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Caroling at the market
December 1, 2023 (6 to 8:30 p.m.)
Downtown (0.3 miles SW)
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., competition 6:15 to 7:15 p.m., sing-off & awards 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free.
Drink local wine in shops during Kirkland Wine Walk, which begins at Heathman Hotel, 220 Kirkland Ave. in Kirkland. Bring age 21+ ID. Held February, June, October, and December. The June event has a pride theme.
Arrive early to park and find a good viewing spot for the 20-minute show of lights, music, falling snow, young dancers, and drummers in uniform on Snowflake Lane (Bellevue Way between N.E. 4th & N.E. 8th). Free.
Get creative with drawing materials, open studios, live models, live music, and food trucks at family-friendly Drawing Jam at Gage Academy of Art, 1501 10th Ave. E in Seattle. Children age 12 and younger are free. A ticketed adult happy hour is 4 to 6 p.m.
Jule Fest has a Scandinavian bazaar of arts and crafts, Norwegian foods, folk dancing, Vikings, a Christmas tree lighting, Lucia bride, bonfire, and Santa Claus at Sons of Norway, 18891 Front St. NE in Poulsbo. 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.
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.
The Winter Festival & Crafts Fair has 100 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.
Take a walk following glowing luminaries on the Green Lake Pathway of Lights, which includes live music 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.
Your 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.
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.
A ticket to Bollywood NYE includes DJs playing Bollywood dance music with “state-of-the-art sound and production,” noise makers, glow sticks, a free coat check, an open bar, appetizers, and a champagne toast at Hard Rock Cafe, 116 Pike St. in Seattle.
New Year's Eve Concert, Countdown & Celebration 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.
Watch the Space Needle’s fireworks at midnight from indoors atop the city’s tallest building at 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.
Watch 200 drones plus fireworks launch from the Space Needle at midnight during New Year’s Eve at Seattle Center, with a dance band in the armory (8 p.m.) and DJ music with videos projected on the International Fountain (10 p.m.). Simulcast music at 10, 11, and 12 on 106.1 FM. Free except for pre-fireworks shows in the Laser Dome.
Dance to the music of India all night long at Bollywood New Year’s Eve Mega Party, which promises live performances by models and a balloon drop at midnight at Stage Seattle, 172 S Washington St. in Seattle. Bring age 21+ ID.
“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.
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, age 21+.
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+.
Watch the glamorous film with Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor at Moulin Rouge! New Year’s Eve Sing-Along, including a free bling ring and a Moulin-inspired music video countdown at SIFF Cinema Uptown, 511 Queen Anne Ave. N in Seattle.
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 Midnight in Paris 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.
A ticket to New Year’s Eve Extravaganza includes hors d’oeuvres, a no-host bar, and two hours of comedy by Jet City Improv, followed by DJ dance music and a champagne toast at midnight at University Heights Center, 5031 University Way NE in Seattle.
New Year’s Eve Cocktail Party is “reception-style” with passed hors d’oeuvres, a carving station of fire-roasted cuts, a dessert station, live music, two premium alcoholic beverages, and a champagne toast at Fogo de Chão, 440 Bellevue Way NE in Bellevue.
Midnight in Paris has “lively entertainment, dancing, decadent Parisian pastry and cocktails, an Absinthe drip fountain, party hats/noisemakers, and a midnight countdown” with two bands playing big-band and swing at The Winemakers Reserve, 15902 Redmond - Woodinville Road NE in Woodinville.
Fox Hollow Winter Festival has a craft market (Sat. & Sun.), Santa (Fri., Sat., Sun.), an adult beverage garden, fire pits, a winter light walk, and kids’ activities at Fox Hollow Farm, 12123 Issaquah-Hobart Road SE in Issaquah.
Ride on the main ship with the choir, or on a “follow boat” for adults, or listen from shore (unless the performance is marked P for private in the schedule) during the Christmas Ship Festival with many departure points.
“Enjoy free 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.
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.).
Banff Mountain Film Festival promises “an exhilarating and provocative exploration of the mountain world” when it screens films that are award-winners and audience favorites at Benaroya Hall, 200 University St. in Seattle.
Don your ugliest holiday sweater for Fugly Sweater Championship, which is a party and a competition for prizes that will be awarded at 7:30 p.m. in the bar at W Seattle, 1112 4th Ave. in Seattle. Free registration for age 21+. [Happy hour ends at 6 p.m.]
Attend a 5:30 p.m. reception with appetizers and a no-host bar, and then hear local leaders discuss recent events at 6:30 p.m. at The Year in Review by Seattle CityClub at Town Hall Seattle, 1119 8th Ave. in Seattle.
Wear anything from a T-shirt to a tuxedo to GeekWire Gala and “see familiar faces, make new friends, and enjoy “an evening of conversation, tasty treats, and festive cocktails with great music” at Block 41, 115 Bell St. in Seattle for age 21+.
A Service of Readings and Carols features adult and youth choirs, organ and brass instruments, readings from the Bible, and the congregation singing Silent Night by candlelight at St. James Cathedral, 804 9th Ave. in Seattle. Free parking. Donation.
See acrobatics, high-flying aerials, contortions, and juggling to live music when the School of Acrobatics & New Circus Arts (SANCA) presents SANCA’s Annual Showcase Spectacular (SASS) for all ages at Broadway Performance Hall, 1625 Broadway in Seattle.
