Artfully Edmonds: Holiday events designed to delight you and your guests

1 CSO Holiday Pops
It’s a Symphony! Cascade Symphony Orchestra performs “Holiday Pops” Tickets at this link.

The aim of Artfully Edmonds this season is to keep Edmonds’ families stocked with holiday-event options (regardless of their ages) and also offer performing arts and exhibition art that will allow you to show off the attributes of this celebrated little city to out-of-town guests.

So bookmark us and you will always have a handy source of what-to-do ideas to share with friends, family and out-of-town guests throughout the holidays.

Most of the events we will be bringing to your attention this season are appropriate for teenagers looking for holiday dating ideas, for families, or as tradition starters for little ones. Need an evening out away from the tinsel? Scroll to Artfully Edmonds’ listings for the cocktail party set. We’ve included roller derby queens and Latin music, Beggar Boys and Gypsy Boys, Sisters and misters!

Our week begins sweetly with hometown favorites the Gothard Sisters and continues on into the weekend with symphonies performed by the renowned Cascade Symphony Orchestra, whose repertoire will include the exhilarating march from “Babes in Toyland” during their Holiday Pops concert.

Artfully Edmonds has a ticket watch on Sunday’s 7:30 p.m. “Holiday Pops” concert. Tickets here!  See you in the lobby during Sunday evening’s intermission.

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Willow, Solana and Greta return to the ECA stage. Irish step-dancing!  Fiddles! Laughter! Imagine how much fun this performance will be as a family event.


Thursday, Dec. 10
7:30 p.m.
Christmas With the Gothard Sisters
Edmonds Center for the Arts (ECA)
410 4th Ave. N.

The Gothard Sisters, winners of Best New Irish Artists in the 6th Annual Irish Music Awards, present their second annual magical and Celtic Christmas full of Irish dance and music and fun for the whole family!

Take the whole family to this vibrant, attention-holding event. Tickets available here .

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Friday, Dec. 11
7:30 p.m.
The Northwest Boychoir
   And Vocalpoint! Seattle
Trinity Lutheran
6510 196th St. S.W.

The Northwest Boychoir proudly presents its 37th annual “A Festival of Lessons & Carols” concert series featuring eight regional performances in December.

These holiday concerts showcase the 90-member combined chorus of the Northwest Boychoir and Vocalpoint! Seattle.

Patterned after the Christmas Eve observance at King’s College in Cambridge, England, “A Festival of Lessons & Carols” has become a holiday tradition for thousands of families in the Puget Sound region. This classical performance consists of nine holiday readings, each followed by a traditional carol performed by the choir, and another carol sung by the choir and audience.

Tickets are available through Northwest Boychoir.

For additional program information please call 206.524.3234

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Saturday Dec. 12 at Edmonds Center for the Arts. Tuesday, Dec. 22 at Wade James Theatre.

Frank DeMeiro
Presents two Holiday programs to the community:

Sno-King Chorale’s “Holiday Magic: Scrooge! Bah! Humbug!”

Saturday, Dec 12
2:30 and 7:30 p.m.

The Sno-King Chorale, under the direction of Frank DeMiero, presents a new concert version of “Scrooge, the Musical,” with special touches of magic and mystery and a large dose of holiday cheer! Performances are at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Edmonds Center for the Arts.

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Tuesday, Dec. 22
7:30 p.m.
One More Christmas With You
Seattle Jazz Singers
Wade James Theatre
950 Main St.

A holiday concert event that the whole family will love, featuring the Seattle Jazz Singers and many special guests. The proceeds from this event will benefit The DeMiero Jazz Festival which provides vocal jazz experiences for young musicians from the Pacific Northwest.

Tickets for this upbeat, jazzy fun program are available through this link.

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12 The Loft

The Loft
515 Main St.
This weekend!

Friday, Dec 12
8:30 p.m.
Just Added!

Acoustic Transitions take the stage with Sydney Muirhead And Pat Timmons.

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Saturday, Dec 12
8:30 p.m.
The Gypsy Boys

Every week we like to add a little heat to our column and for this edition the shout out goes to flamenco guitarist George Stephens of The Gypsy Boys – a thrilling experience in a sophisticated setting.

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Sunday, Dec. 13 ~ 7:30 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 14 ~ 7:30 p.m.
Holiday Pops Concert
Cascade Symphony Orchestra

Edmonds Center for the Arts (ECA)
410 4th Ave. N.

The CSO reminds patrons, music lovers and the holiday joyful of this year’s two performances of the Holiday Pops concert, on Dec. 13 and 14 (this Sunday and Monday, respectively).

Each evening begins with a 6:30 p.m. music discussion touching on the features and background of the compositions.

After previous years’ early sellouts the CSO added the Sunday evening concert to ensure that seats are available to all.

