There are tons of places to find holiday gifts and festive food and drinks this season, but it can be even more fun to make those things yourself. This month, there's an abundance of opportunities to fill your days with crafting and cooking. We've compiled them all below from a latke and rugelach class to a Glass Snowman Workshop, and from a holiday cocktail class to the Gingerbread Stomp.
Glass Snowman Workshop
Build a snow person that won't melt in the sun at this holiday glassblowing workshop. Participants can enjoy seasonal drinks and snacks while they make their work of art.
Make gift tags, wrapping paper, snowflakes, and more to support the free community programming provided by SeattleRecreative. Make gift tags, wrapping paper, snowflakes, and more to support the free community programming provided by SeattleRecreative. They add, "There will be an activity for younger kids in our Paint Playground area and one for older kids, adults, and supervised younger kids in our Makerspace."
Holiday Cookie Decorating
For this hands-on class, Hot Stove Society's Sous Chef Lexi will show you how to make sugar cookie dough and ginger-molasses dough and how to roll and cut cookies. You'll also learn how to make royal icing and use it to decorate your cookies, along with sparkly colored sugars and sprinkles. There will be a lunch of Beecher's grilled cheese and Tom Douglas's tomato soup as a break from all the sugar, and you'll go home with a box of beautiful cookies.
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Celebrate the holidays the Danish way by making flettede julehjerter og stjerner (woven hearts and stars), eating appelsiner med nelliker (oranges with cloves), dancing around a Christmas tree, and visiting Julemanden (Santa). While kids enjoy sweets, adults can sip gløgg, a delicious and festive mulled wine.
The Pantry Wreath Making
The class for all experience levels is sold out, but wreath making pros can still make it to the advanced class with the Pantry's Renée Beaudoin, who will show you how to weave a winter wreath with aplomb. Students will also learn about the history behind wreath making and how best to weave with fresh cuts of evergreen, holly, rosemary, rose hips, ivy, and other winter bounty from the Northwest.
Watercolor Gift Tag Demonstration
Seattle-based mixed media artist Grace Rajendran will lead a demonstration on custom watercolor gift tags to make your holiday offerings extra personal.
Chef enCounters Interactive Class at Thompson Seattle: Cake Decor
At this class, you'll get your own personal cake, offset spatula, and pair of decorating tips so that you can make a personalized creation to take home. The Thompson's Executive Pastry Chef Kate Sigel will lead a hands-on demonstration on how to do different icing techniques.
Annual Latke Cook-Off
For the first day of Hanukkah, you can participate in this competition as a latke chef putting your crispy fried potato pancakes to the test or a judge who must sample all of the recipes to determine the tastiest one (tough gig). Or just show up and enjoy platefuls of delicious latkes.
Wreath Making and Beer Tasting
Craft a festive wreath out of eucalyptus, holly, and pepperberry while drinking three different Redhook craft beers.
Holiday Cocktail Class
The mixologists of Four Seasons Hotel Seattle & Goldfinch Tavern’s bar program will teach you how to make three seasonal cocktails with a hands-on demonstration and tasting.
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Lunch Club: Crisp, Golden Potato Pancakes
Make your lunch break much more fulfilling and productive by learning how to make crisp, lacy latkes and rugelach cookies with Tom Douglas co-author, Shelley Lance.
West Seattle Gingerbread Decorating
Unadorned gingerbread houses are patiently awaiting being beautified with gumdrops, icing, and other sweets. Do the honors at this family decorating event.
Guilty Holiday Pleasures/Gift Market/Wreath Workshop
Celebrate the season, Capitol Hill-style! Mama Tits's drag carolers and a Bad Santa will enliven your holiday shopping, and there will be chestnuts to eat, hot drinks to sip, and a big Christmas tree. Brita Fisher will also lead a holiday wreath workshop.
Ballard Gingerbread Jubilee
In addition to milk carton gingerbread house building, this annual community affair will also have a live performance by tots from Sweet Pea Cottage Preschool of the Arts.
Holiday Drinks That Don't Suck
Learn how to craft non-subpar mixed drinks from Paul Clarke, editor of Imbibe magazine. The class also promises to include a dash of "bartending 101 technique" so you can brush up on your hospitality skills. This is also a great time to check out Rob Roy's very festive Miracle on 2nd Pop-Up.
Gingerbread houses don't last for long, and art is ephemeral. The winner of this gingerbread house-decorating contest will get to stomp the gingerbread village into dust.
Wreath Making and Wine Tasting in Woodinville
Make a holiday wreath the right way: by intermittently tasting wines from Beaumont Cellars. Participants will enjoy a glass of wine before beginning the process of building a wreath (using noble fir, pine, and juniper as a base). They'll also taste four other wines throughout the session.
Adult Gingerbread House Decorating Happy Hour
Deck out your own gingerbread house with frosting and toppings while you enjoy popcorn and happy hour specials at the cash bar. The winning gingerbread house will receive a $40 gift card for Goldfinch Tavern.
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