Family Gingerbread Workshops
Friday, December 7 from 6-8pm
Saturday, December 8 at 10-11:30am, 12:30-2pm, and 2:30-4pm
$40 per family
Hilton Hotel Bellevue, 300 112th Ave SE
All materials for building your own gingerbread creation are provided. Enjoy snacks and cider while you work. Sign up at www.kidsquestmuseum.org.
Great Figgy Pudding Street Caroling Competition
Friday, December 7
5-6pm – Pre-show entertainment on main stage
6:15-7:15pm Caroling teams compete on the streets
7:30-8:30pm – Main stage sing-off and awards
Free; Suggested donation $10/person
Pine Street from 3rd to 7th Avenues and at Westlake Park, 401 Pine St.
A holiday tradition that attracts almost 10,000 people each year. More than 40 caroling teams sing on street corners in and around Westlake Center. The top teams then compete on the Figgy Main Stage.
Bring Your Own Camera Santa Event – Volunteer Park Conservatory
Saturday, December 8 and Sunday, December 9
Noon – 3pm
1400 E Galer St.
Take photos with Santa and your own camera. Light refreshments.
Weihnachten: A German Christmas
Saturday, Dec 8, 2012 7:30p
Town Hall Seattle Seattle, WA
Experience the joyous sounds of traditional German choral music for the Christmas season, including our atmospheric candlelight processional, traditional carols, and beautiful works by Bruckner, Mendelssohn, Biebl and Distler. Last season’s Christmas concerts sold-out in advance, and elicited glowing reviews: “It’s no accident that this choir is considered one of the best in the country.”
Also, Dec. 15, 2012, 3:00 pm & 7:30 pm, Bastyr University
Christmas Rush Fun Run
Saturday, Dec 8, 2012 10:00a
Russell Road Park Kent, WA
Celebrating 30 years of running in Kent this December! The Rush is a 10k run and 5k run/walk. Both courses are certified and chip timed by BuDu racing. Highlights include awards for the top 5 finishers in each age category, random prize drawings, live jazz and fun give a ways to honor 30 years of the event.
Price $10 and $25 with shirt. Week of race $20 and $35 with shirt
Jingle Bell Run/Walk
December 9, 8 a.m. to noon
Westlake Center, 4th and Pine
Dress up in holiday costume, tie jingle bells to your shoe laces, and run or walk this level course. Funds raised go to Arthritis Foundation. Cost is $35.
KPC’s Old Time Holiday Show
Kirkland Performance Center
This Christmas variety show includes comedians, music, and fun for all ages. Cost is $18 youth, $30 adult.
Mad Girl Productions ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’
Thursday, Dec 13, 2012 8:00p to 2:00a
The Social, Capital Hill, Seattle, WA
Mad Girl Productions, the Sugar Art and Fashion Show, and Prysm Magazine bring to you a dark and decadent celebration of the arts with “A Nightmare Before Christmas” Art and Fashion Show!
Check out the official Facebook Event Page at www.facebook.com/events/444545675596672/?f
Sugar is a night of collective artistry supporting emerging and underground talent, gathering different genres of artists from music, fashion, photography, and visual… Show more art into one venue in an innovative and non-traditional manner.
Join us as the emerging and underground battle it out for an editorial spot in an upcoming issue of Prysm Magazine.
The night will begin at 8pm with an artist and photography showcase featuring over 20 of the Pacific Northwest’s edgiest emerging artists and photographers! Followed by a fashion show featuring up 15 emerging and underground local fashion and accessory designers.
This is not your typical fashion show so be prepared to rock out to some of your favorite local bands, and shake it on the dance floor while our DJ goes hard reppin on the ones and twos!
Tickets are $10 presale and $15 at the door! Anyone who shows up with a Nightmare Before Christmas inspired outfit will receive $5 off their door admission!
VIP tickets are also available on a first come first serve basis for $40!
