Start the holiday celebration at the Seattle tree lighting and parade on Nov 25.

Whether you prefer caroling competitions, tree-lighting ceremonies, A Christmas Carol, or the Nutcracker, we’ve found something for everyone this holiday season. Here are our favorites:

Tree Lighting Celebration and Holiday Parade
Seattle starts the season right with the Macy’s holiday parade in the morning followed by live entertainment, festive music, and the tree lighting in the early evening. Fireworks to follow, weather permitting. Free. Parade at 8:45am; tree lighting at 5pm. Nov 25.

Great Figgy Pudding Street Corner Caroling Competition
Wassailing gets serious in this annual (friendly) competition, as 40-plus caroling teams compete for bragging rights. All proceeds benefit the Pike Market Senior Center and Downtown Food Bank. Team registration $75. Dec 2 at 5.

The Snowman Performed by the Seattle Symphony
Watch the cartoon adaptation of Raymond Brigg’s beautifully illustrated children’s book on the big screen as the symphony plays the score live. $15–$20. Dec 3 at 11am.

Jose Gonzales Trio Performs A Charlie Brown Christmas
Strawberry Theatre Workshop convinced vocalist/guitarist Jose Gonzales and gang to perform our favorite Christmas soundtrack in its entirety, for one night at Erickson Theatre Off Broadway. Thanks, Strawshop. $15–$20, Dec 5 at 7:30.

Owen Meany’s Christmas Pageant
Book-It adapts a chapter of John Irving’s A Prayer for Owen Meany, when the child-size hero plays baby Jesus in the most disastrous Nativity play his small town’s ever seen. $22–$44. Nov 29–Dec 23.

A Christmas Carol
For 36 years, ACT’s production of the Dickens tale has been the most reliable yuletide entertainment in Seattle, especially when Marley’s ghost rises, clanking, from beneath the stage. Gets us every time. $27–$49. Nov 25–Dec 24.

Black Nativity
Though Intiman is on hiatus, its holiday show goes on. Spectrum dancers interpret Langston Hughes’s vibrant retelling of the Christmas story, while Pastor Patrinell Wright and her gospel choir raise the rafters at the Moore. $25–$55. Dec 8–24.

Brandi Carlile
The singing, songwriting pride of Ravensdale, Washington, plays a special New Year’s Eve set: just Brandi, her guitar and piano, and a midnight champagne toast for all. $124. Dec 31 at 9.

And of course, a couple Nutcrackers:

Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Nutcracker
Of all the regional Nutcrackers, this is the most storied thanks to Maurice Sendak’s elaborate sets; the touchstone is a Boeing-engineered Christmas tree that grows to twice its height in the first act. $28–$123. Nov 25–Dec 27.

Land of the Sweets: The Burlesque Nutcracker
Find out what sugarplum fairies do on their days off. It’s a blur of burlesque, ballet, and swing—with Waxie Moon as the Rat King—in this racy rendition of the wintertime show. $28–$45. Dec 14–Dec 24.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. Culture Fiend will be back on Monday, Nov 28.

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