What’s On in Seattle?

An Opinionated List of Interesting Upcoming Events

Updated: December 8, 2017

Seattle Events and Festivals

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
  • Winterfest
    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
  • Jay-Z
    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
  • Macklemore
    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