“A Christmas Cabaret” Festive Christmas program produced by Ellen Travolta, longtime Coeur d’Alene resident and veteran actress. The show stars Mark Cotter with special guest Jack Bannon, for an evening of music and stories. Regular run sold out; additional show added at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Coeur d’Alene Resort, 115 S. Second St., Coeur d’Alene. $25. (208) 765-4000, ext. 21.
“Traditions of Christmas”Through Dec. 23. An 80-person cast performs a visual and musical spectacular of all the greatest Christmas songs and traditions from around the world. The show features Rockette-style dancing, a trip to Santa’s workshop at the North Pole, a USO scene and tribute to the military, a fully staged living nativity and more. Shows are Thursdays-Saturdays at 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3 p.m.; and Dec. 23 at 1 p.m. Salvation Army Kroc Center, 1765 W. Golf Course Road, Coeur d’Alene. $33/general; $26/seniors and military; $20/children age 12 and younger. (208) 391-2867.
127th Annual Christmas Candlelight Concert This year’s theme is “Light of Light: Let the Heavens Rejoice!” Shows Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. St. Aloysius Church, 330 E. Boone Ave. Advance: $5/students; $10/seniors; $12/adults. Door: $10/students; $15/adults and seniors. Free/ages 12 and younger. (509) 313-6733.
“Abbey and Friends Holiday Cabaret” Featuring performances from Andrew Ware Lewis, Lance Babbitt, Laura Sable, Phoebe Oosterhuis, Aubrey Shimeck Davis, Callie McKinney-Cabe, Cody Bray and Abbey Crawford, who also directs. Music direction by Jim Ryan. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Lake City Playhouse, 1320 E. Garden Ave. $10. (208) 667-1323.
“On a Cold Winter’s Night” Crescendo Community Chorus, Prep Choir, Concert Choir and Adult Choir. Friday, 7 p.m., St. Stephens Episcopal Church, 5720 S. Perry St. $5.
3 Cs Coeur d’Aleers Christmas Roses A choral concert directed by Rose Dempsey and accompanied by Jeanie Donaldson. Donations for Cancer & Community Charities will be appreciated. Friday, 7:30 p.m., Lutheran Church of the Master, 4800 N. Ramsey Road, Coeur d’Alene. (208) 765-1002.
UI Jazz Choirs Holiday Concert Friday, 8 p.m., University of Idaho Kibbie Dome, 1000 Stadium Drive, Moscow. (208) 885-6231.
GU Music Presents Piano Studio Recital Gonzaga University piano students will perform under the direction of Greg Presley, Margee Webster and Colleen Hunter. Saturday, 10:30 a.m., Gonzaga University, Music Annex I, corner of Boone and Pearl. Free. (509) 313-6733.
“The Secret of Christmas” Holiday Concert Annual holiday concert presented by Spirit of Spokane Chorus featuring special guest quartets, soloists and instrumentalists in an evening to kindle the Christmas spirit. Baked goods available for purchase. Please bring one nonperishable item for the local food bank. Saturday, 7 p.m., Opportunity Presbyterian Church, 202 N. Pines Road. $10/door; free/ages 6 and younger. (208) 659-7346.
“Vaudeville Tonight” Pages of Harmony barbershop quartets and a 30-member chorus present vaudevillian and Christmas favorites. Saturday, 7 p.m., Empire Theatre, 126 S. Crosby St., Tekoa, Wash. $12/adults; $5/students; 12 and younger/free. (509) 284-5173.
Christmas Festival Concert The Whitworth University Choir, Whitworth Women’s Choir, Whitworth Men’s Chorus, Whitworth Chamber Singers and student instrumentalists will present “Heaven and Nature Sing.” Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, 1001 W. Sprague Ave. $18/adults; $15/seniors and students. (509) 624-1200.
Yuletide Brass The Spokane British Brass Band will perform. Sunday, 3 p.m., Music Auditorium, Spokane Falls Community College, 3410 W. Fort George Wright Drive. $10/adults; free/students. (509) 466-5500.
Handel’s Messiah Concert and Community Sing-Along A centurylong tradition featuring full choir, chamber orchestra and soloists. For community singalong singers, there is a pre-concert rehearsal. Arrive at 2:15 to check out a score, or bring your own. Sunday, 4 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 318 S. Cedar St. Free. (509) 747-1058.
The Music of Christmas Music and narration combine to celebrate the holy season. Sunday, 7 p.m., Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 13608 E. 40th Ave. (also called Belle Terre Ave., off of Highway 27), Spokane Valley. Free. (509) 893-2587.
Holiday Harmony The Liberty Choir will spark your holiday spirit with a Yuletide concert. Monday, 7 p.m., Fairfield Community Center, 218 E. Main St., Fairfield. Free. (509) 893-8320.