Enjoy holiday lights, folk dancers, carolers, musicians, model trains, and Saturday ice sculptors during Winterfest at the Seattle Center. See entertainment schedule on web page. No events Dec. 25. Free.
Support great causes by shopping from 28 vendors of unique gifts at Giving Marketplace, with craft-making and live music at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center, 440 5th Ave. N in Seattle. Free.
Watch documentary film trailers, mingle with fellow art & film lovers, swap art, and enjoy cider and karaoke at the low-key NWFF Holiday Snow-Ball at Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave. in Seattle. Free.
A ticket to the classic movie White Christmas (featuring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, and Rosemary Clooney) includes a pre-film music-video sing along with Christmas songs at SIFF Cinema Uptown, 511 Queen Anne Ave. N in Seattle.
Brazilian Connection offers “the warmth and vivaciousness of traditional and contemporary Afro-rooted music and dance” from throughout Central and South America at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, 104 17th Ave. S in Seattle, followed by light Brazilian refreshments.
WildLanterns features “large-scale animal and nature scape lanterns representing wild places from around the globe” including bugs, dinosaurs, tigers, peacocks, and dragons, with snacks for sale at Woodland Park Zoo, 5500 Phinney Ave. N in Seattle. Free parking. Enter by 8:30 p.m. (Closed Mon. to Wed.)
Take a luminary forest walk on lit pathways, and make a craft at the Arboretum Winter Solstice Walk. Saturday is for age 21+ and includes a free beverage. Buy a ticket online for a time slot, and then check in at the visitors center in Washington Park Arboretum, 2300 Arboretum Drive E in Seattle. Limited parking.
Hear the score of the holiday classic A Charlie Brown Christmas performed by jazz pianists at The Royal Room, 5000 Rainier Ave. S in Seattle. Donation. No tickets, so consider arriving when doors open at 4:30 p.m.
“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.
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.
A ticket to Cool Yule Holiday Party and Concert includes “snazzy, jazzy holiday tunes and standards” by BlueStreet Voices and a jazz pianist, with festive treats and a no-host bar at 7400 Woodlawn Ave. NE in Seattle.
“Artists promenade along California Ave. in costumes of light” from 5 to 6 p.m. looking for people (or their pets) wearing amazing costumes of light who deserve to compete for prizes given by Santa in the awards ceremony at Glorious Lights of West Seattle. Tree lighting & carols 6:30 p.m. in Junction Plaza Park. Live music until 8 p.m., beer garden until 8:30 p.m. Free.
Your ticket to Winterwoof includes a “hosted bar with beer, wine, spirits, appetizers, and entertainment” plus a silent auction, DJ music, and adoptable dogs on the water at Sunset Bay Lodge at the Ballard Elks, 6411 Seaview Ave. NW in Seattle. Facebook page.
Shop for clothing, jewelry, woodworking, drums, and art prints at United Indians Native Art Market in Discovery Park at Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center, 5011 Bernie Whitebear Way in Seattle. Free.
“Enjoy the beauty of over 550 crèches from around the world” plus 150 Christmas trees and music during Bellevue Festival of the Nativity at The Mormon Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 15205 SE 28th St. in Bellevue. Free.
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.
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.
Seattle Mariners Women’s Club welcomes men and women to their 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.
Sample 50 wines, beers, ciders, and spirits in 23 shops during Holiday Wine, Beer & Spirits Walk at First & Main Design Market, 10100 Main St. in Bothell for age 21+. You’re welcome to “wear your goofy holiday sweaters, blinking antlers, bells, and elf boots.”
Holiday Traditions features the Federal Way Symphony performing “a concert of popular symphonic works, festive holiday favorites, and special surprises” at Federal Way Performing Arts and Event Center, 31510 Pete von Reichbauer Way S in Federal Way.
“Bring the entire family for an evening of holiday cheer and musical delight” when Auburn Symphony Orchestra presents a Holiday Spectacular at Auburn Performing Arts Center A.P.A.C., 702 4th St. NE in Auburn. Look for real reindeer in the parking lot and Santa in the lobby.
Mannheim Steamroller, directed by founder and Grammy winner Chris Davis, presents Mannheim Steamroller Christmas with dazzling multimedia effects at Angel of the Winds Arena, 2000 Hewitt Ave. in Everett.
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.
Sing popular 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.
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 theme changes each year.
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).
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. See schedule.
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.
Bundle up to admire 800,000 holiday lights and displays at Zoolights from 4:30 to 10 p.m. at Point Defiance Zoo, 5400 N Pearl St. in Tacoma. The kids area has goats. The adult beer garden has fire pits.
Buy a ticket online, then drive two miles past “300 elaborate displays” of holiday lights at Fantasy Lights in Spanaway Park, 14905 Bresemann Blvd. S in Spanaway. Hear holiday music in the park on radio station 1700 AM.
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. Open Nov. 25 - 27, Dec. 1 - 4, 8 - 11, 14 - 23, 26 - 31. Video (2 minutes).
Enjoy Christmas lights twinkling on snow, concerts, caroling, kids’ crafts, and cocoa at the annual Village of Lights in Leavenworth Festhalle and at Front Street Park, 820 Front St. in Leavenworth. Free. Events calendar.