PARTIES, PARADES, & FESTIVALS
Seattle Festival of Trees
Designer trees throughout the hotel lobby feature stories of courageous Seattle Children’s Hospital patients—many available for sale. Fairmont Olympic Hotel. Thru Dec. 2.
For the 26th season, intricate, larger-than-life gingerbread creations. Sheraton Grand Seattle. Thru Jan. 1.
Seattle Center Winterfest
All kinds of music, entertainment, and activities. Seattle Center, seattle center.com/winterfest. Thru Dec. 31.
Argosy Cruises Christmas Ship Festival
A ship-to-shore holiday celebration. The Spirit of Seattle is decorated with hundreds of shimmery white lights and sails to different Puget Sound waterfront communities—around 65 in all. argosycruises. com. $32–$48. Thru Dec. 23.
Winter Wonderland at Redmond Town Center
Shop, dine, skate, ride on the polar express train and horse carousel, and much more. Redmond Town Center, redmondtowncenter.com. Thru Jan. 6.
Bellevue Downtown Ice Rink
Enjoy the region’s largest open-air ice skating experience at this all-weather sheltered covered festive rink. Bellevue Downtown Park, Bellevue IceRink.com. $15. Thru Jan. 13.
Featuring the World’s Largest Christmas Light Maze, an ice-skating trail, Santa & Mrs. Claus, live entertainment, and more. Safeco Field, enchantchristmas.com. $20–$24. Open 4–10 p.m. Tues., Wed., Thurs., Sun., plus some Mon.; 4–11 p.m. Fri.–Sat. Thru Dec. 30.
The Eastside’s most opulent holiday event features a parade nightly at 7 p.m. plus dozens of related events. Downtown Bellevue, snowflakelane.com. Thru Dec. 24.
Woodland Park Zoo becomes illuminated with dazzling Christmas light displays and opprotunites to see some of the animals up close. Woodland Park Zoo, zoo.org. $12–$15. Thru Jan 5.
This two-hour program includes: train ride from North Bend to Snoqualmie on seasonally decorated train cars, cookies and cocoa served out of an Army Kitchen Car, a visit with Santa in the historic Snoqualmie Depot, and a return ride to North Bend. Every child receives a small gift from Santa. Ticket includes return passage to North Bend. North Bend Train Depot, trainmuseum.org. $27. Train leaves every hour from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sat.& Sun. Thru Dec. 16.
Over half a million sparkling lights formed into the shapes of plants, flowers, birds, animals, and cascading waterfalls set amid the natural beauty of the Bellevue Botanical Garden. Wilburton Hill Park. $5. 4:30–9 p.m. Thru Dec. 30.
Wild Waves Holiday With Lights
Rides, a toyland for the kids, photos with Santa, entertainment, and a million twinkling lights. Wild Waves Theme & Water Park, wildwaves.com. $20. Weekends Dec. 1–16 and daily Dec. 17–30 except for Dec. 24 & 25.
Photos with Santa Paws
Come to the Auburn Valley Humane Society with your family cat or dog for a fun Christmas photo. Four Santas and three photographers will enhance the holiday photo you have been waiting for all year. Auburn Valley Humane Society, auburnvalleyhs.org/santapaws. 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Sat., Dec. 1–Sun., Dec. 2.
Santa Arrival and Tree Lighting
Live reindeer, caroling by local quartets, a whimsical gingerbread house display, a surprise visit by the Grinch (well, it’s not a surprise now), and 35 local Bothell shops and restaurants decked out with thousands of twinkling lights, plus an animated light display. Country Village Shops, countryvillagebothell.com. 10 a.m.– 8 p.m. Sat., Dec. 1.
Issaquah Reindeer Festival
Meet Santa and his animal helpers, take photos, shop, and more. Cougar Mountain Zoo, cougarmountainzoo.org. 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. daily, Dec. 1–23.
Ring in the holiday season in downtown Kirkland with the annual Winterfest celebration! Enjoy musical performances, kids’ activities, delicious food, the arrival of Santa and the tree lighting at 5 p.m. Marina Park, kirklanddowntown.org. 2 p.m. Sat., Dec. 1.
Santa Parade and Tree Lighting
A festive children’s parade followed by community caroling and the lighting of the Auburn City Hall Christmas tree. Before the parade there’s a Snack and Craft event from 2–4 p.m. at Washington Elementary. Main Street, uburn. 4 p.m. Sat., Dec. 1.
