Around the Sound this weekend: Holiday happenings everywhere you look

It's getting to be that time of year when -- except for sporting events -- there's really nothing else happening except holiday-related festivities and events. So go ahead and get your Christmas on!

December 7, 2018
Christmas Carolers

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Less than three weeks until Christmas and counting! Sure, you're running around shopping all weekend, but how about a break to celebrate, congregate, and just breathe? Here's some fun for you:

  •  Jeanne Ashley and the Sound Squad will be at Pier 1 in Mill Creek on Saturday from 2-4pm.
  • Thunderbirds Hockey Saturday, 6:05pm. T-Birds take on the Everett Silvertips at ShoWare Centre in Kent.
  •  Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition Friday. Hear dozens of caroling teams sing outside Westlake Center, and then vote for your favorite team at Westlake, or register a team.
  •  Christmas tree lighting Friday. (Various locations.) See a free tree-lighting ceremony, usually with music.

·         Dec. 7 - Mercer Island at Mercerdale Park

·         Dec. 7 - Mountlake Terrace at Evergreen Playfield

·         Dec. 7 - Sammamish at city hall

·         Dec. 7 - University Place in Market Square

  •  A PLU Christmas Friday & Saturday. Christmas concert featuring the choir, chorale, and orchestra of Pacific Lutheran University, performed at PLU in Tacoma.  Usually sells out.
  • Winter Solstice Beer Fest  December 7 - 8, 2018 A ticket to the inaugural beer fest includes eight tasting tokens (4 ounces each) and a tasting cup so you can sample from 30 breweries in Hangar 30 at Magnuson Park, with live music for age 21+. Access to food and vendors is free for all ages.
  • Winter Solstice Night Market Friday & Saturday.    Family-friendly street fair has street food, art vendors, and live music at Hangar 30 in Magnuson Park. Held in June and December. Donation.·          
  • Holiday Pops  Saturday, 2pm. Holiday concert features the Seattle Symphony, vocalists, and University of Washington Chorale, at Benaroya Hall.
  • CookieFest  Saturday, 11am – 2pm. Shop for holiday treats at Seattle Center’s Armory Loft (Food Circus top floor). Free.
  • Green Lake Pathway of Lights  Saturday, 4:30 – 7:30pm Take a walk following glowing luminaries which includes live music at four locations, rain or snow or stars. Free.
  • Art Under $100 Saturday (2pm, VIP 1pm) Affordable art show features 70 artists, free crafts, DJ music, and food trucks at Seattle Design Center. Free unless you pay to go an hour early.
  •  Dickens Festival at Stadium Saturday. Charles Dickens festival has characters in Victorian costumes, puppet shows, dressed up dogs, music, drums, and dancers in Tacoma’s Stadium District. Also visit Victorian Holiday Festival at the botanical conservatory via horse carriage rides.
  •  Jingle Bell Run  Sunday. Wear a costume or tie on bells for the morning fun run, 12K, 5K, 1 mile, or 1K kids’ run at Westlake Center. Walkers welcome. Cost for dogs.
  • Holiday sax concert Sunday, 7-9pm. Saxophonist Chris Mitchell plays yuletide classics, including his passionate take on “Let it Snow” at the Four Seasons Hotel.
  • Pioneer Square Howlidays  Sunday, noon – 3pm.  Bring your four-legged friend in costume to Dog holidays for dog treats, a pop-up dog park, carolers, cocoa, and a costume contest at noon at Occidental Park.
  • A Charlie Brown Christmas Sunday. Hear the entire score of the holiday classic tale in jazz at Cornish Playhouse at the Seattle Center. The evening performance has cocktails for sale beginning at 6 p.m.
  • Holiday Tea in the Fireside Room  Through December 23, and December 26 – 30. Make a reservation at 206-693-3767 for the cozy holiday tea at the Sorrento Hotel. Scroll up their page to see the entertainment scheduled on some days.
  • Celtic Yuletide Friday & Saturday. Irish music, dance, storytelling, juggling, and songs performed by Magical Strings, with shows in Kingston, Kent, Leavenworth, Tacoma, Seattle, Mt. Vernon, and Bellevue.
