Seattle events calendar for December 2017. Festivals, fun things to do, Christmas events, Christmas lights, Christmas ships, New Year’s Eve parties, Seattle, WA.

Best events for 12 months

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

Miles are from Westlake Center downtown.

Caroling at Westlake

December 1, 2017 (6 to 8:30 p.m.)

0 miles

Hear 40 caroling teams sing outside Westlake Center, and then vote for your favorite at Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition or register a team.

Lights in Redmond

December 1, 2017

15 miles NE

Redmond Lights starts with singers & dancers at city hall at 4 p.m. When the holiday lights go on at 5 p.m., follow 100 luminaries past choirs and performers to Redmond Town Center for activities & carols to 8 p.m.

Beer festival

December 1 - 2, 2017

7 miles NE

Try winter beers from 50 Washington breweries with food truck cuisine at Winter Beer Fest at Hangar 30 in Magnuson Park, then vote for your favorites, age 21+.
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Tour artists’ studios

December 1 - 3, 2017

Seattle locations

Shop from 34 artists at 9 studios who make clothing, jewelry, glass, ceramics, prints, and more on Seattle Sampling Artists’ Studio Tour. Free.

Contemporary dance

December 1 - 3, 2017

1.2 miles east

Next Fest NW Performance is a contemporary dance series at Velocity Dance Center.

Nutcracker ballet - Renton

December 1 - 3, 2017

14 miles south

Ensemble Ballet Theatre performs The Nutcracker at Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center.

Bavarian Christmas

December 1 - 3, 2017

117 miles east

Enjoy Christmas lights twinkling on snow, roasted chestnuts, sleigh rides, and caroling at the annual Leavenworth Christmas Lighting. Lights are on Fridays, but ceremony is Saturdays and Sundays at 4:30 p.m.

High-flying acrobatic show

December 1 - 10, 2017

3 miles SE

Acrobatic Conundrum presents its New Year’s show “Volume 5” with aerial acrobatics, juggling acts, rope art, and hoop diving from 20 feet in the air, all to live music at 12th Avenue Arts.

Twilight Zone theater

December 1 - 16, 2017 (begins Nov. 17)

0.3 mile NW

Watch four episodes of Rod Serling’s sci-fi TV show live onstage when Theater Schmeater presents The Twilight Zone: Live! in Belltown.

Christmas ships parade

December 1 - 23, 2017 (begins Nov. 24)

Lake Washington & Puget Sound

Ride onboard with the choir or listen from shore during the Christmas Ship Festival. See schedule.

Reindeer & Santa

December 1 - 23, 2017

14 miles east

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 [sound].

Reindeer & model trains

December 1 - 24, 2017 (begins Nov. 24)

7 miles NW

Visit live reindeer and watch model trains wind their way through a winter landscape during the Reindeer Festival at Swansons Nursery. Closed Nov. 23. Free.

Bellevue street show

December 1 - 24, 2017 (begins Nov. 24)

10 miles east

Enjoy a 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). Arrive early for the best view. Free.

Christmas play

December 1 - 28, 2017 (begins Nov. 24)

0.3 miles east

A Christmas Carol is Charles Dickens’ holiday classic about the amazing transformation of miserly Scrooge at ACT Theatre.

Christmas lights - Bellevue

December 1 - 31, 2017 (begins Nov. 25)

11 miles east

Enjoy zillions of colorful lights and displays at Garden d’Lights in Bellevue Botanical Garden from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. There may be a line on free nights, which are Nov. 27-30 and Dec. 4-7.

Gingerbread houses

Dec. 1, 2017 - Jan. 1, 2018 (Nov. 21+)

0.2 miles SE

See elaborate displays made mostly of food at the Gingerbread Village at City Centre, across the street from Sheraton Seattle Hotel. Free and open until 11:30 p.m. (plus an extra hour Fridays & Saturdays).

Winter at Seattle Center

Dec. 1, 2017 - Jan. 1, 2018 (begins Nov. 24)

1 mile NW

Enjoy holiday lights, skating at Fisher Pavilion (cost), folk dancers, carolers, dancers, ice sculptors, model trains, and entertainment during Winterfest at the Seattle Center. See schedule. Closed Dec. 25. Free.

Christmas lights - Seattle zoo

Dec. 1, 2017 - Jan. 1, 2018 (Nov. 24+)

5 miles north

WildLights has 600,000 lights in animal shapes, real reindeer, night animals, carolers, and Santa some nights at Woodland Park Zoo. Closed Dec. 24 & 25.

Christmas lights - Tacoma zoo

Dec. 1, 2017 - Jan. 1, 2018 (Nov. 24+)

40 miles south

Bundle up to admire half a million holiday lights and displays at Zoolights in Tacoma’s Point Defiance Zoo from 5 to 9 p.m. Closed Dec. 24.

