Bah Humbug! (Just Kidding) Seattle Events that Aren’t About Christmas


You aren’t necessarily a Scrooge if you’re looking to do something un-Christmasy in December. Assistant Innkeeper Sarah returns to our blog to share ideas for things to do in Seattle that do not involve Santa, eggnog, or jingle bells.

Outdoors:  There’s a lovely hike perfect this time of year: Franklin Falls.  At only two miles roundtrip, pup-friendly, and located just an hour from Seattle, Franklin Falls trail is a great one-day getaway. I recommend good boots, for snow has started to fall in the area. Head toward Snoqualmie Pass on I-90E and take exit 47 toward Denny Creek campground. Follow the signs for Franklin Falls Trail and you’ll find yourself in a nice parking lot that has a few other trailheads in case you want a longer, tougher hike. The trail runs along the Snoqualmie River, flanked by towering Washington evergreens highlighted by the stark white snow that dusts the trees and forest floor. Be sure to bundle up, as the trail ends at the falls where the temperature is about 10 degrees colder than the rest of the hike. You may get chilly, but the views will not disappoint. Lose yourself in nature with enough time to get home and order a pizza.

Indoors: If you’d rather enjoy the great indoors, Seattle’s live theater scene has got you covered. Through December 11 Seattle Repertory Theater presents King Charles III, “a modern take on the future of the British Royal Family,” set in the future where the Queen has passed on and Prince Charles takes the throne. This show has been getting great reviews.  Also at the rep, Vietgone is a love story not a war story about two Vietnamese immigrants’ road trip across the USA.  It runs until January 2, but you’d better get tickets now, as it is almost sold out.

Got kids to entertain? Take them to Disney’s The Little Mermaid at the 5th Avenue Theater through December 31, with tickets as low as $36. Want something a little more musical, a little more glittery, and a little more Rock n’ Roll? The Seattle Theater Group (STG) presents Hedwig and the Angry Inch, a story of love and gender politics set in the context of a fictional rock band, playing December 13-18. $35 tickets and said to be a hit!

For a totally local, community-building escape from your typical Christmas shopping frenzy, check out  Sustainable Ballard’s Barter Fair at Royal Drummer Café on December 11 from 4 to 7 p.m. Admission is free and actually so are all of the goods! While it is billed as a holiday party, the celebration is less commercial than other holiday events. People bring whatever they have to offer to trade and barter with others in the community, from home-made jams to hand-made art and even those who don’t create are offering their services (free pet walking, tax assistance, daycare)! These kinds of events make me pretty happy to be living in Seattle.

If you find yourself with nothing to do on Christmas Day and have a hankering for a good musical and Chinese food, head over to Siff Cinema’s Fiddler on the Roof Sing-Along on December 25. The movie starts at Noon, but get there at 11 a.m. to enjoy Chinese Food and live music.Tickets are $25, playing at Siff Cinema Uptown in Lower Queen Anne.

Finally, if maybe one light-filled event is in order, there are several options for taking in  Seattle’s New Year’s Eve Fireworks at the Space Needle. Depending on whether you want to brave whatever weather Mother Nature brings us or stay warm and dry, check these out: Bundle up, take the bus to Gasworks Park in Fremont and prepare to sing Auld Lang Syne with the rest of the city. Want to stay warm? Well, you could watch it all from your big, flat-screen TV here at 9 Cranes Inn, or party on down to The Pacific Science Center’s New Year’s Eve Under the Arches, from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Complete with KEXP DJ’s, cocktails, entertainment, and even access to the Planetarium, this evening is said to offer the best, unobstructed view of the fireworks. Tickets start at $80.

Still looking for more suggestions? Check out the Seattle events website or Visit Seattle to get the full skinny on any and all December happenings. From all of us here at 9 Cranes Inn, we wish you a Happy Winter!

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