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2012 Seattle Holiday Events: Shopping, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Buy Local, & More

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2012 Seattle December Holiday Events

  • All Month: Woodland Park Zoo’s WildLights | Seattle’s first ever winter lights festival at the zoo (more info)
  • All Month: West Seattle Lights – The Helmstetler Family Christmas Spectacular | Donations, Free Hot Chocolate & Seattle’s Best Coffee (more info)
  • All Month: Ride the Ducks Holiday Lights Tour (more info)
  • All Month: Garden d’Lights @ Bellevue Botanical Gardens | Over ½ Million Lights, 150,000 Visitors (more info)
  • All Month: ACT Theater Presents “A Christmas Carol” in the Allen Theater | $27-45 (more info)
  • December 1: Lifetime Learning Center Holiday Faire and Book Sale @ John Marshall School Building, Green Lake (more info)
  • December 1: Seattle Holiday Walk | 4 Downtown Districts With Holiday Lights & Displays,  tales of past and current Seattle holiday traditions, $18 Adults | $14 Kids (more info)
  • December 1: Redmond Lights @ Redmond City Hall | Tree Lighting, Luminary Walk, Light Displays, Entertainment, Kids Activities and Refreshments, 12pm-8pm (more info)
  • December 1: RAW: Seattle Presents Holiday RAWk | Music, Art, Fashion, Performance | $11-25 (more info)
  • December 1: Pictures with Bad Santa & The Sugar Plum Elves @ World Is Fun HQ, 7551 B 15th Avenue NW (more info)
  • December 1: 8th Annual Holiday Art Sale @ South Park community Center | 40+ Artists, Wine, Snacks, DJ (more info)
  • December 1 & 2: Urban Craft Uprising Winter Show | FREE Swag Bags & Raffles, Seattle’s Largest Indie Craft Show
  • December 1 & 2: Seward Park Holiday Nature Book & Gift Fair (more info)
  • December 1 & 2: Diving Santa @ Seattle Aquarium (more info)
  • December 1 & 2: 32nd Annual PNA Winter Festival & Crafts Fair @ Phinney Neighborhood Center | 115 artists & crafts vendors, Musicians & Dancers, Two Stages, Quilt Raffle, Bake Sale & Lunch Items (more info)
  • December 1-3: Festival Of Light @ Seattle Children’s Museum – Exploring Hannukah | Dreidels, Latkes, The Story of Hanukkah Howie  (more info)
  • December 2: The Winter Feast and Beer Festival presented by Mobile Food Rodeo @ Fremont Sunday Street Market | 15+ Food Trucks & 10 Local Breweries, 11AM-4PM, Free Admission (more info)
  • December 4-10: Festival Of Light @ Seattle Children’s Museum – Exploring Santa Lucia | Tomten, Lucia Buns, Foldancers (more info)
  • December 6: Holiday Tree Lighting in Pioneer Square (more info)
  • December 7: First Friday Art Walk in Fremont, Holiday Bazaar, & Lenin Lighting @ 5PM (more info)
  • December 7: Dennis Nyback’s Christmas Special @ Grand Illusion Cinema (more info)
  • December 7: Queen Anne Merchants Holiday Magic | Holiday Stroll along Queen Anne Ave N (more info)
  • December 7: The Great Figgy Pudding Street Corner Caroling Competition @ Westlake Center (more info)
  • December 7 & 8: Stevens Elementary Holiday Tree Sale, Capitol Hill (more info)
  • December 7 & 8: Washington Beer Commission’s Winter Beer Festival @ Hale’s Ales Palladium | Winter Seasonals From 28 Washington Breweries (more info)
  • December 7 & 8: Gremlins @ Central Cinema | Christmas Classics, $6-8 (more info)
  • December 7 & 8: The Unofficial Ballard Ave Christmas Party @ Tractor Tavern w/ The Moondoggies & Maldives (more info)
  • December 7-9: Stripped Screw Burlesque presents: The Best Burlesque Pageant Ever! | Christmas Pageant Themed Show @ Columbia City Theater (Win Tickets, $40)
