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.

Event details are subject to change, so check online or by phone before you go. To have an event considered for the calendar, please submit details to journey@aaawa.com.

Locations
Washington  |  Idaho  |  Oregon  |  British Columbia

Seasonal
Halloween Events Across the Pacific Northwest
Northwest Holiday Craft Markets


Washington

September 7­ – January 5, Bellingham
“WANTED: ED BEREAL FOR DISTURBING THE PEACE”
The Whatcom Museum presents the first solo retrospective exhibition featuring the work of local artist, draftsman and object-maker Ed Bereal, whose provacative and thought-provoking work addressed identity, racial inequality, violence and war in the 1960s and ‘70s. Whatcom Museum Lightcatcher Building, (360) 778-8930, www.whatcommuseum.org

October 4 — February 2, 2020 
ROBERT WILLIAMS: THE FATHER OF EXPONENTIAL IMAGINATION
Recent works from Los Angeles-based artist best known for painting exquisitely detailed allegories and epic history paintings. Bellevue Arts Museum, (425) 519-0770, www.bellevuearts.org

October 15 – November 22, Bothell
WATERWORKS AMPLIFIED
The Northwest Watercolor Society’s annual fall exhibition will be judged by Soon Y. Warren, who will also instruct the four-day workshop that runs October 21-24. Tsuga Fine Art & Framing, www.nwws.org

October 17 – January 26, Seattle
“FLESH AND BLOOD: ITALIAN MASTERPIECES FROM THE CAPODIMONTE MUSEUM”
Featuring renowned artists of the High Renaissance such as Titian and El Greco as well as Neapolitan masters including Artemisia Gentileschi and Bernardo Cavallino, this show reveals the expression of the human body through love, physical labor and suffering. Seattle Art Museum, (206) 654-3100, www.seattleartmuseum.org

November 2–January 26, Seattle
BEYOND BOLLYWOOD: INDIAN AMERICANS SHAPE THE NATION
Learn about the rich heritage and diverse contributions of Indian immigrants and their descendants in the U.S.—including insights into the Northwest’s Indian American pioneers—through photography, artifacts and oral histories. MOHAI, (206) 324-1126, www.mohai.org

November 7–December 7, Tumwater
“IT’S THE ART!” OLYMPIA BEER ADVERTISING ART SHOW
More than 50 original advertising artworks created for the Olympia Brewing Co. from the 1930s through the 1950s will be on display, illustrating society during the Depression and war years. Schmidt House, (360) 890-2299, www.olytumfoundation.org

November 7–December 29, Issaquah
“GUYS & DOLLS”
This iconic and award-winning musical comedy features gamblers, missionaries, a troop of dancing showgirls, and a craps game in New York City and will be performed by Village Theatre. Francis J. Gaudette Theatre, (425) 392-2202, www.villagetheatre.org; AAA membership discount available online (use promo code AAAVT).

November 8–December 22, Seattle
“SHOUT SISTER SHOUT!”
Experience the life of the legendary Rosetta Tharpe, the godmother of rock ’n’ roll, through this new rousing musical portrait. Bagley Wright Theatre, (206) 443-2222; 10% AAA membership discount available online at www.seattlerep.org/promo/aaa

November 15 – January 5, 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, www.volunteerparkconservatory.org

November 19, Seattle
"WE ARE PUGET SOUND"
Puget Sound is a magnificent and intricate estuary, supporting an abundance of resident and migrating life — notably two iconic, interdependent endangered species: Southern Resident orcas and chinook salmon. Hear from contributors to "We Are Puget Sound," a new multimedia book and campaign to restore Puget Sound, and learn how each of us can join in protecting our common home in the Salish Sea. Town Hall Seattle, www.braidedriver.org

November 20-24, Spokane
“JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR”
In celebration of its 50th anniversary, a new production of the iconic Broadway musical, detailing the final weeks in the life of Jesus Christ.First Interstate Center for the Arts, www.inbpac.com

