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Originally published October 26, 2013 at 7:18 PM | Page modified October 26, 2013 at 7:22 PM

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Holiday shows, from ‘A Christmas Carol’ to Handel’s ‘Messiah’

Holiday entertainment favorites include: “A Christmas Carol” at ACT; Pacific Northwest Ballet’s “Nutcracker”; “Ham for the Holidays: Close Encounters of the Pork Rind” at ACT; and Handel’s “Messiah” at Seattle Symphony.

Seattle Times staff

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In Seattle and in the holiday mood? Here are some long-running entertainment favorites in dance, music and theater. Find more events listings at

Nov. 29-Dec. 29: “A Christmas Carol”: A Contemporary Theatre’s (ACT) annual presentation of Gregory Falls’ adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic. 700 Union St., Seattle; $22-$65. 206-292-7676 or

Nov. 30-Dec. 29: “Nutcracker”: Pacific Northwest Ballet’s annual holiday gem was created by Kent Stowell and Maurice Sendak. McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St., Seattle Center; $25-$126. 206-441-2424 or

Dec. 5-22: “Ham for the Holidays: Close Encounters of the Pork Rind”: Comedians Lisa Koch and Peggy Platt return with their (13th!) annual holiday-themed sketch show. This year’s edition features such favorites as The Spudds and the Sequim Gay Men’s Chorus. 700 Union St., Seattle; $15-$28. 206-292-7676 or

Dec. 20-22: Handel’s “Messiah”: In a season full of “Messiah” performances, this is one of the best, featuring the Seattle Symphony, Seattle Symphony Chorale and soloists. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; $35-$88. 206-215-4747 or

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