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Shows this holiday season

Make merry with a trip to the Broadway Center

The Seattle Men’s Chorus will bring its signature blend of wit, warmth and glitz to this year’s holiday extravaganza, Silver and Soul. Photo courtesy of the Broadway Center

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The holiday season is upon us, that time of tree trimming, menorah lighting, cookie baking, gift buying - and show seeing.

No kidding. You might think there'd be enough to do at this time of year, but holiday time is a big time for families to dress up and go out to see The Nutcracker or the latest holiday spectacular from the Seattle Men's Chorus.

They're traditions - even if, as with the men's chorus, the show is completely different each year.

"It's one of those shows you want to see every year because it's such a fun time," said Lacey Wright, a spokesperson for the Broadway Center. "You just don't know what surprises will be in store."

In Tacoma, the place with the biggest concentration of holiday shows is the center, home to the symphony's holiday concert, the Christmas Revels and The Nutcracker (for the last time before the Tacoma City Ballet takes the show to Federal Way).

Here's our guide to holiday delights at the center through the holidays.

"Favorite Things" - You know when Maria Von Trapp (Julie Andrews) sings about whiskers on kittens and warm woolen mittens? She could have thrown in the opportunity to sing loudly and joyfully - and off key, if need be - to classic movie musicals. It's become a popular holiday pastime in the South Sound, at any rate.

Tickets are going fast for this season's Sing-A-Long-A Sound of Music.

Sing-A-Long-A Sound of Music, 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26, Pantages Theater, $12-$29

"O Tannenbaum" - The 71st annual holiday tree lighting, happening right after the sing-along, boasts a visit from Santa and songs by Joint Base Lewis-McChord's I Corps Band, a brass quintet.

"I think it's going to be a record crowd," Wright said.

Holiday tree lighting, 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26, 9th and Broadway, free

Holiday classic - Symphony Tacoma and the Tacoma Youth Chorus are teaming up for a concert of seasonal favorites - and, yes, another sing-along opportunity.

Symphony Tacoma presents "Sounds of the Season," 2:30 p.m. Dec. 4, Pantages Theater, $19-$80

Jazz Jam - The newly renamed and community-owned KNKX is teaming up with the center to present its first holiday jam featuring singer Gail Pettis plus jazz ensembles from Pacific Lutheran University and the University of Puget Sound.

88.5 FM KNKX Holiday Jam, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4, Rialto Theater, free, reservations required

Oh, nuts - For many, the season wouldn't be the same without The Nutcracker. Next year, it won't be the same for Tacoma ballet fans, since the full production will move to the new Federal Way Performing Arts and Event Center.

Tacoma City Ballet presents The Nutcracker & the Tale of the Hard Nut, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9 and 16 and 3 p.m. Dec. 10, 11, 17 and 18, Pantages Theater, $25-$100

Seasonal surprise - Seeing the Seattle Men's Chorus holiday concert is like unwrapping a present. It's probably best not to read up on what the guys will do this year, but - you guessed it - there will be a sing-along along the way.

Seattle Men's Chorus presents Silver and Soul, 3 and 7:30 p.m., Dec. 10, Rialto Theater, $32-$55

A time to revel - The Christmas Revels celebrates the holidays - and traditions from different cultures - with theater, song, dance and audience participation.

The Christmas Revels, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1; 1 and 5:30 p.m. Dec. 18; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20-21, Rialto Theater, $12-$34.50

BROADWAY CENTER, 901 Broadway, Tacoma, 253.591.5894,

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