The adorable Pioneer Square Howlidays event on Saturday will feature free entertainment, activities, and treats for dogs and people, including a doggy costume contest. Occidental Square / Facebook

Panicking because you haven't yet made plans for the weekend and you're short on cash? Don't worry—below, find all of your options for last-minute entertainment that won't cost more than $10. You already know about all the holiday pop-up markets and gift bazaars, but there are plenty of other great things happening, ranging from the Seattle Humane Grand Opening to CookieFest, and from the Green Lake Pathway of Lights to Fantagraphics' 11th Anniversary. For even more options, check out our complete Things To Do calendar.

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FRIDAY

ART

1. 106 Studios Holiday Open House and Donation Drive
Join Project-106 Artist Studios and METHOD Gallery for a day of holiday cheer and local shopping at this open house. The event doubles as a donation drive benefitting Facing Homelessness.
(Pioneer Square, free)

2. Art Up PhinneyWood
Walk around charming Greenwood/Phinney (just north of the zoo) and take in art from dozens of venues, from galleries to restaurants to bookshops, including Couth Buzzard Books, Naked City Brewery, and the Phinney Center Gallery. Tonight, check out PhinneyWood Phestivus, featuring a free trolley ride along Phinney and Greenwood to see the lighted monkeys that have "escaped" to local businesses, and the opening of Mckayla Sewnsew's exhibit at Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co.
(Pioneer Square, free)

3. Belltown Art Walk
On second Fridays, wander around Belltown and check out their hyperlocal art scene amidst the waves of drinkers and clubbers. Convene at the Belltown Community Center to pick up a map (and maybe some snacks/goodies), then head out to explore nearby galleries while taking advantage of all the artists' exhibitions (and provided refreshments).
(Belltown, free)

COMMUNITY

4. All Hands On Deck
Join the skate shop to kick off their annual fundraising campaign that helps make skateboarding programs more accessible for kids in Seattle, Portland, and the Bay Area. There'll be free pizza, a screening of the new Brosquad video from the Skate Witches, and art on display.
(Capitol Hill, free)

5. Sublime Locations: The Emotionality and Sensuality of "Place"
In this workshop led by Natalie Diaz and Celeste Adame, students will use the poetry of indigenous peoples as a lens to "find new relationships of language, image, feeling, and connection to their places."
(First Hill, free)

FOOD & DRINK

6. Capitol Hill Series Release: Bete Blanche
The release of Bete Blanche (a Belgian-style Tripel that Elysian describes as "extremely drinkable, blonde and somewhat treacherous") will feature a ceremonial tapping, a toast from Capitol Hill Lead Brewer, Hiawatha Rhyans, and a live performance from Smokey Brights.
(Capitol Hill, free)

7. Swinging with the Soda Jerks Party
Grab your vintage cardigans and circle skirts for this throwback to the golden era of soda fountains. There'll be swing dancing, performances by Sister Kate Dance Company, a costume contest, and retro, umbrella-topped ice cream cocktails (like a phosphate soda float with guava sorbet, St-Germain, and pineapple) perfect for sipping with someone else through two straws.
(Downtown, free)

HOLIDAYS

8. Forum & Friends Holiday Party
Frolic inside one of the coolest art house cinemas in the Northwest with the Film Forum crowd. Mingle with artsy folks and film nerds as they break out the eggnog and watch performances and media. Unique local DJs/inveterate global crate-diggers Emmanuelle and Retina Burn will provide the tunes.
(Capitol Hill, free)

9. Rainier & Tito's Ugly Sweater Party
We know you've got an ugly sweater or two waiting to be showcased in a public space. Throw it on and head to Merchant's holiday party for the chance to win cool gear and drink $4 Rainier Jubilee cans, $6 Tito's Tangerine Red Bull touchdowns, and $10 Tito's Holiday draft cocktails.
(Pioneer Square, free)

10. Ugly Sweater Party
Dress yourself and your dog in an ugly sweater to enter the "best dressed" contest, eat treats from the Seattle Barkery food truck, and bring donations (clothing, bedding, toys, reflective jackets, and non-perishable food) for the dog drive.
(Lake City, $8)

MUSIC

11. AzuQar
AzuQar, a monthly queer Latinx dance night, is having their last party of the year. Dance to Latin pop tunes from DJ Lady (aka Jane Mancilla) and "southern American dance trends" from DJ Berto.
(Downtown, $10)

12. Birch Pereira and the Gin Joints
Old timey country/rock and roll band Birch Pereira and the Gin Joints will fill the Fireside Room with lilting twang.
(First Hill, free)

13. Bobby's Oar, Junebugs, Itemfinder
Singer-songwriter Greg Hughes is the main man behind Bobby's Oar, and will be showcasing his new work along with sets by Junebugs and Itemfinder.
(Georgetown, $5)

14. Bootie Seattle: Holiday Party!
Seattle's only all-mashup dance party throws down for an all-out holiday battle by paying tribute to two pop princesses: Nicki Minaj and Lady Gaga. Prep thyself for all the '00s club bangers and '10s Top40 hits you could possibly handle, with the first 100 people in Santa hats getting free Bootie CD compilations.
(Capitol Hill, $5/$10)

15. Cascadia Croons Fundraiser and Open Mic
Join Seattle CascadiaNow! for a fundraiser, open mic, and singing competition to raise money for the organization. Every vote is $1.
(University District, free)