Holly Days Downtown Celebration
North Bend’s holiday festival and tree lighting includes photos with Santa, rides on the RE/MAX tractor, hot chocolate, and caroling. Downtown North Bend Plaza, DiscoverNorth Bend.com. 4–7 p.m. Sat., Dec. 1.
Snoqualmie Winter Lights
Experience the tree lighting, live music, horse‐drawn wagon rides, an ice-carving demo, treats, and more. Visit with Santa at the Railroad Park Gazebo. New this year: Heirloom Winter Market from 2–6 p.m. Railroad Park. 5–8 p.m. Sat., Dec. 1.
Start at the City Hall Campus Tree Lighting; stroll down the Redmond Central Connector Luminary Walk; and ending the evening at Redmond Town Center. Along the way enjoy musical entertainment, refreshments, and fun activities for the whole family. Redmond City Hall, RedmondLights.com. 4 p.m. Sat., Dec. 1, 5 p.m. Sun., Dec. 2.
Hands On Hanukkah
Light it up! Hanukkah comes alive with art projects. Crossroads Mall. 11 a.m. Sun., Dec. 2.
Bothell’s Tree Lighting Festival on Main Street
Activities, refreshments, and an appearance by Santa and holiday characters. Lighting at 5:30 p.m. Main Street, Bothell. 5 p.m. Sun., Dec. 2.
Marriott’s Holiday Art of Local
Check out Issaquah artists, wine tasting, live music, and ornament making. SpringHill Suites by Marriott Seattle Issaquah. 5–8 p.m. Wed., Dec. 5.
Brimmer & Heeltap’s annual special batch of aged eggnog is unveiled, with s’mores and cocoa. Brimmer & Heeltap. 6 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 6.
Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition
An estimated 1,000 carolers come together to belt out the favorites while raising money for the Pike Market Senior Center and Food Bank. Wetlake Park, pikemarketseniorcenter.org/figgy-pudding. 6 p.m., Fri. Dec. 7.
Very Merry Sammamish
Indulge in a petting zoo, face painting, crafts, live entertainment, and treats. Sammamish Commons. 5–7:30 p.m. Fri., Dec. 7.
A holiday light performance at the Google Kirkland campus. Hot chocolate and cookies for the first 1,500 people. Plus meet Keiko the llama! Google Inc. Fri., Dec. 7.
Community Tree Lighting & Firehouse Munch
Take in some live music, Santa photos, arts & crafts, and treats on Mercer Island. Don’t forget an unwrapped toy for the Toys for Tots toy drive. Mercerdale Park. 6:30–8:30 p.m. Fri., Dec. 7.
Breakfast With Santa
Create a holiday craft and share your wish list with Santa in Fife. Don’t forget to bring your camera! (Must pre-register by Thurs., Dec. 6.) Fife Community Center. $8 (2 and under free). 9–11 a.m. Sat., Dec. 8.
The Chanukah Party
Celebrate Chanukah with standup, music, a dance party, and home-cooked Jewish and Chinese fare. Russian Community Center of Seattle, Seattle, thechanukahparty.com, $17. 8 p.m. Sat., Dec. 8.
Christmas Ship Kid Cruise
Kid entertainment by Recess Monkey aboard the official Christmas Ship. Dance, sing, and be silly as you sail from Tacoma around Puget Sound. Santa will be on board! Dock Street Marina, argosycruises.com. $32–$48. 10 a.m.–noon Sun., Dec. 9.
Gingerbread House Decorating
Ticket to this event includes building materials (graham crackers, icing, and festive candy) and complimentary hot chocolate on the Café’s heated and covered patio. Dress warm! A benefit for Mary’s Place. Ray’s Cafe, rays.com. $12. 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Sun., Dec. 9.
BYOB Celebrate Hanukkah
Baby. That second “B” stands for Baby. Parents, bring your own baby to share Hanukkah traditions. Stroum Jewish Community Center, sjcc.org. 10:30 a.m. Mon., Dec. 10.
Experience the wonder of the iconic sculptures in the park lit with the glow of luminaria. Make art, listen to music, sip a hot drink, grab a sweet bite, and take in the sights. Come dressed in your best light-inspired ensemble and become a part of the night! Olympic Sculpture Park, seattle artmuseum.org. Free. 6 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 13.