Drawing day

December 2, 2017

2 miles NE

Get creative with drawing materials, open studios, live models, live music, and food trucks at family-friendly Drawing Jam at Gage Academy of Art.

Scandinavian Christmas

December 2, 2017

22 miles NW via Bainbridge ferry

Jule Fest is a free Scandinavian bazaar of arts and crafts, folk dancing, Vikings, a Christmas tree lighting, a bonfire, a Lucia bride, and Santa Claus in Poulsbo.

Charles Dickens festival

December 2, 2017 (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

35 miles south

Dickens Festival at Stadium has a Victorian costume contest, puppet show, carolers, circus arts, and craft vendors in Tacoma’s Stadium District. Schedule. Also visit Victorian Holiday Festival at the botanical conservatory via horse carriage rides.

Craft show

December 2 - 3, 2017

1 mile NW

Shop for hand-crafted clothing, jewelry, toys, stationery, art, candles, housewares, and food at Urban Craft Uprising Winter Show in the Exhibition Hall at Seattle Center. Repeats in July. Free.

Phinney winter festival

December 2 - 3, 2017

5 miles north

The Winter Festival & Crafts Fair has 100+ arts and crafts vendors, musicians and dancers, and lunch and baked goods at Phinney Center.

South-end pops concert

December 2 - 3, 2017

23 miles south

Federal Way Symphony plays holiday favorites and classical music at the Holiday Concert at the new Federal Way Performing Arts & Event Center.

Christmas concert

December 2 - 9, 2017

Seattle and Tacoma

A PLU Christmas features the choir, chorale, and orchestra of Pacific Lutheran University.
  • Dec. 2, 3, 8, 9 - PLU in Tacoma
  • Dec. 4 - Benaroya Hall in Seattle

Nutcracker Ballet - north end

December 2 - 3 and 9 - 10, 2017

16 miles NE

Emerald Ballet Theatre performs The Nutcracker with new sets and a live orchestra in Bothell at Northshore Performing Arts Center.

Short Nutcracker

December 2 - 17, 2017 (begins Nov. 24)

Auburn, Bellevue, Renton

Evergreen City Ballet offers one-hour and two-hour versions of the holiday classic ballet The Nutcracker in Auburn, Bellevue, and Renton. After the performance, dancers meet the audience in the lobby.

Santa Train

December 2 - 17, 2017 (begins Nov. 25)

36 miles east

The Northwest Railway Museum runs a popular 20-minute Santa Train from North Bend to the Snoqualmie Depot for cookies and a visit with Santa. Dates in 2017: Nov. 25-26 & Dec. 2-3, 9-10, 15-17.

Nutcracker ballet

December 2 - 28, 2017 (begins Nov. 24)

1 mile NW

Pacific Northwest Ballet performs The Nutcracker by George Balanchine, with a live orchestra, magnificent sets and costumes, and a huge cast in McCaw Hall.

Discount tickets $34 to $89.

Pet friendly run/walk

December 3, 2017

16.2 miles SE

Join the K9 Candy Cane 5K Fun Run and Walk from Renton Community Center up the beautiful Cedar River Trail, either with or without a leashed dog.

Celtic Christmas

December 3 - 23, 2017

multiple cities

Celtic Yuletide is Irish music, dance, storytelling, juggling, and songs performed by Magical Strings.
  • Dec. 3 - Kent
  • Dec. 8 - Tacoma
  • Dec. 9 - Seattle
  • Dec. 10 - Mount Vernon
  • Dec. 23 - Bellevue

Christmas lights - Wild Waves

December 3 - 31, 2017

25 miles south

See colorful displays with a million lights, and go on rides at Holiday with Lights in Federal Way. Closed on December 4 - 7, 11 - 14, 24 - 25.

Dance films

December 4, 2017

1.2 miles east

Next Dance Cinema features local and international dance on screen at Northwest Film Forum.

Holiday sax concert

December 5, 2017 (7:30 p.m.)

0.4 miles SW

Saxophonist Chris Mitchell plays yuletide classics, including his passionate take on “Let it Snow” at the Four Seasons Hotel.

Discount tickets $23.

Rock concert

December 5, 2017 (3 p.m.)

1 mile NW

Deck the Hall Ball is an annual marathon concert that features popular bands at Key Arena, run by Seattle radio station KNDD 107.7 FM or “The End.”

Live radio show

December 8, 2017 (7:30 to 9 p.m.)

4.4 miles north

Watch a live radio production of The Bishop’s Wife (about an angel who helps a bishop with his problems), including live music, sound effects, and a pre-show warm up in the University District. Tickets.

Short Nutcracker

December 8 - 16, 2017

Ballard & Shorewood

Nutcracker Sweets is a one-hour version of the classic ballet featuring ”beautiful music, gorgeous costumes, and exciting dancing” by students and professionals in Ballard (Dec. 8 - 10) and Shoreline (Dec. 16). The Ballard shows include dancers 3 to 5 years old.

