Seattle/Tacoma's holiday event schedule is packed with all kinds live entertainment, from music to dance to theatre. Attending a performance of the PNB's The Nutcracker or the ACT Theatre's A Christmas Carol are well-established local traditions. Local arts organizations like the Seattle Symphony and the Seattle Men's Chorus have holiday-themed performances on their schedule.
Pacific Northwest Ballet's The Nutcracker
The Pacific Northwest Ballet's quintessential version of The Nutcracker is a decades-long Seattle holiday tradition. Gorgeous costumes, Tchaikovsky's score,and fabulous sets make PNB's The Nutcracker a treat for the eyes and ears. With over 30 performances every year, The Nutcracker is a fun way for the whole family to celebrate the season together.
Magical Strings Celtic Yuletide
The Magical Strings ensemble includes three generations of the Boulding family playing Celtic harps, hammered dulcimers, whistles, concertina, strings, and more. The concerts also feature other musicians and dancers, a traditional Celtic tale, and a rousing and joyful medieval processional. The evening ends with a Christmas carol singalong.
The Christmas Carol at ACT Theatre
A holiday-season production of The Christmas Carol, the story of Ebenezer Scrooge's de-miser-ization, has been part of the ACT Theatre's play schedule for decades. Each kid-friendly performance includes creative illusions and special effects.
Northwest Boychoir's A Festival of Lessons & Carols
Regarded as one of the best children's choirs in the national, the Northwest Boychoir features dozens of singers between the ages of 10 and 14. Their annual A Festival of Lessons & Carols concerts are packed with traditional Christmas carols.
Puget Sound Revels presents The Christmas Revels
The Christmas Revels, held each year at a Tacoma venue, is a colorful and festive opportunity to enjoy seasonal folk music, dance, and stories. These shows include performers of all ages and audience participation is part of the fun.
Tacoma City Ballet's The Nutcracker
This version of the popular Christmas-time ballet is performed by students of the Tacoma City Ballet School, accompanied by the Northwest Sinfonietta.