What’s Happening This Season?
November 24, 2017 – January 1, 2018
Armory Main Level, Fisher Pavilion, Fisher Pavilion Apron, International Fountain
• WINTER TRAIN & VILLAGE
Explore a turn-of-the-century town at the festive Winter Train and Village display.
Nov. 24 – Dec. 31, 10am – 6pm
Seattle Center Armory
• WINTERFEST ICE RINK
Chill out with the family at the Winterfest Ice Rink.
Nov. 24 – Jan. 1, 2018 – Fisher Pavilion
• WINTERFEST ICE SCULPTING
Watch as incredible, award-winning ice sculptors chip away at blocks of ice to reveal festive sculptures.
Saturdays: Nov. 25; Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
12 noon – 2pm – Outside Fisher Pavilion
• THE DICKENS CAROLERS
Listen as Victorian-costumed carolers sing your favorite holiday tunes.
Sundays: Nov. 26; Dec. 3, 10, 17, 24
2pm – 3pm – Strolling Seattle Center Grounds
• PNB – NUTCRACKER
“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 by celebrated author and illustrator Ian Falconer (Olivia the Pig), brilliant dancing by PNB’s incredible dancers, a snowfall every performance, and Seattle Center’s McCaw Hall all dressed up for the holidays.”
November 24 – December 28 – McCaw Hall
• SAM LIGHTS: A Winter Evening of Art, Music & Lights
“Get that winter glow with an evening stroll through the Olympic Sculpture Park. Experience the wonder of the sculptures in the park illuminated by luminaria. Make art, listen to music, sip a hot drink, grab a sweet bite, and take in the sights at SAM Lights. Come dressed in your best light-inspired ensemble and become a part of the night!”
Olympic Sculpture Park
Dec. 14, 2017 6 p.m.-9 p.m.
• DIVING SANTA – SEATTLE AQUARIUM
Take your picture with Diving Santa at the 120,000-gallon Window on Washington Waters exhibit! Donations accepted to fund DreamNight.
Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays at noon and 3pm
November 25- December 24*
*At noon only on December 24. Seattle Aquarium closes at 3pm.
• TEDDY BEAR SUITE at the FAIRMONT OLYMPIC
Visit this un-bear-ably cute teddy bear-themed suite at the beautiful Fairmont Olympic Hotel–and don’t forget the kids! The Teddy Bear Suite is the perfect place to capture holiday photos, get all the teddy bear hugs out of your system and indulge in a sweet holiday experience with the family!
Fairmont Olympic Hotel, 411 University St., Seattle, Wa 98101
Nov. 23-Dec. 26, 2017 Daily, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (including Christmas)
Cost: Free (donations encouraged for Seattle Children’s Hospital)
• SNOW SHOWS at PACIFIC PLACE
Monday-Saturday: 6PM And 7PM
Sunday: 5PM And 6PM
Let the magic float down around you at Pacific Place Shopping Center! Two times each night, snow flurries take place in the atrium (excluding Christmas). These flurries last about five minutes and if you’re lucky, you may even catch a glimpse of Santa Claus!
• HOLIDAY ENTERTAINMENT/ LIVE MUSIC at PACIFIC PLACE
November 24: 12-2pm & 5-7pm
November 25 – December 24:
Saturdays: 12-2pm & 5-7pm
December 18 – 24: 5 – 7pm
• SHERATON SEATTLE’S GINGERBREAD VILLAGE
November 21, 2017 – January 1, 2018
“Benefiting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. As a tribute to the city, this year’s theme is 25 Years of Cheer: A Celebration of Seattle. The hotel invites visitors to 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. From the looming skyscrapers and underground tunnels, to the Seattle Great Wheel and the Space Needle that symbolize our city today, Seattle has a rich history of incredible structures. Along with a look back at the city’s storied past, this year’s displays will envision the future of Seattle.”
“This year, the Sheraton Seattle’s Gingerbread Village will be located across the street from the Sheraton at the City Centre building to accommodate the visually striking display. With the Sheraton’s Gingerbread Village on display across the street, for the first time, the public will be able to view part of the display through windows on Fifth and Sixth Avenues.”
City Centre (new location)
1420 Fifth Ave. Ste 450
Seattle, WA 98101
Mon – Thurs: 6:30 a.m. -11:30 p.m.
Fridays: 6:30 a.m. – 12:30 a.m.
Saturdays: 8:00 a.m. -12:30 a.m.
Sundays: 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m
• HOLIDAY CAROUSEL
Spin into the holidays on the magical Carousel in Westlake Park! Each ride benefits Treehouse, a nonprofit that provides support for youth in the foster care system to pursue their dreams.
Sunday – Thursday : 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
• FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
For the month of December at The Children’s Museum, explore a variety of winter celebrations and festivals that take place around the world. This provides children and their families with hands-on multi-cultural experiences. FULL SCHEDULE HERE!
Saturday, December 16th – 12 noon
Calling all Santa hat owners! It’s the time of year for cheer and beer at SantaCon! This annual mass gathering of folks dressed in Santa Claus costumes is sure to put you in the holiday spirit–and it happens right here in Seattle!
• CHRISTMAS SHIPS
November 24 – December 23, 2017
“The Argosy Cruises Christmas Ship Festival is a ship-to-shore holiday celebration that has been a Northwest tradition since 1949. The Spirit of Seattle, the Official Christmas Ship, is 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 as well as to our Follow Boats and to those communities gathered on shore.” FULL SCHEDULE HERE!
Christmas lights – WOODLAND PARK ZOO
November 24, 2017 – Jan. 1, 2018
Experience the magic that is WildLights! Enjoy over 500,000 twinkling lights that decorate the zoo! You can also grab a bite to eat, warm up with a hot drink, see REAL reindeer, and listen to carolers! Closed Dec. 24 & 25.