Snow Day in Denny Park
An immersive winter lighting display. Free opening party on Dec. 14 with entertainment, interactive crafts for the kids, food trucks, a beer garden, and more. Denny Park. 4–9 p.m. daily, Dec. 14–Jan. 20.
Argosy Holiday Ship Festival
A beach bonfire and choral music broadcast from the ship hightlight the festivities from Mercer Island. Luther Burbank Park Beach. 7:30 p.m. Fri., Dec. 21.
Pacific Northwest Ballet: George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker
The holiday tradition features choreography by George Balanchine and elegantly confectionary sets and costumes by Ian Falconer. McCaw Hall, pnb.org. $33–$209. Thru Dec. 28.
Evergreen City Ballet: Nutcracker
No local performance of The Nutcracker gets around like Evergreen City Ballet’s, making stops in Bellevue, Auburn, and Renton. evergreen cityballet.org. $40–$55. Meydenbauer Center. Nov. 30–Dec. 3. | Auburn Performing Arts Center. $40–$45. Dec. 7–9. | Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center, Dec. 14–16.
Emerald Ballet Theater: The Nutcracker
The Bothell company presents family-friendly performances with guest artists from the San Francisco Ballet and Master Ballet Academy. Northshore Performing Arts Center, npacf.org. $20–$43. 2 p.m. Dec. 1–9.
Hair metal for the holidays in this dance revue. Erickson Theatre Off Broadway. $20–$28. Dec. 7–16.
International Ballet Theatre: The Nutcracker
This Nutcracker features choreography based on the original Russian production. Meydenbauer Center, intballetacademy.org. $25–$53. Dec. 14–23.
The Nutcracker & The Tale of the Hard Nut
Tacoma City Ballet’s version of the holiday dance staple. Federal Way Performing Arts and Event Center. $21–$95. Dec. 15–21.
The Can Can: Wonderland
The glitzy winter cabaret offers all-ages weekend brunches and spicier evening shows at night. Can Can, TheCanCan.com. $15–$90. Thru Jan. 13.
Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley
Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon’s holiday-themed Jane Austen fanfic makes bookish sister Mary the center of the story. Taproot Theatre, taproottheatre.org. $25–$52. Thru Dec. 29.
A Christmas Carol
Veteran David Pichette and newbie Ian Bell share the role of Scrooge in ACT’s 43rd annual production. ACT Theatre, acttheatre.org. Thru Dec. 28.
Handle With Care
Jason Odell Williams’ play about a chance Christmastime romance. Burien Actors Theatre, burienactors theatre.org. $7–$20. Thru Dec. 16.
A(n Improvised) Christmas Carol
Dickens rewritten according to your suggestions. If you want, I guess Tiny Tim could die. Market Theater, unexpectedproductions.org. $12–$20. Thru Dec. 23.
Uncle Mike Ruins Christmas
As Jet City Improv explains it: “You write down a heartwarming holiday memory. We re-enact it. Then Uncle Mike ruins it.” Jet City Improv, Seattle, jetcityimprov.org. $14–$17. Thru Dec. 22.
A hard-boiled Christmas noir (aka a great comedic framework). Bathhouse Theater, seattlepublictheater.org. Thru Dec. 24.
A Very Die Hard Christmas
A musical spoof of the 1988 action movie (and Christmas) classic. Bathhouse Theater, seattlepublictheater.org. Nov. 29–Dec. 23.
A Charlie Brown Christmas
“And that’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.” Taproot Theatre, taproottheatre.org. $15–$25. Nov. 29–Dec. 27.
A Christmas Carol
Mark Chenovick’s adapation of the classic is a music-filled one. SecondStory Repertory, secondstoryrep.org. $24–$30. Nov. 30–Dec. 23.
Twas the Night
A musical sendup of Clement C. Moore’s poem for all ages. Studio East Mainstage Theater, studio-east.org. $20. Dec. 1–23.
A Christmas Carol
Wynter and Brenden Elwood’s adaptation of Dickens. Valley Center Stage, valleycenterstage.org. $14–$18 (Thurs. pay what you will). Nov. 30–Dec. 16.
