Nov 23–Dec 30
A Christmas Carol
ACT’s terrific staging of the Dickens classic is the city’s most reliable yuletide entertainment, going strong in its 37th year. Veteran local actors rotate in as Ebenezer Scrooge and the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future arrive via trapdoor in ever more creative ways. ACT Theatre, $22–$55.
Macy's Holiday Parade / Snowflake Lane
The season officially starts on Black Friday with the Macy's Holiday Parade wending through downtown Seattle's shopping streets from 9–10am, followed by the lighting of the Macy's star at 5. On the Eastside, the holidays kick off with the march of the man-sized toy soldiers down Bellevue's Snowflake Lane. Plus: Seattle Center's and Bellevue's ice rinks are officially open for business this Friday.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra has long been the hardest-rocking Christmas band out there, made even more famous by Christmas light displays synced to their music. This year the band tours arenas with the debut of its electrified rock opera, The Lost Christmas Eve. KeyArena, $31–$68.
Thru Jan 6
The Wizard of Oz
Seattle Children's Theatre travels back down the yellow brick road with a revival of its polished 2008 musical production, adapted by John Kane for the Royal Shakespeare Company. Expect an even bigger and better tornado. For ages five and up. (And another round of congratulations to SCT artistic director Linda Hartzell, winner of Seattle Met's first Lifetime Achievement award). Seattle Children's Theatre, $18–$36.
Thru Dec 15
In one of Noël Coward’s plays from the Roaring ’20s, two wives tipple while their husbands are off golfing. As the ladies wait for their trysts to arrive, things get complicated when they realize they’re looking for the same man. Theater Schmeater, $15–$23.
Seattle International Comedy Competition Finals
It's the final week of the month-long Seattle International Comedy Competition, and the field of 33 comics has been whittled down to five. We have our pick to win (one word: Landry) but judge for yourself at the Sunday night finals. Comedy Underground, $15–$20.
Thru Nov 25
International Conservation Photography Awards
Last chance to see upwards of 75 of the year’s best conservation and wildlife photographs, hanging at the Burke Museum like thrilling stills from Discovery Channel’s Planet Earth. Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, $10.
Thru Feb 3
Nikki McClure: Cutting Her Own Path, 1996–2012
Wielding an X-Acto knife, the Olympia artist turns sheets of black paper into intricate snapshots of nature, motherhood, and the simple life: wading into a swimming hole, fixing a rake. Her work graces T-shirts and calendars, but her first solo museum exhibition shows the breadth of her 16-year career. Bellevue Arts Museum, $10.
CLASSICAL & MORE
Brandi Carlile with the Seattle Symphony
Following the success of her 2008 and 2010 appearances with the symphony, the local singer-songwriter brings a bit of country, a bit of soul, and a big voice back to Benaroya. Benaroya Hall, $47–$87.
Bryan John Appleby
Byran John Appleby has earned a fanbase of peers—nearly every Seattle indie folk rocker cites an appereciation—thanks to his thoughtful lyricism and serene, understated arrangements. He's joined at Tractor Tavern by Pollens and fellow singer-songwriter Shenandoah Davis. Tractor Tavern, $10.
The legend of Reignwolf grows. This summer the howling blues-rock guitarist played everywhere from the parking lot of Linda’s Tavern to Bumbershoot, melting a multitude of faces along the way. The coronation of Seattle’s new hard-rock king commences with his first big Seattle headlining gig. Neptune Theatre, $16.
EAT & DRINK
Stone Soup for Kick Hunger Challenge
For the second annual Stone Soup event, trophy-winning chowder will be ladled by John Howie and former Seahawk (and current troubadour) Craig Terrill from 11 to 2 by in front of the Whole Foods on Westlake. Tickets are $10 with 100 percent of the proceeds donated to the NFL's Kick Hunger Challenge. Whole Foods: Westlake, $10.
Seattle Marathon and Half Marathon
While most of us will still have Thanksgiving tryptophan coursing though our veins or will be licking our wounds from full-contact Black Friday shopathons, Seattle’s fittest overachievers will wake at the crack of dawn to punish their bodies over 13 or 26 miles. Seattle Center, $90–$140.