Seattle has festive events, concerts and great shows like Cirque du Soleil Volta!, A Magical Cirque Christmas, The Hip-Hop Nutcracker and Moscow Ballet’s Nutcracker all lined up to make this an exciting November. Pretend you’re in India at the Diwali celebrations, indulge at a chocolate festival, go skating, but make sure you don’t miss Macy’s Holiday Parade!
About: Celtic Thunder, the all-male singing group from Ireland, perform both solo and ensemble numbers and have certainly garnered many fans since their debut in 2007. They now bring their talents to the US on their X tour. Celtic Thunder was conceived by Sharon Browne and written, arranged by Phil Coulter and designed as a contemporary exploration of Celtic music, which means it falls to the pop-dance side of the spectrum more than it does to the traditional side. Accompanied by the Celtic Concert Orchestra under the direction of David Munro, the musical director of the group, Celtic Thunder has become a household name all around the world with live shows known for dramatic lighting and choreography as well as realistic Irish stage sets with authentic Irish instruments.
When: Monday November 5 at 7:30 pm.
Cost: From $23.
About: This cultural celebration symbolizes the victory of good over evil, one of India’s most celebrated holidays recognized by different faiths, including Hindus, Jains, Buddhists, Sikhs and many others. Diwali is celebrated by gathering with family, lighting clay lamps, creating floral décor, lighting bonfires, sharing sweets and the worship of Goddess Lakshmi, who is the goddess of wealth, fortune and prosperity. Celebrate Diwali, with Indian dance performances (both Bollywood & traditional), henna artists, craft making, and Indian sweets. First Level by Gap | First Level by Nordstrom
See Rangoli artwork on display, on the first level near Gap and Nordstrom, created by Seattle Maharashtra Mandal community artists. Rangolis feature materials such as coloured sand, rice, flowers, grains or dry flour to make beautiful designs and patterns. Rangoli Coloring with Microsoft Fresh Paint means you can paint and print your own Rangoli art to take home using Microsoft Fresh Paint, on the first level, outside the Microsoft Store. MōkSHA Indian Cuisine will be handing out sweet samples for as long as they last in the centre court.
When: Saturday November 3 from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm.
About: The famous Moscow Ballet brings the Great Russian Nutcracker to Seattle for just two nights. Become immersed in the classic tale of Clara and her gift of a Nutcracker doll that transforms to a prince and the various adventures they have including the fight with the mice, the sleigh ride through the forest, and the visit to the land of sweets where they meet the Sugar Plum Fairy. It is a magical experience performed by one of the greatest ballet companies in the world to Tchaikovsky’s soaring score.
When: Thursday and Friday November 8-9 at 7:00 pm
Cost: From $28.
About: The fall show has 115 artists displaying jewellery, clothing, paintings, glass art, and sculptures. Come down to relax and browse, do some shopping for unusual gifts or home décor items, and meet up with friends over a meal from one of the food trucks.
When: November 9 – 11, Friday: Noon – 7:00 pm; Saturday: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm; Sunday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.
Contact: 509-550-5050 or email email@example.com.
Cost: Tickets $8.00 – debit/credit or cash at the door. Kids 12 and under free. Veterans with military ID – free. Free parking too.
About: Who can resist a festival dedicated to chocolate? As the weather cools chocolate comes into its own. Here you can taste heavenly chocolate creations, attend workshops, and shop from 160 exhibitors from 20 different countries at the Northwest Chocolate Festival. It’s the largest gathering of artisan chocolate makers in the world who will have milk chocolate, dark chocolate, inclusion bars, decadent desserts, truffles, bonbons, molten chocolate cakes, and caramels – all made by hand with the finest ingredients.
When: Saturday and Sunday November 10 – 11
Contact: Via website, Facebook or Twitter.
Cost: $20 adult early bird day passes, (Regular $35), $12 youth pass for ages 12 to 17. Kids aged 11 and under free. There are also VIP and Weekend passes available. Express Parking all day – $10. Fees and taxes not included in above pricing.
About: Tchaikovsky’s score gains a modern twist with 12 hip-hop dancers, including “King of Rap” Kurtis Blow, an on-stage DJ, an electric violinist, and a digital background with an urban vibe. The story remains the same but becomes more upbeat with this new presentation of dancers popping and locking, performing headspins, and windmills instead of the usual pas-de-deux. It’s exciting and upbeat. If you miss the concert in Seattle then you can catch it on Thursday, November 15 at Pantages Theater Tacoma.
