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2019 HOLIDAY EVENTS CALENDAR

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            ARTS/CRAFTS/GIFTS

            Julefest – A Nordic Christmas Celebration. Nov. 23-24. 10am-5pm. National Nordic Museum, 2655 NW Market St. Annual event turns museum into a winter wonderland with 40 hand-picked artisan and craft vendors. Enjoy authentic Nordic treats from Goodies2Go, $3 raffle tickets feature a grand prize of a trip for two to Iceland, kids' crafts and activities inside Santa's workshop (cost is $8/child; advance registration encouraged) … and even Santa himself! Enjoy Nordic favorites like aebleskiver, live music, and dancing, by incredible local groups, and so much more! Admission: $8 general, members and under 13 free; $5 additional to view current temporary exhibition. Info: www.nordicmuseum.org.

            United Indians of All Tribes Foundation 2019 Holiday Art Market. Nov. 22-24 & Dec. 20-22, 10am-5pm. Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center in Discovery Park, 5011 Bernie Whitebear Way. Shop local Native American creations including beadwork, weavings, jewelry, prints, carving, blankets, natural medicines, streetwear and more. Enjoy performances throughout the day, plus salmon and frybread. Free admission. Info: www.unitedindians.org.

            El Centro de la Raza Annual Christmas Tree Sale. Nov. 24-Dec. 20. Mon-Fri, 4-8pm; Sat-Sun, 12-8pm (closed Thanksgiving Day 11/28 but open 12-8pm Fri 11/29). El Centro de la Raza north parking lot, 2524 16th Ave S. Fresh and organic trees supplied by a Latino-based small business. Pre-order by Nov. 21 and receive a discount and faster check-out. Sales benefit El Centro de la Raza’s emergency services for thousands of low-income individuals and families. For more info visit www.elcentrodelaraza.org/get-involved/events/Christmas-tree-sale or call (206) 957-4621.

            Native Holiday Gift Fair. Nov. 29-Dec. 1, 10am-5pm. Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center, 4705 W Marginal Way SW. Free admission. Info: www.duwamishtribe.org or (206) 431-1582.

            Geekcraft Expo Seattle 2019 Holiday Market. Nov. 29, 6-9pm; Dec. 1, 10am-5pm; Dec. 2, 10am-4pm. Hangar 30, Magnuson Park, 6310 NE 74th St. Handmade Geek Goods by 100+ local crafters and makers. Admission $2 at door or preregister for free admission at www.eventbrite.com/e/geekcraft-expo-seattle-2019-holiday-market-tickets-63133539115.

            South Park Arts 2019 Art Under $100 Holiday Sale. Nov. 30, 2-8pm. Seattle Design Center, 5701 6th Ave S. Over 70 amazing artists offer affordable pieces perfect for everyone on your list. Plus art raffle, food trucks and the Makery, an all-ages art lab. Free parking and admission; VIP ticket ($25) gets you first pick of the offerings an hour before the show opens to the general public, plus champagne and chocolate. Info: www.southparkarts.org/art-under-100.

            Seward Park Clay Studio Winter Holiday Show & Sale. Dec. 6-24 and 26-27, 10am-6pm. Opening gala Dec. 6 (details to come; check website for updates). 5900 Lake Washington Blvd. S. Featuring work from more than 60 artists, Seward Park Clay Studio is THE place for ceramics in Seattle. Info: https://sewardparkart.org.

            “Gifts & Greens Galore” – Arboretum Foundation Holiday Sale. Dec. 7, 10am-3pm. Washington Park Arboretum Graham Visitors Center, 2300 Arboretum Dr E. Holiday wreaths and centerpieces, bundled fresh-cut loose greens, nature-inspired gifts and stocking stuffers, unique whimsical ornaments, local honey, birdseed pine cones and more, plus activities for children and free hot beverages (coffee, cocoa, cider). All sales benefit the Washington Park Arboretum. Info: (206) 325-4510 or www.arboretumfoundation.org.

            Seattle Sampling Artists' Studio Tour. Dec. 6, 4-9pm; Dec. 7-8, 10am-5pm. Various locations (see website for map). Seattle’s largest and most established holiday arts and crafts tour offers holiday shoppers a relaxed and intimate opportunity to meet the artists in their own environments. The free, self-guided 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. Info: www.seattlesampling.com.

 

            HOLIDAY EVENTS

            Festival of Trees Celebration. Tree display Nov. 23-Dec. 4; gala opening dinner/auction Nov. 23, 5-10pm; opening celebration Nov. 24, 1-4pm; Teddy Bear Suite, Nov. 29-Dec. 6. Fairmont Olympic Hotel, 411 University St. Benefit for Seattle Children’s Hospital Autism Center and the hospital’s uncompensated care fund. Join our featured patients, friends and family to enjoy holiday music, stories and homemade cookies. Celebration features tree lighting by one of our patients; another 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 younger guests, and children can pose for a photo with Santa. Info: www.seattlefestivaloftrees.com.

           Sheraton Grand Seattle Gingerbread Village. Nov. 23-Jan. 1 (Mon, Thurs, Sun 9am-9pm; Fri-Sat 9am-11pm). Sheraton Grand Seattle Hotel, 1400 6th Ave. Seattle’s cherished holiday tradition returns for its 29th year. Since 1992, the Sheraton’s expert culinary team has partnered with top local architecture firms to design, build and wow the crowds with intricate, larger-than-life gingerbread creations. This unforgettable event draws more than 200,000 visitors each year. Admission is free; donations to the Northwest Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation are appreciated. Event details at https://gingerbreadvillage.org or (206) 621-9000.

            Woodland Park Zoo WildLights. Nov. 23-Jan. 5 (except Dec. 2, 3, 9, 10, 24, 25), 5:30-8:30pm nightly. Enter through the Woodland Park Zoo West Entrance on Phinney Ave N between N 55th & 56th Sts. Seattle's wildest holiday lights festival returns with sparkling lights, faux snowball fights, up-close animal encounters, hot chocolate and family delights. Experience brand new wild and wonderful light displays that will be featured throughout the zoo including a holiday light spectacular at the zoo’s south entrance which will now be open throughout the run of WildLights. For ticket information, visit www.zoo.org/wildlights.

