From the satirical to the sentimental to the serious, here are some holiday shows that look interesting.

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Among the buffet of new and familiar holiday theater events in Seattle, the following especially pique our interest. (FYI: If you crave another helping of that classic Dickens tale, “A Christmas Carol,” they’re dishing it up at ACT Theatre and numerous community theaters):

“A Civil War Christmas”: Taproot Theatre presents the Seattle premiere of Paula Vogel’s noteworthy musical-dramatic pageant of historic figures (Abraham Lincoln, Robert E. Lee), along with former African-American slaves, soldiers and others, on Christmas Eve 1864.

Nov. 22-Dec. 30 at Taproot Theatre, Seattle. (206-781-9707 or

“Holiday Inn”: Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire teamed up for the 1942 movie of this backstage musical comedy about romance and show biz over the holidays. The 5th Avenue Theatre version is a screen-to-stage adaptation, and one thing you can count on is an Irving Berlin score stocked with standards — including the Oscar-honored anthem, “White Christmas.”

Nov. 24-Dec. 31 at 5th Avenue Theatre, Seattle. (206-625-1900 or

“Ham for the Holidays: The Hamchurian Candidate”: Satirist-singers Lisa Koch and Peggy Platt have been coming out with a new edition of their zany variety show every winter for quite a spell, and they rarely disappoint. This year they’re spoofing in song and skit the last presidential election, the (mythical) mother-daughter country singing duo the Spudds and, of course, the teeny-tiny Sequim Gay Men’s Chorus.

Nov. 30-Dec. 17 at ACT Theatre, Seattle (206-292-7676 or

“The Flight before Xmas”: In Maggie Lee’s new play, a group of strangers wait out flight delays in an airport en route to family gatherings. The description mentions “kids shuttling between stepfamilies, a rogue cat on the loose, an important business deal at stake, and missing your grandson’s first Christmas morning.” And there but for the grace of airline companies (and the weather) go we.

Dec. 1-24 at Seattle Public Theatre, Seattle. (206- 524-1300 or

“Elf the Musical”: Another celluloid tale transferred to the stage, this ingratiating Broadway romp is based on the Will Ferrell movie about an exceedingly tall elf who joins the world of humans at Santa’s behest. The Paramount Theatre presentation is part of a national tour.

Dec. 5-10 at Paramount Theatre, Seattle. (800-745-3000 or