Nutcracker Ballet - north end

December 8 - 17, 2017

Everett & Edmonds

Olympic Ballet Theatre performs The Nutcracker, including shorter children’s versions on two days.
  • Dec. 8 to 10 - Everett Performing Arts Center
  • Dec. 14 to 17 - Edmonds Center for the Arts

Holiday concert

December 9, 2017 (2 p.m.)

0.5 miles south

Holiday Pops features the Seattle Symphony, vocalists, and University of Washington Chorale, at Benaroya Hall.

Dog holidays

December 9, 2017 (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

1 mile south

Bring your four-legged friend in costume to Pioneer Square Howlidays for dog treats, a pop-up dog park, carolers, cocoa, and a costume contest at noon at Occidental Park.

Cookie sale

December 9, 2017

1.1 miles NW

Shop for holiday treats at CookieFest at Seattle Center’s Armory Loft (food circus top floor). Free.

Green Lake lights

December 9, 2017 (4:30 to 7:30 p.m.)

4.5 miles north

Take a walk following glowing luminaries on the Green Lake Pathway of Lights, which includes live music at three locations, rain or snow or shine. Free.

Native craft fair

December 9, 2017

6.6 miles NW

Shop for art prints, clothing, jewelry, woodworking, drums, and lunch at Native Art Mart at Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center in Discovery Park. Free.

Jingle Bell run - Seattle

December 10, 2017

0 miles

Wear a costume or tie on bells for the morning Jingle Bell Run (5K or 1-mile) and the kids’ run (1K) at Westlake Center. Walkers welcome. Fee for dogs.

Seattle jazz

December 10, 2017 (1 and 6 p.m.)

1.5 miles NW

Hear the entire score of the holiday classic A Charlie Brown Christmas at Cornish Playhouse at the Seattle Center. The evening performance has cocktails for sale.

Holiday exchange

December 10, 2017 (5 to 8 p.m.)

6 miles NW

No money changes hands at the Barter Fair & Holiday Party. Instead, bring things you cooked, made, or do as a service to trade at Royal Drummer Cafe. Free.

Holiday chorus

December 10 - 23, 2017

Seattle, Tacoma, Everett

Seattle Men’s Chorus sings holiday songs at Benaroya Hall, as well as Tacoma Dec. 9, and Everett Dec. 16.

Family theater

December 14 - 17, 2017

17.7 miles NE

Based on the classic movie, Elf the Musical Jr. is about an orphan who crawls into Santa's bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole, with young actors at Redmond High School Performing Arts Center.

Discount tickets $7.50.

Boat parade

December 15, 2017 (7 to 9:30 p.m.)

3.6 miles north

The 65 lit and decorated boats in the Christmas Ship Parade of Boats Night begin passing through the Fremont Cut about 8:30 p.m. Free to watch onshore.

Santa bar crawl

December 16, 2017 (noon to closing)

0.3 miles SE

Wear a Santa suit or a holiday costume to SantaCon, which begins near the Pike Place Market at a location to be announced and then heads to city bars. Free.

Salsa dance

December 16, 2017

2.3 miles SE

The Holiday Salsa Celebration features Mambo Cadillac playing irresistibly danceable high-octane salsa and Latin jazz music, with an optional salsa lesson at 3:30 p.m. at Artspace Hiawatha Lofts.

Winter solstice celebration

December 16, 2017 (4 to 9 p.m.)

4.5 miles north

Seattle Secular Solstice promises “food, light, song, and camaraderie” to bring Seattleites together and brighten the darkest days of winter at University Christian Church Seattle. Donation.

Affordable art

December 16, 2017 (2 to 8 p.m.)

5 miles south

Art Under $100 features 70 artists, free crafts, DJ music, and food trucks at Seattle Design Center. Free unless you pay to go an hour early.

Appalachian Christmas music

December 16 - 17, 2017

4 miles NE

An Appalachian Christmas features violinist and composer Mark O’Connor and his family playing Appalachian music in Meany Hall at the University of Washington.

Craft fair

December 16 - 17, 2017

8 miles NE

Renegade Craft Fair offers indie crafts, artisan food, and music at Hangar 30 in Magnuson Park. Repeats in July. Free.

Eastside Nutcracker

December 16 - 17, 2017

12.5 miles east

The affordable Nutcracker by Cornerstone Studio has a cast of 70 youthful and exuberant dancers at Interlake High School in Bellevue.

Discount tickets $11.

Christmas show

December 16 - 17 and 19 - 20, 2017

34 miles south

The Christmas Revels is a family-oriented celebration of the winter solstice, set in northern Spain this year. Expect music, dance, theater, song, and storytelling at Rialto Theater in Tacoma.

