Wed, Dec 31
New Year's Eve with Emerald City Soul Club and Dug!
Welcome the new year with a packed house of good looking people dressed to the nines and cutting a rug to some swinging tunes – just like grandpa and grandma did it back when she was a babe and he was a rascal. In years past, Emerald City Soul Club has held this New Year's Eve bash at Low-Fi. This year they team up with Dug! for a funk/soul combo at Chop Suey, with two genre-specific rooms, both spinning original vinyl. Chop Suey, $15.
Fri & Sat, Jan 2 & 3
Big Ass Boombox
True to its name, this event is stuffed with as many local artists as you can fit into a two day event: 40 bands, 10 writers, two stages. Big Ass Boombox is the answer to that post-holiday question, "What free, culturally nourishing thing should we do this weekend?" Check out music from Ever So Android, the Hoot Hoots, and the Jesus Rehab, as well as local wordsmiths like Ed Skoog, Willie Fitzgerald, Piper Daniels, and Lillian Ruth Nickerson. The Crocodile, free.
Thru Jan 4
Christmas may be over, but the reindeer haven't hung up the sled and returned to their normal day jobs just yet. They are still hanging out at the Woodland Park Zoo, along with a lineup of other spectacles for a little extended holiday cheer. At WildLights, marvel at the dazzling light displays, ride the carousel, and, of course, pay a visit to the zoo's reindeer. Woodland Park Zoo, $10.
Thru Jan 4
Seattle Center Winterfest
Winterfest at Seattle Center offers everything you could want from a quaint, snow-drenched holiday village (including an actual mini village with a working train) and only requires a trek to lower Queen Anne. There's ice skating (the only activity at the fest that costs actual money - $7), as well as ice sculpting, and special art installations to get patrons in a festive spirit. Seattle Center, free.