LOCAL EVENTS WEEKEND PLANNER
Dec. 8-11, 2016
CELTIC YULETIDE CONCERTS
Through December 16 – This festive gala of music, dance, storytelling, juggling, and songs of the season brings warmth and joy into the heart of winter.
Through December 31 – Features over half a million lights that transform the Bellevue Botanical Garden into a blossoming winter wonderland. Each holiday season, thousands of visitors enjoy this dazzling display.
MERRY MUTS & MEOWS
SAT – Come meet over 100 adoptable cats and dogs and find your new best friend in time for the holidays!
PIONEER SQUARE HOWLIDAYS
SAT – A day of free entertainment, activities and treats for dogs and people. Shop the Barket Market for some stocking stuffers, let your dog play in the pop-up pooch park and enjoy a doggy costume parade.
CHRISTMAS SHIP FESTIVAL
Through December 23 – Christmas Ships sail to different Puget Sound waterfront communities, around 65 in total. Choirs on board give 20-minute performances to these communities, all broadcast via speaker system. On shore, thousands of people gather around roaring bonfires, anticipating the arrival of the Christmas Ship™.
Through December 31 – Five weeks of free and affordable, fun-filled activities and live performances. Enjoy the uplifting seasonal spirit and get a delightful diversion from the hustle and bustle of the holiday routine.
Through December 24 – A magical evening performance for the entire family. It’s a holiday spectacle of live toy soldier drummers, exhilarating music, animated snow characters, glittering lights all surrounded by snow falling every night along Bellevue Way.
Through January 1 – Don’t miss the 24th Annual Gingerbread Village with creations inspired by scenes from your favorite wizarding world. Fans of all ages will marvel at the larger-than-life gingerbread exhibit. Each team’s presentation will transfix you with their spellbinding culinary and design wizardry.
Through December 24 – Holiday decor, ornaments & gifts galore, plus Curley, Santa’s reindeer, a Grinch-themed model train, Santa photos, and much more!
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?
SAT – Enjoy a narrated tour of Lake Union & Lake Washington, includes a dinner cruise.
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.
WINE & CHOCOLATE PAIRING
Every Thursday, Friday & Saturday – 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 – at the Pacific Science Center. Experience the largest and longest operating domed laser theater in the world.
SCAVENGER HUNT ADVENTURE
All Month – Enjoy this interactive scavenger hunt that takes you on a journey to see the best sights in the city while feeling like you are on the Amazing Race.
TOURS & ACTIVITIES
All Month – at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center. Through engaging and thought-provoking exhibits, allows parents and children to 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.
TWILIGHT ZONE LIVE!
Through December 17 – Theater Schmeater’s annual offering of tv’s most compelling series includes something for die-hard fans as well as Zone novices. We are proud to present three episodes which will ignite memories in some, and nightmares for many.
AN IMPROVISED CHRISTMAS CAROL
Through December 24 – Based on audience suggestions, our improvisers bend and twist Charles Dickens’ tale of Ebenezer Scrooge in all sorts of hilarious directions — and each show is different. It’s all up to you in this wild, hilarious, holiday ride.
Through December 18 – Here’s a lilting Christmas show based on Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol. The added dimensions of music make this a particularly enjoyable new way of presenting the grand story of hardhearted Ebenezer Scrooge, who hates Christmas and is visited successively by three ghosts.
Through December 18 – Infusing comedy into the classic Death Takes a Holiday, The Christmas Spirit is set in contemporary Long Island. Moments of high farce, drama and even romance arise as bright holiday fantasies collide with a not-so-merry reality.
Through December 4 – A story of love, loss and the extraordinary places we find refuge. Don’t miss this beautiful tale that speaks to anyone who has been touched by the loss of someone they love.
MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET
Through December 24 – Tacoma Little Theatre’s production of this timeless classic story.
WILLY WONKA & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (PRESENTED IN SMELL-O-VISION)
Through January 2 – Bring your nose, your taste buds, and your sense of adventure as you tour the most eccentric and wonderful candy factory while you sing along with timeless songs like “The Candy Man,” “I’ve Got a Golden Ticket,” and “Pure Imagination.”
Through December 24 – Robert Louis Stephenson’s great adventure tale features one of literature’s most beloved “bad guys.” Treasure Island has been happily devoured by generations of boys, girls, and grownups.
Through December 28 – Enjoy this rendition of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, brought to you by Pacific Northwest Ballet. Beautiful costumes and sets, live orchestra & more.
Through January 29 – Seattle’s classic Winter show is back at Can Can Kitchen & Cabaret in the Historic Pike Place Market. This carnival of merriment will mesmerize audiences as soon as they enter Can Can’s intimate theater turned whimsical winter chalet, making this a holiday entertainment spectacular to remember.
KING CHARLES III
Through December 18 – A play portraying a modern take on the future of the British Royal Family.
THE LION, THE WITCH & THE WARDROBE
Through SUN – Seattle Children’s Theatre proudly presents C.S. Lewis’ magical, timeless classic from his Chronicles of Narnia series, and one of our most beloved productions of all time.
Thursdays through DEC 29 – Julia’s on Broadway: Seattle’s premier burlesque performers with some of our gorgeous “ladies” from Le Faux.
MOVIES OPENING THIS WEEKEND
· Nocturnal Animals
· Sugar Mountain
· Contract to Kill
· Office Christmas Party
· Frank & Lola
· The Bounce Back
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