16. DoNormaal, Fabulous Downey Brothers, Masculinity Crisis
Exceptionally prolific hiphop artist DoNormaal will headline this show of eclectic local talents, including the Fabulous Downey Brothers and Masculinity Crisis.
(Central District, $7-$15)

17. The Future is Femme
Hear electronic music from Raica, neo-industrial from Webdriver Torso, and "grudge punk" from Madame Damnable, plus special DJ sets from DJs Kate (False Prophet) and Mike Steve.
(Eastlake, $8)

18. Golden Idols, Duckbill Radypuss
Seattle four-piece indie rockers Golden Idols will be joined by Duckbill Radypuss and to-be-announced special guests.
(Pioneer Square, $8)

19. Hexengeist, Pinned Red, The Glaring, Snaketopus
Local thrash lords Hexengeist will take over the backlot for a loud and rowdy night with support from Pinned Red, The Glaring, and Snaketopus.
(Georgetown, $8)

20. Heylo Sessions: Alex Bonesteel
See a live performance by electric violinist Alex Bonesteel, a live painting by Vela Cannabis, and a terpene demonstration by True Terpenes. While you watch the spectacles, enjoy a cider tasting from Happy Apple.
(Sodo, $10)

21. HOTT MT, Mirrorgloss, Seaside Tryst, Terror/Cactus
Hour Of The Time Majesty Twelve is an experimental pop group based in LA. Since their formation in 2012, the group has collaborated with the Flaming Lips, Ariel Pink, Erykah Badu, and Ke$ha, and a few other super obscure acts (wink wink). Hear what they're all about at this live show with support from Mirrorgloss, Seaside Tryst, and Terror/Cactus.
(Eastlake, $8)

22. Jason Webley, Hot Damn Scandal
Local artist Jason Webley combines folk, experimental, and alternative styles in his music. He'll be joined by Hot Damn Scandal.
(Ballard, $8)

23. Jaspar Lepak
Folk/Americana singer/songwriter Jaspar Lepak will perform at this edition of Coffee House Concert.
(Greenwood, $10)

24. The Kingdom Boogie Band, Ezza Rose Band, Dumb Thumbs
Hear local rock and roll from the Kingdom Boogie Band, Ezza Rose Band, and Dumb Thumbs.
(University District, $8)

25. Max Holmberg with Tony Foster
Percussionist and music educator Max Holmberg will perform an evening set with pianist and composer Tony Foster.
(First Hill, free)

26. Midnight Empties Holiday Bash
The Midnight Empties (made up mostly of "Ballard dads") will play a holiday show to benefit Tall Elks/WA State Elks Children's Therapy.
(Ballard, $10)

27. Psychetronic with DJ Pure Noise
Kirk Calvo and DJ Pure Noise are the brains behind PSYCHETRONIC, a gay dance experience that features "house, techno, and tribal rhythms to take you on a trippy, dark, and intense journey on the dance floor."
(Capitol Hill, $7/$10)

28. Songs of a Workin' Man
Mosey on down to a live performance by country singer Mike Giacolino to hear "High West Honky Tonk" while you sip a Provisions Long Root Ale. KEXP DJ Greg Vandy will spin a special set for the occasion.
(Ballard, free)

29. Stres, Cory J Brewer, e.ravenscraft
Stres—Seattle musician Sasha Bolof—has a new Erik Blood–produced EP, Old Lives, that will morosely charm the trousers off you, and then make cutoffs out of them. This is good, moody one-man-band action, its yearning melodies pointed downward for teasing out more Novocained poignancy. DAVE SEGAL
(Capitol Hill, $8/$10)

30. Sundressed, Nominee, The Home Team
Emotional indie punk troupe Sundressed will headline with support from Nominee and The Home Team at this pit stop on their West Coast winter tour.
(Eastlake, $10/$12)

31. TessaRosa
TessaRosa play "Latin jazz with an R&B twist," adding in touches of swing and bossanova for a party feel at this free evening set.
(Bellevue, free)

32. The Tripwires, Head, The Razzle Dazzle Gang, Sir Coyler & His Asthmatic Band
The Tripwires, Head, the Razzle Dazzle Gang, and Sir Coyler & His Asthmatic Band will perform for what's sure to be a "top to bottom smash."
(Shoreline, $8)

33. Young Go Hards, Decent Criminal, SelfCare, Heck Yes
Young Go Hards are, in their words, "a bunch of dudes going really hard," which is fitting since they're ready to go hard one more time just for you, with support from Decent Criminal, SelfCare, and Heck Yes.
(University District, $7)

PERFORMANCE

34. In Between
This musical performance explores "how each of us reaches adulthood in our own unique ways," drawing from the music of popular shows like Spring Awakening and Edges.
(University District, $10)

35. The Panel Jumper Live: Chapter V
The multimedia Panel Jumper series takes you deep into the art of comic books and graphic novels. To honor the art form, actors will stage Bret Fetzer and Juliet Waller Pruzan's short play Stop, Thief!, and there will be a screening of the Panel Jumper web series, dealing this time with 1950s paranoia about "corruption of the innocent" by comics. Plus, Aaron J. Shay will play music, Sally Savant will dance titillatingly, a "superhero epic" will be told, Kazu Kibuishi (author of Amulet) will speak, and more.
(Fremont, $10)

