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- O Christmas Tea: A British Comedy
In this cheery holiday romp from off-Broadway comedians James & Jamesy, the friends are tasked with keeping themselves afloat when a posh Christmas party results in a massive tea flood. FILM
- Meet the Filmmakers: 'Vellai Pookal Screening & Director’s Chat
Watch the Tamil thriller Vellai Pookal, about a retired cop who travels from India to the Pacific Northwest to meet his son, only to find himself caught in a web of chilling kidnappings. Enjoy complimentary popcorn and hang out afterward to meet the director and screenwriter, Vivek Elangovan. FOOD & DRINK
- Beer Education Night V5 - Session 3
Figurehead Brewing owner/brewer Bob Monroe will school students in raw materials, recipe creation, and brewing science. Samples of beer will be provided, making this class a lot more fun than regular school.
Experience the fiery theatrics of a feuerzangenbowle—a traditional German drink in which a rum-soaked sugar cone is set aflame and drips into Glühwein (mulled red wine).
- Mules with a Mission: Giving Tuesday Happy Hour
Sip frosty Moscow Mules to raise money for Capitol Hill Housing at this extended Giving Tuesday happy hour.
- Santiki Spectacular - Tiki Tuesday!
Settle in at Sol Liquor for tropical cocktails with a holiday twist and "fire galore." GEEK
- HP Trivia: Chapter 13 (Yule Ball Edition)
Dress fancy and gather up to five of your nerdiest buddies for this holiday Yule Ball edition of Harry Potter trivia. READINGS & TALKS
- Bob Wodnik: Back on Track
Bob Wodnik, who served as Sound Transit's senior communications specialist for almost 20 years, recounts the survival story of Seattle's light rail system in his book Back on Track.
- Chadwick Allen: Earthworks Rising
In the 18th century, there was a blatantly made-up theory that the massive mounds spread across the Southeast and the valleys of the Mississippi and Ohio rivers were built by a "lost race," and not by American Indians. In this lecture, Chadwick Allen will read from his new book that investigates how Native writers and artists "engage ancient earthworks in contemporary productions."
- Hitting Home: Climate Change Impacts in the PNW
Three UW grad students—Oriana Chegwidden in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Megan Feddern in the School of Aquatic and Fisheries Sciences, and Katie Breen in the School of Environmental and Forestry Sciences—will address local impacts of climate change, touching on the snowpack, the marine food web, and other things we really, really don't want to lose.
- Lisa Fithian: Shut It Down
From Occupy Wall Street to Standing Rock, Lisa Fithian has participated in countless protests and acts of civil disobedience. Hear her share some stories from her new memoir, Shut It Down: Stories from a Fierce, Loving Resistance.
- World First: Light Rail on the Floating Bridge
By 2023, Seattle plans to have a light rail that runs over the floating I-90 bridge. But how? Sound Transit Deputy Executive Director John Sleavin will fill you in. WINTER HOLIDAYS
- Holiday Tree Lighting
Watch Hotel Sorrento's 15-foot holiday tree come aglow in the garden, where it will stay all season long.
- Andrew Stuart: Downstage
See photos of Dave Grohl, Kat Von D, Fleetwood Mac, and other musicians by photographer Andrew Stuart.
- The Bug Show
Take a gander at preserved bug bodies that first emerged on our planet over four million years ago.
- Frame of Mind: Storytelling Through Animation
Teenage animators developed their own stop-motion animation over an eight-week course led by Reel Grrls' Celena Adler and teaching artist Elise Harper. Find out what they've been up to at this Partnership for Youth exhibition.
- Jim Breuer
Stand-up comedian, actor, musician, and radio host Jim Breuer (whom you might recognize from Saturday Night Live, Chappelle's Show, and other popular programs, as well as the movie Half Baked) will share his love for "his wife, family, Metallica, and even the New York Mets." FOOD & DRINK
- Beer and Cheese Pairing with pFriem
You may have tried cheese with wine, but what about beer? Teku Tavern's resident cicerone will curate five pairings of pFriem beer with various types of fromage.
- Bifrost Release & Wreath-Making Class
Craft your own holiday wreath with foraged local greenery, accents, and inspiration provided by the Works Seattle as you nurse a glass of Elysian's new winter warmer Bifrost.
