LOCAL EVENTS WEEKEND PLANNER
December 21-25, 2017
JINGLE BELL RUN
SUN – 3-mile run/walk featuring hundreds of jingling bells that will definitely put you in the holiday spirit! Wear your best holiday-themed costume. Each race will have its own contest 30 minutes prior to the race start.
MODEL TRAIN FESTIVAL
Through January 1 – Bring your family, friends, and the railroad enthusiasts in your life to see this showcase of the most spectacular and detailed model railroad scenes in the Pacific Northwest! It Includes the largest permanent model train layout in Washington.
THE VIEW FROM SANTA’S LAP
Through December 30 – Follow a small-town girl on the run from the law for a crime she didn’t commit while she avoids becoming the next victim. Tickets include four courses of locally sourced, organic holiday cheer.
BAD SANTA & SEXY SNOW MAIDEN PARTY
FRI – Enjoy a night of dancing and partying to an amazing ambiance of mixology of DJ and the perfect touch of live music. Dress up for the Best Bad Santa & Sexy Snow Maiden contest.
ODDBALL: EMPORIUM OF THE WEIRD
Through SAT – The best of the best of Pacific Northwest’s artists, crafters, authors, illustrators and purveyors of unusual things!
SEATTLE’S MEN CHORUS
Through SAT – Enjoy your favorite carols and beloved classics with the warmth of brass and a pinch of sass! Featuring a soaring arrangement of “Joy to the World,” the cheeky and cheerful “Super Gay Christmas,” plus a down and dirty Dixieland styling of “Let It Snow.”
Through January 1 – Connect to a world of sparkling lights, child-sized amusements and spirited entertainment. Five weeks of festive, fun-filled, free and affordable activities await those in search of uplifting seasonal spirit or delightful diversion from the hustle and bustle of the holiday routine.
LOVE, CHAOS, & DINNER
Through December 13 – Teatro ZinZanni Seattle is thrilled to announce a multi-talented, international cast of premier entertainers for its highly anticipated return limited engagement to the Northwest at King County’s beloved Marymoor Park.
IRVING BERLIN’S HOLIDAY INN
Through December 31 – A wonderful new musical inspired by the Oscar-winning film featuring lavish sets and costumes, spectacular choreography and 20 Irving Berlin songs.
CHRISTMAS SHIP FESTIVAL
Through December 23 – Set sail on The Spirit of Seattle decorated with hundreds of shimmery white lights and sails to different Puget Sound waterfront communities – around 65 in all. Choirs on board the Christmas Ship™ perform to guests aboard and those communities gathered on shore.
Through January 1 – Stroll through Seattle’s cobblestone past and glimpse into its future, reflecting on what makes the city special. Seattle’s top architecture firms, master builders, and Sheraton Seattle culinary teams have come together to rediscover the city’s historic past and imagine the future, including its waterfront.
Through January 1 – Seattle’s wildest holiday lights festival returns with sparkling lights, faux snowball fights, Santa, his reindeer, and family delights.
Through December 31 – Featuring over half a million sparkling lights formed into the whimsical shapes of plants, flowers, birds, animals, and cascading waterfalls set amid the natural beauty of the Bellevue Botanical Garden.
Through January 1 – See the Zoo transformed into a colorful winter wonderland with more than a half-million lights. The holiday spirit comes aglow in this magical world of dazzling 3D animal light displays.
Through SUN – Experience all your favorite characters, with falling snow, beautiful lights, delightful holiday music, and better viewing along the extended parade route.
THE NUTCRACKER – PACIFIC NORTHWEST BALLET
Through December 28 – George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® promises the magic that makes the holidays. Tchaikovsky’s cherished score played live by the PNB Orchestra, gorgeous scenery and costumes.
HOLIDAY WITH LIGHTS AT WILD WAVES
Select days through December 31 – Little elves light up the theme park with a dazzling display of more than a million lights! Enjoy a magical evening with rides, a falling snow tent in Toyland, festive sing-a-longs, and pictures with Santa in the North Pole.
Through December 31 – Sure to be one of the most spectacular dance shows in Village Theatre history, this high-energy Disney musical combines Broadway-caliber entertainment with the story and tunes from the beloved cult-classic film.
Through SUN – Bring the whole family to be the first to visit Santa’s reindeer, Dasher and Blitzen, do some holiday shopping, and see the nursery beautifully decorated for the season!
MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS
Through December 31 – Make your way to SCT this holiday season for a wintry treat, fit for the whole family. Fans of A Year with Frog and Toad and Harold and the Purple Crayon will love what is sure to be a new holiday classic.
Through January 28 – Seattle’s classic Winter show is back at Can Can Kitchen & Cabaret in the Historic Pike Place Market. A glittering parade of nostalgia, exploding with dance, laughter, and all the cheer of yesteryear.
MONA LISA HEIST
All Month – 165th Ave, Redmond: Take part in the most famous heist of the 20th century! An amazing adventure in the Louvre. Go through the security room, deactivating clever alarms and security systems. Get to the exhibit hall filled with ancient artifacts and paintings. Finally, steal the main exhibit piece, The Mona Lisa! Can you complete this mission in less than 60 minutes?
WINE & CHOCOLATE PAIRING
EVERY THURS, FRI, SAT – Sweet Decadence Wine & Chocolate Bar: This fun, casual and educational experience will help novice wine drinkers develop a new appreciation for different wines while more experienced wine drinkers can get a “grape” experience as well.
LASER LIGHT SHOWS
ALL MONTH – Experience the largest and longest operating domed laser theater in the world.
SEATTLE SMASH PUTT
All Month (FRI-SUN) – Putt-putt like you’ve never played it, going out with a bang in a funky new pop-up space in Downtown Seattle. Experience brand new crazy contraptions presented with a collection of your favorites from our nostalgic past! Pacific Science Center.
SEATTLE FARMERS MARKETS
Visit neighborhood farmers markets selling produce exclusively from Washington state farmers. Check out what’s going on at the Ballard, Madrona & Wallingford’s Farmer’s Markets.
TOURS & ACTIVITIES
ALL MONTH – Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center: Through engaging and thought-provoking exhibits, parents and children dive into some of the world’s toughest challenges and learn how to act on their own ideas and solutions. Families can expect hands-on exhibits and spaces to create, explore, and discuss.
MOVIES OPENING THIS WEEKEND
· Bad Santa: Trading Places
· The Shape of Water
· All the Money in the World
· The Greatest Showman
· Father Figures
· Pitch Perfect 3
· Darkest Hour
· Happy End