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It's SantaCon time! (Image: Chona Kasinger / Seattle Refined)

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 if there is something wonderful we need to know about.

Friday, December 13

Christmas Ship Parade of Boats Night. The Christmas Ship Parade features 65 lit and decorated boats that will begin passing through the Fremont Cut at about 8:30 p.m. The cruise is about 2.5 hours long, you can get boarding photos with Santa, there will be a community choir on board, boxed meals, a kids area with crafts and activities and a reading of the 'Twas the Night Before Christmas.

Lake Union Park
860 Terry Ave N
7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

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.

Tea in the Fireside Room. 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

Saturday, December 14

SantaCon. The best event of the year is back and better baby! This is one of my favorite pub crawls and I will be unfortunately unable to attend. Put your best Santa digs on and enjoy the festive bar crawl that begins at Blarney Stone at 11:30 a.m. and goes until the wee hours of the morning and wraps up at Trinity Night Club.

Blarney Stone
1416 1st Ave
11:30 a.m.
Tickets: $10

That's Impossible Presents. Get ready for an evening that will blow your mind as "That's Impossible Presents" brings mesmerizing and hilarious magicians to the stage ... and to your table. This intimate, cabaret-style magic show at DeLancey's on 3rd in Renton has to be seen to be believed. Join the fun and experience the impossible at this magic showcase.

DeLancey's on 3rd
810 S 3rd St
8 p.m.
Tickets: $30-$50

The Best Burlesque Pageant Ever. Nothing like a holiday burlesque show! Your favorite holiday characters are back with new friends to take on the true meaning of the season. When a group of rebels crash the Pageant auditions, the usual cast of players is horrified! To everyone’s amazement, they all find themselves starring in The Shanghai Pearl’s annual holiday pageant. Can the magic of the holidays save the pageant from disaster? The journey to the final bow is a festive adventure you have to see to believe!

Columbia City Theatre
4619 Rainier Ave S
8 p.m.
Tickets: $35

Renegade Craft Fair. More craft fairs! "Get into the spirit of the season while wrapping up holiday shopping at our curated marketplace of 200+ local and national artists, live DJ GooGoo sets, food trucks, and all the good vibes." This event runs on both Saturday and Sunday!

Hangar 30 @ Magnuson Park
6310 NE 74th St.
11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Sunday, December 15

Seattle Seahawks at Carolina Panthers. Sunday football BABY! Seahawks are in Carolina and kick off is at 10 a.m.