            Macy’s Holiday Parade. Nov. 29, 9am. Steps off at 7th Ave and Pine St, travels west down Pine St to 5th Ave to University St, west on University to 4th Ave, and north on 4th to Macy's, where Santa leaves his sleigh and enters the store to open Santaland (visiting begins at 11am). As always, giant balloons, colorful floats, costumed characters, pro sports teams and many local entertainers will be featured. This year’s parade is Macy’s last one in Seattle since the downtown Macy's is closing, so don’t miss it! Info: www.macys.com/social/events/event/?id=31492.

            Argosy Cruise Christmas Ship Festival. Nov. 29-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 tickets and schedule, visit www.argosycruises.com.
 
            Seattle Center Winterfest. Nov. 29-Dec. 31. 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. The Winter Train & Village returns, along with live weekend performances and inspiring student showcases plus the Winterfest Ice Rink and Saturday ice sculpting outside the Fisher Pavilion. Also featured this year is the Seattle Children’s Theatre production of Corduroy (see “Theater & Dance” listings below for details). Info on all Winterfest events at www.seattlecenter.com/winterfest/.

            Magic in the Market. Nov. 30, 11am-5pm. Pike Place Market, 1st Ave & Pike St. Celebrate the holiday season at Magic in the Market! Get a photo with Santa, see live reindeer, enjoy festive music, and browse our Stockings and Stuffers Handmade Market. Be sure to stick around for the Market tree lighting at 5pm! Free admission. Fresh cider, hot cocoa and other beverages will be available for purchase from farmers and merchants as 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. Info: www.pikeplacemarket.org.

            Providence O’Christmas Trees: “A Thrill of Hope.” Dec. 2-4. Westin Seattle Hotel, Grand Ballroom, 1900 5th Ave. Celebrating its 35th year, Providence O'Christmas Trees raises funds for the ministries of Providence Senior and Community Services. Events include: Family Preview, featuring photos with Santa, kids’ activities, trees and festive entertainment (Dec. 2, 4-8pm, free); Silver Bells Luncheon with holiday-themed jazz by Jose Gonzales Trio (Dec. 3, 11am-1pm, $85, reservations required); and the Gala Dinner & Auction (Dec. 4, 5-10pm, $400, reservations required, black tie optional). Providence ministries together serve over 20,000 people a day in need of health care, housing and hospice. Info and tickets: http://washington.providence.org/donate/pscs-special-events/ochristmas-trees/.

            Volunteer Park Trust Holiday in the Park. Dec. 5, 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 creating a magical wonderland. Listen to live joyful music from local choral ensembles including the Emerald City Women’s Chorus, Seatown Sound and the Beaconettes. Warm up with free admission to the Volunteer Park Conservatory and see their amazing Holiday Express Train and poinsettia display, and enjoy free hot cocoa and cookies. Info: https://volunteerparktrust.org/event/holiday-in-the-park-2019/.

            The Great Figgy Pudding Street Corner Caroling Competition. Dec. 6, 6-8:30pm. On and around Pine St. between 3rd Ave and 7th Ave and at Westlake Park. 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 is a singular evening of entertainment enjoyed by nearly 10,000 spectators every year. More than 1,000 carolers and dozens of caroling teams sing their hearts out on the downtown Seattle street corners. The top two teams in each competition category compete in a sing-off on the Figgy Main Stage. Caroling teams run the gamut from singing lawyers, to costumed co-workers of Seattle landmark businesses to Von Trapp-like families. Free. Info: www.pikemarketseniorcenter.org/figgy-pudding/.

            Hometown Holidays in the Junction – Holiday Night Market & Tree Lighting. Dec. 7, 3-7pm (lighting at 6pm). Junction Plaza Park, 42nd Ave SW and SW Alaska St. Shop handmade goods from local artisans, get your picture taken with Santa, make an ornament to hang on the Holiday Night Market tree, enjoy live entertainment. Watch for full Hometown Holidays schedule at www.wsjunction.org.

            Chihuly Garden & Glass New Year's Eve pARTy. Dec. 31. 8pm-1am. Seattle Center adjacent to Space Needle. Dine, dance and delight in the most extraordinary view of Seattle's most iconic fireworks display through the glass ceiling. The party includes a tour through the exhibition, delicious appetizers and desserts in the stunning Glasshouse, dancing to the Michael Benson Band, two complimentary drink tickets and a champagne toast at midnight while you watch the fireworks surround you through the glass. No host bar. Tickets $225 (21+) at www.chihulygardenandglass.com. NOTE: Guests must arrive by 10pm.

            Spectra NYE 2020 at Pacific Science Center. Dec. 31. 9pm-2am. Seattle Center. 200 2nd Ave N. Kick off the '20s at this year's Spectra. Enjoy a swanky night out on the town with a full, unobstructed view of the annual fireworks show at the Space Needle. Dance to the electro-swing beats of DJ Kemyst of KUBE 93 and DJ Native Havoc while showing off your glad rags, see a Laser performance, or try Laser Karaoke with Baby Ketten. Appetizers and beverage available. Celebrate at this party for the ages—it’s the cat’s meow! Tickets ($125 general admission, $225 VIP) (21+) at www.pacificsciencecenter.org/spectra/.

            T-Mobile New Year’s Eve Fireworks at the Space Needle. Dec. 31, 9pm-1am (fireworks at midnight, of course). Seattle Center. 400 Broad St. Enjoy the fireworks display FOR FREE OUTDOORS, or join the party atop the Needle featuring the Dusty 45s, DJ Orion, appetizers, desserts, a hosted drink (plus no-host bar) and champagne at midnight. Tickets $275 (21+) at www.spaceneedle.com/holidays/.

