A Season of Holiday Shows

© 2013, A Christmas Carol, Act Theatre. Photo by Chris Bennion
© 2013, A Christmas Carol, Act Theatre. Photo by Chris Bennion
© 2013, A Christmas Carol, Act Theatre. Photo by Chris Bennion
© 2013, A Christmas Carol, Act Theatre. Photo by Chris Bennion

From the hundreds of arts organizations, groups, and individual artists that receive support from 4Culture, we have compiled this list of upcoming Holiday events taking place across King County.

ACT – presents two special holiday productions:  “A Christmas Carol”  in the Allen Theatre (11/29 – 12/29); and “Ham for the Holidays: Close Encounters of the Pork Rind,” an evening full of wickedly funny social satire, musical parody, and razor-sharp zingers Directed by David Koch, with D.J. Gommels and Michael Oaks. Falls Theatre (Dec 4 – 22).


ArtsWest Playhouse  –  “Little Women the Broadway Musical” represents for ArtsWest all that is good around the holidays:  family, love, music, laughter, tears and an uplifting of spirit. West Seattle (Nov 29 – Dec 29).


Boeing Employees Choir – presents, “A Holiday Celebration” a Free event accepting cash and musical instrument donations for Highline Music for Life, an initiative to expand music education in Highline Public Schools. Lake Burien Presbyterian Church (Dec 6).


Aunt Dottie’s Sing Along Cabaret – Aunt Dottie states, “This aint your mama’s cabaret and this ain’t your average Christmas show!” Christmastime Cabaret promises a raucous, rowdy, interactive good time with comedy, music and prizes. Family friendly/All ages at Renton Civic Theatre (Dec 22).


Bulgarian Culture and Heritage Center – presents “Together for Christmas” featuring international and local talent, song, dance and a community potluck dinner.  Kirkland Performance Center (Dec 22).


Evergreen City Balletpresents a lovely and engaging production of “The Nutcracker” both in its full-length and a shortened tot-friendly version at various locations, matinees and evening performances:

Auburn Performing Arts Center in Auburn – full production (Dec 14 & 15)

Lake Washington Performing Arts Center in Kirkland – short production (Dec 7 & 8)

Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center in Renton – full production (Dec 20 – 22)


Balagan Theatre – Based on the eponymous cult-hit film about a possessed turkey on a deadly mission to avenge his tortured ancestors, “Thankskilling the Musical,” is Balagan’s off-kilter answer to the traditional holiday show. Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center (Nov 29 – Dec 14).


Bellevue Chamber Chorus – presents “Upon a Midnight Clear,” Christmas treasures old and new, at three different venues two shows nightly:

Bothell United Methodist Church (Dec 14)

Grace Lutheran Church in Bellevue (Dec 15)

St. Lukes Lutheran Church in Bellevue (Dec 21)


Bells of the Sound – The Puget Sound’s premier handbell ensemble presents a program of traditional and modern holiday classics in “Making Spirits Bright,” a local tour with six performances:

Tibbetts United Methodist Church in Seattle – (Dec 13)

Fairwood Community United Methodist Church in Renton – (Dec 14)

First Congregational Church in Bellingham – (Dec 15)

St. Peter’s United Methodist Church in Bellevue – (Dec 20)

Trinity Lutheran Church in Lynnwood – (Dec 21)

Poulsbo First Lutheran Church in Poulsbo – (Dec 22)


Centerstage Theatre – “Aladdin” the beloved fairy tale chock full of great songs, riotously bad jokes, dastardly villains and hilarious routines–an English Holiday entertainment for all the family. Centerstage at the Knutzen Family Theatre in Federal Way (Fri-Sun; Nov 30 – Dec 22)


Choral ArtsChristmas with Choral Arts” this hour-long concert of continuous music with interludes played by classical guitarist Bob McCaffery-Lent offers a unique collage concert including chant, traditional carol settings, unaccompanied choral favorites, and new works.

Trinity Episcopal Church, Seattle – (Dec 14)

St. Joseph Parish, Seattle – (Dec 15)


Duvall Cultural Commission Municipal presents its “2013 Winter Solstice Concert” featuring David LaMotte. Riverview Educational Service Center in Duvall (Dec 21).


Federal Way Arts Commission – hosts their own WinterFest featuring Santa, a Hot Chocolate Bar, Tree lighting and performances by Federal Way Youth Symphony, Harmony Kings and Jet Cities Chorus. The Commons/Macy’s Court (Dec 7).


Greta Matassa – “And to All a Good Night,” Performing tunes from her holiday cd’s, Greta and her trio provide the right mood for holiday shoppers and sightseers at Pacific Place (Dec 16).


James Whetzel has put together a new 22 track holiday CD called “Holiday: Sarod & Beats.” Ranked in the LA Times holiday music review as one of the top three releases of the year, this album places the old Christmas standards in an entierly new light!

Kirkland Performance Center – presents “Portland Cello Project,” special guests, holiday sweaters, and plenty of cellos! (Dec 21 & 22)


Lake Union Civic Orchestra – A festive afternoon full of holiday music, including classic carols for a Sing-a-Long “Holiday Concert” with guest conductor, Todd Mahaffey. Town Hall Seattle (Dec 8).


Northwest Chamber Chorus – “Winter’s Warmth” offers a program of songs for the season, old and new. Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, Seattle (Dec 8 & 14).


