December 9-11, 2016

Christmas Ship onshore viewing
See the lighted and decorated Christmas ship and listen to the live choir.
o 8:05-8:25 Pomeroy Park (Manchester)
o 9:25-9:45 Myrtle Edwards Park
o 3:25-3:45 Lowman Beach Park
o 4:10-4:30 Alki Beach Park
o 8:00-8:15 Duwamish Waterway Park
o 9:05-9:25 Salty’s on Alki
o 12:30-12:50 Museum of Glass – Tacoma
o 1:30-1:50 Owen Beach
o 6:15-6:35 Gig Harbor (Maritime Pier)
o 7:15-7:35 Jack Hyde Park

Santa’s Landing Party at the Museum of Flight
SAT A day of holiday events lands at the Museum with the airplane arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus! The jolly couple will hear children’s’ wishes in the Museum, with music from The Boeing Concert Orchestra and the Boeing Band. Family workshops will be offered at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Santa will arrive by air at 11:45 a.m. and will be available to meet children until 4 p.m. Map

MEHVA Santa’s Lights Tour
SAT Santa Claus takes time out from his busy schedule at the North Pole for a 3-hour tour of Seattle’s best Christmas lights. Buses depart at 7 p.m. from 2nd Ave. S. and S. Main St., across from the Seattle Fire Department Headquarters. Map

Greenlake Pathway of Lights
SAT The lighting of the path around Green Lake will take place rain or shine. Admission is free. Join thousands of families, friends, and neighbors in this beloved Seattle tradition and travel the 2.8-mile path around the lake, taking in the warm glow of the luminaria. Visitors to the event are encouraged to bring their own lights and candles to add to the ambiance. Map

December 2-4, 2016

Christmas Ship onshore viewing
See the lighted and decorated Christmas ship and listen to the live choir.
o 8:00-8:20 Gene Coulon Park
o 8:50-9:10 Newport Yacht Club
o 3:00-3:20 Medina Beach Park
o 3:50-4:10 Houghton Beach
o 7:55-8:15 Sheridan Beach Club
o 8:45-9:05 Matthews Beach Park
o 7:40-8:00 Ferdinand Street Park
o 8:15-8:35 Stan Sayres Park
o 8:45-9:05 Mt. Baker Beach

Victorian Country Christmas
WED-SUN Victorian themed commercial exhibition with 560 holiday shops, gourmet food and wine tasting. At the Puyallup Fair and Events Center in Puyallup. Map

Mary Bridge Festival of Trees
FRI-SUN Nearly 70 elaborately decorated Evergreen trees and holiday decor. Games and crafts for kids. Festival benefits Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital. Directions & Parking

Great Figgy Pudding Street Corner Caroling Competition
FRI Dozens of caroling teams compete with all donations to benefit the Pike Market Senior Center and downtown food bank. 5pm to 8:30pm at Westlake Park. Map

Celebrations Holiday Home Tour
FRI Tour unique Eastside homes decorated for the holidays. Proceeds benefit Eastside Assistance League. Map

Redmond Lights Winter Festival
SAT This winter festival event honors holiday spirit and reflects Redmond’s diversity. Map

Phinney Neighborhood Winter Festival
SAT-SUN Crafts Fair with 115 artists and vendors, hundreds of musicians and dancers, live ongoing entertainment on two stages, a quilt raffle, a bake sale and lunch items. Map

Burien Winterfest
SAT Free horse and carriage rides, hay rides, hot treats and in-store specials. Map

Novemember 24-27, 2016

Thanksgiving Holiday
THU An American tradition of giving thanks.

Holiday Displays and Festivals
o Gingerbread Village [Map]
FRI Nov 25
o Seattle Center Winterfest [Map]
o Bellevue Magic Season [Map]
o Woodland Park Zoo Wildlights [Map]
o Christmas Ship Festival
o Point Defiance Zoolights [Map]
SAT Nov 26
o Bellevue Botanical Garden d’Lights [Map]
o Snohomish Santa Train [North Bend Depot Map]
THU Dec 1
o Issaquah Reindeer Festival [ Map]
o Lights of Christmas at Warm Beach [ Map]
FRI Dec 2
o Ivar’s Clamlights [Map]

Black Friday Sales
FRI The day after Thanksgiving is known for store sales and discounts. So-called because this is the day that retailers hope to put their balance sheets in the black.
o More Black Friday Sales

Magic in the Market
SAT Entertainment, food and a holiday concert & Santa followed by a tree-lighting ceremony at Pike Place Market. Map

