Dan Zanes & friendsDan Zanes brings his wide-ranging band of friends (from tap dancer Derrick K. Grant to Palestinian percussionist Zafer Tawil) to The Moore Theatre this month for a raucous, multicultural holiday house party -- groove to Mexican fiddling, “disco Hanukkah rave-ups” and the odd Christmas carol. It’s going to be fun. Ages 12 and younger. Dec. 6 and 7, 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tickets are $35 and are available at themoore.com or 206-292-ARTS. Concertgoers are invited to submit an 8x10 holiday photo or printout of themselves “in front of a place that makes you think of ‘home.’” Pictures will be used to decorate the theater for the Dan Zanes and Friends Holiday House Party. Send them to Seattle Theatre Group c/o Dan Zanes and Friends photo display, 911 Pine St., Seattle, 98101, or email them to marketing@theparamount.com. Photos won’t be returned.

Looking for an alternative to The Nutcracker? Ballet Bellevue performs the original ballet The Snowman at the Northshore Performing Arts Center in Bothell. Dec. 13 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Dec. 14 at 2 p.m. Tickets range in price from $15 to $27; info at npacf.org.

Here’s an elegant holiday party that’s suitable for families with kids of all ages. Charanga Danzón performs Cuban music in the living room of the Rainier Chapter House, followed by a dance with music by Grupo Ashe in the upstairs ballroom, and a dessert buffet. Concert/dessert tickets for ages 12 and younger are $10; other ticket combos include dance/dessert and concert/dance/dessert and range in price from $15–$25. Dec. 19, 7:30–11:30 p.m.; concert/dessert 7:30–9:30 p.m. Rainier Chapter House of the D.A.R., 800 Roy St., Seattle. Buy tickets at brownpapertickets.com.

—Kris Collingridge

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