- Repeal Day Cocktail Ball
Drink perfectly legal libations from local spots like Life on Mars, Stampede, Radiator Whiskey, Screwdriver, and others in your cutest Prohibition-era outfit. PARTIES & NIGHTLIFE
- 13 years of Hula Hula
Hula Hula will celebrate 13 years of tiki drinks, karaoke, and kitschy tropical decor with an extra hour of karaoke and $5 cocktails, beers, and wells.
- Pray for Snow
Cross your fingers for a tubular (forgive us) season on the mountain by getting your boards and skis all waxed up, warming up by a fire pit with a Pray for Snow beer from 10 Barrel, and entering raffles to win gear from LibTech and other brands. Plus, see new films featuring the 10 Barrel ski team. PERFORMANCE
- Short and Sweet: A Solos & Duets Show + Party!
Treat your attention span to quick solo and duet performances from the Sister Kate Dance Company.
- Wild Thorns
Head to Seattle's best and only lesbian bar, Wildrose, for a night of drag and burlesque from Vincent Milay, Nico Pecans, Chess Albaneze, Siren Hung St. James, and Mercury Divine. READINGS & TALKS
- Seattle at 150
HistoryLink historians and local archivists will share some gems from the Seattle Municipal Archives. SPORTS & RECREATION
- Queer Skate
LGBTQ+ folks and friends are invited to swirl around an ice rink in the good company of fabulous local queens Cookie Couture and Betty Wetter. VISUAL ART
- Bottle Cap Craft Night - Jewelry Edition!
Instead of recycling your bottle cap after you finish your beer, use it to craft a pair of earrings or a necklace for the statement-piece-wearer in your life. WINTER HOLIDAYS
- Galactic Lights Theme Night at WildLights
For one night only, WildLights will transform into a galaxy far, far away with a Star Wars-inspired light display. You can expect photo ops with costumed characters of the 501st Legion and the Rebel Legion, twinkly paths of good and evil, faux snowballs in the Snowmazium, and a nighttime lightsaber show performed by Saber Guild - Kamino Temple.
- Banff Mountain Film Festival
"Is the mountain out today?" This stop on the world tour of the Banff Mountain Film Festival will celebrate action, environmental, and adventure films.
- The Bishop's Wife: A Live Radio Play
This live radio broadcast is an adaptation of the classic 1947 film about an angel sent to help answer a bishop's prayer, but who, in his human form, is just too dang handsome to avoid provoking the bishop's jealousy. (Cary Grant played the angel in the original.)
- Gala and Zack Bent: You Go Ahead (No, You First) – Round 2
Artists and partners Gala and Zack Bent will launch their video, which is "a recreation and restaging of [their] first collaboration" 20 years ago.
Opening Wednesday WINTER HOLIDAYS
- A Victorian Country Christmas Festival
Travel back in time to an idyllic Victorian Christmas village to shop for gifts from over 500 vendors, enjoy festive food and drinks, take in theatrical performances and nativity scenes, and more.
- Thomas Nichols
Texas comic Thomas Nichols will headline in Seattle with local support from popular comics Quinn Fitzgerald, Avery Southern, Birungi Birungi, and Elliott G.B. COMMUNITY
- Ladino Day 2019: Exploring Sephardic Life Cycle Customs
Through artifacts, oral histories, and photos, this program will highlight traditions and customs unique to Sepharadim from the Ottoman Empire. Expect a live musical performance by the Ladineros, a discussion led by a Ladino conversation group, and a presentation by UW professor Devin Naar.
- Stronger Together: World AIDS Day Breakfast
Celebrate Seattle’s ongoing leadership in the fight against HIV/AIDS at this 16th annual breakfast, featuring a keynote speech from A. Toni Young, the Chief Executive Officer of the District of Columbia Center for AIDS Research Community Education Group. FILM
- Holiday Movie Nights & Blanket Drive
Cozy up in the heated beer garden for a screening of Elf. Bring a blanket to wrap up in, then donate it (along with warm clothes) after the movie.
