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What’s going on, Ya, what’s going on….2015 Seattle Holiday edition…

I’m posting again and so soon after my last one shocking I know.  It’s an oldie but a goodie, at least for those in and around Seattle.  My list of free, cheap and fun sounding things to do this holiday season in and around Seattle noting those that are MitzieKnowsBest (MKB) approved, meaning I’ve done them in years past.  If the dates/times or links are wrong oops sorry I’m not as perfect as some people think I am.

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MKB Approved

11/14 12/24 9:00 AM 6:00 PM Reindeer Festival! Swansons Nursery Yes
11/20 11/20 7:00 PM 11:00 PM Beaujolais Nouveau Wine Festival Columbia Tower Club  
11/21 11/22 10:00 AM 5:00 PM Yulefest Nordic Heritage Museum  
11/21 12/02     Festival of Trees Fairmont Olympic Hotel Yes
11/23 12/30 11:00 AM 5:00 PM Teddy Bear Suite Fairmont Olympic Hotel Yes
11/24 01/03 12:00 AM 11:59 PM The 23rd Annual Gingerbread Village Sheraton Yes
11/27 11/27 9:00 AM   Seattle Holiday Parade Downtown Yes
11/27 11/27 4:00 PM   Westlake Center Tree Lighting Westlake Center Yes
11/27 11/27 5:25 PM   Macy’s Star Lighting & Fireworks Macy’s Yes
11/27 12/24 7:00 PM   Snowflake Lane At The Bellevue Collection Bellevue  
11/27 12/31     Winterfest 2015 Seattle Center  
11/27 01/03 5:00 PM 9:00 PM Port Defiance Zoo Lights Point Defiance Zoo  
11/27 01/03 5:30 PM 8:30 PM Wildlights Woodland Park Zoo Yes
11/27 01/03     Willy Wonka in Smell-o-vision SIFF Film Center  
11/28 11/28 10:00 AM 8:30 PM Greet the Season Lake Union Park  
11/28 11/28 1:00 PM 5:00 PM Magic in the Market Holiday Celebration Pike Place Market  
11/28 12/31 6:00 PM   Snow Showers inside Pacific Place Pacific Place Yes
11/28 01/01 11:00 AM 9:00 PM Westlake carousel Westlake Center Yes
11/28 01/02 4:30 PM 9:00 PM Garden d’Lights 2015 Bellevue Botanical Garden Yes
11/28 01/11     Magic Season Ice Arena Bellevue Downtown Park  
11/29 11/20 9:00 AM 3:00 PM Santa Train Northwest Railway Museum  
11/29 11/29 4:30 PM   Edmonds Tree Lighting Ceremony Downtown Edmonds  
11/30 11/30 2:00 PM 6:00 PM Kirkland Winterfest Downtown Kirkland  
11/30 11/30 4:00 PM 8:00 PM Christmas Carnival The Westin Seattle Grand Ballroom  
12/01 12/23 10:30 AM 4:30 PM Issaquah Reindeer Festival Cougar Mountain Zoo  
12/04 12/04 6:00 PM 8:30 PM The 29th Annual Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition Westlake Center  
12/04 12/05 12:00 PM 9:00 PM Winter Beer Festival Hanger 30 Mangnuson Park  
12/04 12/05 9:00 PM   The Best Burlesque Pageant Ever Columbia City Theatre  
12/04 12/06 5:00 PM 9:00 PM Fremont Festivus Fremont  
12/05 12/05 2:00 PM 5:30 PM Champagne & BubblesExtravaganza! Wine World & Spirits  
12/05 12/05 4:00 PM 8:00 PM Junction Holiday Party and Tree Lighting Junction Plaza park  
12/05 12/05 4:00 PM 8:00 PM Redmond Lights Redmond Town Center  
12/05 01/01 5:00 PM 9:00 PM Clam Lights Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park  
12/10 12/27 7:00 PM 10:30 PM Land of the Sweets: The Burlesque Nutcracker Triple Door Yes
12/11 12/12 9:00 PM   The Best Burlesque Pageant Ever Columbia City Theatre  
12/12 12/12 10:00 AM   CookieFest 2015 Seattle Center’s Armory Loft  
12/12 12/12 4:30 PM 7:30 PM Pathways of Lights Greenlake Park  
01/01 01/01     State Parks Free Days Washington  
01/17 01/18     State Parks Free Days Washington  

Mic check one, two ‘Cause it aint a party ’till the crew run through.

