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Seattle events December 2024

Hit musical: Wicked

December 1, 2024

Downtown (0.3 miles NE)

A giant hit on Broadway and winner of multiple awards, Wicked tells the story of the good and evil witches from the Wizard of Oz at The Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St. in Seattle.

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Seattle Marathon

December 1, 2024 (1 & 5 p.m.)

Seattle Center (0.9 miles NW)

Join 15,000 people burning off Thanksgiving calories at the morning Seattle Marathon and Half Marathon, which begin on the north side of the Museum of Pop Culture, 325 5th Ave. N in Seattle.

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Nerdy holiday market

December 1, 2024

Sand Point (7.6 miles NE)

GeekCraft Expo Seattle Holiday Market promises “gifts for the geeks on your holiday shopping list” handmade by 100 vendors in Hangar 30 at Magnuson Park, 6310 NE 74th St. in Seattle. Tickets cost more on Friday. Free for age 12 and younger.

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Christmas trees downtown  FREE

December 1 - 4, 2024

Downtown (0.3 miles SE)

View 22 designer trees in a hotel lobby during the annual Festival of Trees Display at Fairmont Olympic Hotel, 411 University St. in Seattle. Also visit Teddy Bear Suite (except on Mondays). Both are. The annual gala dinner and auction is $300.

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Christmas tree lighting  FREE

December 1 - 7, 2024

multiple locations

Watch a tree-lighting ceremony, usually with music.

Christmas improv

December 1 - 22, 2024

Downtown (0.4 miles SW)

Audience suggestions add funny twists to the story of Ebenezer Scrooge and Tiny Tim at An Improvised Christmas Carol at Unexpected Productions Improv, 1428 Post Alley in Seattle.

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Santa Train

December 1 - 22, 2024 (weekends)

North Bend (30 miles E)

Santa Limited is a two-hour ride that includes a gift from Santa and a kids’ activity stop, departing from Northwest Railway Museum, 205 E McClellan St. in North Bend.

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Christmas train near Centralia

December 1 - 22, 2024 (Sat. & Sun.)

Chehalis (89 miles S)

Take a “45-minute round trip to the North Pole” on the Polar Express Train Ride, which includes cocoa, cookies, and a visit from Santa, departing from Chehalis-Central Railroad & Museum, 1101 SW Sylvenus St. in Chehalis.

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European Christmas market

December 1 - 24, 2024

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.

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Bellevue street show  FREE

December 1 - 24, 2024

Bellevue (10 miles E)

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, which is Bellevue Way between NE 4th & NE 8th.

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Bavarian Christmas  FREE

December 1 - 24, 2024

Leavenworth (117 miles E)

Lights twinkle 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.

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Christmas play

December 1 - 27, 2024

Downtown (0.4 miles E)

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.

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Nutcracker ballet

December 1 - 28, 2024

Seattle Center (1.2 miles 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, 321 Mercer St. at Seattle Center.

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Christmas event in stadium

December 1 - 29, 2024

SoDo (1.6 miles S)

Enchant Christmas features a maze where you look for Santa’s reindeer, an ice-skating rink, Christmas shops, food vendors, music, Santa, and photo opportunities at T-Mobile Park, 1250 1st Ave. S in Seattle. You choose an entrance time when buying a ticket. Children age 3 and younger are free.

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Drive through lights (north)

December 1 - 29, 2024

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. You can park at two locations to see Joyland and Santa’s Village, but Santa’s last day is Dec. 23.

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Reindeer & Santa

December 1 - 30, 2024

Issaquah (14 miles SE)

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. We recommend reserving a time in advance.

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Lights in Bellevue

December 1 - 31, 2024

Bellevue (11 miles E)

Enjoy more than a half million colorful lights with displays at Garden d’Lights in Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St. in Bellevue. You must buy timed tickets online. Children age 10 and younger are free.

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Lights in Everett  FREE

December 1 - 31, 2024

Everett (32 miles N)

Wintertide Lights is a “winter wonderland” every December evening in Evergreen Arboretum and Gardens, next to Legion Memorial Park, 145 Alverson Blvd. in Everett.

