Monday, November 29, 2010

Holiday Fun 2010!

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(11/13-12/23) Swanson's Nursery Annual Reindeer Festival & Holiday Train
From November 13th until Christmas Eve, Swansons will feature Santa's Live Reindeer! A tradition to truly treasure. Dasher and Blitzen will be here every day until Christmas. Bring the family for a magical moment they'll remember forever!
Feeding times daily at 10:00 am and 4:00 pm. Come on in and meet our curious friend, Curley the Camel, along with his roommate Moe, a miniature donkey.

(11/23-1/2) Seattle Sheraton Lobby Gingerbread Village
7 Large Gingerbread creations are on display at the Seattle Sheraton's hotel lobby from Nov 23- Jan 2nd. Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation is the beneficiary and receives cash and check donations in the on-site donation boxes.
Location: Sheraton Seattle Hotel
Address: 1400 Sixth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101

(11/26-12/24) Bellevue Magic Season: Snowflake and Celebration Lanes
It snows nightly on live toy soldiers and other characters, music and a light show. Santa arrives 9 a.m. Nov. 26. 7 p.m. daily Nov. 26 through Dec. 24, performances Dec. 26 through 31.
Where Sidewalks of Bellevue Way and N.E. Eighth Street Bellevue WA 98004

(11/26-12/31) Molbak's Holiday Festivities
Photos with Santa, Pointsettia Festival, Photo Opps galore!

(11/26-12/31) Snow Show @ Pacific Place
It snows daily in the four-story atrium of Pacific Place. 6 p.m. through Dec. 31 (no show Dec. 25). See entertainment schedule online (noon to 2 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 26 through Dec. 19, Dec. 20-24 and Dec. 26).
When Monday, November 29, 2010, 6pm
Where Pacific Place
Sixth Avenue and Pine Street
Seattle WA 98101
All ages; FREE

(11/26-1/1) Toyland Village
Look for more than 50 LED-lighted Toyland Village-themed displays at Waterfront Park. 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 26 through Jan. 1, 6 to 10 a.m. Jan. 2.When: Monday, November 29, 2010, 6am – 9pm
Where: Waterfront Park
1301 Alaskan Way
Seattle WA 98101
All ages; FREE

(11/27 & 28, 12/4 & 5, 12/11 & 12, 12/18 & 19) Westwood Village (in the breezeway east of Bed Bath Beyond), free photos with a food-bank donation, diaper drive benefiting WestSide Baby (sizes 3-6 preferred), giving tree, free gift wrap (donations benefit local charities), noon-4 pm

(11/27-12/31)The Helmstetler Family Spectacular
Our shows will begin on the Friday night after Thanksgiving, November 26th and run through til New Years Eve on December 31st. We will have "Special Shows" on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Years Eve that will run from 4:00pm til Midnight.
Remember to tune your car radio to 101.9FM to "Listen To The Lights".

(11/29) Family Affair TreeView
View 16 elegantly designed trees before they’re auctioned to benefit Providence Health System's Senior and Community Services. Entertainment, balloon sculptures, face painting, refreshments, Santa visit and kids' crafts.
When Monday, November 29, 2010, 12 – 8pm
Where The Westin Hotel
1900 Fifth Ave. Seattle WA 98101
All ages; FREE

(11/29-12/31) Seattle Center Winterfest
Connect to the spirit of the season with activities and entertainment through Dec. 31, including ice-skating (through Jan. 2), Winter Train and Village (10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily), concerts, bonfires with fireside singing (5 to 7 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 18), cultural performances, ice sculpting (noon to 2 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 18) and more. FREE. Ice rink 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; $7, $5 ages 6 to 12, $2 ages 5 and younger, includes skates, cash only.
When Monday, November 29, 2010, 10am – 7pm
Where Seattle Center House, Fisher Pavilion and grounds
305 Harrison St. Seattle WA 98109
All ages; FREE

(11/29-1/2) Gingerbread Village
Seattle architectural firms and Sheraton Seattle chefs team up to design, bake and build fantastic gingerbread creations reflecting the theme "Home for the Holidays." Nov. 23 through Jan. 2. FREE, donations accepted for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Where Sheraton Seattle lobby
1400 Sixth Ave. Seattle WA 98101
All ages; FREE

(11/29-1/2) Garden D'Lights
The enormously popular Garden d’Lights festival features over ½ million lights which transform the Bellevue Botanical Garden into a blossoming winter wonderland. Over 150,000 people enjoy this dazzling display each December! EVENT FREE NIGHTS are November 29 & 30, December 1, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15. *Advance reservation tickets are STRONGLY RECOMMENDED for free nights

(11/26-12/31) Candy Cane Lane
Seattle's neighborhood light show. On Park Road Northeast, residents have been decorating their homes with glittering lights, jolly snowmen, and blinking reindeer since the 1940's. Lights and holiday music run from 4:00 to 11:00 pm daily, starting after Thanksgiving and finishing on New Year's Eve.

