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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 if there is something wonderful we need to know about.

Friday, December 20

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

Garden d'Lights. Head to the Bellevue Bontanical Gardens to enjoy the beauitful light displays at Garden d'Lights! Light displays include plants, flowers, animals, and waterfalls all made out of LIGHTS! How preeeetttyyyyy! The light show will run through December 31st.

Bellevue Botanical Garden
12001 Main Street
4:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Tickets: $5

Winter Solstice Night Market. Seattle’s favorite holiday night market returns indoors over two nights in December 20-21st inside historic Magnuson Park Hangar 30. Over 150 booths and food trucks throughout, plus winter beer festival to celebrate the holidays. Shop & eat local inside this holidays.

Magnuson Park Hangar 30
6310 NE 74th Street
4 p.m.

Model Train Festival. All aboard! "History and holiday magic unite at the Washington State History Museum during the Annual Model Train Festival in December. Bring your family, friends, and the railroad enthusiasts in your life to see this showcase of the most spectacular and detailed model railroad scenes in the Pacific Northwest! Be sure to see the largest permanent public model train layout in Washington. And don't miss your chance to DRIVE THE FREIGHT TRAIN simulator!"

Washington State History Museum
1911 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Tickets: $14

Saturday, December 21

Holiday Fun Run. Welcome to the shortest day of the year! Enjoy the little sunlight you get at this Holiday Fun Run. "Time to spread some holiday sweat, and cheer of course! So come out and enjoy one of our many distances and don't forget to stop by our hot chocolate bar at the end of your run, yum."

Magnuson Park
10 a.m.
Registration: $23+

Ugly Sweater Holiday Party Cruise. What's better than ugly sweaters and cruising along the waterfront?! Probably nothing. "‘Tis the season to eat, drink and be ugly! Join Waterways Cruises for our first annual Ugly Sweater Holiday Party Cruise! Come aboard and enjoy festive spirits and appetizers while dancing the night away with live DJ entertainment. The uglier the sweater the more prizes to be won, make it a holiday to remember!"

Waterways Cruises HomePort
2441 N Northlake Way
8:30 p.m.
Tickets: $62

Xtreme International Ice Racing. Just when you think it can't get any more extreme! "XiiR (Xtreme International Ice Racing) is a motorcycle racing tour...ON ICE! Man and machine going from 0-60mph in under 3 seconds riding Speedway bikes and quads that are modified to compete on an indoor ice arena. There are over 2000 metal studs added to the tires and there are NO BRAKES! It's THE fastest sport on ice and one of the fastest sports in the world."

Angel of the Winds Arena
3438 Stoluckquamish Ln
7 p.m.
Tickets: $10-$20

Sunday, December 22

Cardinals @ Seahawks. Home game, let's go Hawks! Kick off at 1:25 p.m.

Hannukah at Dingfelders. Dingfelders' is kicking off Hannukah on Sunday with tons of Jewish fare. Latkes, Sufganiot and all of your favorite flowing all days for the festival of lights.

1318 E Pine St
11 a.m. - 8 p.m.