36. Thriftease: A Found Fashion Show & Strip Auction
A wise twink once described Mona Real as "what would happen if Divine walked into Fremont Vintage and came out with the whole store." There are few queens who serve thrift-shop fantasy like Mona Real, and Thriftease is Seattle's chance to finger around her closet (and take home the goods). Queer go-go queens and dive-bar divas will model vintage finds, curated by Real, and the audience will bid on the items—everything beginning at an affordable $1. Winning bids help the models strip down to their panties, so prepare for butts. CHASE BURNS
(Downtown, $8/$10)

QUEER

37. Bi-Bar December
Bi people invade a local bar to socialize and boost visibility. Look for the "bi-colored" glow sticks and feel free to bring friends and allies.
(Capitol Hill, free)

READINGS & TALKS

38. Alex Marshall: A War of Crimson Embers
Alex Marshall (real name Jesse Bullington) finishes up his Crimson Empire trilogy with A War of Crimson Embers, in which a disgraced queen tries to rally her forces to retake her kingdom.
(University District, free)

39. Rachel Rose: The Dog Lover Unit
Rachel Rose, poet laureate of Vancouver, will present her book The Dog Lover Unit: Lessons in Courage from the World's K9 Cops, in conversation with Elee Kraljii Gardiner.
(Capitol Hill, free)

40. Spencer Ellsworth: Starfire: Shadow Sun Seven
Shadow Sun Seven continues Spencer Ellsworth's Starfire trilogy, an action-packed "space opera" in which "the oppressed half-Jorian crosses have risen up to supplant humanity."
(Lake Forest Park, free)

WEED

41. Sex and Cannabis
The reports from vagina-possessors on so-called "weed lube"—not actually strictly lube, but a topical erotic enhancer—have been stellar. Now dominatrix Mistress Matisse will host a (verbal) introduction to the water-soluble cannabis "lube" by Velvet Swing. Meet the women behind this sensual treat.
(Sodo, free)

FRIDAY-SATURDAY

ART

42. Garrett Fisher and Tori Ellison: Mikawa
This sound and sculpture installation is inspired by the epic Japanese poem (or series of poems) Tales of Ise, and will explore "longing, beauty, and the ephemeral."
(University District, free)
Closing Saturday

43. Robin Walker: Anti Self-Help
Robin Walker blends traditional and digital media to reflect on "Western society's strive for perfection."
(Pioneer Square, free)
Opens Friday

MUSIC

44. Dickens Carolers
The Dickens Carolers of Seattle make the Hotel Sorrento's Fireside Room even cozier with a holiday serenade.
(First Hill, free)

PERFORMANCE

45. Building the Wall
With this production of Pulitzer Prize-winning and Tony Award-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan’s Building the Wall, the theater world has officially moved on from indirect criticisms of the worst president in the history of the US to direct criticism of the worst president in the history of the US. In the play, which Schenkkan reportedly wrote in a “white heat” after the 2016 election, ICE rounds up immigrants following a terrorist attack in Times Square. As everyone waits to hear what will be done with the incarcerated, a history professor grills the supervisor of the private prison, who is in charge of administering the horrifying punishment they expect to come down the pike. Desdemona Chiang, who’s fresh off a pretty solid production of The World of Extreme Happiness at Seattle Public Theater, will direct. RICH SMITH
(Capitol Hill, pay what you wish)

READINGS & TALKS

46. Tara Hardy: Why Should Just the Pretty Survive?
Tara Hardy will revive her meditation on her own illness and mortality, the Washington State Book Award-winning My, My, My, My, My, for the stage as a one-woman show called Why Should Just the Pretty Survive? But she won't be lonely up there: Each night, she'll be joined by prominent local artists, including Elissa Ball, Ebo Barton, Jourdan Imani Keith, Nikki Agee, billie rain, and Tobi Hill Meyer.
(Capitol Hill, $10)

FRIDAY-SUNDAY

ART

47. E.T. Russian
Artist E.T. Russian will show evocative, ghostly sculptures and drawings based on the "allure of crumbling things."
(Capitol Hill, free)
Closing Sunday

48. impAct
impAct artist collective's group exhibition will address mental health, climate change, domestic violence, police conflict, and other important issues of our time.
(Redmond, free)
Opening Friday

49. Michael Dickter
Michael Dickter's new show ARTOLOGY features nature-inspired mixed-media paintings.
(Sodo, free)
Closing Sunday

50. Nicole Trimmer and Kristen Winn
For this month's exhibit, see work from local artists Nicole Trimmer and Kristen Winn. From Trimmer, see street-style pop art combined with nature imagery that "[displays] what lies beneath the surface with animals and plants." From Winn, see quirky characters depicted in watercolor paintings.
(Capitol Hill, free)
Closing Sunday

51. Talisman & Entelechy
This show at Seattle's most occult art gallery includes prints, art books, and "paper vestments" by press owners William Kiesel (Ouroboros Press) and Catherine Alice Michaelis (May Day Press). In their joint exhibition, the two friends and former colleagues celebrate their "parallel journeys integrating the left and right hand paths."
(Pioneer Square, free)
Opens Friday