(12/1) Holiday Time at the Fairmont
When: Wednesday, December 1, 2010, 10am – 7pm
Where: Fairmont Olympic Hotel
411 University St. Seattle WA 98101
All ages; FREE

(12/1) Festival of Trees Community Day
Elaborately decorated trees, children’s crafts (3 to 6 p.m.), photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus (3 to 7 p.m., $10), refreshments and entertainment. Auctioned trees benefit Providence Children's Center. FREE, bring a teddy bear donation.
When: Wednesday, December 1, 2010, 12 – 8pm
Where: Everett Events Center, Comcast Arena
2000 Hewitt Ave.
Everett WA 98201
All ages; FREE

(12/1-1/2) Downtown Seattle Holiday Wonderland & Courousel
Ride the Holiday Carousel at Westlake. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays through Jan. 2. Open until 5 p.m. Dec. 24 and 31, closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. Suggested donation $2.
When Wednesday, December 1, 2010, 11am – 9pm
Where Westlake Center
400 Pine St. Seattle WA 98101
All ages

(12/2) Tukwila Winterfest
Entertainment, family crafts, refreshments, tree lighting and Santa.
When: Thursday, December 2, 2010, 5:30 – 7pm
Where: Tukwila Community Center
12424 42nd Ave. S. Tukwila WA 98168
All ages; FREE

(12/2) A Salute to the Season
Holiday concert from the Navy Band Northwest features new compositions, a broad spectrum of musical styles, a visit from Santa Claus and an audience sing-along. FREE, ticket required, new, unwrapped toys accepted for Toys for Tots.
When: Thursday, December 2, 2010, 7pm
Where: Everett Performing Arts Center
2710 Wetmore Ave. Everett WA 98201
All ages; FREE
Pre-register Yes
Phone 425-257-8600 or 425-257-7115

(12/2) Snoqualmie Tree Lighting
Santa, carriage rides, carolers and refreshments. Non-perishable food donations accepted.
When: Thursday, December 2, 2010, 6:30pm
Where": Railroad Park Gazebo
Snoqualmie WA

(12/3) Laurelhurst Holiday Art Sale and Winter Festival
Artwork by local artists, music, kids’ holiday crafts, refreshments, luminary walk and marshmallow roast (6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 3) and more. 1 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 3, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 4. FREE, bring a canned good.
When: Friday, December 3, 2010, 1 – 8:30pm
Where: Laurelhurst Community Center
4554 N.E. 41st St. Seattle WA 98105
All ages; FREE

(12/3) Adopt-a-Family/Gift Making Evening
Help out Solid Ground with their program connecting families to families. “Adopt” a family – buy gift cards, make gifts or donate money. Kid-friendly (explaining the event to younger children in advance is encouraged). 5 to 9 p.m., drop-in. Pre-registration encouraged.
When: Friday, December 3, 2010, 5 – 9pm
Where: Space to Create
1414 N.W. 70th St. Seattle WA 98117
All ages; FREE
Pre-register Yes
Phone 206-694-6825

(12/3) Holiday Magic on Queen Anne
Holiday fun at participating merchants on upper Queen Anne includes photos with Santa, cookie decorating, free crafts and snacks, a visit from the Station 8 fire truck, music from the John Hay Chorus (5:30 to 6:30 p.m.) and more.
When: Friday, December 3, 2010, 3 – 9pm
Where: Queen Anne Avenue between McGraw Street and Galer Street
Seattle WA
AAll ages; FREE

(12/3) Christmas in the Country
Arts and crafts in classic homes and farms on Bainbridge Island. Includes food, Santa photos, live music and free pony rides (noon to 2 p.m. Dec. 4 and 5). 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 3 and 4, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 5. FREE, shuttle bus available Dec. 5 and 6 ($5). Download map online.
When: Friday, December 3, 2010, 10am – 5pm
Where: Various locations around Bainbridge Island WA
All ages; FREE