November 21, Seattle
"THE BIG THAW"
Join Dr. Robert Max Holmes from Woods Hole Research Center and photographer Chris Linder, contributors to "The Big Thaw: Ancient Carbon, Modern Science and A Race to Save the World," for a behind-the-scenes look at eight field seasons at work in Siberia and Alaska studying the permafrost and what it contains: a ticking carbon time bomb. Mountaineers Seattle Program Center, www.braidedriver.org

November 22, La Conner
JINGLE BELLES – A LADIES NIGHT OF SHOPPING
More than 22 local merchants and restaurants will be open extended hours (4:30-7:30 p.m.) for your holiday shopping convenience. Maps and coupon books available at the La Conner Visitor Center while supplies last. (360) 466-4778, www.lovelaconner.com

November 22 – December 29, 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 Grand Seattle, www.gingerbreadvillage.org

November 22, Federal Way
"A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS LIVE ON STAGE"
This stage adaptation of the beloved television special brings all your favorite characters to life and is set to the unforgettable Vince Guaraldi musical score. Federal Way Performing Arts and Events Center, (253) 835-7010, www.fwpaec.org

November 22–23, Seattle
CASA PATAS FLAMENCO “RAÍZ DE 4”
The dance company of Casa Patas, from Madrid, presents their newest dance program, which delves into the roots of flamenco and is created by and starring the dancer/choreographer Rafael Peral and Marisa Adame. Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall, Benaroya Hall, (206) 215-4747, www.seattlesymphony.org

November 22 – December 15, Seattle
"CABARET"
A fresh production of the iconic musical comes to life for a limited run in an immersive Berlin cabaret setting. The beloved and devastating story and score have captivated audiences around the world and will receive a new staging from director Phil Lacey and choreographer Alyza DelPan-Monley. 12th Avenue Arts, (206) 682-0796, www.seattlegilbertandsullivan.com/cabaret

November 22 – December 29, Seattle
ENCHANT CHRISTMAS
This immersive holiday light experience includes larger-than-life ornaments, a Christmas light maze, an ice-skating trail, a locally curated food and Christmas Market experience (in collaboration with Urban Craft Uprising), music and entertainment … and Santa in a glittering sleigh. T-Mobile Park, www.enchantchristmas.com

November 23, Mount Vernon
SKAGIT WINE & BEER FESTIVAL
Wines, beers, ciders and spirits from throughout the state will be paired with appetizers, chocolate and cheese at this gourmand experience; remember to plan a safe ride home. (360) 428-8547, www.mountvernonchamber.com/skagit-wine-beer-fest

November 23, Seattle
MUSEUM OF FLIGHT MODEL AIRPLANE EXHIBIT
Sponsored by the Lake Sawyer Hawks Radio Control Club, the exhibit features fine craftsmanship and many types of flying, radio-control models. Museum of Flight, www.lakesawyerhawks.org

November 23, Spokane
SANTA’S ARRIVAL
Every year, Santa sends his helper to River Park Square to much fanfare and applause. Bring the kids, enjoy the party. www.downtownspokane.org

November 23-24, Spokane
SPOKANE SYMPHONY: TIM BURTON’S “THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS”
Watch the lovable classic film while the Spokane Symphony plays the enigmatic score written by Danny Elfman. www.spokanesymphony.org

November 23–24, Seattle
JULEFEST
Celebrate the holidays Nordic-style, with aisles filled with handcrafted gifts, plus krumkake and lefse, and Scandinavian music and dance in this sparkling new museum. Nordic Museum, (206) 789-5707, www.nordicmuseum.org

November 23 – December 26, Seattle
FESTIVAL OF TREES
More than 20 holiday-themed trees create a glittering backdrop, and the Teddy Bear Suite and a life-size, walk-through gingerbread house open for visitors during this benefit gala for Seattle Children’s Hospital Uncompensated Care and Seattle Children’s Autism Center. Seattle Fairmont Olympic Hotel, (206) 236-6167, www.seattlefestivaloftrees.com

November 26 – December 29, Seattle
“MRS. DOUBTFIRE”
See this joyful and heartfelt musical, based on the beloved film by the same name, make its world premiere. The 5th Avenue Theatre, (206) 625-1900, www.5thavenue.org; 10% AAA membership discount available.