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Lights at Tacoma zoo

December 1, 2024 - Jan. 5, 2025

Tacoma (40 miles SW)

Bundle up to admire 800,000 holiday lights and displays at Zoolights at Point Defiance Zoo, 5400 N Pearl St. in Tacoma. The kids’ area has goats. Closed Dec. 24 & 25.

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Evening cabaret

December 1, 2024 - Jan. 12, 2025

Downtown (0.3 miles SW)

Wonderland is a whimsical winter cabaret and burlesque show that promises “a glittering parade of nostalgia, exploding with dance, laughter, and all the cheer of yesteryear” at Can Can Culinary Cabaret, 95 Pine St. in Seattle for age 21+. Food and drinks for sale.

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Musical: Legally Blonde

December 1, 2024 - Jan. 26, 2025

Everett & Issaquah

Legally Blonde: The Musical is an upbeat song-and-dance tale about a sweet sorority sister named Elle, known for her all-pink wardrobe and her chihuahua Bruiser, who goes to Harvard Law to win back her boyfriend, at Village Theatre, 303 Front St. N in Issaquah.

  • Nov. 12 - Dec. 22 — Issaquah
  • Jan. 4 - 26 — Everett

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Gingerbread houses  FREE

December 4 - 18, 2024

Auburn (28 miles S)

See 15 gingerbread houses entered in the Gingerbread Contest and vote for your favorite at Auburn Community & Event Center, 910 9th St. SE in Auburn. Closed Sunday.

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Gospel Nativity

December 4 - 29, 2024

Capitol Hill (0.8 miles NE)

Black Nativity by Langston Hughes retells the classic Nativity story with actors, dancers, vocalists, a rousing choir, and a sing-along at Broadway Performance Hall, 1625 Broadway in Seattle.

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Victorian Christmas market

December 5 - 8, 2024

Puyallup (37 miles S)

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.

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Caroling at the market  FREE

December 6, 2024

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., caroling in the market 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., sing-off and awards 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

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Holiday party in the park  FREE

December 6, 2024 (4:30 to 6:30 p.m.)

Downtown (0.4 miles SE)

Twinkle Twinkle promises festive treats, a bonfire, roasted s’mores, cocoa, holiday lights, and carolers singing (6 p.m.) at Seneca Plaza in Freeway Park, 600 Seneca St. in Seattle.

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Non-profit market  FREE

December 6 - 7, 2024

Lower Queen Anne (1 mile NW)

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.

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Holiday concert

December 6 - 8, 2024

Downtown (0.3 miles SW)

Holiday Pops features the Seattle Symphony and vocalist Aubrey Logan on the trombone, performing holiday favorites and traditional carols at Benaroya Hall, 200 University St. in Seattle.

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Craft show  FREE

December 6 - 8, 2024

Seattle Center (1.2 miles NW)

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. Friday night is ticketed. Saturday and Sunday are.

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Contemporary dance

December 6 - 14, 2024

Capitol Hill (1 mile E)

Next Fest NW is an experimental new works dance festival at 12th Avenue Arts, 1620 12th Ave. in Seattle.

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Drawing day

December 7, 2024

Capitol Hill (2 miles NE)

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.

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Run for cookies

December 7, 2024 (5 p.m.)

Green Lake (5 miles N)

Run once or twice around Green Lake and then eat cookies at The Electric Cookie Run 5K/10K at Green Lake Park. Begin at Road Runner Sports, 7020 Woodlawn Ave. NE in Seattle.

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People wearing lights  FREE

December 7, 2024

West Seattle (5.6 miles SW)

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.

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Cocktail party to save dogs

December 7, 2024 (6 to 11 p.m.)

Sunset Hill (6.6 miles NW)

Your ticket to Winterwoof includes “hosted food and drinks, silent and liv auction, fun and games, music, magic, and entertainment plus adoptable puppies on the water at Sunset Bay Lodge at the Ballard Elks, 6411 Seaview Ave. NW in Seattle. No pets.

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Cookies in Burien

December 7, 2024 (12 to 4 p.m.)

Burien (11 miles S)

Buy a ticket online, and then walk around Burien collecting cookies in shops on the Cookie Crawl. We expect this event to sell out.