Mic check one, two ‘Cause it aint a party ’till the crew run through.

Is this thing still on? *tap tap*

I think it’s time I wake Mitzie Knows Best from the dead.   I am going to start using it again, hopefully….well I have good intentions to at least and I might even update the site a little who knows.

So as you, the one reader I have, realize I’m not dead.  But a lot has changed; my mother is doing amazingly better which we are all thankful for.  I was laid off once again and after seven months of unemployment finally landed a job doing what I love to do in the only industry I’ve ever worked in and just past my first 90 days there so yay me!  And I got to stay in Seattle so double yay me!!

  • In those 90 days I had some amazing bus adventures that I really need to document somewhere and maybe it will be here who knows.
    • One driver stop at a normal bus stop in front of a Jack in the Box and proceeded to get out, go inside the JITB and about 4 maybe 5 minutes later came back out and continued driving the bus.
    • One morning another driver announced that he was sick and he as getting off the bus, we could stay on the bus or we could get off the bus but he was getting off the bus, so we all basically got off the bus and went looking for a new bus to finish our commute to work.
    • One evening home a man who was not 100% sober got on the bus with a lite cigarette and a passenger on the bus had to knock it out of his hand to put it out, the bus driver kicked him off at the next stop.
    • One night a construction worker getting off the bus knocked me upside the head with this helmet as he was getting off without apologizing.
    • One morning a ‘homeless’ looking person got on the bus stood in front of me with his ass to my face and proceeded to rip the loudest and nastiest fart I’ve smelt in Seattle, rated right up there with some my brother an nephew rip, it was so bad my eyes watered and I dry heaved a little.
  • I still love a bullet point and hyperlinks, that hasn’t changed.
  • I enjoyed four different restaurants that participated in Seattle Restaurant Week:
    • Orfeo where I started with their charcoal roasted mussels with garlic, rosemary, preserved lemon and black pepper where were phenomenal I must say.  For my main dish I chose the slow braised pork short rib with soft polenta, wilted greens and a Chianti reduction, it was delicious.  For dessert I went with the chocolate budino with pistachio gelato and toshi cherries and it was just meh.  I’d definitely go back for the mussels and pork short ribs.
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    • Blueacre Seafood I started with their silky pumpkin bisque with butter poached chanterelle mushroom and black truffle crème it was just ok, a little flat in flavor if you will.  After that I moved on to the red curry Neah Bay rockfish with delicata squash, sweet corn, pickled vegetable and  steamed rice again it was on the flat side when it came to flavor and definitely needed more of the curry, the curry on its own was delicious but there wasn’t enough to enjoy with the rockfish.  For dessert I went with the chocolate pecan pie with bourbon Chantilly and a cocoa nib caramel this is where they redeemed themselves sort of, it was the one highlight of the meal, well this and the happy hour oysters not part of SRW that I had before my meal.
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    • RN74 I tried lunch here so only two courses were had the Heritage bacon deviled Eggs with pickled & crispy shallots and holy deviled eggs batman they were amazing of you like deviled eggs go try them.  For my second course I went in thinking I wanted the marinated chicken “Teriyaki” salad with crispy rice, iceberg, and a sesame dressing but then I saw Roasted “Paris ” mushroom risotto with maitake Mushrooms, aged balsamic and sarvecchio I have to say this was hands down the BEST risotto I’ve ever had period point blank it was wonderful and now I am going to copy Michael Mina and put an aged balsamic reduction in all my mushroom risottos.  RN74 NAILED it for restaurant week in my book.
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    • Liam’s I started with their Penn Cove Mussels  in a spice curry cream with chili oil and grilled bread they were nice with a tiny bit of heat but Orfeo’s mussels were still better.  Next I had their Beecher’s “World’s Best” Crab Mac & Cheese with Dungeness Crab, dried tomatoes and grilled onions when it arrived it wasn’t what I thought it would be forgetting about the dried tomatoes in it but it was good, and I only ate a third so I could have room for dessert and I’m so happy I did because not only did I get a delicious dinner the next time as I had my mac & cheese for dinner but I also had room for my dessert their chocolate parfait with salted caramel and chocolate cookie crumble and OMFG this was by far the best dessert out of the whole bunch I seriously wanted to lick the dish clean but my mother raised me better than that so I refrained but it was worth every calorie it housed.
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What’s going on, Ya, what’s going on week of 06/20/14 edition

