LOCAL EVENTS WEEKEND PLANNER
FOR DECEMBER 11-14, 2014
WEST SEATTLE TOYS FOR TOTS
THU Stop by the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate office in the Jefferson Square Building (6th Floor) in West Seattle to drop off your new, unwrapped toys to support Toys for Tots, an organization whose mission is to distribute Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in our community.
THU Hear the entire score of the holiday classic A Charlie Brown Christmas, preceded by cocktails at Cornish Playhouse at the Seattle Center. Discount tickets.
THU Jazz vocalist Gail Pettis and her trio perform Christmas selections with a jazz ensemble at KPLU Christmas Jam at Pacific Luthern University. Free.
SEATTLE CONTEMPORARY DANCE
FRI-SUN Next Fest NW Performance is a contemporary dance series at Velocity Dance Center.
BELLEVUE STAR TREK CONVENTION
FRI-SUN Trekkies of the world unite for parties, contests, and celebrity visits at The Official Star Trek Convention at Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue. Discount tickets.
EVERETT AND EDMONDS NUTCRACKER BALLET
FRI-DEC 21 Olympic Ballet Theatre performs The Nutcracker. Dec. 12 to 14 - Everett Performing Arts Center. Discount tickets for Everett. Dec. 18 to 21 - Edmonds Center for the Arts. Discount tickets for Edmonds.
SEATTLE AND LYNNWOOD TRADITIONAL CAROLS
FRI-DEC 23 A Festival of Lessons & Carols is 9 holiday readings, each followed by a carol sung by Northwest Boychoir & Vocalpoint, plus a carol with audience participation. Discount tickets for December 14 in Seattle.
SEATTLE ZOMBIE ESCAPE
FRI-DEC 27 You and 11 others are Trapped in a Room with a Zombie on a chain and have only one hour to solve clues and escape, at 603 Roy St. Discount tickets.
TACOMA CHRISTMAS SHOW
SAT-SUN The Christmas Revels is a family-oriented celebration of the winter solstice. Expect music, dance, theater, song, and storytelling at Rialto Theater in Tacoma.
SEATTLE CATHEDRAL CONCERT
SAT On Christmas Night starts with a family carol sing along, followed by pre-concert carols, and then a dozen holiday works in Saint Mark’s Cathedral.
SEATTLE HOW TO MIX HOLIDAY DRINKS
SUN Learn how to make Holiday Drinks That Don’t Suck in this workshop, and get four cocktails at Rob Roy.
SEATTLE AND TACOMA JINGLE BELL RUN/WALK
SUN Wear a costume or tie on bells for the 30th Annual 5K Jingle Bell Run/Walk at Westlake Center, Seattle. Dec. 24 - Run or walk 3 miles at the Jingle Bell Run at Wright Park, Tacoma. Costume optional.
NORTH BEND SANTA TRAIN
NOW-DEC 20 The Northwest Railway Museum runs a popular 20-minute Santa Train from North Bend to the Snoqualmie Depot for cookies and a visit with Santa Claus on Dec. 13, 14, 19, 20 SOLD OUT.
EDMONDS CHRISTMAS PLAY
NOW-DEC 21 Miracle on 34th Street, inspired by the 1947 movie about a man who claims to be Santa and a girl who doesn’t believe, plays in Edmonds. Discount tickets.
EVERETT AND TACOMA SEATTLE MEN’S CHORUS
NOW-DEC 22 Our Gay Apparel features holiday songs at Benaroya Hall and one outreach performances being held in Everett. Discount tickets.
LAKE WASHINGTON CHRISTMAS SHIPS PARADE
NOW-DEC 23 Ride onboard with the choir or listen from shore at a bonfire during Christmas Ship Festival. See schedule.
ISSAQUAH REINDEER FESTIVAL
NOW-DEC 23 Visit Cougar Mountain Zoo when it’s decorated like the North Pole to welcome Santa with his reindeer and sleigh during the Issaquah Reindeer Festival.
BELLEVUE HOLIDAY SHOW
NOW -DEC 24 Enjoy the 10th anniversary of Snowflake Lane at the Bellevue Collection, a 20-minute show of lights nightly at 7 p.m., music, snow, and enthusiastic young drummers in uniform on the sidewalks of Snowflake Lane (Bellevue Way). Free.
SEATTLE REINDEER AND MODEL TRAINS
NOW-DEC 24 Visit live reindeer and watch model trains wind their way through a winter landscape during the Reindeer Festival at Swanson’s Nursery. Free.
SEATTLE CHRISTMAS IMPROV
NOW-DEC 27 Audience suggestions add hilarious twists to A(n Improvised) Christmas Carol by Unexpected Productions at Pike Place Market. Discount tickets.
SEATTLE DICKENS CLASSIC
NOW-DEC 28 A Christmas Carol is Charles Dickens’ holiday classic about the miraculous transformation of miserly Ebenezer Scrooge at ACT Theatre.
SEATTLE NUTCRACKER BALLET
NOW-DEC 28 This is the final season for Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Nutcracker, a holiday tradition for Seattle families and ballet lovers, with a live orchestra, magnificent sets and costumes, and a huge cast in McCaw Hall at Seattle Center. Discount tickets.
SEATTLE ZOO LIGHTS
NOW-JAN 4 WildLights has 500,000 lights in animal shapes, real reindeer, night creatures, a carousel, indoor play, and carolers at Woodland Park Zoo. 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. nightly.
BELLEVUE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS
NOW-JAN 3 Enjoy over a ½ million colorful lights and displays at Garden d’Lights in Bellevue Botanical Garden. Last Free nights is Dec. 11.
TACOMA ZOO LIGHTS
NOW-JAN 4 Bundle up to admire half a million holiday lights and displays at Zoolights, warm up in the steamy South Pacific Aquarium, ride a camel, or take a spin on the carousel at Tacoma’s Point Defiance Zoo. 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. nightly
MOVIES OPENING THIS WEEKEND
· Exodus: Gods and Kings
· Top Five
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LOCAL EVENTS WEEKEND PLANNER