These eight events will have you and your family feeling ready for the holidays in no time! From a Turkey Day workout to a puppet production of The Gingerbread Boy, what’s happening in Bellevue this week will help spread holiday joy! Bring along family and friends and experience something new this season.
1.) Santa’s Arrival Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony
November 28 is the first day of Snowflake Lane at The Bellevue Collection, and it’s extra-special because Santa will be arriving for a parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony! Take in Santa’s parade around The Bellevue Collection and experience the Snowflake Lane debut, then watch Santa set a 30-foot tree aglow with holiday lights in Bellevue Place Wintergarden. Make sure to bring your camera, because you’ll have the opportunity to snap photos of you and your family with your favorite figures from Snowflake Lane! There will even be sweet treats supplied to chase away the cold. For a map and all details, click here.
2.) 2014 Family Gingerbread House Workshops
Ring in the season by gathering your family for a special gingerbread decorating workshop put on by KidsQuest Children’s Museum at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue! The cost to decorate is $40 per family for KidsQuest members and $45 per family for nonmembers, and admits a party of 6 to decorate 1 gingerbread house. Want to make the workshop merrier? Reserve a VIP table for 10 that comes with 4 gingerbread houses and your own private table for $250. Find all workshop details here. Workshop times are from 12-2 p.m. and 5-7 p.m.
3.) Free Thanksgiving Day Indoor Cycle Class
Get in gear before Thanksgiving dinner with an indoor cycling workout! Everyone is welcome to register, with one-hour cycling classes offered Thanksgiving Day at 7 a.m., 8:15 a.m., and 9:30 a.m. The entrance cost is free with a donation of a Target or Fred Meyer gift card in any amount that will go toward children in need in the South Bellevue Community Center Boys & Girls Club Program. New to cycling? There are no gym contracts or commitments, and no special shoes required. The cycles have SPD-compatible pedals that also work with exercise shoes. Simply pack water and a towel and get ready to sweat. Register for you and a few friends who’ll be visiting on Thanksgiving and get a jump on cardio fitness. Registration happens in advance: call 425-452-4240 for additional information or to save your space.
4.) Santa’s Workshop at Bellevue Square
November 28-December 24
Visit Bellevue Square every day from November 28-December 24 to take photos with Santa that you’ll treasure for years to come. A photo with Santa is an annual Christmas tradition, and now you can make a day of it, enjoying dinner at one of Bellevue Collection’s restaurants, and treating your family to the dazzling display of Snowflake Lane (details below)! Click here to see when Santa will be in his workshop at Bellevue Square. Photo packages are priced from $23.95. For more questions, call Arthur and Associates Holiday Photography at 206-783-5227.
5.) Skating at Magic Season Ice Arena
November 28-January 11
Ring in the season while gliding along an ice rink in beautiful Bellevue Downtown Park! The Magic Season Ice Arena presented by Bank of America and Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® card is the perfect place to try out your moves or skate for the first time. Admission includes skate rental and costs just $12; $9 for kids 8 and under. Click here for more info and available discounts, and find skating hours here. Need to brush up on your skating skills? Check out the free and paid lessons happening in December and January.
6.) Garden d’Lights
November 29-January 3
You’ll be wowed by these gorgeous lights that create an imaginative world of spectacular color in the Bellevue Botanical Garden. The vibrant scenes of plants and animals are breathtaking in the winter night. Garden d’Lights’ designs were crafted through thousands of hours by volunteers. The scenic landscape of lights will be open every evening from 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. starting November 29. If you’ve attended before, stroll through to see what’s changed this season! Save time and buy your $5 tickets now. Find all details, including December free admission days, here.
7.) The Gingerbread Boy
Watch a whimsical puppet play of The Gingerbread Boy by nonprofit Thistle Theatre. Its fun designs and light-hearted story will appeal to families. Find out what happens on the Gingerbread Boy’s adventure when a change in baking batter means treats stop being made! Choose from performances scheduled at 2 and 4 p.m. on November 29 and 30 (with additional shows on December 6 and 7). Call 206-524-3388 to purchase tickets. Performances held at Bellevue Youth Theater.
8.) Bellevue Holiday Recommendations at University Book Store
Get the gift-giving off to a good start with book recommendations from Bellevue’s University Book Store. Whether you’re looking for hot present ideas or you just love reading, have fun mingling with other readers and savoring treats. The University Book Store will cover fiction and non-fiction recommendations suitable for a variety of readers, featuring over 12 new and favorite books. The event is December 3 at 6 p.m.
OTHER UPCOMING BELLEVUE EVENTS
Click on the events below for more information
- Snowflake Lane at The Bellevue Collection (Recurs daily)
- Garden d’ Lights at Bellevue Botanical Garden (Recurs daily)
- Magic Season Ice Arena at Bellevue Downtown Park (Recurs daily)
- Thursday Night Football at Blue Martini Lounge (Recurs weekly on Thursdays); Ladies Night Out at Blue Martini (Recurs weekly on Fridays); and Noches Azul (recurs weekly on Tuesdays)
- Little Book Worms (Recurs weekly on Wednesdays)
- ESPN Radio Seahawks Weekly at Pearl Bar and Dining (Recurs weekly on Thursdays)
- Bellevue Arts Museum Current Exhibits: BAM Biennial 2014 (Oct. 31-Mar 29); On the River, Down the Road (Oct. 3-March 1); Nick Mount: The Fabric of Work—Sculptural Glass from a Master of Australian Craft (Oct. 10-Feb. 1); and Quality Is Contagious: John Economaki and Bridge City Tool Works (Oct. 10-Feb. 1)
- TNT: Thursday Night Tasting at Grand Cru Wine Shop (Recurs weekly on Thursdays)
- Aerial Arts Performances at Suite Restaurant / Lounge (Recurs Weekly on Fridays and Saturdays