Here in the Pacific Northwest we're lucky to have so many great, local events that'll get you and your whole family in the holiday spirit! So bundle up, grab the kids, and don't forget the cocoa, because Christmas time is here all around our beautiful state! Let's have some winter fun!
DSA Holiday Carousel Presented by KING 5
Downtown Seattle will once again be brimming with seasonal favorites and time-honored traditions this year during the holiday season. Bring the entire family to Westlake Park and experience the illuminated whirling and twirling of the DSA Holiday Carousel Presented by KING 5 benefiting Treehouse. The magic begins on Black Friday, Nov. 23rd following the Macy’s Holiday Parade. Rides cost $2 and help Treehouse give foster kids a childhood and a future.
When: Hours of Operation
Dec. 9 – 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Dec. 24 – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Dec. 25 – CLOSED
Dec. 31 – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Jan. 1 – 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
A Christmas Carol
In their 37th annual production of Dickens' classic tale, the grouchy 19th-century tightwad Ebenezer Scrooge makes the Grinch look like Mother Teresa. Make this your best holiday yet - and join Scrooge on his transformational journey with the ghosts of Christmases past, present, and future.
Gather your family and friends for this bona fide holiday ritual. Downtown Seattle will be all dressed up in our holiday finery for fun before and after performances. Do some holiday shopping, get your picture taken with your favorite Santa or ride the carousel.
RUNNING TIME: 90 MINUTES - NOTE: THERE IS NO LATE ADMISSION FOR THIS EVENT.
In consideration of other audience members and for the safety of all, we ask that children attending A Christmas Carol be at least 5 years old and all audience members must have their own ticket and occupy a seat. Sorry, no babes-in-arms.
- Date(s): November 23 - December 30, 2012
- Location: Downtown Seattle
- Venue: ACT Theatre In The Allen Theatre
- Contact Phone: 206-292-7676
- Time Info: Varies by date
- Price Info: $27.00-$55.00
Groups: Up to 20% off tickets for groups of 10 or more and no service fees! Contact Group.Sales@acttheatre.org or (206) 292-7660 ext 1326.
Make it special! Use one of ACT's unique party spaces for a pre-show or post-show event, and save 50% off your room rental! Contact us at (206) 292-7660 x1326
A sacreligious musical comedy tracing the trials of three representatives from the Wisemen Law Firm: Goldberg, Frankenstein, and Murray. The three lawyers must hold court against an evil Santa Claus, the gangster-rapping Easter Bunny, and God himself in their quest for the truth. Rosenstock Productions sets Christmas on fire with an ungodly script and an original score ranging from klezmer to hip-hop to funk to salsa.
Wisemen is recommended for ages 16 and up.
- Date(s): December 13-22, 2012, 8:00pm
- Location: Downtown Seattle
- Venue: ACT Theatre in Falls Theatre
- Contact Number: (206) 292-7676
- Running time: 1 hour, 45 minutes (including one intermission)
- Time Info: Varies by Date
- Price Info: $20 Advance, $25 At the Door
Create your own holiday memories with Winterfest 2012, our spectacular celebration at Seattle Center. You'll discover five weeks filled with top quality shows, events, performances, student showcases and exhibits - five weeks of fun and activities for all ages! Enjoy the magic of the season with these beloved favorites:
- Sparkling holiday lights throughout our Seattle Center campus
- Winterfest Ice Rink at Fisher Pavilion
- Winterfest Carousel at Fisher Pavilion
- A turn-of-the-century holiday train exhibit in Center House – a magnificent, 1600-square-foot miniature world that winds through a charming country village and snow-capped mountains
- Our beautifully decorated Giant Tree in Center House
Date(s): November 23, 2012 - January 6, 2013
Location: Seattle Center
Venue: Venue: Armory / Center House Harrison St Gallery , Armory / Center House Main Floor, Fisher Pavilion, and International Fountain
Contact Phone: 206-684-7200, events line: 206-684-8582
Winterfest Ice Rink
Nov. 23, 2012 – Jan. 6, 2013
Sunday – Thursday, 11am – 8pm
Friday – Saturday, 11am – 10pm
Fisher Pavilion, Prices Vary
Winterfest Snowflake Winter Train & Village
Nov. 23, 2012 – Jan. 6, 2013, 10am – 6pm
Seattle Center Armory / Center House, FREE
Saturdays, Nov. 24, 2012 and Dec. 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, 12 noon – 2pm
Outside Fisher Pavilion, FREE
PNB's Nutcracker is a one-of-a-kind holiday delight with over 200 dazzling dancers, colossal moving scenery, live orchestra, and a gorgeous snowfall every performance. For more information, and for a special discount exclusive to Warm 106.9 listeners, check out the event listing!
Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Nutcracker
December 7 – 29 at McCaw Hall
Tickets at 206.441.2424 or www.pnb.org.
Nutcracker Fun Facts!
- This is the 29th season of the Stowell/Sendak Nutcracker.
- 223 children from PNB School dance in Nutcracker.
- PNB’s Nutcracker is the result of a collaboration between Founding Artistic Director, Kent Stowell and author/illustrator Maurice Sendak.
- Over two million people have seen PNB’s Nutcracker.
- The women dance through 500 pairs of pointe shoes in one Nutcracker season.
- More than 200 pounds of snow (fire-proof confetti) fall in the Snow Scene.
- Sendak’s larger-than-life scenery designs call for more than 115 different props, including a 27-foot Mouse King puppet made of 17 moving pieces and an awe-inspiring 950-pound Christmas tree, with over 1,000 miniature light bulbs, that grows two stories tall.
- Over 190 costumes are worn for one production of Nutcracker.
Pacific Northwest Ballet can proudly lay claim to the world's most recognized and celebrated productions of Nutcracker. The brilliant result of close collaboration between PNB Founding Artistic Director and choreographer Kent Stowell and renowned children's book author and illustrator Maurice Sendak, PNB's Nutcracker premiered to national a
Come fly with us as we embark on another great season of Scrooge The Musical. Join Ebenezer Scrooge as he is taken on a magical journey of redemption that will forever change the future of Christmas in London Town.
You'll experience an unforgettable presentation of dancing, singing, amazing lights, a live orchestra and flying stunts—with magical snow at the end of every show.
This rendition of Charles Dickens' classic, A Christmas Carol, is a must see!
Friday, December 7, 7:30 pm (ASL Interpretation)
Saturday, December 8, 1:00 pm
Saturday, December 8, 7:30 pm
Sunday, December 9, 6:00 pm
Thursday, December 13, 7:30 pm
Friday, December 14, 7:30 pm
Saturday, December 15, 1:00 pm
Saturday, December 15, 7:30 pm
Sunday, December 16, 6:00 pm
Friday, December 21, 7:30 pm
Saturday, December 22, 7:30 pm
To purchase tickets and for more information, visit ChampionsCentre.com!
Christmas Ships Festival
Where: Various Puget Sound locations
Venue: Argosy Cruises
When: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2012 - SUNDAY DECEMBER 23, 2012
(departure times vary by date)
Who: All ages
Price: Youth $12, Adults $25-$89
Where to call: 206-623-1445
Outfitted with thousands of white lights and holiday decorations, the Christmas Ship leads other decked-out parade boats and private vessels to form a beautiful holiday flotilla. Each night the boats cruise to various waterfront locations. Choirs aboard the ship sing holiday songs.
There are two ways to enjoy the Christmas Ships:
- At a Beach Near You: Most beaches offer bonfire sites where people gather to enjoy the beauty of the ships while listening to holiday music. To see when the Christmas Ships will be at a beach near you, see the full schedule the Argosy Cruises Web Site.
- Take a Cruise on a Christmas Ship: Argosy Cruises, the creator of the Christmas Ship tradition, has a variety of boats and options for one to enjoy the festival from the water where it all happens. The boats depart from a number of locations. For more information or to make a reservation, visit the Argosy Cruises Web site or call 206-623-1445.