November 28, Wenatchee
TURKEY ON THE RUN
Rotary Park is the start and finish line for 5K and 12K runs/walks and a kids’ run. www.runwenatchee.com

November 28 – 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, www.piercecountywa.org/parks

November 29, Spokane
AN EVENING WITH CHEVY CHASE
What’s better than watching the holiday classic film “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation?” Listening to Chevy Chase dish about the film after! www.foxtheaterspokane.org

November 29, Spokane
CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE
This holiday extravaganza is both a Broadway musical and a new Cirque adventure wrapped into one family friendly show. First Interstate Center for the Arts, www.inbpac.com

November 29-30, Spokane
KEVIN NEALON
The Saturday Night Live alum brings his standup comedy routine to the Spokane Comedy Club. www.spokanecomedyclub.com

November 29 – December 22, Spokane
IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE
Enjoy the saga of George Bailey, the Everyman from the small town of Bedford Falls, as the Spokane Civic Theatre brings this iconic American film to life on the stage. www.spokanecivictheatre.com

November 29 – December 31, Olympia
“SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE CASE OF THE CHRISTMAS CAROL”
Harlequin Productions presents a Holmesian twist on the Dickens classic, written by Seattle playwright John Longenbaugh and directed by Aaron Lamb. The State Theater, (360) 786-0151, www.harlequinproductions.org

November 29, Seattle
MACY’S HOLIDAY PARADE AND WESTLAKE CENTER TREE LIGHTING
The traditional morning parade, with festive floats and costumed characters, will be followed by the afternoon lighting of Westlake Center’s tree. www.downtownseattle.org/events/holidays

November 29–30, Dayton
CHRISTMAS KICKOFF
A Christmas tree lighting, a lighted parade and fireworks will illuminate the night at this celebration of the holiday season, with Santa and live reindeer in attendance. www.historicdayton.com

November 29–30, Bellevue
KIDSQUEST GINGERBREAD WORKSHOPS
Families and friends are invited to decorate their own gingerbread houses to take home, with a candy buffet and icing available. Hyatt Regency Bellevue, (425) 637-8100, www.kidsquestmuseum.org

November 29–30, Long Beach Peninsula
STUDIO TOUR 
Local artists’ studios across the peninsula will be open for this annual event by the Peninsula Arts Association, with opportunities to meet the artists, watch demos and find one-of-a-kind mementos. (360) 783-2887, www.beachartist.org

November 29 – December 1, Chelan
FALL BARREL TASTING
Wineries will be open for relaxed, post-harvest barrel tastings; remember to plan a safe ride home. (509) 682-3503, www.lakechelanwinevalley.com

November 29 – December 1, Leavenworth
CHRISTKINDLMARKT
Evening processions by lantern light are among the enticements at this annual Bavarian-style Christmas market in Washington’s most picturesque mountain village, with crafts and treats adding to the fun. www.christkindlmarktleavenworth.com

November 29 – December 1, Yakima Valley
THANKSGIVING IN WINE COUNTRY
Food and wine pairings, and tours at participating wineries are among the options at this valley-wide celebration; remember to plan a safe ride home. (509) 965-5201, www.wineyakimavalley.org

November 29 – December 22, Tacoma
“ELF THE MUSICAL”
A popular take on the movie Elf, this musical follows Buddy as he leaves the North Pole where he was raised by elves and travels to New York City in search of his birth father. Tacoma Musical Playhouse, (253) 565-6867, www.tmp.org; AAA membership discount available (use promo code AAA Member).

