Seattle Events Calendar

December 2014

Our Seattle Events Calendar December 2014 is packed with lots of fun things to do, including holiday events to help you and your family enjoy the season.

Pacific Northwest Ballet's Nutcracker ballet choreographed by Maurice Sendak (Where the Wild Things Are) is a Northwest tradition and this is the last year to see it, so don't miss it! Other must-see holiday events are Seattle Symphony's performance of Handel's Messiah and ACT Theatre's production of Dickens' Christmas Carol.

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Give an experience for Christmas!

  • Space Needle
  • Pacific Science Center
  • Seattle Aquarium
  • Experience Music Project
  • Argosy Cruises Harbor Tour
  • Woodland Park Zoo OR The Museum of Flight

I recommend the Seattle CityPASS  - it will save you 45% off these 6 attractions, plus you can skip the lines. You'll save money if you go to at least four.

Festival of Trees

November 22 - December 2
Fairmont Olympic Hotel, 411 University St.

A display of beautifully decorated Christmas trees, each with its own theme and style, and each dedicated to a patient at Seattle Children's Hospital.

22nd Annual Gingerbread Village - "Jingle All The Way"

Sheraton Seattle Gingerbread Village

November 25 - January 5
Open for viewing 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Sheraton Seattle Hotel, 1400 Sixth Avenue

Local architecture firms team up with the Sheraton Seattle culinary team to design, bake, and build amazing gingerbread creations. Vote for your favorite.

A Christmas Carol - ACT Theatre

Photo: Chris Bennion

November 28 - December 28
ACT Theatre, 700 Union St.

This classic story of Ebenezer Scrooge, hope, and redemption, is one of Seattle's favorite holiday traditions and definitely a must-see. Suitable for ages 5 and up. Tickets sell out, so buy yours early.

Discount tickets for A Christmas Carol available for some performances!

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Christmas Ships Festival

November 28 - December 23
Schedule and Info

The Argosy Christmas Ships Festival has been a holiday tradition in Seattle for over 60 years. Each night the Christmas Ship sails to different Puget Sound waterfront communities. On board, choirs sing 20-minute performances broadcast over a speaker system. On shore, people gather around bonfires to watch the flotilla arrive. You can sail on board the Christmas Ship or one of the Parade ships that follow, join a group on shore, or add lights to your own boat and become part of the floating parade.

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Nutcracker - Pacific Northwest Ballet
Love It Again, For The Last Time

November 28 - December 28
Pacific Northwest Ballet
McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St, Seattle Center

The world's most recognized and celebrated production of Nutcracker with choreography by Kent Stowell and performed by Pacific Northwest Ballet. The sets and costumes were designed by children's author Maurice Sendak and they are amazing. This is a Seattle holiday tradition.

Discount tickets to PNB's Nutcracker are available to some performances at Goldstar. After 31 years, this will be the final season of PNB's beloved Nutcracker. Do not miss it!!

Wildlights at Woodland Park Zoo

November 28 - January 4
5:30pm - 8:30pm (Closed on Dec. 24 & 25)
Adults: $9.50
Children ages 3-12: $6.50
Toddlers 2 and under: Free
N. 50th St. and Phinney Ave. N

Wildlights features wild animals and places created with thousands of sparkling LED lights. There willl be indoor and outdoor displays, food, entertainment, and two real live visiting reindeer, Lucky and Christi . The zoo's historic carousel will be open for rides.

Garden D'Lights - Bellevue Botanical Gardens

November 29 - January 3
$5, ages 10 and younger free
Tickets go on sale Oct. 15 at
12001 Main St., Bellevue

Avoid long lines by purchasing tickets online ahead of time. Free nights are Dec. 1,2,3, 4, and 8,9,10,11 - first come, first served.

Santa Train - Northwest Railway Museum

Courtesy Northwest Railway Museum

Nov. 29 & 30; Dec. 6 & 7; Dec. 13 & 14; Dec. 19 & 20
$20 per person and a ticket is required for each person 2 years of age and older.
North Bend Depot, 205 McClellan Street, North Bend

Board the train at the North Bend Depot for a 20-minute, 3.5-mile trip to Snoqualmie. There visitors will enter the historic Snoqualmie Depot for a visit with Santa Claus. Children will receive a small gift from Santa. Then enter the restored railway kitchen car for coffee, hot chocolate, and cookies. There will be a little time to visit local shops and attractions before boarding the train for the return trip to North Bend. Visit for more info.

