Celebrate the season with Seattle Parks and Recreation

Holidays in Westlake Park, 2014, photo by TIA International Photography

The holiday season seems to sneak up on us and then it’s over before we know it. There are so many activities and things to be done; it can be hard to keep track of them all. We’ve created a one-stop guide to all of our festive happenings. Find gingerbread decorating for the kids, take advantage of low-cost childcare options, discover where to buy local, unique presents and locate a drop-off spot for gift donations.

The holidays can be stressful when you’re going it alone. Luckily, you have us.

CELEBRATE


NORTHEAST

Gingerbread House Decorating
What: Gingerbread house decorating
Where: Northgate Community Center
When: 6-7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 4
Cost: $8 per house

Luminaria Walk
What: Luminaria walk and hot chocolate
Where: Meadowbrook Pond
When: 5:30-7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 5
Cost: Free

Gingerbread House Decorating
What: Gingerbread house decorating
Where: Laurelhurst Community Center
When: 5:30-7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 11
Cost: $8 per house

Snowflake Funfest
What: Carnival games, swag making, crafts and hot chocolate
Where: Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center
When: 6-8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 18
Cost: $3 per individual, Family fee (5+) $12


NORTHWEST


Multi-Cultural Dinner
What:  A community dinner, celebrating food from around the world
Where:  Bitter Lake Community Center
When:  5:30-7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 4
Cost:  $3 per person, $10 per family of four

Holly Day Decorations
What: Create beautiful wreaths, garlands and sprays using invasive plants that need to be removed from the park like English ivy and holly
Where: Discovery Park Environmental Learning Center
When: 2-4:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 5
Cost: $9 per person, pre-registration required

Gingerbread Jubilee
What: Gingerbread house making
Where: Ballard Community Center
When: 6:30-8:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 10
Cost: $5

Gingerbread Houses
What: Gingerbread house decorating
Where: Magnolia Community Center
When: 5:30-7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 11
Cost: $3 per person, $10 per family of four

 

CENTRAL

 

Belltown Holiday Artwalk
What: Check out the Beaconettes performing at the artwalk
Where: Belltown Community Center
When: 6-7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 9
Cost: Free

Garfield Campus Holiday Party
What: Family dinner and celebration, gifts for children*
Where: Garfield Community Center
When: 6:30-8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 18
Cost: $2 per person
*Pre-registration is required for child to receive a toy at the event. Toys are for children under 12. Call 206-684-4788 for details.


SOUTHEAST

Winter Wonderland Party
What: Crafts, photos, visit from North Pole
Where: International District Chinatown Community Center
When: 6-8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 18
Cost: $1 per child


SOUTHWEST

Gingerbread House Making
What: Enjoy hot cocoa and decorate a gingerbread house
Where: Delridge Community Center
When: 6-7 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 9
Cost: Free

Winterfest
What: Games, refreshments, Santa visit
Where: South Park Community Center
When: Noon-2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 12
Cost: $2 per person, free for ages 2 and under

Winter Festival
What: Celebrate the holiday season with games and refreshments
Where: High Point Community Center
When: 5-7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 18
Cost: Free

Christmas Ships in Lake Union Park, 2014, photo by TIA International Photography


REALLY BIG EVENTS

Twinkle, Twinkle
Join us from 4:30-6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 4, for the fourth annual “Twinkle, Twinkle Freeway Park Winter Warmup” event! The Jim Ellis Freeway Park Association in partnership with Seattle Parks and Recreation and Exeter House will be leading s’more making, holiday crafts and singing with the Dickens Carolers. Participants can warm up with free hot chocolate by a bonfire.

This year the Dickens Carolers will lead a parade to Westlake Park beginning at 6 p.m. to join the Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition downtown.


Pathway of Lights
Join thousands of people for “Pathway of Lights” around Green Lake from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 12. Experience the warm glow of luminaries and sounds of the season performed by schools and local artists.


Christmas Ships

Since 1949, glistening lights on grand ships have glided across the Puget Sound to celebrate the holiday season. The Argosy Christmas Ships sail to more than 45 waterfront communities every year. Choirs onboard the ships greet those onshore with 20-minute performances of popular carols, while those on land keep warm near cackling bonfires waiting for their arrival.