(12/3) Le Petit Nutcracker
The Ballet Academy of Performing Arts will be presenting Act II of Le Petit Nutcracker this holiday season. Come get whisked away with Clara as she finds herself in a magical land with the Sugar Plum Fairy, whirling tops from Russia and waltzing flowers. Directed by Lana McGinnis, the show is designed especially for families. The fast paced production is perfect for children of all ages as it is less than an hour! Please call for further information.
When: 12/3/2010, Friday 3-3:45 p.m.
Ages: All ages
Cost: Free
Phone: 425-771-4525

(12/3) KidsQuest’s Gingerbread Lane
When: Friday, December 3, 2010
Where: Hilton Hotel Bellevue
300 112th Ave. S.E.
Bellevue WA 98004
All ages; FREE
Gingerbread houses made by local chefs, architects and businesses are on view at Hilton Hotel Bellevue through Dec. 9.

(12/3) Lenin Lighting
The 20-foot-tall Fremont statue of Lenin is lit for the season, in conjunction with the First Friday Art Walk. Includes Santa, music, refreshments and warm drinks. Kids are welcome to participate.
When: Friday, December 3, 2010, 5pm
Where: Fremont Place N. and N. 36th Street Seattle WA 98103
All ages; FREE

(12/3) Mountlake Terrace Tree Lighting
The Mountlake Terrace ‘tree’ sits atop the city’s water tower. Includes music, refreshments and Santa. Dress for the weather.
When: Friday, December 3, 2010, 6:30pm
Where: Evergreen Playfield
22205 56th Ave. W. Mountlake Terrace WA 98043
All ages; FREE

(12/3) Holiday Fairy Fair
Face paint, snacks, gift wrapping, music and local artists’ wares.
When Friday, December 3, 2010, 6 – 9pm
Where Moonpaper Tent
918 N.E. 64th St.
Seattle WA 98115
All ages; FREE

(12/3-12/9) Gingerbread Lane free
View gingerbread houses created by area businesses and community groups at KidsQuest Children's Museum's Gingerbread Lane at the Bellevue Hilton. On Dec. 4, local celebrity judges announce the winners and local schoolkids perform holiday music.

(12/3) Great Figgy Pudding Streetcorner Caroling Competition
Enjoy music by over 40 groups of colorfully dressed carolers (ranging from the traditional to the inspired to the "huh?") on the streets around Westlake Center, as they compete for prizes in categories such as "Figlanthropy." At 5 p.m., catch pre-Figgy entertainment by lead performers from The 5th Avenue's "A Christmas Story: The Musical" and Caspar Babypants. Teams perform between 6:15-7:15 p.m., and the Seahawks Blue Thunder Drumline performs at 7:15 p.m. Finals and award ceremony begin at 7:30 p.m. The event benefits the Pike Market Senior Center and Downtown Food Bank. It takes place at Westlake Center and Pine Street between Third and Seventh avenues.
When: 12/3/2010, 5-8:30 p.m.

(12/4) The Shops at Bravern - FREE Pony Rides!
The Shops at Bravern are offering FREE pony rides every Friday & Saturday in December (12-4pm) and every Sunday in December (2-6pm).

(12/4) Mercer Island Holiday Tree Lighting & Firehouse Munch
Gather with your family, friends and neighbors for an evening of holiday merriment at the community tree lighting ceremony and caroling at Mercerdale Park. Santa photos, treats and children’s entertainment will follow at the Firehouse. Bring an unwrapped toy for the Toys for Tots drive.
Location: Mercerdale Park & North Fire Station
77th Avenue SE and SE 32nd Street
Mercer Island, WA 98040
Time: 7pm – 9pm

(12/4) Art Under $100
Saturday, December 4 · 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Location South Park Neighborhood Center (Old Firehouse)
8201 10th Avenue South Seattle, WA
Art Under $100 is a festive, affordable art sale featuring the works of local artists. In addition, it's got refreshments, raffles, live music, and awesome South Park tshirts and hoodies!