The biggest single music holiday event of the season and a critical fundraiser for the Pike Market Senior Center & Food Bank, The Great Figgy Pudding Street Corner Caroling Competition kicks off the month of December with a singular evening of entertainment enjoyed by more than 9,000 spectators every year.
1,000 carolers and dozens of caroling teams sing their hearts out on downtown Seattle street corners and in an around Westlake Center beginning at 5 pm. The top caroling teams compete for crowd favor and prizes for the most donations raised, best choral performance, most creative team and people’s choice. Those nominated compete in a sing-off on the Figgy Main Stage.
For more information, visit Warm1069.com/Events!
Warm 106.9 invites you to join us for the 28th Annual Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis, happening on Sunday, December 9th at Westlake Center!
Jingling for a world without arthritis! Arthritis strikes 6,100 children and 1.3 million adults in Washington state alone. Our vision is a world without arthritis. Join us in taking a stand against this debilitating disease. Together, we will change lives. Who will you jingle for?
For more information, visit Warm1069.com/Events!
Explore the Zoo by the glow of hand-crafted light displays. Make special family memories with a winter stroll through the brilliantly lit Zoo. Enjoy live entertainment, hot beverages and snacks, gift shopping and animal photos.
Dazzling holiday light displays all over the Zoo feature hundreds of hand-crafted figurines depicting animals, nursery rhyme characters and local landmarks, including Mount Rainier and the Narrows Bridge.
Visitor Tips: Live entertainment offered most evenings, photos with zoo animals, warm beverages and snacks, holiday shopping. To avoid large crowds, visit early during the Zoolights run (Dec. 15-23 is especially busy). Weeknights, especially Monday through Wednesday, are less busy than other nights.
Advance tickets can be purchased at Bartell Drugs and from the Zoo's web site, starting in November. Tickets purchased in advance can be used any night of the week. To purchase your Zoolights tickets online, click here. There is no additional fee for purchasing tickets online.
Date(s): November 23rd 2012-January 1st 2013 (CLOSED December 24th)
Venue: Point Defiance Park & Zoo
Contact Phone: 253-591-5337
Time Info: 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Price Info: Advance tickets: $7 online or at Fred Meyer, Night of show tickets $15.50
In addition, the very popular Scuba-diving Santa will make a return visit to Zoolights this year. He’ll be in the aquarium swimming with sharks every Tuesday and Wednesday night at 6 pm (except Dec. 25 and Jan. 1).
The nightly holiday celebration, Snowflake Lane at The Bellevue Collection is even brighter this year. Drawing thousands nightly from Nov. 23rd – Dec. 24th at 7 p.m. on Bellevue Way and NE 8th Street in downtown Bellevue, this unique holiday tradition continues to surprise and delight with exciting new additions, including a new fun dance stage and a “meet and greet” with the most popular characters, the snow princesses.
Belles Stage: located between The Westin Bellevue and Bellevue Arts Museum in the pedestrian walkway area, this stage features nightly performances by the Jingle Belles dance troupe with a traditional salute to the holidays.
Little Princess Court: located just off Bellevue Way between Cheesecake Factory and Blue C Sushi, the little princesses can have their picture taken with three new Snowflake Lane Princesses, and their elves. This new space keeps little ones out of the crowd and gives them a special place just for them.
Back by popular demand! Snowstorm Stages: Two performing groups of space-age, high tech drummers known as The Snowstorm will drum out the holiday hits on recycled percussion. The new stages are in two perfect spots: in front Bellevue Place on the corner of NE 8th and Bellevue Way and along and in the Fountain Court of Bellevue Square along Bellevue Way.
Free to the public, the 20-minute show will sparkle with colorful lights and snow, plus live drummers, music and holiday characters all along Bellevue Way and NE 8th Street outside Bellevue Square, Lincoln Square and Bellevue Place. It’s truly a one-of-a-kind holiday spectacle of live toy soldiers, exhilarating music, glittering lights and a snowfall to remember. Performances are held nightly at 7 p.m. from November 23 – December 24.
