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Holiday Shows and Performances for Seattle Families

ParentMap’s annual December arts guide is here

Published on: November 29, 2023

Holiday Shows and Performances for Seattle Families

Man dressed like Elvis with a microphone and guitar
“An Inspirational Christmas With Elvis”

Unique treats

Red, White & Blue Holiday Concert
It’s the rousing annual community holiday concert performed by America’s First Corps Band. Admission is free, but tickets are required, and nonperishable food donations to the Auburn Food Bank are encouraged. Dec. 3. Free. Auburn Performing Arts Center, Auburn.

A Big Band Christmas with the Swing Reunion Orchestra
For one night only, the Swing Reunion Orchestra plays Christmas music big-band style. Dec. 4. $25. Tacoma Musical Playhouse, Tacoma.

“An Inspirational Christmas With Elvis”
Enjoy Auburn’s Elvis tradition with Danny Vernon’s annual Elvis illusion holiday concert. Families can expect to hear their favorite songs by “The King,” along with traditional Christmas selections (sung in Elvis’ distinctive style). Dec. 7. $25. Green River College, Cascade Hall, Auburn.

Theater Anonymous Presents “It’s a Wonderful Life”
It is possible to combine holiday classics with experimental theater. Just ask the 14/48 Projects, which produces the holiday classic “It’s a Wonderful Life” every year. But the casting is not announced in advance — even to the cast! Dec. 9. $30. Cornish Playhouse, Seattle.

Mariachi Sol de Mexico – “Jose Hernandez’s Merry-Achi Christmas”
Mariachi Sol de Mexico presents a musical celebration of Mexico’s Christmas traditions in a multicultural concert featuring holiday favorites from both Mexico and the United States, mariachi style. Dec. 13. $40–$60. The Moore Theatre, Seattle.

Greater Seattle Tubachristmas
Winterfest at Seattle Center involves all sorts of fun family activities, from a Christmas market (which will also include live Christmas music) to the much-loved model trains. On weekends there are live performances in the Armory. Not all of them are Christmas themed, but one unique holiday-centered show is “Tubachristmas,” which is exactly what it sounds like. Dec. 15. Free. Seattle Center Armory, Seattle.

“Dreaming of a Nite Wave Christmas”
The ’80s are still too recent a memory to qualify as classic or traditional, but the decade is distant enough to generate nostalgia. Gen X and older millennial parents will be drawn to New Wave revival band Nite Wave’s program of ’80s Christmas hits from artists like Prince, Depeche Mode and Duran Duran. You may be surprised by how many of the songs your Internet-age kids already know. Dec. 16. $46. Kirkland Performance Center, Kirkland.

The Midwinter Revels
For its 30th annual celebration of the winter solstice, Puget Sound Revels returns to the Rialto to present “Silk Road Merchants Meet Medieval England,” written and directed by BJ Douglas. Look forward to sing-alongs, dancing, and more holiday merriment in a combination of tradition and art. Dec. 16–20. $TBD. Rialto Theater, Tacoma.

“Have You Heard of Christmas?”
Best known for cohosting the pop culture podcast “Las Culturistas with Matt Rogers and Bowen Yang,” actor and comedian Matt Rogers spoofs pop-star yuletide musical extravaganzas with holiday stories and songs from a new Christmas album that no one asked for. Also featured are performances and comedy sketches with special guest stars. The show is all-ages, but family friendliness is debatable. Dec. 19. $36 and up. The Moore Theatre, Seattle.

“Million Dollar Quartet Christmas”
Inspired by the true story of Sun Records’ legendary 1956 holiday homecoming, this production has members of the Million Dollar Quartet — Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley — come together for a heartwarming, nostalgic evening filled with rock ’n’ roll holiday classics like “Run Rudolph Run,” “Jingle Bell Rock” and “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.” Dec. 20. $49–$99. Washington Center for the Performing Arts, Olympia.

“The Jinkx & DeLa Holiday Show”
Christmas queens Jinkx Monsoon and Ben DeLa Creme — both “RuPaul’s Drag Race” alums — are back with their holiday show. There may be some adult themes and language mixed in with the drag spectacle, along with sharp comedy and music, so use your own judgment in deciding if your kids are ready for this all-ages holiday show. Dec. 21–24. $46 and up. Moore Theatre, Seattle.

“Rocky Mountain High Experience: A John Denver Christmas”
If your child has recently surprised you by singing “Country Road,” you’re not alone. John Denver’s music is having a moment. Nostalgic parents can capitalize on that with the “Rocky Mountain High Experience,” a matinee Christmas concert by Denver tribute artist Rick Schuler that draws from Denver’s Christmas albums and 1970s holiday TV specials. Dec. 23. $64. Rialto Theater, Tacoma.

“Fiddler on the Roof” Sing-Along
If Christmas is not your holiday, where do you go on Dec. 25? To SIFF, of course, for its long-running, non-holiday traditional screening of the best Jewish musical ever, “Fiddler on the Roof.” Sing along to “If I Were a Rich Man” and “To Life” accompanied by live klezmer music from Orkestyr Farfeleh. Also enjoy free vegetarian noodle takeout from Leah’s Kosher Catering. Dec. 25. $25. SIFF Cinema Uptown, Seattle.

Moulin Rouge! New Year’s Eve Sing-along
If your kids are up for the New Year’s Eve fireworks but not for waiting outside in the cold, join SIFF for a New Year’s Eve “Moulin Rouge” sing-along. Attendees receive a free bling ring, and the screening ends in time for them to walk over to Seattle Center to watch the fireworks. Dec. 31. $14. SIFF Cinema Uptown, Seattle.

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