This year, Seattle Parks and Recreation is hosting special bonfire events in many of its waterfront parks. For a complete Christmas Ships schedule, go here.

 

Gingerbread house decorating


SHOP (and childcare!)


NORTHEAST

Ravenna Holiday Art and Crafts Sale
What: Locally crafted gifts from artists, activities for kids, warm soup
Where: Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center
When: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 5
Cost: Free

Parents Night Out – Drop and Shop
What: Childcare during shopping season
Where: Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center
When: 6-9 p.m., Friday, Dec. 11
Cost: $15, sibling discount $5

Parents Night Out – Drop and Shop
What: Childcare during shopping season
Where: Northgate Community Center
When: 6-9 p.m., Friday, Dec. 18
Cost: $15, sibling discount $5


SOUTHEAST

Holiday Bazaar
What: Marketplace Gift Bazaar, proceeds go towards recreation scholarships
Where: Rainier Beach Community Center
When: 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 5
Cost: Free

 

 

Christmas Ships are here

Since 1949, glistening lights on grand ships have glided across the Puget Sound to celebrate the holiday season. The Argosy Christmas Ships sail to more than 45 waterfront communities every year. Choirs onboard the ships greet those onshore with 20-minute performances of popular carols, while those on land keep warm near cackling bonfires waiting for their arrival.

This year, Seattle Parks and Recreation is hosting 16 bonfire events in its waterfront parks. We’ve compiled a list of events for your perusing and some tips to know before you go.

Saturday, Nov. 29
Viewing from Museum of History and Industry, South Lake Union Park
7:15-7:35 p.m.
This event takes place as part of Lake Union Park’s Greet the Season event that takes place from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. There will be activities for all ages including toy boat building, cookie decorating, card and ornament making, knot tying and dance performances.

Sunday, Nov. 30
Viewing from Gas Works Park
6:25-6:45 p.m.
Bonfire only, no programmed Seattle Parks activities

Wednesday, Dec. 3
Viewing from Pritchard Beach Park
7:50-8:10 p.m.
Bonfire only, no programmed Seattle Parks activities

Viewing from Seward Park
8:25-8:45 p.m.
Light refreshments; donations accepted

Saturday, Dec. 6
Viewing from Matthews Beach Park
9:45-10:05 p.m.
Live music and refreshments; donations accepted

Sunday, Dec. 7
Viewing from Ferdinand Street Park
5:40-6 p.m.
Bonfire only, no programmed Seattle Parks activities

Viewing from Stan Sayres Memorial Park
6:15-6:35 p.m.
Bonfire only, no programmed Seattle Parks activities

Viewing from Mount Baker Beach Park
6:45-7:05 p.m.
Bonfire only, no programmed Seattle Parks activities

Friday, Dec. 12
Viewing from Hiram M. Chittenden Locks
8:10-8:30 p.m.
Lights refreshments

Viewing from Carkeek Park
8:35-8:55 p.m.
Bonfire only, no programmed Seattle Parks activities

Saturday, Dec. 13
Viewing from Lowman Beach Park
4:20-4:40 p.m.
Bonfire only, no programmed Seattle Parks activities

Viewing from Alki Beach Park
5:10-5:30 p.m.
Pre-activities begin at 4:10 p.m., performance by the Holy Names Choir, refreshments, holiday lighting

Tuesday, Dec. 16
Viewing from Golden Gardens Park
9:05-9:25 p.m.
Bonfire only, no programmed Seattle Parks activities

Friday, Dec. 19
Viewing from Magnuson Beach
8:50-9:10 p.m.
Pre-activities beginning at 8 p.m., live music by the Emerald City Jazz Ensemble, refreshments, hundreds of luminaries

Saturday, Dec. 20
Viewing from Madison Beach Park
4:40-5 p.m.
Bonfire only, no programmed Seattle Parks activities

Viewing from Madrona Beach Park
9:45-10:05 p.m.
Bonfire only, no programmed Seattle Parks activities

Tuesday, Dec. 23
Viewing from Gas Works Park
9:45 p.m.-10:05 p.m.
Bonfire only, no programmed Seattle Parks activities

Tips from Parks Crew Chiefs
-Dress for the weather; events happen rain or shine
– Stay a safe distance away from the bonfire at all times
– Bonfires are not built for roasting marshmallows