Scandinavian Christmas  FREE

December 7, 2024

Poulsbo (22 miles NW via ferry)

JuleFest has a market of Scandinavian arts and crafts, food vendors, a Lucia bride arriving in a Viking boat, and a giant bonfire at Sons of Norway, 18891 Front St. NE in Poulsbo.

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Holiday symphony

December 7, 2024 (2:30 p.m.)

Federal Way (23 miles S)

Holiday Favorites is “a mixture of holiday fare, festive songs and carols, classical and popular chestnuts” performed by Federal Way Symphony with a young soloist 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.

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Santa Parade in Auburn  FREE

December 7, 2024

Auburn (29 miles S)

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.

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Santa Parade in Puyallup  FREE

December 7, 2024

Puyallup (34 miles S)

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.

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Old-fashioned Christmas

December 7, 2024 (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

Tacoma (41 miles SW)

Enjoy Christmas carols, Father Christmas, coffee roasting, ornament making, and a yule log with your ticket to Christmas Regale at Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, 5519 Five Mile Drive in Tacoma.

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Phinney winter crafts fair

December 7 - 8, 2024 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Phinney Ridge (5.1 miles N)

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.

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Nativities on display  FREE

December 7 - 15, 2024

Bellevue (11 miles E)

“Enjoy the beauty of over 550 crèches from around the world” plus 150 Christmas trees and live music during Festival of the Nativity at The Mormon Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 15205 SE 28th St. in Bellevue. Music schedule.

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Jingle Bell Run — Seattle

December 8, 2024

Green Lake (4.8 miles N)

Wear a costume or tie on bells for the morning Jingle Bell Run 5K, 1 mile, or kids’ run at Green Lake Aqua Theater, West Green Lake Way N in Seattle. Walkers may bring dogs or strollers.

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Hockey

December 10, 2024 - April 15, 2025

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.

  • Dec. 10 — Florida Panthers
  • Dec. 12 — Boston Bruins
  • Dec. 14 — Tampa Bay Lightning
  • Dec. 17 — Ottawa Senators
  • Dec. 30 — Utah Hockey Club

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Dinosaurs

December 13 - 15, 2024

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.

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Family movie + live music

December 14, 2024

multiple locations

Watch The Snowman onscreen (rated G) while a symphony plays the score live.

Christmas boats on Lake Union  FREE

December 14, 2024

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.

Lights at Green Lake  FREE

December 14, 2024

Green Lake (6 miles N)

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.

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Wine walk

December 14, 2024

Bothell (20 miles NE)

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.”

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Bonsai lights

December 14, 2024 (4 to 7 p.m.)

Federal Way (25 miles S)

See lit Bonsai trees during Winter Bonsai Solstice, with live music, kids’ activities, hot chocolate, and a gift shop at Pacific Bonsai Museum, 2515 S 336th St. in Federal Way. Donation.

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Small-town wine tasting

December 14, 2024

Snohomish (29 miles NE)

A ticket to Snohomish Wine Walk includes 10 tastes of wine at 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.

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Jingle Bell Run — Tacoma

December 14, 2024

Tacoma (35 miles S)

Run or walk 3 miles at the Jingle Bell Run and have hot chocolate at Wright Park, 501 S I St. in Tacoma. Costumes are welcome.

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Eastside wine walk

December 15, 2024 (5 to 9 p.m.)

Kirkland (11 miles NE)

Drink local wine in 20 shops during Kirkland Wine, Beer, & Spirits Walk, which begins at Heathman Hotel, 220 Kirkland Ave. in Kirkland. No children or pets. Bring age 21+ ID. Held in multiple months.

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Football

December 15 & 22, 2024

Pioneer Square (1.3 miles S)

Watch the Seahawks play an exciting home game at Lumen Field, 800 Occidental Ave. S in Seattle.

  • Dec. 15 — Green Bay Packers
  • Dec. 22 — Minnesota Vikings

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Handel’s Messiah

December 19, 2024

multiple locations

Hearing Handel’s Messiah is a holiday tradition.

Holiday run

December 21, 2024 (10 a.m.)

Sand Point (6.6 miles NE)

You’re welcome to dress for the holidays when you join the Holiday Fun Run (5K, 10K, 15K), followed by hot chocolate at Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way NE in Seattle.

