madrigalia, Seattle Pro Musica’s critically acclaimed chamber ensembles. 3pm (family concert) & 7:30pm. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave. at Seneca St. Tickets: $32-prime seating; $22-general; $17-senior; $12-students and 25 & under; further discount for children 12 & under at 3pm concert – advance reservations recommended. 206-781-2766; www.seattlepromusica.org. (Also 12/13 concerts at Bastyr University in Kenmore.)

“Sounding Joy!” – Cantaré Vocal Ensemble presents a stunning program of Christmas classics in one of Seattle’s premiere concert venues. 2pm. St. Mark’s Cathedral, 1245 10th Ave. E. Tickets: $20-general in advance; $18-senior in advance; youth 17 and under free (excluding ticket handling fee) with paying adult in advance; $22 at door. 206-246-6040; www.nwassociatedarts.org. (Also 12/6 at 8pm.)

December 8

“Fruitcake – Seattle Men’s Chorus in Concert” – The SMC’s holiday concert is soaked in spirits with a bit of spice, nuts, and fruit tossed in for fun. It includes a healthy mix of musical selections to make you laugh, cry, and reminisce. With special guest Grammy and Tony Award-winner Jennifer Holliday on 12/7 & 12/8. 8pm. Benaroya Hall, 3rd Ave. & University St. Tickets: $25 to $65. 206-388-1400; www.flyinghouse.org. (Also, 12/6 in Everett, 12/7, 12/14, 12/15, 12/21 & 12/22 in Seattle and 12/13 in Tacoma.)

December 9

“Dressed in Holiday Style – Seattle Women’s Chorus in Concert – in Mount Vernon” – The Seattle Women’s Chorus’ holiday concert will take you on a musical tour of holiday traditions as they are celebrated in many of the diverse and dynamic neighborhoods in Seattle. “Seattle is like a collection of little cities, or towns, and each of them sparkle in their own way,” says Dennis Coleman, artistic director of SWC. “I wanted to bring this concert directly home.” Each new neighborhood carol composed by a cadre of local composers highlights the area’s unique flavors, quirks and cultural aspects. New songs and fresh takes on standards like “Silver Bells” will fill you with holiday spirit. 7pm. McIntyre Hall Performing Arts Center, 2501 E. College Way, Mount Vernon. Tickets: $25; $20-senior/student discount available thru box office. 866-624-6897; www.mcintyrehall.org. (Also 12/13 & 12/14 in Seattle.)

“Venus Envy Reunion Concert” – The local ’90s cult quartet Venus Envy is reuniting for one-night only. The popular folk-funk foursome first started performing together in 1990 and disbanded in 1995 after two recordings and a slew of national touring dates. The quartet produced two recordings: “Unarmed and Dangerous” and their oh-so-Gay twisted holiday classic, “Ill Be a Homo for Xmas.” Famous for their live shows, the band put on some legendary Seattle holiday concerts at the now-defunct Backstage in Ballard. Venus Envy band members are Laura Love, Lisa Koch, Linda Severt, and Linda Schierman. 7pm (doors open for dinner at 5pm). The Triple Door, 216 Union St. Tickets: $25. 206-838-4333; www.tripledoor.com.

December 12

“Breath of Aire Holiday Concert” – This inspirational Northwest regional choir led by Dr. J. Bayard DuBois will fill the stunning Bastyr University chapel with holiday and seasonal favorites appealing to families of all faiths and backgrounds. This FREE holiday musical celebration, a gift from Bastyr University, is open to the public. 7pm. Bastyr University Chapel, 14500 Juanita Dr. NE, Kenmore. www.bastyr.edu.; www.breathofaire.org.

“A Cathedral Christmas” – Seattle Choral Company, the Puget Sound region’s leading symphonic chorus, presents a program of glorious music for divided choirs, harp, sitar, string orchestra and the famed Flentrop pipe organ. The program will include the following choral works, mostly by living American composers: Magnificat and Gaudete by Steven Sametz, The Babe of Bethlehem by Abbie Betinis, Chanukah Suite by Jason Robert Brown, Winter by Eric Whitacre, Three Nativity Carols by Stephen Paulus, Fantasia on Christmas Carols by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Lo How a Rose E’re Blooming by Michael Praetorius / arr. by Jan Sandström, Jing-ga-lye-ya by Bruce Sled, Bow, Blow Thou Winter Wind by John Rutter and Christmas Goes Classical by David Maddux. 8pm. St. Mark’s Cathedral, 1245 10th Ave. E. Tickets: $25-general, $20-senior, $10-youth under 25. 1-800-838-3006; www.seattlechoralcompany.org. (Also 12/13.)

“Jaap ter Linden – Bach Cello Suites” – Experience one of the great masterworks of the Baroque performed by one of Europe’s most prominent interpreters of Baroque music. As one of the first specialists in this field, Jaap ter Linden has actively participated in the foundation of many of today’s leading Baroque ensembles. He was co-founder of the ensemble Musica da Camera and is principal cellist of Musica Antiqua Köln, The English Concert, and the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra. 8pm. Town Hall, 1119 8th Ave. at Seneca St. Tickets: $38-general, $35-senior, $20-under 25. 206-325-7066; www.earlymusicguild.org.

