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The Weekend Report: What's Cookin'

Welcome to the Weekend Report - where we tell you what's up in Seattle this weekend, the things you definitely don't want to miss. Why should we have all the fun at these events? Most of the things we are previewing here, we will be at - so if you see us say hi! We're guaranteed to miss some, so definitely email us hello@seattlerefined.com if there is something wonderful we need to know about.

Friday, December 6

A Victorian Country Christmas. Step into a Victorian Village "where holiday music fills the air! Shop in over 100 stores and find the perfect gift for everyone on your list. Enjoy gourmet food, wine and delicious tasty treats throughout the festival. Visit two beautiful theaters and see countless professional stage shows, The Singing Nativity and concerts. Soak in the atmosphere of music, lights and decor." The event runs all weekend long!

Washington State Fair & Events Center
110 9th Ave SW, Puyallup, WA 98371
10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Tickets: $12

Native Holiday Gift Fair. 'Tis the season for tons of fun holiday gift fairs and art markets! Visit the Native Holiday Gift Fair that features "local vendors and Native makers and artists showcasing goods including wood carvings, bead work, drums, prints, paintings and more. Enjoy some fry bread and hot coffee! This gift fair will be cracking on for two weekend!

Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center
4705 West Marginal Way SW
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Free

Christmas Ship Festival. All aboard! "The Spirit of Seattle, the Official Christmas Ship, is decorated with hundreds of shimmery white lights and sails to different Puget Sound waterfront communities – around 65 in all. Choirs on board the Christmas Ship perform to guests aboard, to follow boats and to communities gathered on shore. Select your preferred way to experience the Christmas Ship and prepare for the holiday event of the season!" The Christmas Ship Festival will run throughout December.

Lake Union Park
860 Terry Ave N
6:30 p.m. - 9:15 p.m.
Tickets: $42

Snowflake Lane. This holiday nightly parade "with a cast of 300 performers including Toy Drummers, Jingle Belle Dancers, Stilt Walkers, Snow Flurries Color Guard and 16 lighted floats. Experience the wonder of falling snow, dazzling lights, festive characters along with all your favorite holiday characters at the region’s most festive holiday scene! Join us for this complimentary nightly parade on the sidewalks between Bellevue Square and Lincoln Square from NE 4th to NE 8th Street every night at 7 pm. Use any one of our many free parking garages and choose your favorite spot on the sidewalk to see the parade!"

Bellevue Square & Lincoln Square
NE 4th to NE 8th St
7 p.m.
Free

Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition. One of the best events of the holiday seasons is BACK! The Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition is a "heart-warming tradition that attracts nearly 10,000 people every year to enjoy holiday music." The event also raises funds for the Pike Market Senior Center & Food Bank.

Westlake Center
6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Free

Saturday, December 7

Issaquah Reindeer Festival. Who doesn't love a Reindeer Festival?! "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!" You can meet Santa Claus, meet his Reindeer, wander through the magic forest, watch Santa's Candy Cane Makers and much more!

Cougar Mountain Zoo
19525 SE 54th St
10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Tickets: $15

Winterfest. Another year, another WinterFest! "Connect to a world of sparkling lights, child-sized amusements and spirited entertainment at Seattle Center Winterfest, Nov. 29 – Dec. 31, in Center venues and on the grounds. Five weeks of festive, fun-filled, free and affordable activities await those in search of uplifting seasonal spirit or delightful diversion from the hustle and bustle of the holiday routine. Featuring Winterfest Ice Rink, Saturday ice sculpting, and outdoor seasonal lighting. Our Winter Train & Village returns, along with live weekend performances and inspiring student showcases. The festival rings in the New Year with spectacular fireworks, Fountain of Light dance party and live music inside the Armory."

Seattle Center
305 Harrison St
Free

Winter Beer Fest. Nothing warms you up better in these cold months of the year than a beer! "The ever-popular Winter Beer Festival (December 6th and December 7th) takes place at Hangar 30 in Magnuson Park in the Sand Point neighborhood of Seattle. This holiday tasting event, benefits the Washington Brewers Guild and will feature more than 50 local breweries. This year's beer lineup will include dark malty stouts, robust winter warmers, barrel-aged gems, piney IPAs and many more unique beers."

