Fun things to do in Seattle during the holidays (2022)

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By Alison Ward and Megan Campbell, STG Interns 

Trying to find ways to get in the holiday spirit? Look no further because Seattle arts and cultural activities have you covered. Enjoy your time with family and friends while listening to carols, sipping on eggnog, and roaming around Pike Place Market searching for the perfect gift. You can even visit Santa at the Northwest African American Museum or Wing Luke Museum. In the evening, holiday cheer continues with dazzling lights at Woodland Park Zoo, a countdown to the New Year at the Space Needle, and ice skating at Seattle Center.

While you plan for cozy weather and family time, here's a sneak peek at some of the spectacular shows and events coming to Seattle Theatre Group's historic theatres: the Paramount, Moore and NeptuneWhether you prefer enjoying John Water's delightfully unconventional holiday show, "A John Waters Christmas" or the family-friendly "Disney Jr. Live" costume palooza featuring Mickey and Minnie Mouse live on stage, there's something sure to entertain everyone on your list! 

Soweto Gospel Choir

7:30 p.m., Nov. 11, 2022 | Tickets start at $32 | Moore Theatre

In a concert commemorating South Africa's Freedom Movement and the United States' Civil Rights Movement, three-time Grammy Award-winning Soweto Gospel Choir brings joy and inspiration to us all. The  evening begins with South African freedom songs that inspired their Rainbow Nation, then moves to the United States with heartfelt renditions of the music of the Civil Rights Movement. The performance includes songs by Billie Holiday, James Brown, Otis Redding, Curtis Mayfield and the one and only, Aretha Franklin. 

Hailing from Soweto (Southwest Township), a town outside of Johannesburg, the home of Nelson Mandela and South Africa's democratic movement, the choir continues to inspire audiences around the world with their powerful blend of African gospel, freedom songs and international classics. Comprising a line-up of some of South Africa's best vocalists, these uplifting performers have shared the stage and collaborated with the biggest names in contemporary music.


Silent Movie Mondays: Go West (1925)

7:00 p.m., Nov. 21, 2022 | Paramount Theatre

Buster Keaton stars in the comedy Go West (1925) preceded by the short One Week (1920)— both written, directed and produced by Keaton. Go West features a New Yorker who after having little luck with keeping a job in the city, tries work in the country and finds his way leading a herd of cattle to the West Coast. 

Soweto Gospel Choir


Seattle's Tribute to The Last Waltz

8:00 p.m., Nov. 25, 2022 | Tickets start at $20 | Neptune Theatre

As part of the annual tradition, Seattle's Tribute to the Last Waltz is teaming up with Seattle Theatre Group and Northwest Harvest for a benefit show paying homage to The Band and their classic 1976 concert, made into a film by Martin Scorsese, and hailed as one of the greatest concert films ever made.

Over the past several years, Seattle's Tribute to the Last Waltz, comprised of dozens of Seattle's most lovely and talented musicians have performed songs from The Band's "Last Waltz" raising tens of thousands of dollars for Northwest Harvest, as a part of KING 5 Home Team Harvest, which have provided hundreds of thousands of nutritious meals for our communities.

Prepare for an unforgettable performance and come sing along to your favorite timeless hits like "The Weight," "Up on Cripple Creek," "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down," Van Morrison's "Caravan," and more!


Blue Man Group

Nov. 25 - 27, 2022 | Various show times and ticket prices | Paramount Theatre

More than 35 million people around the world have experienced the smash hit phenomenon that is Blue Man Group. Blue Man Group returns to Seattle for their new North American tour. It's everything you know and love about Blue Man Group—signature drumming, colorful moments of creativity and quirky comedy—the men are still blue but the rest is all new! Featuring pulsing, original music, custom-made instruments, surprise audience interaction, and hilarious absurdity— join the Blue Men in a joyful experience that unites audiences of all ages.


A John Waters Christmas

8:00 p.m., Nov. 30, 2022 | Tickets start at $35 | Neptune Theatre

Yep, he's back, with Christmas lunacy throbbing in his veins.  Ready to reinfect the lunatic fringe with holiday jeer. "The Pope of Trash", as William Burrough once called him, is coming to your fair city on his annual festive home-invasion to slide down your chimney of burning gift wrapped needs and ignite your lust for presents. It'll be a combustion of Christmasly-incorrect kindling that will blaze into a glorious nut-case Noel fire from hell. Go ahead! Knock over that tree! Stomp your presents! Manger Danger! A raging new critical theory that no PTA can ever stop. Scream! Scream again! It's a John Waters Christmas for Chrissake!


Miranda Sings

7:30 p.m., Dec. 2, 2022 | Tickets start at $36.50 | Moore Theatre

Multihyphenate actor, comedian, vocalist, writer, and magician Miranda Sings is best known for her hilarious viral videos on YouTube and her Netflix Original Series "Haters Back Off!" Miranda has amassed more than 50 million followers across social media and passed four billion views on YouTube, and now she's coming to Seattle!


