Winter Guide 2019

Illustration of pigs with reindeer antlers flying over Seattle. A festive ballerina dances through city with holiday lights.

The holiday season is here — and with it, an abundance of events and activities are coming to the Seattle area. Whether you want to shop for gifts at a holiday market, take the kids to see Santa or hum along to cheery holiday music, there’s no shortage of ways to have festive fun in the coming weeks. Use this guide to help decide where to go and what to do before, after or on the holidays. In case of cancellations or schedule changes, always check times and dates before you go.

Correction: A previous version of this calendar listed the address for the Dec. 21 Northwest Firelight Chorale Concert as University Congregational Church, 4515 Sixth Ave. N.E. This post has been updated to reflect the correct address as University Congregational Church, 4515 Sixteenth Ave. N.E.

Seattle Night Market
Nov. 16, Noon-9 p.m.

Indoor winter edition night market, over 100 vendors, food trucks, beer and cocktail lounge, DJs, and more

Free event

Magnuson Park Hangar 30, 6310 N.E. 74th St., Seattle

Reindeer Festival
Nov. 17-Dec. 24, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 17-Nov. 28; 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Nov. 29-Dec. 23; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 24

Visits from two of Santa's reindeer, decorated holiday yurt, professional Santa photos, model train village, holiday decor and gifts, visits from Seattle Humane MaxMobile select Tuesdays

Free event

Swansons Nursery, 9701 15th Ave. N.W., Seattle

Can Jam II
Nov. 21, 7 p.m.-midnight

Benefit for Ballard Food Bank, membership drive, music, all ages welcome until 10 p.m., minors 19 and under must be accompanied by an adult

$10 or 10 cans for donation

Salmon Bay Eagles F.O.E. #2141, 5216 20th Ave. N.W., Seattle

Chick n' Coop Crafts Holiday Bazaar
Nov. 21-23, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Pacific Northwest handcrafters, pink-tag sale for bargains, central checkout, complimentary carry-out

Free event

Bothell Rental Hall, 24323 Bothell Everettt Hwy., Bothell

Pacific Northwest Needle Arts Guild Holiday Sales
Nov. 22 and 23, Dec. 6, 7, 13 and 14, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Sale of handmade items, including hats, gloves, scarves, stuffed toys, tea cozies, holiday decor, baked goods and more

Free event

Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N., Room 120, Seattle

Seattle Children's Holiday Bazaar
Nov. 22-23, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Vendors with handmade crafts, door prizes, bake sale, raffle, pictures with Santa

Free event

Des Moines United Methodist Church, 22225 Ninth Ave. S., Des Moines

Holiday Bazaar and Bake Sale
Nov. 22-23, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday

Ballard NW Senior Center's holiday bazaar and bake sale with handcrafted gift items, baked goods, sweet and savory breakfast specialties, lunch items and desserts from Chef Lori's Café

Free event

Ballard N.W. Senior Center, 5429 32nd Ave. N.W., Seattle

Enchant Christmas
Nov. 22-Dec. 29, 4-11 p.m.

Light maze, light sculptures, Christmas market, food, drinks, ice skating, carolers, kid zone


T-Mobile Park, 1250 First Ave. S., Seattle

Trinity Crafts and Treasures Bazaar
Nov. 22-Nov. 24, 6-9 p.m. Nov. 22; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 23; 9 a.m.-10 a.m. and Noon-1 p.m. Nov. 24

Artisan-made jewelry, metalwork, crocheted accessories, botanicals, toddler and doll clothes, soaps and more, bake sales, gala opening party Friday, Nov. 22 6-9 p.m., coffee hours on Sunday, Nov 23 (9-10 a.m. and noon-1 p.m.)

