Magical Strings celebrate 35th Celtic Yuletide.
The Boulding family just keeps going, with three generations from this musical Olalla-based family playing their 35th Celtic Yuletide concert. This year features Irish dancers, singer Colleen Raney, guitarist Colm MacCárthaigh, fiddler Jocelyn Pettit and percussionist Matt Jerrell. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13. $28 reserve/$20 general adults/$12 children (advance). Urban Grace Church, 902 Market St., Tacoma (and various other Puget Sound venues). 800-838-3006, magicalstrings.com.
Christmas Revels goes to Appalachia
The annual stage show of Yuletide-based folk song and dance, The Christmas Revels, opens this weekend with a production set in old-time Appalachia. Expect fiddlers, clog dancers and lots of merriment. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 14; 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Dec. 15; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17 and 18. $12-$31. Rialto Theater, 310 S. 9th St., Tacoma. 253-591-5894, broadwaycenter.org, pugetsoundrevels.org
Stroll Stadium’s Dickens Fest
Think strolling actors, carriage rides, Punch-and-Judy shows, carolers and indoor entertainment stages, with plenty of Victorian costume thrown in, and you have the annual Dickens Festival in the Stadium district. Opens with torchlight parade 5:30 p.m. Dec. 13, then 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 14. Free. 6:30 p.m. Dec. 14 Dickens Ball, $45/$20. Various locations around St. Helens and Division Avenues, Tacoma. For schedule see dickensfestival.net
Acrobatic Conundrum on Vashon
New Seattle circus troupe the Acrobatic Conundrum remounts their latest show “The Way Out” on Vashon island next week to prepare for their headline act at January’s
Contemporary Circus Arts Festival in Chicago. Expect multi-person hoop acts, dinner-diving aerialists, juggling, tumbling and more. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19. $15/$8 ages 12 and under. Open Space, 18870 103rd Ave. SW, Vashon. Tickets at Vashon Bookshop, brownpapertickets.com and at the door. openspacevashon.com facebook.com/acrobatic.conundrum
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