Christmas Carol Junior
Mrs. Claus and her storytelling kittens are as cute as the Dickens. SecondStory Repertory, secondstory rep.org. $12. Dec. 2–22.
A John Waters Christmas
Holiday reflections from America’s paterfamilias of perversion. The Neptune, stgpresents.com. $38. 8 p.m. Sun., Dec. 2.
The Dina Martina Christmas Show
With accompanist Chris Jeffries, Dina Martina presents her annual extravalooza, or lollapaganza, of “questionable song, unnecessary dance, overburdened costumes, and sidesplitting video.” ACT Theatre, acttheatre.org. $20. Dec. 6–24.
X-MAS: A Merry Mutant Holiday Spectacular
It’s Christmas Eve at the X-Mansion when an attack shakes up the beloved mutant superhero team in this musical parody featuring Wolverine, Magneto, and other X-Men favs. Pocket Theater, thepocket.org. Sold out (10 tickets available at the door each night for $14). Dec. 7–10.
Homo for the Holidays
Kitten N’ Lou host this revue boasting “an all-star international cast of burlesque, cabaret, dance, drag, and musical luminaries,” including Cherdonna Shinatra, The Luminous Pariah, Rebecca Mmm Davis, and many others. West Hall, OddFellows Building, centuryballroom.com. $35–$40. Dec. 7–30.
Land of the Sweets: The Burlesque Nutcracker
In its 13th year, Lily Verlaine and Jasper McCann make the holiday chestnut a little spicier. The Triple Door, thetripledoor.net. $45–$85. Dec. 7–30.
Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical
The Herdmans are the worst kids in the history of the world—so when they crash Sunday school and demand parts in the Christmas pageant, the whole town panics. Auburn Avenue Theater. $14–$22. Dec. 7–16.
Murder on the Mistletoe Express
Cafe Nordo’s new immersive culinary theater event is a holiday-themed “Dragatha Christie” mystery. Cafe Nordo, cafenordo.com. $89. Dec. 7–29.
A Christmas Carol—A Live Radio Play
Twelfth Night Productions does Dickens, 1940s-style. Kenyon Hall, twelfthnightproductions.org. $18–$20. Dec. 7–16.
Scott Shoemaker’s War on Christmas!
Adé, Waxie Moon, Mandy Price, and Faggedy Randy join Shoemaker for this comedy revue. Re-bar Seattle. $25–$30. Dec. 7–23.
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, with the whole family: lovely Liza, cutie Lorna, and little flamboyant Joey. But where the hell’s Judy? Can the producers keep her on the set and off the booze? Here’s a stage reimagining of the actual, infamous TV episode. Theatre Off Jackson, theatreoffjackson.org. $22. Dec. 8–22.
A Rogue’s Christmas
The holiday edition of Short Stories Live includes entertaining and atypical tales of yuletide. Town Hall, townhallseattle.org. $5–$15. 6 p.m. Sun., Dec. 9.
A Very KIRO Christmas
Seattle Radio Theatre tells a story of a single mom trying to save her small town in the Northwest as the biggest local employer might have to close its doors right before Christmas. Town Hall, townhallseattle.org. $5–$15. Tues., Dec. 11.
A Drag Queen Christmas
But aren’t they all, really? Bawdy holiday comedy. The Moore, stg presents.com. $22–$54. 8 p.m. Wed., Dec. 12.
Sugar Plum Gary
Prepare to experience the dark side of the holidays via comedian Emmett Montgomery’s twisted character, Sugar Plum Gary. Simply by taking questions from the audience and improvising responses in this one-man show, Gary lays out a world where Santa is the ultimate evil to be feared and respected while slipping in other hilarious holiday nightmares. 18th and Union, 18thandunion. $12–$22. Dec. 14–23.
BenDeLaCreme & Jinkx Monsoon
Two Seattle drag superstars join forces for “To Jesus, Thanks for Everything! Jinkx & DeLa.” The Neptune, stgpresents.org. $25–$39. 8 p.m. Dec. 21–24.
Movie of the Month: How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Kent Library screens the 2000 film for those ages 8 and younger (with adult). Kent Library, klcs.org. 4 p.m. Fri., Nov. 30.
It’s a Wonderful Life
The GI’s 48th annual run of Frank Capra’s irresistible holiday button-pusher. Grand Illusion Cinema, grandillusioncinema.com. $5–9. Dec. 7–27.
