It's time for Wildlights, an animal-themed light festival at the Woodland Park Zoo this holiday season.

Nov 22–Dec 29
Enchant Christmas
The maze of lights returns for a second year, bringing with it an ice-skating rink, special food and drinks, a Christmas market, and, of course, Santa. T-Mobile Park, $20–$33

Nov 23–Dec 31
Museum of Glass Fire and Ice Festival
At Tacoma’s Museum of Glass, you can create your own glass pumpkin, ornament, snowman, or paperweight. Also at this multi-day winter-themed festival: night markets, visiting artists, a Nutcracker performance, and a Christmas recital. Tacoma, $12–$60 

Nov 23–Jan 1
Sheraton Grand Seattle Gingerbread Village
The Sheraton’s Gingerbread Village (which raises funds for juvenile diabetes research) takes, well, a village. Chefs from the Sheraton, local architects, and children use thousands of pounds of dough, icing, and candy to make life-sized gingerbread houses, variations on the theme of “Elf Life.” Sheraton Grand Seattle, Free 

Nov 29–Dec 24
Miracle on 2nd and Sippin’ Santa at Vinnie’s
Rob Roy, Belltown’s consistently excellent and constantly nonchalant lounge, again gets seasonal: a holiday cocktail list, soundtrack, and a good deal of fake snow. Want something warmer? Its sibling bar, Vinnie’s, offers a tiki take on Christmas starting November 26. Rob Roy, A la carte; Vinnie’s, A la carte 

Nov 29–Dec 23
Argosy Cruises Christmas Ship Festival
Have yourself a nautical noel on the Puget Sound, surrounded by other lit vessels, choirs, and a reading of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. For those 21-and-over, a separate ship offers rotating weekly themes like an “Ugly Sweater Party” and “Tipsy Christmas Carols.” Want to stay on shore? You can see from there, too. Argosy Cruises, $42–$68 

Nov 29–Dec 22
Christmas at the Mansion
Puyallup Historical Society dresses up the Meeker Mansion in Victorian-style decorations. You can wander through on your own or call ahead to secure a tour guide. Meeker Mansion, $6 

Nov 29–Dec 24
Christmastown: A Holiday Noir
Want all the tropes of film noir filtered through a yuletide lens? In Christmastown, detective Nick Holiday sleuths for Big Red—who’s Santa, not a femme fatale. But there’s one of those, too. Seattle Public Theater, $17–$34 

Nov 29–Dec 22
Elf: The Musical
In this musical adaptation of the beloved Will Ferrell movie, everyone’s favorite human-elf hits the streets of New York in search of his real father. Tacoma Musical Playhouse, $31 

Nov 29–Jan 4
This twinkling maze of lights also hosts live entertainment, a holiday train ride, local vendors, and even a visit with the big man himself. Smith Cove Cruise Terminal at Pier 91, $15–$20 

The Blue Christmas cocktail at Vinnie's for its Sippin' Santa popup. 

Nov 29–Dec 24
Snowflake Lane
Bellevue’s nightly outdoor parade dances into its fifteenth year with toy drummers and "jingle belle" dancers, illuminated floats, fake snow, and music. Bellevue, Free 

Nov 29–Jan 5
Wildlights at the Zoo
At this light festival animals are on display, warm drinks are available by the fire, and if you want the winter experience without the freezing temperatures, the Snowmazium—with its faux snowballs—is the place to be. Woodland Park Zoo, $15 

Nov 30–Dec 31
Garden d’Lights
At Bellevue’s Botanical Garden, over 500,000 lights become plants, flowers, birds, and animals in a three-quarters of a mile route. Select nights have live music. Bellevue Botanical Garden, $5 

Sat, Nov 30
MOHAI Greet the Season
The holiday season means train time at MOHAI. In addition to a scavenger hunt, the whole family can check out a showing of miniature model trains by the National Model Railroad Association. If locomotives don’t move you, the entire park is geared up for the season, including the Historic Ships Wharf and Center for Wooden Boats. MOHAI, Included in $22 admission 

Dec 1–31
Salt and Straw Holiday Series
We don’t care if it’s already freezing outside: holiday flavors in ice cream form sound just fine, be they gingerbread cookie dough (dusted with crushed gingerbread cookies) or the vegan cinnamon chai spiced eggnog. Salt and Straw, A la carte 

Thu, Dec 5
A John Waters Christmas
The Father Christmas of Filth returns with his yearly one-man show. Gird yourself for festive transgressions. Neptune Theatre, $35–$45 

Thu, Dec 5
Dress your dog in holiday gear and bring it to Nord Alley at Pioneer Square for canine friendly pop ups. Holiday music will set the mood while you pose for a caricature with your dog. Thirsty? Flatstick Pub knocks a dollar off pints. Nord Alley, Free 

Land of the Sweets: The Burlesque Nutcracker returns to the Triple Door. 

