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Holiday symphony

December 2, 2023 (2:30 p.m.)

Federal Way (23 miles S)

An English Holiday is a “concert of symphonic favorites, some seasonal surprises, and rare performances of two great British choral works” performed by Federal Way Symphony at Federal Way Performing Arts and Event Center, 31510 Pete von Reichbauer Way S in Federal Way. A tree lighting follows in Town Square Park.

Christmas concert

December 4 - 10, 2023 (SOLD OUT)

(began this month on December 2)

multiple locations

A PLU Christmas features the choir, chorale, and orchestra of Pacific Lutheran University in two locations.
  • Dec. 2, 3, 9, 10 – P.L.U. in Tacoma
  • Dec. 4 – Benaroya Hall in Seattle

European Christmas market

December 4 - 24, 2023 (closes 9:30 p.m.)

(began this month on December 1)

Lower Queen Anne (0.8 miles NW)

Based on German tradition, European Christmas Village “combines colorful décor, gifts from 60 artisans, enticing food & drink (including beer & mulled wine), and family entertainment.” Located in Fisher Pavilion and on the lawn at Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St. in Seattle. Children age 6 and younger are free. Closes early on Dec. 24 at 6 p.m.

Drive through lights (south)

December 4, 2023 - Jan. 1, 2024 (5:30 to 9 p.m.)

(began this month on December 1)

Spanaway (43 miles S)

Buy a ticket online, then drive two miles past “300 elaborate displays” of holiday lights while you hear holiday music on radio station 1700 AM at Fantasy Lights in Spanaway Park, 14905 Bresemann Blvd. S in Spanaway. Open every night. At peak times, the line can take three hours.

Cabaret Nutcracker

December 5 - 28, 2023

(began this month on December 1)

Downtown (0.3 miles S)

Land of the Sweets is a polished burlesque version of the Nutcracker ballet with a live jazz band and top-notch dancers who arrive in opulent costumes and depart scantily dressed at The Triple Door, 216 Union St. in Seattle. For age 17+ (or 21+ after 9 p.m.). Closed Mondays.

Lights at Seattle zoo

December 5, 2023 - Jan. 14, 2024 (4 to 9 p.m.)

(began this month on December 1)

Phinney Ridge (4.1 miles N)

WildLanterns features “large-scale animal and nature scape lanterns representing wild places from around the globe” including bugs, lions, pandas, parrots, and dragons, with snacks for sale and a performance in the entrance building at Woodland Park Zoo, 5500 Phinney Ave. N in Seattle. Grounds map. (Closed most Mondays and Dec. 24 & 25.)

U.W. basketball

December 5, 2023 - March 2, 2024

University District (3.9 miles NE)

Watch the Washington Huskies play an exciting game in Alaska Airlines Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion, 3870 Montlake Blvd. NE in Seattle. Tickets at StubHub.
  • Dec. 5 – Montana State Bobcats
  • Dec. 9 – Gonzaga Bulldogs
  • Dec. 17 – @ Seattle University Redhawks
  • Dec. 21 – Eastern Washington Eagles

Technology party

December 6, 2023 (6 to 10 p.m.)

Downtown (0.4 miles SW)

Wear anything from a T-shirt to a tuxedo to $97 GeekWire Gala and “see familiar faces, make new friends, and enjoy “an evening of conversation, tasty treats, and festive cocktails with great music” at The Showbox, 1426 1st Ave. in Seattle for age 21+. Your ticket includes two drink tickets and heavy appetizers.

Civic event

December 6, 2023 (6:30 to 8 p.m.)

South Lake Union (0.8 miles N)

Attend a 5:30 p.m. reception with appetizers and a no-host bar, and then hear a speaker at 6:30 p.m. and a panel discussion at 7:30 p.m. focusing on “the biggest issues and major stories that defined our civic life in 2023” for $24 at The Year in Review by Seattle CityClub at The Collective Seattle, 400 Dexter Ave. N in Seattle.

Fun holiday plays

December 6 - 23, 2023

(began this month on December 1)

multiple locations

  • Nov. Dec. 6 to 23 – Snowed In is a musical about how to write the perfect holiday show, at Arts West.
  • Dec. 8 to 17 - A Nice Family Christmas is a comedy about a dysfunctional family, in Edmonds.
  • Dec. 8 to 17 - Sleeping Beauty is a holiday pantos—a musical comedy with pop music at Centerstage Theatre.
  • Dec. 8 to 23 – Unemployed steelworkers bare it all in The Full Monty in Renton.
  • Dec. 14 to 17 – O Christmas Tree is a British comedy. Dec. 14 Seattle, Dec. 15 Mt. Vernon, Dec. 16 Everett, Dec. 17 Federal Way.

Free once a month

December 7, 2023

multiple locations

The first Thursday of the month is FREE.

Seattle Art Walks

December 7 - 22, 2023

multiple locations

Meet local artists and see their work during Seattle Art Walks. FREE

Drive through lights (north)

December 7 - 30, 2023

(began this month on December 1)

Stanwood (50 miles N)

See a million lights, beautiful displays, and costumed characters as you drive your car through The Lights of Christmas, 20800 Marine Drive in Stanwood. Then park and see Santa’s Village. Last day for Santa is Dec. 23. Reserve online Dec. 1 - 3, 7 - 10, 14 - 17, 20 - 23, 26 - 30, 2023. Video (2 minutes).

