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Queen Anne Events: Things to Do in December

We wish you happy holidays this December! Here are some fun holiday happenings around the Queen Anne neighborhood.

All December: Winterfest
10am – 6pm | Seattle Center
Experience the annual Winterfest events at Seattle Center all month long! There’s a beautiful winter train and village to enjoy daily from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., and an ice skating rink that is open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. Additionally, there will be ice sculpting every Saturday from 12 noon until 2 p.m. and Dickens Carolers on Sundays from 2 – 3 p.m.

All December: The Nutcracker
10am – 6pm | McCaw Hall
Don’t miss this holiday tradition! George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® is now playing at McCaw Hall. Performances are at varying times on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays each week through December 28th

December 2 – 3: Urban Craft Uprising
10am – 5pm | Seattle Center Exhibition Hall
Make a dent in your holiday shopping and browse handmade goods at the Seattle Center’s Urban Craft Uprising. There will be more than 150 vendors, selling everything from clothes, jewelry, accessories, housewares, art, paper goods and more! This event is free to attend, and the first 100 attendees will receive a free swag bag.

December 3: Scandinavian Pancake Breakfast
8am – 1pm | Swedish Club NW
The Swedish Club NW’s monthly pancake breakfast features an authentic Swedish pancake breakfast complete with ham, lingonberries and all of the fixings. This month, it will take place on December 3rd, with live music by Skandia Kapell, Spelmanslag and Nordleik. The price is $9 for adults, $7 for club members and $5 for children ages 5-12.

December 5: 107.7 The End’s Deck the Hall Ball
3pm | KeyArena
The annual Deck the Hall Ball from 107.7 The End returns on December 5th with a lineup that includes Odesza, Portugal. The Man, Joywave, The Killers, J Grgry, The Lumineers, J Roddy Walston and the Business, and so much more!

December 10: Luciafest
3pm – 5pm | Swedish Club NW
The patron of this time of year for Swedes is Saint Lucia, and she and the season will be celebrated at the Swedish Club NW with Luciafest! On December 10th, enjoy tasty baked goods fiddle music, and dancing around the tree. The price is $5 for adults and $3 for children 12 and younger.

December 18 – 29: Winter Camps
9am – 4pm | Seattle Children’s Museum
Kids ages 4 – 10 can now register for the Winter Camps at Seattle Children’s Museum. Each day will have a designated theme that’s matched with fun activities as well as educational programs. Register for a half day, full day or full week!


For the Health of it! The Seattle/King County Clinic is on now.  


In this day and age, medical care can be tricky.

Whether you have insurance or you don’t, there are many factors that can make getting the regular exams and care you need a challenge or at least, really expensive.

Luckily, thanks to the Seattle/King County Clinic, you can receive the care you need FOR FREE.

That’s right, you have from now until this Sunday, October 29th to go to Key Arena and seek out the medical care or examinations you may need, at no cost to you.

The services provided at this clinic include medical care, vision care and dental care, all provided by a caring staff of professionals volunteering their time and skills to help people within the community.

From the website-

Seattle/King County Clinic brings together healthcare organizations, civic agencies, non-profits, private businesses and volunteers from across the State of Washington to produce a giant free health clinic in KeyArena at Seattle Center.  The four-day volunteer-driven clinic provides a full range of free dental, vision and medical care to underserved and vulnerable populations in the region. The next Clinic is scheduled for October 26 – 29, 2017.

If you or someone you know is in need of a routine checkup or has more serious concerns for their vision, dental or general medical health, now is your chance to receive excellent care from highly trained and generous professionals, for free.

This amazing event is brought to the community by the Seattle Center Foundation and supported by donations from community members like you.

To learn more about getting involved or donating to help to keep this event going, please visit their website or click here.


Keeping our community healthy is of the utmost importance and events like this make that possible. Thank you to all of the volunteers, professional and community donations that make this event possible, and our community a better place to live!

Teatro Zinzanni Returns

For those who love Teatro Zinzanni, and were sorry to see it leave lower Queen Anne: Take heart. The 18-year old dinner theatre extravaganza still exists and has moved to a temporary location at Marymoor Park in Redmond while searching for a permanent home. They are opening a new run of their original, beloved show, “Love, Chaos, and Dinner” this autumn and winter.

If you haven’t seen one of their shows, it’s an evening of circus acrobatics, cabaret, a full-course meal, comedy, lively costumes, and beauty under a big top tent. This performance runs from October 19th, 2017 through April 29th, 2018, and some previous, seasoned cast members, some of which have worked overseas in similar venues, are returning. 

Tickets for the general public officially go on sale on August 15th, but if you sign up for their email list, you will start receiving access to tickets as early as August 1st. If orchestrating a number of people attending, then group tickets are available for booking now.

Viva, Teatro Zinzanni!


Folklife Festival 2017

Once a year, the NW Folklife Festival enlivens the Seattle Center grounds for a 4-day, homespun, music-and-dance extravaganza, as you might know. Loosely defining the term “folk”, musicians from the Pacific Northwest and far beyond cover a wide spectrum of styles, from the individual singer trying out his/her newly-written song, to a seasoned blues band, a local Norwegian or Asian acoustic group, or an African a cappella choir from across the globe. Common threads connect all these: a celebration and immersion in different music/cultures and warm connection through music and other people.

Kiunka band.  Photo: C. Nelson

Twirl around a big dance floor with 80 other people, try a variety of eats at the food trucks (or bring your own lunch if you’re “line-averse”), look at or buy art, inspect a new guitar crafted by a local vendor, raise your voice in a sea chantey sing-along, or just hang out on the grass. There’s street musicians (buskers) in addition to the over 5,000 performers on stages situated throughout the Seattle Center grounds. And a fun option, for those guests who are musicians themselves (especially traditional songs like “You are my Sunshine”), is to bring your own acoustic instrument or harmonize along with one of the little, impromptu song circles that spring up here and there.

Photo: NW Folklife

This Pacific Northwest gem has been around for 46 years. They are non-profit with many volunteer coordinators that strongly believe everyone, no matter their financial status, should be able to attend this event. But the continuation of this festival in the future will depend upon whether enough attendees are able to make a donation at the gate this year or as a “Friend of Folklife”. $10 for a full day’s entertainment is the suggested donation.

Left: Owuor Arung.  Photo: Piper Hanson.         Right: Mexicans of WA.  Photo: Piper Hanson

Folklife dancing in the pavilion
Photo: Alan Berner/The Seattle Times

Come enjoy the festival on Memorial Day weekend, Friday May 26th through Monday, May 29th.  Check out their website here to find a schedule of daily events to choose from.