CELEBRATION LANE – December 26 - 31
The celebration continues after Christmas until New Year’s Eve with Celebration Lane. The holiday festivities feature nightly glittery salute to ring in the New Year. Performances are held nightly at 7 p.m.
For more information on all of the holiday fun at The Bellevue Collection visit www.bellevuecollection.com/snowflakelane or call the Guest Services Desk at 425.454.8096.
CLAP YOUR HANDS to traditional gospel and holiday favorites (including "Joy to the World," "This Little Light of Mine" and "Go Tell It on the Mountain") and get on your feet to marvel at dance ranging from traditional to tap. Like nothing else on stage in Seattle, Black Nativity brings you the infectious joy of a rousing gospel songfest.
- Date(s): December 6 - 23, 2012
Various Show Times
- Venue: The Moore Theatre 1932 Second Avenue Seattle, WA 98101
- Contact Phone: Tickets: 206-682-1414
- Price Info: Adults: $22 - $65 (depending on peak or non-peak performance dates)
19th Century Christmas Celebration
- Venue: Fort Nisqually Living History Museum @ Point Defiance Park in Tacoma
Experience a "real" old- fashioned Christmas by visiting Fort Nisqually Living History Museum's "19th Century Christmas Celebration" on Saturday, December 3rd , 11 am - 4 pm. Take a break from the hustle and bustle of modern holidays and step back in time to savor the lilting sounds of penny whistles, the aroma of ginger biscuits and the slower pace of the Christmas season in 1855. Within our gates, December 25, 1855 will come alive! Inside the fort, re-enactors portray the daily life of the workers from many cultures who lived at this historic site. They happily share stories, cookies, dancing and the carrying in of the Yule log as they engage in friendly conversation. Just remember they are "living" in 1855 and may not recognize the name of your home town or other modern conveniences that are familiar to you!
- Date(s): December 1st 2012
- Location: Tacoma
- Venue: Point Defiance Park & Zoo
- Contact Email: email@example.com
- Contact Phone: 253-591-5339
- Time Info: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
- Price Info: $6/ adults, $5/seniors and $4/students (ages 13-17) and $3/children (ages 4-12)
November 28, 2012 to December 2, 2012 - At the Western Washington Fairgrounds - Parking is Free!
- Directions: http://www.thefair.com
- Website: http://www.avictoriancountrychristmas.com
- Children 5 and under free!
- Discounts for seniors, students and military!
- Hours: Wednesday-Saturday 10:00am to 9:00pm , Sunday 10:00am to 6:00pm
- Contact Number: (253)770-0777
- New Entertainment, 560 Vendors and Old-Fashioned Fun!
- Victorian themed storefronts with hand crafted and specialty gifts from a wide variety of artists, craftsmen and vendors.
Activities and Family fun are signatures of A Victorian Country Christmas. Visit The Country Christmas Fair! Create fun art projects, whisper your wishes in Santa's ear and take a memorable photo too! Say hello to Mrs. Clause while you are there. Step into the Victorian Christmas Opry Theater for family entertainment!
Victorian Carousel sponsored by Penguin Windows– A beautiful old-fashioned carousel offering free rides daily.
Christmas Lights display – The Santa Tram will take you through a tunnel where elaborate light displays sparkle.
Winter Wine Garden - Enjoy wine by the glass to enjoy on site or take a bottle or case home to give to friends and family for holiday gifts and special events. This venue will feature the opportunity to win gift baskets to the Northwest Garden Show!
The Singing Nativity- Classic Christmas carols and majestic anthems fill the air aas 100 cast members bring the story of Christmas to life!
Candy Cane Lane
Experience Seattle's Candy Cane Lane, a local holiday tradition since the 1940s. This fantastic neighborhood Christmas light display is located on NE Park Road, off 20th Avenue NE and Ravenna Boulevard, near Ravenna Park. You will see some of our city's most brilliant and festive light displays here.
Dates: Saturday, December 08, 2012 - Tuesday, January 01, 2013
Hours: Lights and music from 4:30-10 p.m.
Daily, until midnight