December 13

“A Cape Breton Christmas” – David Greenberg has distinguished himself as one of the most exciting, versatile and sought-after soloist on the Baroque scene. He is renowned for his Cape Breton-style fiddling in numerous recordings and appearances all over the U.S. and Canada. In his Seattle Baroque Orchestra program, Greenberg draws together these diverse threads for an improvisatory, toe-tapping and delightful evening that breaks down every stylistic barrier it can. Likely no one is better equipped to bridge the gap between traditional Celtic fiddling and the Baroque music with which it traded influences, and we’re privileged to welcome this old friend back to the fold, this time as leader, in what promises to be an ear-opening experience for everyone. 8pm. Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall, 3rd Ave. & Union St. Tickets: $35-adult; $30-senior; $10-student. 206-322-3118; www.seattlebaroque.org. (Also 12/14 @ 2pm.)

“Carter & Messiaen: A Double Centennial” – Born a day apart almost a century ago (December 10 and 11, 1908), the composers Elliott Carter and Oliver Messiaen provide a fascinating comparison of how creativity manifests itself in vastly different ways. While Carter and Messiaen have both been prolific composers, neither wrote much for a cappella voices, and both stopped writing for chorus around the middle of the last century.
The Esoterics will perform all of Carter’s neoclassic a cappella repertoire: his two crystalline settings of Emily Dickinson poems, Heart not so heavy as mine and Musicians wrestle everywhere, as well as his renditions of Robert Herrick’s tender odes To music and Harvest home, with The harmony of morning for women’s chorus, and Emblems for men’s chorus.
From Messiaen’s choral oeuvre, The Esoterics will perform his only sacred choral work, the transcendent motet O sacrum convivium, as well as one of the most virtuosic choral works in the repertory, Cinq rechants. Scored for 12 solo voices, Cinq rechants is the final component of Messiaen’s trilogy of works that embrace the medieval tale of Tristan and Isolde, the simultaneous fulfillment of love and death. For this work, the composer wrote his own poetry, combining surrealistic French images with syllables of pseudo-Sanskrit and Peruvian Quechua. With verses and refrains rife with amorous myths – of Merlin and Viviane, Orpheus and Euridyce, Bluebeard and Ariadne, Perseus and the Medusa – lovers are warned by spirits that their night of passion will soon end.
Please join The Esoterics to celebrate and compare the genius of these composers at the centenary of their birth. 8pm. St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 732 18th Ave. E. Tickets: $18 adv/$20 at door; $15 adv/$20 at door-students/seniors. 206-935-7779; www.theesoterics.org. (Also 12/6 in Tacoma, 12/7 in Lynnwood and 12/14 at 3pm in West Seattle.)

“A Cathedral Christmas” – Seattle Choral Company presents a program of glorious music for divided choirs, harp, sitar, string orchestra and the famed Flentrop pipe organ. 8pm. St. Mark’s Cathedral, 1245 10th Ave. E. Tickets: $25-general, $20-senior, $10-youth under 25. 1-800-838-3006; www.seattlechoralcompany.org. (Also 12/12. See 12/12 listing for a complete description of this program.)

“Dressed in Holiday Style – Seattle Women’s Chorus in Concert” – The Seattle Women’s Chorus’ holiday concert will take you on a musical tour of holiday traditions as they are celebrated in many of the diverse and dynamic neighborhoods in Seattle. “Seattle is like a collection of little cities, or towns, and each of them sparkle in their own way,” says Dennis Coleman, artistic director of SWC. “I wanted to bring this concert directly home.” Each new neighborhood carol composed by a cadre of local composers highlights the area’s unique flavors, quirks and cultural aspects. New songs and fresh takes on standards like “Silver Bells” will fill you with holiday spirit. Much of the concert will be accompanied by the Rainbow City Band. 8pm. Meany Hall for the Performing Arts, University of Washington. Tickets: $17.50 to $50. 206-388-1400; www.flyinghouse.org. (Also 12/9 in Mt. Vernon and 12/14 at 2pm.)

“Fruitcake – Seattle Men’s Chorus in Concert – in Tacoma” – The SMC’s holiday concert is soaked in spirits with a bit of spice, nuts, and fruit tossed in for fun. It includes a healthy mix of musical selections to make you laugh, cry, and reminisce. 2pm. Temple Theatre, 47 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma. Tickets: $38 & $48. 206-388-1400; www.flyinghouse.org. (Also, 12/6 in Everett, 12/7, 12/14, 12/15, 12/21 & 12/22 in Seattle.)

“Seattle Mandolin Orchestra’s Annual Holiday Concert” – The Seattle Mandolin Orchestra will present Christmas and Hanukkah favorites from here at home and around the world. This year coloratura soprano Julie Finch will lend her marvelous voice to O Holy Night, Silent Night and other holiday favorites. 3pm. Seattle Public Library, Ballard Branch. 5614 22nd Ave. NW. FREE. www.seattlemandolin.org.

“Silver Bells” – If you love the glitz and glamour of a fully-produced Christmas spectacular, join Choral Sounds Northwest for an exuberant concert that has become a cherished Burien holiday tradition. With very special guest, Northwest TV icon Stan Boreson. 8pm. Highline Performing Arts Center, 401 S. 152nd St., Burien. Tickets: $15 to $25; free youth ticket (under 18) when accompanied by paid adult. 206-246-6040; www.nwassociatedarts.org. (Also 12/14 at 2pm.)