Hockey

December 7, 2023 - April 11, 2024

Seattle Center (1.2 miles NW)

Watch Seattle Kraken play a home game on the ice at Climate Pledge Arena, 334 1st Ave. N in Seattle. Tickets at StubHub.
  • Dec. 7 – New Jersey Devils
  • Dec. 9 – Tampa Bay Lightning
  • Dec. 10 – Minnesota Wild
  • Dec. 12 – Florida Panthers
  • Dec. 14 – Chicago Blackhawks
  • Dec. 16 – Los Angeles Kings
  • Dec. 29 – Philadelphia Flyers

Christmas boat parade

December 8, 2023 (8 to 9:30 p.m.)

Fremont (3.8 miles N)

The 65 lit and decorated boats in Christmas Ship Parade of Boats sail from South Lake Union to the Fremont Bridge and back. You can buy a ticket to ride on the boat [2023 is sold out], or watch from shore along the parade route or at the Official Onshore Viewing Party in Evanston Plaza for FREE.

Science-fiction play

December 8 - 10, 2023

(began this month on December 1)

Shoreline (11 miles NW)

Based on a popular book, A Wrinkle in Time follows Meg and her friends across the stars and into the heart of a terrible evil to rescue her father, performed live onstage by students at Shoreline Community College, 16101 Greenwood Ave. N in Shoreline. Discount tickets $10.

A Charlie Brown Christmas

December 8 - 23, 2023

multiple locations

  • Dec. 8 to 23 – Taproot Theatre performs a musical version with actors.
  • Dec. 10 – Hear the entire score played live at Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center.
  • Dec. 19 & 21 – Jazz pianists perform at The Royal Room. Donate at the door, ticket-free.
  • Dec. 22 to 23 – Jazz Alley presents a tribute with David Benoit, a band, and a vocalist.

Holidays at the fairground

December 8 - 23, 2023 (4:30 to 9:30 p.m.)

(began this month on December 1)

Puyallup (37 miles S)

Holiday Magic promises “breathtaking lights, interactive displays, festive food and drink, and fun for the whole family” including ice skating, a train ride, a laser light show, and a holiday market at Washington State Fair Events Center, 110 9th Ave. SW in Puyallup. Free parking in the green lot.

Nutcracker ballet

December 8 - 27, 2023

(began this month on December 1)

multiple locations

Holiday sing-along

December 9, 2023 (SOLD OUT)

Columbia City (4.9 miles SE)

“Show up to sing, dance or quietly glow with the holiday spirit” at Holiday Hootenanny “a boot stomping, hand-clapping evening of holiday song classics, obscurities, and originals with full on audience participation” at The Royal Room, 5000 Rainier Ave. S in Seattle. The early show is family friendly.

Bavarian Christmas

December 9 - 24, 2023 (weekends)

Leavenworth (117 miles E)

Watch lights twinkling on snow at Village of Lights, with food vendors on Front St. (10 a.m. to 7 p.m.), live music in the gazebo (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.), roaming Christmas characters (12 to 4 p.m.), kids’ activities & cocoa in Festhalle (12 to 6 p.m. Sat., 12 to 4 p.m. Sun.), and Santa at the gazebo (noon) in Front Street Park, 820 Front St. in Leavenworth. Saturday bus trip $94.

Celtic Christmas

December 10 - 22, 2023

multiple locations

Celtic Yuletide offers Irish music, dance, storytelling, juggling, and songs performed by Magical Strings, with shows in Kent, Mount Vernon, and Leavenworth.
  • Dec. 10 – Shoreline
  • Dec. 17 – Mount Vernon
  • Dec. 21 & 22 – Leavenworth

Dinosaurs

December 15 - 17, 2023

Puyallup (37 miles S)

Jurassic Quest is an interactive experience with “80 true-to-life size dinosaurs” plus dinosaur shows and craft activities at Washington State Fair Events Center, 110 9th Ave. SW in Puyallup. Expect long lines for rides. Best for age 8 and younger. Video review (14 minutes). Tickets all options. Discount tickets.

Christmas boats on Lake Union

December 16, 2023 (7 p.m.)

Lake Union (1.3 miles N)

Boats decorated with Christmas lights begin lining up from Aurora Bridge to Gas Works Park at 6:30 p.m. At 7 p.m., Seattle Christmas Boat Parade starts sailing counterclockwise around the lake, past MOHAI, Ivar’s Salmon House, and back to the start. FREE

Santa Brunch

December 17, 2023 (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)

Downtown (0.6 miles S)

Santa Brunch includes “a decadent holiday brunch, festive decorations, a joyful atmosphere, delightful activities, and photos with Santa” with amazing views from the 75th floor of the Columbia Center, 701 5th Ave. in Seattle. Adults $85, children 6 to 12 $45, younger free.

Party – Columbia Center

December 31, 2023

Downtown (0.7 miles SE)

Watch the Space Needle’s fireworks at midnight from indoors atop the city’s tallest building at $350 New Year’s Eve at Sky View Observatory, which includes an open bar, “light bites & sweet treats,” DJ music, and champagne at midnight for age 21+ atop Columbia Center, 700 4th Ave. in Seattle. Optional dinner at 7 p.m.

Party – Smith Tower

December 31, 2023

Downtown (0.9 miles SE)

“Come dressed to impress in flapper fashion for an extravagant affair” 1920s style in the top-floor observatory at New Year’s Eve at Smith Tower, 506 2nd Ave. in Seattle. Hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine, house liquor, party favors, midnight champagne, and DJ music are included. [They have confirmed a 2023 event but have no web page yet.]
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