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Traditional carols

December 23, 2024 (7:30 p.m.)

Downtown (0.3 miles SW)

A Festival of Lessons & Carols presents the story of the Nativity, with readings and carols sung by Northwest Boychoir at Benaroya Hall, 200 University St. in Seattle.

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Movie: Fiddler on the Roof

December 25, 2024

Lower Queen Anne (1.5 miles NW)

See a film about Jewish tradition, hear live Klezmer music, and enjoy free vegetarian noodle take-out at Fiddler on the Roof Sing Along, an annual tradition at SIFF Cinema Uptown, 511 Queen Anne Ave. N in Seattle.

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Symphony party

December 31, 2024 (9 p.m.)

Downtown (0.3 miles SW)

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.

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Improvised comedy

December 31, 2024 (10 to 11:59 p.m.)

Downtown (0.4 miles SW)

“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.

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Party – Columbia Center

December 31, 2024

Downtown (0.7 miles SE)

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

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Fireworks cruise — Puget Sound

December 31, 2024

Waterfront (0.8 miles SW)

Both include a DJ playing dance music, a no-host bar, and views of Space Needle fireworks.

  • Elliott Bay — NYE Late Night Cruise departs from Argosy Cruises at Pier 55, 1101 Alaskan Way in Seattle.
  • Lake Union — New Year’s Eve Party Cruise includies specialty appetizers, desserts, and a midnight champagne toast, departing from Waterways Cruises, 901 Fairview Ave. N in Seattle

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New Year’s at Seattle Center  FREE

December 31, 2024

Seattle Center (0.8 miles NW)

At midnight, watch fireworks launch from the Space Needle and 200 drones fly in formation during New Year’s Eve at Seattle Center, with the band Groove Nation in the Armory (8 p.m.), plus DJ music and videos projected on the International Fountain (10 p.m.).

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Party – Smith Tower

December 31, 2024

Downtown (0.9 miles SE)

A ticket to New Year’s Eve Casino Night includes an open bar with signature cocktails, tray-passed hors d'oeuvres, a buffet until 10 p.m., DJ dance music, casino games, party favors, a midnight champagne toast, and city views from the 21st and 35th floors of the Smith Tower, 506 2nd Ave. in Seattle. Bring age 21+ ID.

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Movie: Moulin Rouge

December 31, 2024

Lower Queen Anne (1.5 miles NW)

Watch the glamorous film with Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor at Moulin Rouge: New Year’s Eve Sing-Along at SIFF Cinema Uptown, 511 Queen Anne Ave. N in Seattle. This event ends before midnight.

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Dinner & casino party

December 31, 2024 (7 p.m.)

Capitol Hill (1.8 miles NE)

Casino Royale: New Year’s Eve Party features “great music, festive cocktails, a seven-course dinner with appetizers and desserts, and an unforgettable atmosphere” at Polish Cultural Center, 1714 18th Ave. in Seattle.

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New Year’s at the Swedish Club

December 31, 2024 (7:30 p.m.)

Westlake (1.9 miles N)

Buy a ticket for either the dinner party or the dance party at The Swedish Club, 1920 Dexter Ave. N in Seattle. Must be age 21+.

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James Bond party

December 31, 2024

SoDo (2.1 miles S)

Dress up for Shaken not Stirred, which has a band playing swing, jazz, and big band. The 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.

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Christmas concert

December 2024 (undated)

multiple locations

A PLU Christmas features the choir, chorale, and orchestra of Pacific Lutheran University in two locations.

  • Benaroya Hall in Seattle
  • P.L.U. in Tacoma

Christmas ships

December 2024 (undated)

multiple departure locations

During the Christmas Ship Festival, ride on the main ship with the choir, or on a “follow boat” for adults, or watch for free at an onshore bonfire (unless the performance is marked P for private in the schedule).

Fun holiday plays

December 2024 (undated)

multiple locations

Holiday chorus

December 2024 (undated)

multiple locations

Seattle Men’s Chorus sings seasonal favorites and leads a sing-along in their show A TREEmendous Holiday.