“World Music of Peace” – It is easy to sing about peace when  you are thousands of miles away from the center of conflict. Which is why the vocal/percussion ensemble Abráce and the MB Orchestra have chosen the Arab-Israeli Peace Song, written and performed by a group of courageous Palestinian and Israeli musicians, as the centerpiece of their World Music of Peace collaboration. World Music of Peace frames the five-part vocal harmonies of Abráce against the driving rhythms of the MB Orchestra as they celebrate Coptic, Arabic, Hebrew, and Ladino music. The concert also showcases the high-energy Oud playing of the legendary Maurice Rouman as well as Middle Eastern and Afro-Brazilian dance, performed by Mahira and Dora Oliveira Newman. 7pm. Rainier Valley Cultural Center, 3515 S. Alaska St. Tickets: $30-family in advance (up to four people), $12-adults in advance, $10-seniors/students in advance, $7-children 12 and under in advance – and at the door. www.brownpapertickets.com/event/38112. The concert will be followed by a sample tasting of Middle Eastern delicacies at 8:15pm and a song arranging workshop lead by the members of Abráce at 8:45pm.

December 14

“A Cape Breton Christmas” – David Greenberg joins Seattle Baroque Orchestra for an improvisatory, toe-tapping and delightful evening of music that bridges the gap between traditional Celtic fiddling and Baroque Music. 2pm. Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall, 3rd Ave. & Union St. Tickets: $35-adult; $30-senior; $10-student. 206-322-3118; www.seattlebaroque.org. (Also 12/13 @ 8pm. See 12/13 listing for a complete description of this program.)

“Carter & Messiaen: A Double Centennial” – The Esoterics celebrate and perform the extraordinary work of Elliott Carter and Oliver Messiaen who were born a day apart almost a century ago, December 10 and 11, 1908. 3pm. Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 4139 42nd Ave. SW. Tickets: $18 adv/$20 at door; $15 adv/$20 at door-students/seniors. 206-935-7779; www.theesoterics.org. (Also 12/13 at 8pm on Capitol Hill. See 12/13 listing for a complete description of this program.)

“Dressed in Holiday Style – Seattle Women’s Chorus in Concert” – The Seattle Women’s Chorus’ holiday concert will take you on a musical tour of holiday traditions as they are celebrated in many of the diverse and dynamic neighborhoods in Seattle. “Seattle is like a collection of little cities, or towns, and each of them sparkle in their own way,” says Dennis Coleman, artistic director of SWC. “I wanted to bring this concert directly home.” Each new neighborhood carol composed by a cadre of local composers highlights the area’s unique flavors, quirks and cultural aspects. New songs and fresh takes on standards like “Silver Bells” will fill you with holiday spirit. Much of the concert will be accompanied by the Rainbow City Band. 2pm. Meany Hall for the Performing Arts, University of Washington. Tickets: $17.50 to $50. 206-388-1400; www.flyinghouse.org. (Also 12/9 in Mt. Vernon and 12/13 @ 8pm.)

“Fruitcake – Seattle Men’s Chorus in Concert” – The SMC’s holiday concert is soaked in spirits with a bit of spice, nuts, and fruit tossed in for fun. It includes a healthy mix of musical selections to make you laugh, cry, and reminisce. 8pm. Benaroya Hall, 3rd Ave. & University St. Tickets: $25 to $65. 206-388-1400; www.flyinghouse.org. (Also, 12/6 in Everett, 12/7, 12/8, 12/15, 12/21 & 12/22 in Seattle and 12/13 in Tacoma.)

“A North Seas Christmas” – The 38-voice Northwest Chamber Chorus performs holiday music from Norway, Sweden, Latvia and Great Britain. 3pm. Plymouth Congregational Church, 1217 6th Ave. Tickets: $20-general; $16-student/senior; $12-active singer discount; children 6-12 free with paying adult. 206-523-1196; www.northwestchamberchorus.org. (Also 12/6 @ 7:30pm in Phinney Ridge neighborhood. See 12/6 listing for a complete description of this program.)

“Silver Bells” – If you love the glitz and glamour of a fully-produced Christmas spectacular, join Choral Sounds Northwest for an exuberant concert that has become a cherished Burien holiday tradition. With very special guest, Northwest TV icon Stan Boreson. 2pm. Highline Performing Arts Center, 401 S. 152nd St., Burien. Tickets: $15 to $25; free youth ticket (under 18) when accompanied by paid adult. 206-246-6040; www.nwassociatedarts.org. (Also 12/13 at 8pm.)

“Tear Open the Heavens” – Experience the wonder of the holiday season as Opus 7 continues their Hugo Distler centennial celebration with his O Heiland reiss die Himmel (O Lord, Tear Open the Heavens), Wachet auf (Distler’s take on Bach’s famous Sleepers Awake), and Lo, how a rose e’er blooming. These works are heard alongside Brahms’ setting of O Heiland reiss and his Es ist das Heil uns kommen her. Opus 7 is joined by cello, oboe, harp, and percussion for some lighter seasonal works by Eric Robertson, Bern Herbolsheimer, and Gustav Holst, plus The Huron Carol by choral legend Dale Warland, composer-in-residence John Muehleisen’s “Christmas Hail” from This Night, and All This Time by Sir William Walton. With special guest Page Smith, cello. 7:30pm. St. James Cathedral, 804 9th Ave., Seattle. Tickets: $18. 206-782-2899; www.opus7.org; www.brownpapertickets.com.

