Seattle Holiday Events Calendar 2018 | Seattle Weekly

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PARTIES, PARADES, & FESTIVALS Seattle Festival of Trees

Make the most of the season with 100+ regional festivals, concerts, stage shows, and more.

Gingerbread Village

Designer trees throughout the hotel lobby feature stories of courageous Seattle Children's Hospital patients-many available for sale. Fairmont Olympic Hotel. Thru Dec. 2.

Seattle Center Winterfest

For the 26th season, intricate, larger-­than-­life gingerbread creations. Sheraton Grand Seattle. Thru Jan. 1.

Argosy Cruises Christmas Ship Festival

All kinds of music, entertainment, and activities. Seattle Center, seattle center.com/winterfest. Thru Dec. 31.

Winter Wonderland at Redmond Town Center

A ship-to-shore holiday celebration. The Spirit of Seattle is decorated with hundreds of shimmery white lights and sails to different Puget Sound waterfront communities-around 65 in all. argosycruises. com. $32-$48. Thru Dec. 23.

Bellevue Downtown Ice Rink

Shop, dine, skate, ride on the polar express train and horse carousel, and much more. Redmond Town Center, redmondtowncenter.com. Thru Jan. 6.

Enchant Christmas

Enjoy the region's largest open-air ice skating experience at this all-weather sheltered covered festive rink. Bellevue Downtown Park, Bellevue IceRink.com. $15. Thru Jan. 13.

Snowflake Lane

Featuring the World's Largest Christmas Light Maze, an ice-skating trail, Santa & Mrs. Claus, live entertainment, and more. Safeco Field, enchantchristmas.com. $20-$24. Open 4-10 p.m. Tues., Wed., Thurs., Sun., plus some Mon.; 4-11 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Thru Dec. 30.


The Eastside's most opulent holiday event features a parade nightly at 7 p.m. plus dozens of related events. Downtown Bellevue, snowflakelane.com. Thru Dec. 24.

Santa Train

Woodland Park Zoo becomes illuminated with dazzling Christmas light displays and opprotunites to see some of the animals up close. Woodland Park Zoo, zoo.org. $12-$15. Thru Jan 5.

Garden d'Lights

This two-hour program includes: train ride from North Bend to Snoqualmie on seasonally decorated train cars, cookies and cocoa served out of an Army Kitchen Car, a visit with Santa in the historic Snoqualmie Depot, and a return ride to North Bend. Every child receives a small gift from Santa. Ticket includes return passage to North Bend. North Bend Train Depot, trainmuseum.org. $27. Train leaves every hour from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sat.& Sun. Thru Dec. 16.

Wild Waves Holiday With Lights

Over half a million sparkling lights formed into the shapes of plants, flowers, birds, animals, and cascading waterfalls set amid the natural beauty of the Bellevue Botanical Garden. Wilburton Hill Park. $5. 4:30-9 p.m. Thru Dec. 30.

Photos with Santa Paws

Rides, a toyland for the kids, photos with Santa, entertainment, and a million twinkling lights. Wild Waves Theme & Water Park, wildwaves.com. $20. Weekends Dec. 1-16 and daily Dec. 17-30 except for Dec. 24 & 25.

Santa Arrival and Tree Lighting

Come to the Auburn Valley Humane Society with your family cat or dog for a fun Christmas photo. Four Santas and three photographers will enhance the holiday photo you have been waiting for all year. Auburn Valley Humane Society, auburnvalleyhs.org/santapaws. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat., Dec. 1-Sun., Dec. 2.

Issaquah Reindeer Festival

Live reindeer, caroling by local quartets, a whimsical gingerbread house display, a surprise visit by the Grinch (well, it's not a surprise now), and 35 local Bothell shops and restaurants decked out with thousands of twinkling lights, plus an animated light display. Country Village Shops, countryvillagebothell.com. 10 a.m.- 8 p.m. Sat., Dec. 1.

Kirkland Winterfest

Meet Santa and his animal helpers, take photos, shop, and more. Cougar Mountain Zoo, cougarmountainzoo.org. 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily, Dec. 1-23.

Santa Parade and Tree Lighting

Ring in the holiday season in downtown Kirkland with the annual Winterfest celebration! Enjoy musical performances, kids' activities, delicious food, the arrival of Santa and the tree lighting at 5 p.m. Marina Park, kirklanddowntown.org. 2 p.m. Sat., Dec. 1.