Jim Henson’s Holiday Special
A triple bill of nostalgia from the master Muppeteer: Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas, The Bells of Fraggle Rock, and a making-of featurette Memories of the Jug-Band. See fathom events.com for participating theaters. $11–$13. Dec. 10 & 16.
Twisted Flicks: Santa Claus vs. the Devil
As the film plays, Twisted Flicks improvisers create all-new dialogue for the characters, sound effects, and live music. Up tonight is the 1959 Mexican classic Santa Claus vs. the Devil. Kirkland Performance Center, kpcenter.org. $18–$26. 8 p.m., Sat. Dec. 22.
Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas
The Jewish contribution to holiday music is revealed in this doc. Stroum Jewish Community Center, sjcc.org. $10–$25. 5 p.m. Tues., Dec. 25.
Fiddler on the Roof Sing-Along
Belt out “If I Were a Rich Man” during SIFF’s annual Christmas Day programming. SIFF Cinema Uptown, siff.net. $25. Noon. Tues., Dec. 25.
Celtic yuletide music from the extended Boulding family, who’ll perform eight concerts throughout the Puget Sound region. See magicalstrings.com for exact schedule and locations. Thru Dec. 21.
The alt-country band brings original tunes from its new seasonal album, Love the Holidays. The Neptune, stgpresents.org. $19–$24. 8 p.m., Wed., Nov. 28.
Choir of the Sound
Head to Shoreline for carols, pop favorites, skits, and dances. Shorecrest Performing Arts Center, choirofthe sound.org. $22–$25. 3 & 7 p.m. Sat., Dec. 1, 3 p.m. Sun., Dec. 2.
Tingstad & Rumbel: Home for the Holidays
Grammy winners Eric Tingstad and Nancy Rumbel’s annual performance. Unity of Bellevue. $10–$25. 7 p.m. Sat., Dec. 1.
Federal Way Symphony performs the classic with the Federal Way Chorale. Federal Way Performing Arts and Event Center, fwpaec.org. $34. 2 p.m. Sun., Dec. 2.
The Issaquah Philharmonic performs holiday favorites. Skyline High School, iphil.org. 7:30 p.m. Mon., Dec. 3.
A musical celebration of the season with The Liberty Singers from Issaquah’s Liberty High School. Eastlake Performing Arts Center, sammamishsymphony.org. $10–$20. 2 p.m. Sun., Dec. 2.
Northwest Chamber Chorus
Elisabeth Cherland conducts seasonal music. Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, northwestchamberchorus.org. $20–$25. 3 p.m. Sun., Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m. Sat., Dec. 8.
“Songs for a Winter’s Night” includes favorite holiday treasures and a sing-along. Mercer Island Congregational Church, joyfulnoiseseattle.org. $15–$25. 3 p.m. Sun., Dec. 2.
The vocal trio’s holiday tour stops in Seattle. Benaroya Hall, seattlesymphony.org. $45–$210. 7:30 p.m. Sun., Dec. 2.
Bellevue Youth Symphony
This performance of young musicians features the Percussion Ensemble, Flute Choir, Flute Orchestra, Philharmonia, and Youth Symphony. Newport High School, byso.org. $12–$18. 7:30 p.m. Sun., Dec. 2.
Blind Boys of Alabama
A Christmas show from the legendary gospel group. Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, jazzalley.com. $57. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6–8.
The vocal ensemble celebrates 200 years of the classic “Silent Night” with multiple arrangements. St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, nwassociatedarts.org. $15–$17. 7:30 p.m. Fri., Dec. 7.
Seattle Symphony Holiday Pops
The Symphony’s peppy holiday concert features pianist Tony DeSare, vocalist Capathia Jenkins, and the University of Washington Chorale. Benaroya Hall, seattlesymphony.org. $30–$96. 8 p.m. Fri., Dec. 7–Sat., Dec. 8, 2 p.m. Sun., Dec. 9.
Northwest Associated Arts
Holiday music from the NWAA combined choruses in Burien. Highline Performing Arts Center, nwassociatedarts.org. $20–$25. 2 p.m. Sat., Dec. 8–Sun., Dec. 9.