To remain true to the Sugar DNA the night will be full of fun and outlandish surprises! Be sure to dress like the rock star you are! The venue will be full of event photographers and interactive photo booths!
P.S. Don’t forget to bring cash so you can shop ’til you drop!!! There will be pop-up shops on site selling one of a kind designer threads, jewels, and unique items!
Magical Strings 34th Annual Seattle Celtic Yuletide Concert
December 14: Urban Grace Church, Tacoma
December 15: Town Hall, Seattle
Magical Strings is a musical group made up of harpists armed with harps of all types and sizes. Count on their holiday concert having an angelic sound.
The Christmas Revels
December 15-16, 18-19; Rialto Theater, Tacoma
This show mixes a bit of everything–seasoned actors and community members; fine performance and silly comedy. This year, the show is set in the 12th century for a bit of historic Christmas fun. Event cost is $14-$29
An Inspirational Christmas with Elvis
Saturday, Dec 15, 2012 7:30p
Auburn Ave Theater Auburn, WA
From the many years of admiration of Elvis, Danny Vernon has created a show that holds the excitement of the King on stage throughout various stages in his career. With the voice, look, and passion of the twentieth century icon, Danny Vernon returns to the theater with Marcia Ann Margret and the DeVilles as they portray the King of Rock-n-Roll like no other! Tickets are $18 – $20.
Auburn, WA. Bronn and Katherine Journey’s 31st Annual Christmas Concert
Saturday, Dec 15, 2012 7:30p
Auburn Performing Arts Center Auburn, WA
Bronn and Katherine Journey and their friends will present a casually elegant evening featuring music celebrating the joy of the Christmas season. Bronn’s friendly and folksy style is sure to make you feel comfortably at home. Be prepared to thoroughly enjoy the warmth of this special event that combines harp, humor, and song. The program will include music from many genres, but the highlight of the evening will be the beauty of traditional Christmas classics. Tickets are $14 – $24
Christmas: B-Sides & Rarities
Monday, Dec 17, 2012 7:30p; 203 N 36th St in Fremont
West of Lenin Seattle, WA
Christmas: B-Sides & Rarities is back. In 2010, we shook up the season with our dark and bluesy take on Yuletide, and we’re ready to do again – bigger, darker, bluer.
This year, we take the festivities to Fremont’s hottest live theatre venue, West of Lenin, and are amassing a frankly ridiculous line-up of talent. Producers Jim Jewell, Paul Shipp and Joe Zavadil are joined by Sky Lynn of Levator, John McKenna, Kathie Whitehall, Jennifer Jasper, Paul Mullin, Jose Amador, Kymberlee della Luce, Scot… Show more Augustson, Graham Isaac and more (line-up subject to change). Theatre shorts, poetry, rockin’ and bluesy tunes – that’s what we call Christmas.
Tickets are $15 for this one-night-only holiday experience that is like nothing else you will see this season.
Celebrate Las Posadas – Mexican Christmas
Wednesday, Dec 19, 2012 6:00p
Sumner Pierce County Library Sumner, WA
Enjoy traditional Mexican rituals, food and entertainment at this free event. Register at the library or online @ piercecountylibrary.org/calendar
Celebran Las Posadas
Disfruten rituales tradicionales, comida y entretenimientos.
Miercoles, el 19 de Deciembre a las 6p.m.
Registrese en la biblioteca o en linea @ piercecountylibrary.org/calendar
The Irish Tenors’ Holiday Concert
Wednesday, Dec 19, 2012 7:30p to 10:30p
Benaroya Hall Seattle, WA
The World Renowned Irish Tenors, whose voices have resounded throughout the world, will perform a special Holiday Concert at Benaroya Hall on Wednesday, December 19th at 7:30pm to benefit the Ballard NW and West Seattle Senior Centers.
Price Reserved Concert Seating is $45 to $85. Limited 150 Tickets include premier seating and artist’s reception are $150.