(12/4) Kindiependent Concert
Concert features all the bands of the Kindiependent Collective: Caspar Babypants, Recess Monkey, Johnny Bregar, The Not-Its, The Board of Education and Harmonica Pocket.
Tickets are $4 or $9.99 family.
When: Saturday, December 4, 2010, 10:30am
Where: Mount Baker Community Clubhouse
2811 Mt. Rainier Drive
Seattle WA 98144
All ages

(12/4) West Seattle Junction Christmas Tree Lighting, 5 pm. The Junction’s 7th Annual Tree Lighting Event features music, entertainment, revelry, prizes, and much more. This year it’s at Junction Plaza Park (42nd/Alaska)

(12/4) White Center Jubilee Days
If you remember “Seinfeld” – or maybe even if you don’t – you know about the spoofy holiday “Festivus, for the rest of us.” This Saturday in White Center, you can join in a Festivus celebration for real – an auction, dinner, and dance, 5 pm at White Center Eagles, 10452 15th SW. See the official flyer on Facebook, where you can RSVP through the page for White Center Jubilee Days, which benefits from this Saturday’s celebration.

(12/4) Sugar Plum Faire
Children’s craft activities including beeswax candle dipping, puppet show, felted soap, enchanted cookie forest and more ($1 to $5). Waldorf-inspired handmade toys and gifts for sale, vendors, food and music.
When: Saturday, December 4, 2010, 10:30am – 2:30pm
Where: Bright Water School
1501 10th Ave. E. Seattle WA 98102
All ages; FREE

(12/4) The holidays come to downtown Renton
If you happen to be in downtown Renton this Saturday from 3pm to 5pm, you may come upon some Dickens Carolers serenading you. There will also be hot beverages and roasted chestnuts available. At 5pm, make your way to Piazza Renton for their tree lighting and the arrival of Santa himself! There will be local musicians, gifts for kids, and free refreshments.

(12/4) Urban Craft Uprising
Seattle’s largest indie craft show includes vendors and craft demonstrations. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 4 and 5.
When: Saturday, December 4, 2010, 11am – 5pm
Where: Seattle Center Exhibition Hall
305 Harrison St.
Seattle WA 98109
All ages; FREE

(12/4) Hometown Holidays
Santa parade (noon, Olympic Avenue), wagon rides (12:30 to 4:30 p.m., City Hall), Santa visits (12:30 to 3 p.m., Legion Park) and tree lighting (5 p.m., Legion Park).
When: Saturday, December 4, 2010, 12:30 – 5:30pm
Where: Downtown Arlington WA
All ages; FREE

(12/4) Redmond Lights Winter Festival
Tree lighting, Santa, entertainment, refreshments and kids’ activities at City Hall (4 to 5 p.m.), followed by Luminary Walk with entertainment and light displays along the Sammamish River Trail, ending with treats, kids’ crafts and entertainment at Redmond Town Center (5 to 8 p.m.).
Redmond City Hall, 15670 N.E. 85th St., Redmond. Redmond Town Center, 16495 N.E. 74th St. Shuttles at both locations.
When: Saturday, December 4, 2010, 4 – 8pm
Where: Redmond City Hall
15670 N.E. 85th St.Redmond WA 98052
All ages; FREE

(12/4) Country Village Tree Lighting
Visit Country Village for holiday light displays, entertainment, roasted chestnuts (4 p.m.), kids’ train rides (nominal fee) and Santa's arrival by sleigh from the sky (7 p.m.).
When Saturday, December 4, 2010, 4pm
Where Country Village
23730 Bothell-Everett Hwy. Bothell WA 98021
All ages; FREE

(12/4) Mukilteo Tree Lighting
Santa, refreshments, music and boat parade (weather permitting).
When: Saturday, December 4, 2010, 6pm
Where: Lincoln Avenue and Third Street, Mukilteo WA
All ages; FREE
Pre-register No

(12/4) Merrysville for the Holidays
Electric Light parade (6:30 p.m.) followed by family outdoor concert, water tower lighting, Mr. and Mrs. Claus, bonfire and more.
When Saturday, December 4, 2010, 6:30pm
Where Comeford Park
514 Delta Ave. Marysville WA 98270
All ages; FREE

(12/4) Mill Creek Tree Lighting and Parade
Tree lighting followed by Santa’s Coming to Town parade. Donate non-perishable food items.
When Saturday, December 4, 2010, 4 – 5:30pm
Where Mill Creek City Hall
15728 Main St. Mill Creek WA 98012
All ages; FREE

(12/4) Puyallup Santa Parade
Parade includes Santa arriving on a fire engine, followed by the children’s tree lighting ceremony.
When Saturday, December 4, 2010, 4pm
Where Downtown Puyallup WA
All ages; FREE

(12/4) Woodinville Light Festival
When: December 4 from 5pm to 8pm
Where: Carol Edwards Center, Molbak's, and Barnes and Noble
What: Your kiddos can see Santa, Rudolph, and Snowman, participate in crafts, hear stories, listen to music, get some free holiday treats, and so much more at this fun event. There's a free shuttle service so you can hit all of the hot spots. Be sure to check the website for the complete schedule of events at each location.