- 'Project Runway' Premiere Viewing Party
Meet one of the new contestants on the fashion design reality competition show Project Runway, Jenn Charkow of Stone Crow Designs, then watch the premiere of the episode will enjoying sips and snacks. FOOD & DRINK
- Ben Paris Pilsner Repeal Day Release
The downtown restaurant Ben Paris is named after a Seattle sportsman and entrepreneur, who used to run Ben Paris Cigars, Lunch & Cards in the same space in the early 20th century and who fought for the legalization of selling beer on Sundays. For Repeal Day, which commemorates the end of Prohibition in the United States, they'll honor his memory with the release of a new pilsner brewed in collaboration with Old Stove Brewing Company, plus happy hour pricing on beers and daiquiris from Batch 206 Distillery and free swag.
- Celebrate Craft Beer & Produce with the Beeroness
Writer and beer expert Jackie Dodd, who runs the award-winning website The Beeroness, will discuss her new cookbook Lush - A Season by Season Celebration of Craft Beer & Produce, which features recipes using beer and fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables.
- Eggnog Release Party
Bundle up in your best après-ski attire and warm up with a mug of boozy aged eggnog by Brimmer & Heeltap's fire pit. Carolers will sing holiday standards to set the mood.
- History After Hours: Bootleggers Ball
Seattle's rich history of Prohibition-era bootleggers will serve as the inspiration for this speakeasy-style party, which comes complete with live music from the Happy Sinners, storytelling, and boozy libations.
- Prohibition Repeal Speakeasy Celebration
The suggested dress code for this Repeal Day (aka the day Prohibition ended) celebration is "more Capone than Gatsby," so don your finest '20s gangster garb and sip classic cocktails made with Old Forester, the only bourbon to have been sold continuously by the same company before, during, and after prohibition. Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes. MUSIC
- (Bodies on the) Beach Party
Local songwriter Navid Eliot's new dreamy rock trio, Bodies on the Beach, will make their debut with support from Jake Crocker, Nacho Picasso, and Sylvii.
- 100.7 The Wolf Presents Hometown Holiday 2019
Seattle country music station 100.7 The Wolf will present a down-home holiday evening with live music from Chris Young, Jon Pardi, Chris Lane, Carly Pearce, Russell Dickerson, Ryan Hurd, and Filmore. READINGS & TALKS
- Helen Collier: From Brassy Ideas to Brass Tacks
Hear local author Helen Collier read from her new book about the lives of female slaves, buy treats from a holiday bake sale, and learn about upcoming protests hosted by Radical Women Seattle.
- Not so Primitive as One Might Be Led to Believe: Fashion and Style in Early King County
Local historian, reenactor, and historical fashion expert Elizabeth Korsmo will spill the beans about Seattle's mid-19th-century sartorial trends, when "early white immigrants dressed to impress."
- Bernadette Martonik: The Divine Cock
Bernadette Martonik's retelling of the 12 feasts of the orthodox Christian church is complete with "dancing birds, divine-mother tragedy, and a messiah rooster born in an albumen blanket of blood, sweat and fecal matter." Pick up a copy of the book for your loved ones and hear a reading.
- We're Still Here
See art by Chief Seattle Club members and learn about the organization, which stresses the value of art for Native cultural survival and the health of the human spirit. WINTER HOLIDAYS
- Extreme Christmas Tree Lighting
Sip hot cider and eat cookies while you watch thousands of twinkling lights (4,494 to be exact) illuminate a 185-foot Christmas tree. Santa and his reindeer will be there to enjoy the holiday festivities with you.
- The GeekWire Gala: Seattle's geekiest holiday party!
GeekWire will celebrate the region's tech community with treats, festive cocktails, photo booths, and geeky mingling opportunities.
- Holiday in Volunteer Park
Hundreds of luminarias will light up the pathways of Volunteer Park at this annual light display, which also features carolers (led by local group the Beaconettes), free cookies and cocoa, and kids' activities.
- Seventh Annual Pioneer Square Howlidays in Nord Alley
Your canine companion can run around in a pop-up dog park, enter a doggie costume contest, and enjoy holiday treats (there will be some human treats, too).
- Interbay International Film Festival
At this inaugural festival, see films related to Seattle Film Institute students, alums, and faculty members. VISUAL ART
- Mimi Sturman: Mortem Et Incommoda Quamplurima (The Death Disturbers)
Three alien sisters rescue planets that are on the brink of extinction (including Earth) in Mimi Sturman's large-scale installation.
