Northeast Seattle Events: Things to Do in December

Happy holidays, Northeast Seattle! Fill your season with even more joy by adding these festive activities and events to your family’s calendar.

December 1-December 23: Holiday Craft & Gift Sale
Hours vary | Elisabeth C. Miller Library at UW Botanic Gardens

Shop handmade gifts made and sold by local artisans through December 23 at University of Washington’s Miller Library. Items for sale will include botanical bath and body products, whimsical kitchen products, unique paper goods, and handcrafted jewelry. Cash or checks will be accepted and 25 percent of proceeds will benefit Miller Library.

December 14: Sustainable NE Seattle Holiday Party, Potluck, and Re-gifting Exchange
6 – 9pm | Location TBD

Sustainable NE Seattle, a neighborhood initiative that aims to effect positive local change and sustainability efforts, will host a potluck-style holiday event for its community. The gathering will also include games, a “re-gifting” gift exchange, and a variety of holiday foods and snacks. Attendees should plan to bring a wrapped gift (any useful item in good condition — not a White Elephant gift), food item, and a group game (if you own one). Those interested can RSVP or get more details by using the contact information on the event page.

December 9 & 16: Santa Lunch Cruise by Waterways Cruises
12pm | Lake Union and Lake Washington

Depart from the north end of Lake Union and sail through the Montlake Cut to Lake Washington on this festive 2-hour afternoon cruise. A family-friendly event perfect for the kids and the kids at heart, the cruise will feature a special holiday lunch buffet (expect classic comforts such as housemade chicken noodle soup, mac and cheese, roast turkey, and apple pie), wintry crafts and activities, and even a visit from Santa himself! There will also be a toy drive onboard, so bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to the King County Toys for Tots. Attendees will leave with a holiday goodie bag. Children age 4 and under can climb aboard for only $5.

December 16-17: Mark O’Connor’s “An Appalachian Christmas”
8pm & 2pm | Meany Center for the Performing Arts

The U District musical tradition returns to University of Washington’s Meany Theater for an evening of The O’Connor Band’s folk, country, jazz, and classical blend. Mark O’Connor is a Grammy Award-winning Seattle native fiddler and composer whose live rendition of his holiday album, An Appalachian Christmas, has become somewhat of a local seasonal treat. Get your tickets online before the show.

December 16-17: Renegade Craft Fair
11am – 6pm | Hangar 30 at Magnuson Park

The Renegade Craft Fair will offer yet another way to support local, independent artisans throughout holiday gift shopping season. Browse goods from more than 200 makers as they fill Hangar 30 at Magnuson Park along with local food vendors, seasonal cocktails, DJs, DIY workshops. The event will also raise funds for disaster relief via CERF+, an organization supporting artists affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria, and the Northern California wildfires. Pick up one-of-a-kind clothing, jewelry, home goods, handmade bath and body products, decor, artwork, edible goods, and much more.

December 31: 6th Annual Artist Home New Year’s Eve Celebration
8pm | Neptune Theatre

Ring in the New Year surrounded by fellow Seattle area music lovers and sets from local artists including Cataldo, Smokey Brights, The Maldives, Cumulus, and many more. Now in its 6th year, the Artist Home New Year’s Eve Celebration is moving to a larger venue to accommodate a more extensive lineup and larger crowd. This year’s event will also be all-ages for the first time. Expect covers of your favorite songs and plenty of end-of-year celebrating. Doors open at 8 and show starts at 9. Get your tickets online today.

Featured photo courtesy of Renegade Craft Fair

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