Seattle Pro Musica
Choral music from many centuries to commemorate the end of WWI and the 1949 “Christmas Truce.” seattlepromusica.org. $12–$38. Seattle First Baptist Church. 3 & 7:30 p.m. Sat., Dec. 8. | Bastyr University Chapel. 3 & 7:30 p.m. Sat., Dec. 15.
Royal Room Holiday Hootenanny
Sing along with Carrie Clark and the Lonesome Lovers and the Von Piglet Family Players. The Royal Room, theroyalroomseattle.com. | For kids. $5–$12. 4 & 6:30 p.m. Sat. Dec. 8 | For adults. $15–$17. 9 p.m. Sat., Dec. 8.
Bells of the Sound
Carols old and new in “Home for the Holidays.” Kent Lutheran Church. $10–$12. 7 p.m. Sat., Dec. 8.
Roosevelt Jazz Band
Performing Ellington and Strayhorn’s Jazz Nutcracker. Roosevelt High School Theatre, rooseveltjazz.org. $13–$18. 7:30 p.m. Sat., Dec. 8, 2 p.m. Sun., Dec. 9.
Olivier Messiaen’s breathtaking Christmas cycle for piano, Vingt Regards sur l’enfant Jesus, performed by candlelight. Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, saintmarks.org/concerts. $15–$20. 7:30 p.m. Sat., Dec. 8.
Cool Yule Holiday Party and Concert
BlueStreet Voices’ fifth annual holiday event features free desserts, a cash bar, and jazz and holiday tunes from one of Seattle’s premier vocal jazz groups. Good Shepherd Center. $14–$18. 7:30 p.m. Sat., Dec. 8.
The LeeVees: Hanukkah Rocks
Seasonal indie pop, including the classic punk tune “Gelt Melts.” Stroum Jewish Community Center, Mercer Island, sjcc.org. $5. 1 p.m. Sun., Dec. 9.
Jose Gonzales Trio: A Charlie Brown Christmas
Vince Guaraldi’s immortal score, played complete, as a fundraiser for Strawberry Theatre Workshop. Cornish Playhouse, strawshop.org. | For families. $18–$24. 1 p.m. Sun., Dec 9 | Main show. $30–$75. 7 p.m. Sun., Dec. 9.
Classical music and winter favorites. Redmond Performing Arts Center, eastsidesymphony.org. $5. 3 p.m. Sun., Dec. 9.
Master Chorus Eastside
Handel’s Messiah, led by Linda Gingrich. Faith United Methodist Church, masterchoruseastside.org. $15–$44. 3 p.m. Sun., Dec. 9.
Winter’s Return: A Celebration in Music
Celebrating in Woodinville with hurdy-gurdy, hammered dulcimer, whistle, violin, recorder, guitar, drums, and mandolin. Arborea Falls. 4 p.m. Sun., Dec. 9.
Spice & Light: A Sephardic Chanukah Celebration
The Seattle Jewish Chorale’s fun-filled annual holiday show. Temple Beth Am, seattlejewishchorale.org. $18. 7:30 p.m. Sun., Dec. 9.
Seattle Men’s Chorus
Their popular annual holiday blowout features the debut of their new vocal ensemble, The Supertonics. Benaroya Hall, seattlechoruses.org. $25–$85. Dec. 9–23.
Yuletide music from the popular vocal group. Benaroya Hall, seattlesymphony.org. $35–$125. 7:30 p.m. Tues., Dec. 11.
Geoffrey Castle’s Celtic Christmas Celebration
Electric violinist Geoffrey Castle brings the Christmas magic with the Seattle Irish Dance Company, the All-Star Celtic Night Band, special guests from the Seattle Opera, and known Irish troublemaker Dan Connolly. Kirkland Performance Center, kp center.org. $44. Dec. 13–15.
Mark O’Connor Band
Fiddle tunes and holiday fun. The Moore, stgpresents.org. $20–$45. 7 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 13.
A Service of Readings and Carols
St. James Cathedral’s adult and youth choirs, organists, and Cathedral Brass perform music for the Advent season, with traditional readings heralding Christ’s birth. St. James Cathedral, stjames-cathedral.org. 7:30 p.m. Fri., Dec. 14.
Countertenor Dmitry Sinkovsky conducts and sings the alto solos in Messiah, with Yulia Van Doren, Colin Balzer, and Michael Kelly. Benaroya Hall, seattlesymphony.org. $24–$89. 8 p.m. Fri., Dec. 14; 1 & 8 p.m. Sat., Dec. 15; 2 p.m. Sun., Dec. 16.