Disney Jr. Live


Pink Martini Featuring China Forbes

8:00 p.m., Dec. 2-3, 2022 | Tickets start at $25 | Paramount Theatre

Featuring a dozen musicians, with songs in 25 languages, Pink Martini performs its multilingual repertoire on concert stages on six continents. After making its European debut at the Cannes Film Festival in 1997 and its orchestral debut with the Oregon Symphony in 1998, the band has gone on to play with more than 50 orchestras around the world, including multiple engagements with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, the Boston Pops, the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center, the San Francisco Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, and the BBC Concert Orchestra at Royal Albert Hall in London. In 2014, Pink Martini was inducted into both the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame and the Oregon Music Hall of Fame.

Pink Martini has released 11 studio albums on its own independent label Heinz Records (named after Lauderdale's dog), selling over three million albums worldwide. In 2019, the band released two EPs featuring the vocals of Pink Martini's newest members Jimmie Herrod and Edna Vazquez. Both vocalists have toured with the band for the past year and are officially part of the group with the release of Herrod's EP Tomorrow and Vaquez's Besame Mucho, both of which were co-produced by Thomas Lauderdale and China Forbes.


Disney Jr. Live

4:00 p.m., Dec. 4, 2022 | Tickets start at $15 | The Paramount Theatre

This show brings beloved Disney Junior characters and favorite Marvel Super Heroes live on stage for a jam-packed, concert-style show with singing, dancing, acrobatics, and more. It will feature favorite songs from hit Disney Junior series, as well as new original music.

Mickey, Minnie, and their pals are getting ready to throw a huge costume party but mysterious green weather keeps interrupting the fun. Can Spidey and his Amazing Friends help save the Costume Palooza? Come join the party and see Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Doc McStuffins, Alice, the Puppy Dog Pals, and Marvel's Spidey and his Amazing Friends LIVE on stage!


Jonathan Van Ness

8:00 p.m., Dec. 9, 2022 | Tickets start at $45.25 | The Paramount Theatre

Jonathan Van Ness is an Emmy-nominated television personality, comedian, New York Times best-selling author, podcaster, hairstylist, and haircare innovator, doing the most to bring joy and be their best self. Come to the Paramount Theatre and watch them perform a fabulous mix of comedy and entertainment.

Jonathan Van Ness

Jake Shimabukuro

8:00 pm., Dec. 10, 2022 | Tickets start at $39.50 | The Moore Theatre

Ukulele master and jolly ambassador of aloha, Jake Shimabukuro, will bring joy to the world this upcoming 2022 Holiday Season by delivering a special gift for all with the debut of his highly anticipated holiday show, "Christmas in Hawaii".

With only four strings, Jake is a humble master whose mission is to connect and inspire people. Whether one on one or in front of an audience of thousands, Jake shares a deep emotional connection with the listener that is open, magical, and transcendent. Jake's genuine love for people, the spirit of holidays, and his beloved home of Hawaii are at the forefront. It will be a warm welcome of merriment and wonder for the season.

In addition to his signature show favorites, this special show will draw on a vibrant catalog of holiday classics such as "We Three Kings," "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer," "O Holy Night," "I'll Be Home For Christmas", and selections from "Jake & Friends", which was released in November 2021.

This special "Christmas in Hawaii" show will also feature Jackson Waldhoff, Justin Kawika Young, and Herb Ohta, Jr.


Moulin Rouge! The Musical

Dec. 14, 2022 - January 1, 2023 | Various show times and ticket prices | The Paramount Theatre

Pop the champagne, "Moulin Rouge! The Musical" is the winner of 10 Tony Awards® — including Best Musical!

Enter a world of splendor and romance, of eye-popping excess, glitz, grandeur, and glory! A world where Bohemians and aristocrats rub elbows and revel in electrifying enchantment. Welcome to "Moulin Rouge! The Musical." Baz Luhrmann's revolutionary film comes to life onstage, remixed in a new musical mashup extravaganza. Directed by Tony Award® winner Alex Timbers, "Moulin Rouge! The Musical" is a theatrical celebration of Truth, Beauty, Freedom and Love. With a book by Tony Award® winner John Logan; music supervision, orchestrations, and arrangements by Tony Award® winner Justin Levine; and choreography by Tony Award® winner Sonya Tayeh, "Moulin Rouge!" is more than a musical — it is a state of mind.


The Jinkx & DeLa Holiday Show

8:00 p.m., Dec. 21-24, 2022 | Tickets start at $35 | The Moore Theatre

You better watch out, you better not cry, because "the queens of Christmas" (Entertainment Weekly) are coming back to YOUR town with the wildly successful, internationally acclaimed "Jinkx & DeLa Holiday Show!" Another holiday season brings another year of fabulous spectacle, whip-smart comedy, brand-new songs and annual favorites. Join the sugary DeLa and spicy Jinkx for an evening The New York Times says is "sure to lift your spirits and make you howl with laughter."


Potted Potter

Dec. 27- Jan 1, 2022 | Various show times and tickets | The Moore Theatre

Playing to sold out houses all over the world, the Olivier Award-nominated "Potted Potter – The Unauthorized Harry Experience – A Parody by Dan and Jeff," takes on the ultimate challenge of condensing all seven Harry Potter books into seventy hilarious minutes. Even if you don't know the difference between a horcrux and a Hufflepuff, Potted Potter will make you roar with laughter.

Created by two-time Olivier Award-nominated actors Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner, Potted Potter is perfect for ages six to Dumbledore (who is very old indeed). 

Potted Potter

For a full list of Broadway, concerts, comedy, dance, music, theatre, film and entertainment coming to STG, go to stgpresents.org/events.

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