  • Benaroya Hall, Seattle
  • Civic Auditorium, Everett
  • Pantages Theatre, Tacoma

A Charlie Brown Christmas

December 2024 (undated)

multiple locations

Live music downtown  FREE

December 2024 (undated)

Downtown (0.1 miles S)

“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.

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Santa bar crawl

December 2024 (undated)

Downtown (0.1 miles S)

Buy a ticket online, and then wear a Santa suit or holiday costume and visit a dozen city bars from noon to closing time at SantaCon. [Please don’t drink on streets or sidewalks.]

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Christmas musical

December 2024 (undated)

Downtown (0.2 miles SE)

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.

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Gaming party

December 2024 (undated)

Downtown (0.2 miles E)

A ticket to the all-ages Seattle Indies Holiday Party includes beer, wine, cocktails, a dinner buffet, a deserts bar, and unlimited arcade games at GameWorks, 1511 7th Ave. in Seattle.

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Gingerbread Village  FREE

December 2024 (undated)

Downtown (0.2 miles SE)

See four displays made mostly of food with a “chocolate factory” theme at Gingerbread Village in Sheraton Grand Seattle, 1400 6th Ave.

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Party – Hyatt Regency

December 2024 (undated)

Downtown (0.2 miles NE)

A ticket to NYElectric 2025 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.

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Cabaret Nutcracker

December 2024 (undated)

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.).

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Outdoor adventure films

December 2024 (undated)

Downtown (0.3 miles SW)

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.

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Party – W hotel

December 2024 (undated)

Downtown (0.4 miles S)

Ignite includes DJ dance music, party favors, and midnight champagne at W Seattle, 1112 4th Ave. in Seattle. Bring age 21+ ID.

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Technology party

December 2024 (undated)

Downtown (0.4 miles SW)

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 The Showbox, 1426 1st Ave. in Seattle for age 21+. Your ticket includes two drink tickets and heavy appetizers.

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Hanukkah dance party

December 2024 (undated)

First Hill (0.5 miles SE)

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.

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Jazz party

December 2024 (undated)

Belltown (0.5 miles NW)

A ticket to Rhythms and Resolutions includes light bites, desserts, limited drinks, a champagne toast, and two live bands (Lee Oskar & Friends; Duende Libre) to support KNKX Public Radio at Block 41, 115 Bell St. in Seattle. Open to all ages.

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Jazz show

December 2024 (undated)

First Hill (0.5 miles SE)

Sacred Music by Duke Ellington features the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, plus guest vocalists, a gospel choir, and tap dancers at Town Hall Seattle, 1119 8th Ave. in Seattle.

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Bourbon tasting

December 2024 (undated)

Downtown (0.6 miles S)

A 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.

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Santa Brunch

December 2024 (undated)

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.

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Holiday tea

December 2024 (undated)

First Hill (0.7 miles E)

Enjoy tea, sandwiches, and sweets plus a visit from Santa during the cozy Letters to Santa and Holiday Tea at Hotel Sorrento, 900 Madison St. in Seattle.

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Civic event

December 2024 (undated)

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 the past year at The Year in Review by Seattle CityClub at The Collective Seattle, 400 Dexter Ave. N in Seattle.

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Winter at Seattle Center  FREE

December 2024 (undated)

Lower Queen Anne (0.8 miles NW)

Winterfest features holiday lights, bands, Mexican dance, carolers, comedy, model trains, ice sculptures at Seattle Center. See entertainment schedule.

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Ballroom dance party

December 2024 (undated)

Capitol Hill (0.9 miles E)

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. (Dinner option is sold out.)

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Film-community party  FREE

December 2024 (undated)

Capitol Hill (1.1 miles E)

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.

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Roaring ‘20s party

December 2024 (undated) (9 p.m.)

Pioneer Square (1.1 miles S)

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+.

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Fireworks cruise — Lake Union

December 2024 (undated)

Eastlake (1.3 miles N)

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+.

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Nutcracker ballet

December 2024 (undated)

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Stand-up comedy

December 2024 (undated)

Capitol Hill (1.5 miles NE)

A ticket to Slacker's New Years Eve Party And Show includes party favors, 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+.

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Tango dance party

December 2024 (undated)

Capitol Hill (1.5 miles NE)

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.