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Broadway at the Paramount - How the Grinch Stole Christmas

December 2 - December 7
Paramount Theatre
911 Pine St.

The magic of Dr. Seuss' beloved holiday tale comes to life on the stage!

Bainbridge Island Winter Studio Tour

December 5 - December 7
10am - 6pm

A self-guided tour of artists' studios throughout Bainbridge Island. Accessible by car or bicycle, you can download the map at More than 70 artists in 10 studios.

Holiday Pops - "Home for the Holidays"

December 5 - December 7
Benaroya Hall
200 University St.

Bring the whole family to this holiday concert featuring Cirque Musica's acrobats, jugglers, dancers and mimes performing with the Seattle Symphony.

Seattle Sampling Artists' Studio Tour

December 5 - December 7

A self-guided tour of artists' studios throughout Seattle. You can download the map at

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Drawing Jam

Saturday, December 6
9am - 7pm
$5-$10; Free for kids and teens
Gage Academy of Art, 1501 10th Ave. E

Music, art, cuisine, and hands-on art activities with live models to draw. Drawing materials are provided at no cost and easels will be set up and waiting. Costumed models include the "Stars of Seattle" - which in the past have included the Seafair Pirates, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Teatro ZinZanni. Bring the whole family and draw, paint, and create!

Snow Train to Leavenworth's Lighting Festival

Seattle Fun - Snow Train to Leavenworth
Snow Train at

December 6 - December 20
$179 per person, Children are 10% discount
Alki Tours, 6417A Fauntleroy Way SW
800-895-2554 or

Each Saturday in December Alki Tours offers a rail tour to Leavenworth, a quaint Bavarian Village in the Cascade Mountains. Passengers board the train at King Street Station, Edmonds Station, or in Everett. The train winds through the Snohomish Valley and then ascends majestic Steven's Pass. Along the way passengers enjoy a catered continental breakfast and onboard entertainment including strolling musicians, commentators, magicians and of course Santa! Near the 4000 foot summit, the train transits the Cascade Tunnel - the second longest in North America. At approximately 12:30pm, the train rolls to a stop in Leavenworth. Leavenworth is dressed to the hilt for the holidays with chestnuts roasting on an open fire, carolers strolling the streets, food booths, sleigh rides, local crafts, outdoor entertainment and more. At dusk everyone gathers to sing "Silent Night" and witness the grand tree lighting as it transforms the village into a magical holiday wonderland! Afterwards, passengers reboard the train and enjoy a catered dinner on the return trip.

Goldstar has half-price tickets to this wonderful Christmas tradition!

Deck The Hall Ball

Tuesday, December 9
KeyArena, Seattle Center

Sponsored by radio station 107.7 The End, the lineup includes Imagine Dragons, Weezer, Cage the Elephant, Young the Giants and more.

Walking With Dinosaurs

December 17 - December 21
Tacoma Dome
2727 E. D St, Tacoma

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Handel's Messiah

December 19 - December 21
Friday, 8pm
Saturday, 1pm and 8pm
Sunday, 2pm
Benaroya Hall
200 University St.

A Seattle tradition, Handel's Messiah performed by Seattle Symphony and Chorale, plus distinguished soloists.

Bonza Bash New Year's Eve 2015

Wednesday, December 31
Wednesday 8:30pm - Thursday 2:00am
Fremont Studios, 155 N 35th St

New Year's Eve at Century Ballroom

Wednesday, December 31
Dinner at 6:30pm
Dancing begins at 9:30pm
Champagne toast at midnight
Ticket info at

A dance-focused New Year's Eve event at the elegant Century Ballroom featuring two rooms of dancing plus a couples 30 minute intro salsa lesson.

New Year's Eve Bash - Seattle Indulgence

Seattle Events December - EMP

Wednesday, December 31
8:00pm - 2:00am
Tickets start at $99
Experience Music Project
325 5th Ave N at the base of the Space Needle

Four live entertainment stages, DJs and dance floors, live comedy theater, and party favors for everyone.

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New Year's Eve Party with Shelley & the Curves

Wednesday, December 31
7pm - 1am
Ticket info at
Best Western Executive Inn, 200 Taylor Ave N

Dinner, dancing, and a champagne toast. This party features a great view of the Space Needle fireworks at midnight.

New Year's Eve: Concert, Countdown & Celebration!

Wednesday, December 31
Benaroya Hall
200 University St.

Program includes Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, Mozart, and more. Then bring in the New Year with a post-concert celebration with a live band, dancing and a countdown to midnight. Call 206-215-4747 for more info.

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