Free event

Trinity Episcopal Church, 609 Eighth Ave, Seattle

A gathering of quilters before the holidays, including a show of Patricia Belyea’s Inserted Curves quilts and a talk by Patricia at 1:30 p.m., Japanese textiles and more for sale

Free event

La Conner Civic Garden Club, 622 Second St., La Conner

Holiday Studio Sale
Nov. 23, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Seven local artists display works that double as gift ideas for all, including paintings, photography, jewelry, mixed media and more

Free event

3221 Hoyt Ave., Everett

Silent and live auction, raffles, dessert dash, 100% of profits benefit local youth, open to the public 18 and over


Shoreline Elks Lodge, 14625 15th Ave. N.E., Shoreline

Yuletide Bazaar
Nov. 23, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Lefse, krumkake, cinnamon rolls, table linens, knit and felted accessories, vintage silver and glass, children's toys, clothes and more made by volunteer crafters, proceeds benefit nonprofits that support women, children and veterans

Free event

Dungeness Valley Lutheran Church, 925 N. Sequim Ave., Sequim

The Lyric Arts Ensemble, 10 voices and chamber orchestra with conductor Kenneth L. DeJong

Free event

Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 85th Ave. S.E., Mercer Island; First Lutheran Church of Bothell, 10207 N.E. 183rd St., Bothell

Julefest: A Nordic Christmas Festival
Nov. 23-Nov. 24, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Nordic music and dance performances, 45 holiday vendors, traditional Nordic food and drink, Vahalla beer garden (10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday), photos with Santa Claus (10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday)

Free/museum members, $8/nonmembers, free/ages 13 and under accompanied by an adult

Nordic Museum, 2655 N.W. Market St., Seattle

Advent and Christmas performaces with Seattle Pacific University's symphony orchestra and concert, women's men's and gospel choirs


Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle

Thanksgiving Community Luncheon
Nov. 28, 11 a.m. -1pm

Free, full Thanksgiving meal for all

Free event

The Salvation Army Seattle Temple Corps, 9501 Greenwood Ave. N., Seattle

Candy Cane Lane in Maplewood Heights
Nov. 28-Jan. 1, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

Walk-through display for children of all ages, over 100 blow-mold figures including Disney and traditional Christmas figures, interactive displays including the "naughty or nice" wheel, lighted arches, music, candy canes

Free event

Next to King County's Maplewood Park at the corner of S.E. 139 Pl. and 146th Ave. S.E., Renton

29th annual parade, bands and performance teams, dignitaries and special appearances, followed by the opening of Santaland (through Dec. 24, hours vary), parade starts at 9 a.m.

Free event

Downtown Seattle

Holiday Fair
Nov. 29-30, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. both dates

Arts and crafts fair with handwoven rugs and clothing, jewelry, woodwork, paintings and more, local musicans, a portion of sales go to the Jefferson County Food Bank

Free event

Port Townsend Community Center, 620 Tyler St., Port Townsend

Fairhaven Winterfest
Nov. 29-Dec. 21, Times vary

Browse shops, cafes and restaurants in a lit-up Fairhaven Village, horse-drawn carriage rides, visits with Father Christmas, holiday market, tree lighting, holiday buskers, window-decorating contest, treasure hunt, fire-light stroll, story-writing-and-telling contest, piano recital, caroling competition

Free event

Fairhaven Village, Bellingham

Snowflake Lane
Nov. 29-Dec. 24, 7 p.m. nightly

Snow, Santa, parade, light show with peppermint lollipops, tree lighting, caroling, entertainment

Free event

Bellevue Way between N.E. Fourth St. and N.E. Eighth St. in downtown Bellevue

Nov. 29-Dec. 31, Times vary

Lights, ice rink, ice sculpting, Winter Train and Village, live performances and student showcases, fireworks, Fountain of Light dance party

Free event

Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St., Seattle

Nov. 29-Jan. 4, Times vary

Indoor Christmas festival, fairy-tale Christmas theme, explore light gardens and illuminated structures, bar, food, music, playgrounds, vendor market

$19.99-$22.99/adults, $14.99-$16.99/ages 4-12 and seniors, $65.99-$74.99/up to 2 adults + 3 children, $14.99-$16.99/military and first responders, free/ages 3 and under

