Posted on December 16, 2016, 7:29 pm
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Christmas is a week from Sunday. (Which means 2017 is two weeks from Sunday. Just let that sink in a moment.) If you need to do some last minute gift shopping, we have you covered in our pop-up shop guide. Or if you just need to get out and partake of the holiday mirth, we’ve got suggestions for that too, including local traditions and some newer concepts.

For the twisted sense of humor… Dina Martina’s Christmas Show

Dina Martina’s unique mix of humor, grotesquerie and pathos has received national acclaim from the likes of John Waters, Margaret Cho and Graham Norton. Every Christmas, Seattle gets a fresh dose of her cringe-and-cackle-inducing carols, top-heavy costumes and the whitest of white elephant gifts. As always, Dina Martina’s Christmas Show returns to the legendary, artsy dive Re-Bar. If you have never seen it before, it’s a must. If you have seen it in past years, then you probably already have tickets. I won’t preach to the choir. (Just don’t spoil it for the rest of us.)

Through December 31. Ages 21+. $25 general admission. Get tickets online.

Dina Martina brings Christmas jeer to Re-Bar.

For the horror fan… Krampus Christmas

Seattle Immersive Theatre has teamed with playwright Kelleen Conway Blanchard and director Paul Thomas to cook up a diabolical Christmas tale featuring everyone’s favorite Christmas demon. Audiences of Krampus Christmas make their way through a Christmas present maze, an eerie winter wonderland, and scenes of Krampus-style justice doled out by the horned one himself. The performances are short and intimate, with a cap of 20 people in each group. Arrive early and chill in the lounge, where you can enjoy holiday drinks and get your picture taken with a very bad Santa. Have yourself a scary little Christmas.

Ages 13+. Through January 1. $35 general admission. Get tickets online.

For the hot date… The Cancan’s Wonderland

Baby, it may be cold outside, but things heat up at Pike Place Market on The Cancan‘s subterranean stage. Their winter 2016 dinner cabaret Wonderland opens this weekend at The Cancan. Glittering dance and burlesque dazzle audiences while the kitchen serves up Pacific Northwest cuisine. The show continues through January, and makes for a good spot on New Year’s Eve. The 11:00 performance on December 31 includes a champagne toast and party favors, during a prix-fixe, 4-course menu.

Ages 21+. Through January 29. Ticket prices vary with showtime. See the various showtimes online.

Photo by Alex Crick for The Cancan.

For the traditionalist… A Christmas Carol


Since 1976, ACT Theatre has been presenting an adaptation of A Christmas Carol by founder Gregory A. Falls. The theatre’s former artistic director Kurt Beattie has directed it many times, and returns to direct the current production. ACT’s adaptation for stage is faithful to Charles Dickens’ tale of human frailty and generosity, loss and redemption. What more can one say that hasn’t already been said…except that the show is very good and appropriate for children (5 and older).

Through December 28. Tickets prices vary. Get tickets online.

For the sailors (and carolers)… Argosy Cruise’s Christmas Ship Cruise

It’s not exactly peak boating season…but that hasn’t bothered the thousands of people each year who either take a cruise on the Christmas Ship or await its arrival at various destinations around Puget Sound. Since 1949, Argosy Cruises has brought a choir of carolers to waterfront communities around the region on special nights in December. Those who take a cruise on the lead ship enjoy the performance up close while sipping drinks from a full bar and watching the kids amuse themselves at a craft table. Bundle up and enjoy a chill, musical evening on the water. (It’s SOOOO Seattle.)

All ages. See the cruise schedule and purchase tickets online.

PS: The parade of boats in Lake Union is tonight! Check out footage from 2013.





T.s. Flock is a writer and arts critic based in Seattle and co-founder of Vanguard Seattle.