- UTS Presents "Anon(ymous)"
In this take on Homer's Odyssey, here staged by the Undergraduate Theater Society, a young refugee named Anon wanders the United States in search of his family. VISUAL ART
- Ann Marie Perkins-Rosenberg: The Great Return (To the Source)
This local, nature-influenced artist creates mixed-media works incorporating ethical taxidermy and pen-and-ink drawings in earthy, symbolic, mystical designs.
- The Jacket Show
Over a dozen artists from LA, Vegas, New York, Oakland, and Seattle show original custom jackets in various forms, from paintings to chain stitching.
- Leaves from a Book of Hours
Davidson Galleries displays vellum pages from a 1501 Horae, Book of Hours (a type of prayer book owned by wealthy people in the Middle Ages) printed by Jean Poitevin. Feel awed by the survival of this precious devotional artifact, illustrated with lush wood-engraved panels.
- Sandy Osawa: Screening of 'Maria Tallchief: America's First Prima Ballerina'
Learn the story of Maria Tallchief—a Native woman from Oklahoma whose talent and partnership with George Balanchine led to the creation of the New York City Ballet—from a screening of Seattle-based filmmaker Sandy Sunrising's documentary. The director and her husband will be in attendance.
- Strangers in Town
How did global migration reach Garden City, Kansas, and how has it transformed the city's housing, social services, education, and infrastructure? Learn all about it at this free documentary screening of Strangers in Town. MUSIC
- '90s Dance Flashback Party
Slap on a bracelet and roll on some cucumber-melon body glitter for a '90s music video dance party.
- Inverted Space Ensemble
An ensemble of Inverted Space's former Cornish Residency students will perform four new works by Charles Corey, Yigit Kolat, Luke Fitzpatrick, and Ben Levin.
- Thom and Cathie's 10th Annual Anniversary Party with Satan's Pilgrims
Warm up your frosty toes by grooving to live surf-rock sets from Satan's Pilgrims, the Delstroyers, 1uppers, and the 427's.
- The Ugly Sweater Party
If you wear your most hideous sweater, you could be the lucky individual who wins a crisp $100 bill. DJs HD and DJX2050 will be spinning hip-hop, Top 40, and R&B all night.
- Unsilent Night
NYC composer Phil Kline's blend of electronica and holiday caroling is performed all over the world in the winter months. Engage in some non-denominational sing-song by downloading the mobile app via the movement's website and going on a 45-minute walk with community members.
- Winter Formal
Local bedroom-rockers and folk-poppers Power Strip, Amethyst de Wolfe, Flying Fish Cove, Artem/s, and Sprig will provide live tunes to ring in the winter season. PERFORMANCE
- Ah, Yes, The Two Genders: Gender Bachelor/ette
Sam, the eligible hottie and gender-questioning host of this edition of Gender Bachelor/ette, will decide which of six queer drag and burlesque contestants shall be bestowed with the prize of "Gender Euphoria."
- Captive Christmas Returns
Twisted Seattle drag performer Heavy Scene Macaque will host a night of Christmas malevolence with unfortunate "guests" Dolce Vida, Britt Brutality, Mona Real, and Solana Solstice.
- Twelve Gays of Christmas
Malone Wolfe, Mr. Gay Seattle 43, will host a holiday-themed drag king show. Bring a donation for Mary's Place or Lambert House to pay the cheaper admission.
- U Up? Live
Jordana Abraham and Jared Freid will talk dating misadventures, promising to "give dating app makeovers, interpret your confusing text messages, and delve into some awkward sexual encounters." WINTER HOLIDAYS
- The Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition
Dozens of caroling teams will once again gather downtown to sing holiday ditties in support of the Pike Market Senior Center & Food Bank, which offers free meals, free groceries, one-on-one counseling, and other services to low-income and homeless people in Seattle. The top caroling teams will compete in a very festive "sing-off" on the Figgy Pudding main stage at the end of the night.
- Pictures with Santa at the Cuff
Leather-loving patrons (21+) can sit on Santa Paul or Mrs. Santa Shawna's lap and tell them all their material desires. Proceeds will benefit Entre Hermanos.