(12/4-12/18) Winter Wonderland Hayrides
Saturdays in December except on Christmas Day
Seward Park Environmental and Audubon Center
5902 Lake Washington Blvd. S

(12/5) Come Home for Hanukkah this December
Nothing says Hanukkah like gathering with your family and friends, as you light the menorah, sing songs, and feel the warm glow of the candle light. Coming "Home" for Hanukkah, a community-wide Hanukkah celebration will invoke those same warm feelings. Bring your family and join friends and community members on Sunday, December 5 from 11am-2pm for an entertaining and heartwarming Hanukkah experience at the Stroum Jewish Community Center on Mercer Island (3801 East Mercer Way, Mercer Island, WA 98040). This interactive afternoon will engage the entire family in a home inspired celebration. There will be unique experiential and art activities for kids, entertainment and food (of course!) Highlights include a PJ Library® Story on Stage, performance by the Center Stage teen theater company, experiential art activities, a family mitzvah project, even the dreidel game will be played. All of this will culminate with a community candle-lighting ceremony. Families are welcome to bring their own menorahs and candles as well.

(12/5 & 12/19) DECEMBER 5 & 19: *Mule Carriage Rides* in The West Seattle Junction, 11 am-3 pm, FREE. Take a traditional carriage ride down California Avenue SW pulled by beautiful Belgium Draft Mules. Carriages depart on California in front of Key Bank at Hometown Holidays Headquarters (California/Alaska)

(12/5, 12/12 & 12/19) *Santa’s Workshop and Photos* in The West Seattle Junction. 11 am to 3 pm. Santa will be here to listen to your children’s Christmas requests. Professional Santa Photos by Donna Ryan Photography in her Junction studio and a suggested donation of $10 or more will be donated to our West Seattle charities (4218 SW Alaska)

(12/5, 12/12 & 12/19) *Hometown Sundays* December 5, 12 and 19 from 11 am to 4 pm. Meet the team from The Junction Association in front of Key Bank at Hometown Holidays Headquarters for information on festivities, shopping, the Holiday Raffle and in-store events.

912/9) *Art Walk and Shop Late* in The Junction. 6-9 pm. Check out local art, enjoy drinks and snacks and cross items off your holiday gift list with a lively evening of late night shopping.

(12/11) Santa ‘Paws’ is coming to town – free photos, 11 am-2 pm, Windermere Fauntleroy Office (6505 California SW). Santa Claus is coming to town at the Fauntleroy Windermere Office. Take a complimentary photo of your dog, friend, or family with Santa. Please be our guest & receive a free picture with Santa and enjoy holiday treats. If you plan to take a picture with your pet, please be sure to reserve one of our 10-minute time slots by calling or emailing today at 206-937-7600 or

(12/11-12/12) Drive-thru Christmas Story
The Nativity Story with live scenes of angels, shepherds, animals, Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus. Saturday, December 11-Sunday, December 12 6-8:30pm Free @ Normandy Christian Church 908 S. 200th Street

(12/11) Holiday on the Bay-Everett. 5-6pm. Tree lighting, lighted boat parade. Port of Everett Marina promenade. 15th St & W Marine View Dr. 425-259-3164.

(12/11) Greenlake Pathway of Lights – 4:30-7:30pm
Green Lake Community Center 7201 E. Green Lake Drive North

(12/11) 2nd Annual Photo With Santa Event – Seattle Red Lion Hotel, 5th Ave Seattle.

(12/21) Winter Solstice Candlelight Walk-Snohomish. Riverfront Trail. 425-330-0831.

(12/26-12/31) Celebration Lane @ Bellevue Square
UNtiln7pm, nightly. Music and performances.
Bellevue Way between Lincoln Square and Bellevue Square.

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