Holiday events and fun in Snohomish County and beyond for 2017

LIGHTS

The Lights of Christmas: Open 5 to 10 p.m. Nov. 30-Dec. 3, 7-10, 14-17, 19-23, 26-30 at Warm Beach Camp, 20800 Marine Drive, Stanwood. Tickets and more information at www.thelightsofchristmas.com or call 360-652-7575. Tickets are $16 general (ages 13-59); $13 for military and for seniors 60-plus; $12 for children ages 4-12, and free for children ages 3 and younger. The Warm Beach show is the largest holiday light display in the region, with more than 1 million lights on 15 acres. The festival includes theater, live music, strolling carolers, shopping, kid’s activities, warm doughnuts and cider. Who could ask for more?

Woodland Park Zoo: The zoo’s WildLights are on from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. daily Nov. 24 through Jan. 1, except for Dec. 24-25. Admission is $9.95 for teens and adults, $7.95 for children and free for toddlers. Enter through west entrance on Phinney Avenue N. Parking $6. More: www.zoo.org or 206-548-2500.

Bellevue Botanical Garden: The garden’s 23rd annual winter wonderland called Garden d’Lights is displayed 4:30 to 9 p.m. daily, Nov. 25 through Dec. 31, 12001 Main St., Bellevue. Admission is $5, free for ages 10 and younger.

CONCERTS

Tingstad & Rumbel in Concert: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 25, Tim Noah Thumbnail Theater, 1211 Fourth St., Snohomish. Tickets are $20. Call 360-568-9412 or go to www.thumbnailtheater.org. Grammy award-winning musicians Nancy Rumbel and Eric Tingstad offer a perfect blend to start the holiday season. (Also playing 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Lincoln Theatre in Mount Vernon, www.lincolntheatre.org.)

Everett Philharmonic Orchestra: The annual “Music for the Imagination” concert for families, and “kids from 3 to 103,” is at 3 p.m. Nov. 26, Everett Civic Auditorium, 2415 Colby Ave. Tickets are $20 general or $10 for youth 5-18. Children under 5 get in free. Family tickets (four or more) are $10 each. Call 206-270-9729 or go to www.everettphil.org for more information. Music from Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, Rimsky-Korsakov and Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride,” plus a chance to “meet the orchestra’s instruments” after the concert.

Everett Chorale’s Favorite Songs of Christmas: The concert will be presented at 7 p.m. Dec. 2 and 3 p.m. Dec. 3 at Everett Performing Arts Center, 2710 Wetmore Ave. Tickets are $20 general or $17 for students, seniors and military. Call the EPAC ticket office at 425-257-8600. The program features Vaughan Williams’ “Fantasia on Christmas Carols” and DeCormier’s “A Suite of Christmas Spirituals” featuring baritone soloist Ryan Bede.

Mill Creek Chorale: Under the direction of Sean Berg, the chorale, now with 85 members, will present its fourth annual Christmas Concert at 3 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. Dec. 2 at Lynnwood High School, 18218 North Road. More at www.facebook.com/MillCreekChorale.

Cantabile Chamber Choir: Directed by Stephen Marshall-Ward of Lynnwood, the Mount Vernon-based choir performs at 3 p.m. Dec. 3 at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 1305 Pine Ave., Snohomish. Tickets at the door are $16 adults, $10 students, $45 for a family. Featuring the premier performance of “We Come Rejoicing,” written especially for Cantabile by noted local composer Michael Austin Miller, the program also includes Gabrieli’s “Jubilate Deo,” de Victoria’s “O Quam Gloriosum,” Whitacre’s “Alleluia!” and Lauridsen’s “O Nata Lux.”

Pacifica Chamber Orchestra: The ensemble’s Winter Concert is 3 p.m. Dec. 3, First Presbyterian Church, 2936 Rockefeller, Everett. Tickets, which will be available before the concert, are $20 for general admission and $15 for seniors and students. More about the orchestra is at www.pacificachamberorchestra.org.

A Winter Gift of Celtic Harps: 4 p.m. Dec. 3, Tim Noah Thumbnail Theater, 1211 Fourth St., Snohomish. Tickets are $15. Call 360-568-9412 or go to www.thumbnailtheater.org.

Mukilteo Presbyterian Church: The church’s Christmas Choir and Orchestra will perform its 15th annual Christmas Cantata free concerts at 4 and 7 p.m. Dec. 3, 4514 84th St. S.W., Mukilteo. Prelude music begins 30 minutes before. Call 425-355-2802.

KNKX 88.5 FM Holiday Jam Live Broadcast: Hosted by Abe Beeson, this free jazz concert starts at 7 p.m. Dec. 4 at Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 Fourth Ave. N. Broadcast live and streamed live at knkx.org, the concert features Kirk Marcy and the Edmonds Community College Soundsation, Jake Bergevin and the Edmonds-Woodway High School jazz band, and jazz singer LaVon Hardison and her Olympia-based band. Doors open at 6 p.m. Bring a food bank donation.