- Carmen Lynch
Carmen Lynch has been featured on Colbert's and Letterman's Late Nights and sold out her shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Fest. MUSIC
- 18th Annual All-Star Porn Jam
There isn't any actual porn at this event, but the evening does promise to be "more fun than a tequila-fueled tractor pull" and to provide plenty of thrilling tunes performed by Seattle rockers. All proceeds benefit NW Harvest and PAWS. PERFORMANCE
- New Moves Concert 2019
Cornish dance students will perform new works in this annual show.
- SMOC Presents: Suor Angelica
Seattle Modern Opera Company's adaptation of Puccini's Suor Angelica tells the story (in English) of a sensitive teenager whose spiritual and social strength are put to the test over the course of a single day in her senior year at a Catholic boarding school. VISUAL ART
- Balancing Act: Urbanism and Emerging Technologies
This exhibition by Boston design firm CBT explores the effects of pervasive technology on urban life, speculating on the future of cities and new tech.
Opening Saturday WINTER HOLIDAYS
- Krampusnacht 2019
In old Germanic tradition, Santa Claus has a demon companion named Krampus who punishes children for wickedness (rather than, say, giving gifts and eating cookies). In honor of the wicked holiday, brave three haunted attractions, see a Krampus morality play, take pictures with the hellhound himself, and decompress in a beer garden.
- The Best Burlesque Pageant Ever
In a continuation of a Seattle burlesque tradition, Stella D'Letto, Lady Drew Blood, and other sexy mischief-makers crash an innocent Christmas pageant and cause much shock, horror, and arousal.
- The Flight Before Xmas
Maggie Lee's The Flight Before Xmas (directed by Amy Poisson for Macha Theatreworks) is a sweetly comedic holiday show about a group of strangers in an airport connecting with each other as their flights become more and more delayed.
Nunsense is a musical by Dan Goggin that's based on a line of greeting cards. This holiday sequel of the original musical has the wacky nuns filming a Christmas public access special in their basement.
- Three Sisters
In the words of former Stranger critic Brendan Kiley: "If Our Town gently probes at the sweetness and sadness of life, Chekhov's Three Sisters is a cleaver of doom." The titular trio pine for their former life in Moscow as they languish in the provinces; money problems and misplaced affections cause things to deteriorate further. Faculty member Jeffrey Fracé will direct UW's purposefully bare-bones production.
- William Shakespeare's 'Othello'
The Fern Shakespeare Company will stage the heart-rending tragedy of the Moor of Venice, a man ruined by the machinations and manipulations of an evil, jealous companion. Amee Vyas will direct. VISUAL ART
- Bainbridge Island Winter Tour
Shop artwork from 56 locals displaying works in eight locations, including studios and community halls, for the 36th annual winter art tour on the island.
- Jesse Garnett White: Beware the Dangers of Almost the Same
Trip out on Garnett White's humorous retro collages.
- Seattle Sampling Artists' Studio Tour
Pick up gifts for your loved ones from local artists in their own studios during this self-guided tour. WINTER HOLIDAYS
- Fremont Festivus 2019
Enjoy a weekend of non-denominational holiday events in Fremont, including the Lenin Lighting (Fri), the Roamin' Holiday Bazaar (Sat-Sun), and the Fremont Music Festival (Sat).
- Snow Day SLU
Denny Park's winter light display will provide a magical, twinkly respite with a light display, food trucks, a beer garden, live entertainment, and a winter market. Check out the Grand Opening Party for some extra fun.
SATURDAYFOOD & DRINK
- Ballard Yard Bar Grand Opening
The Downtown Dog Lounge is opening a bar in their backyard so that humans can have just as much fun as their pooches. Celebrate by dressing yourself and your four-legged companion in holiday sweaters and enjoying beer, wine, apple cider, and giveaways.
- First Anniversary Krampus Fest and Bottle Release
Help Future Primitive Brewing celebrate their first year around the sun by enjoying a special bottle release of their barrel-aged barley wine. Plus, in light of the holiday season, kids can cozy up to Krampus—the anthropomorphic figure who is different from Santa Claus in every way—and guests can win prizes in a holiday costume contest.