Smith Cove Cruise Terminal at Pier 91, 2001 W. Garfield Way, Seattle

Nov. 29-Jan. 5 (closed Dec. 2, 3, 9, 10, 24 and 25), 5:30-8:30 p.m. all dates

Lights, faux snowball fights, up-close animal encounters, hot chocolate and more


Woodland Park Zoo, 5500 Phinney Ave., Seattle

Nov. 29-Jan. 5 (closed Dec. 24), 5-9 p.m. all dates

Lights, 3D-animal light displays, aquarium

$6.50-$11, free/ages 2 and under

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma

Shop for a cause, featuring a wide variety of handcrafted items and baked goods for sale, donated by MEOW Cat Rescue's volunteers and supporters, donations of pet food to support AniMeals, food drive for families in need accepted

Free event

Life Community Church, 232 Fifth Ave. S., Kirkland

All-day celebration of downtown Renton's local shops and restaurants, shops open at 10 a.m., holiday pop-up market and kids activites from 3-6 p.m., tree lighting and arrival of Santa at 5 p.m.

Free event

Piazza Park, 233 Burnett Ave. S., Renton

Watch the Phinney Center air-raid tower glow with lights and monkeys, free refreshments and caroling with the OK Chorale

Free event

Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle

Christmas Ship Festival
Nov. 30, 6:30-9:15 p.m.

2.75-hour cruise, boarding photos with Santa, on-board community choir The Dickens Carolers of Seattle, boxed meals by FareStart available for prepurchase, kids area with crafts and activities, reading of "'Twas the Night Before Christmas," over 21 follow boat also available

$37-$50, free/ages 3 and under

Argosy Cruises, 1101 Alaskan Way, Pier 55, Suite 201, Seattle

Focus on local arts and crafts, handmade and original items, approximately 25 artists and crafters participating

Free event

Mosaic Community Coffeehouse, 4401 Second Ave. N.E. #6128, Seattle

24th Annual Magic in the Market
Nov. 30, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Get a photo with Santa, hear live music, browse Stockings and Stuffers Craft Market, tree-lighting ceremony

Free event

Pike Place Market, 85 Pike St., Seattle

Carols, photos with Santa, music, tree lighting

Free event

Pantages Theater Lobby (901 Broadway, Tacoma) and the corner of Ninth and Broadway in Tacoma

Nov. 30, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

German-themed holiday market with local vendors, artisans, food, fun, music and more, all ages welcome

Free event

Slavonian Hall, 2306 N. 30th St., Tacoma

Mercer Island Youth and FamIy Tree Lot
Nov. 30-Dec. 25, 3-7 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays

Tree lot sales, wide variety of Douglas and Noble firs, wreaths, and garland, trees typically sold out before Christmas

Free event

S.E. 27th St. and 80th Ave., Mercer Island

Garden d'Lights
Nov. 30-Dec. 31, 4:30-9 p.m. nightly

Workshops, musical performances, winter walks, gingerbread-house building, botanical light display

$5, free/ages 10 and under

Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St., Bellevue

Santa Train Ride
Nov. 30, Dec. 1, 7-8, 14-15, 20-21, 9 a.m.- 3 p.m.

3.5-mile trip to Snoqualmie, visit with Santa at the decorated Snoqualmie Depot, refreshments, special sensory needs train on Nov. 30 (9 and 10 a.m.), Victorian Santa Train on Dec. 20


North Bend Depot, 205 E. McClellan St., North Bend

Deck the halls, yourself, your bicycle and more in holiday lights and join the parade, music, beach bonfires, marshmallows and beach chairs welcome, and more

Free event

Lake Sammamish State Park, 2000 N.W. Sammamish Rd., Issaquah

All ages welcome, three bands (Blue Moon Marquee, Billy Stoops and Dirt Angel, The Naughty Blokes), Santa, dancing, dinner specials

$10 donation

Aurora Borealis, 16708 Aurora Ave. N., Shoreline

Market with dozens of crafters, food trucks, Santa, Christmas tree lighting

Free event

Main Street in Bothell

Traditional Austrian celebration with St. Nikolaus, Krampus and more, potluck, Alpine music, native foods, treats, caroling, dancing

Free/club members, $10/guests

German House, 613 Ninth Ave., Seattle

Magical Strings Celtic Yuletide Concert
Dec. 1, 8, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 20, 21, Times vary