Holly Days Downtown Celebration

A festive children's parade followed by community caroling and the lighting of the Auburn City Hall Christmas tree. Before the parade there's a Snack and Craft event from 2-4 p.m. at Washington Elementary. Main Street, uburn. 4 p.m. Sat., Dec. 1.

Snoqualmie Winter Lights

North Bend's holiday festival and tree lighting includes photos with Santa, rides on the RE/MAX tractor, hot chocolate, and caroling. Downtown North Bend Plaza, DiscoverNorth Bend.com. 4-7 p.m. Sat., Dec. 1.

Redmond Lights

Experience the tree lighting, live music, horse‐drawn wagon rides, an ice-carving demo, treats, and more. Visit with Santa at the Railroad Park Gazebo. New this year: Heirloom Winter Market from 2-6 p.m. Railroad Park. 5-8 p.m. Sat., Dec. 1.

Hands On Hanukkah

Start at the City Hall Campus Tree Lighting; stroll down the Redmond Central Connector Luminary Walk; and ending the evening at Redmond Town Center. Along the way enjoy musical entertainment, refreshments, and fun activities for the whole family. Redmond City Hall, RedmondLights.com. 4 p.m. Sat., Dec. 1, 5 p.m. Sun., Dec. 2.

Bothell's Tree Lighting Festival on Main Street

Light it up! Hanukkah comes alive with art projects. Crossroads Mall. 11 a.m. Sun., Dec. 2.

Marriott's Holiday Art of Local

Activities, refreshments, and an appearance by Santa and holiday characters. Lighting at 5:30 p.m. Main Street, Bothell. 5 p.m. Sun., Dec. 2.


Check out Issaquah artists, wine tasting, live music, and ornament making. SpringHill Suites by Marriott Seattle Issaquah. 5-8 p.m. Wed., Dec. 5.

Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition

Brimmer & Heeltap's annual special batch of aged eggnog is unveiled, with s'mores and cocoa. Brimmer & Heeltap. 6 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 6.

Very Merry Sammamish

An estimated 1,000 carolers come together to belt out the favorites while raising money for the Pike Market Senior Center and Food Bank. Wetlake Park, pikemarketseniorcenter.org/figgy-pudding. 6 p.m., Fri. Dec. 7.

Google Lights

Indulge in a petting zoo, face painting, crafts, live entertainment, and treats. Sammamish Commons. 5-7:30 p.m. Fri., Dec. 7.

Community Tree Lighting & Firehouse Munch

A holiday light performance at the Google Kirkland campus. Hot chocolate and cookies for the first 1,500 people. Plus meet Keiko the llama! Google Inc. Fri., Dec. 7.

Breakfast With Santa

Take in some live music, Santa photos, arts & crafts, and treats on Mercer Island. Don't forget an unwrapped toy for the Toys for Tots toy drive. Mercerdale Park. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Fri., Dec. 7.

The Chanukah Party

Create a holiday craft and share your wish list with Santa in Fife. Don't forget to bring your camera! (Must pre-register by Thurs., Dec. 6.) Fife Community Center. $8 (2 and under free). 9-11 a.m. Sat., Dec. 8.

Christmas Ship Kid Cruise

Celebrate Chanukah with standup, music, a dance party, and home-cooked Jewish and Chinese fare. Russian Community Center of Seattle, Seattle, thechanukahparty.com, $17. 8 p.m. Sat., Dec. 8.

Gingerbread House Decorating

Kid entertainment by Recess Monkey aboard the official Christmas Ship. Dance, sing, and be silly as you sail from Tacoma around Puget Sound. Santa will be on board! Dock Street Marina, argosycruises.com. $32-$48. 10 a.m.-noon Sun., Dec. 9.

BYOB Celebrate Hanukkah

Ticket to this event includes building materials (graham crackers, icing, and festive candy) and complimentary hot chocolate on the Café's heated and covered patio. Dress warm! A benefit for Mary's Place. Ray's Cafe, rays.com. $12. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sun., Dec. 9.

SAM Lights

Baby. That second "B" stands for Baby. Parents, bring your own baby to share Hanukkah traditions. Stroum Jewish Community Center, sjcc.org. 10:30 a.m. Mon., Dec. 10.

