Gingerbread Village, the 20th annual benefit for the Northwest Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, through Jan. 1. Seattles top architectural firms team up with Sheraton Seattles culinary staff to design, bake, and build elaborate gingerbread displays and other holiday creations reflecting this years theme. The display is free and open to the public (donation suggested). Sheraton Seattle Hotel, 1400 6th Ave., Seattle. More information at http://gingerbreadvillage.myevent.com/3/events.htm.
Seattle Center WinterFest, Six weeks of free entertainment running through Jan. 6, including the timeless Winter Train and Village, WinterFest Ice Rink, Ice Sculpting (Saturdays through Dec. 29, noon-2 p.m., outside Fisher Pavilion), WinterFest Student Showcase (through Jan. 6, various times, Armory), The Dickens Carolers (Dec. 29, 12:30 p.m., Armory), Eastside Modern Jazz Orchestra (Dec. 30, 12:30 p.m., Armory), and a New Years Eve celebration with the Rhythm Nation (Dec. 31, 8:15-11:45 p.m., Armory). Details on these and other events at www.seattlecenter.com/winterfest/.
New Years Eve Celebration at the Space Needle, Dec. 31, 11:59 p.m. Start 2013 off with a bang as the Space Needle displays the worlds tallest structure-launched fireworks show with more than 2,000 pyrotechnic events. The base of the Needle will host the West Coast version of Times Square, where more than 50,000 people gather each year to watch the fireworks shoot across the midnight sky. Special events are planned at the SkyCity restaurant and on the Needles observation deck. Details at www.spaceneedle.com.
Ham for the Holidays: Ham-ageddon! featuring Dos Fallopia, through Dec. 30, 7:30 p.m. Wed.-Sat.; 3 p.m. Sat.-Sun. (plus 7:30 p.m. Dec. 23). The apocalypse is just around the corner, so Dos Fallopia (Lisa Koch and Peggy Platt) celebrate with some classic moments from past years shows, with some new tunes and sketches. Theatre Off Jackson, 409 7th Ave. S. Details at www.heylisa.com. Tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/277489.
Dina Martina Christmas Show, a Seattle tradition featuring the First Lady of Entertainment, through Dec. 31. Famed N.Y. critic Michael Musto called Dina the most original drag performer working in America today. Martina comes armed with truly legendary songs, stories, costumes, and audience gifts, giving you one of the most festive, invigorating, and ingeniously funny evenings youve ever had. 8 p.m. nightly Dec. 26-31. Re-Bar, 1114 Howell St., Seattle. Tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/271829.
The Seattle Symphony celebrates the holidays with Beethovens Ninth Symphony, Dec. 28-31. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle. Details at www.seattlesymphony.org.
Cappella Romana presents Rachmaninoffs Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Jan. 12, 8 p.m. A 1910 sacred masterpiece for the Orthodox Eucharist, sung in Church Slavonic and featuring 26 of the Pacific Northwests finest professional singers. Holy Rosary Church, 4139 42nd Ave. S.W., Seattle. (Pre-concert talk starts one hour before performance.) Information and tickets at www.cappellaromana.org or 1-800-494-8497.
THEATER AND DANCE
Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol by John Longenbaugh, presented by Taproot Theatre, through Dec. 29. Its Christmas Eve, 1894, and Sherlock Holmes resurfaces after being presumed dead for three years. Only hes changed, and not for the better. Three unexpected callers arrive, uncovering clues from the detectives past, present, and future. Can they save Holmes and his world from a dire end? A mystery full of Christmas spirits the whole family will enjoy. 204 N. 85th St., Seattle. Details at http://taproottheatre.org.
A(n Improvised) Christmas Carol presented by Unexpected Productions, through Dec. 30. An improvised take on Charles Dickens classic, shaped by audience input. Market Theater, 1428 Post Alley, Seattle. Details at www.unexpectedproductions.org.
A Christmas Carol presented by ACT Theatre, through Dec. 30. Charles Dickens classic tale of hope and redemption, adapted by Gregory A. Falls. Allen Theatre, 700 Union St., Seattle. Details at www.acttheatre.org.
The Winter Wonderettes, a new 60s Christmas musical, presented by ArtsWest, through Dec. 30. Take a nostalgic trip through the late 50s-early 60s musical style when the Marvelous Wonderettes are asked to entertain at the holiday party for Harpers Hardware. Curtain 7:30 p.m. nightly (plus weekend matinees at 3 p.m. Dec. 29 and 30). ArtsWest Playhouse, 4711 California Ave. S.W., Seattle. Details at www.artswest.org.
ELF The Musical, the story of Buddy, a boy raised by elves at the North Pole who sets off to the big city in search of his father and finds an alarming lack of Christmas spirit. Through Dec. 31, 5th Avenue Theatre, 1308 5th Ave., Seattle. Details at www.5thavenue.org.
Nutcracker presented by Pacific Northwest Ballet, through Dec. 29, 7:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat. plus weekend matinees. Praised by the New York Times as original and exciting, this marvelously imagined production created by PNB founding artistic director Kent Stowell and author/illustrator Maurice Sendak, features more than 200 dancers, gigantic moving sets, a snowfall, and Tchaikovskys beloved score performed by the PNB Orchestra. McCaw Hall, Seattle Center. Details at www.pnb.org.
Amahl and the Night Visitors, a dramatic reading with music, Jan. 4 (7 p.m.) and Jan. 6 (2 p.m.). Gian Carlo Menottis classic story about a poor boy and his mother who meet the Magi coming from the East to honor the Christ child. Suggested donation $15. Plymouth Congregational Church, 1217 6th Ave., Seattle. Details at www.plymouthchurchseattle.org.