The next time the Beach Naturalist are at one of the local beaches at low tide be sure to go check it out, there’s some pretty cool things out there.
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The follow are a list of free and/or cheap and/or just some fun sounding things to do this coming week in Western Washington, if dates or times or links are wrong don’t blame me blame my inner Rainman but here you go:

Date Time What Where
6/20 All Day Seattle International Dance Festival  South Lake Union area
6/20 11:00 am – 4:00 pm Kids Day Les Gove Park
6/20 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm Meeker Days Festival Downtown Puyallup
6/20 2:00 pm – 9:00 pm Marysville Strawberry Festival Asbery Field
6/20 5:30 pm – 11:00 pm Fremont Fair Fremont
6/20 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm U-District Art Walk U-District
6/21 All Day Seattle International Dance Festival  South Lake Union area
6/21 9:00 am – 2:00 pm University District Farmers Market University District
6/21 10:00 am – 7:30 pm Marysville Strawberry Festival Asbery Field
6/21 10:00 am – 9:00 pm Meeker Days Festival Downtown Puyallup
6/21 11:00 am – 5:00 pm Free Wine Tasting at Champion Wine Cellars Champion Wine Cellars
6/21 11:00 am – 5:00 pm Free Wine Tasting at McCarthy & Schiering McCarthy & Schiering
6/21 11:00 am – 7:00 pm Rootbeer Tasting The Rootbeer Store, Redmond
6/21 11:00 am – 8:00 pm Fremont Fair Fremont
6/21 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Free Wine Tasting at DeLaurenti DeLaurenti
6/21 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm Free Wine Tasting at Esquin Wine Merchants Esquin Wine Merchants
6/21 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm Fremont Solstice Parade Downtown Fremont
6/21 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm Everett Art Walk Everett
6/22 All Day Seattle International Dance Festival  South Lake Union area
6/22 10:00 am – 2:00 pm West Seattle Farmers Market West Seattle
6/22 10:00 am – 3:00 pm Ballard Farmers Market historic Ballard Avenue NW
6/22 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Fremont Sunday Market 3401 Evanston Ave North
6/22 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Marysville Strawberry Festival Asbery Field
6/22 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Meeker Days Festival Downtown Puyallup
6/22 11:00 am – 5:00 pm Sunday Ice Cream Cruise South Lake Union Park
6/22 11:00 am – 6:00 pm Fremont Fair Fremont
6/22 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm If These Walls Could Talk Gatewood Bed & Breakfast
6/25 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm Kenmore Art Show Bastyr University
6/26 10:00 am – 8:00 pm Kenmore Art Show Bastyr University
6/26 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm Free Wine Tasting at Esquin Wine Merchants Esquin Wine Merchants
6/26 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Post Alley Wine Hop Post Alley
6/26 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm Free Wine Tasting at West Seattle Cellars West Seattle Cellars
6/26 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Free Vino Verite Wine Tasting Vino Verite
6/26 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm Around the World in 80 Sips EMP

What’s going on, Ya, what’s going on week of 06/13/14 edition

I thought I’d bring back my “what’s going on” lists, not nearly as robust as last years but they’ll, hopefully, grow as the summer goes on.