Snow Day in Denny Park

Experience the wonder of the iconic sculptures in the park lit with the glow of luminaria. Make art, listen to music, sip a hot drink, grab a sweet bite, and take in the sights. Come dressed in your best light-inspired ensemble and become a part of the night! Olympic Sculpture Park, seattle artmuseum.org. Free. 6 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 13.

Argosy Holiday Ship Festival

An immersive winter lighting display. Free opening party on Dec. 14 with entertainment, interactive crafts for the kids, food trucks, a beer garden, and more. Denny Park. 4-9 p.m. daily, Dec. 14-Jan. 20.


A beach bonfire and choral music broadcast from the ship hightlight the festivities from Mercer Island. Luther Burbank Park Beach. 7:30 p.m. Fri., Dec. 21.

The holiday tradition features choreography by George Balanchine and elegantly confectionary sets and costumes by Ian Falconer. McCaw Hall, pnb.org. $33-$209. Thru Dec. 28.

No local performance of The Nutcracker gets around like Evergreen City Ballet's, making stops in Bellevue, Auburn, and Renton. evergreen cityballet.org. $40-$55. Meydenbauer Center. Nov. 30-Dec. 3. | Auburn Performing Arts Center. $40-$45. Dec. 7-9. | Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center, Dec. 14-16.

Buttcracker IV

The Bothell company presents family-friendly performances with guest artists from the San Francisco Ballet and Master Ballet Academy. Northshore Performing Arts Center, npacf.org. $20-$43. 2 p.m. Dec. 1-9.

Hair metal for the holidays in this dance revue. Erickson Theatre Off Broadway. $20-$28. Dec. 7-16.

The Nutcracker & The Tale of the Hard Nut

This Nutcracker features choreography based on the original Russian production. Meydenbauer Center, intballetacademy.org. $25-$53. Dec. 14-23.

Tacoma City Ballet's version of the holiday dance staple. Federal Way Performing Arts and Event Center. $21-$95. Dec. 15-21.

The Can Can: Wonderland


Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley

The glitzy winter cabaret offers all-ages weekend brunches and spicier evening shows at night. Can Can, TheCanCan.com. $15-$90. Thru Jan. 13.

A Christmas Carol

Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon's holiday-themed Jane Austen fanfic makes bookish sister Mary the center of the story. Taproot Theatre, taproottheatre.org. $25-$52. Thru Dec. 29.

Handle With Care

Veteran David Pichette and newbie Ian Bell share the role of Scrooge in ACT's 43rd annual production. ACT Theatre, acttheatre.org. Thru Dec. 28.

A(n Improvised) Christmas Carol

Jason Odell Williams' play about a chance Christmastime romance. Burien Actors Theatre, burienactors theatre.org. $7-$20. Thru Dec. 16.

Uncle Mike Ruins Christmas

Dickens rewritten according to your suggestions. If you want, I guess Tiny Tim could die. Market Theater, unexpectedproductions.org. $12-$20. Thru Dec. 23.


As Jet City Improv explains it: "You write down a heartwarming holiday memory. We re-enact it. Then Uncle Mike ruins it." Jet City Improv, Seattle, jetcityimprov.org. $14-$17. Thru Dec. 22.

A Very Die Hard Christmas

A hard-boiled Christmas noir (aka a great comedic framework). Bathhouse Theater, seattlepublictheater.org. Thru Dec. 24.

A Charlie Brown Christmas

A musical spoof of the 1988 action movie (and Christmas) classic. Bathhouse Theater, seattlepublictheater.org. Nov. 29-Dec. 23.

A Christmas Carol

"And that's what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown." Taproot Theatre, taproottheatre.org. $15-$25. Nov. 29-Dec. 27.

Twas the Night

Mark Chenovick's adapation of the classic is a music-filled one. SecondStory Repertory, secondstoryrep.org. $24-$30. Nov. 30-Dec. 23.

A Christmas Carol

A musical sendup of Clement C. Moore's poem for all ages. Studio East Mainstage Theater, studio-east.org. $20. Dec. 1-23.

Christmas Carol Junior

Wynter and Brenden Elwood's adaptation of Dickens. Valley Center Stage, valleycenterstage.org. $14-$18 (Thurs. pay what you will). Nov. 30-Dec. 16.

A John Waters Christmas

Mrs. Claus and her storytelling kittens are as cute as the Dickens. SecondStory Repertory, secondstory rep.org. $12. Dec. 2-22.