52. Tech Support
How can Seattle artists appeal to the affluent newcomers in the tech sector? This is a question I see a lot of artists and gallerists posing lately, and it seems to be an anxiety underlying Tech Support, a group exhibition curated by Colleen RJC Bratton aimed at bridging the gap between Seattle's art and tech scenes. Formatted like a quasi-store that sells tech-based art objects, Tech Support features an outstanding roster of artists including Dakota Gearhart, Jason Hirata, Sol Hashimi, Francisco Guerrero, and Ellen Jing Xu. A community discussion facilitated by Bratton and Minh Nguyen on December 9 will explore how art and tech communities can better support each other. EMILY POTHAST
(Pioneer Square, free)
Community discussion on Saturday

GEEK & GAMING

53. Diagon Alley
With the help of his wife and two daughters, Seattle's Jon Chambers has been hard at work constructing a walk-through replica of Diagon Alley, the cobblestoned wizarding hub that snakes behind the Leaky Cauldron pub in Harry Potter, and finished it just in time for Halloween. In an interview with GeekWire, Chambers said: "I was born the day before Halloween, and October is like my power month. So I decided to quit my job and focus on this crazy thing." Stop by the Ballard home to see the magic for yourself.
(Ballard, donation)

HOLIDAYS

54. Bellevue Nativity
See free concerts by local artists like Tillicum Choir, father-daughter vocalist duo Claire & Crosbys, Celtic harpist Rachel Hamilton, and many others at this holiday music series. The festival also offers creche displays, Christ displays, live nativity, children's activities, and more.
(Bellevue, free)

55. Candy Cane Lane
A local holiday tradition since 1949, a row of 1920s-era Tudor homes in Ravenna are lit up like life-sized gingerbread houses. Sleighs, reindeer, blow up candy canes, and more await your wondrous stares.
(University District, free)

56. Garden d’Lights
Garden d’Lights features over half a million sparkling lights formed into the whimsical shapes of plants, flowers, birds, animals, and cascading waterfalls set amid the natural beauty of the Bellevue Botanical Garden.
(Bellevue, $5)

57. Gingerbread Village
This gingerbread village is no joke: Every year, Seattle architecture firms, master builders, and Sheraton Seattle culinary teams come together to build a meticulously planned candy wonderland. The theme of this year's village is "25 Years of Cheer: A Celebration of Seattle." See elements of the city's past and its imagined future in candy form, from skyscrapers to underground tunnels.
(Downtown, free)

58. Holiday Express Train
Stop by the conservatory's Seasonal House to see a model train swooshing around Santa's chair in a wintery village display.
(Capitol Hill, free)

59. Ivar's Clam Lights
Every night, Ivar's powers up the park with thousands of Christmas lights depicting various clammy characters. Is this where clams go to heaven after you eat them at Ivar's?
(Renton, free)

60. Redmond Winter Wonderland
Myriad holiday activities await you on the Eastside at Redmond Town Center's holiday extravaganza. Support Hopelink by hopping on the Hyatt House carousel, ride the holiday train, twirl around in a synthetic skating rink, visit Santa in his workshop, and more.
(Redmond, free admission)

61. Reindeer Festival
The nursery will be disguised as a winter wonderland this season for families to enjoy. Do some holiday shopping, pick up a Christmas tree, visit the model train village, hang out with Santa's reindeer, and more.
(Crown Hill, free admission)

62. Snowflake Lane
Get photos with Santa, then experience beautiful lights, "toy soldier drummers," animatronic characters, and pretty music in artificial snow at 7 pm every night.
(Bellevue, free admission)

63. Teddy Bear Suite
Visit a room full of holiday teddy bears at the Fairmont's annual winter display. All donations benefit the Seattle Children's Hospital.
(Downtown, by donation)

64. Westlake Holiday Carousel
Westlake Park's holiday carousel features 18 horses, a double chariot, and hundreds of twinkling (energy-efficient) lights. As always, proceeds from the carousel will benefit Treehouse.
(Downtown, $3 suggested donation)

65. WildLights
See the zoo in a new light—500,000 energy-efficient LEDs, in fact! See luminous animal-themed designs, have an indoor snowball fight, meet Santa and his very real reindeer and some nocturnal animals, listen to carolers, and enjoy the holiday beer garden.
(Phinney, $9.95)

66. Winterfest
Take a break from the stressful elements of the holiday season and head to Seattle Center for five weeks of festive fun. Go ice skating, visit the winter train village, see professional ice sculptures, watch performances, and more.
(Seattle Center, free)

SATURDAY

ART

67. Ballard Art Walk
For more than 20 years, the Ballard ArtWalk has encouraged community members to discover work of local makers in the area while enjoying food, music, and more. This week, check out Corinna Luyken's showcase of work by children's book illustrators at Secret Garden Books.
(Ballard, free)

68. Gala Bent and Justin Gibbens
Gala Bent's paintings and objects combine organic shapes, cell-like structures, geometric planes, and gradients of earth colors. The Michigan-born artist's new show, Particle Playlist, should continue her dual fascination with biological sculptural detail and abstract geometry. Alongside her show, Justin Gibbens's Sea Change depicts figural, macroscopic fauna: His whales and dolphins seem realistic at first glance, but human iconography, symbol, and expression intrude upon their bodies. A sperm whale sports a cartoon of an angry fanged face on its snout; an orca flops on its back as if it's playing dead. Both float in a white, contextless void like illustrations in a science textbook. Gibbens, with sad wit, reveals marine mammals as we humans are transforming them.
(Queen Anne, free)
Opening Saturday

