Local Happenings – December 2019

2nd Annual Winter Solstice Beer Festival

December 20-21st

Seattle Farmers Market Association is proud to host Seattle’s favorite Winter Beer Festival at the Winter Solstice Night Market with a wide selection of Winter craft beers tasting experience with over two days at Magnuson Park Hangar 30 for the holidays.


Christmas Ship Grand Finale

December 23rd

Be a part of the most dazzling nautical holiday spectacle in the Pacific Northwest. In the tradition of the Grand Finale, decorated boats from all over the region convene in Lake Union and join Argosy as we cruise to Portage Bay and back into Lake Union for the final choral performance offshore from Gas Works Park.


A Christmas Carol

Now through December 28th

It’s ACT’s 44th production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, adapted by Gregory A. Falls. Directed by Kelly Kitchens, this celebrated adaptation follows the original Dickens tale taking audiences along on Ebenezer Scrooge’s transformational journey through time. Three ghostly visitors help Scrooge get into the holiday spirit, leading him on a trip through Christmases past, present, and future.

“How wonderful it is to return again to Dickens and his authentic impulse which calls to the best parts of ourselves. This tradition, 44 years in the making, grows in power with each new rendition, infused not only by the actors and artisans who work with an open heart, but also reinvigorated by those who have loved this story, and love to share it,” Artistic Director John Langs says.


Seattle Holiday Lights & Lore Tour

Now through December 29th

Unlock the magic of the season with Tours Northwest on our 2-hour Seattle Holiday Lights & Lore Tour! Learn the history behind your favorite holiday traditions while we make our way through local Seattle neighborhoods, showing off the best bright lights in the city. Grab a hot cocoa before jumping on board our warm, festive mini coach and let your guide show off the holiday spirit of downtown Seattle, Candy Cane Lane and more on this 2-hour tour.


Annual Issaquah Reindeer Festival

December 1-23rd, 26-30th

Enjoy the sights and sounds of the holidays with family and friends! Take part in the most unique annual holiday celebration in the Northwest,
offering excitement and fun for everyone!



Now through January 5, 2020

Experience the magic of 700,000 LED lights at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. See as the zoo is transformed and the holiday spirit comes aglow with a dazzling array of magical 3D animal displays.


Spectre: NYE 2020 at PacSci

December 31st

Kick off the ’20s with us at this year’s Spectra. Enjoy a swanky night out on the town with a full, unmatched view of the annual fireworks show at the Space Needle. Dance into the New Year to electro-swing beats while showing off your glad rags! Celebrate at this party for the ages—it’s the cat’s meow!

Just stay hush about this New Year’s Eve speakeasy—except to your most trusted allies, friends, family, spouses, coworkers, accomplices, paramours, and sidekicks. We don’t want the coppers involved. Mums the word!

Science is on full display throughout the night, too! Grab your friends old and new for a picture in the Gas Spectra Tubes Photo Booth. Throughout the night, explore diamond making, build glammed up robots, see an Illusions Show, meet our Exotic Animals, and be wowed by a Van de Graaf Generator.

Dance to the tunes of DJ Kemyst of KUBE 93 and DJ Native Havoc, see a Laser performance, or try Laser Karaoke with Baby Ketten.

Spectra sells out every year, and you don’t want to miss this bash!



Seattle Chamber Music Society Winter Festival

January 17-26, 2020

Join the Seattle Chamber Music Society in celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday. Immerse yourself in the development of this seminal composer from his early period through his development in the middle period, and his final works of his late period. Each of the first three concerts will feature one work from the three eras of his life tracing his growth as a composer.


Seattle Film and Wine Festival

January 18-19, 2020

Where the reel unwinds and the cork unwines, where in our chairs unmoving we are moved jointly and transported from the ordinary.


Hawaii Weekend at the Seattle Aquarium

January 18-20, 2020

Take a break from winter, dress up in Aloha wear, and join us at the Aquarium to explore a little of the tropics. Discover some of the unique sea life that originates only in the Hawaiian Islands. Featuring Hawaiian entertainment, hands-on activities and special diver shows.


11th Annual Belgian Fest

January 25, 2020

The Washington Beer Commission’s 11th Annual Belgian Fest will take place at Seattle Center’s Fisher Pavilion highlighting 100+ Belgian-style beers crafted by Washington breweries. Featured beer styles include Tripels, Dubbels, Saisons, Wits, Abbeys and Lambics. In keeping with this unique style, all of the beers are brewed with Belgian yeast.


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