  • December 7-10: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation @ Central Cinema | Christmas Classics, $6-8 (more info)
  • December 7-24: Seattle Public Theater Presents Best Christmas Pageant Ever | Spread Some Holiday Cheer…At Your Peril! (Win Tickets, $50)
  • December 7-24: The Santaland Diaries at Seattle Public Theater | Written by David Sedaris (Win Tickets, $50)
  • December 7-29: Pacific Northwest Ballet Presents ‘The Nutcracker’ | $25 – $130 (more info)
  • Through December 8: Winter Wonderettes Holiday Show @ Jewel Box Theater, Pulsbo, Wa (more info)
  • December 8: Green Lake Pathway of Lights | Music • Warm Drinks • 2,500 Candles (more info)
  • December 8: VHSXMAS II – Presented by Scarecrow Video @ Grand Illusion Cinema | Rare Christmas Footage on VHS, $5-8 (more info)
  • December 8: Seattle Holiday Walk | 4 Downtown Districts With Holiday Lights & Displays,  tales of past and current Seattle holiday traditions, $18 Adults | $14 Kids (more info)
  • December 8: Seattle Milk Fund’s CookieFest @ Macy’s Downtown Store | 20+ of Seattle Bakeries & Culinary Schools (more info)
  • December 8: Holiday Open House @ Equinox Studios | Free, 50 Artists, Live Bands, Holiday Shopping, Refreshments (more info)
  • December 8: Maker Holiday Party @ SURF Incubator | $5-$10, arduino, robotics, 3D printing, light displays, and music (more info)
  • December 8: Seattle Milk Fund’s CookieFest @ Macy’s Downtown Store | 20+ of Seattle Bakeries & Culinary Schools (more info)
  • December 8: Seward Park Winter Wonderland Family Saturday Parties | Free, Hot Chocolate, Cider, Arts, Crafts (more info)
  • December 8: Friends of the Seattle Library Holiday Book Sale (more info)
  • December 8: SantaCon – Hundreds of Bar-Hopping Santas | Pictures, Schedule, Route, Rules, Toy Drive, Hannukah For Santa
  • December 8: Hanukkah For Santa Near Pike Place Market | Part of Santapalooza (more info)
  • December 8 & 9: Diving Santa @ Seattle Aquarium (more info)
  • December 9: “A Chocolate Holiday Buffet” @ ART Restaurant & Lounge (more info)
  • December 9: 28th Annual Seattle Jingle Bell Run & Walk – 5k & 1k @Westlake Center  (more info)
  • December 11: Seward Park 5th Annual Winters Eve Fundraising Gala $50 (more info)
  • December 11-17: Festival Of Light @ Seattle Children’s Museum – Las Posadas | Make Luminaries, Tortillas & Salsa, Performance by Joyas Metizas (more info)
  • December 11-27: Land of the Sweets: The Burlesque Nutcracker @ The Triple Door | The Hepist Holiday Show in Town (Win Tickets, $50+)
  • December 14 & 15: Portable Reality Show Improv – Holiday Extravaganza @ Jewel Box Theater | Holiday Relationships: It’s Complicated (more info)
  • December 15: Seward Park Winter Wonderland Family Saturday Parties | Free, Hot Chocolate, Cider, Arts, Crafts (more info)
  • December 15: Holiday Party @ The Ranier Club In Downtown Seattle | Live Music, Costumes, Gambling, Auction, Rotary Club Fundraiser (Win Tickets, $250)
  • December 15: Seattle Santarchy 2012 | Santa Suits, Pub Crawl, Food Drive, Christmas Cheer (more info)
  • December 15: Seattle Holiday Walk | 4 Downtown Districts With Holiday Lights & Displays,  tales of past and current Seattle holiday traditions, $18 Adults | $14 Kids (more info)
  • December 15: 12K’s of Christmas Holiday Run | Walk or Run, Costume Contest, Free Food, Music
  • December 15 & 16: Diving Santa @ Seattle Aquarium (more info)
  • December 16: Santa Photo Event @ Smith Tower, 35th-floor Chinese Room | Benefit For Make-A-Wish, Catered Snacks, Cocoa & Holiday Music, 11AM-3PM (more info)