When: Saturday November 17 at 7:30 pm.
Cost: From $35.
About: Shop from 65 juried vendors of handcrafted items and gourmet foods at the Snohomish Holiday Market, with live music in the 22,000 square foot barn at Thomas Family Farm, 28 miles NW of downtown Seattle. Whatever the weather you’ll be warm and dry in the barn with a beer garden and plenty of food options, besides the shopping options.
When: Saturday November 17 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Contact: via website.
Cost: Free admission. Free parking. No pets allowed.
About: A Nordic Christmas spirit comes to the Nordic Heritage Museum in Ballard, 5.7 miles NW of downtown Seattle. Here you will find fiddlers and folk dancers, delicious Scandinavian food, craft booths, access to the museum exhibits and a beer garden.
When: November 17 – 18
Contact: 206-789-5707 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cost: Kids 12 and younger are free.
About: See marching bands, costumed characters like the gingerbread man, elaborately decorated floats with people in snow globes, and Santa Claus at Macy’s Holiday Parade, where crowds gather to mark the official start of the holiday season.
When: Friday November 23 from9:00 am.
About: The free event includes a countdown to the lighting of the outdoor Christmas tree at Westlake Center the day after Thanksgiving. Macy’s Downtown Seattle Star lighting ends with a firework show if weather permits. Music and fake snow complete the festive scene and families can try out the holiday carousel.
When: Friday November 23 at 4:30 pm.
About: Enjoy holiday lights, skating at Fisher Pavilion, folk dancers, carolers, dancers, ice sculptors, and entertainment during Winterfest. From 10:00 am daily the Winterfest model train and village representative of the turn of the century will be open at the Armory South Court. Most of the entertainment is scheduled for the weekends with skating daily.
When: November 23- December 31. Closed December 25.
Cost: Many events are free. The skating costs $8 per adult and $6 per child, and includes skate rental.
About: A Victorian Country Christmas has 500 booths with vendors in Victorian costumes selling art, jewellery, decorations, clothing, and toys at the Washington State Fair Events Center in Puyallup, 36 miles south of Seattle. At the Christmas Village kids can post letters to Santa, whisper in his ear, enjoy having their faces painted, engage in some Christmas crafts and activities, bounce in the jump zone to a background of Christmas carols. There is a free Santa tram for kids and free horse-drawn sleigh and carriage rides. On Wednesday, November 28 at 6:00 pm the tree lighting ceremony will take place.
When: November 28 to December 2.
Wed – Thurs: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Fri – Sat: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Cost: $10 general admission, $9 youth 6-18,Wed to Fri. Sat and Sun prices $12 per adult and $10 for youth aged 6-18. Kids 5 and under are always free. Free parking.
About: The show incorporates many favourite extracts from past Disney movies and shows like Moana, Beauty and the Beast, Frozen, Cinderella, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Aladdin, Peter Pan, Toy Story and Winnie the Pooh among others. Kids will be thrilled to see their favourite characters, with the sets and the music all adding up to a magical show. All kids over the age of 2 must have a ticket.
When: Thursday to Sunday November 8-11. Various show times.
Contact: 425-322-2653 – general information, or dial 1-866-332-8499 for tickets by phone.
Cost: From $30
About: Now is the last chance to catch Cirque du Soleil as they return with their spectacular Volta! Drawing inspiration from the world of street sports, the troupe’s usual array of supremely talented aerialists, acrobats, and dancers is joined by BMX riders and skaters in the big top. VOLTA is a story of transformation, of blazing your own trail and fulfilling your potential. The story centres on Waz, a popular game-show host, who has lost himself on the road to fame. But as doubt sets in, Waz becomes enlightened by memories of his childhood as he encounters the Free Spirits who are able to open the doors to his soul. Will Waz be able to reconnect with his true self and shine brightly again?
When: Until November 4. Various times.
Cost: From $39.
About: Billed as “the world’s greatest variety show”, the breathtaking circus acts will have audiences enthralled with the talent and the dazzling costumes, then there are live musicians singing Christmas carols to get families into the Magical Christmas mood. The show has something for everyone and will create lasting memories.
When: Wednesday November 21 at 7:30 pm.
Cost: From $40