Concerts by the Magical Strings family ensemble


Locations vary

View one-of-a-kind, designer-decorated Christmas trees that will be auctioned off at the Providence O'Christmas Trees Gala Dinner and Auction, trees designed by local artists, bid in advance on trees, entertainment, crafts for kids, Seahawks game viewing, beer, wine and other beverages available for purchase, game-day snacks, Christmas cookies and milk, Santa pictures for $10 (donated to Providence Home and Community Care), raffle

Free event

The Westin Seattle's Grand Ballroom, 1900 Fifth Ave., Seattle

Victorian Country Christmas
Dec. 4-8, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Wed-Thurs, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Fri-Sat, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun

Holiday music, shop in more than 500 stores, food, wine and treats, professional stage shows, lights, Santa, tickets at the gate are cash only

$8.50-$13, free/ ages 5 and under

Washington State Fair Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave. S.W., Puyallup

Story hour, "The Polar Bear Wish" by Lori Evert and Per Breiehagen, fun craft project

Free event

Nordic Museum, 2655 N.W. Market St., Seattle

Learn how to weave Christmas hearts out of paper, an old Scandinavian tradition, preregistration recommended, seats are limited

$15/members, $25/general admisison

Nordic Museum, 2655 N.W. Market St., Seattle

A one-man show from filmmaker and author John Waters ("Hairspray," "Female Trouble," "Serial Mom")


Neptune Theatre, 1303 N.E. 45th St., Seattle

SAM Lights
Dec. 5, 6-9 p.m.

Sculptures lit with the glow of luminaria, tours, art-making, music, warm drinks and treats

Free event

Olympic Sculpture Park Grounds and Pavilion, 2901 Western Ave., Seattle 98121

Scott Shoemaker's War On Christmas!
Dec.5-22, 6:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays

Variety show with comedy, song and dance numbers, LGBTQ holiday show


Re-bar, 1114 Howell St., Seattle

Fremont Festivus
Dec.6-8, Times vary

Lenin lighting, Fremont First Friday Art Walk and Bazaar on Friday, Dec.6; all ages Fremont Holiday Music Festival at Fremont Mischief Distillery on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 2 to 10 p.m., roaming holiday bazaar bingo; Fremont Sunday Holiday Market on Sunday, Dec. 8 from 10 a.m. to 4p.m.

Free event


Neighbors sing and celebrate to raise funds for Seattle seniors

$25 suggested donation

Westlake Park, 401 Pine St., Seattle; and downtown Seattle retail corridor

Giving Marketplace
Dec. 6-7, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Ethically sourced gifts at dozens of pop-up shops that support women's and girl's empowerment, refugees, global health and the environment, family activities

Free event

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center, 440 Fifth Ave. N., Seattle

Christmas Flair Craft Boutique
Dec. 6-7, Noon-6 p.m. Dec. 6; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 7

Ornaments, wreaths, jewelry, gift baskets and more, portion of profits benefits Edmonds School District scholarship fund

Free event

ArtWorks, 200 Dayton St., Edmonds

St. Nick's Taste The Season Holiday Wine Weekend
Dec. 6-8, 5-9 p.m. Dec. 6; Noon-5 p.m. Dec. 7-8

Over 30 wineries and tasting rooms open for touring and tasting, designated drivers allowed to tour the wineries without purchasing a ticket


Woodinville Wine Country Vistor's Center, 14700 148th Ave. N.E., Woodinville

Bells of the Sound Holiday Concerts
Dec. 6-8, 13-15, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6 and 13; 7 p.m. Dec. 7 and 14; 4 p.m.Dec. 8 and 15

Performances by Bells of the Sound handbell ensemble

$10-$15, free/ages 8 and under

Locations vary

Christmas Lighting Festival
Dec. 6-8, 13-15, 20-22, all day

Lights, musical performances, visits from Santa and costumed holiday characters, carolers, sledding (snow permitting), refreshments and more

Free event

Downtown Leavenworth

Stay in your PJs for this fun run featuring hot chocolate and maybe a Santa sighting, benefits research and uncompensated care at Seattle Children’s Hospital, register online until Dec. 5, race begins at 9 a.m., teams of 10 or more can designate their fees to any department, program or research project at a Seattle Children's Hospital