December 15

“Fruitcake – Seattle Men’s Chorus in Concert” – The SMC’s holiday concert is soaked in spirits with a bit of spice, nuts, and fruit tossed in for fun. It includes a healthy mix of musical selections to make you laugh, cry, and reminisce. 8pm. Benaroya Hall, 3rd Ave. & University St. Tickets: $25 to $65. 206-388-1400; www.flyinghouse.org. (Also, 12/6 in Everett, 12/7, 12/8, 12/14, 12/21 & 12/22 in Seattle and 12/13 in Tacoma.)

December 20

“A Festival of Lessons & Carols” – The Northwest Boy Choir celebrates its 30-year tradition with the presentation of its 2008 A Festival of Lessons & Carols concert series, showcasing the 80-member chorus of the Northwest Boychoir and Vocalpoint! Seattle. Patterned after the Christmas Eve observance at King’s College in Cambridge, England, 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. These concerts often draw sold-out audiences. Advance ticket purchase is encouraged. 8pm. St. Mark’s Cathedral, 1245 10th Ave. E. Tickets: $22-general; $17-seniors; $12-students. www.northwestchoirs.org. (For additional Seattle area concert dates and locations, visit www.northwestchoirs.org.)

“Handel’s Messiah” – The Tudor Choir and the Seattle Baroque Orchestra present Handel’s masterpiece. 7:30pm. Town Hall, 1119 8th Ave. at Seneca St. Tickets: $22 adv/$25 at the door-general; $19 adv/$22 at the door-Town Hall members, seniors & students. Children under 6 not admitted. 800-838-3006. $75 tickets, which include a post-concert reception, are available. (Also 12/21 at 3pm.)

“The World Rejoices” – Celebrate the diverse traditions of the holiday season with a festive program of Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year’s music performed by the Bellevue Chamber Chorus from around the world. You’ll savor an international collection of classic carols, anthems, and motets, traditional songs, and exciting new works, by composers from Germany’s Heinrich Schütz to England’s Herbert Howells, Spain’s Javier Busto to America’s Samuel Adler, Steve Barnett, and many more. 7:30pm. Trinity Lutheran, 6215 196th St. SW, Lynnwood. Tickets: $18-adults; $14-student/senior; $9-youth 12 & under. www.brownpapertickets.com; www.bellevuechamberchorus.net. (Also 12/21 @ 3pm in Bellevue.)

December 21

“Fruitcake – Seattle Men’s Chorus in Concert” – The SMC’s holiday concert is soaked in spirits with a bit of spice, nuts, and fruit tossed in for fun. It includes a healthy mix of musical selections to make you laugh, cry, and reminisce. 8pm. Benaroya Hall, 3rd Ave. & University St. Tickets: $25 to $65. 206-388-1400; www.flyinghouse.org. (Also, 12/6 in Everett, 12/7, 12/8, 12/14, 12/15 & 12/22 in Seattle and 12/13 in Tacoma.)

“Handel’s Messiah” – The Tudor Choir and the Seattle Baroque Orchestra present Handel’s masterpiece. 3pm. Town Hall, 1119 8th Ave. at Seneca St. Tickets: $22 adv/$25 at the door-general; $19 adv/$22 at the door-Town Hall members, seniors & students. Children under 6 not admitted. 800-838-3006. $75 tickets, which include a post-concert reception, are available. (Also 12/20 at 7:30pm.)

“The World Rejoices” – Celebrate the diverse traditions of the holiday season with a festive program of Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year’s music performed by the Bellevue Chamber Chorus from around the world. You’ll savor an international collection of classic carols, anthems, and motets, traditional songs, and exciting new works, by composers from Germany’s Heinrich Schütz to England’s Herbert Howells, Spain’s Javier Busto to America’s Samuel Adler, Steve Barnett, and many more. 3pm. Grace Lutheran, 9625 NE 8th St., Bellevue. Tickets: $18-adults; $14-student/senior; $9-youth 12 & under. www.brownpapertickets.com; www.bellevuechamberchorus.net. (Also 12/20 @ 7:30pm in Lynnwood.)

December 22

“Bach’s Christmas Oratorio” – Orchestra Seattle & Seattle Chamber Singers performs all six parts of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio celebrating six separate events that occurred between the birth of Christ (12/25) and the Epiphany (1/6). It is rare to experience the entire cantata cycle and the accompanying interpretive meditations in a single performance. 7pm. First Free Methodist Church, 3200 3rd Ave. W. Tickets: $25-adults; $20-seniors; $10-students; youth under 18 receive one free ticket with each paid ticket. 800-838-3006; www.brownpapertickets.com/event/38051; or in person at any Seattle-area Silver Platters location. www.osscs.org.

“Fruitcake – Seattle Men’s Chorus in Concert” – The SMC’s holiday concert is soaked in spirits with a bit of spice, nuts, and fruit tossed in for fun. It includes a healthy mix of musical selections to make you laugh, cry, and reminisce. 2pm & 8pm. Benaroya Hall, 3rd Ave. & University St. Tickets: $25 to $65. 206-388-1400; www.flyinghouse.org. (Also, 12/6 in Everett, 12/7, 12/8, 12/14, 12/15, 12/21 in Seattle and 12/13 in Tacoma.)