The follow are a list of free and/or cheap and/or just some fun sounding things to do this coming week in Western Washington, if dates or times or links are wrong don’t blame me blame my inner Rainman but here you go:

Date Time What Where
6/13 All Day Seattle International Dance Festival  South Lake Union area
6/13 9:30 am – 1:30 pm Low Tide – Beach Naturalist Program Various Parks and Beaches
6/13 10:00 am – 8:00 pm Edmonds Arts Festival Frances Anderson Cultural Center
6/13 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Bell Street Classic Weekend 2014 Bell Harbor Marina
6/13 3:00 pm – 10:00 pm Maple Valley Days LAKE WILDERNESS PARK
6/13 4:00 pm – 9:30 pm Washington Brewers Festival Marymoor Park
6/13 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Greenwood-Phinney Art Up Art Walk Greenwood-Phinney
6/14 All Day Seattle International Dance Festival  South Lake Union area
6/14 8:30 am – 5:00 pm National Marina Day Shilshole Bay Marina
6/14 9:00 am – 2:00 pm University District Farmers Market University District
6/14 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Bell Street Classic Weekend 2014 Bell Harbor Marina
6/14 10:00 am – 8:00 pm Edmonds Arts Festival Frances Anderson Cultural Center
6/14 10:00 am – 8:00 pm Wild Strawberry Festival Burien Town Square Park
6/14 10:30 am – 2:30 pm Low Tide – Beach Naturalist Program Various Parks and Beaches
6/14 11:00 am – 5:00 pm Free Wine Tasting at Champion Wine Cellars Champion Wine Cellars
6/14 11:00 am – 5:00 pm Free Wine Tasting at McCarthy & Schiering McCarthy & Schiering
6/14 11:00 am – 9:00 pm Washington Brewers Festival Marymoor Park
6/14 11:30 am – 9:00 pm Festival Sundiata  Seattle Center
6/14 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm Georgetown Carnival  Georgetown
6/14 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm Maple Valley Days LAKE WILDERNESS PARK
6/14 1:00 pm – 10:30 pm Festival Sundiata  Seattle Center
6/14 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Central District Art Walk Central District
6/14 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Seattle Urban Wineries – Second Saturdays tasting  Seattle
6/14 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Free Wine Tasting at DeLaurenti DeLaurenti
6/14 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm Free Wine Tasting at Esquin Wine Merchants Esquin Wine Merchants
6/14 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Ballard Art Walk Ballard
6/14 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Georgetown Art Attack Georgetown
6/15 All Day Seattle International Dance Festival  South Lake Union area
6/15 8:00 am – 3:00 pm Fenders on Front Street Downtown Issaquah
6/15 10:00 am – 2:00 pm West Seattle Farmers Market West Seattle
6/15 10:00 am – 3:00 pm Ballard Farmers Market historic Ballard Avenue NW
6/15 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Bell Street Classic Weekend 2014 Bell Harbor Marina
6/15 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Wild Strawberry Festival Burien Town Square Park
6/15 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Fremont Sunday Market 3401 Evanston Ave North
6/15 10:00 am – 6:00 pm Edmonds Arts Festival Frances Anderson Cultural Center
6/15 10:00 am – 6:00 pm Maple Valley Days LAKE WILDERNESS PARK
6/15 11:00 am – 5:00 pm Sunday Ice Cream Cruise South Lake Union Park
6/15 11:00 am – 6:00 pm Washington Brewers Festival Marymoor Park
6/15 11:30 am – 3:30 pm Low Tide – Beach Naturalist Program Various Parks and Beaches
6/15 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm Festival Sundiata  Seattle Center
6/16 All Day Seattle International Dance Festival  South Lake Union area
6/17 All Day Seattle International Dance Festival  South Lake Union area
6/18 All Day Seattle International Dance Festival  South Lake Union area
6/19 All Day Seattle International Dance Festival  South Lake Union area
6/19 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm 3rd Thursday Wine Walk Woodinville
6/19 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm Free Wine Tasting at Esquin Wine Merchants Esquin Wine Merchants
6/19 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Post Alley Wine Hop Post Alley
6/19 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm Edmonds Art Walk Edmonds
6/19 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm FREE Third Thursday Museum Day Tacoma Museum’s
6/19 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm Seattle’s Best Damn Happy Hour Seattle Center
6/19 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm Free Wine Tasting at West Seattle Cellars West Seattle Cellars
6/19 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Free Vino Verite Wine Tasting Vino Verite
6/19 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Belltown Art Walk Belltown

Adventure time, Come on grab your friends

This past Saturday was the last Chris and Mitzie adventure.  So if you hadn’t heard my roommate of 10,000 years moved out and will now call Bismarck, North Dakota home and seeing as I have zero desire to go to Bismarck it was most likely our last adventure ever, sad but true.  Thankfully it was an awesome one.