November 29 – 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. (206) 623-1445, www.argosycruises.com

November 29 – December 27, Port Townsend
“MERCY FALLS”
The world premiere of Jeni Mahoney’s play about taking a chance on Christmas Eve. Key City Playhouse, (360) 385-5278, www.keycitypublictheatre.org

November 29 – 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. The Allen Theatre, (206) 292-7676, www.acttheatre.org

November 29 – 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 at www.pnb.org (use promo code 20AAA).

November 29 – 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, www.thelightsofchristmas.com; AAA membership discount available.

November 29 – December 31, Seattle
SEATTLE CENTER WINTERFEST
The annual winter train and village will be on display at this annual event, with ice-skating, caroling, ice sculpting and weekend entertainment leading up to the city’s renowned fireworks display on New Year’s Eve. Seattle Center, (206) 684-7200, www.seattlecenter.com/winterfest

November 29 – January 4, Seattle
LAMAZE: LOST IN LIGHTS - FAIRYTALE CHRISTMAS
When Santa loses his presents, he needs the help of his favorite Storyland characters. Wander with your family through a holiday fairytale with 1 million lights to uncover six hidden presents for a prize. Featuring local artisans and boutiques, music, food and drink (remember to plan a safe ride home). Smith Cove Cruise Terminal at Pier 91, www.lumazelights.com/seattle-christmas

November 29 – 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, www.zoo.org/wildlights

November 29 – January 5, Tacoma
ZOOLIGHTS
The zoo glows with more than 700,000 lights during the holidays (except December 24); a vintage carousel and camel rides offer yet more excitement during this annual tradition. Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, (253) 404-3800, www.pdza.org

November 29 – January 20, Bellevue
BELLEVUE MAGIC SEASON
The magic includes an open-air ice rink in Bellevue Downtown Park, a nightly (through December 24) Snowflake Lane parade of live toy soldiers, and performances of holiday classics at Meydenbauer Center. (425) 453-1223, www.bellevuedowntown.com

November 30, Friday Harbor
ISLAND LIGHTS FESTIVAL
Festive lighting of Memorial Park for the holidays with caroling, a visit by Santa, craft-making and treats to kicks off Winterfest, which continues through December with Salish Sea Ballet’s Nutcracker, holiday markets, concerts and plays. The Whale Museum, Memorial Park and Brickworks, www.sanjuanisland.org

November 30, Langley
LIGHTING OF LANGLEY
Carol singing, hot cider and a visit by Santa are followed by a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in this cozy island community. Langley Park, (360) 221-6765, visitlangley.com 

November 30, Seattle
MAGIC IN THE MARKET
Pike Place Market’s annual holiday kick-off is filled with festive entertainment, a visit from Santa Claus, craft vendors and a tree lighting. (206) 682-7453, www.pikeplacemarket.org

November 30 – December 1, Tacoma
GINGERBREAD JAMBOREE
Candy buffets and frosting set the stage for families to build their own gingerbread-house masterpieces, accompanied by music, entertainment, treats and Santa. Hotel Murano, (253) 627-6031, www.playtacoma.org

November 30 – December 22, Seattle
’TIS THE SEASON
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

November 30 – December 22, Toppenish
TOY TRAIN CHRISTMAS
A train ride brings kids to the “North Pole” to meet and take photos with Santa, while back at the depot guests can marvel at model trains chugging amid wintry scenes in multiple rooms; the first weekend after Thanksgiving and first three weekends in December. Northern Pacific Railway Museum, (509) 865-1911, www.nprymuseum.org

November 30 – December 31, Bellevue
GARDEN D’LIGHTS
Celebrating its 25th year, this event features more than a half-million lights that bring the botanical garden into a winter “bloom” of brilliant illuminations. Bellevue Botanical Garden, (425) 452-6844, www.gardendlights.org 