December 23

“A Festival of Lessons & Carols” – The Northwest Boy Choir and Vocalpoint! present their annual concert of holiday readings and traditional carols patterned after the Christmas Eve observance at King's College in Cambridge, England. 7:30pm. Benaroya Hall, 3rd Ave. & University St. Tickets: $10 to $63. www.northwestchoirs.org. (See 12/20 listing for a complete description of this program.)

December 27

“Carol Concert” – The Tudor Choir, joined by organist J. Melvin Butler, offers a concert of seasonal carols from English traditions. 7:30pm. Blessed Sacrament Parish, 5050 8th Ave. NE. Tickets: $20 at the door; reserved section tickets available in advance at www.tudorchoir.org.

January 3

“The Kontakion of the Nativity” – Hear the world premiere of The Kontakion of the Nativity by American Orthodox composer Richard Toensing. Written for two choirs and soloists a capella, this setting of the poem by St. Romanos shines mystical light on a familiar story, told by the Magi and the Virgin Mary. Plus popular orthodox carols and hymns, including Today the virgin, and Christ is born. Alexander Lingas conducts. 8pm. Town Hall, 1119 8th Ave. at Seneca St. Tickets: $30, $27, $22, $15 ($5 student rush). 800-494-9497; www.cappellaromana.org. Pre-concert talk at 7pm.

THEATRE & DANCE & CABARET

“A Child’s Christmas in Wales” – Stone Soup Theatre presents their adaptation of Dylan Thomas’ exquisite and magical memoir of his childhood Christmas. Runs 12/5-12/21 & 12/24. Stone Soup Theatre, 4035 Stone Way N. Tickets: $14-general; $12-group and family rate (4 or more people). 206-633-1883; www.stonesouptheatre.com.

“A Christmas Carol” – ACT Theatre’s annual presentation of Charles Dickens’ classic, adapted by Gregory A. Falls. Runs 11/28-12/27. ACT Theatre, Kreielsheimer Place, 700 Union St. Tickets: $32 to $47 (with discounts for children 12 & under and seniors). 206-292-7676; www.acttheatre.org.

“A(n improvised) Christmas Carol” – Unexpected Productions takes the Charles Dickens classic and replays it based on suggestions given by the audience throughout the play. A holiday favorite for over 20 years. Runs 11/28-12/21. Market Theater, Pike Place Market, 1428 Post Alley. Tickets: $12. 206-587-2414; www.brownpapertickets.com; www.unexpectedproductions.org.

“Disney’s Beauty & the Beast” – It’s a tale as old as time … in a bold, brand-new production! Village Theatre artistic director Steve Tomkins reunites with CATS designer Alex Berry to work their magic on another timeless favorite, bringing the tale of Belle, her Beast, and his enchanted palace to brilliant life. Join Mrs. Botts and Chip, Lumiere and Le Fou, Gaston and the rest for this magical tale of the transformative power of love. Runs 11/12-1/4. Francis J. Gaudette Theatre, 303 Front St. N., Issaquah. Tickets: $22 to $58. 425-392-2202; www.villagetheatre.org. (Production moves to Everett Performing Arts Center 1/9-2/1.)

“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” – The annual Christmas pageant seems doomed when the horrible Herdmans are cast as Mary, Joseph, the three wise man and the angel of the Lord. But somewhere amidst the mayhem, the most awful kids ever finally meet Christmas. Back by popular demand, this beloved tale delights kids of all ages! Runs 12/7-12/16. Driftwood Players, 950 Main St., Edmonds. Tickets: $10 (includes dessert buffet following show). 425-774-9600; www.driftwoodplayers.com.

“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” – As the infamous Herdman clan take over the church pageant, everyone’s traditional notion of Christmas are challenged. See how a story can transform us all, even when told by a misfit group of kids in bedsheets. Runs 12/11-12/24. Seattle Public Theater at the Bathhouse, 7312 W. Greenlake Dr. N. Tickets: $25-adults; $23-seniors (65+); $15-youth (-25). 206-524-1300; www.seattlepublictheater.org

“The Bishop’s Wife” – Town Hall and Seattle Radio Theatre present a live, one-hour radio production of The Bishop’s Wife, complete with live music and sound effects, and a cast featuring Northwest favorites. This performance (suitable for the whole family) celebrating the Golden Age of Radio will be broadcast live on a local radio station. The script is from the Lux Radio Theatre version of the popular 1947 film The Bishop’s Wife, which starred Cary Grant as Dudley the Angel, with David Niven and Loretta Young as a big city bishop and his wife who receive heavenly assistance with their plans to build a big new cathedral. Performers include Jim Dever (EVENING Magazine) as the Bishop, Tracey Conway (Almost LIVE!) as his wife, and Pat Cashman (Almost LIVE!, The Pat Cashman Show and Taco Time commercials) as Dudley the Angel. Runs Saturday, 12/6 ONLY @ 7pm. Town Hall, 1119 8th Ave. at Seneca St., Seattle. Tickets: $13-general, $10-student/senior, $5-children 12 & under. 206-652-4255; www.brownpapertickets.com/event/39895; www.townhallseattle.org.

