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10 kid-friendly holiday performances, both classic and unique

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These local holiday shows are a mix of timeless classics like "The Nutcracker," original creations, and twists on holiday favorites.


"Gift of Dance" at Shorewood Performing Arts Center

Kaleidoscope Dance Company performs a show with dancers ages 7 to 16 putting on a collaborative choreographic experiment.

Dec. 12; $10, $6 seniors and kids

17300 Fremont Ave N, Shoreline, 98133


SecondStory Repertory's “A Christmas Carol Jr.” 

Mrs. Claus and the elves bring “A Christmas Carol” to life in this kid-friendly retelling of the classic.

Through Dec. 20, weekends at 1 and 3 pm; $10, $5 kids under 3 on Sundays

16587 NE 74th St, Redmond, 98052


"Beauty and the Beast"

See Seattle Theatre Group’s version of the beloved tale.

Dec. 11 - 13; $35 and up

Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St, Seattle, 98101


"The Best Christmas Pageant Ever"

The Herdman clan comes to Green Lake’s Bathhouse for the 15th consecutive year for Seattle Public Theater’s ‘The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,’ featuring youth and adult actors.

Dec. 12 - 24; $34 adults, $32 senior and military, $17 25 and under, $5 12 and under

Seattle Public Theater, 7312 W Green Lake Dr N, Seattle, 98103


“The Nutcracker” at Pacific Northwest Ballet

George Balanchine’s choreography, Olivia the Pig author/illustrator Ian Falconer’s stage and costume design and the PNB Orchestra's performance of Tchaikovsky’s classic will usher in a new holiday age for PNB while preserving this much-loved local tradition.

Until Dec. 28; $25-$156 adults; $22-$141 for children 12 and under

McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St, Seattle, 98109


Storybook Theater’s “The Elves & the Toymaker”

This sweet holiday play aimed at preschoolers and elementary schoolers tells the story of a toymaker and his missing holiday gifts. FInd tickets here.

Hale’s Palladium in Fremont: Dec 5 – 6; 11 am and 1 pm

Shoreline Conference Center: Dec. 6; 5pm

Kirkland Performance Center:  Dec 12 and 19; 11 am and 1 pm; Dec. 13 and 20, 11 am, 1 pm, 3pm


Taproot Theater’s “A Charlie Brown Christmas”

This show based on the 1965 television special features a sensory-friendly night on Dec. 5 at 1:30 pm.

Through Dec. 26. $25.

204 N 85th St, Seattle, 98103


Storybook Theater’s “‘Twas the Night”

This twist on the classic Christmas poem is aimed at kids 4 and up.

Through Dec. 20; $15

11730 118th Ave NE Suite 100, Kirkland, 98034


Thistle Theatre’s “Merry Chris Mouse”

This original tale of a mouse family who moves into a kid’s play room on Christmas Eve is a sweet and exciting romp.

Thistle Theatre Studio at Magnuson Park: Dec. 5 and 6, 1 and 3 pm; $10

Sunset Hill Community Club, Dec. 12 and 13, 1 and 3 pm; $10

BYT Ivanhoe Theatre, Bellevue, Dec. 19 and 20, 2 and 4 pm; $10


Hansel & Gretel and Three Bears – A British Panto

The Fremont Players put on a kooky holiday mashup of Hansel and Gretel and The Three Bears in this all-ages show.

Until Jan. 10, 4 and 7:30 pm Saturdays; 1 and 4 pm Sundays; $13, $7 seniors and ages 12 and under

4301 Leary Way NW, Seattle, 98107

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