We started with brunch, duh, at Collection Café where we each enjoy their weekend brunch package which was admission to the Chihuly Garden and Glass and a 3-course prix fixe brunch menu.  I started with the daily soup which was a delicious potato and rosemary soup.  For my main course I went for their Shrimp and Grits with Beecher’s Marco Polo Cheese Grit Cake, Green Onion Gremolata, Seared Prawns, Spicy Coppa that was amazing.  And for dessert I went for the salted caramel brownie that was out of this world.  Yes it was a lot of food for brunch but it was all tasty and well worth it.

After brunch we walked through the Chihuly Garden and Glass, I had heard mixed reviews of the place but I have to say it was the nicest, coolest ‘museum’ I’ve been to in Seattle.  Every room you turned into the glass got more impressive and astonishing. I LOVED it and highly recommend a visit if you ever come to Seattle.

Brunch:

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Chihuly Garden and Glass it was awesome and well worth the price of admission check it out:

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Glass Forest

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What’s going on, Ya, what’s going on week of 12/20/13

Even though I’m in San Diego I thought I’d still post my list of what’s going on, I’m a giver what can I say.

The follow are a list of free and/or cheap and/or just some fun sounding things to do this coming week in Western Washington, if dates or times or links are wrong don’t blame me blame my inner Rainman but here you go:

Date Time What Where
12/20 All Day Gingerbread Village Sheraton Seattle’s lobby
12/20 All Day Seattle Center Winterfest Seattle Center
12/20 9:00 am – 6:00 pm Reindeer Festival Swansons Nursery
12/20 10:00 am – 7:00 pm Teddy Bear Suite Fairmont Olympic Hotel
12/20 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm Zoolights Point Definace Zoo, Tacoma
12/20 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm Garden d’Lights ‘Construction Edition’ 2013 Bellevue Botanical Garden
12/20 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm WildLights at the zoo Woodland Park Zoo
12/20 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm U-District Art Walk U-District
12/20 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm Snowflake Lane  Bellevue Way
12/20 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Christmas Ship Festival Various locations
12/21 All Day Gingerbread Village Sheraton Seattle’s lobby
12/21 All Day Seattle Center Winterfest Seattle Center
12/21 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Bainbridge Island Winter Farmers Market Bainbridge Island
12/21 9:00 am – 2:00 pm University District Farmers Market University District
12/21 9:00 am – 6:00 pm Reindeer Festival Swansons Nursery
12/21 10:00 am – 2:00 pm Vashon Farmers Market Vashon
12/21 10:00 am – 7:00 pm Teddy Bear Suite Fairmont Olympic Hotel
12/21 11:00 am – 5:00 pm Free Wine Tasting at Champion Wine Cellars Champion Wine Cellars
12/21 11:00 am – 5:00 pm Free Wine Tasting at McCarthy & Schiering McCarthy & Schiering
12/21 11:00 am – 7:00 pm Rootbeer Tasting The Rootbeer Store, Redmond
12/21 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Free Wine Tasting at DeLaurenti DeLaurenti
12/21 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm Free Wine Tasting at Esquin Wine Merchants Esquin Wine Merchants
12/21 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm Free Wine Tasting at Portalis Portalis
12/21 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm Everett Art Walk Everett
12/21 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm Zoolights Point Definace Zoo, Tacoma
12/21 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm Garden d’Lights ‘Construction Edition’ 2013 Bellevue Botanical Garden
12/21 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm WildLights at the zoo Woodland Park Zoo
12/21 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm Snowflake Lane  Bellevue Way
12/21 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Christmas Ship Festival Various locations
12/22 All Day Gingerbread Village Sheraton Seattle’s lobby
12/22 All Day Seattle Center Winterfest Seattle Center
12/22 9:00 am – 6:00 pm Reindeer Festival Swansons Nursery
12/22 10:00 am – 2:00 pm West Seattle Farmers Market West Seattle
12/22 10:00 am – 3:00 pm Ballard Farmers Market historic Ballard Avenue NW
12/22 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Fremont Sunday Market 3401 Evanston Ave North
12/22 10:00 am – 7:00 pm Teddy Bear Suite Fairmont Olympic Hotel
12/22 11:00 am – 3:00 pm Broadway Sunday Farmers Market Capitol Hill
12/22 11:00 am – 4:00 pm Free Wine Tasting at Portalis Portalis
12/22 11:00 am – 5:00 pm Sunday Ice Cream Cruise South Lake Union Park
12/22 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm Zoolights Point Definace Zoo, Tacoma
12/22 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm Garden d’Lights ‘Construction Edition’ 2013 Bellevue Botanical Garden
12/22 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm WildLights at the zoo Woodland Park Zoo
12/22 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm Snowflake Lane  Bellevue Way
12/22 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Christmas Ship Festival Various locations
12/23 All Day Gingerbread Village Sheraton Seattle’s lobby
12/23 All Day Seattle Center Winterfest Seattle Center
12/23 9:00 am – 6:00 pm Reindeer Festival Swansons Nursery
12/23 11:00 am – 5:00 pm Teddy Bear Suite Fairmont Olympic Hotel
12/23 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm Zoolights Point Definace Zoo, Tacoma
12/23 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm Garden d’Lights ‘Construction Edition’ 2013 Bellevue Botanical Garden
12/23 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm WildLights at the zoo Woodland Park Zoo
12/23 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm Green star Calamity Jane’s Bingo Calamity Jane’s
12/23 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm Snowflake Lane  Bellevue Way
12/23 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Christmas Ship Festival Various locations
12/24 All Day Gingerbread Village Sheraton Seattle’s lobby
12/24 All Day Seattle Center Winterfest Seattle Center
12/24 9:00 am – 6:00 pm Reindeer Festival Swansons Nursery
12/24 11:00 am – 5:00 pm Teddy Bear Suite Fairmont Olympic Hotel
12/24 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm Garden d’Lights ‘Construction Edition’ 2013 Bellevue Botanical Garden
12/24 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm WildLights at the zoo Woodland Park Zoo
12/24 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm Snowflake Lane  Bellevue Way
12/25 All Day Gingerbread Village Sheraton Seattle’s lobby
12/25 All Day Seattle Center Winterfest Seattle Center
12/25 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm Zoolights Point Definace Zoo, Tacoma
12/25 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm Garden d’Lights ‘Construction Edition’ 2013 Bellevue Botanical Garden
12/25 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm WildLights at the zoo Woodland Park Zoo
12/26 All Day Gingerbread Village Sheraton Seattle’s lobby
12/26 All Day Seattle Center Winterfest Seattle Center
12/26 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm Free Wine Tasting at Esquin Wine Merchants Esquin Wine Merchants
12/26 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Post Alley Wine Hop Post Alley
12/26 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm Chocolate Happy Hour Chocolopolis
12/26 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm Zoolights Point Definace Zoo, Tacoma
12/26 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm Garden d’Lights ‘Construction Edition’ 2013 Bellevue Botanical Garden
12/26 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm Free Wine Tasting at West Seattle Cellars West Seattle Cellars
12/26 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm WildLights at the zoo Woodland Park Zoo
12/26 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Free Vino Verite Wine Tasting Vino Verite

What’s going on, Ya, what’s going on week of 12/13/13

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My most favorite (simple) Christmas Lights display so far.

This past week I got the CHRISTMAS SPIRIT in me!  I finally checked out Garden d’Lights ‘Construction Edition’ 2013 at the Bellevue Botanical Gardens, it was free the night I went and it was also FREEZING but I’m glad I took the time to go.  I also went back to two places I haven’t visited since I got laid off in ’09 and am not downtown every weekday.  I checked out the Gingerbread Village in the lobby of the Sheraton and also the Teddy Bear Suite at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel.  Definitely check out the Gingerbread Village if you can those gingerbread houses are pretty impressive, if you have time head to the Fairmont Olympic and get your picture taken with their Santa statue he was more interesting than the actual Teddy Bear Suite, #sorrynotsorry Fairmont.  And since I didn’t get enough of the Menashe Christmas lights I drove by again this week.