“Black Nativity: A Gospel Song Play” – Directed by Jacqueline Moscou and choreographed by Kabby Mitchell III, “Black Nativity” is a celebration of faith, expressed through exuberant performances of song, story and dance, reaching audiences of all ages, backgrounds and beliefs. The first act of “Black Nativity” retells the Christmas story through the words of the great American poet, Langston Hughes. In the second act, Intiman is transformed into a joyous “nondenominational church” presided over by Pastor Patrinell Wright and the Reverend Dr. Samuel B. McKinney. The production features gospel performances by the Total Experience Gospel Choir and the Black Nativity Choir, modern and traditional choreography performed by an ensemble of dancers, and an on-stage band. Runs 11/29-12/27. Intiman Theatre, 201 Mercer St. Tickets: $15 to $45. 206-269-1900; www.intiman.org

“The Christmas Foundling” – The California Gold Rush is on and rough-and-tumble miners fill their days chasing fortunes and their nights with story and song. When an orphaned infant appears on their doorstep on Christmas Eve, their carefree existence is turned topsy-turvy and they discover that the greatest wealth sometimes comes in surprising packages. A play rich with the spirit of Christmas and filled with traditional folk music and carols. Heartwarming and hilarious. Runs 11/28-12/27 (with previews 11/21, 22 & 25). Taproot Theatre, 204 N. 85th St. Tickets: $26 to $33 (with discount on previews). 206-781-9707, 206-292-ARTS; www.taproottheatre.org.

“The Color Purple” – Oprah Winfrey presents The Color Purple, a soul-stirring musical based on the classic Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker and the moving film by Steven Spielberg. It is the unforgettable and inspiring story of a woman named Celie, who finds her unique voice in the world. Nominated for 11 Tony Awards, The Color Purple is a landmark theatrical event, a celebration of love, and a Broadway phenomenon. With a joyous Grammy-nominated score featuring jazz, gospel and blues, The Color Purple is capturing the hearts of young and old, and uniting audiences in a community of joy. Runs 12/16-12/28. The Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St. Tickets: $25 to $75. 206-628-0888; www.ticketmaster.com; or in person at the Paramount Theatre Box Office. www.theparamount.com.

“The Dina Martina Christmas Show!” – After spending the entire year wowing crowds in New York, London, Provincetown and Hawaii, Dina Martina is back to her beloved Seattle to coat the holiday season with her famous mix of boundless hilarity and excruciating pathos. With unequalled song, unnecessary dance, unattractive costume and unwanted gifts for lucky audience members, Dina Martina brings yet another wondrous holiday extravaganza to Seattle. Whether you love or hate the holidays, The Dina Martina Christmas Show is guaranteed to get you through them with stunning humor and bottomless pity. Runs 11/28-12/31 @ 8pm. Re-bar, 1114 Howell St. Tickets: $20. Must be 21 or over. www.brownpapertickets.com/event/46945.

“The Dos Fallopia Xmas Hour (and a-Half)” – Peggy Platt and Lisa Koch (Dos Fallopia) bring out their favorite dysfunctional characters and classic sketches for a four-night-only run, featuring a host of Dos Fallopia creations: bickering country-western mother-daughter duo, The Spudds; ditsy cable-access hostess Craft Lady; demented nun Sister Mary Agnes; British rockers The Surly Bitches; and lots more. The very talented DJ Gommels will join the duo on piano. Runs 12/14-12/17 @ 7:30pm. Theatre Off-Jackson, 409 7th Ave. S. Tickets: $20. 1-800-838-3006, www.brownpapertickets.com, www.heylisa.com.

“The Eight: Reindeer Monologues” – Santa has finally gone too far and the reindeer are mad. Catch a glimpse into the affairs of the famous eight reindeer as they confess how things really go down at the North Pole when the sleigh ride is over. Hilarious, obscene and vicious, Eight is sure to get you into the holiday spirit. (Not recommended for those who believe in Santa or are easily offended.) Runs 12/12-12/20 @ midnight. Driftwood Players, 950 Main St., Edmonds. Tickets: $5. 425-774-9600; www.driftwoodplayers.com.

“Erwilian” – Be swept away on a musical journey with Erwilian! This talented and unique ensemble travels through time and around the world to bring you age-old and rarely performed holiday tunes. For one very special night Erwilian will enchant you with a vibrant collection of melodies. Performed on an array of ancient and one-of-a-kind instruments, these sounds of the season are sure to fill you with delight! Runs 12/21 ONLY. Driftwood Players, 950 Main St., Edmonds. Tickets: $20. 425-774-9600; www.driftwoodplayers.com.

“Fiddler on the Roof” – A classic story of tradition, love and family, Fiddler on the Roof takes place in a Russian Jewish Village in 1905. The way of life for a poor milkman, Tevye, is threatened when his daughters wish to marry men not chosen by a matchmaker, thus breaking tradition. The stability of his life and that of the village is threatened by the girls, the terrible ethnic violence against the Jews at the time, and political revolution in Russia. Runs 11/21-12/21. Tickets: $23-general; $20-student/senior. Driftwood Players, 950 Main St., Edmonds. Tickets: $20. 425-774-9600; www.driftwoodplayers.com.

“Good for the Jews” – The New York duo Good for the Jews, a collaboration between David Fagin of The Rosenbergs and Rob Tannenbaum, creator of the acclaimed Jewish band "What I Like About Jew," have been widely celebrated for their unorthodox mix of music and comedy. NOTE: “This show may contain adult content and is not for the faint of heart.” Runs 12/24 ONLY @ 7pm. The Triple Door, 216 Union St., Seattle. Tickets: $20. 206-838-4333; www.thetripledoor.net.

