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2010 Seattle Holiday Guide

How to Spend Your Holidays in Seattle and Tacoma

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2010 Seattle Holiday Guide

The Nutcracker at Pacific Northwest Ballet

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Get off the couch this holiday season and experience some of the dozens of great, diverse events in Seattle, Tacoma and elsewhere this December. These holidays weren't intended to be spent cooped up.

A Christmas Story
A lavish production at the 5th Avenue Theatre that adapts the classic 1983 film that you know all so well from its non-stop airing on basic cable. While a musical adaptation might raise a few eyebrows, the 5th Ave always puts on a quality show. Take a chance on this one.
When: Nov. 26 - Dec. 30
Where: Downtown Seattle

A Christmas Carol
ACT Theatre, Seattle's best dramatic theater company, presents the Dickens favorite for the 34th straight year. You’ve heard this story a million times, but this live rendition never fails to stir young and old alike.
When: Nov. 26 - Dec. 26
Where: Downtown Seattle

The Nutcracker at the Pacific Northwest Ballet
Always a huge success, this year's Nutcracker features set design by Where the Wild Things Are author, Maurice Sendak.
When: Nov. 26 - Dec. 27
Where: Downtown Seattle
How much: $26-$113 depending on seating

Cutting Down a Tree in the National Forest
Want to get your Christmas tree the really old-fashioned way? Who needs a Christmas tree farm when you can venture into a national forest and cut a tree in the wilderness? Check the rules and regulations and get a permit before you head out.
When: Until Dec. 23
Where: Mt. Baker National Forest, Olympic National Forest
How Much: $10 per tree in Mt. Baker, $5 in Olympic

Gift Shopping in Downtown Seattle
Sure, Amazon makes things easier. And parking is better at the mall. But there's nothing quite like walking through a beautiful downtown shopping district during the Holidays. Westlake is full of Victorian singers, a carousel, and holiday lights. Even if you're already crossed everyone off your list, come down just for the ambiance.
Where: Downtown Seattle
When: Through New Year's

Touring Christmas Tree Lights
With plenty of rainy nights in December, it's understandable that Seattle doesn't have the Christmas light gawking tradition of some other cities. But if you love your holiday light displays, don't count out the Northwest. Three of the best are in Ravenna, Greenwood, and Queen Anne. Or tell us your favorite.
Where: Throughout the city
When: Until they shut off the lights

Seattle Men's Chorus: Holiday Glee
The Seattle Men's Chorus are perhaps Seattle's most cherished home ground Christmas entertainment. This year's program is capitalizes on the runaway success of the TV show Glee and spares none of the chorus’s typical polish and charm.
When: Dec. 5, 12, 19, 20
Where: Downtown Seattle

Seattle Women's Chorus at Meany Hall
The Women's Chorus is hot on the heels of the men in popularity and this year offer a program called "Making Spirits Bright" at University of Washington's Meany Hall.
When: Dec. 19 - 20
Where: U-District, Seattle

Sacred Music by Duke Ellington
Jazz often conjures associations of speakeasy dance tunes or esoteric modal sounds in the 1950s coffee shop. What we often forget was that jazz could be, and often was, a rich emotional, even spiritual experience for some. Perhaps its greatest practitioner was Duke Ellington, and this December Earshot Jazz presents some of the Duke’s most uplifting work. A rare treat.
When: Dec. 12 - 13
Where: Capitol Hill, Seattle

Ice Skating at Seattle Center
Lake Washington might not always freeze over, but Seattle Center's rink never fails to
When: Nov. 27 – Dec. 31
Where: Downtown Seattle

Zoolights at Point Defiance Zoo
Every December, Tacoma's wonderful Point Defiance Zoo lights up with an incredible light display and a special Zoolights experience. Featuring fun holiday activities like an antique carousel, riding a camel, and, uh, swimming with sharks. .
When: Nov. 27 - Jan. 2
Where: Tacoma

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