Explore the Pacific Northwest

Calendar of Events

Explore the Pacific Northwest

Your Guide to Top Festivals, Shows, Celebrations and More

Looking for fun things to do this weekend or on your next road trip? Our events calendar is your go-to source for information on exciting festivals, street fairs, concerts, performances, exhibitions and more across the Pacific Northwest.

Locations:
Washington  |  Idaho  |  Oregon  |  British Columbia


Featured Events

rockette style dancers at the kroc center

traditions of christmas

Through December 23, Coeur d'Alene
Christmas songs and traditions from around the world will be spotlighted, with kick-line tap dancing, a USO tribute, Santa’s workshop and a living nativity adding to the event. Kroc Center, (208) 391-2867

Featured Events

angels in stained glass

HANDEL MESSIAH

December 14–16, Seattle
The exultant “Hallelujah” chorus, featuring conductor and countertenor Dmitry Sinkovsky, the Seattle Symphony Chorale and a strong cast of soloists, will honor Handel’s greatest work. Benaroya Hall, (206) 215-4747; AAA membership discount available.

colorfully lit christmas ship

WINTER SOLSTICE AND CHRISTMAS SHIPS VIEWING

December 15, Milwaukie
A bonfire provides warmth for viewing the annual parade of Christmas ships, supplemented by treats, including hot dogs, pies, a beer garden and cocoa. Milwaukie BayPark

step back in time and see how an english country village celebrated christmas

THE CHRISTMAS REVELS

December 15–19, Tacoma
The songs, dance and music of an English country village, enlivened by the mischievous doings of fairies, hobs and brownies, will be featured in this lively annual celebration of world cultures. Rialto Theater, (253) 591-5894

dancers perform the nutcraker

THE NUTCRACKER & THE TALE OF THE HARD NUT

December 15-23, Federal Way
The holiday classic The Nutcracker will be joined by The Tale of the Hard Nut, presented by Tacoma City Ballet, in this lavish production with live music, vibrant sets and beautiful costumes. Federal Way Performing Arts and Events Center, (253) 835-7010

Washington

December 5–30, Port Townsend
SPIRIT OF THE YULE
Port Townsend in the year 1889 is at the heart of this musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, as a street-wise, sharp-tongued woman is visited by ghosts from her past and future. Key City Public Theatre, (360) 385-5278, www.keycitypublictheatre.org

December 7, Eastsound
EASTSOUND HOLIDAY CELEBRATION AND TREE LIGHTING
The community band will play holiday favorites while Santa and Mrs. Claus hand out toys and gifts to children, at this light-filled celebration. www.visitsanjuans.com

December 7–9, Walla Walla Valley
Holiday Barrel Tasting Weekend
Wineries and tasting rooms offering sample of wine straight from barrels, and the fun continues at participating restaurants and venues in downtown Walla Walla and surrounding areas. Remember to designate a driver. (509) 526-3117, www.wallawallawines.org

December 7 and 9, Seattle
CHRISTMAS IN ROME
Pacific MusicWorks Orchestra will bring joyous music from 17th and 18th century Rome to life at Epiphany Parish Seattle on Friday and Trinity Episcopal Parish Seattle on Sunday. (206) 708-6003, www.pacificmusicworks.org

December 8, Spokane
BING CROSBY HOLIDAY FILM FESTIVAL
This annual festival takes place in the crooner's hometown, featuring vintage Bing films, live entertainment and Crosby memorabilia, as well as a showing of Holiday Inn, the classic movie featuring the song White Christmas. Bing Crosby Theater, (509) 993-1732, www.bingcrosbyadvocates.org

December 8, Morton
CHRISTMAS IN THE MOUNTAINS
Hayrides, a living nativity and a holiday movie will usher in the festive season. Roxy Theater, (360) 496-6086, www.visitmorton.com

December 8, Kent
CHRISTMAS RUSH FUN RUN AND WALK
This annual 10K run and 5K run/walk will begin and end at Hogan Park, at Russell Road. (253) 856-5050, www.kentarts.com

December 8–9, Port Gamble
COUNTRY CHRISTMAS
This Victorian-inspired town will be lit by more than 130,000 lights, with tractor hay rides through town, a craft workshop for kids, Santa and a fireworks display adding to the festivities. (360) 297-8074, www.portgamble.com

December 9–23, Seattle
JINGLE ALL THE WAY
Seattle Men’s Chorus rings in the season with a high-spirited celebration featuring fresh takes on holiday classics, beloved carols and dazzling showstoppers. Benaroya Hall, (206) 388-1400, www.seattlechoruses.org

December 14–16, Seattle
HANDEL MESSIAH
The exultant “Hallelujah” chorus, featuring conductor and countertenor Dmitry Sinkovsky, the Seattle Symphony Chorale and a strong cast of soloists, will honor Handel’s greatest work. Benaroya Hall, (206) 215-4747; www.AAA.com/discounts; AAA membership discount available.

