This Month in (Festive) Fun

Wondering how to maximize your feelings of festivity this month? Read on for a potpourri of holly jolly happenings in Seattle this season. Whether ice skating, improv, flea markets or reindeer are your thing, you’re bound to find something interesting to do before we ring in 2015.

SAM Lights: Seattle winters are known for being dark, but they don’t have to be sad too. Come celebrate the season of lights with SAM at the Olympic Sculpture Park Grounds and Pavilion this Thursday from 5:30 to 7:30. Make art, listen to live music, grab a bite and hot drink and walk the path lined with hundreds of lights and luminaries. Free and open to the public.

Seattle Center Winterfest: This yearly event at the Seattle Center Armory features a wide variety of activities, and the Armory food court will stave off any hunger you might experience during your adventures. There’s the Winterfest Train and Village display, ice skating at Fisher Pavilion and ice sculpting on Saturdays from noon to 2:00pm. Through 12/31, free admission.

Wildlights at Woodland Park Zoo: See Woodland Park Zoo come to sparkling life in thousands of LEDs lights in one of the area’s most popular holiday diversions. Enjoy visiting reindeer, snowball fights and carolers now through 1/04/2015.

Our Gay Apparel: Join the Seattle Men’s Chorus in celebrating the fun, campy and well, gay apparel that’s worn during the holidays. Known as “Seattle’s Other Holiday Tradition,” this lively and humorous show should have you singing along and dancing in your seat whether you’re two or 92. Through 12/22.

Punk Rock Flea Market: While the Punk Rock Flea Market isn’t technically a holiday event, it is bound to be a rowdy good time and a place to buy some unique gifts. Located in an old Postal Office at 23rd and Union in the Central District and featuring a live DJ, food and awesome stuff for purchase, this should be a welcome break from all the candy canes and eggnog you’ll be faced with this month. It all happens this Saturday, 12/13 from noon to 8:00pm. $1.00 admission.

A (n Improvised) Christmas Carol: Unexpected Productions presents its yearly favorite, An Improvised Christmas Carol this month through 12/27. UP has been surprising Seattle improv-lovers since 1985 with this unique show, using audience suggestions to take Charles Dickens’ classic tale in fun and hilarious new directions. Each show is different, and you can help determine the fates of Scrooge and Tiny Tim like never before.

Reindeer Festival: Were you one of those kids who could name all of Santa’s reindeer at the drop of a hat (neither was I)? Still, it’d be fun to see some real, live Reindeer this month, wouldn’t it? Swanson’s Nursery will be home to Dasher and Blitzen through 12/24. Plus, Curly the Camel joins the reindeer for some holiday hijinks.

-Maggie Tarnawa is a blogger for TWIF