Seattle Events Calendar

November 2013

The Seattle Events Calendar November 2013 means it's time for Thanksgiving and the start of the holiday season.

Enjoy the last week of the Earshot Jazz Festival, a Seahawks football game, or a little Shakespeare. Do be sure to make it to the Macy's Holiday Parade downtown. Other holiday traditions that start in November are the Leavenworth Holiday Lights and ACT Theatre's A Christmas Carol. Get tickets early for the best seats!

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Fremont First Friday Art Walk

January 4 - December 6
First Friday of every month, 6pm - 9pm
Rain or shine!

Earshot Jazz Festival

Earshot Jazz Festival

October 1 - November 17
Tickets go on sale in early September.
Venues in and around Seattle.

Proclaimed as "one of the best festivals in Seattle" by the Seattle Times, the Earshot Jazz Festival brings in jazz musicians from around the world as well as renowned local area artists and includes concerts by some of our own award-winning high school jazz groups.

Anything Goes

October 15 - November 3
5th Avenue Theatre
1308 5th Avenue

Roundabout Theatre Company's comedy musical that won the 2011 Tony Award for Best Revival.

Peru: Kingdoms of the Sun and the Moon

October 17 - January 4
Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Avenue

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Broadway at the Paramount - Priscilla Queen of the Desert

November 12 - November 17
Paramount Theatre
911 Pine St.

So You Think You Can Dance

Tuesday, November 19
Paramount Theatre
911 Pine St.

Starring the Season 10 finalists.

Festival of Trees

November 23 - December 4
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.

St. Jude Give Thanks. Walk.

Saturday, November 23
Check-in starts at 7:00am; Walk starts at 8:30am
Registration is free
Next 50 Plaza, Seattle Center

St. Jude supporters in 80 communities across the country will join together as teams and individuals to participate in this exciting family-friendly 5K walk to help raise money to support the children of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Walk will be indoors and strollers are welcome! Visit for more info.

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Turkey Toss

Saturday, November 23
10am - 2pm
Free with zoo admission or membership
Woodland Park Zoo
N. 50th St. and Phinney Ave. N

Enjoy watching the animals dive into their own turkey feast.

21st Annual Gingerbread Village

Sheraton Seattle Gingerbread Village

November 26 - January 1
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.


November 28 - December 5
5th Avenue Theatre
1308 5th Avenue

The classic musical based on the novel Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens.

A Christmas Carol - ACT Theatre

Photo: Chris Bennion

November 29 - December 29
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.

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Save Big on Things To Do in Seattle

  • 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.

Christmas Ships Festival

November 29 - December 23
Schedule and Info

The Argosy Christmas Ships Festival has been a holiday tradition in Seattle for 63 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.

etsyRAIN Handmade Holiday Show

Friday, November 29 and Saturday, November 30
11am - 5pm
Elliott Hall in the Bell Street Cruise Terminal at Pier 66
Admission is free

A bigger venue, more vendors and the biggest shopping day of the year add up to the BIGGEST craft show in etsyRAIN history. More than 100 hand-selected vendors will be selling their wares on two floors of the lobby. This event is free to the public and promises the best selection of unique, high-quality, locally handmade gifts, art and treats.

Macy's Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting Celebration

Friday, November 29
Parade begins at 9:00apm
Tree Lighting at 5:00pm
Downtown and Westlake Center

This is a Seattle holiday tradition and one of the highlights of the season. The Holiday Parade starts on 7th Ave, marches down Pine Street and University Street, then heads north to end at Macy's across from Westlake Center. Decorations are up, and the Holiday Carousel is operating. The official lighting of Westlake Center's Holiday Tree and Macy's Star is at 5pm. The evening ends with a fireworks display. It's one of the most fun days of the year to be downtown. We always went early so we could get a hot latte and find a good place to stand along the parade route. My kids loved it!

Wildlights at Woodland Park Zoo

November 29 - 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.

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November 29 - January 5
5pm - 9pm
$7.50 online at
$8.75 at the gate
Age 2 and under free
Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium
5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma

Lights display and light sculptures of animals and local landmarks such as the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. Every Tuesday and Wednesday night of Zoolights at 6pm, you can see Santa scuba dive with the sharks.

Garden D'Lights - Bellevue Botanical Gardens

November 30 - January 4
5pm - 10pm
$5, ages 10 and younger free
Tickets go on sale Oct. 31 at
12001 Main St., Bellevue

Avoid long lines by purchasing tickets online ahead of time. Free nights are Nov. 26, 27, 28, and 29, and Dec. 3, 4, 5, and 6 - first come, first served.

Nutcracker - Pacific Northwest Ballet

November 30 - December 29
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.

Santa Train 2013 - Northwest Railway Museum

Courtesy Northwest Railway Museum

Nov. 30; Dec. 7 & 8; Dec; 14 & 15; Dec. 20 & 21
$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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Seattle Kids Marathon

Saturday, November 30
10:00am Race start
Seattle Center, Staging in Memorial Stadium
Register at

Seattle Marathon 5K

Saturday, November 30
Seattle Center
$32 through May 31
Register at

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