Choices include “Sugar Plum Gary,” “Krampus Christmas” and “Christmastown: A Holiday Noir.”

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If you are a traditionalist when it comes to live holiday entertainment, Seattle has a batch of familiar yuletide fare to sample, from various versions of “A Christmas Carol” (by ACT Theatre, Seattle Radio Theatre and others), numerous productions of “The Nutcracker” (Pacific Northwest Ballet, Evergreen City Ballet, to name a few) and several “A Charlie Brown Christmas” offerings (Taproot Theatre, Strawberry Theatre Workshop, SecondStory Rep).

But if you’d rather head off the beaten path, and have a taste for the quirky and irreverent, there are also plenty of other options. Here are some possibilities. (Note that most of the shows mentioned here are aimed at adults, not “tiny tots with their eyes all aglow.”)

“Sugar Plum Gary”

Emmett Montgomery, host of Seattle’s proudly demented Weird and Awesome comedy series, gets into the season spirit with a one-of-a-kind solo show at Capitol Hill’s 18th & Union (formerly New City Theatre). It imagines a Christmas Eve where Santa Claus drops by, only to find just one guy left on the planet — a Santa skeptic who becomes a true believer. Montgomery has toured the (very portable) piece around the country, educating folks about “the magic and danger of the holiday season.” (Dec. 2-24;

“Krampus Christmas”

’Tis the season to party with the devil? That’s the concept, in Seattle Immersive Theatre’s new participatory production. According to German legend, Krampus is a kind of anti-Santa Claus who shows up to punish folks who have misbehaved (rather than reward those who’ve been good). Local playwright Kelleen Conway Blanchard wrote the script for this darkly comic journey through a wintry maze, conjured in the company’s warehouse-sized home on Lower Queen Anne. You’ll be led through the 45-minute spectacle with a “terrifyingly jolly elf as your guide.” (Through Jan. 1;

“Christmastown: A Holiday Noir”

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One of the freshest, verbally friskiest shows to hit the holiday circuit in the past couple years is Wayne Rawley’s zany mock-noir detective spoof at Seattle Public Theater, in which shamus Nick Holiday takes the case of a glamorous elf, Holly Wonderland. A cross between Garrison Keillor’s Guy Noir skits, the movie “Chinatown” and Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” this is a returning treat for pulp-film freaks who can’t get enough of those 1940s gumshoes. (Dec. 2-24;

“Land of the Sweets: The Burlesque Nutcracker”

A bawdy but nice romp through an old tale, this winter pageant at the Triple Door nightclub is celebrating its 11th year. The genially campy, glittery array of aerial acts, dance numbers, strip-teasing and winking double entendres is set to a big-band, jazzy version of Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite,” and produced by Seattle burlesque impresarios McCann and Verlaine. (Dec. 9-29;

“A Rogue’s Christmas”

The Town Hall Seattle series “Short Stories Live” returns for its annual recitation of “unconventional” holiday stories and poems, read by well-known Northwest performers. Along with musical infusions by the band Pineola, goodies under the tree this year include one of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s earliest published stories; Kurt Vonnegut’s “While Mortals Sleep”; and Muriel Spark’s “The Seraph and the Zambezi.” (Dec. 11;

Twisted Flicks: “Rudolph’s Shiny New Year”

Using a 1976 stop-action film with the sound turned off, the Twisted Flicks funsters will provide improvised satirical dialogue for the made-for-TV tale about the famous reindeer. It features the voices of Red Skelton and Morey Amsterdam but is far from a holiday classic, and the impromptu lines may be hilarious or dumb, or both, depending on the comedy reflexes of the hardy Jet City improvisers. They promise no content or language “objectionable” to a family crowd. (Dec. 29-30;

Information in this article, originally published Dec. 1, 2016, was corrected Dec. 2, 2016. A previous version of this story contained incorrect information about “A Rogue’s Christmas” at Town Hall Seattle.