December 1, Seattle
SEATTLE MARATHON AND HALF MARATHON
Around 8,000 competitors cap off the holiday weekend by running or walking a full or half marathon on rolling courses that loop out and back from Seattle Center, on the event’s 50th anniversary. (206) 729-3660, www.seattlemarathon.org

December 1, Olympia
DOWNTOWN FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Kick off the holiday season at this celebration in Olympia, which includes gingerbread houses, wagon and trolley rides, photos with Santa, a parade and a tree-lighting ceremony. Downtown Olympia, (360) 357-8948, www.downtownolympia.org

December 2, Lacey
LACEY PARADE OF LIGHTS
Guests can get into the holiday spirit with the Lacey Parade of Lights on Monday December 2nd with a tree lighting to follow at Huntamer Park. Huntamer Park, (360) 491-3214, www.ci.lacey.wa.us

December 2, Centralia
“A FESTIVE HOLIDAY SPIRIT”
The Pacific Northwest Chamber Orchestra will perform holiday-themed songs, as well as traditional orchestral music. Corbet Theater at Centralia College, (360) 520-3702, www.pncoa.org

December 3–15, 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 35 years. The Historic Davenport Hotel (through December 14) & River Park Square (through December 15), (509) 458-8733, www.spokanesymphonyassoc.org

December 5, La Conner
COMMUNITY TREE LIGHTING WITH SANTA
Santa arrives by classic fire truck, plus refreshments and entertainment. Gilkey Square, (360) 466-4778, www.lovelaconner.com

December 5–8, Spokane
SPOKANE SYMPHONY PRESENTS “THE NUTCRACKER”
E.T.A. Hoffman’s story of Clara and her nutcracker prince is performed by the Santa Barbara-based State Street Ballet and more than 80 local dancers. Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, (509) 624-1200, spokanesymphony.org

Dec. 5–24, Seattle
“THE DINA MARTINA CHRISTMAS SHOW WITH CHRIS JEFFRIES”
Comedy and drag legend Dina Martina brings her unique style to the holidays with this raucous and delightfully over-the-top evening of song, dance, and costume. Falls Theatre, (206) 292-7676, www.acttheatre.org

December 6, 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 6, North Bend
HOLLY DAYS OLD-FASHIONED DOWNTOWN FESTIVAL
Celebrate the holiday season with a community tree lighting, streetside marshmallow roasting and a diverse array of organizations hosting old-fashioned crafts for children, while dining and shopping in the historic district. Downtown North Bend, (425) 888-7669, www.discovernorthbend.com

December 6–7, Wenatchee
HOLIDAY SPICE
Holiday Spice is a joyful holiday revue with area performers saluting the season through dance, music, comedy and theater performances. Numerica Performing Arts Center, (509) 663-2787, www.numericapac.org

December 6–7, Tacoma
FESTIVAL OF TREES
Festively decorated trees will be on display, with a gala dinner and cocktail party adding yet more sparkle to this fundraiser for Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital. Greater Tacoma Convention Center, (253) 403-4892, www.festivaloftreestacoma.org

December 6–7, Tri-Cities
LIGHTED BOAT PARADE
A procession of lighted boats will motor along the Columbia River, from Clover Island in Kennewick to Richland’s Howard Amon Park, and back. www.lightedboatparade.com

December 6–8, Bainbridge Island
CHRISTMAS IN THE COUNTRY
A self-guided tour of cottages, farms and other locales, in venues across the island, will reveal a juried selection of handmade gifts for sale. www.christmasinthecountry.info

December 6–8, Bellingham
HOLIDAY PORT FESTIVAL
Decorated gingerbread houses star at this annual fête, which includes musical and dance performances, as well as horse-drawn wagon rides. Bellingham Cruise Terminal, (360) 676-2500, www.portofbellingham.com

