"Aladdin" a lassie. The Fremont Players are back with another hilarious panto. It’s a traditional holiday show that originated in England and features cross-dressing actors, very silly sight gags, broad humor, live music and lots of audience participation. This year’s production is “Aladdin,” and I wouldn’t miss it — head to Hale’s Palladium behind Hale’s Ales in Ballard for snacks, beer for the grownups and a lot of fun for all ages. $12, ages 11 and younger $6. Dec. 12–Jan. 3: Saturdays 3 p.m., 7:30 p.m.; Sundays 3 p.m. 4301 Leary Way N.W., Seattle. Get tickets online or at the door.

Spin-sters. Seattle has a new Hanukkah bash — and it’s for a good cause! Proceeds from the Big Spin, a rockin’ party that features music by Chris Ballew of the Presidents of the United States of America, benefit uncompensated care at Seattle Children’s. Other fun includes cool art projects, sleight-of-hand by magician GG Green, an area for tots to relax with books and toys, and a large dreidel which will be spun throughout the day. Sunday, Dec. 13, noon–3 p.m. $18, children younger than 1 free. MOHAI, 2700 24th Ave. E., Seattle. Register at the Big Spin.

"Black Nativity." The joyous, gospel-inflected version of the Christmas story, written by Langston Hughes and performed by members of the Total Experience Gospel Choir, is in its final season at the Intiman. To celebrate the show’s 12-year run — it will be moving to a different venue next year — the theater is offering a screaming deal on tickets. For the first two weeks of the show’s run, all adult tickets will be $25 ($5 after Dec. 13). Youth tickets are $15 for the entire run. Dec. 1–27; visit Intiman online for tix and show times.

—Kris Collingridge



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