Seattle events calendar for January 2015. Best festivals, fun things to do, weekend street fairs, kids activities, and free entertainment in Seattle, Washington.

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Enjoy the best Seattle events, festivals, and things to do in January 2015 with this calendar of events.

Events are listed by starting date, and all dates are confirmed. Mileage is from Westlake Center in downtown Seattle, Washington.

New Year’s Day run/walk

January 1, 2015

7 miles NE

Resolution Run 5K includes an optional dip in the cold waters of Lake Washington at Magnuson Park.

Seattle Polar Bear Plunge

January 1, 2015

8 miles NE

Join 1000 people wading into Lake Washington to celebrate the new year at the Polar Bear Plunge, or just watch from shore. Costumes are encouraged. Matthews Beach Park has limited parking. Free.

Model train festival

January 1, 2015 (begins Dec. 21)

33 miles south

See model train displays on all floors, and get a photo with Santa until Dec. 23 at the Model Train Festival at the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma.

Tacoma Polar Bear Plunge

January 1, 2015

41 miles south

Run a mile and then jump into the cold waters of Puget Sound at Polar Bear Plunge at the Point Defiance boat launch. Separate kids’ plunge. Free.

Christmas lights - Bellevue

Jan. 1 - 3, 2015 (begins Nov. 29)

11 miles east

Enjoy zillions of colorful lights and displays at Garden d’Lights in Bellevue Botanical Garden. There may be a line on free nights (Dec. 1 - 4 and 8 - 11).

Christmas lights - Seattle zoo

Jan. 1 - 4, 2015 (begins Nov. 28)

5 miles north

WildLights features 500,000 lights in animal shapes, real reindeer, night creatures, a carousel, indoor play, and carolers at Woodland Park Zoo.

Christmas lights - Tacoma zoo

January 1 - 4, 2015 (begins Nov. 28)

40 miles south

Bundle up to admire half a million holiday lights and displays at Zoolights. Tacoma’s Point Defiance Zoo.

Remodeling expo

January 2 - 4, 2015

0.5 mile east

Get ideas for your dream home at the annual Seattle Remodeling Expo at the Seattle convention center. Speakers, vendors, and remodeling experts.

Puyallup Home and Garden Show

January 2 - 4, 2015

36 miles south

Get help for your home and garden at the Puyallup Home & Garden Show in the Showplex at the Puyallup Fairgrounds.

Art auction

January 6, 2015 (5 p.m.)

2.5 miles south

Attend a monthly Premier Auction, where antiques, fine art, and jewelry go up for bid at Pacific Galleries. You can preview items on Monday or Tuesday. Free.

Monster trucks

January 9 - 11, 2015

33 miles south

Big trucks with big wheels make big noise and excitment at Monster Jam in the Tacoma Dome.
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Wedding show

January 10 - 11, 2015

0.5 mile east

Live and breathe weddings at the Seattle Wedding Show in the Seattle convention center. Expect fashion shows, discount gowns, and 400 vendors.

Tacoma RV Show

January 15 - 18, 2015

33 miles south

Check out hundreds of recreational vehicles at the Tacoma RV Show in the Tacoma Dome. Repeats in October.

Nordic films

January 16 - 18, 2015

1.2 miles NW

See contemporary films, both short and long, from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden at Nordic Lights Film Festival at the SIFF Film Center.

Science-fiction & fantasy

January 16 - 18, 2015

15 miles south

Rustycon is a science-fiction and fantasy convention that focuses on literature, science, art, costumes, and gaming at Hilton Seattle Airport.

Ellensburg beer festival

January 17, 2015

107 miles east

A ticket to WinterHop BrewFest includes a souvenir glass, 5 tastings from 20 microbreweries, and live music in downtown Ellensburg. Sells out.

Leavenworth ice festival

January 17 - 18, 2015

119 miles east

Enjoy invigorating outdoor events like snow sculpture, tug ‘o war, ice-cube scramble, snowshoe racing, dog sledding, and the famous Smooshing Contest at Leavenworth Bavarian Ice Festival.

Model train show

January 17 - 19, 2015

1 mile NW

See dozens of model-train displays and layouts, try hands-on activities, and ride the kid-sized train at the Model Railroad Show at the Pacific Science Center.

Sounds of Brass Concert

January 18, 2015

39 miles south

The annual Sounds of Brass Concert is held at Tacoma Community College. This event repeats with pops music in May. Donation.

Martin Luther King Day

January 19, 2015

2 miles east

Pay tribute by joining the rally and march at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration at Garfield High School. Free.

Free park day

January 19, 2015

All national parks

Entry is free at Mount Rainier and Olympic National Parks on Free Entrance Days in the National Parks. Expect more people and less parking than usual.

Fishing, hunting, camping

January 21 - 25, 2015

36 miles south

Washington Sportsmen’s Show has seminars and exhibitors at Washington State Fair Events Center.

Tacoma Home and Garden Show

January 22 - 25, 2015

33 miles south

The Tacoma Home & Garden Show fills the Tacoma Dome with home-improvement vendors, seminars, and thousands of plants.

Children’s Film Festival

January 22 - Feb. 1, 2015

1 mile east

See the best and brightest in international cinema for children ages 3 to 12 at the Children’s Film Festival Seattle at Northwest Film Forum.

Strange beer festival

January 23 - 24, 2015

54 miles NW via Bainbridge ferry

Enjoy beer in odd flavors from dozens of breweries and watch live music and entertainment at Strange Brewfest at American Legion Hall in Port Townsend.

Chamber music

January 23-25 and 29-31, 2015

0.5 mile south

Seattle Chamber Music Society’s Winter Festival at Nordstrom Recital Hall in Benaroya Hall has free recitals before most performances. Repeats in July.

Boat show

January 23 - Feb. 1, 2015

1.5 miles south

Seattle Boat Show, which features 1000 boats and 140 boating seminars, is located at CenturyLink Field, with boats for sale on South Lake Union.

Ground frog day

January 31, 2015

35 miles north

Snohomish Ground Frog Day is a West Coast version of Groundhog Day. Enjoy kid-friendly activities and see Princess Amphibiana arrive on a fire truck with a frog named Snohomish Slew. Free two-hour event in downtown Snohomish, known for antique stores.
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January 2015 calendar of events in Seattle, WA. Best events, fairs, festivals, and things to do in Seattle, Washington.     steve.adams@events12.com