December 6–8, Walla Walla Valley
HOLIDAY BARREL TASTING WEEKEND
Winemakers and cellar staff provide samples of future releases straight from the barrel, plus food, art, music and more. Remember to plan a safe ride home. (509) 526-3117, www.wallawallawine.com

December 6–22, 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, www.leavenworth.org

December 7, Bellingham
WHATCOM CHORALE: HANDEL’S “MESSIAH”
Revel in the sublime sounds of Handel’s “Messiah,” performed by Whatcom Chorale and Whatcom Chorale Sinfonia, led by Artistic Director and Conductor Deborah Brown and four soloists. Mount Baker Theatre, (360) 734-6080, www.whatcomchorale.org  

December 7, La Conner
HOLIDAY LIGHTED BOAT PARADE
The annual festival of lights on the Swinomish Channel; this year’s theme is Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Arrive early and visit with Santa at the La Conner Christmas Tree. (360) 466-4778, www.lovelaconner.com

December 7, Spokane
MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER CHRISTMAS
Celebrate the music of the holidays while Mannheim Steamroller celebrates its 35th anniversary. First Interstate Center for the Arts, www.inbpac.com

December 7, Tacoma
CHRISTMAS REGALE
Costumed re-enactors will welcome guests to toasts of the yule log and caroling, with old-fashioned parlor games, ornament-making and Father Christmas adding to the fun. Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, (253) 404-3970, www.metroparkstacoma.org

December 7, Ilwaco
CRAB POT CHRISTMAS TREE
The lighting of Ilwaco’s unique Crab Pot Christmas Tree kicks off the holidays, complete with crab-themed Christmas carols. Port of Ilwaco, (360) 642-3143, www.visitlongbeachpeninsula.com

December 7, Pullman
HOLIDAY FEST & TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY
A tree-lighting ceremony will be accompanied by hot cocoa, holiday entertainment and Santa. Pine Street Plaza, (509) 334-3565, www.pullmanchamber.com

December 7, Poulsbo
JULEFEST
A holiday bazaar inspired by Scandinavia will culminate in the Santa Lucia bride arriving by boat to light the traditional Jule bonfire. (360) 779-5209, www.poulsbosonsofnorway.com

December 7, Clarkston
LIGHTED CHRISTMAS PARADE
Dozens of illuminated parade entries will spread joy along the Sixth Street parade route. (509) 758-7712, www.lcvalleychamber.org

December 7, Lynden
LIGHTED CHRISTMAS PARADE  
A dazzling array of lighted trucks, cars—and even farm equipment—will travel from Fairway Center through downtown Lynden. (360) 354-5995, www.lynden.org

December 7, Sunnyside
LIGHTED FARM IMPLEMENT PARADE
With dozens of decorated, lit-up farm implements and vehicles, this annual event celebrates the area’s agricultural roots. Downtown Sunnyside, www.lightedfarmparade.com

December 7, Kingston
PORT OF KINGSTON’S CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING
Santa flips the switch on more than a half-million lights and more than 600 light sculptures, as visitors gather around bonfires to enjoy hot cocoa and live music. Mike Wallace Park, (360) 297-3545, www.portofkingston.org

December 7, Westport
SANTA BY THE SEA
Santa will arrive at Westport Marina aboard a U.S. Coast Guard boat, where he’ll be whisked via fire truck to the Maritime Museum, for photo opportunities and treats for all. (800) 345-6223, www.experiencewestport.com

December 7, Kirkland
WINTERFEST
Live performances, bonfires and a tree-lighting ceremony draw families and Santa to this annual festival. Marina Park, (425) 822-7066, www.kirklanddowntown.org

December 7, Coupeville
GREENING OF COUPEVILLE
Decorative floats will parade along this Whidbey Island town’s Main and Front streets, culminating with the tree lighting at Cooks Corner Park. (360) 678-5434, www.coupevillechamber.com