“This is What Christmas Sounds Like” Annual holiday performance by Clarion Brass. Clarion is a brass choir comprised of 12 brass players and a percussionist who perform serious chamber works, jazz and popular music. Monday, 7:30 p.m., Salvation Army Kroc Center, 1756 W. Golf Course Road, Coeur d’Alene. $18/general; $16/students and seniors, (208) 667-1865; Tuesday and Wednesday, 7:30 p.m., St. John’s Cathedral, 127 E. 12th Ave. $18/adults; $16/seniors and students. (509) 489-4633.
Holiday Harmony Ignite your holiday spirit with the East Valley High School ensemble group Viva La Noche. Wednesday, 6 p.m., Otis Orchards Library, 22324 E. Wellesley Ave., Otis Orchards. Free. (509) 893-8390.
Rising Stars Acuff & Sherfey Justin Sherfey is the reigning United States NW Fiddle Champion and has also placed top three in the nation for two consecutive years. He is a multi-instrumentalist, playing the fiddle, guitar and mandolin. Colby Acuff is also a multi-instrumentalist, playing guitar, drums and harmonica. Wednesday, 7 p.m., Jacklin Arts and Cultural Center, 405 N. William Street, Post Falls. $5. (208) 457-8950.
Harmony for the Holidays An evening of holiday music and light opera featuring acclaimed vocalists Jonathan Mancheni and Isabella Ivy. Benefiting Catholic Charities Foundation and Second Harvest Food Bank. Dec. 20, 8 p.m., Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave. $25. (800) 325-SEAT.
Belly Dancing Friday nights at 5:30 p.m. Red Lantern Room, 1406 W. Third Ave. Free. (509) 838-6688.
Millwood Ballet Theatre’s “The Nutcracker” Children perform this holiday favorite. Saturday, 7 p.m., and Sunday, 2 p.m., Spokane Community College, Lair Auditorium, 1810 N. Greene St. $12. (509) 869-5573.
“The Nutcracker” Presented by Eugene Ballet. Monday, 7 p.m., Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave., Sandpoint. $25/adults; $10/age 18 and younger. (208) 263-9191.
Danceworks’ Christmas Show Dec. 20, 7 p.m., Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave., Sandpoint. $9. (208) 263-9191.
“Season’s Greetings” The Blue Door Theatre Players will perform a show spinning holiday tales. All ages welcome. Shows Friday nights in December at 8 p.m. Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland Ave. $9/general; $7/students, seniors or military. (509) 747-7045.
“Safari” Shows feature short-form improv games based on audience suggestions. For information or reservations, call (509) 747-7045 or visit www.bluedoortheatre.com. Tickets can also be purchased night of show. Saturday nights at 9 p.m., Blue Door Theatre, 815 W. Garland Ave. $7.
“The Angry Pursuit of Happiness” Comedian and actor Christopher Titus performs. Sunday, 8 p.m., Knitting Factory, 919 W. Sprague Ave. $25. (509) 244-3279.
Uncle D’s Comedy Underground Stand-up comedy every Thursday night at 8 p.m. Live professional comedy every Friday and Saturday night at 8 p.m. Uncle D’s Comedy Underground, N. 2721 Market St. No cover/Thursday nights; $12/Fridays and Saturdays. (509) 483-7300.
“Million Dollar Quartet” Through Sunday. Tony award-winning Broadway musical, inspired by the famed recording session that brought together Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for one time only. The hits include “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Fever,” “That’s All Right,” “Sixteen Tons,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “I Walk the Line,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Who Do You Love?,” “Matchbox,” “Folsom Prison Blues” and “Hound Dog.” Shows Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m.; and Sunday at 1 and 6:30 p.m. INB Performing Arts Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. (800) 325-SEAT.
“A Celtic Christmas” Dinner Theatre Featuring the Northwoods Performing Arts Chorale. Directed by Mark D. Caldwell. Shows Friday and Saturday. Dinner at 6:30 p.m.; show at 7:30 p.m. Circle Moon Theater, 3642 N. SR 211 (Highway 211 off Highway 2), Newport, Wash. $25/dinner and show; $12/adults for the show only; $10/seniors and children for the show only. (208) 448-1294.
“the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” Through Dec. 22. Venture through the wardrobe as C.S. Lewis’ beloved classic comes to life. Performances are Fridays at 7 p.m.; Saturdays at 4 and 7 p.m.; Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Theater Arts for Children, 2114 N. Pines Road, Suite 3. $10/adults; $8/seniors, students, military, and children ages 12 and younger. (509) 995-6718.