5th Avenue Theatre
• IRVING BERLIN’S HOLIDAY INN
Nov 24 – Dec 31, 2017
“The West Coast Premiere of this recent Broadway hit, Holiday Inn is a wonderful new musical inspired by the Oscar-winning film featuring lavish sets and costumes, spectacular choreography and 20 Irving Berlin songs. Jim leaves the bright lights of show business to settle down on a farm in Connecticut—but he finds the simple life is not as simple as he thought. This is a heartwarming treat, sure to put your whole family in the best of holiday spirits.”
• ELF – THE MUSICAL
Dec. 5 – 10th
“Based on the beloved movie starring Will Ferrell and Zoey Deschanel, this show has since been inducted into the canon of classic Christmas shows.
This critically acclaimed musical is a joyful addition to holiday theatre, with enough hi-tech wizardry and songs to keep the kids engrossed, as well as plenty of jokes for the adults.”
• CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE
December 22 – 24, 2017.
“This critically-acclaimed holiday stage extravaganza is a cirque spectacle, Broadway musical, and family show all in one!
Filled with over 300 imaginative costumes, 20 world-class astonishing acts, the finest singers, original music and seasonal favorites, don’t miss snowmen, penguins, angels, reindeer, toy soldiers, gingerbread men, ornaments and of course Santa.”
• BRIAN SETZER ORCHESTRA CHRISTMAS SHOW
Tuesday, December 26, 2017.
“BRIAN SETZER and his 19-piece THE BRIAN SETZER ORCHESTRA have announced their 14th annual “Christmas Rocks! Tour.”
The group’s set list will feature music off their latest Christmas album ROCKIN’ RUDOLPH plus music off their three previous best-selling holiday albums; and original material from Brian Setzer.”
Seattle Children’s Theatre
• MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS
November 11 – Dec. 31, 2017
“Based on the popular children’s book, Mr. Popper’s Penguins is a family-friendly tale full of mischief, humor, and dreams come true. Mr. and Mrs. Popper are given penguins by an Antarctic explorer and train them for a show.”
• A(N IMPROVISED) CHRISTMAS CAROL
Friday, Nov 24 – Saturday, Dec 23
“We all know the story of Charles Dickens classic, “A Christmas Carol.” Or do we?
Unexpected Productions brings back its holiday favorite, “A(n Improvised) Christmas Carol”. 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. Where does Scrooge work? What ails Tiny Tim? Does Scrooge even get reformed? It’s all up to you in this wild, hilarious, holiday ride. A holiday tradition for countless locals since 1985, it’s the perfect way to celebrate the holidays.”
• A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Friday, Nov 24 – Wednesday, Dec 27
“Join us for a Seattle tradition: a ripping good telling of the classic story of Ebenezer Scrooge, the curmudgeonly businessman who requires the intervention of a few spectral guides to understand the true meaning of Christmas and life. Well over a century after its writing, Dickens’ classic tale of hope and redemption continues to remind us what’s really worth celebrating—at the holidays, or any time!”
• MENORAH LIGHTING EVENTS
First Day of Hanukkah
Tuesday, December 12
Lynnwood Menorah Lighting & Klemzer, 6-7pm
Shoreline Menorah Lighting, 6-7pm
Light Up the Night: Burger Fest
Thursday, December 14, 5pm-midnight
“This Hanukkah celebration will feature a gigantic outdoor menorah lighting, gourmet burgers and hot latkes, a mitzvah tank, music, hot drinks, and a holiday market.”
Ballard Menorah Lighting
Sunday, December 17, 5:30pm
“This annual Hanukkah celebration includes a giant Star of David menorah lighting, hot latkes, jelly doughnuts, music, and more.”
Cal Anderson Park Menorah Lighting
Sunday, December 17, 5:30-6:30pm
“Capitol Hill dwellers can head to Cal Anderson for a public menorah lighting on the sixth night of Hanukkah. There will also be jelly doughnuts, coffee, latkes, kids’ activities, gift bags filled with dreidels and gelt, and a raffle.”
• MUSIC AND PRODUCTIONS
Temple De Hirsch Sinai Hannukah
Friday, December 15, 5-7pm
“At the temple’s Bellevue campus, enjoy performances by Shabbat Junior and Chanukah Pajamikah, and on their Seattle campus, see a Shabbat Unplugged performance.”
Bubbe’s Old-Fashioned Hanukkah Shindig
Saturday, December 16, 8pm
“The Roma pop group Gypsy Entertainers, the Debaucherauntes, Brivele, and the Shay Family Band will entertain you at the klezmer bash”
Hanukkah Pajama Jam
Saturday December 16, 5:30-7:30pm
“Put on your PJs and enjoy live music from folk duo Josh & Chava, a Hanukkah story from PJ Library, food truck goodies from Napkin Friends and Delfino’s Pizza, Krispy Kreme doughnuts, crafting, an olive oil press with Chabad, a menorah lighting and Havdalah, and much more. Admission is free with a pajama donation—they’re looking for new and gently used sets for the foster program Amara.”
Seattle Jewish Chorale
Sunday, December 17, 4pm
“Celebrate Hanukkah by hearing pieces by Franz Schubert, Joshua Jacobson, and the world premiere of “Dak Il Tas” by Ira Rogers performed by the Seattle Jewish Chorale.”
Tuesday, December 19, 7pm
“The MeshugaNutcracker! is a full-length musical comedy that features the wonderfully silly sensibilities of the folklore of Chelm (a fictional town of fools) underscored by an invigorating Klezmer-ized orchestration of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite, including original lyrics that celebrate Chanukah.”
*Quoted descriptions were pulled from the attraction or event website.