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Christmas Lights Teddy Bear edition at Garden d’Lights ‘Construction Edition’ 2013 at the Bellevue Botanical Gardens

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Loch Ness Monster at the Garden d’Lights ‘Construction Edition’ 2013 at the Bellevue Botanical Gardens

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Chimp hanging from a tree at the Garden d’Lights ‘Construction Edition’ 2013 at the Bellevue Botanical Gardens

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Christmas Garden at the Garden d’Lights ‘Construction Edition’ 2013 at the Bellevue Botanical Gardens

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The Menashe’s House Christmas lights

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London Bridge is Falling Down at the Gingerbread Village in the lobby of the Sheraton

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Jack and the Beanstalk at the Gingerbread Village in the lobby of the Sheraton

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Inside the Teddy Bear Suite at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel

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Checking to see if I made Santa’s good list this year in the lobby of the Fairmont Olympic Hotel

The follow are a list of free and/or cheap and/or just some fun sounding things to do this coming week in Western Washington, if dates or times or links are wrong don’t blame me blame my inner Rainman but here you go:

Date Time What Where
12/13 All Day Gingerbread Village Sheraton Seattle’s lobby
12/13 All Day Seattle Center Winterfest Seattle Center
12/13 9:00 am – 6:00 pm Reindeer Festival Swansons Nursery
12/13 10:00 am – 7:00 pm Teddy Bear Suite Fairmont Olympic Hotel
12/13 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm Zoolights Point Definace Zoo, Tacoma
12/13 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm Garden d’Lights ‘Construction Edition’ 2013 Bellevue Botanical Garden
12/13 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm WildLights at the zoo Woodland Park Zoo
12/13 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Greenwood-Phinney Art Up Art Walk Greenwood-Phinney
12/13 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm Snowflake Lane  Bellevue Way
12/13 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Christmas Ship Festival Various locations
12/14 All Day Gingerbread Village Sheraton Seattle’s lobby
12/14 All Day Seattle Center Winterfest Seattle Center
12/14 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Bainbridge Island Winter Farmers Market Bainbridge Island
12/14 9:00 am – 2:00 pm University District Farmers Market University District
12/14 9:00 am – 6:00 pm Reindeer Festival Swansons Nursery
12/14 10:00 am – 2:00 pm Vashon Farmers Market Vashon
12/14 10:00 am – 7:00 pm Teddy Bear Suite Fairmont Olympic Hotel
12/14 11:00 am – 5:00 pm Free Wine Tasting at Champion Wine Cellars Champion Wine Cellars
12/14 11:00 am – 5:00 pm Free Wine Tasting at McCarthy & Schiering McCarthy & Schiering
12/14 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Central District Art Walk Central District
12/14 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Seattle Urban Wineries – Second Saturdays tasting  Seattle
12/14 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Free Wine Tasting at DeLaurenti DeLaurenti
12/14 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm Free Wine Tasting at Esquin Wine Merchants Esquin Wine Merchants
12/14 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm Free Wine Tasting at Portalis Portalis
12/14 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm Zoolights Point Definace Zoo, Tacoma
12/14 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm Garden d’Lights ‘Construction Edition’ 2013 Bellevue Botanical Garden
12/14 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm WildLights at the zoo Woodland Park Zoo
12/14 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Ballard Art Walk Ballard
12/14 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Georgetown Art Attack Georgetown
12/14 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm Snowflake Lane  Bellevue Way
12/14 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Christmas Ship Festival Various locations
12/15 All Day Gingerbread Village Sheraton Seattle’s lobby
12/15 All Day Seattle Center Winterfest Seattle Center
12/15 9:00 am – 6:00 pm Reindeer Festival Swansons Nursery
12/15 10:00 am – 2:00 pm West Seattle Farmers Market West Seattle
12/15 10:00 am – 3:00 pm Ballard Farmers Market historic Ballard Avenue NW
12/15 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Fremont Sunday Market 3401 Evanston Ave North
12/15 10:00 am – 7:00 pm Teddy Bear Suite Fairmont Olympic Hotel
12/15 11:00 am – 3:00 pm Broadway Sunday Farmers Market Capitol Hill