 

            LGBT COMMUNITY CELEBRATIONS

            Stronger Together: World AIDS Day Breakfast. Dec. 5, 7:30-9am. Embassy Suites Hotel, King Street Ballroom, 255 S King St. Sixteenth annual event celebrating Seattle’s ongoing leadership in the fight against HIV/AIDS. This year’s featured speaker is A. Toni Young, a leader in the field of HIV/AIDS outreach to Black communities and women. The World AIDS Day Breakfast is a fundraiser for Gay City, Seattle Counseling Service, and Samaritan CareTeams, who work together to provide crucial HIV prevention, education, support and care in the Seattle area. Free; suggested donation $200; RSVP by Dec. 4 at www.eventbrite.com/e/stronger-together-world-aids-day-breakfast-registration-72462951639.

            “Snowball” Community Celebration and Fundraiser. Dec. 7, 6-8:30pm. Seattle City Hall, 5th Ave. at Cherry St. Join us for our yearly celebration of our Trans and gender-diverse communities and learn what we have in store for 2020. There will be a robust program, free food, drinks, and community awards. Tickets ($25 for community members, $50 for allies) available at https://ingersollgendercenter.org/event/2019snowball/ (tickets may also be available at door, subject to capacity). Those wishing to attend but unable to afford the ticket price are invited to email info@ingersollgendercenter.org.

         Three Dollar Bill Cinema – An Evening with Auntie Mame. Dec. 18, 7pm. On the Boards, 100 W Roy St. Don your gay apparel and join us for this fun fundraiser for Three Dollar Bill Cinema. Auntie Mame (1958) stars Rosalind Russell as a progressive, free-spirited woman of the 1920s who teaches her young nephew Patrick a thing or two about living. Featuring a costume contest and much more! Tickets ($20) at https://threedollarbillcinema.org/auntiemame.

 

            LGBT CABARET & MUSIC

            Kitten N' Lou present "Cream." Nov. 22-23, 7pm & 10pm, The Triple Door, 216 Union St. A Spanksgiving feast of decadently sickening burlesque, drag, and cabaret, starring LOVE CONNIE of RPDR and the Atomic Bombshells. Tickets: $30-$45 (21+) at https://tickets.thetripledoor.net/.

            Seattle Men's Chorus – ’Tis the Season. Nov. 30-Dec. 22 (Nov. 30, 7:30pm; Dec. 1, 2pm; Dec. 8, 7:30pm (ASL interpreted); Dec. 17, 7:30pm; Dec. 22, 8pm). Benaroya Hall, 3rd Ave & Union St. Kick off the holidays with the merry voices of SMC! We come a-caroling with a rocking and rolling celebration for the jolliest time of year. It’s everything you know and love about this naughty and nice annual tradition. Featuring “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” “Good King Wenceslas,” and “Santa Claus Got Stuck in My Chimney.” (Also in Tacoma Dec. 7 at 3pm & 7:30pm, Rialto Theatre; and in Everett Dec. 14 at 7:30pm, Civic Auditorium.) Details and ticket info at www.seattlechoruses.org.

           The Dina Martina Christmas Show with Adult Prodigy Chris Jeffries. Dec. 5-24. ACT Theatre, 700 Union St. The halls are decked, the stockings hung, and Dina Martina is coming to town! Miss Martina (a.k.a. “The Second Lady of Entertainment”) is sure to put the happy in your holidays with her signature humor, questionable song, unnecessary dance, overburdened costumes, side-splitting video, and (of course) an endless supply of gifts! Dina Martina returns to the ACTLab stage with noted accompanist and Stranger Genius Award-winner Chris Jeffries, serving Seattle’s favorite brand of yuletide merriment since its beginnings at Re-bar over 20 years ago. "Dina Martina goes way beyond drag into some new kind of twisted art." – John Waters. Walk, don’t run, to buy tickets at https://acttheatre.org/dinamartina/.

            A John Waters Christmas – Filthier and Merrier. Dec. 5, 8pm. Neptune Theatre, 1303 NE 45th St. Is Prancer the only Gay reindeer? Has Santa ever been nude? Legendary filmmaker John Waters ponders these and other hot Xmas topics in the latest edition of his critically acclaimed holiday show, which he calls "one long trigger warning." It's sure to stuff your turkey! Tickets ($35-$45, $115 VIP includes best seats & post-show meet-and-greet) at www.stgpresents.org or by phone at 1-800-982-2787.

            Kitten N’ Lou present Jingle All the Gay. Dec. 6-29, Oddfellows Bldg, 2nd Floor, 915 E Pine St. After co-producing a wildly successful decade of “Homo for the Holidays,” Kitten N’ Lou have ushered in a new chapter of this beloved holiday tradition to critical and audience acclaim. Join our chosen family of fabulous fruitcakes in a joyful and triumphant celebration of song, dance, striptease, and holiday hilarity. Tickets $35-$40 (except special $25 ticket price on Dec. 11, a gift to our community). https://homofortheholidays-jingleallthegay.strangertickets.com.

            Taylor Mac – Holiday Sauce. Dec. 19-20, 8pm. Moore Theatre, 1932 2nd Ave. Christmas as calamity – 2017 MacArthur Fellow and Pulitzer Prize finalist Taylor Mac takes on the holidays to celebrate the season in all of its dysfunction. For this new production, judy (that’s Taylor’s gender pronoun) is joined by longtime collaborators, designer Machine Dazzle, Music Director Matt Ray, and a spectacular band to reframe the songs you love and the holidays you hate. Tickets ($47-$87) at www.stgpresents.org or by phone at 1-800-982-2787.

            Ben DeLaCreme & Jinkx Monsoon – All I Want for Christmas Is Attention. Dec. 21-27, 8pm, Neptune Theatre, 1303 NE 45th St. An all new two-queen holiday extravaganza! After last year’s wildly successful “To Jesus, Thanks for Everything” Jinkx and DeLa return to the stage this holiday season in a high-spirited scramble to maintain your interest! DeLa is all sugar and Jinkx is all spice, but how do these two very different gals deal with the stress of the holidays? A little song, a lot of eggnog, and theaters full of people looking at them. Tickets ($39 reserved, $29 standing room day of show, $69 VIP) available now at www.stgpresents.org.