Hangar 30 Magnuson Park
6310 NE 74th St
12 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Tickets: $35

Christmas Lighting Festival. If Leavenworth is not the most festive place to be during the holidays than I don't know what is! Head east "for the most wonderful time of the year, when our quaint Bavarian town becomes a Village of Lights (over half a million of them!) and holiday cheer abounds! On Friday evenings the lights are all on! Live musical performances of your favorite Christmas songs fill the streets, St. Nickolaus arrives at 4:30 pm at the Front Street Gazebo, who welcomes children young and old with the story of his legacy and “gold” for the good boys and girls! On Saturdays and Sundays, the festivities kick into full gear at 12:00pm with the arrival of Santa and costumed holiday characters in a march from the Festhalle to the Gazebo!" You can get to this lighting festival for the next three weekends.

Downtown Leavenworth
12 p.m.
Free

Holiday Tea in the Fireside Room. Head on over to Hotel Sorrento to enjoy holiday tea in the fireside room! "Expect to be welcomed into our 110-year old hotel with an ethereal tea service: enjoy savory tea sandwiches, alluring treats and cakes, and choice of locally-sourced tea from Market Spice in Pike Place Market." You can also indulge in some "adult tea."

Hotel Sorrento
900 Madison Street
10 a.m.
Tickets: $35-$75

Ugly Sweater Pub Crawl. No this isn't Santacon (that's next weekend) but if you are chomping at the bit to get there - try the Ugly Sweater Pub Crawl! "We’re dashing through the bars in our favorite ugly sweaters for up to 14 hours! Check in anytime for your wristband! There's live entertainment throughout, no cover charges, drink specials, and a costume contest with cash prizes! Join hundreds of us as we visit the twelve bars of Christmas!" Start at Blarney Stone!

Blarney Stone
1416 1st Ave
12 p.m.
Free

Drawing Jam. If you are feeling artsy this weekend, head over to Gage Academy of Arts for Drawing Jam! This event "is a high-energy gathering of artists and art lovers that takes place at our Gage Capitol Hill campus. Throughout the day, you can engage with costumed models, drag artists, and performers – fun for artists of every age. Drawing Jam includes art supplies, access to art instructors, drawing demonstrations, DJ’s, live bands, solo performers and more. If you get hungry, there will be plenty of food, including food trucks Off the Rez and Seoul Bowl, and breakfast bites and coffee in the Gage Cafe. With the holidays right around the corner, you’ll love the creative selection of gift ideas at our Holidaze Art Market (small works holiday art sale) and Gifts Bazaar."

Gage Capitol Hill
1501 10th Ave E #101
9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Tickets: $15

Issaquah Holiday Fest. And the holiday events just keep coming! "Don’t miss out on all the holiday fun at Issaquah’s cozy Gilman Village, decorated for the season with an array of wines, beers, ciders and spirits to taste along with warm spiced wines, DJ Andonimus will be spinning and hosting Christmas Karoake, interact with a plethora of Santa’s, get your picture in our Seasonal photobooth, and much much more!"

Gilman Village
317 NW Gilman Blvd
6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Tickets: $25

Sunday, December 8

Redmond Lights. Redmond Town Center will turn into a Winter Wonderland this Sunday! "This progressive, three-part event starts at Redmond City Hall and takes you on a luminary walk along the Sammamish River Trail to Downtown Park and the Redmond Town Center. At City Hall campus, you’ll enjoy music performances and the tree lighting ceremony! View light and art installations and thousands of luminaries as you stroll down the Redmond Central Connector. More art and music awaits you at Downtown Park." This runs on both Saturday and Sunday.

Redmond City Hall
15670 NE 85th St
4 p.m.
Free

Jingle Bell Run. Get ready for Seattle's "MOST FUN & FESTIVE holiday fun-run around – all to battle the #1 cause of disability! Participants dress up in festive holiday attire, tie bells to their shoes and run through downtown Seattle to support those living with Arthritis. Whether you are a walker or runner, plan on stopping by the Elf Village Kids Area or the Holiday Cheer Garden, we invite you to join us this year to raise funds and awareness for all of those who live with this painful disease!"

Westlake Park
401 Pine Street
7 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Registration

K9 Candy Cane 5K Fun Run and Walk. Bring your doggos out to the annual K9 Candy Cane 5K Fun Run and Walk! "Competitive and recreational runners, walkers and families, all with or without dogs, are all invited. Accurate and professional chip timing is provided. Registrations prior to November 20 will receive an event hooded sweatshirt. Participants will also enjoy random prize giveaways, post-event refreshments, pictures with Santa, and a fun holiday atmosphere. A pet food drive will be conducted. Please bring a can/bag of pet food to benefit the Seattle Humane Society for Seattle/King County."

K9 Candy Store
1715 SE Maple Valley Hwy
9:15 AM
Registration $33

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