The Dina Martina Christmas Show

Holiday reflections from America's paterfamilias of perversion. The Neptune, stgpresents.com. $38. 8 p.m. Sun., Dec. 2.

X-MAS: A Merry Mutant Holiday Spectacular

With accompanist Chris Jeffries, Dina Martina presents her annual extravalooza, or lollapaganza, of "questionable song, unnecessary dance, overburdened costumes, and side­splitting video." ACT Theatre, acttheatre.org. $20. Dec. 6-24.

Homo for the Holidays

It's Christmas Eve at the X-Mansion when an attack shakes up the beloved mutant superhero team in this musical parody featuring Wolverine, Magneto, and other X-Men favs. Pocket Theater, thepocket.org. Sold out (10 tickets available at the door each night for $14). Dec. 7-10.

Land of the Sweets: The Burlesque Nutcracker

Kitten N' Lou host this revue boasting "an all-star international cast of burlesque, cabaret, dance, drag, and musical luminaries," including Cherdonna Shinatra, The Luminous Pariah, Rebecca Mmm Davis, and many others. West Hall, OddFellows Building, centuryballroom.com. $35-$40. Dec. 7-30.

Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical

In its 13th year, Lily Verlaine and Jasper McCann make the holiday chestnut a little spicier. The Triple Door, thetripledoor.net. $45-$85. Dec. 7-30.

Murder on the Mistletoe Express

The Herdmans are the worst kids in the history of the world-so when they crash Sunday school and demand parts in the Christmas pageant, the whole town panics. Auburn Avenue Theater. $14-$22. Dec. 7-16.

A Christmas Carol-A Live Radio Play

Cafe Nordo's new immersive culinary theater event is a holiday-themed "Dragatha Christie" mystery. Cafe Nordo, cafenordo.com. $89. Dec. 7-29.

Scott Shoemaker's War on Christmas!

Twelfth Night Productions does Dickens, 1940s-style. Kenyon Hall, twelfthnightproductions.org. $18-$20. Dec. 7-16.

The Judy Garland Christmas Special

Adé, Waxie Moon, Mandy Price, and Faggedy Randy join Shoemaker for this comedy revue. Re-bar Seattle. $25-$30. Dec. 7-23.

A Rogue's Christmas

It's 1963 and the producers of Judy Garland's TV show have decided that what she needs is a nice Christmas special, with the whole family: lovely Liza, cutie Lorna, and little flamboyant Joey. But where the hell's Judy? Can the producers keep her on the set and off the booze? Here's a stage reimagining of the actual, infamous TV episode. Theatre Off Jackson, theatreoffjackson.org. $22. Dec. 8-22.

A Very KIRO Christmas

The holiday edition of Short Stories Live includes entertaining and atypical tales of yuletide. Town Hall, townhallseattle.org. $5-$15. 6 p.m. Sun., Dec. 9.

A Drag Queen Christmas

Seattle Radio Theatre tells a story of a single mom trying to save her small town in the Northwest as the biggest local employer might have to close its doors right before Christmas. Town Hall, townhallseattle.org. $5-$15. Tues., Dec. 11.

Sugar Plum Gary

But aren't they all, really? Bawdy holiday comedy. The Moore, stg presents.com. $22-$54. 8 p.m. Wed., Dec. 12.

BenDeLaCreme & Jinkx Monsoon

Prepare to experience the dark side of the holidays via comedian Emmett Montgomery's twisted character, Sugar Plum Gary. Simply by taking questions from the audience and improvising responses in this one-man show, Gary lays out a world where Santa is the ultimate evil to be feared and respected while slipping in other hilarious holiday nightmares. 18th and Union, 18thandunion. $12-$22. Dec. 14-23.


Two Seattle drag superstars join forces for "To Jesus, Thanks for Everything! Jinkx & DeLa." The Neptune, stgpresents.org. $25-$39. 8 p.m. Dec. 21-24.

Kent Library screens the 2000 film for those ages 8 and younger (with adult). Kent Library, klcs.org. 4 p.m. Fri., Nov. 30.

Jim Henson's Holiday Special

The GI's 48th annual run of Frank Capra's irresistible holiday button-pusher. Grand Illusion Cinema, grandillusioncinema.com. $5-9. Dec. 7-27.

