‘Unsilent Night’: Caroling with your smartphone

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The annual worldwide event will take to the streets on Dec. 3 in Seattle.

Think of it as caroling without all the words: It’s the return to Seattle of “Unsilent Night,” a worldwide activity that is becoming a holiday fixture here.

Taking part is easy. Download a (free) app or music tracks (also free) from unsilentnight.com. Show up at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at the On the Boards lobby, 100 W. Roy St. Once you’re given the cue, press “play” and hit the streets “in a wash of shimmering electronica.” There’s no charge, and the event is open to all ages. After the walkabout, there’ll be cocoa and snacks at OtB.

“Unsilent Night” was born in 1992, when New York composer Phil Kline dreamed up an event in which the walkers carried boomboxes that played cassettes. A few years later it became all about CDs, and now of course it’s geared toward smartphones and…

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