$10/ages 5-18, $30/adults

17425 Ballinger Way N.E., Lake Forest Park

Santa Paws at Seattle Humane
Dec. 7, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Bring the whole family, including your pets, for a photo with Santa

$25 suggested donation

Seattle Humane, 13212 S.E. Eastgate Way, Bellevue

Performances from Stacy Jones Band, Chester Dennis Jones and Mad Bo Jones, admission requires clean, unwrapped toy or cash for donation

Toy or cash donation

Madison Avenue Pub, 905 Madison St., Everett

"Christmas in Blue" CD Release Party
Dec. 7, 8 p.m.-midnight

Award-winning local band Michele D'Amour and the Love Dealers will play the entirety of their album "Christmas in Blue" and other funky, danceable favorites

Free event

Collectors Choice Restaurant and Lounge, 215 Cypress Ave., Snohomish

Lighted parade, drill teams, dancers, childrens groups, cars, a tree lighting and more

Free/families, participants and nonproft groups, $10/commercial businesses

Main Street from E Street Northeast to A Street Northwest in Auburn

Hang out with Mrs. Claus for stories, cookie decorating, hot cocoa and Christmas crafts, plus holiday face-painting

$8-$10/preregistration, $12/on-site registration, free/adults

Washington Elementary, 20 E St. N.E., Auburn

Come with your family to decorate a gingerbread house that is yours to keep, one house only per family, preregistration required, cost includes supplies

$20/family for members, $30/family general admisison

Nordic Museum, 2655 N.W. Market St., Seattle

Bow Farmers Market Holiday Festival
Dec. 7, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Over 65 vendors with handmade products, specialty foods, crafted gifts, lunch, free hot cider, music, raffle drawing

Free event

Edison Elementary School, 5801 Main Ave., Edison

Hometown Holiday
Dec. 7, 3-7 p.m.

Holday crafts at select model homes (3-5 p.m.), Santa Claus at the Ten Trails Welcome Center for photographs (3-5 p.m.), lighting of the community tree by Santa with holiday carolers, hot apple cider, cookies, food trucks and children activites (5:30-7 p.m.)

Free event

Ten Trails, 32607 WIllow Ave., Black Diamond

Songs and carols from Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland, preconcert talk with director Freddie Coleman at 7 p.m., family carol sing-along with the Flentrop organ at 7:30 p.m.


Saint Mark's Cathedral, 1245 10th Ave. E., Seattle

Jingle Bell Brunch
Dec. 7, 10-11:30 a.m.

Breakfast with Santa for ages 2-12, food, hot cocoa station, crafts


Federal Way Community Center, 876 S. 333rd St., Federal Way

Santa, activities, tree lighting by the mayor

Free event

Town Square Park, 31600 Pete von Reichbauer Way S., Federal Way

Holiday concert of the Rainier Youth Choir's 13th season, cookie mingle, raffle for Mariners tickets


New Hope Presbyterian Church, 19800 108th Ave. S.E., Kent

Now We Make Mirthë
Dec. 7, 8 p.m.

Medieval Women's Choir holiday concert


Saint James Cathedral, 804 Ninth Ave., Seattle

Informal event, music provided for singers and instrumentalists, music is easy and appropriate for beginners, kids are welcome

Free event

Wallingford United Methodist, 2115 N. 42nd St., Seattle

Book Sale
Dec. 7, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Lifetime Learning Center's annual book sale, selection of books at affordable prices, holiday bake sale

Free event

Lake City Presbyterian Church, 3841 N.E. 123rd St., Seattle

Local artists, drafters, handcrafted goods, holiday music and more

Free event

Skyline High School, 1122 228th Ave. S.E., Sammamish

Breakfast includes pancakes, eggs, bacon, juice and other beverages, take photos with Santa, buy books and shop for DVDs, pets welcome for pictures, photos with Santa an additional cost


Ballard N.W. Senior Center, 5429 32nd Ave. N.W., Seattle

Tree Lighting Ceremony
Dec. 7, 4 p.m.

