Whether it’s your yearly foray to PNB for The Nutcracker, or your first time checking out a funky new Christmas play, nothing says Holiday Season like bundling up and heading out to a festive performance. Seattle has a full heavenly host of shows that are sure to bring out your holiday cheer this season. Check out our round-up of the city’s best shows for the purists, carolers, and Scrooges in all of us – and don’t forget those who are secretly on the naughty list.
For the traditionalist:
Miracle on 34th St. at Town Hall, performed by Seattle Radio Theatre. Good wholesome fun that will take you back to the glory days of radio dramas. December 4th at 8pm, $5-15.
Handel’s Messiah at various locations, performed by Pacific MusicWorks featuring UW Chamber Singers. Expect traditional performance practice, Baroque instruments and a fabulous sound by UW’s top choir. December 10-13, $10-45.
Praetorius Christmas Vespers at various locations, performed by premiere Seattle ensemble Early Music Guild. Recreating the sound of the 17th-century Lutheran tradition. December 16 and 18, $20-39.
Handel’s Messiah at Benaroya Hall, performed by Seattle Symphony Orchestra and Chorale. The classic Seattle experience of the festive oratorio, featuring world-class international soloists. December 18-20, tickets from $25.
The Nutcracker at McCaw Hall, performed by Pacific Northwest Ballet. This year, the classic Stowell-Sendak production Seattleites have come to expect will be replaced by a brighter Balanchine choreography with design by Ian Falconer. Through December 28, tickets from $25.
A Christmas Carol at ACT Theatre. This year, ACT’s production of the classic Dickens story will be directed by incoming ACT Artistic Director John Langs. Through December 30.
If you take your holidays with a good dose of fa-la-las:
Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition at Westlake Park. A fundraiser for the Pike Market Senior Center and Food Bank, caroling teams sing to their hearts’ content to collect cash donations. December 4 at 6pm.
Holiday Pops at Benaroya Hall, performed by Seattle Symphony. A fun evening of holiday tunes featuring Broadway darling Capathia Jenkins and singer Tony DeSare. December 11-13, tickets from $30.
Hanukkah Concert, “A Great Miracle” at Herzl-Ner Tamid on Mercer Island, performed by Seattle Jewish Chorale. Choral settings of Jewish music from around the world and across time, featuring Hanukkah classics and sing-alongs. December 13 at 4pm, $8-15.
Home for the Holidays at Benaroya Hall, performed by Seattle Men’s Chorus. The perfect balance of gorgeously sung Christmas classics and cheeky festivity. Through December 21, tickets from $25.
Festival of Lessons & Carols at Benaroya Hall, performed by Northwest Sinfonia members with Northwest Boychoir and Vocalpoint! Seattle. An endearing rendition of the Nativity story told through song and text. December 22 at 7:30, tickets from $20.
For your friend who ironically wears Christmas sweaters all month:
Snowglobed at West of Lenin, directed by ACT Artistic Associate Emily Penick. 5th annual presentation of funky holiday-inspired scenes and short plays. This year’s line-up includes work by Benjamin Benne, Kelleen Conway Blanchard, Nicky Davis, K. Brian Neel, and Pilar O’Connell. December 4-19, tickets from $20.
A Rogue’s Christmas at Town Hall, the holiday version of Short Stories Live. Seasonal stories read by actors and authors, backed by house band Pineola. December 6 at 2pm, $10-15.
Wonderful Life at ArtWest. Imaginative one-man show rendition of the classic It’s a Wonderful Life (Andrew Lee Creech as George Bailey). December 3-27, tickets from $17.
If you prefer Peppermint Schnapps over hot cocoa:
The Best Burlesque Pageant Ever at Columbia City Theatre, performed by Stripped Screw Burlesque. December 4-12, $22 presale, $25 door.
Unwrapped starring Jinkx Monsoon & Major Scales at Seattle Repertory Theatre. Holiday drag at its best. Through December 13, tickets from $16.
Homo for the Holidays at Oddfellows West Hall. Featuring some of Seattle most beloved burlesque dancers, like Waxie Moon and Chendonna Shinatra. December 10-27, $32 advance, $37 door.
Land of the Sweets at Triple Door. A burlesque Nutcracker. Need we say more? December 10-27, tickets from $40.