- Ravenna Brewing Chili Cookoff
Local restaurants Lecosho, Arriba Cantina, Latona Pub, and SoSo Good New Mexican will face off to see who can concoct the best chili. You can vote on your favorite as you enjoy beer from Ravenna Brewing Co. Plus, bring a non-perishable food item to donate to a canned food drive for the University District Food Bank for a raffle ticket and a chance to win a $25 gift card.
- Socialist Bake Off: A Queer and Feminist Wintry Bonanza
Talk queer and feminist issues and revolutionary Indigenous history while tucking into a freshly baked treat at this bake-off hosted by the Seattle Democratic Socialists of America. You can enter your own creation in the contest or just show up to be a judge.
- Sour Beer Day
Try a new batch of pucker-forming brews from Lucky Envelope (including barrel-aged options). The food truck Chicago West will sling Chicago-style street nosh.
- Ugly Sweater Pub Crawl
Make your way to the "12 bars of Christmas," which will be doling out drink specials and prizes over the course of 14 hours. Be sure to wear your ugliest holiday sweater so you fit in with the crowd. MUSIC
- Artist's Choice: Laser Justice
For the month of December, the Pacific Science Center's resident laser artists will get to choose which musical artist they want to cue up and synchronize to beams of light. To kick things off, enjoy songs off of Justice's electro-rock debut, Cross.
- Emporium Presents: Zepparella
Powerhouse drummer Clementine brings her Motown influence to her Led Zeppelin cover group Zepparella.
- Now Make We Mirthë
The Medieval Women's Choir will stop in Seattle on their world tour to bring you the most classic of yuletide carols.
- SIN: The Fourth Annual Angels & Demons Ball
This holiday edition of SIN, Kremwerk's fetish night, invites you to get creative for a demon/angel costume party with brand-new goth cuts to dance to from DJs Shane Aungst and Jasyn Bangert.
- Social Queer Winter PJ Darty!
Slip into your comfiest loungewear and dance to tunes from DJ Ricki Leigh at this fundraiser for YouthCare. For admission, you can either bring $20 or a box of underwear from TomboyX, who are offering a discount for this occasion specifically.
- Sparkle Orchestra Crashes Mega MAGA March
As the far-right group the Colored Conservatives (formerly known as Operation Cold Front) hold a pro-Trump rally in Westlake Park, Seattle's (anti-Trump) Sparkle Orchestra will invite you to playfully disrupt the bigotry by playing an instrument of your choosing—be it a trumpet or a combination of cooking utensils—to drown out the noise. Bring new or gently used warm clothes to donate to those in need. PERFORMANCE
- Brazilian Connection: Let's Be United by the Breeze & Diversity of Belém do Pará
Describing herself as "part hype-woman, part sambista, part dance ethnologist," Dora Oliveira will perform dances inspired by her native Brazil with special musical guests from Africa.
- Theater Anonymous Presents 'It's A Wonderful Life'
Theater Anonymous's yearly performance of It's a Wonderful Life is slightly different from Frank Capra's 1946 holiday classic. In this version, the cast members (who have never met each other) will pop up out of the audience and start reciting lines. Don't be surprised if your best friend turns out to be George Bailey. READINGS & TALKS
- Frida Clements: The Snuggle is Real
Taste seasonal confections from Seattle Chocolates' holiday line and meet Frida Clements, author and illustrator of the Scandinavian-inspired book The Snuggle Is Real. RESISTANCE & SOLIDARITY
- WTO Protests 20th Anniversary with Joseph Stiglitz
The Washington Fair Trade Coalition will lead workshops on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the 1999 Seattle World Trade Organization protests. Learn about the effect of trade policy on important issues like labor, the environment, health, indigenous rights, and more, then hear from Nobel Prize-winner Joseph Stiglitz, an expert on globalization.
The Washington Fair Trade Coalition will commemorate the 20th anniversary of Seattle's World Trade Organization protests with mini-talks on the environment, trade policy and labor issues, food sovereignty, and more.
