Holiday Traditions at Orcas Center Bring a Festive Spirit to the Islands

  • Wed Nov 20th, 2019 1:30am
  • Life

As the days grow shorter and nights get colder, Orcas Center helps keep the holiday spirit alive through song, music and dance! There are many traditional holiday concerts, films and performances to choose from that are sure to keep the warm glow of the season burning bright.

Kicking off the holiday festivities on Nov. 21-23 is “The Roasted Nut Too,” – tickets are $15-$47; show-times 7 p.m. and 2 p.m. – an original dance performance from The Island Inspiration All-Stars. Stick around for an after-performance dance party with Bruce Pavitt and Carrie “DJ CARE” Barroll in the Black Box! Tickets are just $5 at the door or free with your “Roasted Nut” ticket.

After you’ve stuffed yourself silly with a Thanksgiving feast, join The Olga Symphony (and Friends!) on Nov. 29-30. Tickets are $5; show-time 7:30 p.m. This is the Symphony’s annual fundraiser with music and guaranteed merriment benefiting the Orcas Center and other island charities.

Our local musicians and vocalists will feature a range of holiday classics and beloved favorites sure to keep you in the festive spirit through the rest of the year! The Choral Society performs Dec. 7- 8 – tickets $5-$18; show-time 7:30 p.m. and 2 p.m.- and The Community Band takes the stage the following week on Dec. 14 -admission by donation; show-time 3 p.m.

What holiday season would be complete without a viewing of these holiday traditions: A Christmas Carol comes to Center Stage in a special presentation by The San Juan Community Theatre Dec. 15 (tickets $15-$47; show-time 3pm). Christmas Around the World features local dance students showing their talents in a holiday performance on Dec. 17 (tickets $10-$47; show-time 6 p.m.). And later in the week there will be a screening of the holiday classic: “The Nutcracker” performed by The Bolshoi Ballet on Dec. 21, (tickets $12-$47; show-time 2 p.m.).

Crow Valley String Band will be the last concert of the year at Orcas Center on Dec. 20. – tickets $15-$47; show-time is 7:30 p.m., and finally, the “Magic Flute,” presented by the Metropolitan Opera, rounds out the holiday offerings on Dec. 28th – tickets are $12-$47; show-time is 1 p.m.

Tickets for all of these shows and more are available at, or by calling the Orcas Center box office at 360-376-2281, ext. 1.