There’s a huge variety of events happening this weekend in Puget Sound. French fairs, a yoga rave, Hanukkah celebrations, Santa sightings, concerts and more! Jump in! The weekend’s almost here!

Christmas Fair/Le Marché de Noël
Saturday, December 17
10:00am – 2:00pm
Good Shepherd Center
4649 Sunnyside Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98103

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Come experience French games and songs by la Chorale de l’Alliance Française. Local vendors and artisans will be selling their wares, just like the marchés de Noël en France!

Seattle Yoga Rave with DJ Karsh Kale
Saturday, December 17
Fremont Studios
155 N. 35th Street
Seattle, WA 98103

Come at 9:30pm for yoga, meditation and soft music to get you relaxed and limbered up with expert yoginis. At 10:30pm, you’ll slowly build to a rave high! Globally renowned electronic fusion sensation, DJ Karsh Kale and DJ Miguel Alvarado will create a powerful audio, visual elevated experience that celebrates the power of yoga with music. It’s a healthy, fun and inspiring activity for those 18 and up. Tickets available online.

Santa Runs Tacoma
Saturday, December 17
Dock Street, Downtown Tacoma

Come join Santa as he runs Tacoma’s third annual Christmas 5K Run & Walk, 10K Solo Run & Relay and 1K Kids Run on Tacoma’s scenic waterfront. Costume contest for the best dressed Christmas Character! Bring the kids out and have them tell Santa what they want for Christmas. . Please bring canned or dry food products with you on race morning for donation. Every can or package of food helps FISH Food Banks of Pierce County. Run benefits The Humane Sociatey of Tacoma & Pierce County.

Hanukkah Under the Stars
Saturday, December 17
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Stroum Jewish Community Center
3801 Mercer Way
Mercer Island, WA 98040

Come celebrate the Festival of Lights during one of the largest community Hanukkah Celebrations in Seattle. Everyone is invited to join in the fun! Seattle’s own kid rock band the Not-Its! will be performing. Admission is FREE, registration is required. Register online at

Handel’s Messiah
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
December 16, 17 and 18
Benaroya Hall
200 University Street
Seattle, WA 98101

This perennial favorite features exquisite choral writing and the exultant “Hallelujah” chorus, with the Seattle Symphony and the Seattle Symphony Chorale. Please bring non-perishable food to donate to Food Lifeline, Washington’s largest hunger relief organization. Collection bins will be available in the lobby during each performance of Messiah. Tickets available online.

Kids’ Culinary Adventure: Gingerbread Edition
Saturday, December 17
The Woodmark Hotel
1200 Carillon Point
Kirkland, WA 98033

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As a special addition to the regularly scheduled cooking classes, kids will play chef for a day to mix, bake and decorate their own gingerbread cookies. Included in the cost is a chef’s hat with crayons to decorate and a baggie of homemade seasonal treats. Cost: $10/person. Call for reservations.

Light The Candles: A Hanukkah Concert for Everyone
Sunday, December 18
Westside Unitarian Universalist
7141 California Avenue SW
Seattle, WA 98136

The Seattle Jewish Chorale is pleased to present an interactive, family-friendly celebration, Light the Candles: A Hanukkah Concert for Everyone. For Jews and non-Jews alike, this concert is a wonderful opportunity to learn what Hanukkah is all about, so invite all your friends! Tickets available online.

Christmas Party to Greet Santa Arriving by Train
Saturday, December 17
Centennial Station
6600 Yelm Highway SE
Lacey, WA 98513

Greet Santa when he arrives on Amtrak Cascades #500. Kids can talk with Santa and punch and cookies will be provided by Centennial volunteers. Sparky the clown will also be creating balloon animals.

Museum of Glass: Christmas Around Tacoma
Saturday, December 17
1:00pm – 4:00pm
1801 Dock Street
Tacoma, WA 98402

This festive event is a tradition at the Museum of Glass and a visitor favorite. Take a virtual trip around Tacoma and create holiday keepsakes along the way: make a snowman in Wright Park, a wreath at Pt. Defiance, a Christmas tree in Fircrest, and a holiday votive at the Museum of Glass.

The Christmas Music of Manheim Steamroller by Chip Davis
Sunday, December 18
Paramount Theatre
911 Pine Street
Seattle, WA 98101

Mannheim Steamroller is a classical rock band founded by Chip Davis and Jackson Berkey who are famous for their modern Christmas ideas. The band has sold 27 million albums worldwide since they began. The classical rock style will have you dancing and buzzing through the night! Tickets available online.

The Big Spin 2011
Sunday December 18
2:00pm – 5:00pm
Showbox SoDo
1700 1st Ave. S
Seattle, WA 98134

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Baby Loves Disco returns to Seattle for a throw-down, blowout Hanukkah party! The Big Spin benefits uncompensated care at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Come for a chance to spin the giant dreidel for prizes! Bring cash or check to take a spin. Get a personalized flip book from Flipped Out Productions! Bring cash or check to take one home. Ticket price includes face-painting art and Pin the Shamash on the Menorah. Tickets available online.