69. Georgetown Art Attack
Once a month, the art that resides in the tiny airport hamlet of Georgetown ATTACKS all passersby. In more literal terms, it's the day of art openings and street wonderment. In December, check out the opening of Jaime Hernandez and Charles Burns, Fantagraphics' 11th Anniversary, and Equinox Studios' Very Open House.
(Georgetown, free)

70. HUG: A henry solo show and book release party
Some artists aim for shock, estrangement, perturbation, alienation. Some just want you to feel loved. One of the latter is Ryan Henry Ward. You know him as Henry, and he's the muralist who has covered the walls of your city in walruses and ostriches and fish and wizards and Sasquatches. You've seen his doofily-expressioned, elastic-limbed creatures on the sides of schools, taverns, pot shops, coffee shops, bars, and private residences. No matter how familiar they become, their whimsicality is funnier and sweeter than it is cloying, and the rich yet muted colors blend in with the city's natural hues. Henry's solo show and launch of the book Mystic Thug Hug promises more of this affectionate Northwest fancy. Who doesn't want to see a beatific sloth cradling a baby or an owl hugging a human or, in fact, a human hugging a human?
(Ballard, free)

71. Hypomnemata
Have you ever thought about how weird things will be for the aliens or future civilizations tasked with unearthing artifacts from the early 21st century? When the internet is long gone, what will the material hints at its former ubiquity even look like? Hypomnemata is a group show that examines this question by means of various modes of inquiry. Featured artists Rindon Johnson, Ed Steck, Robert Joseph Sandler, Holly Melgard, Joey Yearous-Algozin, Somnath Bhatt, and Maya Martinez are poets, designers, dancers, and visual artists working at the intersection of digital culture and embodied experience. The results are, in the words of curator Barrett White, "remnants of a speculative archaeology, a future ruin." EMILY POTHAST
(Queen Anne, free)
Closing Saturday

72. Margie Livingston: Artel Performance
Six people will use Neddy-winning Margie Livingston's artist harness to drag a painting across campus.
(University District, free)

73. Support System
In the midst of the holiday season, when consumerism gets a shot of adrenaline as stores shell out deals, Mount Analogue strives to "offer a safe space to be, to find, to connect, and to support the local artists that make this world worth it." The book shop will paint the space a peaceful Yves Klein blue and host two pop-ups featuring Women.Weed.WiFi, Kim Selling of Drop Out City Vintage (and Stranger music calendar editor), EPICENE, Need Things, and Pilgrim Paper Co. In addition to shopping for goods, there will be sliding-scale oracle card readings by Lily Kay, sets by DJ T.Wan and DJ Bricks, and readings by Gabrielle Bates, Montreux Rotholtz, Philip Schaefer, and Jeff Whitney.
(Pioneer Square, free)

74. Upheaval and Unrest: Curatorial Talk with Krista Schoening
Learn about art, dissent, and protest with graduate curatorial assistant Krista Schoening as she guides you through the exhibit The Time, the Place.
(University District, $10)

COMMUNITY

75. Healing Revolution with Naa Akua, BBMagda, and Dani Tirell
Performer Naa Akua, queer femme witch BBMagda, and dancer Dani Tirell will lead a meditation and music workshop for healing and self-care.
(Central District, donations accepted)

76. Protecting Our Future: Non-Violent Direct Action Training
Washington State is home to several fossil fuel projects, including a Puyallup-Tacoma LNG terminal, an oil-by-rail terminal in Vancouver, and a coal mine in Black Diamond, among others. Attend a training session on civil disobedience and direct action to find out how you can help.
(Capitol Hill, free)

77. Seattle Humane Grand Opening
Help Seattle Humane warm up their new Bellevue shelter that will serve 10,000 orphaned pets every year. The grand opening party includes a ribbon cutting ceremony, live sets by KEXP DJs, scavenger hunt-style tours, a raffle, a preview of the shelter's dog playgroup program, clicker training demonstrations, crafts, food trucks, and more.
(Bellevue, free)

FILM

78. Second Saturday Cinema: Frozen
See a free screening of Disney's Frozen at this special holiday edition of Second Saturday Cinema.
(Greenwood, free)

FOOD & DRINK

79. CookieFest
A gooey yet crunchy array of freshly baked treats from the likes of Hello Robin, Dahlia Bakery, and the South Seattle College Pastry and Baking Arts Program await you at this annual pop-up bake sale that benefits the Seattle Milk Fund's Child Care Grant Program.
(Seattle Center, free admission)

80. Fremont Ugly Sweater Bar Party
Don your favorite repugnant pullover and bar-hop at nine participating watering holes in Fremont.
(Fremont, free)

81. Meet the Vegan Black Metal Chef
Meet YouTube culinary sensation the Vegan Black Metal Chef on his "West Coast Seitanic Spellbook Mini Tour," buy copies of his vegan spellbook, and have them signed. Hail seitan!
(University District, free)

82. Meet Tom Douglas at Barnes and Noble
Meet the renowned chef and restaurant owner in person. His four cookbooks will be available for sale.
(Bellevue, free)

83. Nacho Mama's Tamales Grand Opening Night
Nacho Mama's homestyle tamales with a twist make their debut in Seamonster Lounge's space, set to the sounds of live Latin jazz and funk/soul.
(Wallingford, free admission)

GEEK & GAMING

84. Board Games and Booze
Do you take your drink of choice with a side of Dungeons & Dragons or Settlers of Catan? Join fellow board game enthusiasts for a night of games and booze.
(Capitol Hill, free)