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Christmas trees in Auburn  FREE

December 2024 (undated)

Auburn (2.2 miles S)

See a dozen Christmas trees decorated by local businesses during Festival of Trees at White River Valley Museum, 918 H St. SE in Auburn.

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Latin party

December 2024 (undated)

SoDo (2.6 miles S)

Año Nuevo en el Sur 2024 features the band Orquesta Cambalache, DJ music, a salsa dance lesson, party favors, midnight champagne, and an optional dinner buffet from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Club Sur, 2901 1st Ave. S in Seattle for age 21+.

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Improvised comedy

December 2024 (undated)

Fremont (3.3 miles N)

Blue Years Eve features bawdy adult improv by ComedySportz, a midnight champagne toast, music, and dancing in a small theater at Csz Seattle, 3509 Fremont Ave. N in Seattle.

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Nightclub dance party

December 2024 (undated)

Fremont (3.5 miles N)

Dance your way into the new year with music from three DJs (Cut Chemist, Waxvillain, Indica Jones) during NYE at Nectar Lounge, 412 N 36th St. in Seattle. Bring age 21+ ID.

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U.W. basketball

December 2024 (undated)

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.

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Lights at Seattle zoo

December 2024 (undated)

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.

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Lights in the arboretum

December 2024 (undated)

Montlake (4.4 miles NE)

Take a luminary forest walk on lit pathways, and make a craft at the Arboretum Winter Solstice Walk for age 21+. Buy a 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.

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Jazzy party

December 2024 (undated)

Wallingford (4.7 miles N)

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.

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Holiday concert

December 2024 (undated)

Columbia City (4.9 miles SE)

Snow Globe features performances by Kristin Chambers, The Mack Grout Trio, and more to benefit Northwest Harvest at The Royal Room, 5000 Rainier Ave. S in Seattle for all ages. Doors open 5:30 p.m.

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Holiday sing-along

December 2024 (undated)

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.

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Local artists sing covers

December 2024 (undated)

Ballard (4.9 miles NW)

Local artists rotate on and off stage singing holiday cover songs, backed by the Artist Home All-Star band, during Artist Home New Year’s Eve Celebration at Tractor Tavern, 5213 Ballard Ave. NW in Seattle.

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Cocktail walk

December 2024 (undated)

Ballard (5.1 miles NW)

A ticket to Ballard Cocktail Trail includes tastes of 10 “unique craft cocktails” in boutique shops beginning at Umpqua Bank, 5512 22nd Ave. NW in Seattle. Held in June and December.

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Jazz party

December 2024 (undated)

Ballard (5.5 miles NW)

New Year’s Eve Dance with Jacqueline Tabor features a jazz, blues, and swing vocalist plus appetizers, desserts, a no-host bar, and a midnight toast at Leif Erikson Hall, 2245 NW 57th St. in Seattle.

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Holiday exchange

December 2024 (undated)

Ballard (5.6 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 starting 2 p.m. There will be free refreshments at Ballard Eagleson VFW Post, 2812 NW Market St. in Seattle. Donation.

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Holiday music for all faiths  FREE

December 2024 (undated)

Ballard (5.6 miles NW)

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.

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Native craft fair  FREE

December 2024 (undated)

Magnolia (6.6 miles NW)

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.

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Beer festival

December 2024 (undated)

Sand Point (7.6 miles NE)

A 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.

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Native craft fair  FREE

December 2024 (undated)

North Delridge (7.9 miles S)

Shop for fine art, native crafts, cards, jewelry, smoked salmon, and other food at the Native Art Market at Duwamish Longhouse, 4705 W Marginal Way SW in Seattle. Held in Nov. & Dec.

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Family-friendly concert

December 2024 (undated)

Broadview (9.8 miles N)

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.

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Bollywood party for all ages

December 2024 (undated)

Bellevue (10 miles E)

A ticket to East Side Bollywood Family Party includes an Indian buffet, DJ dance music, live singing, belly dancers, party favors, and a midnight champagne toast at Hilton Bellevue, 300 112th Ave. SE in Bellevue.

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Bubble show

December 2024 (undated)

Kirkland (11 miles NE)

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.