Tree lighting, performances by Henry M. Jackson High School drum line and Voices Northwest Chorus, cookie decorating

Free event

Mill Creek City Hall South, 15728 Main St., Mill Creek

Watch parade of decoarted and lighted boats, weather permitting, local boaters invited to participate

Free event

Shoreside locations along the Snohomish River, including Boxcar Park

Christmas Tidings
Dec. 7 and 14, 7:30 p.m.

Two holiday choir concerts by the Northwest Chorale featuring a wide variety of choral works

Free event

Edmonds United Methodist Church, 828 Caspers St., Edmonds; St. Catherine of Sienna Catholic Church, 814 N.E. 85th St., Seattle

Over 120 vendors, savory and sweet food, entertainment, beer and wine garden, can of food suggested donation

$2/PNA members, $4/general public, free/ages 12 and under

Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle

Northwest Repertory Singers Holiday Concert
Dec. 7-8, 7:30 Dec. 7; 3 p.m. Dec. 8

Northwest Repertory Singers presents "Christmas Ancient, Christmas Modern" featuring Vivaldi's "Gloria"

$18-$20, free/ages 12 and under

Mason United Methodist Church, 2710 N Madison St., Tacoma

Concerts by The Magnoila Chorale with special guests The Seattle Lilla Spelmanslag

$12-$15, free/ages 17 and under

Leif Erikson Hall, 2245 N.W. 57th St., Seattle; Magnolia Lutheran Church, 2414 31st Ave. W., Seattle

Arwen Myers: soprano, Vicki Boeckman: recorder, Jillon Stoppels Dupree: harpsichord, music by Baroque and contemporary composers


Queen Anne Christian Church, 1316 Third Ave. W., Seattle

Full-length, family-friendly production with youth and adult performers, costumes, sets and a live orchestra


Northshore Performing Arts Center, 18125 92nd Ave. N.E., Bothell

Greenbank Farm Holiday Market
Dec. 7-8, 14-15, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Shop from 19 vendors, sip hot chocolate, take pictures with Santa Claus, tractor lighting with Santa at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7

Free event

Greenbank Farm, 765 Wonn Road, Greenbank

Vashon Island Visual Artists Holiday Studio Tour
Dec. 7-8, 14-15, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. all dates

45 artists' studios and galleries representing over 100 artists, painting, photography, jewelry and more

Free event

Various locations on Vashon Island

Candy Cane Lane
Dec. 7-Jan. 1, 4-9:30 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays, 4-11 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays

70th anniversary, festive displays, opening night Dec. 7, bins at the end of street for food and warm accessories (hats, gloves, etc.) donations, official celebration/pedestrian night with the Roosevelt Jazz Band Dec. 10, Husky Marching Band Dec. 12, pedestrian night Dec. 19; through Jan. 1

Free; food and warm accessories donations accepted

Northeast Ravenna Blvd. and Northesast Park Rd.

Downtown Renton Santa House
Dec. 7, 14, and 21, 1-5 p.m.

Visit and get a picture with Santa, individual, group and pet pictures possible

Free event

Renton Civic Theater, 507 S. Third St., Renton

Dec. 8, 2-5 p.m.

Northwest Danish Christmas celebration filled with Danish Christmas traditions, experience Danish "julehygge," make Danish Christmas crafts, hear stories about Danish Christmas elves, sing and dance around the Christmas tree, enjoy Danish Christmas treats, Julemanden (Santa) will be there with goodie bags for all the kids, reserve a spot online

Free event

Seattle Danish Center, 1833 N. 105th St. #205, Seattle

National touring singers Elana Jagoda and Chava Mirel perform, plus games, latkes, activites for kids of all ages

$7-$15, free/ages 2 and under

Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 E. Mercer Way, Mercer Island

Bring your voice or instrument and participate in the performance, no admission charge, donation of cash or nonperishable food requested, no soloists, no rehearsals, orchestra music is provided, limited number of vocal scores available

Cash or nonperishable food requested

St. John United Lutheran Church, 5515 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle

Concert performed by the 133rd Army Band of the Washington National Guard, patriotic music, sing along to holiday music and carols, six ticket limit per family, tickets available for pick-up at the Auburn Community and Event Center