HOLIDAYS

85. Burdick Holiday Party
This all ages party promises live music from Dynamite Nugget and Lady Bugs, an oyster bar by Tinker Oyster Co. and Sonoran Hotdogs by Bocado Seattle, and drinks from Burdick Brewery, Left Bank Wines, and Resistencia Coffee. Revel in the plentiful refreshments and holiday cheer.
(South Park, free)

86. Columbia City Pole Lighting
Join Father Solstice for the annual Columbia City Pole Lighting, where you can sing along to "Oh Christmas Pole" with the Columbia City Chorus, hear performances by Orca singers and a violin duet, and enjoy free cookies from the Columbia City Bakery and hot chocolate from Tutta Bella.
(Columbia City, free)

87. Free Holiday Cheer
Photos with Santa, crafting, holiday music, and festive treats are just a few things to expect at this annual family holiday party. Don't forget to bring an unwrapped toy and/or some canned food items to donate to Treehouse and Rainier Valley Food Bank.
(Rainier Valley, free)

88. Green Lake Pathway of Lights
Thousands of candles will light up the pathway along the water in Green Lake Park. Stroll along, enjoy complimentary refreshments, and hear holiday music. There may even be some hot air balloons this year.
(Green Lake, free)

89. Kate's Holiday Sweater Party
Wrap up in your most gloriously heinous knitwear to hear live music from JimPark and the Unoriginals, win prizes, and drink beer.
(Wallingford, free)

90. Pancakes and PJs with Santa
There's a pajama dress code for this kids' VIP breakfast with Santa, where kids and parents will get to meet the guest of honor, have pictures taken at a photo booth with props, and enjoy a pancake breakfast and hot cocoa bar.
(Tukwila, $10)

91. Pioneer Square Howlidays
The four-legged members of our family can sometimes get left out during the holiday season. However, this event more than makes up for it, featuring a canine-oriented costume contest, plus activities and goodies.
(Pioneer Square, free)

92. Santa Arrgh-rival
Santa will steer his ship, the Buccaneer Queen, to Country Village to walk the plank and light the Jolly Rodney, the Country Village pirate ship located in the center courtyard. Uncle Stinky's Magic will be onsite selling light-up toy swords, novelty items, and more.
(Bothell, free)

93. Santa at Cuff
Get your picture taken with Santa and his naughty elves to benefit Seattle Area Support Group.
(Capitol Hill, $10)

94. Santa Saturday
If your kid is not into the idea of visiting Santa at the mall, consider taking them to Motif for holiday treats and complimentary photos with Old Saint Nick.
(Downtown, free)

MUSIC

95. Araless, Mike Larry Drew, Koga Shabazz, Dex Amora, Meanz of Operation
Everett's Araless combines "sociopolitical, counter-cultural commentary with grimy boom bap production." Hear him perform with Mike Larry Drew, Koga Shabazz, Dex Amora, and Meanz of Operation
(Pioneer Square, $8/$10)

96. A Breakthrough In Field Studies, Subways on the Sun, The Macks, The Hugs
Bop to the music of indie pop rock fusion group A Breakthrough in Field Studies, with support from Subways on the Sun, the Macks, and the Hugs.
(University District, $8)

97. Bear Talk, Shine, Aaron Blu
Join Seattle indie folk outfit Bear Talk, strings duo Shine, and singer/songwriter Aaron Blu for a free show.
(Columbia City, free)

98. C89.5FM Presents: Local Love
If you love dance music as much as C89.5 does, join them for their "Local Love" party with a lineup of local DJ talents like Gene Lee, Julia Planet Disco, Xan Lucero, and Tollefson.
(Downtown, $3-$7)

99. Composition Studio
Composition Studio occurs quarterly as a recital for new and innovative works by emerging composers known for exploring unconventional sonic possibilities. Guest musicians from the UW Modern Ensemble will act as support.
(University District, free)

100. Danny Godinez and the Good Intentions
Hear jazz, rock, blues, and a "tasty assortment of covers" from Seattle's Danny Godinez and the Good Intentions.
(Downtown, free)

101. Deep Tissue, Collate, UK Gold, S1UGS
After Hollow Earth's DIY Holiday Fair at Vera Project, head to the Central District for some "deeply satisfying post punk flavor." Deep Tissue, Collate, UK Gold, and S1UGS will be giving in-studio performances and DJ Vox Sinistra of HER's Secret Meaning of Things will spin in between sets.
(Central District, $7/$10)

102. Drew Smith, Bobby's Oar, Jasey Kay, Tylersongs, Great Shame
Drew Smith both will headline and have his brand new record ready to sell, alongside support sets by Bobby's Oar, Jasey Kay, Tylersongs, and Great Shame.
(University District, $7)

103. Dusty Strings Open House
Hear a different set of live music every hour while you eat homemade cookies and drink hot apple cider.
(Fremont, free)

104. Eugenie Jones
Jazz vocalist Eugenie Jones serenades with both classic and contemporary songs.
(First Hill, free)

105. Handel's Messiah
For two concerts each year, the Northwest Chorale send all their show proceeds to Northwest Harvest to feed those in need. This concert will focus on choral performances of Handel's classic biblical work Messiah.
(Edmonds, donations accepted)

