Hear dozens of caroling teams sing, and then vote for your favorite at Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition at Pike Place Market, 85 Pike St. in Seattle. Announcements at 6 p.m., caroling in the market 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., sing-off and awards 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. FREE
Support great causes by shopping for unique gifts from dozens of vendors at Giving Marketplace, with craft-making and live music at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center, 440 5th Ave. N in Seattle. FREE
A Victorian Country Christmas has 500 booths with vendors in Victorian costumes selling art, jewelry, decorations, clothing, and toys at Washington State Fair Events Center, 110 9th Ave. SW in Puyallup. Free parking, and free for children age 11 and younger.
Get creative with drawing materials, open studios, live models, live music, and food for sale at family-friendly Drawing Jam at Gage Academy of Art, 1501 10th Ave. E in Seattle. Children younger than age 18 are free. Adult bar available 6 to 10 p.m.
No money changes hands at the Barter Fair & Holiday Party. Instead, bring things you cooked, made, or do as a service to trade starting 2 p.m. There will be free refreshments at Ballard Eagleson VFW Post, 2812 NW Market St. in Seattle. Donation.
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.
Hear live music at 4 p.m., then at 4:30 p.m. watch lighted vehicles, floats, cars, and walkers go down Main Street from Auburn High School to city hall in the Santa Parade, followed by a tree lighting at city hall. FREE
Watch bands, floats, and walking units in the Santa Parade go south down S. Meridian and then turn west on 5th Ave. SW. The nearby Holiday Market is 12 to 7 p.m. in Pioneer Park Pavilion, 330 S Meridian in Puyallup. FREE
The Winter Festival & Crafts Fair has 120 arts and crafts vendors, musicians and dancers, and lunch and baked goods at Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N in Seattle. Children age 12 and younger are free.
Seattle Jazz Vespers presents Jake Bergevin Quintet playing holiday music with “crooning, blues shouting, scat-singing, and trumpet solo” at Seattle First Baptist, 1111 Harvard Ave. in Seattle. Parking. FREE
Shop for hand-crafted clothing, jewelry, toys, stationery, art, candles, house wares, and food at Urban Craft Uprising Winter Show in Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, 301 Mercer St. in Seattle. Repeats in June. FREE.
Seattle Mariners Women’s Club welcomes men and women to their $70 Holiday Fundraiser Party, which offers “a delicious dinner, hilarious carols, a great auction, and a tribute to Ichiro Suzuki” at Hilton Garden Inn, 1800 NW Gilman Blvd. in Issaquah.
Run or Wine 5K & 10K is an urban run/walk that includes wine tasting (or beer/cider), a race photo to download, and post-race snacks beginning at at Dragonfly Sculpture Bridge, 14735 NE 145th St. in Woodinville. Repeats several times a year.
“Enjoy the beauty of over 550 crèches from around the world” plus 150 Christmas trees and live music during Bellevue Festival of the Nativity at The Mormon Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 15205 SE 28th St. in Bellevue. Music schedule. FREE
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.
Visit Cougar Mountain Zoo when it’s decorated like the North Pole to welcome Santa with his reindeer and sleigh during the Issaquah Reindeer Festival at 19525 SE 54th St. in Issaquah. Last day with Santa is Dec. 23. Closed Dec. 24 & 25.
Enjoy more than a half million colorful lights with displays at Garden d’Lights in Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St. in Bellevue. Free for age 10 and younger. You must buy timed tickets online. Some weeknights are cheaper. Closed Dec. 25.
See four displays made mostly of food with a “chocolate factory” theme at Gingerbread Village in Sheraton Grand Seattle, 1400 6th Ave. Open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. (except closes 11 p.m. on Fridays & Saturdays). FREE
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
Enjoy six tastes of Seattle beer and learn from brewmasters how it was made at PacSci Taproom, which includes live science shows, the Laser Dome, Planetarium, and Tropical Butterfly House at Pacific Science Center, 200 2nd Ave. N in Seattle for age 21+.