December 7–8, Redmond
REDMOND LIGHTS
A mile-long luminary walk between City Hall Plaza and Redmond Town Center bring light and festivity to this annual event, which features a holiday market, live entertainment and food. (425) 556-2395, www.redmondlights.com

December 8, Ilwaco
CHRISTMAS CONCERT
Eugenie Jones and her instrumental quartet will perform an afternoon holiday concert at the Eagle’s Nest. (503) 298-3777, www.watermusicfestival.com

December 8, Kent
MAGICAL STRINGS CELTIC YULETIDE CONCERT
The Boulding Family’s annual concert features Celtic harps, hammered dulcimers, whistles, strings and percussion, plus Irish step dancing and storytelling. Kent-Meridian Performing Arts Center, (253) 856-5051, www.kentwa.gov

December 8–9, Seattle
"ON OUR WAY HOME”
​The Joyful! Noise community choir presents its holiday concert, featuring songs about what it means to come home at Christmas — the power, the sustenance, and the rebirth — and premiers a new piece by composer Ben Markin, a setting of the Robert Frost poem, “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening,” Seattle First Baptist Church, www.joyfulnoiseseattle.org

December 8-23, 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 11, Spokane
KENNY G
If you just can’t get enough of the smooth jazz stylings of Kenny G, this is the perfect event for you. Northern Quest Resort & Casino, www.northernquest.com

December 12-14, Spokane
JON LOVITZ
If you don’t recognize the name, you probably recognize the voice. Lovitz, who has been a fixture in comedy, films and theater for decades, graces the stage at Spokane Comedy Club for one weekend only. www.spokanecomedyclub.com

December 12–29, 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 13-15, Tacoma
“THE NUTCRACKER” AND “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 by the Tacoma City Ballet Orchestra, vibrant sets and beautiful costumes. Pantages Theater, (253) 591-5894, www.tacomaartslive.org

December 14, La Conner
ELSA AND ANNA FROM “FROZEN”
The ladies of Arendelle take time off of promoting their new movie to visit La Conner. Pictures and costumes are encouraged. Gilkey Square, (360) 466-4778, www.lovelaconner.com

December 14, 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 the classic holiday movie, "White Christmas." Bing Crosby Theater, (509) 993-1732, www.bingcrosbyadvocates.org

December 14, 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.kentwa.gov

December 14, Tumwater
TUMWATER CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING FESTIVAL
This popular holiday event includes games, holiday crafts, performances by local and school choirs, the lighting of the tree, and Santa’s arrival on an antique fire truck. Tumwater City Hall, (360) 754-4160, www.ci.tumwater.wa.us

December 14–15, Seattle
“¡NAVIDAD!”
Pacific MusicWorks presents a new program of joyous Christmas music from 18th century Cuba, Mexico, Guatemala, Bolivia and Peru at Epiphany Parish Seattle on Saturday and Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya on Sunday. (904) 404-2912, www.pacificmusicworks.org  

December 14–15, 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 14–18, Tacoma
THE CHRISTMAS REVELS
This lively annual celebration of world cultures focuses this year on the rich traditions of the Balkan Peninsula and will include folk stories, stunning harmonies, lively dances and beautiful costumes. Rialto Theater, (253) 591-5894, www.pugetsoundrevels.org

December 15, Spokane
QUEENSRYCHE
Instead of “Silent Night,” it’s “Silent Lucidity.” Rock out to this heavy metal band that’s sold more than 30 million records. Northern Quest Resort & Casino, www.northernquest.com

December 15, Union Gap
16TH ANNUAL OLD TOWN LIGHTED HOLIDAY PARADE
Bundle up, grab some cocoa and come watch the lighted parade, which starts at the Pepp'rmint Stick Drive-In and follows Main Street to the Sears parking lot at the Valley Mall. www.visituniongap.com

December 17, Wenatchee
OLD TIME RADIO SHOW: “MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET”
Local performers play the familiar characters in this holiday classic as part of a nostalgic 1940s-style radio hour broadcast live on KOHO 101. Numerica Performing Arts Center, 509-663-ARTS, www.numericapac.org