106. The Harper Conspiracy, The Close Seconds, General Vicinity
For a night of local favorites, see live performances by alt rock foursome the Close Seconds, rock/soul group the Harper Conspiracy, and blues rockers General Vicinity.
(Greenwood, free)

107. A Holiday Concert with The Market Street Singers
Join a holiday sing-along and engage in plenty of "figgy pudding cheer" with the Market Street Singers.
(Ballard, free)

108. Jazzy Sol
Hear a fusion of jazz, soul, R&B, and funk from local favorite Jazzy Sol.
(Bellevue, free)

109. Jenny Don't & The Spurs, Wildcat Rose, Darci Carlson
Roots country act Jenny Don't & The Spurs will lend some hometown grit to the Slim's backlot, with support by Wildcat Rose and Darci Carlson.
(Georgetown, $8)

110. The Naughty List
If you've been bad enough this year to make it onto the naughty list, you're invited to join fellow debaucherous rule breakers at this holiday party. Wear an ugly sweater for the chance to win tickets to the HER Seattle NYE Party.
(Downtown, $7)

111. Oh, Rose, Clone Wolfe, Boone Howard
Oh, Rose—whose Bandcamp page credits her for “Singinizin and guitarinatin”—sounds full of ideals, and full of want, want rising from aching to fist-shaking, as a given track rises to a dangerous boil. The other musicians play it cool and low, but she always comes through. ANDREW HAMLIN
(Eastlake, $5/$8)

112. Seatown Get Down
Hustle the night away to soul, Motown, and disco classics from DJ Aldo and enter a "Jack and Jill" dance competition to win prizes. "Hustle legend" Alex Kim will also be there offering dance classes.
(Capitol Hill, $5)

113. Spyn Reset's Spread the Jam, World's Finest, Mindbeams
Spyn Reset is the name, and woobly, whizzing synths are part of the game, and, yes, the “jam” means “jam band,” which is going to automatically lure some of you and equally automatically sprout some yuck faces out there in this miserable weather. If it changes anybody’s minds, they’re kinda-sorta like Emerson Lake & Palmer—keys, drums, and a guy who switches off between guitar and bass. Unlike ELP, though, I’m willing to bet that two-thirds of the band don’t think they’re God in a box. Or even out of a box. Or even on a chili dog… ANDREW HAMLIN
(Capitol Hill, $8/$10)

114. Stayin' Alive
DJs Cat Claw, Parker Mills, Dirt Kid and Chase Miles will be spinning "past, present, and future" disco and vocal house hits and deep cuts for the pleasure your bellbottomed self.
(Sodo, $5/$10)

115. Thione Diop
You know that friend of yours who's always high, rocks the white guy dreads, and bought a djembe? He’s making a bad attempt at appropriating the sound originated in Senegal and Mali and handed down to musicians like Thione Diop. Ditch that ridiculous drum circle of yours and get over to Diop’s show to watch a professional work the djembe like it should be. SEAN JEWELL
(Columbia City, $5)

116. Tom Waits Tribute Night
Show your love for guttural genius Tom Waits at this 11th annual tribute show. They'll also be collecting items for the Seattle Children's Hospital toy drive, so bring goodies.
(Ballard, $10)

PERFORMANCE

117. Fundraising for PRICEarts
See a performance by PRICEarts N.E.W. ensemble, drink wine, meet the dancers, and hear about their ambitious plans for the upcoming year.
(Greenwood, donations accepted)

READINGS & TALKS

118. Carolyne Wright
Poet Carolyne Wright will read from her collection This Dream the World: New and Selected Poems, as well as the anthology Nasty Women Poets: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse. She'll be joined upcoming poet Sarah Jones.
(Capitol Hill, free)

119. Dave Bara: Defiant
Dave Bara shares Defiant, the third book in his military science fiction series, Lightship Chronicles. In it, Peter Cochrane and his new wife, Karina, embark on a diplomatic mission to Sandosa, the newest member of the Union. But during their mission, the government of Sandosa attacks.
(University District, free)

120. G. Roger Schoenhals
Outdoorsman/minister Schoenhals presents tales of journeys in nature on the West Coast Trail, Quilcene Bay, and other beautiful and sometimes perilous PNW parks and forests.
(Mill Creek, free)

SATURDAY-SUNDAY

ART

121. Notions of Home
This series of photographs will explore the word "home" and all its potential meanings. They add: "As many in our city face a scarcity of affordable living, or a change in paperwork and policies affecting their ability to call a place home, we look to photography to do what it does best: engage, reveal, provoke, and elucidate various viewpoints on this topic."
(Capitol Hill, free)
Closing Sunday

HOLIDAYS

122. Cookies with Mrs. Claus
Kids of all ages can meet Santa's BFF, Mrs. Claus, as she hands out homemade holiday cookies in Country Village. Kids can also visit Santa's live reindeer and the Gingerbread House display and stop by Santa's workshop to snap a photo with him.
(Bothell, free)

SUNDAY

ART

123. ArtVenture: If I was a forest...
This family party invites kids and adults to make self-portraits in geography by deciding which ecosystem best describes them, focusing on details of its history and its future.
(University District, free)

COMEDY

124. For the Record
At For The Record, local stand-up comics are recorded performing so they can send audition reels to festivals and TV programs. Come watch and root for the hometown hopefuls.
(Bellevue, free)