Northwest Boychoir and Vocalpoint! –  A Festival of Lessons & Carols by two fine Seattle-based youth choirs. Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, Seattle (Dec 14).


Northwest Railway Museum – Participants of all ages enjoy riding the Snoqualmie Valley Railroad, aka, “Santa Train” from North Bend to Snoqualmie Depot to visit… Who else? Santa. (Weekends until Dec 21).


Pacific Northwest Ballet – A one-of-a-kind production of “The Nutcracker” choreographed by Kent Stowell, featuring 200+ dancers, gigantic moving sets by Maurice Sendak, glorious costumes, stagecraft wizardry, and Tchaikovsky’s beloved score performed live by the PNB Orchestra. McCaw Hall, Seattle (Nov 30-Dec 29).


Sammamish Symphony Orchestra – presentes their perennial audience pleaser, “Holiday Pops” concert. Meydenbauer Theatre, Bellevue (Dec 6).


Seattle Choral Company – “An Irish Christmas: Carols and Anthems from the Emerald Isle.” Experience joyous music for voices, harp, fiddle and penny whistle. Saint Mark’s Cathedral (Dec 13 & 14).


Seattle Men’s Chorus and Seattle Women’s Chorus (Flying House Productions) – “Play it Again Santa” Nostalgic carols, sing-a-longs, and spritely songs of the season come together for unmatched holiday entertainment. Benaroya Hall, Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium (Dec 8-22).


Seattle Public Theatre has two unique holiday productions – Joe Montello’s adaptation of The Santaland Diaries, David Sedaris’ witty and sardonic chronicle of the holiday season; and The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, a show 13-years strong that is a beautiful cross-pollination of their mainstage company and youth program.


Seattle Seachordsmen – Annual Holiday Show by one of Seattle’s oldest Barbershop choruses. Philadelphia Church, Ballard. (Dec 14).


Seattle Symphony Orchestra – Jeff Tyzik leads the Symphony “Home For the Holidays” with special guests in a festive collection of seasonal favorites. Benaroya Hall (Dec 5-8).


Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra – Holiday Jazz Concert. Third Place Commons in Lake Forest Park. (Dec 14).


SecondStory Repertory –  “A Christmas Carol” an original adaptation rich with traditional carols, alive with color and movement, and created to appeal to people of all ages. Redmond. (Dec 6-22).


Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council – Holiday Spectacular! Three incredible acts hosted by comedian Jennifer Jasper. Shorecrest Performing Arts Center (Dec 1).


Sound Theatre Company  – A world premier comedy by Frank Lawler and Daniel Flint “Holiday of Errors (or Much Ado About Stockings)” is a merry, irreverent send-up that mashes Twelfth Night, Richard III, and A Christmas Carol with historical inaccuracies and slanderous fabrications. Center Theatre at the Seattle Center Armory (Dec 5 – 21).


Stone Soup Theatre –  Celebrate the joy of magic, family, and memories with two short plays for the Christmas holidays, “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” & “The Long Christmas Dinner. The DownStage Theatre, Seattle (Dec 5 – 24).


Taproot Theatre Company –  “Le Club Noel” – Romance, political intrigue and a Joyeaux Noel … A play with music. Seattle (Nov 29 – Dec 28).


Theatre Off Jackson – “Xmas Carol Xperiment” STAGEright theatre is teaming up with three other companies, Confrontational Theatre Project, Lungfish Productions, and Quiet Theatre, to present this Dicken’s classic like never before. Seattle (Dec 5 – 7).


Twelfth Night Productions – “MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET: A Live Radio Play” based on the holiday movie favorite of the same name and presented as a live 1940’s radio broadcast. Kenyon Hall (Dec 6 – 15).


Unexpected Productions – Where does Scrooge work? What afflicts poor Tiny Tim? In “A(n Improvised) Christmas Carol,” the audience decides the entire story. Market Theater. Pike Place Market (Nov 29 – Dec 28).


Valley Center Stage – “Its a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play”  transposes the cinematic classic (and holiday television tradition) to the theater by staging the story as if it was a live radio broadcast in front of a studio audience. Valley Center Stage Playhouse, North Bend (Th-Sat; Dec 5 – 21).


Vashon Allied Arts, Vashon Island – hosts several holiday productions for the area’s enjoyment:

The Nutcracker – Featuring dancers from VAA Center for Dance, with guests from Cornish College of the Arts and Vashon High School’s Dr. Stephen Floyd as Drosselmeyer.

Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown –  adapted and directed by Marita Ericksen. (Dec 12 – 15)

A Child’s Christmas in Wales – is a dramatic adaptation of Dylan Thomas’ poetry with a cast of twelve ranging in age from ten to eighty-nine, directed by Michael Barker. (Dec 20 – 26).


Vashon Island Chorale – Vashon Suite – CEREMONY OF CAROLS – Benjamin Britten’s “A Ceremony of Carols” and other holiday favorites with Juliet Stratton, harp, and Susan Telford, flute. Bethel Church, Vashon (Dec 7 & 8).


Wing-It Productions  – “It’s Your Wonderful Life,” a unique improv theater experience that replaces the tale of everyman, George Bailey, with the life story of a different audience volunteer every night! (Th-Sat; Dec 5 – 21).


5th Ave Theatre – brings the Tony-award winning classic “Oliver” back as a Seattle holiday tradition (Nov 29 – Dec 31).