Hear a unique playlist “of reggae, dub, rocksteady, ska, and dancehall” created by a KEXP radio DJ as you watch a laser light show during Live at the Laser Dome at Pacific Science Center, 200 2nd Ave. N in Seattle.
Based on a popular children’s book by Louisa May Alcott, Little Women is about four sisters growing up in Civil War America, with a focus on tomboy Jo, at Seattle Repertory Theatre, 155 Mercer St. in Seattle. Discount tickets.
Watch Irving Berlin’s song-and-dance extravaganza White Christmas, based on the classic film starring Bing Crosby about two guys who fall for a sister act while putting on a show at a Vermont inn, live at The 5th Avenue Theatre, 1308 5th Ave. in Seattle. Discount tickets.
A Christmas Carol is Charles Dickens’ holiday classic about the amazing transformation of miserly Scrooge, performed by talented actors with surprising special effects at ACT Theatre, 700 Union St. in Seattle. Discount tickets. Similar show in Olympia.
Georgiana & Kitty: Christmas at Pemberley focuses on two lesser known characters from Pride and Prejudice “in a holiday tale filled with music, ambition, sisterhood, and forgiveness” at Taproot Theatre Company’s Jewell Mainstage, 204 N 85th St. in Seattle.
Global Rhythms begins with food & beverages for sale at 6 p.m. (with and without alcohol) followed at 7:30 p.m. by The Klezmatics playing “soul-stirring melodies and foot-stomping rhythms” at Town Hall Seattle, 1119 8th Ave. in Seattle. Also consider Chanukah in Renton.
A $37 ticket to Fresh Fest Seattle includes live sets from dueling DJs, live break-dancing and beat-boxing battles, a graffiti artist, craft activities, repurposed art, and a no-host bar at WNDR Museum, 904 Alaskan Way in Seattle for age 16+.
Featuring his original music, MJ offers “a rare look at the creative mind and collaborative spirit that catapulted Michael Jackson into legendary status” at The Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St. in Seattle.
Victorian Christmas Cards is a “festival of six new short plays” inspired by antique Christmas cards in Theatre Puget Sound (TPS) on the fourth floor of Seattle Center Armory, 305 Harrison St. in Seattle.
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).
A $71 ticket to Bourbon Bash includes a guided tasting of Maker’s Mark and Jim Beam Small Batch, plus bourbon cocktails, gourmet hors d’oeuvres, and a view from the 75th floor of the Columbia Center, 701 5th Ave. in Seattle.
Wave to police, medics, and fire fighters as you drive past their decorated vehicles and tents during Battle of the Badges: Holiday Lights in the parking lot of Renton Community Center, 1715 SE Maple Valley Hwy in Renton. Food bank donations are welcome. FREE
Bring your own glass to Gilman Village Annual Winter Fest for age 21+. Your $35 ticket includes 12 tastes of one ounce each, snacks, live music, and Santa in the shops at Gilman Village, 317 NW Gilman Blvd. in Issaquah.
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.
“Enjoy live music from local artists surrounded by thousands of sparkling lights, featuring some of your favorite holiday tunes” at Festive Friday Concert in Westlake Park, 401 Pine St. in Seattle. FREE
The $36 Holiday Cocktail Cruise includes a drink ticket, games and activities, a no-host bar, and 90-minutes of city views on Lake Union, departing from Waterways Cruises, 901 Fairview Ave. N in Seattle. Bring age 21+ ID.
During the Christmas Ship Festival, ride on the main ship with the choir, or on a “follow boat” for adults (sold out), or watch for free at an onshore bonfire (unless the performance is marked P for private in the schedule).
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.
“Discover a celestial pathway of lustrous light, cosmic visions, and astral song” at Astra Lumina, a pricey walk with special-effects lighting and sound in Seattle Chinese Garden at South Seattle College, 6000 16th Ave. SW in Seattle. Tickets for timed entry.
