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How to enjoy the holidays in Seattle

The Seattle Times' annual roundup of arts/crafts fairs, dance, theater, music and other seasonal events.

Colin Diltz / The Seattle Times, 2012

Girl Scouts Cassidy Elicker, left, Zoe Kirkland and Avery O'Neil grin as they dance at last year's Burien Winterfest. This year, the community event is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 7 on Southwest 152nd Street, downtown Burien.

It's time for twinkling lights, carolers and choirs, sugarplum fairies and Christmas ships, Scrooge and the "Messiah." It's also time for our annual guide to all things happy and holiday. The events listed here will help you find things to do, familiar and new, through the new year.

— Melissa Davis, NWArts&Life editor

Arts & Crafts

Jodee Adams Moore

Jodee Adams-Moore's clay works will be featured at the South Park Arts Art Under $100 Sale, on Dec. 7.

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Classical Music

John Pai

The Seattle Men's Chorus performs "Play It Again, Santa" around the region Nov. 30-Dec. 22.

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Greg Gilbert / The Seattle Times, 2012

Beautiful costumes, superb dancers and even snow are part of the tradition at Pacific Northwest Ballet's "Nutcracker." This year, it runs Nov. 30- Dec. 29.

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John Lok / The Seattle Times, 2012

Jingle Belle dancers gather before the start of the "Snowflake Lane" production in Bellevue, which can be seen nightly Nov. 29-Dec. 24.

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Pop Music

Marcus Yam / The Seattle Times

The Seattle-based band The Head and the Heart will perform at Deck the Hall Ball on Dec. 3.

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Erik Stuhaug

Candace Vance, left, and Faith Russell in "Le Club Noel," on stage at Taproot Theatre through Dec. 28.

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Christmas Ships

Courtney Blethen Riffkin / The Seattle Times, 2011

The Argosy Christmas Ship makes a stop at Madison Park, in Seattle.

Northwesterners love boating. And holiday traditions. Put the two together and what do you get? The Argosy Christmas Ships, which ply Puget Sound, Lake Washington and Lake Union.

Reserve a spot on a light-bedecked Argosy ship, and settle in to hear live music on board during the cruises, which last nearly thee hours. Or join the floating parade with your own decorated boat. Or greet the ships at one of the many beaches they visit along the way — some locales offer bonfires. You can hear the music piped from the ships on shore.

From Shilshole to Dash Point, Kirkland to Pier 55, the ships visit many waterfront communities, with more than two dozen sailings in all. Find the complete schedule at or call 888-623-1445.

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