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2019 Family guide to holiday shows around Seattle


As the nights get longer, and the days get wetter, there’s plenty of fun family fare to be had in Seattle’s theaters and concert venues. Here’s a selection of music, dance and theater to be enjoyed around town as 2019 winds to a close. 


KEXP Deck the Dock

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2-4 p.m.

Olympic Room, Pier 66 at Bell Harbor

Eli Rosenblatt and Mikey Mike the Rad Scientist headline and KEXP DJ Abbie spins for this free dance kids dance party.



Seattle Children’s Theatre

201 Thomas St

Nov. 21 through Dec. 29

The classic story of a stuffed bear who loses his button and a little girl who longs to bring him home as her new companion, Don Freeman’s beloved picture book comes to life onstage. 


The Nutcracker

Pacific Northwest Ballet

McCaw Hall

321 Mercer St

Nov. 29 through Dec. 28

Every detail of this production is beautifully done. The dancing involves the whole Pacific Northwest Ballet company and almost 200 students from its school. The company’s own live orchestra plays Tchaikovsky’s music. The costumes and sets are designed by Ian Falconer, creator of the “Olivia” books, and they are suitably eyepopping and fanciful. Between the action, the music and the beautiful sets, clothes and the general swankiness of McCaw Hall, it’s a spectacle from start to finish. Wear your fancy clothes and get your picture taken in the lobby. Read more about the experience here.


Christmas Carol

ACT Theatre

Washington State Convention Center

700 Union St

Nov. 29 through Dec. 28

ACT Theatre (ACT stands for “A Contemporary Theatre”) stages this powerful Dickens tale every holiday season. Kids must be at least 5 years old to attend. Learn about young actors who have been part of the production.


Shout, Sister, Shout!

Nov. 9 through Dec. 22

Seattle Repertory Theater

155 Mercer Street

This rousing new musical tells the story of Sister Rosetta Tharpe, a brilliant, singer, songwriter and guitarist of the 1930s and 1940s, who changed music forever with her Gospel recordings.


Mrs. Doubtfire

Nov. 26 through Dec. 29

The Fifth Ave Theatre

1308 5th Ave

The heartwarming story of how far a parent will go when it comes to the love for their children. Based on the 1993 film starring Robin Williams, this musical adaptation for the stage premieres for the first time at the Fifth. 


The Flight Before Xmas

Dec. 6 through Dec. 29

West of Lenin

203 N 36th St

A family-friendly comedy about a group of strangers stranded in an airport on Christmas Eve.


Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some)

Dec. 13 through Dec. 22

Taproot Theatre Isaac Studio

212 N 85th St

Three actors attempt to perform every Christmas story known to theatre in a show that comes with this parental advisory: "this show contains discussion of Santa’s existence (but comes down solidly in the “yes he exists” camp)"

Seattle Symphony Family Concert: The Snowman


Saturday, Dec. 14 at 11 a.m.

Benaroya Hall

200 University St

This symphony concert for children aged six to 12 includes a screening of the film of Raymond Briggs’ “The Snowman.” Activities  in the lobby, including an instrument “petting zoo,” start an hour before the concert.


Bishop’s Wife: A Live Radio Play

Nov. 27 through Dec. 28 

Taproot Theatre

204 N 85th St

This traditional holiday film is staged as a broadcast of a radio play in this adaptation, featuring an angel, divine intervention, and the spirit of Christmas. 


Jack & the Beanstalk

Dec. 7 through Jan. 5

Hale’s Ales Palladium 

4301 Leary Way NW  

Seattle, Washington

A panto-style version of this fairy tale, where the audience can cheer on the heroes and boo the villians as the characters take the stage. A live orchestra and lots of laughs makes for a fun evening out with the family. 


The Brass: March of the Toys

Friday, Dec. 6 at10:30 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 7 at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m.

Nordstrom Recital Hall, Benaroya Hall

Sing and dance along to festive tunes from the trumpet, trombone, horn and tuba in this Seattle Symphony concert experience designed for kids aged 5 and younger. Be sure to come early for activities, including instrument exploration, a percussion play area and crafts.


Howl’s Moving Castle

Nov. 29-Dec. 29

The Center Theatre at the Armory. 
305 Harrison St, Seattle Center

You may know “Howl’s Moving Castle” as a magical Hayao Miyazaki film, but the story comes from a book by Diana Wynne Jones. Book-It Repertory Theatre goes back to this source for this fantastical musical. Recommended for ages 10 and older.



A Rogue’s Family Christmas


Sunday, Dec. 15, 2 p.m.

Town Hall

1119 8th Ave

Expert readers present hilarious and moving holiday stories, and house band Pineola provides back-up music. Recommended for ages 10 and up. Part of Town Hall’s Short Stories Live series.


31st Anniversary Concert of Duke Ellington’s Sacred Music

Saturday, Dec. 28, 7:30 p.m.

Town Hall

1119 8th Ave

The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, singer Nichol Venee Eskridge, and saxophonist and tap dancer Alex Dugdale and the Northwest Chamber Chorus join forces for a joyous and swinging performance of blues, gospel and jazz pieces by Ellington


Caspar Babypants

Saturday, Nov. 30, 1 p.m. Seattle Aquarium Diving Santa (included with admission)

Monday, Dec. 2., Providence O Christmas Trees Family Preview night, 6 p.m., Westin Seattle (free)

Saturday, Dec. 7, Fawcet Hall at Alma Mater Tacoma, 10:30 a.m. ($5)

Tuesday, Dec. 10 at Third Place Commons at Lake Forest Park, 10:30 a.m.  (free)

Saturday, Dec. 14, Museum of Flight, 2 p.m. (included with admission)

Saturday, Dec. 14, Easy Street Records, 4559 California Ave. SW, 6 p.m. (free)

Saturday, Dec. 21, Seattle Aquarium Diving Santa (included with admission)

Also known as Chris Ballew, the lead singer and co-founder of the Presidents of the United States of America, Caspar Babypants sings danceable, whimsical songs, and is having a busy holiday season.