 

            MUSIC

            The Tenors – Wonder of Christmas Tour. Nov. 29, 7:30pm. Benaroya Hall, 3rd Ave & Union St. This Canadian vocal supergroup – Clifton, Fraser and Victor – return to Benaroya Hall just in time for the holidays! The Tenors' charming blend of classical music and contemporary pop have brought them international success, and this powerhouse trio has thrilled audiences across the globe from the Primetime Emmy Awards to the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympics to the Diamond Jubilee for Queen Elizabeth II. The Tenors have also had the honor of sharing the stage with some of the biggest names in music including Sir Paul McCartney, Sarah McLachlan, Lionel Richie, Sting, Sir Elton John and Stevie Wonder. Tickets ($47-$62, VIP package available) at www.seattlesymphony.org.

            Byrd Ensemble – Wachet Auf & Magnificat (Bach). Nov. 30, 7:30pm. Town Hall Seattle, 1119 8th Ave. The Byrd Ensemble and Seattle Baroque Orchestra join forces once again for a performance of J. S. Bach’s Wachet Auf and Magnificat, at the newly renovated Town Hall. Tickets ($20-$70) and info at www.byrdensemble.com.

            Cirque Dreams – HOLIDAZE. Nov. 30, 7:30pm. Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway, Tacoma. This critically acclaimed extravaganza is a Broadway musical and new cirque adventure wrapped into the ultimate holiday gift for all ages. Experience the most wonderful time of the year through a wonderland of elaborate scenes, dozens of original holiday numbers, over 300 spectacular costumes, and 20 of the world’s best acts. Plus, Broadway singers perform original music and a new twist on seasonal favorites like “Deck the Halls,” “Winter Wonderland,” and “Jingle Bell Rock.” Get ready to have your stockings knocked off with these on the edge-of-your-seat feats performed by toy soldiers, snowmen, reindeer, gingerbread, Santa and more. This dazzling holiday spectacular will magically delight! Tickets ($35-$119) at www.tacomaartslive.org.

            Seattle Men's Chorus – ’Tis the Season. Nov. 30-Dec. 22 (Nov. 30, 7:30pm; Dec. 1, 2pm; Dec. 8, 7:30pm (ASL interpreted); Dec. 17, 7:30pm; Dec. 22, 8pm). Benaroya Hall, 3rd Ave & Union St. Kick off the holidays with the merry voices of SMC! We come a-caroling with a rocking and rolling celebration for the jolliest time of year. It’s everything you know and love about this naughty and nice annual tradition. Featuring “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” “Good King Wenceslas,” and “Santa Claus Got Stuck in My Chimney.” (Also in Tacoma Dec. 7 at 3pm & 7:30pm, Rialto Theatre; and in Everett Dec. 14 at 7:30pm, Civic Auditorium.) Details and ticket info at www.seattlechoruses.org.

            Seattle Symphony Benefit Concert – Holiday Musical Salute. Dec. 3, 10am. Sheraton Grand Seattle, 1400 6th Ave. A concert of seasonal favorites lead by conductor Jacomo Bairos and performances by Young Artist Stephen Leou and Northwest Boychoir Apprentices. This popular holiday tradition includes a hot chocolate reception, raffle, Holiday Lane pop-up shops and a luncheon, all to benefit the Seattle Symphony orchestra musicians and their futures. Tickets ($125 and up) at www.seattlesymphony.org.

            The Gothard Sisters – A Celtic Christmas. Dec. 5, 7:30pm. Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 4th Ave. N, Edmonds. The Gothard Sisters are a dynamic musical group of three sisters who play contemporary Celtic music. Through 10 years performing, touring and writing music together, the optimistic style of their music and performances continue to resonate with their fans, building a loyal international following. Tickets ($10-$26) at www.ec4arts.org.

            Northwest Associated Arts – ChristmasSounds. Dec. 6, 7:30pm (Bellevue) & Dec. 14-15, 2pm (Burien). St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, 4228 Factoria Blvd SE, Bellevue; Highline Performing Arts Center, 401 S 152nd St., Burien. NW Associated Arts’ annual Christmas tradition features five choruses totaling nearly 150 singers, ages 9 to 90, who come together to sing in the season, delighting audience members of all ages. Enjoy beloved favorites like Grown-Up Christmas List and The Wexford Carol, combined with the sing-along joy of White Christmas and Deck the Halls. This festive show is perfect Christmas fun for the whole family and promises to leave you filled with the spirit of the holidays. Tickets ($15-$20) at www.nwassociatedarts.org.

            Choir of the Sound – Welcome Yule. Dec. 7, 3pm & 7pm; Dec. 8, 7pm. Shorecrest Performing Arts Center, 15343 25th Ave NE, Shoreline. Rediscover traditions as we bridge past and present with contemporary holiday tunes, classic Victorian chestnuts, and Benjamin Britten’s “A Ceremony of Carols.” Tickets ($10-$22) at www.choirofthesound.org.

            Kirkland Choral Society – Celestial Lights. Dec. 7, 7:30pm; Dec. 8, 3pm. Bastyr University Chapel, 14500 Juanita Dr. NE, Kenmore. Holiday concert featuring J. S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio cantata 5-6, plus seasonal favorites and new delights focusing on the guiding light of sun, moon, and stars. The chorus is joined by orchestra partner Philharmonia Northwest and a sampling of KCS’ own soloists, plus fiddler extraordinaire Brandon Shane Vance, and special guests the Lake Washington High School Choir. Tickets ($20-$25) at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4423202.

            Roosevelt High School Jazz Band – Jazz Nutcracker. Dec. 7, 7:30pm; Dec.8, 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. Tickets ($18 general, $13 student/senior) at www.rooseveltjazz.org/events/jazz-nutcracker/. (Also Dec. 6, 7:30pm, at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, 500 Winslow Way E, Bainbridge Island; tickets for that performance at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4328011.)

