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Giggin’ Around to Holiday Shows

So many great live shows can be found in and around our HomeZones during the holiday season. Let Gig take you to a performance that will make you glad you left your couch.

Don't make yourself wait a whole year for the next chance to catch these seasonal concerts, plays, or ballets. Get in and go! 

SF Bay Area

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Graham Lustig's The Nutcracker
December 17 at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., December 18 at 4 p.m.
Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland
The spirit of the holidays is magnificently brought to life by the Oakland Ballet. Cheer on Marie and her soldiers as she rescues the Nutcracker Prince from the evil Rat King.

San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus Holiday Spectacular
December 17 at 5:00 p.m.
Green Music Center, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park
December 24 at 5:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m.
Castro Theatre, 429 Castro Avenue, San Francisco
Join the much-anticipated holiday tradition now in its 45th season. Suitable for all ages, the Holiday Spectacular fuses holiday songs with an LGBTQ+ twist, creating an unforgettable experience.

A Christmas Carol
December 8 through December 22, times vary
Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek
See the performance critics have called "THE Christmas Carol to see in the Bay Area." This Charles Dickens holiday classic recounts the story of Ebenezer Scrooge and his transformation into a kinder man.

ELF — In Concert
December 21 at 7:30 p.m., December 22 at 2:00 p.m.
Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco
Son of a nutcracker! Experience Buddy the Elf's search for his real father in New York City like never before. The heartwarming holiday classic is played on a giant screen as John Debney's score is wonderfully performed live.

Seattle

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The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley
November 23 through December 30, times vary
Taproot Theatre Jewell Mainstage, 204 N 85th Street, Seattle
This all-new Jane Austen-inspired story returns you to the world of the Darcys and Bennets. Lydia's come for Christmas, the halls are decked, but the loyal staff scramble to keep a secret that could upend the festivities.

Paddington Saves Christmas
November 15 through December 31, times vary
Seattle Children's Theatre, 201 Thomas Street, Seattle
It's holiday time in the Brown household and Paddington is here to save the day! The famous accident-prone bear gets himself into unexpected chaos and must fix everything in time for everyone to celebrate the holidays.

A Very Die Hard Christmas
November 25 through December 20, times vary
Seattle Public Theater, 7312 West Green Lake Drive N, Seattle

Yippie Ki Yay, Die Hard is a Christmas classic! Sketch writers from The Habit team up with Seattle Public Theater to create this holiday comedy for those who like their holiday entertainment with lots of action and 80s jokes.

Mannheim Steamroller
December 15 at 7:00 p.m.
Toyota Center, 7000 W Grandridge Blvd, Kennewick

December 16 at 7:30 p.m.
Angel of the Winds Arena, 2000 Hewitt Avenue, Everett
December 17 at 7:30 p.m.
First Interstate Center for the Arts, 334 W Spokane Falls Blvd, Spokane

Experience the music that has become the hallmark of the holidays. Enjoy Mannheim Steamroller holiday classics in an immersive setting as you celebrate the season.

Sacramento

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Nutcracker
December 10 through December 24, times vary
SAFE Credit Union Performing Arts Center, 1301 L Street, Sacramento
See the Sacramento Ballet perform its annual holiday tradition of the Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker. Experience "The March of the Toys," "The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy," and more classics from this performance.

Comedy Spot Holiday Show
December 16 at 9:00 p.m.
Sacramento Comedy Spot, 1050 20th Street Suite 130, Sacramento

Make for a night full of laughs as you celebrate the holiday season. The Comedy Spot puts on this annual variety show featuring comedic characters, music, sketch comedy, games, standup comedy, and more.

Under the Streetlamp - Hip to the Holidays
December 18 at 8:00 p.m.
Crest Theatre, 1013 K Street, Sacramento

Sing along with Under the Streetlamp to renditions of classic hits from the American Radio Songbook, plus their fan-favorite album Hip to the Holidays in a joyous performance.

Lindsey Stirling
December 19 at 8:00 p.m.
Hard Rock Live Sacramento, 3317 Forty Mile Road, Wheatland

Lindsey Stirling brings her Snow Waltz Tour to Sacramento for one night only. The electronic violinist's holiday album, Warmer in Winter, reached #1 on Billboard, Amazon, and iTunes Holiday Album charts upon release.

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