December 15–19, Tacoma
THE CHRISTMAS REVELS
The songs, dance and music of an English country village, enlivened by the mischievous doings of fairies, hobs and brownies, will be featured in this lively annual celebration of world cultures. Rialto Theater, (253) 591-5894, www.pugetsoundrevels.org

December 15-23, Federal Way
THE NUTCRACKER & THE TALE OF THE HARD NUT
The holiday classic The Nutcracker will be joined by The Tale of the Hard Nut, presented by Tacoma City Ballet, in this lavish production with live music, vibrant sets and beautiful costumes. Federal Way Performing Arts and Events Center, (253) 835-7010, www.fwpaec.org

December 17 and 19, Walla Walla
ROYAL BALLET’S THE NUTCRACKER
This screening of the Royal Ballet’s holiday production, by Peter Wright, and with period costumes, is filmed live in London and rebroadcast. Gesa Power House Theatre, (509) 529-6500, www.phtww.com

December 21, Wenatchee
OLD TIME RADIO SHOW: MRS. BOB CRATCHIT’S WILD CHRISTMAS BINGE
Mrs. Bob Cratchit, a minor character in the Dickens tale, takes center stage in this hilarious and nostalgic 1940s-style radio hour broadcast live on KOHO 101. Numerica Performing Arts Center, 509-663-ARTS, www.numericapac.org

December 21–January 1, Tacoma
MODEL TRAIN FESTIVAL
This event showcases model train displays designed and assembled by model train enthusiasts from across the state, with displays on every floor of the museum and the largest permanent model train layout in the state. Washington State History Museum, (253) 272-3500, www.washingtonhistory.org

December 22–23, Spokane
HOLIDAY POPS
This performance of festive holiday music features the Spokane Symphony, the Spokane Symphony Chorale and The Spokane Area Youth Choirs. Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, (509) 624-1200, www.spokanesymphony.org

December 31, Tacoma
FIRST NIGHT TACOMA
Live entertainment fills the streets and shops with music and other arts, while food trucks circle up at this family friendly, alcohol-free New Year’s Eve celebration. www.firstnighttacoma.org

December 31, Long Beach
NEW YEAR’S EVE FIREWORKS AT MIDNIGHT
A fireworks show over the ocean welcomes in the new year. (360) 642-2400, www.visitlongbeachpeninsula.com


Idaho

Through January 1, Coeur d’Alene
HOLIDAY LIGHT SHOW
On-water displays will sparkle with 1.5 million lights during the Coeur d’Alene Resort’s holiday show, when nightly lake cruises transport kids to Santa’s workshop. (208) 765-4000, www.cdaresort.com

Through December 8, Wallace
A WALLACE RETRO CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL
A lighted Yuletide parade on Friday, December 7, will be the centerpiece of this festive, two-weekend-long celebration. (208) 753-7151, www.wallaceidahochamber.com

December 7–23, Coeur d'Alene
TRADITIONS OF CHRISTMAS
Christmas songs and traditions from around the world will be spotlighted, with kick-line tap dancing, a USO tribute, Santa’s workshop and a living nativity adding to the event. Kroc Center, (208) 391-2867, www.traditionsofchristmasnw.com


Oregon

December 6, Portland
TASTING GROUP: NW CABS
Celebrate the bold flavors of the region’s cabernet wines at this holiday season tasting; be sure to designate a driver. (503) 208-2061, www.sewinecollective.com

December 9, Portland
EASTBURN CIDERFEST
Beverages from 15 cideries will be poured, accompanied by live music and late-night food and drink specials, to benefit Toys for Tots; be sure to designate a driver. EastBurn Public House, www.theeastburn.com/ciderfest

December 15, Milwaukie
WINTER SOLSTICE AND CHRISTMAS SHIPS VIEWING
A bonfire provides warmth for viewing the annual parade of Christmas ships, supplemented by treats, including hot dogs, pies, a beer garden and cocoa. Milwaukie BayPark, www.milwaukieoregon.gov


British Columbia

November 28 – January 1, Vancouver
BRIGHT NIGHTS CHRISTMAS TRAIN
More than 3 million lights in colorful displays will illuminate Stanley Park as the train weaves through the forest. Stanley Park Railroad, (604) 257-8531, www.vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/bright-nights-train

December 1 – January 6, Vancouver
VANDUSEN FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
More than a million lights will decorate 15 landscaped acres, reflecting in lakes and ponds; live entertainment, free carousel rides and photos with Santa offer additional enticements. VanDusen Botanical Garden, (604) 257-8335, www.vandusenfestivaloflights.ca


Event details are subject to change. Please confirm online or by phone.
 