Free event

Auburn Performing Arts Center, 702 Fourth St. N.E., Auburn

Santa Lucia Pageant put on by the children of the Swedish School, followed by Christmas crafts open to all appropriate for all ages, visit from Santa

Free, suggested $5 donation

Nordic Museum, 2655 N.W. Market St., Seattle

Holiday party to fund the Bev and Wes Stock Scholarship, 4 p.m. social hour, 5:30 p.m. dinner, Mariners-style traditional Christmas carols, menu is a holiday buffet featuring a turkey dinner and more, no-host bar, bring socks to donate to low-income families through Mary's Place


Holiday Inn, 1801 12th Ave. N.W., Issaquah

Cookbook authors and local artisans can mingle and stock up for their holiday gifting needs


Palace Ballroom, 2100 Fifth Ave., Seattle

SAFE Holiday Open House
Dec. 8, Noon-3 p.m.

Family-friendly event, take holiday photos with mini-horse "elves" Sunn D and Shasta, shop the craft bazaar, complimentary refreshments, kids activities, proceeds benefit the horses in SAFE's care

Free event

SAFE, 10407 192nd Ave. N.E., Redmond

Jingle Bell Run
Dec. 8, 7 a.m.

Dress in festive holiday attire, tie bells to your shoes and run (or walk) through downtown Seattle to support those living with arthritis, 12K, 5K, 1-miler, kids run, Elf Village Kids Area, Holiday Cheer Garden, register online, registration closes on Dec. 4 at midnight


Westlake Park, 401 Pine St., Seattle

Showing of Finnish film about St. Nicholas (Santa), soup, bread, coffee and cookies served from Freya Café

$15/members, $20/general admission

Nordic Museum, 2655 N.W. Market St., Seattle

Winter Concert
Dec. 11, 7:30 p.m.

Highline Community Symphonic Band's winter concert

Free event

Foster High School, 4242 S. 144th St., Tukwila

Holiday cookie decorating and events for the family


Federal Way Community Center, 876 S. 333rd St., Federal Way

PhinneyWood Phestivus
Dec. 13, 6-9 p.m.

Check out 200-plus lighted monkeys while enjoying a holiday version of the monthly Art Up Chow Down Art Walk, filled with a variety of art, music and refreshments, visit Santa Claus Lane in Piper Village in Greenwood where you’ll find pet photos with Santa, holiday lights and children’s art activities, including decorating a giant gingerbread house

Free event

Phinney/Greenwood neighborhood (PhinneyWood)

The Northwest Firelight Chorale Concerts
Dec. 13-14, 21, 7:30 p.m. all dates

Festive concerts from The Northwest Firelight Chorale, arrangements of seasonal favorites

$12-$22, free/ages 5 and under

Phinney Lutheran Church, 7500 Greenwood Ave. N., Seattle; St. John the Baptist Episcopal, 3050 California Ave. S.W., Seattle; University Congregational Church, 4515 Sixteenth Ave. N.E., Seattle

Christmas Pops
Dec. 13-15, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13; 6 p.m. Dec. 14; 3 p.m. Dec. 15

Holiday favorites performed by the Westminster Chapel Choir and Lake Washington Symphony Orchestra


Westminister Chapel, 13646 N.E. 24th St., Bellevue

The Five Ghosts of Ebenezer Scrooge
Dec. 13-15, 19-22, 2 p.m. Dec. 14, 15, 21 and 22; 7 p.m. Dec. 13, 14 and 19-21

Play performance by Auburn Community Players


Auburn Avenue Theater, 10 Auburn Ave., Auburn

Danish Christmas Fest
Dec. 14, 7 p.m.

Taste various Christmas brews, cider and aquavit while you snack on Danish Christmas treats, plus games, prizes and non-alcoholic beverages will also be available, alcohol for 21+ only

Free event

Seattle Danish Center, 1833 N. 105th St. #205, Seattle

Breakfast with Santa
Dec. 14, 8:30 and 11 a.m.