A ticket to Cool Yule Holiday Party and Concert includes “snazzy, jazzy holiday tunes and standards” by BlueStreet Voices and a jazz pianist, with a no-host bar at the Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N in Seattle.
“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.
Family-friendly Seattle Holiday Jingle Jam has choirs, soloists, and singalongs of sacred and secular music for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and winter solstice, plus storytelling and food for sale at Amazing Grace Spiritual Center, 2007 NW 61st St. in Seattle. FREE
Glorious Lights of West Seattle features people wearing costumes of light to compete for prizes, live music (choir, jazz, rock), an art exhibit, a tree lighting at 7 p.m., and a night market and beer garden open 4 to 8 p.m. at Junction Plaza Park, 4545 42nd Ave. SW in Seattle. FREE
Take a walk following glowing luminaries on the Green Lake Pathway of Lights, which includes three live-music stages and hot-air balloons the first hour (if weather allows) at Green Lake Park, 7201 East Green Lake Drive N in Seattle. You are welcome to bring cans for the food bank. FREE
Sample 65 wines, beers, ciders, and spirits in 25 shops during Holiday Wine, Beer & Spirits Walk, beginning at Bothell Kenmore Chamber of Commerce, 10031 Main St. in Bothell for age 21+. You’re welcome to “wear your goofy holiday sweaters, blinking antlers, bells, and elf boots.”
Your $35 ticket to Snohomish Wine Walk includes 10 tastes of wine within shops in charming downtown Snohomish, beginning at Anna Marie Creative Collective, 1015 1st St. in Snohomish. Bring age 21+ ID. Held in summer, fall, and winter.
Gather around the fire to sing holiday songs led by a classical singer outdoors at Cocoa and Carols, with a chance to warm up and explore the winter flower exhibit inside W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory, 316 S G St. in Tacoma. FREE
Seattle Festival Orchestra performs a Holiday Extravaganza of Christmas carols with a visit from Santa at Luther Memorial Lutheran Church, 13047 Greenwood Ave. N in Seattle. Children age 5 and younger are free.
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.
Cascade Symphony Orchestra plays stirring European anthems while travel expert Rick Steves displays beautiful photos at Europe: A Symphonic Journey at Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 4th Ave. N in Edmonds.
A $49 ticket to Winter Beer Festival includes a glass and 8 four-ounce samples from your choice of 40 Washington breweries, with entertainment and food for sale in Hangar 30 at Magnuson Park, 6310 NE 74th St. in Seattle. Bring age 21+ ID. No pets.
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.
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
See lit Bonsai trees during A Bonsai Solstice, with live music, kids’ activities, hot chocolate, and a gift shop at Pacific Bonsai Museum, 2515 S 336th St. in Federal Way. Flashlights welcome. Donation.
The Midwinter Revels is a family-oriented celebration of the winter solstice. Expect music, dance, theater, song, and storytelling at Rialto Theater, 310 S 9th St. in Tacoma. The 2023 theme is Medieval Europe. Closed Monday.
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.
Watch documentary film trailers, mingle with fellow art & film lovers, swap art, and enjoy cider and karaoke at the low-key Gothmas: NWFF Holiday Party at Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave. in Seattle. FREE
Take a luminary forest walk on lit pathways, and make a craft at the Arboretum Winter Solstice Walk for age 21+. Buy a $25 ticket online (includes a free beverage) and then check in at the visitors center in Washington Park Arboretum, 2300 Arboretum Drive E in Seattle. Limited parking.
Watch model trains run through detailed scenes of the Pacific Northwest, and see railroad-history exhibits at the Model Train Festival at Washington State History Museum, 1911 Pacific Ave. in Tacoma. Closed Dec. 24 & 25.
See a film about Jewish tradition, hear live Klezmer music, and enjoy free vegetarian noodle take-out at $27 Fiddler on the Roof Sing Along, an annual tradition at SIFF Cinema Uptown, 511 Queen Anne Ave. N in Seattle.