COMMUNITY

125. KBFG Launch Party
Celebrate the launch of North Seattle's KBFG-LP radio (which you can hear on 107.3FM) with a live broadcast and party. Hear live alt folk music from Stacy Powell, hiphop and poetry from Ethos, cello music from Lori Goldston, jazz from Ballard High School players, and traditional Hawaiian music from Na Hilahila Boys. There will also be food from Cycle Dogs and plenty of beer.
(Ballard, free)

FILM

126. SHRIEK!: Let the Right One In & Happy Hour
SHRIEK!, the film class focused on women and minorities in horror, will get bloody and chilly with a showing of the great Swedish vampire film Let the Right One In, about an age-old vampire in the body of a little girl and the adolescent boy who falls in love with her. Enjoy happy hour prices and discuss the movie.
(Greenwood, $10)

FOOD & DRINK

127. 2017 SoDo Holiday Tasting
Taste special holiday wines (wines out of barrel, library wines, or other remarkable, exclusive pours) from six premium wineries, including Latta Wines, Kerloo Cellars, Nine Hats Wines, Rotie Cellars, Structure Cellars, and Waters Winery. All the wineries will serve food pairings, and Santa and Victorian-style carolers in full Dickensian dress will provide the ambience.
(Sodo, $10)

GEEK & GAMING

128. Betty's Trivia
Show your smarts for an eclectic mix of trivia questions from Betty Wetter. She'll award first place, second place, and "best name" prizes.
(Queen Anne, free)

HOLIDAYS

129. Julestue
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.
(North Seattle, $10)

130. Jultrefest
Enjoy Norwegian cookies and sweets, live holiday music, games, a visit from Santa, and a Christmas tree at this family-friendly Yuletide celebration.
(Ballard, $8)

131. Saint Nicholas Faire
Help support the West Seattle Food Bank and Help Line at this holiday fundraiser, replete with a wine tasting, appetizers, a ring toss, gift baskets, and more.
(West Seattle, $5)

132. Santa at the Mansion
Enjoy free parking, cider, and holiday cookies at the historic mansion while your kids get their photos taken with Santa by local photographer C.B. Bell (available with a donation to the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation).
(First Hill, free)

MUSIC

133. Alec Shaw, Runaway Satellite, Ian Jones
Blissful summer vibes in a wintery setting from relative newcomer singer-songwriter Alec Shaw, with support sets by Runaway Satellite and Ian Jones.
(West Seattle, $5)

134. Carina Lewis, Susan Galbraith, Olivia De La Cruz
The soulful vocals of Seattle's Carina Lewis are backed by Alex Westad on guitar and bass and James Mansour on drums. The band will be joined by Seattle pop soloists Susan Galbraith and Olivia De La Cruz.
(Capitol Hill, $10)

135. KEXP Deck the Dock: A Kids' Dance Party
Dash and prance to live music and special KEXP DJs' cuts at this annual family-friendly waterfront holiday party.
(Capitol Hill, free)

136. Lithuanian Extravaganza
Witness the many shades of Baltic splendor with this mini-fest of colorful song and dance composed and performed by Lithuanian artists like Vakarai, a Lithuanian choir, and Lietutis & Lankas, lively Lithuanian folk dance groups.
(Downtown, free)

137. Lucia Festival
Lucia is a Swedish holiday tradition wherein people in white gowns light candles and sing in celebration of the mythical Saint Lucia, the bearer of light. UW Swedish language students will join the Swedish Women’s Chorus, the Svea Male Chorus, and "the best bakers of the Swedish Club" for this festive event.
(Queen Anne, $5)

138. Saint John & the Revelations, Ry Flannery & The Night Owls, Patrick Galactic
Singer-songwriter Saint John and the Revelations (really just one dude with a backing band) take the stage along with support from Ry Flannery & The Night Owls and Patrick Galactic.
(Ballard, $8)

139. University Prep Jazz Extravaganza
Cheer on the skilled musicians of the future with UPrep’s Winter Jazz Extravaganza. The evening will feature live sets from their Intermediate Jazz Ensemble, Advanced Jazz Ensemble, and multiple Jazz Combos, all of which will be playing songs by George Gershwin, Lester Young, Buddy Rich, Peggy Lee, Steely Dan, Horace Silver, Weather Report, Herbie Hancock, and more.
(Columbia City, free)

PERFORMANCE

140. Passing the Baton
In Grant Fjermedal's new play, presented as a staged reading, a dying cello teacher expects to say farewell to his favorite student, but finds himself with a newcomer instead. Fjermedal is a former Seattle Times reporter and has published four books.
(Greenwood, pay what you will)

READINGS & TALKS

141. Bryan Johnston: The Second Meanest Man in the World
Writer and producer Bryan Johnston, who has won 11 Emmy Awards, will give a reading and signing of his latest book, Second Meanest Man in the World, in which he questions what he believes to be some very un-Seattleite-like behavior among Emerald City dwellers.
(Mill Creek, free)

142. Scottie Jones
Author Scottie Jones will read from Country Grit: A Farmoir of Finding Purpose and Love, all about her and her husband's decision to leave behind suburban life and start a farm in Oregon.
(University District, free)

143, Till Chapbook Release and Holiday Party
Celebrate the release of Till's latest chapbook with a holiday party and readings from Till resident writers like Jennifer Brennock, Letitia Cain, Drew Dillhunt, Katie Ellison, Breona Gutschmidt, and others.
(Pioneer Square, free)