Breakfast with St. Nick, preregistration required


Auburn Community and Event Center, 910 Ninth St. S.E., Auburn,

Hometown Christmas Day
Dec. 14, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Music, sugar-cookie decorating, visit with Santa, Mrs. Claus, and Frosty the Snowman, face painting, and more

Free event

Along Railroad Ave. in Black Diamond

Rock and Blues Christmas Show
Dec. 14, 7-8:30 p.m.

Susan Carr and Mary McPage perform their annual show


Egan's Ballard Jam House, 1707 N.W. Market St., Seattle

20-person choir playing new and old holiday favorites

Suggested donation $5-$30

St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, 1700 Edmonds Ave. N.E., Renton

Solstice: Music of Light for the Holiday Season
Dec. 14 and 21, 3 and 7 p.m. both dates

Choral music from winter traditions around the world, Christmas and Hanukkah music, preconcert conversation with Karen P. Thomas and one hour prior to performaces


Chapel at Bastyr University, 14500 Juanita Dr. N.E., Kenmore; Seattle First Baptist Church, 1111 Harvard Ave., Seattle

Swedish pageant, candlelight procession, smorgasbord, dancing around the tree, all ages

Free event

Our Redeemer's Lutheran Church, 2400 N.W. 85th St., Seattle

Fundraiser for Three Dollar Bill Cinema, dress in your winter wonderland/Auntie Mame finest for a special costume contest, doors at 6:30 p.m., screening at 7 p.m.


On the Boards, 100 W. Roy St., Seattle

1940s Radio Christmas Carol
Dec. 20-22 and 28-29, 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays

A musical play about the madness and mayhem of a 1940s radio show combining drama, comedy, heartbreak and hope

$20, $10/youth under 12

Vashon Center For The Arts, 19600 Vashon Hwy. S.W., Vashon

Bellevue Farmers Market
Dec. 21, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Shop for items from vendors to supplement your holiday events

Free event

Bellevue Presbyterian Church Parking Lot, 1717 Bellevue Way N.E., Bellevue

Community sing-along led by members of the Phinney Neighborhood Community Chorus, free hot chocolate, hot cider and song sheets

Free event

Gary's Greenwood Auto Repair, 7418 Greenwood N., Seattle

Kung Pao Xmas: “Abe”
Dec. 25, 5 p.m.

Enjoy Chinese food and a screening of the movie "Abe" (recommended for ages 12 and up) on Christmas Day, dinner starts at 5 p.m., film starts at 5:45 p.m., doors open 30 minutes before show time


Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 E. Mercer Way, Mercer Island

Malcolm's Boxing Day Jam
Dec. 26, 8 p.m.-11 p.m.

Blues music jam

Free event

Salmon Bay Eagles F.O.E. #2141, 5216 20th Ave. N.W., Seattle

Perform the entire oratorio, all choruses and solos under the direction of Karen P. Thomas, early arrvial is advised, refreshments avilable during intermissions, bring a vocal score if you have one, vocal scores and orchestra parts will be available for loan, vocal scores will also be available for purchase, instrumentalists should bring their own music stands


University Unitarian Church, 6556 35th Ave. N.E., Seattle

Come join members of the Northwest Chorale for a holiday tradition, sing or play an instrument during the oratorio, scores available to borrow

$15 suggested donation

St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 111 N.E. 80th St., Seattle

Family Hanukkah Party
Dec. 28, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Games, latkes, menorah lighting, songs and stories, young children welcome

Free event

Bet Chaverim, 25701 14th Pl. S., Des Moines

Polar Bear Plunge
Jan. 1, 10:30 a.m.

Start the new year with friends, family and strangers during a dip in Lake Sammamish, costumes welcome, $10 entry fee gets you a Polar Bear Plunge hat and a hot beverage


Lake Sammamish State Park, 2000 N.W. Sammamish Rd., Issaquah

5K run/walk with an optional Polar Bear Dive into Lake Washington prior to the finish line, post-race celebration includes a free Kids Dash for children 10 and under, beer garden for those over 21, free chili, coffee, hot chocolate and more will be provided, register online by Nov. 30, Kids Dash registration through Dec. 31

$35/5K, free/Kids Dash

Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way N.E., Seattle

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