A triple bill of nostalgia from the master Muppeteer: Emmet Otter's Jug-­Band Christmas, The Bells of Fraggle Rock, and a making-of featurette Memories of the Jug­-Band. See fathom events.com for participating theaters. $11-$13. Dec. 10 & 16.

Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas

As the film plays, Twisted Flicks improvisers create all-new dialogue for the characters, sound effects, and live music. Up tonight is the 1959 Mexican classic Santa Claus vs. the Devil. Kirkland Performance Center, kpcenter.org. $18-$26. 8 p.m., Sat. Dec. 22.

The Jewish contribution to holiday music is revealed in this doc. Stroum Jewish Community Center, sjcc.org. $10-$25. 5 p.m. Tues., Dec. 25.

CONCERTS Magical Strings

Belt out "If I Were a Rich Man" during SIFF's annual Christmas Day programming. SIFF Cinema Uptown, siff.net. $25. Noon. Tues., Dec. 25.

Old 97's

Celtic yuletide music from the extended Boulding family, who'll perform eight concerts throughout the Puget Sound region. See magicalstrings.com for exact schedule and locations. Thru Dec. 21.

Choir of the Sound

The alt-country band brings original tunes from its new seasonal album, Love the Holidays. The Neptune, stgpresents.org. $19-$24. 8 p.m., Wed., Nov. 28.

Tingstad & Rumbel: Home for the Holidays

Head to Shoreline for carols, pop favorites, skits, and dances. Shorecrest Performing Arts Center, choirofthe sound.org. $22-$25. 3 & 7 p.m. Sat., Dec. 1, 3 p.m. Sun., Dec. 2.

Grammy winners Eric Tingstad and Nancy Rumbel's annual performance. Unity of Bellevue. $10-$25. 7 p.m. Sat., Dec. 1.

Winter Magic

Federal Way Symphony performs the classic with the Federal Way Chorale. Federal Way Performing Arts and Event Center, fwpaec.org. $34. 2 p.m. Sun., Dec. 2.

Sammamish Symphony

The Issaquah Philharmonic performs holiday favorites. Skyline High School, iphil.org. 7:30 p.m. Mon., Dec. 3.

Northwest Chamber Chorus

A musical celebration of the season with The Liberty Singers from Issaquah's Liberty High School. Eastlake Performing Arts Center, sammamishsymphony.org. $10-$20. 2 p.m. Sun., Dec. 2.

Joyful! Noise

Elisabeth Cherland conducts seasonal music. Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, northwestchamberchorus.org. $20-$25. 3 p.m. Sun., Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m. Sat., Dec. 8.

The Tenors

"Songs for a Winter's Night" includes favorite holiday treasures and a sing-along. Mercer Island Congregational Church, joyfulnoiseseattle.org. $15-$25. 3 p.m. Sun., Dec. 2.

Bellevue Youth Symphony

The vocal trio's holiday tour stops in Seattle. Benaroya Hall, seattlesymphony.org. $45-$210. 7:30 p.m. Sun., Dec. 2.

Blind Boys of Alabama

This performance of young musicians features the Percussion Ensemble, Flute Choir, Flute Orchestra, Philharmonia, and Youth Symphony. Newport High School, byso.org. $12-$18. 7:30 p.m. Sun., Dec. 2.

ChoralSounds Northwest

A Christmas show from the legendary gospel group. Dimitriou's Jazz Alley, jazzalley.com. $57. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6-8.

Seattle Symphony Holiday Pops

The vocal ensemble celebrates 200 years of the classic "Silent Night" with multiple arrangements. St. Margaret's Episcopal Church, nwassociatedarts.org. $15-$17. 7:30 p.m. Fri., Dec. 7.

Northwest Associated Arts

The Symphony's peppy holiday concert features pianist Tony DeSare, vocalist Capathia Jenkins, and the University of Washington Chorale. Benaroya Hall, seattlesymphony.org. $30-$96. 8 p.m. Fri., Dec. 7-Sat., Dec. 8, 2 p.m. Sun., Dec. 9.

Seattle Pro Musica

Holiday music from the NWAA combined choruses in Burien. Highline Performing Arts Center, nwassociatedarts.org. $20-$25. 2 p.m. Sat., Dec. 8-Sun., Dec. 9.

