Dec. 1 – Jan. 14
Lusio Lights Pioneer Square
Lusio and Alliance for Pioneer Square: Seattle; 4:30 p.m.–12 a.m., free, all ages
Lusio and the Pioneer Square neighborhood association have teamed up to brighten winter. They’ve planned 45 nights of lights, creating an outdoor public art exhibit. If you go to the link above, you can find a map to help you start your self-guided exhibition across the neighborhood. Each installation is a collaboration with local artists to help bring the community together in a safe and engaging way. We all could use a little light these days, so peruse this beautiful scene.
Dec. 10 – Jan. 3
Starlight Lane: A Rockin’ Holiday Drive-Thru Experience
Lumen Field: 800 Occidental Ave. S, Seattle; 5–9 p.m., $40 per vehicle, all ages
Celebrate the holidays at Starlight Lane, where you’ll be treated to a super cool experience with lights, lasers and music, all from the comfort of the car you drove in. This is an ideal socially-distanced activity where you also get to avoid the beautiful (this is sarcasm) Seattle winter weather. This function is highlighting Toys for Kids; if you can, please bring a new toy, still in its package, to donate to a child in need. You’ll be able to drop it off at the end of the drive-thru. This holiday season is a weird one, but that doesn’t mean we can’t find magic among the madness! Tickets are going fast, so don’t delay visiting the link.
Dec. 19, 25
KEXP Punk Xmas
Sonic Reducer on KEXP: 90.3 FM; Dec. 19 and 25, free
This isn’t as much an event as it is a little announcement about KEXP Punk Xmas broadcasts, which seem like the perfect soundtrack for 2020 year-end holidays. So, if you’re tired of the never-ending Christmas songs or doomsday news or crime podcasts or whatever else you may be listening to, tune in to KEXP Dec. 19, 9 p.m.–12 a.m., and Dec. 25, 12–7 p.m.
Dec. 16 – Jan. 17
Sound Credit Union and Woodland Park Zoo: 5500 Phinney Ave. N, Seattle; 4–8:30 p.m., $23.95–28.95, all ages
Experience the zoo like never before with full illumination. This larger-than-life lantern display will wow any visitor and make for a wonderful time. First, you’ll walk through the Living Northwest exhibit, which has lanterns of all the animals we’re familiar with, like bears, eagles and goats. Then you’ll move through the Jungle Lights exhibit, which has some of the world’s most elusive animals, like snow leopards, tigers and gorillas. From, there you’ll dive into the Seamazium, filled with aquatic favorites. Lastly, you’ll visit the African Safari exhibit to have a safari of your own with giraffes, zebras and so much more. Tickets are selling quickly for this super cool experience, but there is availability in January for some post-holiday fun, too.
Holiday Care-A-Van Supporting Mary’s Place
City of Newcastle, Washington, and Dick’s Drive-In: 13058 SE 84th Way; 3–7 p.m., free, all ages
The Holiday Care-A-Van will make one of three stops in Newcastle to sell delicious food for a great cause. Dick’s Drive-In, Anthony’s restaurant and Trophy Cupcakes will set up and then donate 10% of sales to Mary’s Place. Mary’s Place is integral to the King County community, working to support women, children and families on paths out of homelessness, while providing safe shelter and services. This event will have strict COVID-19 regulations, so be sure to follow along for your safety and the safety of others.
Read more in the Dec. 16-22, 2020 issue.