Celtic Christmas Concert: 7 p.m. Dec. 4, St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 21405 82nd Pl. W., Edmonds, featuring Jeff Johnson, Brian Dunning, Wendy Goodwin and Eric Miller. Admission is by donation to Chase Lake Community School’s Safety Net Program.

Ahn Family Christmas Concert: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7, Trinity Lutheran Church, 6215 196th St. SW, Lynnwood. By donation.

Gothard Sisters: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7, Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 Fourth Ave. N. Tickets are $22 for adults, $18 for students and seniors, $10 for children. Call 425-275-9595 or go to www.edmondscenterforthearts.org.

Seattle Symphony: Holiday Pops Concert is 8 p.m. Dec. 8, 2 and 8 p.m. Dec. 9, 2 p.m. Dec. 10 at Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle. Handel’s Messiah will be performed 8 p.m. Dec. 15, 1 and 8 p.m. Dec. 16, 2 p.m. Dec. 17. Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 28, 8 p.m. Dec. 29-30. Tickets and more at www.seattlesymphony.org.

Sno-King Community Chorale: “Holiday Magic: Holiday Memories” concert is offered at 3 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. Dec. 9, Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 Fourth Ave. N., Edmonds. Tickets are $25 general admission, $22 for seniors, $15 for children. Call 425-275-9595 or go to www.edmondscenterforthearts.org or www.sno-kingchorale.org.

Kamiak High School’s Messiah concert: Kamiak High’s 21st annual Holiday Classics Concert features selections from Handel’s “Messiah” and other holiday favorites, peformed by four choirs and two orchestras. Performances at 1 and 3:30 p.m. Dec. 9, Everett Civic Auditorium, 2415 Colby Ave., Everett. Tickets are $5 to $50 and available at www.kamiakarts.org.

Geoffrey Castle’s Celtic Christmas: The popular rock ‘n’ roll electric six-string violinist will perform at 8 p.m. Dec. 9 at Historic Everett Theatre, 2911 Colby Ave. Tickets are $22-$35. Call 425-258-6766. Castle’s Christmas show includes Seattle Irish Dance Company and bagpiper Neil Hubbard. (Also performing at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 23 at Northshore Performing Arts Center, 18125 92nd Ave. NE, Bothell. From $20. Call 425-298-3449.)

Evergreen Community Orchestra Christmas Concert: 2 p.m. Dec. 10, Northwest Music Hall, east of Macy’s, Everett Mall, 1402 Southeast Everett Mall Way. Donations accepted. More at www.evergreen communityorchestra.org.

Jazzin’ with the Classics for Christmas: Flutist Jeffrey Cohan, Tom Collier on vibraphone, Martin Lund on clarinet and piano, and soprano Terri Richter will present a concert at 3 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center, 27130 102nd Ave. NW, Stanwood. Enjoy an an evening of classical music, traditional songs of the season and jazz, mixed together for an original melodic experience. Refreshments follow. Suggested donation is $15, but students get in free. Call 360-629-6110.

Magical Strings Celtic Yuletide: 3 p.m. Dec. 10, Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St., Mount Vernon. The Boulding family has entertained for nearly 40 years. Prices vary. Call 360-336-8955 or go to www.lincolntheatre.org.

Cascade Symphony Orchestra’s Holiday Pops concert: The annual concert is offered at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10-11 at Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 Fourth Ave. N. Reserve tickets by phoning 425-275-9595 or go to cascadesymphony.org.

Monroe Concert Band: Winter Melodies concert, 7 p.m. Dec. 15, Wagner Performing Arts Center, 839 W. Main St. More at monroe concertband.org. Free, but donations accepted.

Seattle Men’s Chorus: The Sassy, Brassy Holiday concert will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16 at Historic Everett Theatre, 2911 Colby Ave. Tickets are $25-$55. Call 206-388-1400. Seattle Men’s Chorus has tourned internationally, including at Carnegie Hall in New York City and Westminster Hall in London.

Charlie Brown Christmas with Jose Gonzales Trio: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16, Tim Noah Thumbnail Theater, 1211 Fourth St., Snohomish. Tickets are $15. Call 360-568-9412 or go to www.thumbnailtheater.org. The jazz group plays Vince Guaraldi’s gem.

Open Door Baptist Church: Free Christmas concert is at 7 p.m. Dec. 16 and 11 a.m. Dec. 17, 17014 44th Ave. W., Lynnwood. More at www.opendoorbaptist.com.

