Category Archives: Weekend Picks

December 15-17, 2017

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 7:20 Lake Union Parade of Boats Show (center of Lake Union)
o 8:40 Fremont Cut*
SAT:
o 3:40 Hiram M. Chittenden Locks (Ballard Locks)
o 4:20 Golden Gardens Park
SUN:
o 7:30 Carkeek Park*
o 8:40 Shilshole Bay
(www.argosycruises.com)

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, the Boeing Band, and special guests Caspar Babypants. Map
(www.museumofflight.org)

Oddmall Emporium of the Weird
SAT-SUN Entertainment and shopping for curious things at the bazaar of the bizarre. At Bellevue College. Map
(oddmall.info)

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
(http://www.renegadecraft.com/)

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December 8-10, 2017

Christmas Ship onshore viewing
FRI-SUN
See the lighted and decorated Christmas ship and listen to the live choir. Several shore viewing sites will have bonfires(*).
FRI:
o 8:05 Pomeroy Park (Manchester)*
o 9:25 Myrtle Edwards Park*
SAT:
o 3:30 Duwamish Waterway Park
o 4:35 Salty’s on Alki
SUN:
o 6:15-6:35 Gig Harbor (Maritime Pier)*
o 7:15-7:35 Jack Hyde Park
(www.argosycruises.com)

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
(www.mehva.org)

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
(parkways.seattle.gov)

December 1-3, 2017

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
(www.pikemarketseniorcenter.org)

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

Christmas Ship Choir onshore viewing
See the lighted and decorated Christmas ship and listen to the live choir. Many shore viewing sites will have bonfires(*).
FRI:
o 7:05 Gene Coulon Park*https://binged.it/2AhYS4H
o 8:35 Mercer Island Beach Club*
SAT:
o 3:10 Seward Park*
o 4:10 Madrona Park*
o 8:00 Hyatt Regency
o 8:55 Newport Yacht Club*
SUN:
o 2:45Pritchard Island Beach Park*
o 3:40Newcastle Beach Park*
o 7:40 Ferdinand Street Park*
o 8:15 Stan Sayres Park*
o 8:45 Mt. Baker Beach*
(www.argosycruises.com)

Celebrations Holiday Home Tour
FRI Tour unique Eastside homes decorated for the holidays. Proceeds benefit Eastside Assistance League. Map
(www.aleastside.org)

Redmond Lights Winter Festival
SAT This winter festival event honors holiday spirit and reflects Redmond’s diversity. Map
(www.redmondlights.com)

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
(www.phinneycenter.org)

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
(www.avictoriancountrychristmas.com)

November 23-26, 2017

Thanksgiving Holiday
THU-FRI An American tradition of giving thanks for our many blessings.

Black Friday Deals
FRI Another American tradition of helping retail businesses get “in the black” before year’s end. (a reference to an even more traditional accounting tradition of using black ink to record profits)

Westlake Center Tree Lighting
FRI Tree lighting ceremony on Friday at 4:45 p.m., Westlake Center, Map
(www.westlakecenter.com)

Macy’s Star Lighting and Fireworks
FRI Annual Macy’s Star Lighting followed by a magnificent fireworks display. In Westlake Center. Map
(www.westlakecenter.com)

Holiday Displays and Festivals
FRI-DEC 31
OPEN NOW
o Gingerbread Village [Map]
FRI Nov 24
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 25
o Bellevue Botanical Garden d’Lights [Map]
o Snohomish Santa Train [North Bend Depot Map]
THU Nov 30
o Lights of Christmas at Warm Beach [ Map]
FRI Dec 1
o Issaquah Reindeer Festival [ Map]
o Ivar’s Clamlights [Map]
SAT Dec 2, 9, 16
o Leavenworth Snow Train [Maps]

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

Small Business Saturday
SAT A day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities.

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
(http://www.mohai.org/)

Festival of Trees
THRU NOV 29 The annual event to benefit Seattle Children’s with decorated, themed trees on display at Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle. Map
(www.seattlefestivaloftrees.com)

November 17-19, 2017

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

Puget Sound Artists Gift Show
SAT High-quality, artist-made items. Each purchase supports the local art community. At Artworks in Edmonds Map

Festival of Trees
SAT-NOV 29 The annual event to benefit Seattle Children’s with decorated, themed trees on display at Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle. Map
(www.seattlefestivaloftrees.com)

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

Oddmall Emporium of the Weird
SAT-SUN Entertainment and shopping for curious things at the bazaar of the bizarre. At the Everett Howard Johnson. Map
(oddmall.info)

Turkey Trot 5K
SUN Join more than 1,400 runners, walkers and four-legged trotters in a morning filled with fun and festivities on the shores of Lake Washington. Activities include food trucks, music, balloon and caricature art, face painting for kids of all ages and a photo booth! Map
(www.hopelink.org)

November 10-12, 2017

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
(www.seattleautoshow.com)

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

Engineer It at the Pacific Science Center
FRI-SUN Imagine new ideas to move and power our society and meet the local experts who are helping turn ideas into reality. Robot workshop, 3D printing and more. At the Pacific Science Center. Map
(www.seattlecenter.com)

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
(www.seattlegoodwill.org)

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 Pier 91 Smith Cove Cruise Terminal. Map
(www.nwchocolate.com)

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
(www.auburnwa.gov)

National Parks Free Entrance Days
SAT-SUN Free admission at Mount Rainier National Park, Olympic National Park and all other National parks. In celebration of Veterans Day. Find a Park
(http://www.nps.gov/index.htm)

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
(www.greattrainexpo.com/)

November 3-5, 2017

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

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

Brew Seattle
FRI The city’s largest local-breweries-only tasting event (with ciders too!) features breweries located within Seattle, tapping the local creativity popping up all over our Emerald City. At the Bell Harbor International Conference Center. Map
(Tickets)

Hmong New Year Celebration
SAT Live performances, visual arts, hands-on activities, foods, games, and a lively marketplace representing the people from the hilltops of China, Laos, and Thailand. At the Pacific Science Center. Map More Festál
(www.seattlecenter.com)

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