The holiday performance will feature guest conductor Bobby Collins and renowned euphonium soloist Adam Frey (more info at

Ticket purchases for your family, your dinner party friends, and teen dates can be made at the ECA online ticket box office or by calling 425-275-9595.

Prices for the CSO Holiday concerts are Adults: $27, Seniors: $22, Students, $15 and Youth (age 12 and under), $10.

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Sunday, Dec. 13

7 p.m.


The Driftwood Players present “The 4th Annual Holiday Sign-Along” as they invite the community for an evening of holiday music around the piano, sharing songs and stories with friends and neighbors.

Driftwood Players perform at        Wade James Theatre, 950 Main St.

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DemetriS Wednesdays

Wednesday, Dec 16
6:30 and 8:30 p.m.

Demetri’s WoodStone Taverna
101 Main St.


Stepping up to the mic Deseo Carmin warms things up for a little Latin, Gypsy, and a bit of Funk thrown in for good measure.

Follow Demetri’s Wednesday line-up from their Facebook page

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The Nutcracker. Photo courtesy of Olympic Ballet Theatre.


Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Dec. 18-20

Olympic Ballet Theatre (OBT)
“The Nutcracker” 
Composed by Tchaikovsky

Edmonds Center for the Arts
410 4th Ave. N.

Clara, the Nutcracker, the Mouse! The growing Christmas Tree, the Booming Canon, a larger-than-life Mother Goose and so many other charming, surprising, breath-taking characters return to the stage in Olympic Ballet Theatre’s “The Nutcracker” a beloved holiday favorite.


Program highlights can be found at the OBT website.

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4 Driftwood Holiday Duo
Driftwood Players’ Holidays Production features a Dinner-And-Show partner package with Scott’s Bar & Grill. The perfect present!            Production runs through Sunday, Dec. 20.


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Friday, Dec. 18
5-7 p.m.

Edmonds Holiday Tunes!
Café Louvre
210 5th Ave. S.

Even Santa loves Edmonds Holiday Tunes! But before Santa Claus arrives on the 18th – drop by and treat yourself to the tunes of Keith Livingston who appears on the Edmonds Tunes stage for the first time this Friday, Dec 11.

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Dec 19 MLT Bazaar
Mountlake Terrace Elementary Bazaar at 22001 52nd Ave W., Saturday, Dec. 19

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Saturday, Dec. 19

3 p.m.
SoundScapes Concert Series
With Abigail Lennox and the Beggar Boys

Plus! Irish Step Dancing

Edmonds United Methodist Church
828 Caspers St.

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Abigail and the Beggar Boys. Saturday, Dec. 19.

Abigail Lennox and the Beggar Boys return for their second appearance at Edmonds United Methodist Church.

Their Dec. 19 concert will feature Christmas music from Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, including foot-stomping dance tunes, traditional carols and a few originals.

Seattle’s Tara Academy of Irish Dance will perform Irish step dancing, and as a highlight Larry Young will tell one of his celebrated Christmas stories.

The Beggar Boys were founded in Boston in 2001, and have since performed across the country, bringing their energetic mix of Celtic traditional music styles to audience’s young and old. Recently, they were featured on National Public Radio’s syndicated holiday special A Carolina Christmas from Asheville, North Carolina’s Biltmore Estate.

The band’s lineup includes Michael Albert on fiddle, Irish flute, and vocals; Larry Young on fiddle, baritone fiddle, and vocals; Henry Lebedinsky on guitar and bouzouki; and Abigail Lennox singing lead vocals and playing bodhrán (Irish frame drum).

This program is family-friendly, and a “Meet The Artists” reception will follow the show.

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Jet City
Need a break from the “Ho! Ho! Ho!” The Jet City Rollergirls are holding your reservation.

Saturday, Dec. 19
6 p.m. and 10 p.m.
(Track doors open at 5:45 p.m.)
Jet City Rollergirls

Shoreline Derby Center
19022 Aurora Ave.

Sometimes a person just wants to get away from ‘the holiday thing’. If that’s you, might we suggest a rousing stint with the Jet City Rollergirls who post their events on the My Edmonds News events page:

From the promotions department of Jet City Rollergirls:

“It’s Camaro Harem vs. Heartless Heathers from Portland”
and “Pink Pistols vs. Hula Honeys!”

Buy your tickets now before prices increase at the door and see this action-packed double header! Added attractions to the bouts include an onsite food truck, a beer garden, and a 50/50 raffle.

“Registered service animals only please,” request the Jet City Rollergirls.

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Local comedy darling Melanie Calderwood shares a laugh with Larry Albert in “Expressing Willie” Show closes Dec. 20. Reviewed by My Edmonds News.



Sunday, Dec. 20
4-6 p.m.

Artist, Kim Brayman
   Beers and Brushes!

Brigid’s Bottleshop
190 Sunset Ave.

