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Seattle Events Weekend Planner: November 23-26, 2017

LOCAL EVENTS WEEKEND PLANNER
November 23-26, 2017

 

MACY’S HOLIDAY PARADE

FRI – Starting at 9AM at 7th Avenue & Pine Street. Watch marching bands, floats, and an appearance by Santa Claus.

WESTLAKE HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING 

FRI – The seasonal sights and sounds will begin around 4:30PM, with the lighting of the Westlake holiday tree and the Macy’s shining holiday star, followed by a festive fireworks display lighting up the downtown sky.

MAGIC IN THE MARKET

SAT – Get photos with Santa, free cookie decorating, live music, fresh cider, hot cocoa and much more!

WINTERFEST

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.

NATIVE HOLIDAY GIFT FAIR

FRI-SUN – Shop for fine art, native crafts, cards, jewelry, and smoked salmon at the Native Holiday Gift Fair at the Duwamish Longhouse in West Seattle. Free.

CHRISTMAS SHIP FESTIVAL

FRI-SUN & December 1-23 – 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.

GINGERBREAD VILLAGE

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.

WILDLIGHTS  

Through January 1 – Seattle’s wildest holiday lights festival returns with sparkling lights, faux snowball fights, Santa, his reindeer, and family delights.

GARDEN D’LIGHTS

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.

HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING

SAT – Gather for carols and photos with Santa at this free community event, open to the public.

ZOO LIGHTS

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.

FREE STATE PARKS DAY

FRI – Spend a beautiful fall day at any state park for free!

SANTA TRAIN

Through December 17 – Enjoy a two-hour roundtrip excursion from North Bend to Snoqualmie. De-train at Snoqualmie Depot and enjoy refreshments served from the railway kitchen car. Guests visit with Santa in the seasonally-decorated Snoqualmie Depot, and children receive a small gift from Santa.

SNOWFLAKE LANE

Through December 24 – 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.

THE NUTCRACKER – EVERGREEN CITY BALLET

Through December 17 – Spend the holidays with magic—spend them with The NutcrackerEnjoy a night out with your family to see this spell binding production at either the hour-long or full-length performances in one of three locations. For young audiences, we have a special one-hour production.  

THE TWILIGHT ZONE LIVE

Through December 17 – It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. In its monumental 25th anniversary season, Theater Schmeater brings back the plays that made them famous when they present four episodes of the classic Rod Serling TV series “The Twilight Zone” live on stage.

FESTIVAL OF TREES

SAT through November 29 – Gorgeous designer Christmas trees will be on display in the public areas of the Fairmont Olympic Hotel. Come view them at any time and read the inspiring stories of our featured Seattle Children’s Hospital patients.

NEWSIES

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.  

REINDEER FESTIVAL

Through December 24 – 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.

WONDERLAND

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.

SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY COMPETITION

Through SUN – 26 days, 22 shows, 18 venues, 32 comedians form the US, Canada, UK & Japan.

RECURRING EVENTS:

FREE WEEKEND WALKS
Through November – Tours are tailored for an adult audience, and the topic changes monthly. See the calendar below for details. Tour groups gather in front of the Graham Visitors Center.

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
· Coco
· The Man Who Invented Christmas
· Lady Bird
· Darkest Hour
· Call Me By Your Name
· Let it Snow
· Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story
· The Searchers
· Firangi

Local Events Weekend Planner: Nov. 24-27, 2016


LOCAL EVENTS WEEKEND PLANNER
Nov. 24-27, 2016

 

MACY’S HOLIDAY PARADE

FRI – View floats, marching bands, Santa Claus and much more at Macy’s 26th Annual parade.

GREAT STAR LIGHTING

FRI60th Annual Great Star Lighting Ceremony at Macy’s Downtown Seattle location. Followed by a magnificent fireworks display, weather permitting.

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™.

WINTERFEST

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.

SNOWFLAKE LANE

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.

GINGERBREAD VILLAGE

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.

SEATTLE FESTIVAL OF TREES

Through November 30 – Enjoy this display of beautifully-decorated Christmas trees, each with its own unique theme and style. All proceeds go to Seattle Children’s Hospital.

ZOO LIGHTS

Through January 1Seattle and Tacoma

REINDEER FESTIVAL

Through December 24 – Holiday decor, ornaments & gifts galore, plus Curley, Santa’s reindeer, a Grinch-themed model train, Santa photos, and much more!

SEATTLE FESTIVAL OF TREES

Through November 30 – Enjoy this display of beautifully-decorated Christmas trees, each with its own unique theme and style. All proceeds go to Seattle Children’s Hospital.

SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY COMPETITION

Through SUN – America’s biggest touring comedy festival! 26 Days, 22 Shows, 18 Venues, 32 comedians from the US, Canada, UK and Japan!

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?

BOAT TOUR

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.

PLAYS/MUSIC/COMEDIES:

BRILLIANT TRACES

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 OF 34TH STREET 

Through December 24Tacoma 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.”

TREASURE ISLAND 

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.

THE NUTCRACKER

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.

WONDERLAND

Through January 29Seattle’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 Dec 11Seattle 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.

MAGNIFIQUE

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

·         Moana
·         Allied
·         Bad Santa 2
·         Dear Zindagi
·         Rules Don’t Apply
·         Evolution

FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF EVENTS IN THE AREA FOR THE ENTIRE MONTH, VISIT
www.events12.com/seattle

Local Events Weekend Planner: Nov. 26-29, 2015

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LOCAL EVENTS WEEKEND PLANNER
NOVEMBER 26-29, 2015

 

GINGERBREAD VILLAGE
Through JAN 3  Local architecture firms collaborate with the Sheraton Seattle culinary team to custom design, bake and build awe-inspiring gingerbread displays. http://gingerbreadvillage.myevent.com/3/events.htm

 

MODEL TRAINS & REINDEER
Nov 23-Dec 24  Watch model trains speed through snowy landscapes, visit reindeer, shop for seasonal plants, Christmas trees & much more! Swanson’s Nursery. http://www.swansonsnursery.com/holidays-at-swansons

 

TWILIGHT ZONE LIVE!
FRI Nov 27-Dec 19  Enjoy 3 episodes of this classic sci-fi TV Show. Theater Schmeater. http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1557477

 

NUTCRACKER BALLET
FRI Nov 27-Dec 28  48 dancers perform to PNB’s mighty Orchestra in this timeless classic play. Seattle Center, McCall Hall. https://www.pnb.org/Season/15-16/Nutcracker/

 

BELLEVUE STREET SHOW
FRI Nov 27-Dec 24  Live toy soldier drummers, music, snow characters, glittering lights surrounded by falling snow every night along Bellevue Way. On the street between Bellevue Square, Lincoln Square and Bellevue Place. http://snowflakelane.com/

 

COMEDY CONTEST
NOV 4-29  The Seattle International Comedy Competition showcases comedians with their best acts. Various locations.

 

DINE AROUND SEATTLE
NOV 3-25  Restaurant discounts for three-course meals around the Seattle metro area.

 

CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL
SAT NOV 21-DEC 2  Designer trees decorate the lobby and driveway of the Fairmont Olympic Hotel during this annual charity event. Gala, tree raffle, teddy bear suite and more!

 

CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG MUSICAL
THURS NOV 12-DEC 27  Seattle Children’s Theatre presents a magical flying car that an inventor & his kids take to rescue their grandfather. Discount tickets.

 

ZOMBIE ESCAPE
NOV 14-DEC 6  You have 60 minutes to follow the clues, solve the puzzles, find the key and exit the room to escape the zombie. http://roomescapeadventures.com/

 

THANKSGIVING RUN/WALKS:
Bellevue 5K ~ http://greatestgoalministries.org/beat-the-bird-fun-run/
Issaquah 5K ~ http://www.issaquahturkeytrot.org/
Seattle 5K ~ https://seattleturkeytrot.org/
Tacoma 5K/1K ~ http://tacomacityturkeytrot.com/
Tacoma 5K ~ http://www.metroparkstacoma.org/trot/#.VlN8kNKrRpg

 

THANKSGIVING DINNER
Don’t feel like cooking your own Thanksgiving Dinner? Check out the links below that list restaurants offering special menus for Thanksgiving Day…
http://www.seattlemet.com/articles/2015/11/16/seattle-restaurants-do-thanksgiving-dinner
http://www.thenewstribune.com/entertainment/restaurants/tnt-diner/article44560626.html

 

PARADE, TREE & STAR LIGHTING
• Macy’s Seattle Holiday Parade: http://social.macys.com/believe/#home/events/details/13878
• Westlake Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration: http://www.seafair.com/events/2016/westlake-holiday-tree-lighting-celebration/
• Seattle Star Lighting & Fireworks: http://social.macys.com/believe/#home/events/details/14077

 

MOVIES OPENING THIS WEEKEND
The Good Dinosaur
• Creed
• Victor Frankenstein
• The Danish Girl
• Janis: Little Girl Blue
• Killing Them Safely

 

FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF EVENTS IN THE AREA FOR THE ENTIRE MONTH, VISIT
www.events12.com/seattle