Cherry Poppin’ Daddies World War II Christmas Canteen: The band brings its Zoot Suit Riot to the Northshore Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16, 18125 92nd Ave. NE, Bothell. From $20. Call 425-298-3449.

Mukilteo Community Orchestra: The orchestra’s Young Artists Concert, sponsored by the Snohomish County Music Teachers Association, 2 p.m. Dec. 17, Rosehill Community Center, Mukilteo. Free. Winners of the recent concerto competition will perform. More at mukilteoorchestra.org.

Harpist Bronn Journey: Bronn and Katherine Journey offer their annual Christmas concert at 2 p.m. and again at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20 at the Everett Performing Arts Center, 2710 Wetmore Ave. This will be Journey’s final year of singing at the concert. Call the EPAC ticket office at 425-257-8600.

THEATER

Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast”: Nov. 24-Dec. 17, Edmonds Driftwood Players, Wade James Theatre, 950 Main St., Edmonds; 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays and Dec. 2 and 16. Tickets are $25 for junior, senior, military, and $28 general. Call 425-774-9600 or go to edmondsdriftwoodplayers.org.

Storm Large’s Holiday Ordeal: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30, Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 Fourth Ave. N., Edmonds. Tickets are $24-$59. Call 425-275-9595 or go to www.edmondscenterforthearts.org. Adults only.

“My Three Angels”: Red Curtain Arts Center presents the heartwarming Christmas play at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 1-17 at the center, 9315 State Ave., Marysville. Call 360-322-7402. Three good-hearted convicts help rescue a family’s Christmas from the clutches of greed, vanity and double-dealing.

“Twist of the Magi”: The Phoenix Theatre presents this piece, by the theater’s own Debra Rich Gettleman, Dec. 1-23 at 9673 Firdale Ave., Edmonds. At 8 p.m. Dec. 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23. At 2 p.m. Dec. 3, 10, 16, 17, 23. A classic tale of holiday love and generosity unfolds at a 1940s radio station through a series of comic twists and turns as O’Henry’s heroine, Della, trades her beautiful hair to buy a Christmas gift for her devoted young husband. Tortured by seller’s remorse, Della befriends an unlikely Yiddish Yenta, and the two women embark on a series of zany adventures to attempt to recover the lost locks. More at www.tptedmonds.org.

Taproot Theatre’s “Silent Night!”: This touring production will be presented at 7 p.m. Dec. 6 at Zion Lutheran Church, Fourth and Avenue A, Snohomish. For information, call 425-407-3128. A pair of strangers find themselves trapped with an angel, caught between time and continents. While not happy to find them in her space, the angel helps them find their way home.

Irving Berlin’s “Holiday Inn”: Lorna Luft stars in the classic musical at the 5th Avenue Theatre, Nov. 24 through Dec. 31 in Seattle. More at www.5thavenue.org.

ACT’s “A Christmas Carol”: Region’s longest-running Dickens show, through Dec. 28, ACT, 700 Union St., Seattle, www.acttheatre.org.

THE NUTCRACKER

Emerald Ballet Theatre: The Nutcracker with Rainier Symphony Ballet Orchestra, 2 p.m. Dec. 2-3, 9-10, Northshore Performing Arts Center, 18125 92nd Ave. NE, Bothell. Call 425-298-3449.

Alderwood Dance Spectrum: “A Storybook Nutcracker,” Dec. 6-9 at the PUD auditorium, 2320 California St., Everett. More at www.brownpapertickets.com.

Reflections School of Dance: “One Uncontainable Gift,” 4 p.m. Dec. 3, Glacier Peak High School performing arts center, 7401 144th Pl. SE, Snohomish. More at www.reflectionsschoolofdance.com.

Olympic Ballet Theatre’s “The Nutcracker” in Everett: Abridged version offered at 10 a.m. and noon Dec. 8 (good for young children), 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 9, 1 and 5 p.m. Dec. 10, all at Everett Performing Arts Center, 2710 Wetmore Ave. Ticket information is available at www.olympicballet.com/obthome/tickets or call 425-774-7570. An alternative to going into Seattle, Olympic Ballet Theatre’s Nutcracker production is outstanding.

The Dance School’s Nutcracker: The Everett company will perform the ballet at 7 p.m. Dec. 16 at Everett Performing Arts Center, 2710 Wetmore Ave., Everett. Tickets are $17.50. Call 425-257-8600 or go to www.facebook.com/TheDanceSchool.

Olympic Ballet Theatre Nutcracker, Edmonds: Abridged version offered at 10 a.m. and noon Dec. 14 (good for children), 7 p.m. Dec. 15, 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 16, 5 p.m. Dec. 17, all at Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 Fourth Ave. N. An alternative to going into Seattle, Olympic Ballet Theatre’s Nutcracker production is outstanding. Ticket information is available at www.olympicballet.com/obthome/tickets or call 425-774-7570.