Dec 5–Jan 5
Who’s to say cabaret—with its naughty streak, its glitter, its rosy cheeks—isn’t inherently festive? Certainly not the Can Can, Pike Place Market’s subterranean delight. Can Can Culinary Cabaret, $45–$55 

Sat, Dec 7
Ugly Sweater Bar Crawl
Your best worst holiday sweater can get a workout in this crawl through the 12 bars of Christmas. It’s put on by the SantaCon people. You’ve been duly warned. Start near First and Pike, $5–$30  

Sun, Dec 8
Addo Themed Brunch: Nightmare Before Christmas
Chef Eric Rivera comes up with a spooky-meets-jolly brunch inspired by Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas. While the food remains secret, guests can expect a decorated venue befitting the famed holiday crossover. Addo, $40 

Sun, Dec 8
Holiday Craft Cocktail Class
Goldfinch Tavern’s Wesley Johnston and Ray Stencel teach attendees to make three gin cocktails and then pair each drink with food from the restaurant’s chef, Emmanuel Calderon. Four Seasons Hotel Seattle, $40 

Sun, Dec 8
Hanukkah Community Concert and Celebration
Seattle’s Chava Mirel and Bay Area cantorial soloist Elana Jagoda share the bill at this concert, which includes latkes and games. Stroum Jewish Community Center, $15 

Dec 12–29
Land of the Sweets: The Burlesque Nutcracker
If you like PNB’s take on The Nutcracker well enough but think it needs something—maybe that’s table-side food and drink, or a grinding jazz band, or pasties and glitter—Verlaine and McCann’s annual Land of the Sweets: The Burlesque Nutcracker has you covered, even as its spirited cast takes it all off. The Triple Door, $42–$85 

Dec 13–24
Sugar Plum Gary
Santa meets Satan in Emmett Montgomery’s one man show. The local comedian takes to the stage in a red onesie and doles out an act both absurd and faintly evil. “Christmas in five words,” he grumbles through a huge beard. “He sees you when you’re sleeping. 18th and Union, $18–23 

Sat, Dec 14
Handmade Holiday Market
This seventh annual market hosts an array of vendors from puppy treats to wooden creations to handcrafted candles—all from local artists and makers. Second Use Building Materials, Free 

Sat, Dec 14
Holiday Market
The Northwest African American Museum hosts black businesses and vendors at its market. Expect apothecary, African textiles, literature, and prints. Northwest African American Museum, Free 

Sat, Dec 14
Seattle SantaCon
Santa Claus is coming to town—likely 2,000 of them, most of whom will be schnockered. If you want to join them, arrive anytime between noon to midnight in your holiday garb to receive a wristband and get free admission to certain venues, cocktail specials, and live entertainment. Various locations, $5–$30 

The Snow Day in South Lake Union pairs beer, food trucks, and a photo booth to ring in the season.

Dec 14–Jan 20
Snow Day SLU
Need a generalist holiday party for the family? South Lake Union’s Snow Day has a beer garden, food trucks, crafts for kids, and a snow globe photo booth. Denny Park, Free 

Mon, Dec 16
Kidd Valley Giving Tree
Head to Kidd Valley and pick a child’s wish to fulfill from their giving tree. Bring donations back by December 16, which will benefit Childhaven, an organization dedicated to ending child abuse and neglect. Monetary donations are also welcome. Various Kidd Valley locations, Free 

Dec 20–22
Handel’s Messiah
George Frideric Handel’s Messiah is as quintessentially Christmas as any carol. And when 50-some psalm-centered movements begin to run together, conductor Matthew Halls will lead the Seattle Symphony and Chorale in the incomparable Hallelujah chorus. Benaroya Hall, $26–$90 

Sat, Dec 21
Holiday Fun Run
This multi-distance fun run—choose 5k, 10k, or 15k—loops through Magnuson Park then rewards you with a holiday sweater contest and a cider and hot chocolate bar. Magnuson Park, $10–$46 

Sun, Dec 22
Grand Menorah Lighting
The first night of Hanukkah kicks off with this sundown celebration in Volunteer Park, hosted by the Chabad of Capitol Hill and the Central District. Volunteer Park, Free 

Not enough? Check out our December issue's "5 Holiday Events You Shouldn't Miss." 

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