Amazing Bubble Man “explores the breathtaking dynamics of bubbles, combining comedy and artistry with audience participation and enough spellbinding bubble tricks to keep everyone mesmerized” at Kirkland Performance Center, 350 Kirkland Ave. in Kirkland.
A $200 ticket to A Fun and Festive New Year’s Eve features local chef, restaurant owner, and cookbook author Tom Douglas making Chinese dishes for you to taste with wine at Hot Stove Society, 2000 4th Ave. in Seattle.
A ticket to NYElectric 2023 includes an open bar for five hours, three DJs playing dance music, party favors, and a midnight countdown at Hyatt Regency Seattle, 808 Howell St. in Seattle. Bring age 21+ ID.
New Year's Eve Concert, Countdown & Party features the Seattle Symphony performing Symphony No. 9 by Beethoven, followed by a party with dancing to an electro-swing band until midnight at Benaroya Hall, 200 University St. in Seattle.
“Laugh your way into the new year” at Xtreme Theatresports New Year’s Eve Party, which promises an epic battle of 20 comedy improvisers split into 4 teams, with gifts, hats, streamers, and a champagne toast at Unexpected Productions Improv, 1428 Post Alley in Seattle. Doors open 9 p.m.
A $150 ticket to Rhythms and Resolutions includes light bites, desserts, limited drinks, a champagne toast, and two lives bands (Lee Oskar & Friends; Duende Libre) to support KNKX Public Radio at Block 41, 115 Bell St. in Seattle.
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.
The NYE Late Night Cruise includes a DJ playing dance music, views of the Space Needle fireworks at midnight, and a no-host bar departing from Argosy Cruises at Pier 55, 1101 Alaskan Way in Seattle. Bring age 21+ ID.
Watch 200 drones plus fireworks launch from the Space Needle at midnight during New Year’s Eve at Seattle Center, with the band Groove Nation in the Armory (8 p.m.) and DJ music with videos projected on the International Fountain (10 p.m.). FREE
New Year’s Eve Party promises “an elegant and fun evening of dining, dancing, and a midnight champagne toast” plus a dance lesson for age 21+ at Century Ballroom, 915 E Pine St. in Seattle. Optional dinner.
“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.]
Gatsby’s Penthouse has a prepaid bar, casino games, urban skyline views, and DJ music playing on a “state of the art lighting and sound system” at King Street Ballroom, 255 S King St. in Seattle for age 21+.
New Year’s Eve Dinner Cruise includes champagne when you board and at midnight, a four-course dinner, party favors, DJ music, and views of the Space Needle fireworks, departing from Waterways Cruises, 901 Fairview Ave. N in Seattle for age 16+. Or cheaper no-dinner cruise.
A ticket to Slacker's New Years Eve Party And Show includes desert, a glass of champagne or sparkling cider to toast at midnight, and a “Northwest Showcase of Hilarious Stand-Up Comedy” at Club Comedy, 328 15th Ave. E in Seattle for age 21+. [No 2023 web page yet.]
Begin with a half-hour dance lesson at 8:30 p.m., and then dance until 1:30 a.m. at New Year's Eve Tango Bash, which has a Roaring ‘20s theme, a tango performance, and an “elegant buffet & dessert bar” at Dance Underground, 340 15th Ave. E in Seattle. Wear black and white and red.
Dress up for Shaken not Stirred, which has a band playing swing, jazz, and big band. The $129 ticket includes a drink, a light appetizer and snacks buffet, a dessert buffet, a casino, party hats, a balloon drop, and midnight champagne at 1950 1st Ave. S in Seattle.
Blue Velvet Groove plays funk/disco/groove with multiple vocalists and a horn section, and balloons drop at midnight at McMenamins Anderson School, 18067 Bothell Way NE in Bothell. Doors open 8 p.m. Bring age 21+ ID.
Countdown to the New Year is an $83 “black and white affair” with tray-passed appetizers and small bites, a live band playing classic soul and R&B, a no-host bar, and a midnight balloon drop at Hotel Indigo, 1028 13th St. in Everett for age 21+.