Thanksgiving is almost here. That means grocery stores will soon be packed with people scrambling to get all the standard holiday fare; turkey and cranberry sales are about to go through the roof. Food and family set the foundation for this holiday in which we celebrate our good fortune, certainly, though there is much more to do than pack pounds during the Thanksgiving weekend, especially in a lively city like Seattle. Feast your eyes on these four holiday events you should attend to really get yourself in the spirit.
Seattle Center Winterfest
In this event, the Seattle Center is transformed into a winter wonderland from November 21 through December 31. Attendants, both adults and children, will have plenty to do and see and eat. Some of the highlights include a full access ice rink, fireworks, live music, and ice sculptures. General admission is free. To learn more, go to: http://www.seattlecenter.com/winterfest/.
On November 30 and December 1, you and your family can go to the Hotel Murano for Gingerbread Jamboree, an annual event that has all participants build their own tasty gingerbread house. A family of four can get in together for just $40. You can also bring in additional guests for $5 each and request additional gingerbread houses for $25 each. For more information on this event, visit: http://www.playtacoma.org/gingerbread-jamboree.
You only need to go a short ways away from downtown Seattle to be immersed in another world. From November 29 through December 24, Bellevue hosts a stunning nightly holiday exhibit featuring toy soldier drummers, light shows, music, and even snow. Whether you come with friends or family, you are guaranteed to have a good time. Also, be sure to greet Santa on November 29 or else you’ll miss him. Visit the event webpage for more info: http://www.bellevuecollection.com/SnowflakeLane/TicketsSchedule.php.
Are you looking forward to gorging on Thanksgiving fare, yet feeling guilty about the excess calories you will surely accumulate? Go join the Norpoint Turkey Trot. You can choose to run either 5k or 2 miles on the morning of Thanksgiving. That way, you won’t feel too bad about diving into five-plus plates of food later on. Join early to get a discount on the entry fee: http://www.metroparkstacoma.org/trot/.
Stephen Teller and his partners at Teller & Associates, PLLC wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving.