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Best of This Weekend in Seattle Nov 25 – 27

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credit: Pike Place Market

credit: Pike Place Market

It’s time for Thanksgiving, and the holidays to begin. See what’s happening in and around Seattle this weekend.

My Macy’s Holiday Parade
Friday, November 25
9:00am
Downtown Seattle
http://www.macys.com

Straight from the North Pole, Santa Claus will be spreading joy and good cheer as he winds his way through the streets of downtown Seattle. Accompanied by Macy’s unique inflatable floats, costumed characters, and local community groups, Santa will lead the parade to the downtown Macy’s where he will open Santaland at 11:00 for the 2011 holiday season.

Seattle Center Winterfest
November 25 – January 1, 2012
Seattle Center
305 Harrison Street
Seattle, WA 98109
http://www.seattlecenter.com/winterfest

Connect to the sights, sounds and spirit of the holiday season with five weeks of entertainment, ice skating, New Year’s Eve celebrations and more.

Macy’s Starlighting and Fireworks
Friday, November 25
5:00pm
1601 Third Avenue
Seattle, WA 98181
http://www.macys.com

In conjunction with the annual Seattle Westlake Center tree lighting, the famous 161-foot high, 3,600-bulb Holiday Star atop the downtown Macy’s is a Seattle favorite. The event will include an incredible fireworks display (weather permitting).

Seattle Marathon and Half Marathon
Sunday, November 27
Downtown Seattle
http://www.seattlemarathon.org

Starting on 5th Avenue between Harrison and Mercer Streets, east of the Experience Music Project, this Marathon Run, Half Marathon Run, Marathon Walk, and Half Marathon Walk has nearly 11,000 participants.

Hello Snow
November 25 – December 31 (except Christmas Day)
Pacific Place
600 Pine Street
Seattle, WA 98101
http://www.pacificplaceseattle.com

Visitors will catch the holiday spirit amid a festive flurry of “snowflakes” every evening at 6:00pm inside Pacific Place’s four-story atrium! Santa’s Wonderland are up on the 3rd floor, and he’s waiting for your visit! Pick up your illuminated Snowflake Wands this year. This sparkling memento is a $1 donation and all proceeds benefit Seattle Children’s Hospital. They are available for purchase at the Concierge Desk.

Bellevue Magic Ice Arena
November 25 – January 8, 2012
Bellevue Downtown Park
10201 NE Fourth St
Bellevue, WA 98004
http://www.magicseason.com

This beloved Magic Season tradition is the perfect memory-making activity for family and friends. Free skating lessons on select evenings, and a series of special holiday events. Food concessions available on-site.

Garden d’Lights
November 24 – December 31
Bellevue Botanical Garden
12001 Main Street
Bellevue, WA 98005
http://www.gardendlights.org

The enormously popular Garden d’Lights festival features over ½ million lights which transform the Bellevue Botanical Garden into a blossoming winter wonderland. Over 150,000 people enjoy this dazzling display each December!

ZooLights
November 25 – January 1, 2012
Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium
5400 N Pearl St,
Tacoma, WA 98407
253.591.5337
http://www.pdza.org

Introducing Military Mondays! Zoolights is $6.50 for active duty military and their household family members with military ID on Nov. 28, Dec. 5 and Dec. 12. Thousands of lights and light sculptures of animals… Santa scubas with the fish in the aquarium, plus music, camel rides and more.

Magic in the Market
Saturday, November 26
5:00pm
Pike Place Market
http://www.pikeplacemarket.org

Join us for our annual holiday kick-off, filled with an afternoon of festive music and a visit from Santa. Holiday lights adorning the Market’s buildings and trees will be turned on at 5:00pm. Celebrate the start of the holiday season!

Festivals of Light
November 25 – January 5, 2012
Seattle Children’s Museum
Center House – Ground Level
305 Harrison Street
Seattle, WA 98109
http://www.thechildrensmuseum.org

Learn about holiday traditions with other cultures and other countries. Hands-on kids activities, stories and more!

Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Nutcracker
November 25 – December 27
McCaw Hall
321 Mercer Street
Seattle, WA 98109
206.441.2424
http://www.pnb.org

A holiday classic ballet, with the beautiful stage and costume designs of Maurice Sendak.

Christmas Ship Festival
November 26 – December 23
http://www.argosycruises.com

The Argosy Christmas Ship festival is a holiday celebration that has been a Northwest tradition for 62 years. Its main purpose is to bring communities together to celebrate the holiday season. From our flotilla of ships to the crowds of people who gather onshore, this celebration is one of the gems of the holiday season. Each night, between November 26 – December 23, the Argosy Christmas Ship sails to different Puget Sound waterfront communities, over 45 in total. Choirs onboard sing 20-minute performances to these communities, all broadcast via state-of-the-art speaker system.

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