Erwilian: Christmas 2012
Saturday, Dec 22, 2012 7:00p
Renton Carco Theatre Renton, WA
Join Erwilian for an eclectic blend of traditional and modern instrumental music for the holidays!
Born from years of collecting and experimentation with music and instrumentation, Erwilian’s vibrant, acoustic contemporary folk is the product of their attitude of, “we play what we want!!” Their enormous variety of instruments includes familiar standbys – recorders, guitars, and drums – as well as the more unusual, hammered dulcimers, marimba, and even a vintage celesta. Likewise, Erwilian’s personnel… Show more draw on their varied backgrounds in music, bringing inspirations from classical to electronica, new age to bluegrass.
Look forward to a Christmas-themed musical journey both ancient and modern, familiar and foreign. Rarely does something this unique come from our own backyard! All ages. Cost is $10 – $12.
A Christmas Carol
December 20th-December 23rd
Auburn Ave Theater Auburn, WA
It is Christmas Eve, and Ebenezer Scrooge must suffer visits from three Christmas spirits to help him confront his past, present, and future in the hopes of saving his soul.
Former business partner, Jacob Marley, deceased seven years prior, pays a visit to warn Scrooge that if he doesn’t change his bitter heart he will suffer a horrible existence in the afterlife.
Begin a new family holiday tradition by joining us for this Victorian era story, classically told, as Dickens intended. Tickets are $20.
A Christmas Carol
November 23-December 30; ACT Theatre
The traditional Charles Dickens tale about Ebenezer Scrooge and three ghosts who visit him to guide him back into the spirit of Christmas. Tickets are $27-$50.
Polar Plaza in Tacoma
November 23-January 6
Tollefson Plaza, across from Tacoma Art Museum
The only ice skating rink in the South Sound is in downtown Tacoma. Enjoy some hot chocolate or even ride a camel, special events or a train ride for the kids. Admission is $4-$8 and $2 skate rental
Chaplins Bellevue Volkswagen Ice Arena
November 23 – January 13
NE 1st St. and 102nd Ave NE, one block south of Bellevue Square
Admission $10 (includes skate rentals for all ages, including toddlers)
$7 if you bring your own skates
The region’s largest open-air ice skating rink! But don’t worry, there’s a cover over it. There are beverages and snacks on-site, specials like 2-for-1 Tuesdays, free lessons on Wednesdays, and onsite skate sharpening. Stroller skating is every Thursday from 2-3pm (12/22 and 12/29 from 10-11am).
November 25-December 27; McCaw Hall
The world’s most recognized and celebrated production of Nutcracker with choreography by Kent Stowell and performed by Pacific Northwest Ballet. The sets and costumes were designed by children’s author Maurice Sendak and they are amazing. This is a Seattle holiday tradition. Tickets are $25-$115, discounts for children.
Miracle on 34th Street
November 30-December 23; Tacoma Little Theatre
One of the oldest community theaters in the U.S., Tacoma Little Theatre is a quaint place to catch unique performances. This year’s holiday show follows a young girl as her faith in Santa is tested (and, of course, holds out). An excellent show for a family outing. Tickets are $12.50-$24.50.
Baby, It’s Cold Outside by Seattle Men’s Chorus
November 30-December 22; Benaroya Hall
The Seattle Men’s Chorus likes to add a bit of cheeky comedy into Christmas. Expect traditional Christmas songs as well as some lesser-known international ones, too.
ELF – The Musical
November 30-December 31; 5th Avenue Theatre, Seattle
Buddy, a human raised by elves, sets off for the city to find his father and deliver up heaping helpings of Christmas spirit along the way. A funny and charming story based on the movie of the same name. Tickets are $25-$75.
December 6-23; Moore Theatre, Seattle
A gospel celebration of Christmas complete with stomping, clapping, and a generally great time.
