Cirque Dreams Holidaze
Acrobatic energy takes center stage when Cirque Dreams Holidaze presents traditional Christmas characters in a new light in a show for the whole family. The festivities feature flipping gingerbread men, tightrope-walking toy soldiers, and a Santa who has a few athletic tricks that belie all that milk and cookie consumption. Paramount Theatre, $35–$75.
Thru Dec 21
It's Your Wonderful Life
Instead of telling the story of It's a Wonderful Life's George Bailey in a comedic manner, the performers of Jet City Improv's It's Your Wonderful Life select one audience member each night and tells their wonderful life with all the tropes of the classic holiday film. Jet City Improv, $15.
Thru Jan 2
It's a Wonderful Life
They say every time It's a Wonderful Life screens an angel gets a residual check. Catch Grand Illusion Cinema's annual screenings of this timeless Christmas classic starring Jimmy Stewart. Grand Illusion Cinema, $8.
Thru Jan 12
Bellevue Magic Season
Bellevue Magic Season is a one-stop destination for classic holiday activities. Gaze at the illuminated color bulbs of Garden d’Lights, lace up the skates at the ice arena, see Santa gallivant on Snowflake Lane, and create sweet abodes on Gingerbread Lane. Bellevue Downtown Park, prices vary for each event.
A cappella quartet the Coats started out singing on the street at Pike Place Market, but have gone on to an extremely successful career. The group heads to Benaroya Hall for its annual holiday concerts. Benaroya Hall, $38.
Listening to Handel’s masterpiece performed by the heavenly voices of the Seattle Symphony Chorale can be a spiritual affair whether you’re religious or not. Experience the quintessential Christmas choral piece echoing through Benaroya Hall. Benaroya Hall, $35–$88.
Sat & Sun, Dec 21 & 22
Portland Cello Project
The genre blurring Portland Cello project get into the holiday spirit (Christmas sweaters included) with guest vocal performances from Laura Gibson, Howe Gelb, and Nancy Ives. Kirkland Performance Center, $30.
Thru Dec 22
Hedwig and the Angry Inch
“I like to consider myself a drag queen actress, not one or the other.” – Seattle’s Jerick Hoffer (aka Jinkx Monsoon). From winning the most recent season of RuPaul’s Drag Race to starring in 5th Avenue Theatre’s Hairspray, it’s been a big year for Hoffer. Now, he reprieves his popular role in Balagan Theatre’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Moore Theatre, $20.
Fri, Dec 20
Deep Sea Diver
The husband-wife tandem of Jessica Dobson and Peter Mansen (and friends) hosts a Deep Sea Diver holiday show at Neumos featuring new songs from the group's forthcoming album, cuts from the terrific History Speaks, and a few surprise guests. Neumos, $12.
Sat, Dec 21
The Physics: Digital Wildlife Release Show
As one of the acts shaping the new Seattle sound, we've been eagerly anticipating the Physics' next album, Digital Wildlife. The wait ends on when the album drops on December 13, but the real celebration takes place at the record's release show on December 21 at the Crocodile. Digital Wildlife garners its title from the way The Physics mixes analog recording elements and electronic sounds to form one cohesive and eclectic record. The Crocodile, $10–$15.