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Holiday Magic festival lights up the hill this Friday

December 2nd, 2009 by Thea

Holiday Magic, UQAMAThe Holiday Magic festival is this Friday from 4 to 9 p.m. (though some stores have events starting as early as noon) on the top of the hill. The Upper Queen Anne Merchants Association has gathered a bunch of the neighborhood businesses and organizations for this annual event full of treats, deals and holiday cheer!

Business all along Queen Anne Ave N from McGraw to Galer will be participating. Here’s the short list of businesses we know have festival plans: Blue Highway Games, Queen Anne Dispatch, Caffe Ladro, Queen Anne Books, Queen Anne Cafe, 5 Spot, Chocolopolis, Hilltop Yarn and Home Street Bank.

According to Blue Highway Games co-owner and UQAMA member, Brian, there will be a tree lighting ceremony at Bethany Presbyterian Church at 6 p.m. For the younger crowd, Santa will be at HomeStreet Bank from 4 to 6 p.m. The John Hay Elementary choir will be providing some street-side entertainment throughout the night, and the Girl Scouts are expected to set up camp at Blue Highway Games.

Businesses will be running their own events, so stop by your favorite Queen Anne retailers to see what they have in store. Here’s a sneak-peak at a few of the events we’ve heard of so far:

Hilltop Yarn will be hosting a Japanese Knitting Trunk Show featuring 80 garments by Habu Textiles, that will go through the weekend, and will be offering classes in Japanese knitting, which uses graphical charts rather than words. They’ll also be serving pinot noir and treats to Holiday Magic goers.

Chocolopolis will have light hors d’oeuvres (cheese, crackers, dips, etc.) and chocolate samples. From 4 to 5 Holiday Magic-ers will be invited into the chocolate kitchen with chocolatier Stacey Donnell to dip apricots into – you guessed it – chocolate. They’re also doing a raffle – three drawings every 30 minutes – for people who visit the “chocolate surplus room.” Winners will get to pick one chocolate surplus item. Yum!

Blue Highway Games will have warm drinks and snacks, and will also be home base for the Girl Scouts.

Queen Anne Books will have “holiday mocktails” alongside a book signing with Good Drinks for Bad Days: Holiday Edition author Kerry Colburn on Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. On Saturday they’re hosting signings with Tom Horton, creator of the Queen Anne Stair Map from 12 to 2 p.m.,  Bruce Jones, author of West Highland Drive: A Historical Walking Tour of Seattle’s Queen Anne Neighborhood from 1 to 3 p.m., and Lyanda Lynn Haupt, author of Crow Planet, from 2 to 4 p.m., topping off the weekend with a special kids holiday crafts and stories event from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday

HomeStreet Bank will have pictures with Santa from 4 to 6 p.m. They’ll also be serving holiday cookies and hot apple cider., and Top Pot Doughnuts will be serving donuts and coffee in their lobby.

If you know of any other events going on for Holiday Magic on Friday, comment below or email us at so we can add you to the list. Happy Holidays!

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