  • December 18-23: Festival Of Light @ Seattle Children’s Museum – Christmas Around The World | Make Paper Stockings, Candy Cane Sugar Cookies, See Santa (more info)
  • December 20: Totally Christmas Sing Along @ Central Cinema |  25+ Christmas Themed Music Videos (more info)
  • December 22 & 23: Diving Santa @ Seattle Aquarium (more info)
  • Through December 23: Argosy Christmas Ship Festival (more info)
  • December 24: Jingle Bell Run @ Wright Park in Tacoma | Christmas Fun Run, Holiday Music, Food Drive, Costume Contest, Prizes
  • December 22: Seward Park Winter Wonderland Family Saturday Parties | Free, Hot Chocolate, Cider, Arts, Crafts (more info)
  • December 20-23: Seattle Holiday Walk | 4 Downtown Districts With Holiday Lights & Displays,  tales of past and current Seattle holiday traditions, $18 Adults | $14 Kids (more info)
  • December 7-24: The Santaland Diaries at Seattle Public Theater | Written by David Sedaris (Win Tickets, $50)
  • December 24 & 25: Things To Do In Seattle On Christmas | Events, Holiday Lights, & WIN Tickets
  • December 26-31: Festival Of Light @ Seattle Children’s Museum – Exploring Kwanzaa | Make Scratch Colorings, Make Black-eyed Pea Salad, Ghanaian Dancers  (more info)
  • December 26 & 27: Land of the Sweets: The Burlesque Nutcracker @ The Triple Door | “The Best Thing About Christmas In Seattle” (Win Tickets, $50)
  • December 29: Seattle Holiday Walk | 4 Downtown Districts With Holiday Lights & Displays,  tales of past and current Seattle holiday traditions, $18 Adults | $14 Kids (more info)

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2012 Seattle November Holiday Events

  • November 2 & 3: Kent Annual Holiday Craft Market | Bake Sale, Music, Arts & Crafts, Free Parking & Admission (more info)
  • November 2 & 3: Holiday Bazaar @ Swedish Cultural Center | Scandinavian Gifts, Meatballs, Pea Soup & Shrimp Sandwiches (more info)
  • November 3: Bothell Hollyhills Holiday Bazaar | 55 Vendors,  2 Levels Of Shopping (more info)
  • November 3: Holiday Bazaar @ Bellevue Club Hotel | 100 Vendors, Art, Clothing, Toys, Local Confections (more info)
  • November 3 & 4: Shop-O-RamaMarketplace at the Wing Luke Museum | Meet Hello Kitty (more info)
  • November 8: Ghost Gallery’s 2012 Holiday Mini Art Extravaganza | Local & National Artists, 200+ works of mini art, all 8″x8″ and smaller (more info)
  • November 8-11: Affordable Art Fair @ Seattle Center | 50 Galleries, Thousands of Art Pieces
  • November 10: Queen Anne Artists Trunk Show @ Queen Anne Community Center | 2,000 Attendees (more info)
  • November 10: Russian Bazaar @ Russian Community Center | Art, Gifts, Russian Specialties & Baked goods (more info)
  • November 10: 5th Annual Christmas Bazaar @ St. Stephen the Martyr Catholic Church | 70 Exhibitors, Santa, White Elephant, Food Courts, Baked Goods (more info)
  • November 10: Latvian Center Holiday Bazaar @ Latvian Center | Christmas specialty foods, ethnic Latvian foods, decorative pillows, dolls, knitted articles, stuffed toys, jewelry, ceramics (more info)
  • November 10 & 11: Northwest Coffee Festival @ Seattle Design Center | Seattle’s Best Dessert Companies, Holiday Gifts, Espresso Bars, & More (Win Tickets, $30)
  • November 11: Santa Breakfast / Mini Nutcracker @ Washington Hall (more info)
  • November 12: Fifth Annual Holiday Cookie Decorating Party @ Geraldine’s Counter (more info)
  • November 16: Opening Night Party – Holiday Art Sale @ Pratt Fine Arts Center | Appetizers, Cocktails, Live Art Making (more info)