Ballard Civic Orchestra: Las Posadas Holiday Fiesta

Sunday, Dec. 22 at 5 p.m. 

Sea Mar Museum of Chicano/a/Latino/a Culture 9635 Des Moines Memorial Dr S


Go to the brand new Sea Mar Museum of Chicano/a/Latino/a Culture, and see Ballard Civic Orchestra and Seattle World Orchestra present a festive program, including traditional villancicos and other holiday music plus Arcangelo Corelli’s Concerto Grosso in G minor.


Jose Gonzales Trio Plays “A Charlie Brown Christmas”

1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8

Cornish Playhouse

201 Mercer St

A family concert of Vince Guaraldi’s delightful score for “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”


Magical Strings Celtic Yuletide

Tour from Dec. 1 to Dec. 21, including stops in Kingston Dec. 1, Kent Dec. 2, Tacoma, Dec. 13, Seattle Town Hall Dec. 14, Mt. Vernon Dec. 15, Bellevue Theater at Meydenbauer Dec. 17, Portland Dec. 18, and Leavenworth Dec. 20 and 21

Washington Celtic Folk artists Pam and Philip Goulding host and play harp and hammer dulcimer in a concert that includes their children and grandchildren and a variety of musical guests. This is the 41st iteration of a tradition they began in 1978.


Hanukkah Community Concert & Celebration

Sunday Dec. 8 at 11 a.m. 

Stroum Jewish Community Center

3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island

It’s a Hanukkah Family Dance Party, featuring Elana Jagoda and Chava Mirel, a duo of young women who will perform an exciting Hannukah repertoire. 


Orchestra Holiday Concerts

Saturday, Dec. 14 and Sunday, Dec. 15 at 3 p.m.

Faith Lutheran Church

8208 18th Ave NE

Seattle, WA 98115

Seattle Festival Orchestra showcases classic holiday favorites, such as Festive Sounds on Hanukkah and Santa’s Reindeer Team. There will be Santa photos, cocoa, cookies and other merriment.


Holiday Hootenanny and Sing-Along

Saturday, Dec. 14 at 4 p.m., 6:30 p.m.

Royal Room, 5000 Rainier Ave S

A group of local musicians have a sing-a-long Christmas Party in this Columbia City hotspot. 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. shows promice to be geared for people aged 1-92. There’s also an 8:45 p.m. one that’s age 21 plus.


The Not-Its

Saturday, Dec. 21, 12:30 p.m.

Seattle Center Armory Stage

Everyone’s favorite tutu-clad kindie rockers do a free show at the Seattle Center Armory.


Eli Rosenblatt

Thursday, Dec. 5, 6 p.m., The Commons Mall, Federal Way

Sunday, Dec. 8, 3 p.m. Deck the Dock dance party, Olympic Room, Pier 66 at Bell Harbor

Eli Rosenblatt brings his up-beat  globally inspired music to two free concerts.


The Harmonica Pocket: Snowing Ice Cream

Monday, Dec. 16, 11 a.m. Des Moines Library.

Wednesday, Dec. 18, 10:30 a.m. Kingsgate Library, Kirkland, 4:30 p.m. Black Diamond Library

Thursday, Dec. 19, 10:30 a.m. North Bend Library, 2 p.m. Crossroads Community Center, Bellevue

Friday, Dec. 20, 10:15 a.m. Fairwood Library, Renton, 2:30 p.m. Lynnwood Library

Saturday, Dec 21, Mariner Library, Everett.

The Harmonica Project, a duo from Port Townsend, is touring with a new, winter-themed children’s show. Expect stories, ukelele, hula hoops and surprise props.


A Christmas Story: The Musical

Nov. 29-Dec. 22

Wade James Theatre, 950 Main St., Edmonds

The Edmonds Driftwood Players present this musical, based on the story that inspired the 1983 movie: the one with the dad who gets a “major award:” a leg lamp.


Twelve Days of Christmas

Dec. 6 through Dec. 15

Bellevue Youth Theatre

16051 NE 10th Street

Bellevue, WA 98008

Bellevue Youth Theatre performs this story about a prince whose kingdom has fallen on hard times, and how the spirit of Christmas brings back prosperity and joy. 


Matilda the Musical

Dec. 6 through Dec. 22

Bainbridge Performing Arts

200 Madison Avenue North

Bainbridge Island, WA

Roald Dahl’s classic story of Matilda comes to life on the stage. Young Matilda, with her sharp mind and special powers, changes her own destiny using wit, music, laughter, and a bit of magic.


‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

Dec. 14 through Dec. 28

Tacoma Little Theatre

210 N "I" St. Tacoma WA 98403

Recommended for all ages, this spin on the classic Christmas poem involves a pair of mice and a little girl who need to solve the mystery of Santa’s missing Naughty & Nice List. This is a family comedy that is suitable for all ages. 


Frozen, Jr.

Dec. 6 through Dec. 21

Redmond High School Performing Arts Center

17272 NE 104th St

Redmond WA 98052

Elsa and Anna bring Arendelle to life in front of a live audience, complete with songs from the film and the theme of sibling love. 


The Steadfast Tin Soldier, A Story Ballet

Dec. 14 & 15

Shorecrest Performing Arts Center 

15343 25th Ave. NE 

Shoreline, WA 98155

Adapted from the Hans Christian Anderson tale, this ballet is performed by 50 young dancers between the ages of 7 and 17. Beautiful costumes and an orchestra of high school musicians complete this family-friendly performances.