Brigid’s Bottleshop will be hosting a painting event taught by Art Walk Edmonds participant Kim Brayman. Kim promises from her Facebook page, “I’ll be guiding everyone through one of the colorful processes I use to create many of my works of art. You can do it too!”

Brigid’s Bottleshop invites, “So grab your friends and family and any visiting relatives and meet up at Brigid’s!”

The ticket price is $30 and includes a beverage from Brigid’s long list of taps, Kim’s art lesson, plus all of your art materials.

Email Kim at [email protected] to sign up!

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A Christmas Peril
One Night Only! Remember how funny this show was last year? Make it a tradition!


Tuesday, Dec. 22
7:30 p.m.

A Christmas Peril
With Tracey Conway and
   Seattle Radio Theatre

Edmonds Center for the Arts 
410 4th Ave. N.

Seattle Radio Theatre will storm into Edmonds with this season’s “A Christmas Peril”.

Last year featured local travel expert and celebrity Rick Steves; this year the featured guest is gardening expert and television personality Ciscoe Morris.

“A Christmas Peril,” which premieres Curtis Takahashi’s original radio dram-edy, takes a hazy-crazy and distinctly Northwest twist on Scrooge, Bob Crachit and those famous ghosts of Christmas past and future.

In Takahashi’s rendition, we find the spirited spectors stranded together on a public transit bus in a Christmas Eve snowstorm.

Narrated by a former Fredericks & Nelson Santa looking back on one of the wackiest holiday seasons ever experienced, the tales include an elf with rock-n-roll blues and Mike Murphy’s “O Christmas Tree” revealing the inner-thoughts of an exceptionally “live” evergreen.

Celebrating their 16th year, non-profit Seattle Radio Theatre is unique for broadcasting it onstage plays live to radio audiences. Productions feature music, old-time sound effects and vibrant vocal talent. Headlined by Northwest media personalities the rotating cast includes Pat Cashman, Tracey Conway, John Curley, Dave Ross, Jim Dever, Lee Callahan, John Maynard and Delores Rogers, among others.

All of the troupe members stay on their mark with performances throughout the year. Delores Rogers performed little Susan Walker in “Miracle on 34th Street” with Seattle Radio cast members in their Town Hall Seattle performance, broadcast on KIRO.  Tracey Conway played character Doris Walker, her mother. In “A Christmas Peril” Delores plays “the mean boss”.

We have a plethora of talented local personalities, as you can see in the poster.

All seats for the one-night Dec. 22 show are $12 and available at this website.

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There’s a new studio in town!

 Re-Juiced Studio, located at 18521 76th Ave. W. #104 in Perrinville, offers unique furniture, art and accessories to rejuvenate or replenish your residential and commercial environment while thoughtfully blurring the boundaries between old and new.

We collaborate with local Artists & Artisans who specialize in well made, hand crafted, socially and environmentally responsible products.

Edmonds resident Elizabeth Rogers says of Re-Juiced, “An excellent resource for vintage mid-century finds, beautiful work by local artists.”

Local artists, you say? That gets the attention of Artfully Edmonds.

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Cascadia Art Museum (CAM)
190 Sunset Ave.

Our destination-art museum is decked out for the holidays and ready to boast the work of talented curator David F. Martin.

Your out-of-town holiday visitors will be treated to the art museum’s inaugural exhibit featuring Northwest watercolorists from decades past as well as the seasonal vintage Christmas card display.

Hours are posted on the museum’s website.

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Edmonds Center for the Arts. Located at 410 4th Ave. N.

Edmonds Center for the Arts (ECA)
410 4th Ave. N.

ECA Holiday Triple Play!

Just in time for the holidays Artfully Edmonds receives word of the ECA Holiday Triple Play Package. Choose 3 ECA presented events and receive a special discounted price on all 3 from their ticket office, or by calling 425.275.9595.

What’s coming up on the ECA Events calendar? Lots!

Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra

Travis Tritt

Riders In The Sky

AXIS Dance Company

Second City

Spanish Harlem Orchestra


Boston Brass

Big Bad Wolf – an ECA Family Event


Loudon Wainwright III

Patti Lupone

Ana Moura

Eroica Trio

The Intergalactic Nemesis: Target Earth

Mid Bay Jugglers – An ECA Family Event

Poncho Sanchez

That’s it for this week of Artfully Edmonds. Enjoy yourselves, and let us know if you have heard of a holiday arts-oriented event that our readers need to put on their calendars.

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15 Emily— By Emily Hill

Emily Hill is the author of two novels and a short story collection. She also writes the “Lynnwood Lifestyle” column for Lynnwood Today. Emily is retired from a career in public information and news media relations. If you would like your event listed, or featured, in Artfully Edmonds, Emily invites you to contact her at [email protected].

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