Winter in the City

Seattle Holiday Event Guide 2013

A roundup of the city's festive concerts, theater, dance, and more.

By Seth Sommerfeld November 20, 2013

Land of the Sweets: The Burlesque Nutcracker is just one of the many Seattle holiday offerings.

From traditional favorites like The Nutcracker and A Christmas Carol to quirky delights like A John Waters Christmas, make the most of the season with our holiday event roundup.


Bake's Place
Dec 19
Tingstad and Rumbel – Christmas Show
Dec 22
Geoffrey Castle – The Last Christmas Show

Benaroya Hall
Nov 30–Dec 22
Seattle Men's Chorus: Play It Again, Santa
Dec 3 Northwest University Presents Christmas Traditions
Dec 4
Hallelujah!: A PLU Christmas
Dec 5–8 Home for the Holidays
Dec 10 & 11 Pink Martini with Seattle Symphony
Dec 12 Heart and Friends: Home for the Holidays
Dec 17 Go Tell It on the Mountain: The Blind Boys of Alabama Christmas Show
Dec 20–22 The Coats: Annual Holiday Show
Dec 20–22 Handel's Messiah
Dec 23 A Festival of Lessons and Carols
Dec 24 Ensign Symphony and Chorus: Light and Hope

Nov 23
Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Kirkland Performance Center
Dec 2
A Charlie Brown Christmas with David Benoit
Dec 5 Groove for Thought Holiday CD Release Concert
Dec 8 Master Chorus Eastside - Seasons of Light: Christmas and Chanukah
Dec 13 & 14 Geoffrey Castle's Celtic Christmas
Dec 21 & 22 Portland Cello Project

Magical Strings
Dec 1–21 Celtic Yuletide

Meany Hall
Dec 4
Dec 15
NW Girlchoir Holiday Countdown

Northwest Boychoir
Dec 7–23 A Festival of Lessons and Carols

Paramount Theatre
Nov 24
Mannheim Steamroller
Dec 3 The Tenors

Rialto Theater
Dec 14–18 The Christmas Revels

Seattle Jewish Chorale
Dec 1–15
A Festival of Grace and Light

Tacoma Symphony Orchestra
Dec 7 & 8
Sounds of the Season
Dec 20
Handel's Messiah

Town Hall
Dec 7
Seattle Pro Musica: Ceremony of Carols
Dec 8
LUCO: Holiday Concert
Dec 9
Jose Gonzales Trio - A Charlie Brown Christmas
Dec 14
Seattle Girls’ Choir 31st Annual Holiday Concert
Dec 14
Magical Strings 35th Annual Seattle Celtic Yuletide Concert
Dec 15
Christmas with The Salvation Army Brass Band and Breath of Aire Choir
Dec 28
Ellington's Sacred Music

The Triple Door
Dec 29
The Bobs After Christmas Holiday Show

The Tudor Choir
Dec 6
Advent Carols and Motets
Dec 28 Traditional Carols for Christmas and New Year



ACT Theatre
Nov 29–Dec 29
A Christmas Carol

Balagan Theatre
Nov 29–Dec 14
ThanksKilling the Musical

Benaroya Hall
Dec 5
The Faithfull
Dec 14 & 15 Miracle on 34th Street - The Musical

Paramount Theatre
Dec 11
Stuart McLean and the Vinyl Cafe

Seattle Public Theatre Company
Dec 5–24
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
Dec 5–24 The Santaland Diaries

Sound Theatre Company
Dec 5–21
Holiday of Errors (or Much Ado About Stockings)

Taproot Theatre Company
Nov 29–Dec 28
Le Club Noel

Town Hall
Dec 1
Short Stories Live: A Rogue's Christmas
Dec 13 Seattle Radio Theatre: It's A Wonderful Life

West Hall
Dec 12–24 Homo for the Holidays



Columbia City Theater
Dec 6–8
The Best Burlesque Pageant Ever

El Gaucho
Dec 13
Naughtly or Nice?: A Christmas Cabaret

Emerald Ballet Theatre
Dec 7–15
The Nutcracker

Pacific Northwest Ballet
Nov 30–Dec 29 The Nutcracker
Dec 7 Nutcracker Brunch

Paramount Theatre
Dec 20–22
Cirque Dreams Holidaze

Tacoma City Ballet
Dec 7–22 The Nutcracker and The Tale of the Hard Nut

The Triple Door
Dec 12–28
Land of Sweets: The Burlesque Nutcracker



Argosy Cruises
Nov 29–Dec 23 Christmas Ship Festival

Downtown Bellevue
Nov 29–Jan 12
Bellevue Magic Season

Downtown Seattle
Nov 29
Macy's Holdiay Parade and Star Lighting
Nov 29–Dec 31 Pacific Place Winter Wonderland
Dec 6 The Great Figgy Pudding Street Corner Caroling Competition

Downtown Tacoma
Nov 22–Jan 12
Franciscan Polar Plaza

EverGreen Escapes
Dec 13–29
Bulb and Brews Holiday Escape

Green Lake
Dec 14 Green Lake Pathway of Lights

Metro Parks Tacoma
Dec 7 19th Century Christmas

Museum of Glass
Dec 14 Christmas Around the World

Nectar Lounge
Nov 30
Bubbe's Old-Fashioned Hanukkah Shindig

Nordic Heritage Museum
Nov 23 & 24

Occidental Park
Dec 5
Howlidays 2: Dogs on Parade

Seattle Center
Nov 29–Dec 31

Volunteer Park
Dec 12
Holiday in the Park

Washington Beer Commision
Dec 6 & 7
Winter Beer Fest

Washington State Fair Events Center
Dec 4–8 Victorian Country Christmas

Waterways Crusies
Nov 29–Dec 23
Holiday Parade of Lights Crusies

Woodinville Wine Country
Dec 6–8
Saint Nick's Weekend

Woodland Park Zoo
Nov 29–Jan 4



ACT Theatre
Dec 4–22
Ham for the Holidays: Close Encounters of the Pork Rind

Neptune Theatre
Dec 5
A John Waters Christmas

Jet City Improv
Nov 20–Dec 21
Uncle Mike Ruins Christmas
Dec 5-21 It's Your Wonderful Life

Unexpected Productions
Nov 29–Dec 28
A(n Improvised) Christmas Carol


Grand Illusion Cinema
Dec 13–Jan 2
It's A Wonderful Life

Dec 25
Fiddler on the Roof Sing Along



Benaroya Hall
Dec 6 & 7
Tiny Tots: Holiday Hooray
Dec 14 Discover Music: The Snowman

Kirland Performance Center
Dec 14 Doktor Kaboom!: The Science of Santa

Seattle Children's Museum
Nov 20–Jan 5
Festival of Lights

Studio East
Nov 22–Dec 15
'Twas the Night

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