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November 2018

Jefferson County Holiday Fair

Nov. 3 - 4, 2018

Get a head start on your Holiday Season! The Holiday Fair at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds is a great place to get stocking stuffers, gifts, arts & crafts, or get your picture taken with Santa!

Gem Faire

Nov. 9 - 11, 2018

Gem Faire is one of the largest gem, jewelry & bead shows in the United States. Discover fine jewelry, costume jewelry, precious & semi-precious gemstones, millions of beads, sparkling crystals, gold & silver, tools, jewelry supplies & boxes all under one roof at the Washington State Fair Events Center in Puyallup!

Best of the Northwest Art & Fine Craft Show

Nov. 9 - 11, 2018

The annual Best of the Northwest Art & Fine Craft Show is an event with a completely unique collection of artists. Held at Hangar 30 in Seattle's Magnuson Park, the event features everything from jewelry, designer clothing and paintings, to works of glass, metal, wood, clay and more. Find unique gifts for holiday shopping, as well as decorative items for your home or office.

Seattle International Auto Show

Nov. 9 - 12, 2018

Whether you are looking the newest models and cutting-edge automobile technology or just love rare and classic automobiles, the Seattle International Auto Show is the place to be. This event will take place at Century Link Field!

Olympia Film Festival

Nov. 9 - 17, 2018

The Olympia Film Society has curated over nine days of important and entertaining films, outrageously fun events, informative workshops, and an experience you will not forget. Films will be shown at the Capitol Theater.

Veterans Day Parade

Nov. 10, 2018

Auburn has hosted the Veterans Day Parade since 1965. Now in its 53rd year, the parade has grown into one of the largest Veterans Day parades in the United States of America. Come on out and celebrate our Veterans!

Northwest Chocolate Festival

Nov. 10 - 11, 2018

Join us for chocolate exhibits from around the world, 80+ chocolate tasting workshops, a real working chocolate factory and 21+ lounge. Shop for holiday gifts, taste wine, beer & spirits, relax in the chocolate factory, and take a workshop in our globally renown chocolate education program.

Celluloid Bainbridge Film Festival

Nov. 10 - 11, 2018

The Celluloid Bainbridge Film Festival is a community event celebrating the many connections between Bainbridge Island and the film world. Since 1999, Celluloid Bainbridge has screened both amateur and professional films with a Bainbridge connection, providing a venue for both established and aspiring filmmakers to share their work with the community.

Olympic Peninsula Harvest Wine Tour

Nov. 10 - 11, 2018

Sip and savor the flavors of fall, enjoy seasonal activities and marvel at nature's vibrant palate during the Olympic Peninsula Wineries' Harvest Wine Tour. The nine artisan wineries are located in the Peninsula towns of Chimacum, Nordland, Port Townsend, Sequim and Port Angeles. Come out and celebrate the season!

Holiday Gift & Food Fair

Nov. 16 - 18, 2018

The Holiday Gift and Food Fair at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds features 180+ booths and is the largest indoor Holiday shopping extravaganza on the Peninsula, with woodworking, paintings, framed photographs, decorative Christmas items, pottery, handmade jewelry, clothing, birdhouses, variety of handbags, children's items and much more.

Gobble Up

Nov. 17, 2018

Come discover the best craft food makers in the Pacific Northwest at Urban Craft Uprising's premier Seattle food show! Sample delicious foods, discover new products and ingredients, find great gifts for the holidays, and discover 100+ local crafty food and beverage vendors that you may have never heard of before.

Gilman Village Sip & Shop

Nov. 17, 2018

Come to Issaquah for the annual Gilman Village Sip And Shop on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Live music, snacks and Washington boutique wines poured in various tasting locations at Gilman Village retail shops. Get an early start on your holiday shopping and enjoy specials at participating retail shops and restaurants.

Nordic Yulefest

Nov. 17 - 18, 2018

Yulefest is the annual Nordic Christmas celebration at the Nordic Heritage Museum in Seattle. Enjoy traditional Scandinavian entertainment featuring fiddlers, singers, and folk dancers; shop for hand-crafted gifts from our many Nordic-inspired vendors, and finish your gift shopping early this year!

La Conner Turkey Trot

Nov. 22, 2018

The annual La Conner Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning is a favorite event among locals, and a great way to justify all the delicious food you'll be eating that afternoon. Hosted by the La Conner Chamber of Commerce, the event raises funds for the La Conner High School Track & Field Program.

Fantasy Lights

Nov. 22, 2018 - Jan. 1, 2019

Pierce County Parks and Recreation is pleased to present the 24th annual 'Fantasy Lights at Spanaway Park' the largest holiday drive-through display in the Northwest, featuring nearly 300 elaborate displays and thousands of sparkling lights. The beautiful two-mile drive along Spanaway Lake has become a memorable lakeside tradition for the entire family.

Macy's Holiday Parade

Nov. 23, 2018

This wonderful holiday parade, held annually in downtown Seattle, features more than 25 inflatable floats, local school and community marching bands, drill teams, sports team and over 650 costumed characters.

Argosy Cruises Christmas Ship Festival

Nov. 23, 2018 - Dec. 23, 2018

Holiday traditions in the Northwest start on the water with the Argosy Cruises Christmas Ship festival - a holiday celebration that has been a Pacific Northwest tradition since 1949. Every year, 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. On shore, thousands of people gather around roaring bonfires anticipating the arrival of the Christmas Ship.

Snowflake Lane

Nov. 23 - Dec. 24, 2018

Snowflake Lane is a holiday spectacle for the whole family, made up of live toy soldier drummers, exhilarating music, animated snow characters, and glittering lights, all surrounded by snow falling every night along Bellevue Way between Bellevue Square, Lincoln Square and Bellevue Place in Bellevue, Washington.

Nutcracker Ballet

Nov. 23 - Dec. 28, 2018

Treat your loved ones to Pacific Northwest Ballet's production of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker this holiday season! Choreographer George Balanchine's production of Tschaikovsky's ballet The Nutcracker has become the most famous stage production of the ballet performed in the U.S.


Nov. 23, 2018 - Jan. 1, 2019

Seattle's wildest winter holiday lights festival is back! The favorite new holiday tradition features wild animals and wild places recreated in hundreds of thousands of sparkling LED lights. Experience amazing indoor and outdoor light displays, see a few animal friends - including visiting reindeer - have a faux-snowball fight with your family, and enjoy carolers singing the joy of the holiday season.

Seattle Center WinterFest

Nov. 23, 2018 - Jan. 1, 2019

Connecting to the sights, sounds and spirit of the season - Seattle Center Winterfest includes Winter Train and Village, Winterfest Ice Rink, cultural celebrations, ice sculpting, along with music and comedy, performances by more than 100 student groups and more.

Zoo Lights at Point Defiance

Nov. 23, 2018 - Jan. 6, 2019

Need a break from Christmas shopping and holiday baking? Head on over to Point Defiance Zoo for their annual Zoo Lights celebration. Over half a million colorful lights adorn the zoo grounds for one unbelievable holiday display. Don't expect to see any polar bears or penguins on this trip, though - they're tucked away safe and sound for this one.

Bellevue Magic Season Ice Arena

Nov. 23, 2018 - Jan. 13, 2019

Skate and celebrate at the Bellevue Magic Season Ice Arena, the region's largest open-air holiday ice skating experience! The festive venue offers shelter for all-weather skating, food and beverage concessions, music from STAR 101.5, and a series of special events including Free Skate Mondays, Free Skate Lessons, Stroller Skate Thursdays and Library Appreciation Days!

Magic in the Market Holiday Celebration

Nov. 24, 2018

Kick off your holiday season at Pike Place Market's "Magic in the Market"! Meet and take FREE photos with Santa, decorate gingerbread cookies, enjoy performances by the Figgy Pudding Caroling Teams, sip on some apple cider or hot chocolate, and witness the lighting of the 20-foot holiday tree and lights throughout the Market.

Kirkland Winterfest

Nov. 24, 2018

The annual Kirkland Winterfest Holiday Tree Lighting and Music Festival features an afternoon of performances, bon fires, carols, kids' activities, games, Santa arrival, refreshments, food, and the annual tree lighting ceremony.

Winterfest Arts & Crafts Fair

Nov. 24 - 25, 2018

During Gig Harbor's Winterfest, Peninsula High School is transformed into a winter wonderland. Thousands of holiday shoppers attend this Thanksgiving Weekend event. 200 Arts and Crafts Artists display their handcrafted items and gourmet foods.

Garden d'Lights

Nov. 24 - Dec. 30, 2018

The enormously popular Garden d'Lights festival features over a half million lights which transform the Bellevue Botanical Garden into a blossoming winter wonderland. Every December, over 150,000 people enjoy this dazzling holiday display.

A Victorian Country Christmas

Nov. 28 - Dec. 2, 2018

Step back in time and enjoy a Victorian village filled with 560 stores at the fairgrounds in Puyallup! Also, enjoy a Christmas Carousel ride, a horse drawn carriage ride, or hop aboard the Santa Tram!

Festival of Trees

Nov. 30 - Dec. 1, 2018

During the first week of December, Festival of Trees in Tacoma brings the sights and sounds of the holidays to the families of western Washington with a glittering display of approximately 60 exquisitely decorated trees.

Christmas in the Country

Nov. 30 - Dec. 2, 2018

Christmas in the Country is Bainbridge Island's premier winter holiday event. Following a map, visitors will drive the winding, tree-lined, rural roads on Bainbridge and stop at quaint historic cottages, farms, and fascinating homes while shopping for unique, handmade art, gift items, and epicurean delights created by local and regional artists and authors.

Bainbridge Island Studio Tour

Nov. 30 - Dec. 2, 2018

Bainbridge Island is just a short ferry ride from Seattle, and twice each year local artists open their studios to the public. The free tour is self-paced and the route is easily accessible by bicycle or by car. Each destination provides an oportunity to meet the artists, view works in progress and finished pieces, as well as various refreshments and live entertainment.

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