            Medieval Women’s Choir – Now Make We Mirthe. Dec. 7, 8pm. Saint James Cathedral, 804 9th Ave. In medieval Europe, the Christmas season was always celebrated in a big way. The harvest was in, and the short, cold days of winter were all the inducement needed to stay close to the fire and busy oneself with feasting, merriment, and song. One type of song, the carol, was so frequently written with Christmas gatherings in mind that today we can hardly imagine any other kind. The joy of Christmas imbued church music as well with the same tuneful glow. The Medieval Women’s Choir tours England and the Continent to bring you the most inspiring music of the season. Tickets ($25, student/military $15, plus service fee) at https://medievalwomenschoir.org.

         Seattle Choral Company – O Yule Full of Gladness: Christmas in Scandinavia. Dec. 7, 8pm (pre-concert talk 7pm; carol sing-along 7:30pm). Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, 1245 10th Ave E. The wonderful Christmas traditions in the Nordic countries truly make December fun and memorable. The music, often based on folk songs, is charming, blending cheer and melancholy into a unique sound. In their wish for light and warmth, Scandinavians really know how to brighten the darkest time of year! Tickets ($25 general, $20 seniors/military/veterans, $5 students, plus fee) at www.seattlechoralcompany.org.

 

            Jim Brickman – A Christmas Celebration. Dec. 8, 2pm & 7pm. Benaroya Hall, 3rd Ave & Union St. Grammy nominee Jim Brickman returns to Benaroya Hall this Christmas with special guests to wow the crowd with his uplifting, family-friendly, holiday concert tradition, featuring holiday favorites, #1 hits, vibrant vocals, laughter and joy in this bright, festive winter's night celebration that the Dallas Morning News calls “Pure entertainment.” Brickman's heartwarming holiday program brings yuletide memories to life and keeps your days merry and bright. Tickets ($46-$75) at www.seattlesymphony.org.

            Byrd Ensemble – Lessons and Carols. Dec. 8, 3pm. Trinity Parish Church, 609 8th Ave. The Byrd Ensemble and Allegra from the Seattle Girls Choir under the direction of Sarra Sharif Doyle present Lessons and Carols, a performance based on A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols popularized by the King’s College Chapel. The program consists of nine readings, each followed by a traditional carol performed by the choir, and another sung by the audience. Tickets ($10-$20) and info at www.byrdensemble.com.

         Cascade Symphony Orchestra – Holiday Pops with Gershwin. Dec. 8 & 9, 7:30pm. Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 Fourth Ave. N., Edmonds. Featuring Rhapsody in Blue with Sasha Starcevich on piano; also “Greensleeves,” White Christmas,” selections from The Nutcracker and more. Tickets ($10-$27) at https://cascadesymphony.org.

            Northwest Chamber Chorus – A Child’s Christmas in Wales. Dec. 8, 3pm; Dec. 14, 7:30pm. Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, 7500 Greenwood Ave N. Dylan Thomas’s unforgettable ode to his childhood Christmases is a perfect setting for songs of the season. We have chosen outstanding arrangements of traditional carols to be sung interspersed with Thomas’s joyous storytelling as narrated by well-known actor David Pichette. Tickets ($20-$25; under 18 free) and info at www.northwestchamberchorus.org.

            Strawberry Theatre Workshop – A Charlie Brown Christmas. Dec. 8, 1pm & 7pm (cocktail hour 6-7pm). Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center, 201 Mercer St. “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. Featuring a silent auction of holiday gifts and the uniquely fine chocolates of Meg Maggie Margaret. Visit www.strawshop.org/charlie-brown.html for ticket information.

            Symphony Tacoma – Holiday Favorites. Dec. 8, 2:30pm. Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway, Tacoma. Symphony Tacoma’s annual collage of seasonal delights for the whole family, featuring Tacoma Youth Chorus and Tacoma Refugee Choir! This year’s program features choral masterpieces and festive arrangements—including selections from favorite holiday films—that evoke feelings of holiday celebrations at home, whatever your tradition may be. Tickets ($24-$85) and info at symphonytacoma.org.

         Cascade Symphony Orchestra – Holiday Pops with Gershwin. Dec. 8 & 9, 7:30pm. Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 Fourth Ave. N., Edmonds. Featuring Rhapsody in Blue with Sasha Starcevich on piano; also “Greensleeves,” White Christmas,” selections from The Nutcracker and more. Tickets ($10-$27) at https://cascadesymphony.org.

         Orchestra Seattle/Seattle Chamber Singers – Handel’s Messiah. Dec. 14, 2pm. Plymouth Church, 1217 6th Ave; Dec. 15, 2pm, Bastyr Chapel, 14500 Juanita Dr N, Kenmore. OSSCS once again presents the region’s only performances of Handel’s full and unabridged score. Soloists Linda Tsatsanis, Nerys Jones, Brendan Tuohy and Michael Drumheller join OSSCS, with Robert Kechley and conductor William White at the dual harpsichords. Tickets ($10-$25, plus service fee) at www.osscs.org/concerts.

            Seattle Pro Musica – Solstice: Music of Light for the Holidays. Dec. 14, 3pm & 7:30pm. Bastyr University Chapel, 14500 Juanita Dr NE, Kenmore; Dec. 21, 3pm & 7:30pm. Seattle First Baptist Church, 1111 Harvard Ave. For centuries, humans have reveled and sought comfort in festivals of light during the darkest time of year. Join us for afternoon and evening concerts of warm, joyous choral music from winter traditions around the world. Along with cherished Solstice, Christmas, and Hanukkah music, we’ll share choral works from other festivals of light. Tickets: ($12-$38) at www.seattlepromusica.org/solstice.

            Pacific MusicWorks – Navidad! Dec. 14, 7:30pm. Epiphany Parish, 1805 38th Ave.; Dec. 15, 2pm, Benaroya Hall, Nordstrom Recital Hall, 3rd Ave & Union St. Join the festivities with this new program of joyous Christmas music from 18th century Cuba, Mexico, Guatemala, Bolivia, and Peru. European, African, and indigenous elements dance together in a rich blend of memorable melodies and high-spirited Latin rhythms. Sopranos Tess Altiveros and Danielle Sampson join Stephen Stubbs and the Pacific MusicWorks Band for a delightfully different holiday treat. Tickets: $35-$45 (Dec. 14) and $25-$45 (Dec. 15), at www.pacificmusicworks.org.

