Weekend best bets: Nutcracker shows, music, local booze, more

Everybody is a star: Children with special needs will share the spotlight with firefighters and professional performers in the “Christmas Spectacular” at Everett Civic Auditorium, 2415 Colby Ave., at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The show is packed with singing, dancing and drama. Proceeds support free dance classes at the Dorothy Jayne Studio for children with special needs. Tickets are $15 plus 5 non-perishable food items. Doors open at 6 p.m. Read more about the program and show in our story here.

Nutcracker: If you’d like to see the ballet, you have many options for shows this weekend. There’s even a version with a storyteller, which is great for young children. See our story here.

History meets music Everett musician Jason Webley is releasing the “Margaret” album at a show at 8 p.m. Friday at Moore Theatre in Seattle. The album includes recording of songs inspired by a scrapbook that was rescued from a Dumpster. The book belonged Margaret Rucker Armstrong, a daughter of one of Everett’s first families. Read more about the album and the show in our story here.

Get a tree: The Northwest Stream Center offers live Christmas trees for rent. The event is from 11* a.m. to 3 p.m Saturday. at the center at McCollum County Park, 699 128th St. SW, Everett. After the holidays, return the tree and it will be planted near a stream. Trees are $35 to $50 and a purchase includes an Adopt-A-Stream membership. There will be hot drinks and treats and the center’s gift shop will be open. If you’d prefer to cut a tree, check out our list here. Or get a permit to cut a tree in the national forest.

For kids: Imagine Childrens Museum in Everett has a number of holiday events on Saturday. The museum opens at 9 a.m. for members and 10 a.m. for nonmembers. Santa Claus will be visiting with children in the Lodge area of the Museum from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Mrs. Claus will lead holiday-themed activities and crafting from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Quilceda Carvers will be on hand with wood ornaments for families to decorate. Snohomish Children’s Choir performs at 11:30 a.m. There will be carpet skating from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors to the museum’s art studio can make their own cinnamon ornaments to take home and hang on the tree. Admission is $9.80.

Horse power: Take a carriage ride on Saturday in Stanwood. Rides start across from Snow Goose Bookstore on 271st Street. Go here or call 360-629-3631 for more information and the schedule.

Hometown Hootenanny: See the Hometown Band and other musicians perform a holiday-themed storyline. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Wagner Performing Arts Center, 639 W. Main St. in Monroe. Tickets are $5-$17. Get them at the door or call 360-322-7402.

Holiday spirits: Taste wines, beers and spirits from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday at Dairyland Farm, 12125 Treosti Road, Snohomish. Tickets are $15 and include 5 tasting tokens. Food will be available for purchase. Get more info and tickets here.

“A Christmas Story: The Musical”: The 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle presents the musical version of the Christmas favorite through Dec. 31. Our reviewer says it’s way better than seeing the reruns on TV. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 1:30 and 7 p.m. Sundays at the theater, 1308 Fifth Ave., Seattle. For tickets, starting at $29, go here. Read our review here.

Another “Christmas Story”: Whidbey Island Center for the Arts performs its version of the holiday classic at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 20, at the theater, 565 Camano Ave., Langley. Tickets are $15-$22. Call 800-638-7631.

“A Kaddywompas Christmas Carol”: Tim Noah Thumbnail Theatre puts an unexpected spin on the classic Charles Dickens tale at 4 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the theater, 1211 Fourth St., Snohomish. Emmy award-winner Tim Noah, The Kaddywompas Players and The Wompas Band present hilarious, heartwarming holiday hijinks, music and merriment. Tickets are $15. Buy three, get one free.

Sleigh’s in the shop: See Santa with the planes at Historic Flight Foundation at noon on Saturday. Kids can work on puzzles, launch gliders, decorate photo frame cards and more. Get more info here.

Santa Paws: Take your furry friends for photos with Santa from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday at the Everett Animal Shelter, 333 Smith Island Road. For $20, you’ll get a framed photo with Santa and a photo CD.

Correction, Dec. 12, 2014: This article originally included an incorrect start time for the Northwest Stream Center Christmas tree event.

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