“It’s A Wonderful Improvised Life” – Late-Night Improv returns to the Taproot Theatre Mainstage this December for 3 performances only. “It’s A Wonderful Improvised Life” combines the wacky and wonderful imagination of the Taproot improvisers with the audience’s suggestions, telling this favorite Christmas story in a whole new way. Using the classic “It’s a Wonderful Life” story as a guide, the actors make every performance unique by soliciting key story elements from the audience’s suggestions. What will happen to Mr. Potter? How about George Bailey? Will Bailey Brothers’ Savings and Loan finally get the respect it deserves? The audience decides! Zu-zu’s petals, it’s going to be a bell-ringing good time. Runs 12/5, 12/12 & 12/19 at 10:15pm. Taproot Theatre, 204 N. 85th St. Tickets: $10 with group discounts. 206-781-9707.

“Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol” – The “real” story behind Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, this zany tale follows Jacob Marley’s heroic behind-the-scenes efforts to save old Scrooge’s soul – and redeem his own. Irreverant and deeply moving. Runs 11/28-12/21. Burien Little Theatre, 437 SW 144th St., Burien. Tickets: $16-general; $13-student/senior. 206-242-5180; www.burienlittletheatre.com.

“John Kelly in Paved Paradise: Redux: The Songs of Joni Mitchell” – Ever since he appeared as Joni Mitchell at the very first Wigstock in the fabulous ’80s, John Kelly has cast a spell of illusion that has continued to captivate audiences, including Joni Mitchell, the poet, painter and singer herself. In this loving homage, John Kelly, the award-winning and extremely gifted performance artist inhabits the persona of Joni in a very intimate 90-minute journey through song and reflections on life. 12/10 ONLY at 7:30pm (17+). The Triple Door, 216 Union St. Tickets: $22-adv/$25-day of show. 206-838-4333; www.tripledoor.com.

“The Judy Garland Christmas Special” – It’s 1963 and the producers of Judy Garland’s TV show have decided that what she needs is a nice Christmas special, something with the whole family in it: lovely Liza, cutie Lorna and little flamboyant Joe. The only problem is, where the hell is Judy? When she does show up, can the producers keep her pinballing around long enough to get her on the set and off the booze? Will guests Jack Jones and Mel Torme be able to compete for Judy’s attention against the weird dancing Santas or the mystical alligator with a mouth full of pills? Come make the yuletide gay with the most hysterical comedy this Christmas. Runs 12/5-12/20. Open Circle Theater, 2222 Second Ave, 2nd Fl. (at Bell St). Tickets: $15. 206-382-4250; www.octheater.com.

“Land of the Sweets: The Burlesque Nutcracker” – Lily Verlaine and Jasper McCann are back with the third installment of their sensational holiday show! A spectacle of ecdysiastic pageanty, Land of the Sweets sets the Nutcracker to a swing-era soundtrack and gives the ballet a bawdy makeover. “The perfect mix of singing, acrobatics, glamour and smutty jokes.” Featuring an all-star cast from Seattle’s Burlesque A-list, including Lily Verlaine, Miss Indigo Blue, Kitten La Rue, The Swedish Housewife, Babette La Fave, Waxie Moon and The Aerialistas. Runs 12/16-12/19, 12/22 @ 7pm (17+) & 10pm (21+). The Triple Door, 216 Union St. Tickets: $25-adv/$28 at the door. 206-838-4333; www.tripledoor.com.

“My Antonia” – Willa Cather’s personal and poetic remembrance of the immigrants who settled the Nebraska prairies, is the next great novel coming to the stage at Book-It Repertory Theatre. Willa Cather paints her pioneer country in wistful sepia prose that has become an enchanting American classic. The childhood memories of narrator Jim Burden in Blackhawk, Nebraska are woven together with the struggles of his beloved neighbor, a newly-arrived immigrant girl from Bohemia, Antonia Shimerda. The story of their friendship outlines the determination, hardship, and resiliency of Great Plains life at the turn of the last century. Runs 11/25-12/21. Center House Theatre (in the lower level of the Seattle Center ‘s Center House). Tickets: $15 to $40 (opening night). 206-216-0833; www.book-it.org.

“The Nutcracker” – The Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Nutcracker has been dazzling the young and the young-at-heart each holiday season for 24 years. Treat your family and friends to the memories and magic of PNB’s inimitable Nutcracker. Created by PNB Founding Artistic Director Kent Stowell and world-famous children’s author and illustrator Maurice Sendak (Where the Wild Things Are), Nutcracker’s brilliant blend of costumes, sets and choreography creates a magical storybook world enjoyed by children and adults alike. PNB’s masterful holiday production is the highlight of the holidays. Runs 11/28-12/30. Marion Oliver McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St. Tickets: $24 to $115. 206-441-2424; www.pnb.org.; in person at the PNB Box Office, 301 Mercer St; 206-292-ARTS; www.ticketmaster.com.

