What’s your holiday pleasure: Movies? Stage shows? Lights? Concerts? ArtsPage has you covered.
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1 'A Christmas Story'
Through Dec. 30, 5th Avenue Theatre, 1308 Fifth Ave., Seattle (5thavenue.org).
The beloved comic holiday movie is now also a high-energy, audience-pleasing stage show. It’s playing at the 5th Avenue Theatre with an all-star cast of local talent. Check back here later today for a review. Ralphie not your cup of tea? We’ve also got a list of 10 holiday-themed shows in the Seattle Area.
Through Dec. 28, McCaw Hall, Seattle Center (pnb.org).
Pacific Northwest Ballet’s beloved holiday tradition will be boxed up at the end of this season and put on a shelf. A new version of the ballet debuts next season. So this is your final chance to see Kent Stowell/Maurice Sendak’s candy-colored rendition. Seattle Times arts writer Moira Macdonald says it’s as delicious as ever — don’t miss it!
3 Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Contest
6-8:30 p.m. Westlake Plaza, downtown Seattle (pikemarketseniorcenter.org/figgy-pudding).
One of the first big community celebrations of the holidays happens this Friday night at Westlake. Stroll the streets as dozens of caroling groups compete for the coveted “most creative,” “best choral” and “people’s choice” awards. It’s free, but it’s a fundraiser for Pike Market Senior Center and Food Bank, so bring some change to share.
4 Vintage holiday films
For locations and information, go to fathomevents.com.
Two holiday classics will be shown as a double bill at various theaters on Sunday, Dec. 7: the 1938 version of “A Christmas Carol” (with Reginald Owen as Scrooge) and the 1945 comedy “Christmas in Connecticut,” about a New York writer (Barbara Stanwyck) hosting a party. For other local screenings of the seasonal-and-not variety, read Doug Knoop’s article.
5 Holiday pops
Whether you live in Seattle or on the Eastside, you can enjoy a festive concert of orchestral holiday standards. At Benaroya Hall, Seattle Symphony performs Holiday Pops with Cirque Musica. In Bellevue, the Sammamish Symphony presents a pops concert at Meydenbauer Center. Want more classical music? Performances of the “Messiah” are underway all over the region.