Orchestra Seattle and Seattle Chamber Singers
William White conducts Messiah. First Free Methodist Church, osscs.org. $25. 7:30 p.m. Sat., Dec. 15.
Seattle Choral Company
This performance features lots of contemporary seasonal works, starting with a sing-along. St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, seattlechoral company.org. $20–$25. 7:30 p.m. Sat., Dec. 15.
A local answer to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Symphony North’s “The Bell Ringer” is a narrative holiday rock showcase which includes a new song co-written by Heart guitarist Roger Fisher. Historic Everett Theatre, historiceveretttheatre.org. $26–$35. 7 p.m. Sat., Dec. 15.
Northwest Boychoir: A Festival of Lessons & Carols
A 40-year tradition, patterned after the Christmas Eve observance at King’s College in Cambridge, England. See nwchoirs.org for complete schedule. $11–$355. Dec. 15–23.
Seasonal favorites and sing-alongs in Tukwila evoke “The Spirit of Christmas.” Foster Performing Arts Center, Foster High School, rainier symphony.org. $12–$18. 7:30 p.m. Sat., Dec. 15, 3 p.m. Sun., Dec. 16.
Sing & Play-Along Messiah
Led by Jason Anderson in a benefit for Issaquah Community Services. Saint Michael and All Angels. Freewill offering. 2:30 p.m. Sun., Dec. 16.
Seattle Wind Symphony
Film and traditional favorites with soprano Alexandra Picard and Classical KING FM 98.1 host Dave Beck. Shorewood Performing Arts Center, seattlewindsymphony.org. $5–$20. 3 p.m. Sun., Dec. 16
Kent Lutheran Festival Choir
Familiar carols and original songs with the Kent Lutheran Handbell Choir, the HeartSong Youth Choir, and harpist Kathlyn Kinney. Kent Lutheran Church. 4 p.m. Sun., Dec. 16.
Pageant of the Nativity
Choristers and adults of four cathedral choirs join with young children of Saint Mark’s in this dramatic telling of the nativity story. Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, saint marks.org. 7 p.m. Tues., Dec. 18.
Holidays with the Celtic/world/folk ensemble. New Hope Presbyterian Church. $20. 7 p.m. Fri., Dec. 21–Sat., Dec. 22.
An Inspirational Christmas with Elvis
Danny Vernon sings classic Elvis and traditional Christmas selections. Auburn Avenue Theater, auburnwa.gov. $22–$25. 7:30 p.m. Sat., Dec. 22.
Beethoven’s Ninth, plus dance music by Dvorak and Kodaly. Benaroya Hall, seattlesymphony.org. $47–$131. Dec. 28–30.
Wesley Lea Hill Christmas Bazaar
Handcrafted and new gift items for everyone: decorations, cards, jewelry, and more. Wesley Homes Lea Hill. 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Fri., Nov. 30 & Sat., Dec. 1.
Skyline High School Holiday Bazaar
Support over 80 local artists and crafters while holiday shopping. Skyline High School. 9 a.m. Sat. Dec. 1.
Sno-Valley Holiday Bazaar
Support local artisans and Carnation’s Sno-Valley Senior Center in a day of festive holiday shopping, crafts, coffee, and homemade soup and baked goods. Sno-Valley Senior Center, snovalleysenior.org. 9 a.m. Sat., Dec. 1.
Phinney Neighborhood Association Winter Festival & Crafts Fair
Two historic buildings full of specialty goods by 120+ local artists and makers. Phinney Center. 10 a.m. Sat., Dec. 1 & Sun., Dec. 2.
Urban Craft Uprising
Seattle’s largest indie craft show offers clothing of all types, jewelry, gifts, bags, wallets, accessories, children’s goods, toys, housewares, paper goods, candles, kits, geekery, art, food, and much, much more. Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, urbancraftuprising.com. 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Sat., Dec. 1, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sun., Dec. 2.
Juanita Holiday Bazaar
Over 50 vendors and artisans selling unique goods, plus raffles, silent-auction items, food, plus music from Juanita Elementary Honor Choir. Juanita Elementary School. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Sat., Dec. 1.