December 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23; Pantages Theatre, Tacoma
The Tacoma City Ballet puts on a lovely production of “The Nutcracker” at the historic Pantages Theatre. Tickets are $19-$60.
December 13-22, 8 p.m.; ACT Theatre, 700 Union Street, Seattle
A very nontraditional way to celebrate the holidays, “Wisemen” follows the tale of an evil Santa while three lawyers (Goldberg, Frankenstein and Murray) put him on trial. Tickets are $20 in advance/$25 at the door
Scrooge: The Musical
November 16 – December 9
7:30pm; 2pm on Sundays
Seattle Musical Theatre
Magnuson Park Community Center, 7120 62nd Ave NE
The timeless story of Ebenezer Scrooge told with a fabulous musical score and dance numbers. This is a winner.
Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol
November 16 – December 29
204 N. 85th Street, Seattle, WA
After being presumed dead for three years, a hardened Sherlock Holmes resurfaces, turning his back on the people who need him most. Three unexpected callers arrive on Christmas Eve uncovering clues from the detective’s past, present and future. A mystery full of Christmas spirits your whole family will enjoy.
Argosy Christmas Ship Festival
Friday, November 30th 7:00p to Sunday December 23rd
Argosy Cruises Pier 55 Seattle, WA
The Argosy Christmas Ship™ festival is a holiday celebration that has been a Northwest tradition since 1949. Its main purpose is to bring communities together to celebrate the holiday season.
Thousands of people gather around roaring bonfires anticipating the arrival of the Christmas Ship™. You can either join us on board in the Christmas Ship Parade or if you own your own boat, add lights to you vessel and join in the festival and help form the largest holiday floating parade in the world! Tickets are Price $12-$35
Festivals of Light
November 19 – January 6
$6.50 – $7.50
Seattle Children’s Museum
Learn about winter holiday traditions around the world such as Diwali, Hanukkah, Santa Lucia, Christmas, and Kwanzaa.
November 23 – December 31
Bellevue Way and NE 8th St, Bellevue
This is a beautiful display of holiday lights, music, drammatic drumming from live toy soldiers, magical snow, and characters including a Snow Queen and King, and Sugar Plum Fairies along the sidewalks of Bellevue Way and NE 8th St.
Winterfest at Seattle Center
November 23 – January 6
Six weeks of free and affordable, fun-filled activities and entertainment. Visit Center House – displaying its winter finest – or explore the enchanting Winter Train and Village. The Ice Rink returns (through Jan. 1), along with music and comedy, jazz and dance, cultural celebrations, ice sculpting, fireside singing, student showcases, the Dickens Carolers, and lots more.
November 23 – January 1
5pm – 9pm
$7.50 online at www.pdza.org
$8.50 at the gate
Age 2 and under free
Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium
5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma
Lights display and light sculptures of animals and local landmarks such as the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. Every Tuesday and Wednesday night of Zoolights at 6pm, you can see Santa scuba dive with the sharks.
Garden D’Lights – Bellevue Botanical Gardens
November 24 – December 31
5pm – 10pm
$5, ages 10 and younger free
Tickets go on sale Oct. 31 at www.gardendlights.org
12001 Main St., Bellevue
Avoid long lines by purchasing tickets online ahead of time. Free nights are Nov. 26, 27, 28, and 29, and Dec. 3, 4, 5, and 6 – first come, first served.
Santa Train 2012 – Northwest Railway Museum
Nov. 24 & 25; Dec. 1 & 2; Dec; 8 & 9; Dec. 14 & 15
Tickets are $18 for members, $20 for non-members and a ticket is required for each person 2 years of age and older.
North Bend Depot, 205 McClellan Street, North Bend
Board the train at the North Bend Depot for a 20-minute, 3.5-mile trip to Snoqualmie. There visitors will enter the historic Snoqualmie Depot for a visit with Santa Claus. Children will receive a small gift from Santa. Then enter the restored railway kitchen car for coffee, hot chocolate, and cookies. There will be a little time to visit local shops and attractions before boarding the train for the return trip to North Bend. Visit www.trainmuseum.org for more info.