- WTO+20 Rally
Join the Washington Fair Trade Coalition and others for a rally on the 20th anniversary of the World Trade Organization protests. SHOPPING
- Crystal Mineral Rock Show: Soft Opening of Crystallography
Pick up crystal, stone, and mineral gifts for your intention-setting loved ones for 10% off for the soft opening of Crystallography's brick-and-mortar.
- Intruder Back Issue Blowout!
Snag back issues of Seattle's now-defunct Intruder Comics Newspaper and meet some former contributing artists at this one-night sale.
- POOPU Holiday Market
Hunt for unique artsy wares at the POOPU (Properly Organized and Orderly Pop-Up), including glassware by Asp & Hand, jewelry by Cosmic Twin, books and apparel by Julia K, ceramics by Shannon Hobbs, and much more.
- Punk Rock Flea Market Holidaze Edition
Your favorite underground shopping experience will feature over 80 vendors hawking clothes, arts and crafts, food items, bikes, droids, skateboards, and everything else you can think of to satisfy the eclectic interests of the weirdos in your life. SPORTS & RECREATION
- The Electric Cookie Run
Don your merriest holiday sweater (bonus points if it lights up) and run around Green Lake in pursuit of cookies from Seattle bakeries, which will be patiently awaiting your arrival at the finish line.
- Get Up and Go 5K Pajama Fun Run
Roll out of bed and run a 5K in your PJs to benefit the Sheridan Guild. You may even spot Santa and get your hands on a cup of hot chocolate.
- May The Course Be With You 5k
Bust out your lightsabers and run around Green Lake in your best Star Wars look in anticipation of the final movie. VISUAL ART
- Comics Memoir 101
Learn how to turn memories into comix in this workshop conducted by Mita Mahato, courtesy of Short Run.
- Jingle & Mingle with Janis Miltenberger
Glass artist Janis Miltenberger will make holiday ornaments in front of your very eyes. You can even make your own. WINTER HOLIDAYS
- Christmas Regale
Celebrate Christmas the old-fashioned way by welcoming in the yule log with toasts and carols. There will also be games, ornament-crafting, story-telling, traditional dancing, and photo ops with Father Christmas.
- Filson Santa
A particularly outdoorsy Santa will swing by Filson to take photos with kids and families. Enjoy drinking chocolate, hot cider, and complimentary gift wrapping while you wait.
- Photos with Bad Santa
An unruly Santa Claus and his mischievous elves will snap a photo with you (so long as you're wearing your ugliest ugly sweater).
- Disney/Harry Potter/Marvel/Star Wars/Anime Event
Emulate your favorite character from Disney, Harry Potter, Marvel, Star Wars, or anime at this free cosplay event. There will also be an artist alley, Butterbeer, and special exhibits.
- Hello Kitty Friends Around The World Tour
Explore London, Paris, New York, Honolulu, and Tokyo through the eyes of everyone's favorite Sanrio character, Hello Kitty, by traveling to five interactive rooms with your 'passport' in tow. You'll pick up plenty of treats and souvenirs along the way. SHOPPING
- 39th Annual Winter Festival & Crafts Fair
Scoop up one-of-a-kind gifts for your loved ones from over 120 makers (including locally made wreaths), see dance traditions from around the world, and sip mulled wine and other hot drinks. Don't forget to bring canned food donations for FamilyWorks Food Resource Center. VISUAL ART
- Viva: Vashon Island Visual Artists Studio Tour
Visit 45 studios housing the work of 112 artists as you wander over the island. WINTER HOLIDAYS
- Candy Cane Lane Holiday Lights Festival
1920s-era Tudor homes in Ravenna have been boasting impressive light displays every holiday season since 1949. Stroll along Northeast Park Road taking in Nutcracker-themed havens complete with sleighs, reindeer, sugar plum fairies, and blow-up candy canes galore.
- MxniFEST - Car Repair Fundraiser
Help a local community member fund his car repairs at this "party, kickback, show, open mic, writing circle, workshop, performance, and whatever else you want to make it." With a movement workshop from Moonyeka and live sets from DJ Phenohype and Nic Masangkay, you can either show up to enjoy the programming or showcase your talent, whatever it may be. FOOD & DRINK
- Cookie Crawl 2019!
Pick up a cookie tin and make your way to participating shops to fill it with baked goods. It'll make the perfect gift for someone you love, or the perfect snack for you.
