January 13-16, 2017

Bavarian Ice Festival in Leavenworth
SAT-SUN A weekend grab bag of invigorating outdoor events includes snow sculpture, tug o’ war, an ice cube scramble for kids six and under, the great Frisbee sweep, and Leavenworth’s famous Smooshing Contest. Map

Skagit Eagle Festival Week 2
SAT-SUN Guided walks, photography workshops, arts & crafts sales, tours, raft trips, dance performance and music. About 2 hrs north of Seattle in Concrete, WA. Map

Northwest Remodeling Expo
FRI-SUN Experts showcase everything for the home including cabinetry, flooring, additions, basements, energy efficiency and more at the Washington State Convention Center. Directions and Parking

Model Train Show
SAT-MON A Northwest family tradition for over 30 years, the Model Railroad Show brings many creative layouts and different scales of models for you to enjoy at the Pacific Science Center. Map

Seattle Wedding Show
SAT-SUN Wedding vendors including florists, bakeries, ministers, musicians, gowns and more at the Washington State Convention Center. Map

Winter Friends Children’s Story Program at UW
SAT 10:30AM – For those who wonder where animals go when the weather gets frosty, these stories offer factual information as well as imaginative fun. After the stories, make a winter habitat tree. All ages are welcome. At the Elisabeth C. Miller Library on the UW Campus. Map

Hawaii In Your Own Backyard at the Seattle Aquarium
SAT-MON Featuring Hawaiian entertainment, hands-on activities and special diver shows. Dress in your best Aloha wear and come enjoy Aloha spirit at the Aquarium. Map

National Parks Free Entrance Days
MON Free admission at Mount Rainier National Park, Olympic National Park and all other National parks. In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Find a Park

December 16-18, 2016

Christmas Ship onshore viewing
See the lighted and decorated Christmas ship and listen to the live choir. Several shore viewing sites will have bonfires.
FRI: Parade of Boats night
o 7:40-8:00
Westward Restaurant and Little Gull Grocery

o 8:40-9:00
Fremont Cut

o 2:55-3:15 Carkeek Park
o 4:05-4:25 Commodore Park
o 8:10-8:30 Hiram M. Chittenden Locks (Ballard Locks)
o 9:05-9:25 Golden Gardens Park
o 2:40-3:00 Kirkland Marina Park
o 3:35-3:55 Madison Park
o 7:25-7:45 O. O. Denny Park

Model Train Festival
SAT-JAN 01 Miniature villages transport you back to the days when the iron horse was king. At the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma. Map

Renegade Holiday Craft Sale
SAT-SUN Browse local artists and finish up your holiday shopping at this one-stop crafts and vintage goods extravaganza. Workshops, food trucks and entertainment. At Magnuson Park. Map

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 BFAds.net
o SlickDeals.net
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
( www.northpoleatthefair.com)

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