  • The Nutcracker  Through December 16. Evergreen City Ballet offers one-hour and two-hour versions of the holiday classic ballet in Auburn, Bellevue, and Renton. After the performance, dancers meet the audience in the lobby.
  • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat  Through December 16.
  •  The Broadway musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber puts a colorful twist on the Old Testament at Seattle Musical Theatre at Sand Point.
  •  Peter and the Starcatcher  Through Sunday.
  • A funny prequel to Peter Pan, featuring a boy and a girl in a madcap adventure “filled with music, mermaids, mayhem, and magic” at Shoreline Community College Theater for age 8+.
  •  Christmas Lighting Festival  Through December 16. Enjoy Christmas lights twinkling on snow, roasted chestnuts, sleigh rides, and caroling at the annual Bavarian Christmas in Leavenworth. See the lights on Fri., Sat., Sun. Lighting ceremony is 4:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun. 
  • Gingerbread Village
  • Through January 1, 9:00am to 9:00pm. See elaborate displays made mostly of food at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel. Free.
  • Reindeer Festival Through January 6. Visit live reindeer and watch a model train circle a winter landscape at Swansons Nursery. Free.
  • Santa Train Saturday & Sunday, and December 14-16 The Northwest Railway Museum runs a popular 20-minute train ride from North Bend to the Snoqualmie Depot for cookies and a visit with Santa.
  • Christmas Ship Festival Through December 23. Ride onboard with the choir, or listen from shore during the annual Christmas Ship Parade at various spots around Lake Washington & Puget Sound.
  • Snowflake Lane  Through December 24, 7:00pm. Enjoy a 20-minute show of lights, music, falling snow, young dancers, and drummers in uniform (Bellevue Way between N.E. 4th & N.E. 8th). Arrive early for the best view. Free.
  • A Christmas Carol  Through December 28. It’s ACT’s 43rd production of Charles Dickens’ epic classic at ACT Theatre.
  •  Annie Through December 30. She’s back! Red-headed orphan belts out catchy songs like “Tomorrow” in the popular musical at The 5th Avenue Theatre.
  • Enchant Christmas  Through December 30. A maze where you look for Santa’s reindeer, an ice-skating rink, Christmas shops, food vendors, music, and tons of photos ops at Safeco Field. Children age 3 and younger are free.
  • WildLights Through January 5.Seattle's wildest holiday lights festival returns with sparkling lights, faux snowball fights, up close animal encounters, hot chocolate and family delights. Experience brand new wild and wonderful light displays that will be featured throughout the zoo including a holiday light spectacular at the zoo’s south entrance which will now be open throughout the run of WildLights. 600,000 lights in animal shapes, real reindeer, night animals, carolers, and Santa some nights at Woodland Park Zoo. (Closed Dec. 12, 24, 25.) 
  • Winterfest  Through January 6. Enjoy holiday lights, skating at Fisher Pavilion (cost), folk dancers, carolers, dancers, ice sculptors, model trains, and entertainment at the Seattle Center. See schedule. Closed Dec. 25. Free.
  • Zoolights Through January 6, 5:00 to 9:00pm. Bundle up to admire half a million holiday lights and displays in Tacoma’s Point Defiance Zoo from 5 to 9 p.m. Closed Dec. 24.
  • Garden d’Lights  Through December 30. Enjoy zillions of colorful lights and displays in the Bellevue Botanical Garden from 4:30 to 9:00pm every night.
  • The Nutcracker  Through December 28. Pacific Northwest Ballet performs George Balanchine’s classic tale, with a live orchestra, magnificent sets and costumes, and a huge cast in McCaw Hall.
  • An Improvised Christmas Carol Through December 24. Audience suggestions add funny twists to the story of Ebenezer Scrooge and Tiny Tim by Unexpected Productions at Pike Place Market.