Royal Room Holiday Hootenanny

Choral music from many centuries to commemorate the end of WWI and the 1949 "Christmas Truce." seattlepromusica.org. $12-$38. Seattle First Baptist Church. 3 & 7:30 p.m. Sat., Dec. 8. | Bastyr University Chapel. 3 & 7:30 p.m. Sat., Dec. 15.

Bells of the Sound

Sing along with Carrie Clark and the Lonesome Lovers and the Von Piglet Family Players. The Royal Room, theroyalroomseattle.com. | For kids. $5-$12. 4 & 6:30 p.m. Sat. Dec. 8 | For adults. $15-$17. 9 p.m. Sat., Dec. 8.

Roosevelt Jazz Band

Carols old and new in "Home for the Holidays." Kent Lutheran Church. $10-$12. 7 p.m. Sat., Dec. 8.

Reinis Zarins

Performing Ellington and Strayhorn's Jazz Nutcracker. Roosevelt High School Theatre, rooseveltjazz.org. $13-$18. 7:30 p.m. Sat., Dec. 8, 2 p.m. Sun., Dec. 9.

Cool Yule Holiday Party and Concert

Olivier Messiaen's breathtaking Christmas cycle for piano, Vingt Regards sur l'enfant Jesus, performed by candlelight. Saint Mark's Episcopal Cathedral, saintmarks.org/concerts. $15-$20. 7:30 p.m. Sat., Dec. 8.

The LeeVees: Hanukkah Rocks

BlueStreet Voices' fifth annual holiday event features free desserts, a cash bar, and jazz and holiday tunes from one of Seattle's premier vocal jazz groups. Good Shepherd Center. $14-$18. 7:30 p.m. Sat., Dec. 8.

Seasonal indie pop, including the classic punk tune "Gelt Melts." Stroum Jewish Community Center, Mercer Island, sjcc.org. $5. 1 p.m. Sun., Dec. 9.

Eastside Symphony

Vince Guaraldi's immortal score, played complete, as a fundraiser for Strawberry Theatre Workshop. Cornish Playhouse, strawshop.org. | For families. $18-$24. 1 p.m. Sun., Dec 9 | Main show. $30-$75. 7 p.m. Sun., Dec. 9.

Master Chorus Eastside

Classical music and winter favorites. Redmond Performing Arts Center, eastsidesymphony.org. $5. 3 p.m. Sun., Dec. 9.

Winter's Return: A Celebration in Music

Handel's Messiah, led by Linda Gingrich. Faith United Methodist Church, masterchoruseastside.org. $15-$44. 3 p.m. Sun., Dec. 9.

Spice & Light: A Sephardic Chanukah Celebration

Celebrating in Woodinville with hurdy-gurdy, hammered dulcimer, whistle, violin, recorder, guitar, drums, and mandolin. Arborea Falls. 4 p.m. Sun., Dec. 9.

Seattle Men's Chorus

The Seattle Jewish Chorale's fun-filled annual holiday show. Temple Beth Am, seattlejewishchorale.org. $18. 7:30 p.m. Sun., Dec. 9.

Celtic Woman

Their popular annual holiday blowout features the debut of their new vocal ensemble, The Supertonics. Benaroya Hall, seattlechoruses.org. $25-$85. Dec. 9-23.

Geoffrey Castle's Celtic Christmas Celebration

Yuletide music from the popular vocal group. Benaroya Hall, seattlesymphony.org. $35-$125. 7:30 p.m. Tues., Dec. 11.

Mark O'Connor Band

Electric violinist Geoffrey Castle brings the Christmas magic with the Seattle Irish Dance Company, the All-Star Celtic Night Band, special guests from the Seattle Opera, and known Irish troublemaker Dan Connolly. Kirkland Performance Center, kp center.org. $44. Dec. 13-15.

A Service of Readings and Carols

Fiddle tunes and holiday fun. The Moore, stgpresents.org. $20-$45. 7 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 13.

Seattle Symphony

St. James Cathedral's adult and youth choirs, organists, and Cathedral Brass perform music for the Advent season, with traditional readings heralding Christ's birth. St. James Cathedral, stjames-cathedral.org. 7:30 p.m. Fri., Dec. 14.