- The Perfumer & The Barman - A Sensory Journey Through Taste & Smell
Tap into both your olfactory and gustatory senses at this event hosted by perfumer Molly Ray and mixologist Chase Cornell, where you can design your own custom fragrance, then enjoy custom cocktails and food pairings created specifically to complement your new scent.
- Pop-Up: Lady Grey Seattle Cakes
Grab a sweet slice (like the buttermilk cake with maple buttercream and blueberry cinnamon compote) from the Lady Grey ladies themselves, Alia and Becca, while you shop for cookbooks.
- Princess Tea Party!
Don a flouncy gown and sparkly tiara for this proper tea party to celebrate the release of geek-themed tea shop Friday Afternoon's new princess tea collection. As you nibble on dainty cookies and sip the new offerings with your pinkies out, you'll get to mingle with Belle, Snow White, Ariel, Mulan, Cinderella, and Jasmine. MUSIC
- Seattle Men's Chorus: 'Tis The Season
In a landmark holiday event, the Seattle Men's Chorus will perform dazzling tracks of the season, like their own revamped takes on "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree," "Festival Gloria," "Here We Come A-Caroling," and many more. PARTIES & NIGHTLIFE
- HER Seattle: An L Word Night
Embrace your inner Shane, Bette, or Tina and party red carpet style in celebration of the upcoming reboot of Showtime's beloved lesbian drama series The L Word. PERFORMANCE
- The Clairvoyants Christmas
Christmas goes mental...ist with the world champion illusionists the Clairvoyants, finalists from America's Got Talent.
- GreenStage Monthly Shakespeare Reading
Join GreenStage for an informal bar reading of the Shakespeare play All's Well That Ends Well.
- Son of a Brunch: Lifelong Holiday Show
Spend Sunday taking photos with sexy Santa, chowing down on fried chicken, sipping brunch cocktails, and enjoying festive performances from local drag queens Kaleena Markos, Stacey Starstruck, Kitty Glitter, and Siren. READINGS & TALKS
- @rlysrslit presents: Poetry & Pizza
Fill up on New York- or Chicago-style pizza while you hear readings from local poets Rachel Delmar, Jalayna Carter, Chris Gusta, and Joshua Robert Long.
- Futures: Trends in Science and Technology and their Implications for Art and Performance
How do current trends in science and technology and art and performance collide? In this one-day series of lectures and discussions, you'll learn about specific areas of study and how they influence creative work.
- Laureen Nussbaum: Shedding Our Stars
Holocaust survivor and author Laureen Nussbaum will read from her memoir.
- Never Again is Now: China’s Uyghur Muslim Community
China's Uyghur Muslims, who make up less than one percent of China's population and largely reside in the region of Xinjiang, have long been persecuted by the leaders of their otherwise hegemonic country. A recent data leak revealed that so-called voluntary education and training programs for the minority group are more like prisons. UW anthropologist Darren Byler will share his research on the camps and will welcome local Uyghur descendants to talk about the oppression their relatives are facing.
- SAL Youth Poet Laureate & Writers in the Schools Annual Group Reading
Seattle Arts & Lectures' Writers in the Schools program invites you to hear original work from their 2019-2020 Youth Poet Laureate cohort.
- Story Party Seattle: True Dating Stories
If you're feeling down about your dating life, indulge in some harmless schadenfreude by hearing some wild tales from professional storytellers and brave audience members. SHOPPING
- We Are Witchy Presents: The Basement Bazaar
Browse handmade gifts from local makers, dance, snap pics with Santa, and inhale cheesy slices in the basement of the New Jersey-inspired pizzeria Dino's Tomato Pie. SPORTS & RECREATION
- 35th Annual Jingle Bell Run Seattle 12k/5k
Jingle-jangle your way through downtown Seattle at whatever pace works for you, knowing that proceeds will benefit those living with arthritis. Be sure to stop by the Elf Village Kids Area or the Holiday Cheer Garden. WINTER HOLIDAYS
- Hanukkah Community Concert + Celebration
Hanukkah is still a few weeks away, but you can celebrate early with games, crafts, latkes, and live music from West Coast musicians Elana Jagoda and Chava Mirel.