Home for the Holidays Arts and Crafts Fair
Local and handcrafted fiber arts, jewelry, cards and calendars, photography, decor holiday greenery, and much more. Unity of Bellevue, unity ofbellevue.org. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sat., Dec. 1; 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Sun., Dec. 2.
Orca K-8 PTSA Holiday Bazaar
One-of-a-kind gifts from local vendors and artisans, plus a kids’ craft-making table, food, hot cider, raffle prizes. and more. Orca at Whitworth Elementary. 10 a.m. Sat., Dec. 1.
Mercer Island High Holiday Bazaar
The Mercer Island High School International Entrepreneurship class offers holiday shopping and food, with all proceeds going to The Burao Academy in Somalia. Mercer Island High School. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Sat., Dec. 1.
Heirloom Holiday Winter Market
Handmade goods from local Snoqualmie artists and makers as well as Snoqualmie partners and businesses, with a tree lighting at 6:30 p.m. Heirloom Cookshop, heirloomcookshop.com. 2 p.m. Sat., Dec. 1.
Native Art Mart
Many tribes and styles will be represented at this showcase (and market) of Native American art. Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center at Discovery Park, unitedindians.org. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Dec 1, 2, 15, & 16.
Sakya Monastery Annual Holiday Sale
Prayer flags, incense, art prints, books, music, prayer beads, jewelry, calendars, clothing, baked goods, and more. Tibetan tea will be served. Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun., Dec. 2.
Newcastle Library Holiday Book Sale
Hundreds of books for all ages in a wide selection of genres. Find treasures for reading and giving. Newcastle Library. 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Fri., Dec. 7; 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sat., Dec. 8.
Auburn High School Holiday Craft Bazaar
Food, fun, and something for everyone. Auburn High School, 800 Fourth St. NE, Auburn. 9 a.m.–4 p.m.. Sat., Dec. 8.
Alliance Française de Seattle Christmas Market
Arts, crafts, and products from local artisans and businesses; French and German holiday drinks and food; a French choir performance; and a visit from Santa. Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N, Seattle. 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Sat., Dec. 8.
Lakewood Holiday Artisan Bazaar
Featuring local, handmade items. Lakewold Gardens. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Sat., Dec. 8–Sun., Dec. 9.
The area’s most talented and generous bakers create a cookie-lovers’ holiday dream to benefit Seattle Milk Fund’s families. Seattle Center Armory. $20/dozen or $2 per cookie. 11 a.m. Sat., Dec. 8.
Renegade Craft Seattle
Emerging and established makers, local eats, holiday drinks, DJ sets, workshops, installations, and more. Hangar 30 at Magnuson Park. 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Sat., Dec. 15–Sun., Dec. 16.
WALKS & RUNS
K9 Candy Cane 5K Fun Run and Walk
Runners, walkers, and dog fans are all welcome along Renton’s Cedar River Trail. Don’t forget to bring an item for the pet food drive. Renton Community Center, rentonwa.gov/k9. 9:15 a.m. Sun., Dec. 2.
Light Up the Night: Holiday Parade & Bonfire
Wear your finest holiday lights and be part of the parade in Issaquah. Decorated wagons, strollers, and tricycles are also encouraged. Prizes for the most creatively lighted participants. Plus, bonfires on the beach (BYO marshmallows). Lake Sammamish State Park, lakesammamishfriends.org. 4:30–6 p.m. Sun., Dec. 2.
Christmas Rush Fun Run 5k and 10k
The Green River Trail in Kent is flat and perfect whether you’re going for time or just an organized morning walk. Hogan Park at Russell Road, kentwa.gov/christmasrush. 9:50 a.m. Sat., Dec. 8.
2018 Jingle Bell Run
Get decked out and be festive to support those living with arthritis, then visit live reindeer after the race. Westlake Park, jbr.org/seattle. 7 a.m. Sun., Dec. 9.
12 K’s of Christmas Holiday Run and 5K
Kirkland’s premier long-distance run encourages runners to come in their best holiday attire. Heritage Park, src12ksofchristmas.com. Sun., Dec. 16.
A Winter Wander
Meet at Bellevue’s Lewis Creek Park Visitor Center and head outside to ponder seasonality, forest changes, and the bygone residents of the area. Lewis Creek Visitor Center, parks.bellevuewa.gov. 10:30 a.m. Sun., Dec. 30.