Orchestra Seattle and Seattle Chamber Singers

Countertenor Dmitry Sinkovsky conducts and sings the alto solos in Messiah, with Yulia Van Doren, Colin Balzer, and Michael Kelly. Benaroya Hall, seattlesymphony.org. $24-$89. 8 p.m. Fri., Dec. 14; 1 & 8 p.m. Sat., Dec. 15; 2 p.m. Sun., Dec. 16.

Seattle Choral Company

William White conducts Messiah. First Free Methodist Church, osscs.org. $25. 7:30 p.m. Sat., Dec. 15.

Symphony North

This performance features lots of contemporary seasonal works, starting with a sing-along. St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral, seattlechoral company.org. $20-$25. 7:30 p.m. Sat., Dec. 15.

Northwest Boychoir: A Festival of Lessons & Carols

A local answer to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Symphony North's "The Bell Ringer" is a narrative holiday rock showcase which includes a new song co-written by Heart guitarist Roger Fisher. Historic Everett Theatre, historiceveretttheatre.org. $26-$35. 7 p.m. Sat., Dec. 15.

Rainier Symphony

A 40-year tradition, patterned after the Christmas Eve observance at King's College in Cambridge, England. See nwchoirs.org for complete schedule. $11-$355. Dec. 15-23.

Sing & Play-Along Messiah

Seasonal favorites and sing-alongs in Tukwila evoke "The Spirit of Christmas." Foster Performing Arts Center, Foster High School, rainier symphony.org. $12-$18. 7:30 p.m. Sat., Dec. 15, 3 p.m. Sun., Dec. 16.

Seattle Wind Symphony

Led by Jason Anderson in a benefit for Issaquah Community Services. Saint Michael and All Angels. Freewill offering. 2:30 p.m. Sun., Dec. 16.

Kent Lutheran Festival Choir

Film and traditional favorites with soprano Alexandra Picard and Classical KING FM 98.1 host Dave Beck. Shorewood Performing Arts Center, seattlewindsymphony.org. $5-$20. 3 p.m. Sun., Dec. 16

Pageant of the Nativity

Familiar carols and original songs with the Kent Lutheran Handbell Choir, the HeartSong Youth Choir, and harpist Kathlyn Kinney. Kent Lutheran Church. 4 p.m. Sun., Dec. 16.


Choristers and adults of four cathedral choirs join with young children of Saint Mark's in this dramatic telling of the nativity story. Saint Mark's Episcopal Cathedral, saint marks.org. 7 p.m. Tues., Dec. 18.

An Inspirational Christmas with Elvis

Holidays with the Celtic/world/folk ensemble. New Hope Presbyterian Church. $20. 7 p.m. Fri., Dec. 21-Sat., Dec. 22.

Seattle Symphony

Danny Vernon sings classic Elvis and traditional Christmas selections. Auburn Avenue Theater, auburnwa.gov. $22-$25. 7:30 p.m. Sat., Dec. 22.

SHOPPING Wesley Lea Hill Christmas Bazaar

Beethoven's Ninth, plus dance music by Dvorak and Kodaly. Benaroya Hall, seattlesymphony.org. $47-$131. Dec. 28-30.

Skyline High School Holiday Bazaar

Hand­crafted and new gift items for everyone: decorations, cards, jewelry, and more. Wesley Homes Lea Hill. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fri., Nov. 30 & Sat., Dec. 1.

Sno-Valley Holiday Bazaar

Support over 80 local artists and crafters while holiday shopping. Skyline High School. 9 a.m. Sat. Dec. 1.

Phinney Neighborhood Association Winter Festival & Crafts Fair

Support local artisans and Carnation's Sno-Valley Senior Center in a day of festive holiday shopping, crafts, coffee, and homemade soup and baked goods. Sno-Valley Senior Center, snovalleysenior.org. 9 a.m. Sat., Dec. 1.

Urban Craft Uprising

Two historic buildings full of specialty goods by 120+ local artists and makers. Phinney Center. 10 a.m. Sat., Dec. 1 & Sun., Dec. 2.

Juanita Holiday Bazaar

Seattle's largest indie craft show offers clothing of all types, jewelry, gifts, bags, wallets, accessories, children's goods, toys, housewares, paper goods, candles, kits, geekery, art, food, and much, much more. Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, urbancraftuprising.com. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat., Dec. 1, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun., Dec. 2.

Home for the Holidays Arts and Crafts Fair

Over 50 vendors and artisans selling unique goods, plus raffles, silent-auction items, food, plus music from Juanita Elementary Honor Choir. Juanita Elementary School. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat., Dec. 1.

