Jinkx Monsoon and BenDeLaCreme star in The Jinkx and DeLa Holiday Special

Available now

Two Takes on Land of the Sweets: The Burlesque Nutcracker

If you like PNB’s take on The Nutcracker well enough but think it needs something—maybe that’s a grinding jazz band, or pasties and glitter—Verlaine and McCann’s annual Land of the Sweets: The Burlesque Nutcracker has you covered, even as its spirited cast takes it all off. This year the show goes on via a filmed version (available here) and a 37-minute documentary (available here) that takes you into the making of the saucy tradition. $15 for the documentary, $19 for the filmed show —Stefan Milne

Thru Dec 26

Picture Me Santa

Santa photos, as a phenom, likely started in Seattle. This year, you should get them virtually. Yeah, it’ll sort of look like your kid is hovering—but that should be the least of your worries this year. Starting at $30 —SM

Nov 21–Dec 2

Seattle Festival of Trees

Since 1978, downtown Seattle’s Fairmont Olympic Hotel has hosted the Seattle Festival of Trees. In keeping part of the tradition, the hotel will still display the elaborately decorated trees but this year guests will view them through the windows on Fourth Avenue. The festival’s fundraisers and show, which benefit Uncompensated Care at Seattle Children’s Hospital and Seattle Children’s Autism Center, will be held online. Free–$125 —CR

Nov 26

Seattle Turkey Trot

While some prep for Thanksgiving dinner in a kitchen obsessively checking a turkey or watching the Detroit Lions play, others run a 5k. This year’s Seattle Turkey Trot allows runners, joggers, or walkers to chart their own 5k route (so there isn’t a tide of people) and share pictures and videos from their run online. Proceeds from the run will go to the Ballard Food Bank. $15–$40 —CR

Nov 27–Dec 27

A Christmas Carol

In a year where most holiday traditions will take place online, why not take it a step further and go for a totally retro celebration. ACT Theatre is bringing its adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol to a radio-style format. To create the audio play’s music, the cast recorded songs in booths at the 5th Avenue Theatre. $20 —CR 

Nov 27–Dec 31

Winterfest 2020

Seattle Center’s annual winter festival straddles the virtual and physical worlds this year. The Center itself is strewn with holiday lights. Online you can catch cooking and craft demonstrations, and performances. Streaming

Don't expect a parade or crowds like these at Bellevue's Snowflake Lane this year, but you can still walk or drive through the lights and fake snow. 

Nov 27–Dec 24

Snowflake Lane

Whether you want to step out and walk or just roll through in the shelter of a car, the Bellevue Collection’s Snowflake Lane will still be open to help create some holiday magic. This year won’t have the nightly parade and performers, but there will still be lights, music, and, of course, a nightly dusting of “snow.” 5–9pm, Free —CR

Available Dec 1

The Jinkx and DeLa Holiday Special

Seattle’s favorite RuPaul’s Drag Race alums, Jinkx Monsoon and BenDeLaCreme, team up for a 60-minute special (the soundtrack comes out Dec 11). The plot? Jinkx and DeLa are trying to put together a Christmas variety show but can’t agree on a theme. DeLa wants family tradition. Jinkx wants booze and jokes. $14 —SM 

Dec 2

Chanukah Virtual Cooking Demonstration with Michael Solomonov

Michael Solomonov was born in Israel but raised in Pittsburgh. At 18, when he returned to Israel and got a job at a bakery, his cooking career began. Solomonov, now a chef and James Beard award winner, will lead an online cooking demonstration just in time for the start of Chanukah showing off dishes like Abe Fisher’s potato latkes and sfenj (Moroccan fritters). 5pm, Free —CR 

Adé, from Scott Shoemaker’s War on Christmas.

Dec 5–Jan 3

Scott Shoemaker's War on Christmas

Back for its third year, this time streaming online, War on Christmas is a LGBTQ+ holiday variety show with song, dance, and a dash of (partial) nudity. $10–$50 

Dec 9–23

Snowglobe Santa 

In Greenwood, Santa has become a bubble man. A fully dressed Santa sits in a plastic snow globe, perfectly socially distanced, so kids can take pictures and talk with Santa. 11am–5pm daily, Free (donations accepted)

Dec 11 & 17

A Chanukah Celebration: Music of John Zorn’s Masada

About 25 years ago, the avant-skronk jazz saxophonist John Zorn began assembling a “Masada Songbook,” bending jazz and Jewish folksongs into something new. It now includes 613 songs, the number of commandments in the Torah. Here, via the Royal Room, five musicians bring some of these songs to a computer screen near you. 8:30pm, Donations accepted —  SM

Snow dancers perform in George Balanchine's The Nutcracker in 2018 (available streaming this season). 

Dec 11–26

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker

Unless Pacific Northwest Ballet’s The Nutcracker is a yearly outing for you, there’s a decent chance you haven’t seen the company’s new production. In 2015, PNB did away with its long-running Kent Stowell version and brought in George Balanchine’s take. Whether streamed (as here) or live, the results remain a fine confection, especially Tchaikovsky’s transcendent score. $39–$55 —SM

Dec 12 & 13

Comfort and Joy: Choral Music of the Season

Seattle Pro Musica will put on a virtual choral concert, which will close with a carol sing-along. 7:30pm & 4pm, Free 

Dec 17–24

Sugar Plum Gary

Santa meets Satan in Emmett Montgomery’s one man show. The local comedian takes to the stage in a red onesie and doles out an act both absurd and faintly evil. “Christmas in five words,” he grumbles through a huge beard. “He sees you when you’re sleeping.” This year, you can tune in virtually—and pick between a Zoom call with Gary (where he can see you) or a more typical live stream. $5–$45 –SM

Dec 21

Robin Pecknold: A Very Lonely Solstice Livestream

The Fleet Foxes mastermind Robin Pecknold, who released the gorgeous album Shore earlier this year, will play a solo acoustic set from a church in Brooklyn (available to stream through the 24th). 9pm, $20

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