The Nutcracker Courtesy of Pacific Northwest Ballet

For Art Lovers

If music, dance, theater, and crafts are your cup of eggnog, here’s where to find some holiday spirit.

Lauren Bally

ARTISAN GIFT MARKETS  

You’ve made your list—now time to shop. For your holiday gifting needs, look no further than Urban Craft Uprising at Seattle Center for items like mountain-shaped pillows, candles, illustrated ceramic mugs, feline bowties, boozy jams and jellies, and jewelry made from skateboard decks—all handcrafted by more than 150 local makers. Urban Craft Uprising is also partnering with Downtown Seattle Association (DSA) to offer a pop-up market in Westlake Park every Thursday, Friday and Saturday starting November 24. The only thing better than one epic craft show is two epic craft shows—Renegade Craft Fair sets up shop in Magnuson Park, featuring more than 200 artisans and their array of unique crafts.

Urban Craft Uprising: December 2–3

Renegade Craft Fair: December 16–17

 

SAM LIGHTS

For one festive night, Olympic Sculpture Park glows with colorful light installations during SAM Lights (Dec 14). Go for the decked-out sculptures, stay for the live music, hot drinks, food truck eats, and interactive art making. This family-friendly event is the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit.

December 14, 6–9pm

 

SEASONAL SHOWS 

A(n Improvised) Christmas Carol

Unexpected Productions takes the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge on a wild ride in A(n Improvised) Christmas Carol. Improvisers use audience suggestions to warp a classic tale into a surprising and hilarious new story, meaning a unique journey (and fate) for Scrooge with every performance.

November 24–December 23

Land of the Sweets: The Burlesque Nutcracker

Experience the magic of The Nutcracker with a burlesque twist at The Triple Door. In this rendition of the classic ballet starring local dance talent, things get bawdy, and we promise you’ll never look at those snowflakes the same way again.

December 7–28

A Christmas Carol

In what’s considered a Seattle holiday tradition, ACT Theatre brings Charles Dickens’ classic tale to life with vivid costumes and a powerful lesson on the meaning of Christmas. Adapted by Gregory Falls, ACT’s rendition proves just as moving as the original.

November 24–December 28

The Nutcracker

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker returns to McCaw Hall, promising magic (and a snowfall) with every performance. Pacific Northwest Ballet’s elegant dancers, dazzling costumes, and colorful sets bring the whimsical dreamscape to life. Enjoy family-friendly activities like cupcake decorating, photo ops, and seasonal treats during intermission.

November 24–December 28

Cirque Dreams Holidaze

Perhaps you’re looking for a holiday show that offers a bit of everything: a dash of Broadway musical and a pinch of death-defying acrobatics, all mixed in with family-friendly fun. Topped with penguins, angels, reindeer, and—of course—Santa, Cirque Dreams Holidaze at The Paramount Theatre is the perfect recipe.

December 22–24

 

HOLIDAY CONCERTS  

Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition

If caroling is your favorite part of the holiday season, head to Westlake Center in downtown Seattle for some joyful noise. Watch as dozens of caroling teams spread holiday cheer while competing for the coveted title of champion caroling team. Donate in the name of your favorite group, as all proceeds benefit the Pike Market Senior Center & Food Bank.

December 1, 6–8:30pm

Holiday Pops

Festive classics and modern favorites fill Benaroya Hall, when the two-time Grammy Award–winning Seattle Symphony teams up with the University of Washington Chorale group for this holiday program. Conductor Stuart Chafetz teams up with vocalists Darius de Haas and Rachel York for some musical magic.

December 8–10

A Sassy Brassy Holiday

As the world’s largest LGBTQ men’s chorus, Seattle Men’s Chorus adds a little—okay, a lot—more spunk to traditional carols in its holiday show. Whether you go for the cheeky carols or the brass-infused music, there’s something for everyone, from gospel arrangements to jazz-styled songs.

December 10–23

Handel’s Messiah

If the powerful “Hallelujah” chorus is more your style, Seattle Symphony’s rousing performance at Benaroya Hall is for you. The symphony, chorale, and various soloists honor this timeless classic under the lead of conductor Ruth Reinhardt.

December 15–17

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