The trees are lit along Queen Anne Ave N, and the festive holiday look is just the first step, next up is the annual Holiday Magic evening – all thanks to our Upper Queen Anne merchants, who fund the tree lighting and host the event. The annual Holiday Magic evening has a slew of activities for both young and old on Friday, December 7th, 4-8pm. So, plan an evening stroll along Queen Anne Ave N and stop in at all of our local merchants to say hello and happy holidays!
“Believe in the magic of Queen Anne, shop local this holiday season.”
A&J Meats & Seafood Open til 7pm. Enjoy refreshments and enter to win a $25 gift certificate. Hosting a Queen Anne Helpline Giving Tree.
Bella Fiore Organic Med Spa Holiday Cheer Open House, enter to win a $500 gift certificate, enjoy wine, eggnog, and hors d’oeuvres. Organic skin care gift sets and gift cards available. Each guest receives $10 in Spa Bucks.
Bethany Presbyterian Church 6pm Tree-Lighting on the front lawn; 6:15-8pm Activities for all ages – making advent wreaths with fresh greens, decorating cookies (one for you and one for New Horizons Ministries’ street youth program), making cards for the elderly and homeless, stocking stuffers for Wednesday Night Dinner guests, story-telling for kids, emergency preparedness, crafts, and warm drinks and snacks for all.
Charley+May Co. Charley’s Tiny Christmas cracker celebration, featuring a ukulele musician, tiny tacos, toffee tasting and winter warmer beverages for all. Christmas crackers and ornaments 10% off.
Chocolopolis 5-7pm Santa’s Chocolate Workshop open to dip a treat in chocolate; 4-9pm cheese, crackers, and samples of drinking chocolate while you shop. Plus, receive a $15 gift card for use on another day with a purchase of $100 or more.
Mimisan Spa Purchase 9 mani or pedi and get the 10th free.
My Dressing Room Learn how to tie scarves for fall/winter and the holidays. Celebrity style, bunny ears, and much more – bring your favorite scarves.
Queen Anne Baptist Church 4-6pm Enjoy making Christmas crafts while sipping hot drinks and nibbling goodies. Sign a card for a neighbor at Queen Anne Manor. Donate $15 to Church of Mary Magdalene for a new pair of shoes for a homeless woman or child.
Queen Anne-ers have a weekend full of crafty holiday shopping and gifting events ahead of them. In addition to last night’s Holiday Magic festival, there are two timely holiday bazaars happening in the hood this weekend.
The first is the winter addition of Urban Craft Uprising, a showcase of unique handmade items by independent crafters, artists and designers—things that can’t be bought at any big-box store. UCU is the largest indie craft show in Seattle, and is taking place on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free, and the first hundred people through the door both days will receive a free swag bag. Details here.
The second event is the St. Anne Holiday Fair Trade Bazaar. Put on by St. Anne’s Church Social Justice Commission, the holiday bazaar will have gifts, jewelry, chocolate, coffee, baskets and more. The bazaar is happening from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, December 5, at Banchero Hall, 101 W Lee Street. There will be a continental breakfast from 9 a.m. to noon. Suggested Donation is $3/person or $10/family.
Update 12/2 4 p.m.: As Friday inches closer, new Queen Anne merchants have joined the long list of those participating in the Holiday Magic celebration. Check it out below.
Upper Queen Anne’s annual Holiday Magic festival is coming up this Friday, December 3 from 3 to 9 p.m. on Queen Anne Ave N, from McGraw to Galer.
The celebration, put on by the Greater Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce, will be chock-full of holiday fun, including discounts at local businesses up and down Queen Anne Ave, snacks, songs courtesy of the John Hay Chorus (from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. starting at HomeStreet Bank), a visit from Santa Claus (at HomeStreet Bank), art projects for kids, a firetruck from Station 8, prize drawings, chair massages, the annual tree lighting at Bethany Presbyterian Church at 6 p.m., and more.
According to the chamber’s marketing director Mary Chapman, the the merchants along Queen Anne Ave pay out of pocket to cover the costs of the festive street tree lighting—all the more reason to invest in LED lights for the trees along the street.