“The Christmas Toy Shop”Through Sunday. Presented by Spokane Children’s Theatre. In a quiet town, a mysterious man and his assistant arrive and open a toy shop, immediately capturing the attention of the townfolk. Soon, though, it becomes obvious that this is no ordinary toy shop. Performances are Friday at 7 p.m.; Saturday at 1 and 4 p.m.; and Sunday at 1 p.m. Saturday’s 4 p.m. show will be signed for the deaf. Spokane Children’s Theatre, 2727 N. Madelia St. $6-$12. (509) 328-4886.
“The Christmas Schooner” Through Dec. 22. This holiday musical follows the Christmas tree’s perilous journey into America’s homes and traditions. Directed by Scott Doughy. Performances are Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Spokane Civic Theatre, 1020 N. Howard St. $30/adults; $28/military and seniors; $22/students. (509) 325-2507.
“Our Town” Even the tiniest details of everyday life in the small town of Grover’s Corners have significant meaning in one of America’s great classic plays. Performances are Friday at 7:30 p.m.; and Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Interplayers Theatre, 174 S. Howard St. $28/adults; $22/military and seniors; $12/students. (509) 455-7529.
“Thoroughly Modern Millie” Lewis and Clark High School presents a story about a girl from Kansas who moves to New York City determined to marry for wealth and power. Performances are Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. Lewis and Clark High School, 521 W. Fourth Ave. $10/door. (509) 354-7000.
“The SantaLand Diaries” Through Dec. 22. A comedy about a slacker who gets a job as an elf at Macy’s. Will he find good will, or just humiliation and bitterness, as Santa’s helper? Written by David Sedaris and adapted by Joe Mantello. Contains adult material. Performances are Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Lake City Playhouse, 1320 E. Garden Ave., Coeur d’Alene. $11-$17. (208) 667-1323.
“A Christmas Carol” Through Sunday. Charles Dickens’ classic tale about how it’s never too late to turn your life around. Performances are Friday at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday at 2 p.m. University of Idaho Hartung Theatre, 625 Stadium Drive, Moscow. $8/general; $6/youth. (208) 885-7212.
“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” Through Dec. 22. Presented by the Pend Oreille Players. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m.; Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. Pend Oreille Playhouse, 240 N. Union Ave., Newport, Wash. $10/advance; $12/door; $5/children. (509) 447-9900.
“The Best Little Christmas Pageant Ever” Through Dec. 22. The Herdman children are the worst kids in the history of the world. No one is prepared when they invade the church one Sunday and decide to take over the annual Christmas pageant. Performances are Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Jacklin Arts and Cultural Center, 405 N. William St., Post Falls. $15/general: $10/students. (208) 457-8950.
“A Christmas Carol” StageWest Community Theatre presents a radio adaptation of Charles Dickens’s classic holiday tale. Performances will be at 7 p.m. Friday; special dinner theatre performance will be Saturday at 6 p.m. Reservations are required for the dinner theatre. Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 639 Elm St., Cheney. $12/adults; $10/seniors and students; $25/dinner theatre. (509) 235-2441.
“Dickens of a Dinner” A four-course dinner with a performance of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” Performances are Friday and Saturday at 6 p.m., Lion’s Share, 1627 N. Atlantic St. (509) 327-1113.
“I’ll Be Home For Christmas” Dessert Theater A nostalgic musical drama set in 1941 during World War II. Performances are Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m. First Church of the Nazarene, 9004 N. Country Homes Blvd. $5/includes performance, dessert and coffee. (509) 467-8986.
“Tiny Tim’s Christmas” Through Sunday. A sequel to Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” Timothy Cratchit, formerly known as Tiny Tim, manages the local toy shop and has become a regular Scrooge. As the store’s doors close for Christmas, Tim finds himself in a familiar situation, but this time Scrooge is the ghost who leads Tim through his past, present and future. Performances are Friday at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday at 2 p.m. Liberty Lake Community Theatre, 22910 E. Appleway Ave., Suite 1, Liberty Lake. $12. (509) 342-2055.
“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” The Herdman children are the worst kids in the history of the world. No one is prepared when they invade the church one Sunday and decide to take over the annual Christmas pageant. Performances are Saturday at 1 and 4 p.m.; and Sunday at 7 p.m. The Sunday performance is a benefit for the Scholarship Fund. Doors open at 6 p.m. for a silent auction and desserts. Spokane Civic Theatre, 1020 N. Howard St. Saturday: $5/ages 5-12; $10/ages 13 and older. Sunday: $15. (509) 325-2507.
“Away in the Basement: A Church Basement Ladies Christmas” Thursday-Jan. 5. The ladies come together to prepare for the annual Christmas pageant in this musical comedy. Performances are Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.; early bird performance on Dec. 27 at 6:30 p.m. Interplayers Theatre, 174 S. Howard St. $12-$28. (509) 455-7529.