  • November 16 & 17: Hassle Free Holiday Bazaar @ Renton Community Center (more info)
  • November 16-December 8: Winter Wonderettes Holiday Show @ Jewel Box Theater, Pulsbo, Wa (more info)
  • November 17 & 18: Yulefest @ Nordic Heritage Museum | Nordic Christmas Marketplace, Crafts, Music, Food (more info)
  • November 18: Mercer Island Farmers Market – Harvest Market Day (more info)
  • November 19: Green Lake Gobble & Mashed Potato Munch Off | 10K & 5K (more info)
  • November 19-26: Festival Of Light @ Seattle Children’s Museum – Exploring Diwali | Make Lamps & Rice Pudding, Dancers (more info)
  • November 17-28: 35th Annual Seattle Festival Of Trees @ The Fairmont Olympic Hotel (more info)
  • November 20-31: Gingerbread Village @ Sheraton Seattle Hotel (more info)
  • November 22: Wayerways Thanksgiving Day Cruise | Food, Handmade Cocktails, Champagne Toast (more info)
  • November 22-24: Duwamish Native Holiday Gift Fair (more info)
  • November 23: Macy’s Holiday Parade & Star Lighting | Begins @ Seventh Avenue & Pine Street; loops through downtown streets ending at Fourth Avenue and Pine Street | 25 floats, marching bands and drill teams (more info)
  • November 23: The Tudor Choir Presents “American Folk Holiday” Thanksgiving Weekend Concert (more info)
  • November 23-December 2: Santa at the Space Needle (more info)
  • November 23 & 24: etsyRAIN Handmade Holiday Show @ Marion Oliver McCaw Hall at Seattle Center | Free Admission, 100+ Hand-Selected Vendors (more info)
  • November 23-December 30: ACT Theater Presents “A Christmas Carol” in the Allen Theater | $27-45 (more info)
  • November 23-December 31: Seattle Center Winterfest | Ice Sculpting, Winter Train and Village, Winterfest Ice Rink, and more (more info)
  • November 23 -January 1: Woodland Park Zoo’s WildLightsSeattle’s first ever winter lights festival at the zoo (more info)
  • November 24: Magic in the Market @ Pike Place Market | Dickens Carolers, Tree Lighting, Santa (more info)
  • November 24: Green Lake Gobble & Mashed Potato Munch Off | Seattle Thanksgiving-Themed Fun Run & Walk
  • November 24 – December 31: Garden d’Lights @ Bellevue Botanical Gardens | Over ½ Million Lights, 150,000 Visitors (more info)
  • November 24: Annual Christmas Ships Parade to MOHAI | holiday Lights @ Lake Union Park (more info)
  • November 24 & 25: Diving Santa @ Seattle Aquarium (more info)
  • November 24-December 23: Argosy Christmas Ship Festival (more info)
  • November 24 & 25: Thanksgiving Weekend Dinner Cruise | Christmas Ship Festival + Half-Off Discount Promotion (Win Tickets, $178)
  • November 24-December 30: Ride the Ducks Holiday Lights Tour (more info)
  • November 25: The Sacred Sounds of Christmas Concert @ McCaw Hall at Seattle Center (more info)
  • November 26: Christmas Carnival @ The Westin Seattle Ballroom | FREE, Carnival Games, Santa, & More (more info)
  • November 27-November 30: Festival Of Light @ Seattle Children’s Museum – Exploring Hannukah | Dreidels, Latkes, The Story of Hanukkah Howie  (more info)
  • November 28: Norpoint Turkey Trot @ Center at Norpoint in Tacoma | Thanksgiving, Holiday 5K, Food Drive, Kids Trot
  • November 29: BAD SANTA @ Central Cinema | Director Terry Zwigoff in the house for Q&A! | 21+, $6-8 (more info)
  • November 29: BIG Ugly Sweater & Holiday Party @ Acquabar Bistro & Lounge, Belltown | FREE, Costume Contest, Toy Drive
  • November 30: Seward Park Holiday Nature Book & Gift Fair (more info)

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