Orca K-8 PTSA Holiday Bazaar

Local and handcrafted fiber arts, jewelry, cards and calendars, photography, decor holiday greenery, and much more. Unity of Bellevue, unity ofbellevue.org. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., Dec. 1; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sun., Dec. 2.

Mercer Island High Holiday Bazaar

One-of-a-kind gifts from local vendors and artisans, plus a kids' craft-making table, food, hot cider, raffle prizes. and more. Orca at Whitworth Elementary. 10 a.m. Sat., Dec. 1.

Heirloom Holiday Winter Market

The Mercer Island High School International Entrepreneurship class offers holiday shopping and food, with all proceeds going to The Burao Academy in Somalia. Mercer Island High School. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat., Dec. 1.

Native Art Mart

Handmade goods from local Snoqualmie artists and makers as well as Snoqualmie partners and businesses, with a tree lighting at 6:30 p.m. Heirloom Cookshop, heirloomcookshop.com. 2 p.m. Sat., Dec. 1.

Sakya Monastery Annual Holiday Sale

Many tribes and styles will be represented at this showcase (and market) of Native American art. Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center at Discovery Park, unitedindians.org. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec 1, 2, 15, & 16.

Newcastle Library Holiday Book Sale

Prayer flags, incense, art prints, books, music, prayer beads, jewelry, calendars, clothing, baked goods, and more. Tibetan tea will be served. Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun., Dec. 2.

Auburn High School Holiday Craft Bazaar

Hundreds of books for all ages in a wide selection of genres. Find treasures for reading and giving. Newcastle Library. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Fri., Dec. 7; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., Dec. 8.

Alliance Française de Seattle Christmas Market

Food, fun, and something for everyone. Auburn High School, 800 Fourth St. NE, Auburn. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.. Sat., Dec. 8.

Lakewood Holiday Artisan Bazaar

Arts, crafts, and products from local artisans and businesses; French and German holiday drinks and food; a French choir performance; and a visit from Santa. Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N, Seattle. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat., Dec. 8.

CookieFest 2018

Featuring local, handmade items. Lakewold Gardens. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat., Dec. 8-Sun., Dec. 9.

Renegade Craft Seattle

The area's most talented and generous bakers create a cookie-lovers' holiday dream to benefit Seattle Milk Fund's families. Seattle Center Armory. $20/dozen or $2 per cookie. 11 a.m. Sat., Dec. 8.

WALKS & RUNS K­9 Candy Cane 5K Fun Run and Walk

Emerging and established makers, local eats, holiday drinks, DJ sets, workshops, installations, and more. Hangar 30 at Magnuson Park. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., Dec. 15-Sun., Dec. 16.

Light Up the Night: Holiday Parade & Bonfire

Runners, walkers, and dog fans are all welcome along Renton's Cedar River Trail. Don't forget to bring an item for the pet food drive. Renton Community Center, rentonwa.gov/k9. 9:15 a.m. Sun., Dec. 2.

Christmas Rush Fun Run 5k and 10k

Wear your finest holiday lights and be part of the parade in Issaquah. Decorated wagons, strollers, and tricycles are also encouraged. Prizes for the most creatively lighted participants. Plus, bonfires on the beach (BYO marshmallows). Lake Sammamish State Park, lakesammamishfriends.org. 4:30-6 p.m. Sun., Dec. 2.

2018 Jingle Bell Run

The Green River Trail in Kent is flat and perfect whether you're going for time or just an organized morning walk. Hogan Park at Russell Road, kentwa.gov/christmasrush. 9:50 a.m. Sat., Dec. 8.

12 K's of Christmas Holiday Run and 5K

Get decked out and be festive to support those living with arthritis, then visit live reindeer after the race. Westlake Park, jbr.org/seattle. 7 a.m. Sun., Dec. 9.

A Winter Wander

Kirkland's premier long-distance run encourages runners to come in their best holiday attire. Heritage Park, src12ksofchristmas.com. Sun., Dec. 16.

Meet at Bellevue's Lewis Creek Park Visitor Center and head outside to ponder seasonality, forest changes, and the bygone residents of the area. Lewis Creek Visitor Center, parks.bellevuewa.gov. 10:30 a.m. Sun., Dec. 30.