December 18, Walla Walla
ROYAL BALLET’S “THE NUTCRACKER”
Part of a Live Cinema Series, 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 20–22, Seattle
HANDEL’S “MESSIAH”
The exultant “Hallelujah” chorus — featuring conductor Matthew Halls, the Seattle Symphony Chorale and a strong cast of soloists — will honor Handel’s greatest work. S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium, Benaroya Hall, (206) 215-4747, www.seattlesymphony.org; AAA membership discount available.

December 21–22, Spokane
“HOLIDAY POPS”
This performance of festive holiday music features guest vocalist and pop icon Vanessa Williams, 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 21 – January 1, Tacoma
MODEL TRAIN FESTIVAL
This event showcases large model train layouts designed and assembled by model train enthusiasts from across the state, with displays on every floor of the museum, including the largest permanent model train layout in the state. Washington State History Museum, (253) 272-3500, www.washingtonhistory.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

November 29 – 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

December 6–14, Wallace
A WALLACE RETRO CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL
A lighted Yuletide parade on Friday, December 13, will be the centerpiece of this festive, two-weekend-long celebration. (208) 753-7151, www.wallaceidahochamber.com

December 13–23, 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) 292-8750, www.traditionsofchristmasnw.com

Oregon

November 9 – December 1, Portland
MODEL RAILROAD SHOW
Columbia Gorge Model Railroad Club’s annual show features highly detailed train scenes and thousands of feet of track in a basketball court–sized space; the show runs every weekend. www.cgmrc.com

November 29 – December 30, Portland
THE GROTTO’S CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
It’s the 31st annual festival, with a puppet show, petting zoo and hundreds of thousands of lights (closed December 25). The Grotto, (503) 261-2400, www.thegrotto.org

December 4–8, Portland
HOLIDAY ALE FESTIVAL
An abundance of winter beers, ciders and meads, including many specially blended for the festival, are on tap to enjoy around the region’s largest Christmas tree, with food and a craft soda garden part of the fun; remember to plan a safe ride home. Pioneer Courthouse Square, www.holidayale.com

December 6–7, Portland
PROVIDENCE FESTIVAL OF TREES
More than 25 decorated Christmas trees, wreaths, mini trees and holiday displays with 80,000 twinkling lights offer visual splendor, with cookie decorating and a visit by Santa for kids. Oregon Convention Center, (503) 203-0791, www.providencefestivaloftrees.org/portland

December 8, Portland
HOLIDAY PAULÉE
Celebrate the 2019 grape harvest and meet winemakers, sample great bites from Chef Althea Grey Potter, and stuff your stockings with limited release wines and magnums; be sure to designate a driver. Southeast Wine Collective, (503) 208-2061, www.sewinecollective.com

December 13, 20 and 22, Astoria
“AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS”
This classic story of hope, in opera format, will be performed in an updated rendition by North Coast Chorale.  Performing Arts Center, (503) 338-8403, www.northcoastchorale.org

December 14, Portland
EASTBURN CIDERFEST
Beverages from more than 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 21, Milwaukie
WINTER SOLSTICE AND CHRISTMAS SHIPS VIEWING
A bonfire provides warmth for viewing the annual parade of Christmas ships, supplemented by tasty treats. Milwaukie Bay Park, www.milwaukieoregon.gov

British Columbia

November 20 – December 24, Vancouver
VANCOUVER CHRISTMAS MARKET
Celebrate this German market’s 10th anniversary with more than 80 huts decorated with twinkling lights offering European-style ornaments, gifts and international treats, as well as seasonal entertainment on the Christmas Pyramid’s Flying Stage. Jack Poole Plaza, www.vancouverchristmasmarket.com

November 22 – January 26, Vancouver
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, www.capbridge.com

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

November 29 – January 5, 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


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