In the Seattle area, the arrival of November is marked by the return of cooler, rainy weather, brilliantly colored leaves blown over lawns and streets, skies painted with every shade of grey, and of course, enough coffee to keep us warm throughout the day.

November is also a time to decide how you will celebrate the holiday season with friends and family. To assist in planning a great season of celebration, I would like to highlight a few of the many events happening this month.

*** November Holiday Events ***

TASTE OF THANKSGIVING
Want ideas for Thanksgiving dinner? Attend “Taste of Thanksgiving”, held at Whole Foods Markets. You can sample seasonal food and beverages throughout the store.

Date: November 6
Time: 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Location: Roosevelt Square, South Lake Union, Bellevue, Lynnwood, and Redmond.


CHRISTMAS IN SEATTLE GIFT & GOURMET FOOD SHOW
Plan your holiday cooking and gift giving with ideas gleaned from the 16th annual Christmas in Seattle Gift & Gourmet Food Show. Expect to see over 400 exhibits and displays presenting unique gifts, specialty foods and artists. Even Santa will make a visit to the Seattle Convention Center.

Date: November 14 – 16
Time: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm (until 6:00 pm on Sunday)
Location: Seattle Convention Center


NORDIC HOLIDAY
Discover traditional Nordic Christmas traditions at Yulefest. Traditional Scandinavian food, drinks, arts, crafts, music and dancing will be on hand at the Nordic Heritage Museum in Ballard

Date: November 22 – 23
Time: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location: Nordic Heritage Museum


THANKSGIVING DINNER
Find a list of restaurants offering special menus for Thanksgiving Day at OpenTable.


MACY’S HOLIDAY PARADE & STAR LIGHTING
After Thanksgiving, launch your Christmas festivities with Macy’s Holiday Parade where you’ll see floats, marching bands, costumed characters, Santa and much more. Later, at 5 pm, The Holiday Star Lighting Ceremony commences, followed by an exciting fireworks display.

Date: November 28
Time: 9:00 am – 11:00 am (Star lighting and Fireworks at 5:00 pm)
Location: The parade begins at the corner of 7th Ave. and Pine St., and will conclude at 11am in front of Macy’s.


NUTCRACKER BALLET
Create lasting memories this holiday season by attending Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Nutcracker, “the world’s most recognized and celebrated production of Nutcracker”.

Date: November 28 – December 28
Time: Various times (visit Pacific Northwest Ballet website for more information)
Location:  McCaw Hall at Seattle Center


WILDLIGHTS
Get in the holiday mood with a visit to WildLights at the Woodland Park Zoo. See various light displays (both indoor and outdoor), real reindeer, a snowball fight and more.

Date: November 28 – January 4
Time: Nightly
Location:  Woodland Park Zoo


A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Complement your holiday plans with A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens’ tale of the redemption of Ebenezer Scrooge.

Date: November 28 – Dec. 28
Time: Various; visit the ACT website or contact the theatre for details
Location:  ACT — A Contemporary Theatre
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Discover many more events in and around Seattle at Northwest Gold Coast’s November Upcoming Events page.