Food truck festival

December 17, 2017

3.5 miles north

Shop food trucks (plus the usual 100 market vendors) during Winter Feast at the Fremont Sunday Market.

Christmas movie

December 21 - 23, 2017

1.3 miles NW

A ticket to the classic movie White Christmas (featuring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, and Rosemary Clooney) includes free jingle bells and a pre-film music-video sing along with Christmas songs at SIFF Film Center.

Christmas spectacular

December 22 - 24, 2017

0.3 miles NE

Cirque Dreams Holidaze features flying reindeer, jumping gingerbread men, rousing music, amazing costumes, and Santa at The Paramount Theatre.

Model Train Festival

December 22, 2017 - Jan. 1, 2018

33 miles south

Watch model trains run through detailed scenes of the Pacific Northwest, and see railroad-history exhibits at the Model Train Festival at the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma. See Santa some days. Closed December 24 & 25.

Jingle Bell Run - Tacoma

December 24, 2017

36 miles south

Run or walk 3 miles at the Jingle Bell Run at Wright Park in Tacoma. Costumes are welcome.

Movie: Fiddler on the Roof

December 25, 2017 (noon)

1.5 miles NW

See a film about Jewish tradition, eat Chinese food, and hear Klezmer music at Fiddler on the Roof Sing Along, an annual tradition at SIFF Cinema Uptown.

Fun basketball show

December 29, 2017

1.3 miles NW

The talented Harlem Globetrotters perform ball handling wizardry, rim-rattling dunks, trick shots, and comedy bits in an entertaining show at KeyArena.

Discount tickets $29.

Christmas jazz

December 30, 2017

4.5 miles north

Sacred Music by Duke Ellington features the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, plus guest vocalists, a chorus, and a tap dancer at University Christian Church.

Bollywood New Year

December 30, 2017

5 miles SE

Dance into the new year a day early at Bollywood Masquerade, a DJ dance party playing the sounds of India at Columbia City Theater for age 21+.

New Year’s Eve restaurants

December 31, 2017

Seattle locations

Find a list of restaurants that offer special menus and celebrations for New Year’s Eve at OpenTable.

New Year’s Eve symphony

December 31, 2017

0.5 mile south

New Year’s Eve Classical Soul of Motown includes classical music performed by the Seattle Symphony, dancing to midnight, a countdown, and a champagne toast, at Benaroya Hall.

New Year’s Eve - Columbia Center

December 31, 2017

0.6 miles SE

Watch the Space Needle’s fireworks from atop the city’s tallest building at New Year’s Eve at Sky View Observatory, with champagne, wine, beer, and appetizers for sale. Arrive early due to a capacity limit.

New Year’s Eve at Chihuly

December 31, 2017

1 mile NW

New Year’s Eve pARTy includes appetizers & dessert, live music and dancing, a tour of the exhibits, and a champagne toast with a view of the Space Needle’s fireworks through the Glasshouse ceiling at Chihuly Garden and Glass at Seattle Center for age 21+.

New Year’s Eve at EMP

December 31, 2017

1 mile NW

Indulgence is billed as Seattle’s biggest New Year’s Eve bash, with 2,000 guests, three performance stages, comedy, live dance music, and access to most exhibits at Museum of Pop Culture (formerly EMP) for age 21+.

New Year’s Eve science

December 31, 2017 (9 p.m.)

1 mile NW

SPECTRA 2018: New Year’s Eve Under the Arches has laser shows, science exhibits and live demos, dancing to DJ music, a champagne toast, and a view of the Space Needle fireworks at the Pacific Science Center for age 21+.

New Year’s fireworks

December 31, 2017

1 mile NW

The Space Needle at Seattle Center is the tallest structure on earth to launch fireworks. Wear a winter coat to watch the free show from the ground. The parties upstairs sell out early.

New Year’s Eve film

December 31, 2017 (6:30 p.m.)

1.4 miles NW

Watch the glamorous film with Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman at Moulin Rouge! New Year’s Eve Sing Along, including champagne at SIFF Cinema Uptown.

New Year’s Eve party

December 31, 2017

1.5 miles south

Resolution is a massive celebration with 6,000 balloons, 500 pounds of confetti, a dozen bands, aerial acrobatics, lighting effects, dancing, and bars at WaMu Theater for age 18+.

New Year’s Eve show

December 31, 2017

4 miles NW

New Year’s Eve Extravaganza is a variety show done by the Moisture Festival with appetizers and midnight champagne at Hale’s Ales Palladium for all ages.

New Year’s Eve in Tacoma

December 31, 2017

33 miles south

First Night Tacoma fills the last evening of the year with family-friendly entertainment, including a short parade, music and dance shows, puppets, and a fiery midnight spectacle in downtown Tacoma. Schedule.
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