            Ensign Symphony & Chorus – Follow the Star. Dec. 16, 7:30pm. Benaroya Hall, 3rd Ave & Union St. With a mix of the fun and the sublime, the Ensign Symphony & Chorus celebrate the Christmas season with an uplifting look at this festive season. Come to hear your Christmas favorites, be touched by tenderness, be taken on a musicological journey through the twelve days of Christmas, and experience an audience sing-along. Tickets ($20-$40) at https:// seattleensign.org.

         Cappella Romana – Christmas in Constantinople. Dec. 20, 7:30pm. St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 2100 Boyer Ave E. Journey through time and space with Cappella Romana to experience the holiday in Constantinople. Hear Byzantine music in Greek for Christmas, first performed in the Great Cathedral of Hagia Sophia. Spyridon Antonopoulos, regular singer in Cappella Romana, Byzantine music scholar, and founder and director of Boston-based Byzantine chant ensemble Psaltikon, conducts the men of Cappella in this joyful program. Tickets ($32-$52) at https://cappellaromana.org.

            Seattle Symphony and Chorale – Handel’s Messiah. Dec. 20 (8pm), Dec. 21 (1pm & 8 pm), Dec. 22 (2pm). Benaroya Hall, 3rd Ave & Union St. A triumph of music and text, George Frideric Handel’s Messiah is a matchless December tradition. The exquisite choral writing and the exultant “Hallelujah” chorus, featuring the Seattle Symphony, Chorale and a strong cast of soloists, honor Handel’s greatest work. Tickets ($26-$90) at www.seattlesymphony.org.

            Bellevue Chamber Chorus – Hope in a Pan-American Christmas: North Meets South. Dec. 21, 7:30pm. First Congregational Church, 11061 NE 2nd St., Bellevue; Dec. 22, 3pm, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 8501 SE 40th St., Mercer Island. Savor the rich culture of the Americas in this program featuring over a dozen different North, Central, and Southern American composers. Argentinian composer Fernando Moruja’s rarely heard Piezas Sacras sets the stage with a message of light and hope. Several pieces with percussion as well as Spanish and Haitian creole holiday texts will get you tapping your feet. North American composers Barnum, Lauridsen, and Runestad offer prayers for victims and for immigrants. We offer this concert in solidarity, with messages of hospitality, light, love, and hope for a better tomorrow. Tickets (adults $20, seniors $15, students $10) at www.bellevuechamberchorus.org.

         Early Music Seattle – Northwest Baroque Masterworks Project Festive Cantatas: Christmas in Gabrieli’s Venice. Dec. 21, 7:30pm. Town Hall, 1119 8th Ave. Giovanni Gabrieli, who died in 1612, was without doubt, the greatest composer of the Italian High Renaissance. We celebrate the holidays this year with music by this Venetian master, his uncle Andrea, and their contemporaries. This is music that would have echoed from the mosaic-covered vaults of Saint Mark’s Basilica and other Venetian churches. The program consists of motets for from two to fifteen voices, as well as dazzling sonatas and canzonas for cornetti, trombones, and strings – festive music worthy of the season but also of the pomp and brilliance of the Venetian State. Tickets ($20-$45) at www.earlymusicseattle.org. (Also Dec. 20, 7:30pm at Bastyr University Chapel, 14500 Juanita Dr NE, Kenmore, WA 98028.)

            Seattle Pro Musica – Solstice: Music of Light for the Holidays. Dec. 14, 3pm & 7:30pm. Bastyr University Chapel, 14500 Juanita Dr NE, Kenmore; Dec. 21, 3pm & 7:30pm, Seattle First Baptist Church, 1111 Harvard Ave. For centuries, humans have reveled and sought comfort in festivals of light during the darkest time of year. Join us for afternoon and evening concerts of warm, joyous choral music from winter traditions around the world. Along with cherished Solstice, Christmas, and Hanukkah music, we’ll share choral works from other festivals of light. Tickets: ($12-$38) at www.seattlepromusica.org/solstice.

            Northwest Boychoir – A Festival of Lessons and Carols. Dec. 23, 7:30pm. Benaroya Hall, 3rd Ave & Union St. The remarkably talented and endearing Northwest Boychoir along with Vocalpoint! Seattle present the story of the Nativity told through reading, choral setting and audience carols. A heartwarming evening of music perfect for the family. Tickets ($25-$83) at www.seattlesymphony.org.

            Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra – Duke Ellington’s Sacred Music. Dec. 28, 7:30pm. Town Hall, 1119 8th Ave. For the past 30 years Earshot Jazz has presented an annual concert of Ellington’s Sacred Music. This year’s concert features the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra and special guest vocalist Dr. Stephen Newby, faculty member at Seattle Pacific University. Also returning for this year’s concert is vocalist Nichol Veneé Eskridge (who is featured on SRJO’s "Sacred Music of Duke Ellington" CD), plus tap-dancer (and SRJO saxophonist) Alex Dugdale, and the Northwest Chamber Chorus under Director Mark Kloepper. Tickets: $19-$48) at www.earshot.org.

            Seattle Symphony – New Year’s Eve: Pandemonium with Meow Meow. Dec. 31, 9pm. Benaroya Hall, 3rd Ave & Union St. Post-post-modern diva Meow Meow has hypnotized and inspired audiences globally with unique creations and sell-out concerts. Now Meow Meow brings her unique brand of subversive and sublime cabaret, and a little twist of untraditional festive cheer, to ring in 2020 with the Seattle Symphony. Audiences will experience an unforgettable evening of exquisite music alongside a rather large dose of perfectly constructed mayhem and madness. Followed by a post-concert party that includes a glass of champagne, a live performance and dancing all the way to the midnight countdown and beyond! Tickets ($58-$156) at www.seattlesymphony.org.