“Over and Through” – Wing-It Productions is proud to present Over and Through, a journey through an unknown tale of magic and adventure, an improvised fairy tale from the goblins behind Jet City Improv, an unscripted dark fairy tale featuring fiendish creatures, puppet companions and the imagination of one human child. The story begins with a child running away from home. The fate of the story and of the child from that point on will be in the hands of the audience, who will be asked to supply the details of the tale. No two stories will ever be the same, or will ever be told again. Runs 12/4-12/19. Historic University Theater, 5510 University Way NE. Tickets: $10-general, $8-students/seniors discount (available at the box office only). 206-352-8291; www.wingitpresents.com; www.brownpapertickets.com/event/47692. Not recommended for small children due to its scary elements.

“Oy Vey in a Manger: Christmas Carols & Other Jewish Music” – The Kinsey Sicks – the self-described Dragapella Beauty Shop Quartet – is in the best sense a contemporary vaudeville act: singing, dancing, comedy and costumes. Even the ‘drag” component is in the tradition. “Gloriously, proudly bad taste … gut-busting parodies and raucous schtick.” NOTE: This show is R-rated and adult and not for the faint-hearted. Runs 12/26 ONLY @ 7:30pm (all ages) & 10pm (21+). The Triple Door, 216 Union St. $30-adv/$35 at the door. 206-838-4333; www.tripledoor.com.

“Plaid Tidings” – In Plaid Tidings, the Plaids (Frankie, Sparky, Jinx, and Smudge) from “Forever Plaid” are transported back from the ethereal cosmos to croon their tight harmonic renditions of musical hits from the ‘50s and ‘60s. Suddenly, as ordered by a heavenly phone call from Rosemary Clooney, they stage a nostalgic holiday extravaganza for world-weary mortals on Earth … including a new episode of The Ed Sullivan Show. Runs 11/28-12/23. ArtsWest, 4711 California Ave. SW. Tickets: $32; $10-under 25. 206-938-0339; www.artswest.org.

“The Santaland Diaries” – For those who like a little spice with their Christmas sugar, this hilarious one-person play written by David Sedaris chronicles a man’s experience working as an elf in Macy’s Santaland. Sedaris is a genuine American voice – witty, sardonic and unpredictable, mercilessly cutting through the Christmas spirit to point out what crazy things we do as human beings during the holidays. (For mature elves only.) Runs 12/4-12/24. Seattle Public Theater at the Bathhouse, 7312 W. Greenlake Dr. N. Tickets: $25-adults; $23-seniors (65+); $15-youth (-25). 206-524-1300; www.seattlepublictheater.org.

“Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” – Based on the classic MGM film, this big, brawling, rollicking musical comedy will take you out into our own backyard, the exuberant Oregon Territory in the 1870s – where men are men (at least until their brides get their hands on them!). Featuring a rousing combination of breathtaking choreography and catchy Johnny Mercer/Gene De Paul songs, this will be the perfect holiday treat for the entire family. Runs 12/3-12/28. 5th Ave. Theatre, 1308 5th Ave. Tickets: $22 to $81. 206-625-1900; www.5thavenue.org; or in person at the box office.

“Short Stories Live: Hanukkah Stories” – A special holiday edition of Short Stories Live explores the meaning and traditions on Hanukkah – light in the darkness, the miracle of survival, and family. Professional actors read stories by Sholem Aleichem, Lemony Snicket, Daniel Mark Epstein, and others. Runs 11/30 ONLY @ 4pm. Town Hall, 1119 8th Ave. at Seneca St. Tickets: $13 adv/$15 at door-general and $10 adv/$13 at door-student/senior. 800-838-3006; www.brownpapertickets.com.

“The Slipper and the Rose” (The Story of Cinderella) – A charming new musical version of the story of Cinderella makes its West Coast premiere at Tacoma Musical Playhouse. Based on the 1976 film of the same name, The Slipper and the Rose brings to the stage a faithfully preserved version of one of the best-loved and most-often-told fairy tales of all times. The Academy and Golden Globe Award-nominated score by Richard and Robert Sherman (Mary Poppins, Chitty-Chitty Bang Bang, Bedknobs & Broomsticks) swells to the height of romanticism in this exciting new British addition to the American musical theater repertoire. Runs 11/28-12/21. Tacoma Musical Playhouse, 7116 6th Ave., Tacoma, Tickets: $25-adult, $23-student/senior/military, $18-children 12 & under. 253-565-6867; www.tmp.org.

“Waiting for the Man with the Bag – Arnaldo! Drag Chanteuse Holiday Cabaret” – Jump-start your holiday spirit with Seattle’s own 2008 New York Bistro Cabaret Award winner Arnaldo! Drag Chanteuse in a fun-filled cabaret show of traditional and non-traditional holiday music, with Seattle’s Mr. Piano Man, Victor Janusz at the keys. With his own vocal styling, Arnaldo! performs holiday cabaret staples like Eartha Kitt’s "Santa Baby," The Carpenters’ "Merry Christmas, Darling" and Nancy Wilson’s "What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?" The show also features cabaret classics like Maltby & Shired very bitter "I Don’t Remember Christmas" and the obscure and lovely Rob Warren’s "Season's Greetings" (as recorded by cabaret legend Miss Julie Wilson). Arnaldo! wraps up the package with traditional heart-warming holiday songs, including his Home for the Holidays Medley. Runs 11/30, 12/7 & 12/14 ONLY @ 6pm-dinner seating; 7pm-show. Julia’s on Broadway, 300 Broadway E. Tickets: $15 cover + two drink minimum. 206-334-0513; www.brownpapertickets.com/event/47440. To reserve a table for dinner and for group seating, call 206-334-0513.

 

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