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Baseball holiday party

December 2024 (undated)

Issaquah (15 miles E)

Seattle Mariners Women’s Club welcomes men and women to their Holiday 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.

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Community bonfire

December 2024 (undated)

Des Moines (16 miles S)

Write a New Year’s message and then drop it into a boat at Burning Boat Festival, which includes “s'mores, hot chocolate, games, and entertainment” by dancers and musicians to support local students at Des Moines Beach Park, 22030 Cliff Ave. S in Des Moines. The boat is lit at 9 p.m. Donation.

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Pet friendly run/walk

December 2024 (undated)

Renton (16 miles SE)

Join the K9 Candy Cane 5K Fun Run and Walk along the beautiful Cedar River Trail, either with or without a leashed dog, which begins at Renton Community Center, 1715 SE Maple Valley Hwy in Renton.

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Public safety light show  FREE

December 2024 (undated)

Renton (16 miles SE)

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.

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Eastside wine tasting

December 2024 (undated)

Issaquah (16 miles SE)

Bring your own glass to Gilman Village Annual Winter Fest for age 21+. Your 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.

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Appalachian Christmas

December 2024 (undated)

Edmonds (18 miles N)

An Appalachian Christmas features violinist and composer Mark O’Connor and his wife playing Appalachian music at Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 4th Ave. N in Edmonds.

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Celtic Christmas music

December 2024 (undated)

Edmonds (18 miles N)

The Gothard Sisters “present a high-energy, festive evening weaving together Christmas carols, Celtic tunes and songs, irish dancing” at Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 4th Ave. N in Edmonds.

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Rick Steves: European music

December 2024 (undated)

Edmonds (18 miles N)

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.

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Eastside concert

December 2024 (undated)

Redmond (18 miles NE)

Eastside Symphony performs “Christmas and classical favorites” during its Holiday Concert at Redmond High School, 17272 NE 104th St. in Redmond.

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Celtic Christmas

December 2024 (undated)

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Celtic Yuletide offers Irish music, dance, storytelling, juggling, and songs performed by Magical Strings, with shows in Kent, Mount Vernon, and Leavenworth.

Party — McMenamins

December 2024 (undated)

Bothell (20 miles NE)

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.

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Eastside holiday concert

December 2024 (undated)

Sammamish (21 miles E)

Sammamish Symphony performs “a blend of music for the season, beloved classical bonbons, and some jolly surprises” during its Holidays event at Eastlake High School, 400 228th Ave. NE in Sammamish.

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Champagne tasting

December 2024 (undated)

Woodinville (22 miles NE)

Bubbles Jam is a “festive open-house style party” with 15 champagnes and sparkling wines to taste at Village Wines, 14450 Redmond - Woodinville Road NE in Woodinville.

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Christmas music

December 2024 (undated)

Everett (28 miles N)

The Christian pop band For King & Country performs its high-energy show “A Drummer Boy Christmas” at Angel of the Winds Arena, 2000 Hewitt Ave. in Everett.

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Hotel party in Everett

December 2024 (undated)

Everett (30 miles N)

Countdown to the New Year is a “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+.

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Model Train Festival

December 2024 (undated)

Tacoma (34 miles S)

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. Free for children age 5 and younger. Closed Dec. 24 & 25.

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Sing in Tacoma  FREE

December 2024 (undated)

Tacoma (35 miles S)

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.

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Joyous show

December 2024 (undated)

Tacoma (35 miles S)

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.

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Disco dance in Tacoma

December 2024 (undated)

Tacoma (36 miles S)

Disco Glam New Year’s Eve has a DJ playing dance music, burlesque performers, a champagne toast at midnight, and a no-host bar at Avelon Ballroom, 2315 6th Ave. in Tacoma for age 21+.

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Casino lights  FREE

December 2024 (undated)

Tulalip (36 miles N)

Tulalip Lights & Ice has 6 million lights on plants surrounding the casino entrance ponds and the Tulalip Amphitheater at 10400 34th Ave. NE in Tulalip. Ice skating and food for sale.

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Holidays at the fairground

December 2024 (undated)

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.

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Drive through lights (south)

December 2024 (undated)

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.

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