 

            THEATER & DANCE

            Acrobatic Conundrum – Unraveling. Dec. 13-15, Fri-Sat 8pm; Sun 5pm. Broadway Performance Hall, 1625 Broadway (off SCC South Plaza). 15 vertical rope artists share the stage to elevate their aerial medium in a genre-innovating cirque opus. A mixed cast of Seattle-based and international artists, including alumnus of Cirque du Soleil, Teatro ZinZanni and the Montreal National Circus School, bring all their acrobatic prowess to this work. With Conundrum’s signature style of mixing relatable humanity alongside breathtaking athleticism, “Unraveling” explores themes of interdependence, mortality, and love. Tickets advance ($30 adult, $15 senior/student/military/youth, $60 VIP, $100 sponsor) www.acrobaticconundrum.com

            ACT Theatre – A Christmas Carol. Nov. 29-Dec. 28, various times. ACT Allen 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! Tickets and info at www.acttheatre.org.

            ArtsWest – Head Over Heels: The Musical. Nov. 21-Dec. 29, 7:30pm (3pm Sundays). ArtsWest Playhouse, 4711 California Ave SW. They got the beat! Join us this holiday for a fairytale celebration of love and acceptance in this raucous royal family “vacation.” Venture to the forest with the royals of Arcadia on a quest to save their beloved kingdom after they learn of an Oracle’s prophecy of doom, all while movin’ and groovin’ to the music of The Go-Go’s in this exuberant Elizabethan-inspired musical from the visionaries who rocked Broadway with Avenue Q, Spring Awakening, and Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Tickets ($20-$42) and info at www.artswest.org.

            Bainbridge Performing Arts – Roald Dahl’s Matilda, The Musical. Dec. 6-22, Fridays thru Sundays: Fri 7pm, Sat 2pm, Sun 3pm. (Pay-what-you-can preview Dec. 5, 7:30pm; Opening Night reception Dec. 6, 6:30pm.) Bainbridge Performing Arts, 200 Madison Ave N, Bainbridge Island. This magical story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny is based on Roald Dahl’s beloved book. Tickets ($24-$29, teens $5 on Dec. 7) at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org.

            Book-It Repertory Theatre – Howl’s Moving Castle. Nov. 29-Dec. 29, various times. Center Theatre at the Armory, 305 Harrison St. When you’re the eldest, your destiny is decided. Or so Sophie believed, until the Witch of the Waste’s curse turns her into an old woman. Seeking refuge in the dread Howl’s castle, she finds unlikely allies, and friends, in the sorcerer, his fire demon, and a lovesick apprentice, who help Sophie realize she has the power to decide her own fate. Full of the same magic and music that you loved before, re-enter this fantastical world for a new experience with a Book-It favorite. Recommended for ages 10+. Tickets and info at https://book-it.org.

            Burien Actors Theatre – The Christmas Spirit: A Holiday Comedy. Nov. 29-Dec. 22, Fri & Sat 8pm, Sun 2pm. Burien Actors Theater, 14501 4th Ave SW, Burien. When Death arrives to spirit Julia Dowling to the afterlife, Julia instead wheedles him into joining her for a Christmas party with her family. Julia, who had no such party planned, scrambles to persuade her estranged family to come together for Christmas Day. Old resentments surface, new connections are made, and everyone, even Death, feels the magic of the Christmas spirit. A touching and hilarious look at the things that really make life worth living. Tickets ($25 general, $20 seniors/military, $10 students) at https://burienactorstheatre.org

            Crabgrass Productions – The Judy Garland Christmas Show. Dec. 6-22, Fri & Sat 8pm, Sun 2pm. Theatre Off Jackson, 409 7th Ave S. The hilarious holiday DISASTER is back! 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 Joey. But where the hell's Judy? When she does show up can the producers keep her on the set and off the booze? Based on the actual, infamous 1963 TV special, this Christmas train wreck features songs of the season, dancing, drag, and of course, one unstoppable force of nature. Plus a "special feature" after the main show. Come make the Yuletide gay with the most hysterical comedy this season! Featuring Troy Mink as Judy. With Josh Hartvigson, Todd Hull, John McKenna, Ron Sandahl, Craig Trolli, Yu-En Liu. Tickets ($22 advance; $26 at door; discounted tickets for groups of 10 or more) at theatreoffjackson.org. 21 & over.

            Gilbert & Sullivan Society – Cabaret. Nov. 22-Dec. 15. 8pm. 12th Avenue Arts, 1620 12th Ave. Kander & Ebb’s legendary and haunting story centered around the Kit Kat Club comes to sumptuous life in a daringly intimate production at 12th Avenue Arts.
The wickedly delightful Master of Ceremonies invites you to enter the club and experience a fresh take on the iconic score and unforgettable characters in an immersive, thrilling experience. VIP tables with complimentary bubbly, daring new choreography by rising star Alyza DelPan-Monley, and a bandstand club environment will make you a part of the wild excess and thrills of this 1929 Berlin. CABARET features an all-star cast led by the incomparable M.C., Casey DeCaire, and a riveting performance by Seattle star and Broadway veteran Tanesha Ross as the beloved Sally Bowles. Tickets prices $30 to $75. https://seattlegilbertandsullivan.com. (NOTE: Due to the intimate nature of the venue, late seating will be exclusively at the discretion of the house manager, and may not be available.)

            Jet City Improv – Uncle Mike Ruins Christmas. Nov. 29-Dec. 21, Fridays & Saturdays, 10pm. Jet City Improv, Historic University Theatre, 5510 University Way NE. You better watch out. You better not cry. Jet City Improv’s holiday favorite is back for another season of perverse holiday cheer. You write down a heartwarming holiday memory. We re-enact it. Then Uncle Mike ruins it in ways no sane human should be able to imagine. “A foul, perverted, and often funny satire of family dysfunction.” – Seattle Weekly. Tickets ($20, students/seniors/military $17) at www.jetcityimprove.org.

            Macha Theatre – The Flight Before Xmas. Dec. 6-28, various times. West of Lenin, 203 N 36th St. With all of 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. A heartwarming modern holiday show about finding your way home and the family we discover for ourselves. Tickets ($30 reserved, $25 general, $20 senior/military/industry/under 25, $15 kid reserved, $10 kid general, and pay-what-you-can) at www.machatheatreworks.com.