Ongoing Events

Through December 6, Tacoma
MAKE/DO: A HISTORY OF CREATIVE REUSE
This exploration of using old objects to make new works reveals crafters’ role in bringing together communities; the exhibit showcases contemporary art and artifacts. Washington State History Museum, (253) 272-3500.

Through December 9, Spokane
CHRISTMAS TREE ELEGANCE
This raffle of 18 themed, custom-decorated trees, a benefit for the Spokane Symphony, has been a Spokane holiday tradition for more than 30 years. Davenport Hotel (through December 8) & River Park Square (through December 9), (509) 458-8733

Through December 9, Tumwater
“IT’S THE ART!” OLYMPIA BEER ADVERTISING ART SHOW
More than 50 original advertising artworks created for the Olympia Brewing Company from the 1930s through the 1950s will be on display, illustrating society during the Depression and war years. Schmidt House, (360) 890-2299

Through December 16, Leavenworth
CHRISTMAS LIGHTING FESTIVAL
St. Nickolaus leads the festivities on Friday evenings, while a sing-along of carols and a lighting ceremony at dusk cap daylong amusement on Saturdays and Sundays. (509) 548-5807

Through December 16, Tacoma
IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS
Veterans and song-and-dance performers Bob Wallace and Phil Davis follow a duo of beautiful singing sisters to their Christmas show at a Vermont lodge. The score features holiday standards, including the perennial favorite, White Christmas. Tacoma Musical Playhouse, (253) 565-6867; AAA membership discount available (use promo code AAA Member).

Through December 16, Seattle
OUR GREAT TCHAIKOVSKY
Tchaikovsky’s compositions spring to life through the hands and insights of actor and piano virtuoso Hershey Felder, who performs music from Swan LakeSleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker and the 1812 Overture. Seattle Repertory Theatre’s Leo K. Theatre, (206) 443-2222

Through December 16, Toppenish
TOY TRAIN CHRISTMAS
A caboose ride brings kids to the “North Pole” to meet Santa and marvel at more than 40 model trains chugging around decorated Christmas trees, the first weekend after Thanksgiving and first three weekends in December. Northern Pacific Railway Museum, (509) 865-1911

Through December 23, Seattle
ARGOSY CRUISES CHRISTMAS SHIP FESTIVAL
The Christmas Ship brings caroling and holiday spirit to waterfront communities on Elliott Bay, Lake Union and Lake Washington, as well as the Kitsap Peninsula and Tacoma. (888) 623-1445

Through December 24, Vancouver, British Columbia
VANCOUVER CHRISTMAS MARKET
More than 75 wooden huts decorated with twinkling lights offer European-style ornaments and gifts, as well as international treats, accompanied by live music. Jack Poole Plaza

Through December 28, Seattle
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
A Seattle tradition, ACT Theatre tells the classic Dickens tale of hope and redemption, featuring the curmudgeonly Ebenezer Scrooge and Tiny Tim. ACT Theatre, (206) 292-7676, www.acttheatre.org

Through December 28, Seattle
GEORGE BALANCHINE’S THE NUTCRACKER
Pacific Northwest Ballet’s production of this classic tale, set to Tchaikovsky’s score, features fantastical sets and costumes designed by Ian Falconer. McCaw Hall, (206) 441-2424; 10% AAA membership discount available.

Through December 29, Stanwood
THE LIGHTS OF CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL
More than 1 million lights sparkle during this annual event, which features live entertainment, kids’ activities and a theatrical performance. Warm Beach Camp, (360) 652-7575; AAA membership discount available.

Through December 30, Seattle
ANNIE
With beloved classics such as Tomorrow and It’s a Hard Knock Life, this energetic and hopeful musical is a holiday treat for all ages. The 5th Avenue Theatre, (206) 625-1900; 10% AAA membership discount available.

Through December 30, Seattle
ENCHANT CHRISTMAS
This immersive holiday light experience includes larger-than-life ornaments, a Christmas light maze, an ice-skating trail, music and entertainment … and Santa in a glittering sleigh. Safeco Field

Through December 30, Bellevue
GARDEN D’LIGHTS
More than a half-million lights bring the botanical garden into a winter “bloom” of brilliant illuminations. Bellevue Botanical Garden, (425) 452-6844

Through December 30, Portland
THE GROTTO’S CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
It’s the 30th annual festival this year, with a puppet show, petting zoo and hundreds of thousands of lights (closed December 25). The Grotto, (503) 261-2400

Through December 30, Seattle
IN THE HEIGHTS
Seattle Repertory Theatre’s production focuses on a vibrant New York neighborhood on the brink of change as residents figure out which traditions to keep and which to leave behind. Bagley Wright Theatre, (206) 443-2222; 10% AAA membership discount available online.