“Yes, we are going green, using less electricity and we have an agreement with Artist Touch Landscaping to do our lights for the next 5 years,” she says. “They store the lights and put them up the following year. Previously cheap electric bulb strings were bought, cut down and thrown away each year.”
We’re still waiting to hear what particular festivities will be in store at participating merchants. We’ll keep you posted as we hear more.
Can’t make it to Holiday Magic? Celebrate the holidays in Lower Queen Anne on Friday, December 10 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Roast Toasty Holiday Event in Counterbalance Park.
Update 9:30 p.m.: Check out the list of participating merchants, and the holiday festivities they’ll be hosting:
HomeStreet Bank: Free photos with Santa from 4 to 7 p.m., plus holiday treats
Twirl Cafe: Cookie decorating and a “Lyle the Crocodile” activity based on the Seattle Children’s Theatre production at Twirl Cafe (with paid admission)
Queen Anne Baptist Church: Free crafts and snacks at Queen Anne Baptist church from 3 to 5 p.m.
Bethany Presbyterian Church: Tree lighting at 6 p.m., followed by crafts and snacks in the main hall
Chocolopolis: Cheese, crackers & chocolate along with samples of drinking chocolate and raffles to visit the Chocolate Surplus Room
Queen Anne Dispatch: Elves with treats and discounts
Once Upon A Time: Christmas carols and snacks
Metropolitan Market: Delicious treats for all
Eat Local: Tasty holiday treats
My Dressing Room Consignment: 10% off all holiday jewelry, gift with purchase and book signing
Robert Samuel Salon: 25% off all Aveda products, wine and hors d’oeuvres
Smiles by Smita Orthodontics: Complimentary treats and a kids’ art project
Video Isle: A free drawing for video rentals
Communique: A free drawing for a nutcracker of your choice
Starbucks: Warm drinks and an art activity for children
Wink Cupcakes: Children can decorate a free holiday cookie
Paragon: Happy hour specials
Emerald City Smoothie: Free smoothies
Queen Anne Books: Discounts all day, author signing, holiday treats
Sully’s: Happy hour specials
Emmer & Rye Restaurant: Happy hour specials
Betty Restaurant: Happy hour specials
Homegrown (new shop at corner of QA Ave. and Boston St.): Treats and coloring activity for kids all day
Queen Anne Books: Discounts all day, author signing, treats
Queen Anne Frame: Refreshments, open house featuring stocking stuffers, fun jewelry, unique ornaments, photo frames & delightful gifts
Skookum Clothing: Queen Anne jewelry artist, Joanna Morgan, will offer a trunk show from 4 - 8pm with refreshments
Blue Highway Games: Roll a dice and get 1-20% off purchase
Key Bank on Upper Queen Anne: Free hot chocolate and candy canes
Prorobics: Cookies, candy canes, hot cocoa, and hot apple cider
Five Spot Cafe: Free hot cider or hot chocolate and coffee cake
Zaw Pizza: For every $50 in gift cards you buy, receive an additional $10 gift card for free. Free samples of their handmade chocolate chip and double chocolate cookies
Mimisan & Laurie Swanson Massage: Free 5 min. chair massages at Mimisan from 3 to 7 p.m.
Enza’s Restaurant: Complimentary glass of wine with purchase of a dinner entree
Portage Restaurant: Spiked hot cider for only $3
Tenoch Mexican Grill: Happy hour specials
Four Winds: 15% off total purchase, including great gifts and stocking stuffers
Marquise Fine Jewelry: Complimentary wine and treats - come see their selection of beautiful jewelry
Queen Anne Real Estate: Create a snowflake to put in the window with your $1 donation to the Queen Anne Helpline
Vitality Medispa and Wellness Center: Offering $99 hydrafacials and peels
It may be New Year’s Eve, but if you’re still not ready to conclude the holiday season, you can relive some of the seasonal magic on Queen Anne hill right here. The annual Holiday Magic festival lit up the classic holiday tunes on video!
If you missed the band at Holiday Magic, here they are playing Jingle Bells. You can catch their other tunes – Deck the Halls, We Wish You a Merry Christmas, Joy to the World, and Up on the Housetop – on El Diablo’s YouTube channel. Next year I’ll have to request they play a Chanukah song!
The 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 email@example.com so we can add you to the list. Happy Holidays!