            Mark Morris Dance Group – The Hard Nut. Dec. 6-15, various times, Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St. Celebrating its 28th anniversary, The Hard Nut is a cascade of wit and wintry beauty. It’s a lavish, gender-bent love letter to the classic The Nutcracker. Based on E.T.A. Hoffman’s The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, Mark Morris’s version takes it from the straight-laced 1890s to the swinging 1970s, with raucous parties, dancing G.I. Joes, whimsical costumes, and a "Waltz of the Snowflakes" like no other. Based on the comic book art of Charles Burns and featuring Tchaikovsky’s complete original score, performed by a live orchestra conducted by Colin Fowler, Morris’s lyrical, modern retelling playfully preserves the warm spirit of an essential holiday tradition. Tickets ($35 and up) at www.stgpresents.org or by phone, 1-800-982-2787.

            Pacific Northwest Ballet – George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker. Nov. 29-Dec. 28, various times. McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St. PNB’s best-selling holiday classic, The Nutcracker is a fantastical combination of Ian Falconer’s unique design, Tchaikovsky’s beloved score, and the entire company in show-stopping roles. A memory making tradition for generations of families and friends, Nutcracker fun includes McCaw Hall gloriously decked-out for the season’s best photo ops. Tickets and info: www.pnb.org.

            The Phoenix Theatre – Inspecting Carol. Nov. 29-Dec. 22, 7:30pm (Fri-Sat), 2pm (Sun). Phoenix Theatre, 9673 Firdale Ave, Edmonds. Behind the scenes of a struggling theater’s annual clumsy production of A Christmas Carol, this laugh-out-loud spoof by Dan Sullivan makes for a night that is anything but show-business as usual. A “razzle-dazzle of funny characters and ingenious jokes” – Seattle Times. Tickets ($25 general, $20 students/military/seniors) at www.tptedmonds.org.

            Renton Civic Theatre – Nuncrackers. Dec. 6-21, Thurs 7:30pm, Fri & Sat 8pm, Sun 2pm. Renton Civic Theatre, 507 S. 3rd St., Renton. No, that’s not a typo! Nuncrackers, The Nunsense Christmas Musical, is presented as the first TV special taped in the cable-access studio built by Reverend Mother in the convent basement. Featuring all-new songs including “Twelve Days Prior to Christmas,” “Santa Ain’t Comin’ to Our House,” “We Three Kings of Orient Are Us,” and “It’s Better to Give than to Receive,” this show is filled with typical Nunsense humor, some of your favorite carols, and a Secret Santa. It’s the perfect way to ensure that your holiday season is merry and bright! Tickets ($21-$26) at https://rentoncivictheatre.org.

            Seattle Children’s Theatre – Corduroy. Nov. 21-Dec. 29, various times. Seattle Children’s Theatre, 201 Thomas St. Late at night while the world sleeps, a curious bear named Corduroy searches every inch of a department store in pursuit of his missing button, leaving behind delightful messes. A Night Watchman is on the case to discover the origin of this playful destruction. All the while, a young girl dreams of bringing Corduroy home as a new cuddle companion. Don Freeman’s beloved picture book comes to vibrant life in this fun and highly physical adaptation, sure to delight all audiences. Recommended for ages 3 and up. Tickets ($20 and up) at www.sct.org.

            Seattle Public Theater – Christmastown : A Holiday Noir. Nov. 29-Dec. 24, various times. Seattle Public Theater, 7312 W Greenlake Dr N. In this film noir-inspired holiday thriller, hard-boiled detective Nick Holiday investigates some un-holiday-like shenanigans taking place in Christmastown that sends him on a search for the truth about Big Red. Add a glamorous elf, a used-Christmas-tree salesman, a muckraking reporter, and a quick-thinking cab driver, and you have what the Seattle Times calls the “best new holiday romp of the year!” Tickets and info: www.seattlepublictheater.org.

            Taproot Theatre – The Bishop’s Wife: A Live Radio Play. Nov. 27-Dec. 28, various times. Taproot Theatre, Jewell Mainstage, 204 N. 85th St. The beloved holiday film comes to life as a live radio broadcast with you as the in-studio audience! Dudley is an angel and the answer to Bishop Brougham’s prayer to build a new cathedral. But when the angel turns his attention to the bishop’s friends and family, Dudley’s minor miracles require divine intervention. Join us this Christmas season for a story of love, family and blessings in disguise. Tickets ($25-$52) at www.taproottheatre.org.

            Unexpected Productions – A(n Improvised) Christmas Carol. Nov. 29-Dec. 23, various times. 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. Tickets ($15 general, $12 student/military/senior) at www.unexpectedproductions.org or at the door ($20).

         Village Theatre – Guys and Dolls. Now thru Dec. 29, various times. Francis J. Gaudette Theatre, 303 Front St N, Issaquah. Considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy, this brassy and colorful musical has been an iconic crowd-pleaser since it first hit Broadway in 1950. Infamous gamblers, woebegone yet determined missionaries, a troupe of dancing showgirls, and one momentous craps game come together on the streets (and in the sewers) of New York City. This beloved multi-award-winner is a nonstop treat full of romance, hilarity, and irresistible charm. Tickets at www.villagetheatre.org. (Continues Jan. 3-Feb. 2 at Everett Performing Arts Center, 2710 Wetmore Ave., Everett.)

         Village Theatre KidStage – A Christmas Story. Dec. 6-22: Thurs-Sat 7:30pm, Sat-Sun 2pm (except Dec. 7). First Stage Theatre, 120 Front St N, Issaquah. “You’ll shoot your eye out!” It’s all 9-year-old Ralphie Parker hears anytime he mentions the holiday gift of his dreams – an official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot range model air rifle. Tired of hearing the same thing over and over, Ralphie devises a plot to win the coveted holy grail of Christmas gifts. Tickets at www.villagetheatre.org.

 

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