Greet the Season at Lake Union Park
SAT Festive music and family-friendly crafts and activities all day followed by the launch of the Argosy Christmas Ship Festival! – at Lake Union Park, the Center for Wooden Boats, and MOHAI. Map

Festival of Trees
THRU NOV 30 The annual event to benefit Seattle Children’s with decorated, themed trees on display at Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle. Map

November 18-20, 2016

Nordic Heritage Yulefest
SAT-SUN Nordic Christmas celebration with craft vendors, Scandinavian musical performances, Nordic treats at the Nordic Heritage Museum in Ballard. Map

Festival of Trees
SAT-DEC 30 The annual event to benefit Seattle Children’s with decorated, themed trees on display at Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle. Map

Woodland Park Zoo Turkey Toss
SAT The zoo’s carnivores chow down on raw, store-prepared turkeys at the annual Turkey Toss. Map

Oddmall Emporium of the Weird
SAT Entertainment and shopping for curious things at the bazaar of the bizarre. At the Everett Howard Johnson. Map

November 11-13, 2016

Seattle International Auto Show
THU-SUN See and compare hundreds of new 2014’s including new electrics & hybrids, exotics and classic muscle cars. At Centurylink Field Events Center. Map

National Parks Free Entrance Days
FRI Free admission at Mount Rainier National Park, Olympic National Park and all other National parks. In celebration of Veterans Day. Find a Park

Best of the Northwest Art & Fine Craft Show
FRI-SUN Annual Art & Fine Craft show featuring local artisans at Magnuson Park. Map

Life Sciences Research Weekend
FRI-SUN Demonstrations, interactive exhibits and talks about the exciting world of life sciences and the key role research plays in our daily lives. At the Pacific Science Center. Map

Northwest Chocolate Festival
SAT-SUN The Northwest Chocolate Festival is proud to be the largest gathering of true Bean-To-Bar chocolate makers in the United States. We are delighted and tastefully surprised to be the largest dessert showcase in the city of Seattle.
Video At the Washington State Convention Center. Map

North Pole at the Fair
SAT-SUN Opening weekend. Santa’s house with office, library full of children’s books, Mrs. Claus Candy Store, kids crafts, holiday movies and Santa photos at the Washington State Fair Events Center in Puyallup. Map

The Great Train Expo
SAT-SUN Full working display railroads plus interactive kids’ displays and trains and accessories for sale at Puyallup Fair and Events Center. Map

November 4-6, 2016

Glitter Sale at Seattle Goodwill
SAT-SUN An annual celebration of all that is glitzy and glamorous! Shop the Seattle store for formal dresses, fancy gowns, cocktail dresses and designer wear, and choose from our amazing selection of accessories and fabulous jewelry. At the Seattle Goodwill Store. Map

Auburn Veteran’s Day Parade
SAT One of the largest Veterans Day Parades west of the Mississippi with honor guards, veteran units and military fly-over starting at 9am in downtown Auburn. Map

Kenmore Camera Digital Photo Expo
SAT-SUN Photography exhibit, seminars, manufacturers representatives. At the Lynnwood Convention Center. Map

Fall Polish Bazaar
SAT-SUN Celebrating Polish cultural traditions with traditional food, crafts and more. At the Polish Cultural Center in Seattle. Map

Daylight Savings Ends
SUN Set your clocks back one hour Saturday night

October 28-31, 2016

Halloween Trick-or-Treats


Enumclaw OktoBEERfest
FRI-SAT Bavarian brews, food, German music and dance performances, for ages 21 and older at Enumclaw Expo Center. Map

Seattle Diwali Festival
FRI-MON Your family is invited to celebrate Diwali with the Indian community of the greater Seattle area at the Old Redmond School House. Map

Market Ghost Tour
FRI-SAT Tours are 75 minutes long and travel through Pike Place Market at night, ending at Kell’s Pub. Stories are rooted in history and showcase the Market as you’ve never see it before. At the Pike Place Market in Seattle. Map

Mexican Dia de Muertos
SAT-SUN A Mexican Celebration to Remember Our Departed featuring live performances, spectacular sand paintings, special hands-on activities, foods, face painting and exquisite rituals. Create sugar skulls and paper skeletons, explore community altars and march in a musical procession to remember the dead.
Map More Festál

Woodland Park Zoo Pumpkin Bash and Trick-or-Treating
SAT-SUN Pumpkins for the animals, trick-or-treating, and more are in store for little goblins and ghosts. Map

The Museum of Fright!
SUN Treats, spooky aviation-themed ghost stories, kids crafts and games at the Museum of Flight. Map

Tricks Treats and Science Feats
MON Bloodcurdling, spooky science fun with the whole family at the Pacific Science Center. Map