A(n Improvised) Christmas Carol
November 29 – December 29
Market Theater at Pike Place Market
Based on audience suggestions, this timeless tale of Charles Dickens’ Ebenezer Scrooge gets all sorts of hilarious new twists and turns — and each show is different. Another Unexpected Productions masterpiece.
December 1 – December 16
Hilton Hotel Bellevue, 300 112th Ave SE
Family Gingerbread Workshops, Dec. 7 & 8
A display of gingerbread houses and structures created by local architectural firms and KidsQuest Children’s Museum. Sign up for workshops at www.kidsquestmuseum.org.
Snow Train to Leavenworth’s Lighting Festival
Snow Train at www.alkitours.com
December 1 – December 22
$149 per person, Children are 10% discount
Alki Tours, 6417A Fauntleroy Way SW
800-895-2554 or www.alkitours.com
Each Saturday in December Alki Tours offers a rail tour to Leavenworth, a quaint Bavarian Village in the Cascade Mountains. Passengers board the train at King Street Station, Edmonds Station, or in Everett. The train winds through the Snohomish Valley and then ascends majestic Steven’s Pass. Along the way passengers enjoy a catered continental breakfast and onboard entertainment including strolling musicians, commentators, magicians and of course Santa! Near the 4000 foot summit, the train transits the Cascade Tunnel – the second longest in North America. At approximately 12:30pm, the train rolls to a stop in Leavenworth. Leavenworth is dressed to the hilt for the holidays with chestnuts roasting on an open fire, carolers strolling the streets, food booths, sleigh rides, local crafts, outdoor entertainment and more. At dusk everyone gathers to sing “Silent Night” and witness the grand tree lighting as it transforms the village into a magical holiday wonderland! Afterwards, passengers reboard the train and enjoy a catered dinner on the return trip.
It’s Your Wonderful Life
December 6 – December 22
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
$14 General Admission
5510 University Way NE
One volunteer from the audience takes the stage each night to find out what their life would be like if they’d never been born. A unique, audience-driven improvisational play based on Frank Capra’s classic “It’s a Wonderful Life”.
December 6 – December 24
Seattle Public Theater at the Bathhouse
7312 W. Greenlake Dr. N
Get an insider’s look at the Christmas season through the eyes of a man working as an elf in Macy’s Santaland. A hilarious one-man play for mature audiences only.
A Child’s Christmas in Wales
December 7 – December 24
Stone Soup Theatre
4029 Stone Way N
Based on the poem by Dylan Thomas. One of the most enduring, yet oft-forgotten holiday memoirs, Dylan Thomas’s “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” comes to life at Seattle’s Stone Soup Theatre, recreating the nostalgic magic of Thomas’ childhood Christmases in South Wales during a time when everything seemed brighter, better and more alive.
Candy Cane Lane
December 8 – December 31
Northwest Park Road, off Ravenna Blvd.
Neighborhood Christmas display with lights and music.
December 14 – December 16
Saturday, 1pm and 8pm
200 University St.
A Seattle tradition, Handel’s Messiah performed by Seattle Symphony and Chorale, plus distinguished soloists.
Seattle’s Traditional Santa Breakfasts
December 16 – December 23
9:30am – 11:00am
Sheraton Seattle Hotel, 1400 Sixth Avenue
Child under 12: $25 (includes keepsake ornament)
Adult $55 (includes $25 donation to Arthritis Foundation’s programs for juvenile arthritis)
This beloved holiday tradition includes a holiday breakfast for children and adults and features traditional holiday entertainment: The Strolling Minstrels, Leo the Clown, Bob the Magician, and the Olympic Ballet Theatre presenting an abridged version of The Nutcracker. And, of course, Santa! Reduced parking rates are available in the City Centre Garage.