Through December 30, Issaquah
ROALD DAHL’S MATILDA THE MUSICAL
A brilliant and imaginative little girl named Matilda takes a stand and changes her destiny in this Tony-Award winning musical performed by Village Theatre. Francis J. Gaudette Theatre, (425) 392-2202, AAA.com/discounts; AAA membership discount available online (use promo code AAAVT).

Through December 31, Victoria, British Columbia
EGYPT: THE TIME OF PHARAOHS
This blockbuster exhibition at the Royal BC Museum features the lives of six pharaohs, including the female pharaoh Hatshepsut, whose 3,500-year-old sandstone bust is featured; the entire exhibition, from four key European collections, includes more than 300 original artifacts covering all aspects of ancient Egyptian life. The Royal BC Museum, (250) 356-7226

Through December 31, Seattle
SEATTLE CENTER WINTERFEST
The annual winter train and village will be on display at this annual event, with ice-skating, caroling and other activities leading up to the city’s renowned fireworks display, on New Year’s Eve. Seattle Center, (206) 684-7200

Through January 1, Spanaway
FANTASY LIGHTS
More than 300 elaborately lit displays will glow along a 2-mile route along Spanaway Lake. Spanaway Park, (253) 798-4199

Through January, 1 Seattle
GINGERBREAD VILLAGE
This beloved annual showcase of sweet fantasies, crafted by the Sheraton’s culinary team and top local architecture firms, benefits the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Sheraton Seattle Hotel

Through January 1, Coeur d’Alene
HOLIDAY LIGHT SHOW
On-water displays will sparkle with 1.5 million lights during the Coeur d’Alene Resort’s holiday show, when nightly lake cruises transport kids to Santa’s workshop. (208) 765-4000

Through January 1, Seattle
POINSETTIA HOLIDAY DISPLAY AND MODEL TRAIN
Seattle’s historic Volunteer Park Conservatory—one of the nation’s last remaining Victorian glass houses—will dazzle with holiday displays and a model train at this open house. (206) 322-4112

Through January 5, Seattle
WILDLIGHTS
Guests will be transported to a festive winter wonderland, complete with lights, treats, faux snowball fights, animal encounters and more. Woodland Park Zoo, (206) 548-2500

Through January 6, Tacoma
ZOOLIGHTS
The zoo glows with more than 650,000 lights during the holidays (except December 24); a vintage carousel and camel rides offer yet more excitement on the 30thanniversary of this annual tradition. Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, (253) 404-3800

Through January 13, Bellevue
BELLEVUE MAGIC SEASON
The magic includes an outdoor ice rink in Bellevue Downtown Park (covered to allow skating in all weather conditions), the nightly (through December 24) Snowflake Lane parade along Bellevue Way, holiday performances at Meydenbauer Center and more. (425) 453-1223

Through January 21, Seattle
PEACOCK IN THE DESERT: THE ROYAL ARTS OF JODHPUR, INDIA
Nearly four centuries of royal treasures from Jodhpur, India, come to the United States for the first time in this exhibition of paintings, ceremonial objects, arms and armor, jewels and carved furnishings. Seattle Art Museum, (206) 654-3100

Through January 27, Vancouver, British Columbia
CANYON LIGHTS
Festive lights will illuminate the Capilano Suspension Bridge, Cliffwalk and Treetops Adventure as well as the forest, creating a world of visual enchantment. Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, (604) 985-7474

Through February 10, Seattle
WWI AMERICA
Developed by the Minnesota History Center and making its West Coast debut, this major exhibit at the Museum of History and Industry tells the extraordinary stories of Americans—both the legendary and the unsung—during the Great War, and explores many local issues related to the war that occurred in our region. MOHAI, (206) 324-1126

Through Spring 2019, Seattle
PEARL JAM: HOME & AWAY
With more than 200 artifacts directly from Pearl Jam band members and their Seattle warehouse, this will be the most-extensive exhibition to celebrate the music of Pearl Jam. MoPOP, (206) 770-2700

Holiday Craft Markets

Artists and artisans from across our region and beyond display their wares in settings decked out for the holidays at these fun craft markets across the Northwest.

December 8, Friday Harbor
OLD-FASHIONED CHRISTMAS MARKET AT BRICKWORKS
Brickworks building

December 8–9, Portland
CRAFTY WONDERLAND HOLIDAY ART + CRAFT MARKET
Oregon Convention Center, (503) 224.9097

December 22­–23, Portland
RENEGADE CRAFT FAIR
Pure Space