Beloved ballets, festive musicals and even quirky cabaret shows are all hot tickets this time of year.
For some, it just wouldn't be Christmas without seeing Clara twirl her way through the magical Land of Sweets. Don't miss the chance to be dazzled by the Pacific Northwest Ballet's George Balanchine's "The Nutcracker" at McCaw Hall (through 12/28). Little ones will especially love the DIY cupcake bar and costumed characters in the "Nutcracker Suite" during the intermission.
On the other hand, adults might be tempted by "Land of the Sweets: The Burlesque Nutcracker" (12/7-28) a cabaret-style take on the classic tale that packs The Triple Door, a cozy dinner theater near Pike Place Market every year.
For more zany merriment, check in to "Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn" at the 5th Avenue Theatre (through 12/31). This is the West Coast premiere of the recent Broadway hit, which features lavish costumes and sets and 20 Berlin songs.