Pacific Northwest Ballet: George Balanchine’s “The Nutcracker” with sets and costumes by Ian Falconer, Nov. 24 to Dec. 28, McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St, Seattle. More at www.pnb.org/nutcracker.

ART

Cascadia Art Museum: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday at 190 Sunset Ave., Edmonds. Admission is $10, with discounts for seniors and students. Call 425-336-4809. Vintage Christmas Cards displayed beginning Nov. 22. More at www.cascadiaartmuseum.org.

Schack Art Center: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday; 2921 Hoyt Ave., Everett. Free admission. Call 425-259-5050 or go to www.schack.org. The Holiday Art Show features 60 paintings by signature members of the Northwest Watercolor Society. Through December, also find all kinds of art for gift giving.

OTHER HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS

Providence Festival of Trees at Tulalip: The festival’s free Community Day is 1 to 6 p.m. Nov. 29 in the Orca Ballroom, 10200 Quil Ceda Blvd., Tulalip. Go to www.washington.providence.org for more. See the decorated Christmas trees and wreaths. Crafts for kids at 3 p.m. Bring your camera for photos with Santa.

Holiday model trains: The Swamp Creek & Western Railroad Association hosts a Holiday Open House featuring model train demonstrations from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 2. at the association’s headquarters, 210 Railroad St., Edmonds. Free admission. Members will operate their HO scale model trains across a holiday-inspired layout. The layout features 400 feet of HO scale track that passes through miniature towns and detailed scenery. Many of the model trains are equipped with digital command control technology and will make sounds. Call 425-879-2220.

Sippin’ & Shoppin’ Wine Stroll: Historic Downtown Snohomish offers this event from 4 to 8 p.m. Dec. 2 downtown. Information about ticket and checking in is available at www.historicdowntownsnohomish.org/sippin-shoppin. Eight wineries will pour in various shops. Bring your own glass.

Laurel & Hardy silent film and pipe organ Christmas concert: Sharon Stearnes takes to the Historic Everett Theatre’s pipe organ at 7 p.m. Dec. 3 at the theater, 2911 Colby Ave. Christmas carols, sing-alongs and more.

Assistance League’s Holiday Home Tour: The tour of homes in Mukilteo and Everett is 1 to 7 p.m. Dec. 4. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 the day of. Tickets are available at Stadium Flowers in Everett and Lynnwood, Barbara’s Floral in Mukilteo, Joyworks in Snohomish and J. Matheson Gifts in Everett, as well as the league’s thrift shop, 5107 Evergreen Way, Everett. More at www.assistanceleagueofeverett.org. The tour also includes tastings from local chefs, carolers, raffle baskets, a gift shop and photos with Santa.

Snohomish Christmas Parlor Tour: Noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 10. See historic homes decorated for the holidays. Cost is $15 general admission, $12 for seniors and youth. Pre-sale tickets available at McDaniel’s Do It Center, Joyworks and Annie’s On First. Buy tickets that day at the Waltz Building, 116 Ave. B. Call 360-568-5235. Visit www.snohomishhistoricalsociety.org for more information.

KIDS

North Pole Party: Imagine Children’s Museum’s visit with Santa is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 25 at 1502 Wall St., Everett. Go to www.imaginecm.org. The party includes selfies with Santa, winter wonderland carpet skating, Advent calendar making, tree lighting, music with Bonnie Birch on accordion.

Wintertide Celebration: 4 to 7 p.m. Nov. 30, at the Wetmore Plaza, Wetmore and California. Enjoy cocoa, apple cider, treats, train rides, bonfire, crafts from Imagine Children’s Museum and short plays from Village Theatre KidStage. Santa arrives at 5:30 p.m.

Teddy Bear Breakfast: Providence General Children’s Association’s annual Teddy Bear Breakfast is 8:30-10:30 a.m. Dec. 2 at the Tulalip Resort. Tickets are $30 each (cash or check) by phone at 425-317-9825 or email at teddybearbreakfast@gmail.com. The ticket price is $31.50 with credit card at squareup.com/store/teddy-bear-breakfast.

Tanks Giving: The Flying Heritage and Combat Armor Museum at Paine Field hosts a special event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 2, 3407 109th St. SW, Everett. See Santa, decorate cookies, play tank video games, join a scavenger hunt, free photos. Ticket information at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3116019.

Gingerbread Village: Through Jan. 1, across the street from the Seattle Sheraton Hotel, in the City Centre building’s east lobby, 1420 Fifth Ave.

Seattle Center Winterfest: Nov. 24 through Jan. 1. Live music and other performances, the Winter Train & Village, Winterfest Ice Rink, sparkling lights and family activities. More at www.seattlecenter.com/winterfest.

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