An Opinionated List of Interesting Upcoming Events
Updated: December 8, 2017
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Ongoing & Current Events in Seattle
- The Jim Henson Exhibition
World premiere exhibit, featuring puppets, storyboards, scripts, and clips from the iconic puppet artist’s career.
Opens May 20 • MoPOP
- Andrew Wyeth: In Retrospect
A look at the 75-year career of the iconic artist’s work, the 100th anniversary of his birth.
October 19 – January 15 • Seattle Art Museum
- Mr. Popper’s Penguins
A charming, family-friendly puppetry production of the beloved Richard and Florence Atwater novel.
November 9 – December 31 • Seattle Children’s Theatre
- Sheraton Gingerbread Village
Local architects and baking teams unite to create and display holiday scenes made entirely of candies and treats. This year’s theme is 25 Years of Cheer: A Celebration of Seattle.
November 21 – January 1 • City Centre
- George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker
Pacific Northwest Ballet’s perennially spectacular production of the iconic holiday ballet.
November 24 – December 28 • McCaw Hall
- A Christmas Carol
The holiday favorite: Scrooge, Tiny Tim, and Christmas Ghosts. “God bless us all, every one.”
November 24 – December 28 • ACT Theatre
- Argosy Christmas Ship Festival
Enjoy on-board or ashore as a flotilla of illuminated and choir-carrying ships visit local waterfront communities for caroling and bonfires.
November 24 – December 31 • See website for details
Seattle Center’s month-long seasonal celebration, featuring performances, ice sculpting, ice skating, and a model train exhibit.
November 24 – January 1 • Seattle Center
- Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn
A Christmas classic and recent Broadway hit, featuring lavish costumes, dancing, and 20 Irving Berlin tunes.
November 25 – December 31 • 5th Avenue Theatre
- Howl’s Moving Castle, A New Musical
Book-It Theatre’s adaptation of the magical and award-winning 1986 novel.
November 29 – December 30 • Center Theatre
December 2017 Events in Seattle
- The Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition
Festive holiday team sing-off, benefitting Pike Place Market’s food bank and senior center.
December 1 • Westlake Center
- Trevor Noah
The comedian, author, and Daily Show star.
December 1-2 • Paramount Theatre
- SMOOCH 2017
Annual benefit concert featuring the best of local indie rock. This year: Phantogram, Built To Spill, Tacocat.
December 2 • The Showbox
- Demetri Martin
The quirky and critically-acclaimed stand-up comedian makes a Seattle stop on his Let’s Get Awkward tour.
December 2 • Moore Theatre
- Deck the Hall Ball
All-ages rock bash; this year featuring The Killers, The Lumineers, ODESZA, Portugal The Man, Joywave, J Roddy Walston and the Business, and J GRGRY.
December 5 • Key Arena
- Elf: The Musical
Festive holiday musical based on the beloved 2003 film about Buddy, the man-elf.
December 5-10 • Paramount Theatre
- Land of the Sweets: The Burlesque Nutcracker
A jazzy and saucy re-imagining of Tchyaikovsky’s classic Christmas tale.
December 7-28 • The Triple Door
The rap artist’s 4:44 Tour, with special guest Vic Mensa.
December 13 • Key Arena
- Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox
Current hits reimagined in the style of the swing years.
December 15 • Paramount Theatre
- Handel’s Messiah
The holiday classic, featuring the Seattle Symphony, Chorale, and the exuberant “Hallelujah” chorus.
December 15-17 • Benaroya Hall
The Seattle hip hop artist returns home for a two-night stop on his Gemini tour.
December 22-23 • Key Arena
- Cirque Dreams Holidaze
10th anniversary tour of the “holiday stage extravaganza that’s a cirque spectacle, Broadway musical, and family show all in one!”
December 22-24 • Paramount Theatre
- Beethoven’s Symphony #9
The symphonic and choral masterpiece, featuring “Ode to Joy.”
December 28-30 • Benaroya Hall
- Harlem Globetrotters
The trick-basketballers play their 2018 World Tour against the Washington Generals.
December 29 • Key Arena
- New Year’s at the Needle
Party at the iconic Seattle landmark, with a fireworks display featuring a KEXP-curated soundtrack and an Observation Deck Dance Party.
Decmeber 31 • Space Needle
- INDULGENCE New Year’s Eve Bash
Four parties in one, with live bands, DJs, comedy, dancing, games, and more.
December 31 • MoPOP
- SPECTRA 2018: New Year’s Eve Under the Arches
Ring in the New Year at Pacific Science Center, with DJs, food, drinks, games, fireworks, and more.
December 31 • Pacific Science Center
- New Year’s Eve: Great Balls of Fire!
Pianist/singer Tony DeSare performs classic hits, followed by dancing, champagne, and a midnight countdown.
December 31 • Benaroya Hall