Nov 29–Jan 4
Woodland Park Zoo once again lights up for the holidays. Back for it's second year, WildLights' family friendly festivities include elaborate LED light displays, nighttime viewings of the zoo's animals, a visit from a pair of reindeer, carolers, and more. Woodland Park Zoo, $10.
Nov 29–Dec 14
ThanksKilling the Musical
Just when you thought the gore of Halloween was over, the Balagan Theater extends the blood-splattered holiday fun with ThanksKilling, a raunchy, offensive, and hilarious musical about a homicidal turkey. Cornish Playhouse, $30–$35.
Nov 29–Dec 29
A Christmas Carol
Ebenezer Scrooge’s transformation from curmudgeon to compassionate soul is one of the most famous ghost stories of all time. ACT Theatre, $27–$65.
Nov 30–Dec 29
The Nutcracker: Pacific Northwest Ballet
More than a century after its debut, The Nutcracker remains the preeminent holiday ticket, thanks to its angelic movements and timeless score. It’s ballet for the masses that is always on point(e). McCaw Hall, $35–$136.
Nov 30–Dec 22
Seattle Men's Chorus: Play It Again, Santa
The Christmas choral season would seem incomplete without the caroling of Seattle Men's Chorus. For the opening weekend performances of Play It Again, Santa (Nov 30 & Dec 1), the chorus will be joined by Tony Award-winner Levi Kreis (Million Dollar Quartet). Benaroya Hall, $43–$78.
Waxahatchee and Swearin'
Waxahatchee (Katie Crutchfield) keeps it simple and the results are stunning. The Alabama native packs an emotional wallop with lo-fi singer-songwriter sound, and her 2013 album Cerulean Salt is one of the year's best records. She shares this bill at Chop Suey with her twin sister Allison's harder rocking band, Swearin'. Chop Suey, $12.
When local rapper Sol released Yours Truly in January 2012, it shot to No. 1 on the iTunes hip-hop chart and put him on a path to stardom. Then he put his career on pause. After graduation from UW, he received a fellowship from the university to travel abroad for 10 months. His globe-trotting journey of growth now finished, he returns home with a new EP, Eyes Open. Showbox Market, sold out.
It may be tempting to drift off into tryptophan-induced sleep, but doing so would mean you'd miss this special Thanksgiving Cat Power solo show. Just stay up late being serenaded by Chan Marshall's sweet coos and then sleep through Black Friday. Showbox Market, $35–$40.
Nov 21–Jan 12
Sing-a-Long-a Grease and Holiday Tree Lighting
There needed to be festivities before Tacoma’s 68th annual holiday tree lighting. So naturally Broadway Center settled on a Grease sing-along. Because nothing says winter wonderland like belting out “Summer Nights”? Pantages Theater, Tacoma, $18–$26.
Nov 27–Dec 1
Seattle International Comedy Competition: Final Round
There's not a turkey among this year's five SICC finalists. All of the remaining comedians offers a distinctly different style—from Torontonian Graham Kay's semi-goofy, Brian Regan-esque delivery to Seattleite Rodger Lizaola's focused fury—so the shows should have something to suit most comedic tastes. In the final round, each stand-up performs a 15–20 minute set of their best material. Various venues, $17–$27.