12/15 11:00 am – 4:00 pm Free Wine Tasting at Portalis Portalis
12/15 11:00 am – 5:00 pm Sunday Ice Cream Cruise South Lake Union Park
12/15 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm Zoolights Point Definace Zoo, Tacoma
12/15 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm Garden d’Lights ‘Construction Edition’ 2013 Bellevue Botanical Garden
12/15 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm WildLights at the zoo Woodland Park Zoo
12/15 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm Snowflake Lane  Bellevue Way
12/15 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Christmas Ship Festival Various locations
12/16 All Day Gingerbread Village Sheraton Seattle’s lobby
12/16 All Day Seattle Center Winterfest Seattle Center
12/16 9:00 am – 6:00 pm Reindeer Festival Swansons Nursery
12/16 11:00 am – 5:00 pm Teddy Bear Suite Fairmont Olympic Hotel
12/16 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm Zoolights Point Definace Zoo, Tacoma
12/16 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm Garden d’Lights ‘Construction Edition’ 2013 Bellevue Botanical Garden
12/16 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm WildLights at the zoo Woodland Park Zoo
12/16 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm Green star Calamity Jane’s Bingo Calamity Jane’s
12/16 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm Snowflake Lane  Bellevue Way
12/16 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Christmas Ship Festival Various locations
12/17 All Day Gingerbread Village Sheraton Seattle’s lobby
12/17 All Day Seattle Center Winterfest Seattle Center
12/17 9:00 am – 6:00 pm Reindeer Festival Swansons Nursery
12/17 11:00 am – 5:00 pm Teddy Bear Suite Fairmont Olympic Hotel
12/17 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm Zoolights Point Definace Zoo, Tacoma
12/17 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm Garden d’Lights ‘Construction Edition’ 2013 Bellevue Botanical Garden
12/17 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm WildLights at the zoo Woodland Park Zoo
12/17 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm Snowflake Lane  Bellevue Way
12/17 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Christmas Ship Festival Various locations
12/18 All Day Gingerbread Village Sheraton Seattle’s lobby
12/18 All Day Seattle Center Winterfest Seattle Center
12/18 9:00 am – 6:00 pm Reindeer Festival Swansons Nursery
12/18 11:00 am – 5:00 pm Teddy Bear Suite Fairmont Olympic Hotel
12/18 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm Zoolights Point Definace Zoo, Tacoma
12/18 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm Garden d’Lights ‘Construction Edition’ 2013 Bellevue Botanical Garden
12/18 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm WildLights at the zoo Woodland Park Zoo
12/18 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm Snowflake Lane  Bellevue Way
12/18 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Christmas Ship Festival Various locations
12/19 All Day Gingerbread Village Sheraton Seattle’s lobby
12/19 All Day Seattle Center Winterfest Seattle Center
12/19 9:00 am – 6:00 pm Reindeer Festival Swansons Nursery
12/19 11:00 am – 5:00 pm Teddy Bear Suite Fairmont Olympic Hotel
12/19 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm 3rd Thursday Wine Walk Woodinville
12/19 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm Free Wine Tasting at Esquin Wine Merchants Esquin Wine Merchants
12/19 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Post Alley Wine Hop Post Alley
12/19 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm Edmonds Art Walk Edmonds
12/19 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm FREE Third Thursday Museum Day Tacoma Museum’s
12/19 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm Seattle’s Best Damn Happy Hour Seattle Center
12/19 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm Chocolate Happy Hour Chocolopolis
12/19 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm Zoolights Point Definace Zoo, Tacoma
12/19 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm Garden d’Lights ‘Construction Edition’ 2013 Bellevue Botanical Garden
12/19 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm Free Wine Tasting at West Seattle Cellars West Seattle Cellars
12/19 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm WildLights at the zoo Woodland Park Zoo
12/19 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Free Vino Verite Wine Tasting Vino Verite
12/19 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Upper Queen Anne Art Walk Upper Queen Anne
12/19 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Belltown Art Walk Belltown
12/19 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm Snowflake Lane  Bellevue Way
12/19 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Christmas Ship Festival Various locations