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Sponsor a tree and help light up Queen Anne Ave N this holiday season

November 20th, 2014 by Laura

Holiday tree WolfWe posted on the tree lights along Queen Anne Ave N on Upper Queen Anne last Sunday. The lights are all strung, but some trees and blocks aren’t on. If you stroll along Queen Anne Ave N, you’ll notice that the lights in front of Safeway and The Towne are dark. There are other smaller dark spots between Galer and McGraw too.

As we mentioned in our post, the Upper Queen Anne Merchants help pay for the lights. Each tree runs about $200 for the duration of the season, from mid-November through the first of the new year. Not all of our small business owners can afford to light the tree in front of their business, and each year that number (sadly) grows. Plus, it seems not all businesses are on board with the tree lighting [editor’s note: Safeway and Trader Joe’s are not small businesses, but their trees are dark - why aren't they on? You might want to ask next time you shop there, and let us know what you find out.].

Tree your name hereHere’s where you can help. To light the trees this year, the Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce is asking for donations. What do you get for your money? A lit tree and a laminated sign with your name on said tree. You can also get creative, one family has a note from Santa to their little girl on a tree – just keep the message family-friendly, and voila!

Some businesses have their names on trees, and if you’d like to have your “name in lights” you can sponsor a tree for $200. Or, pool together funds from your neighbors, book groups, or community organizations, and sponsor a tree – just  $10-20 a house/apartment can add up quickly!

The Chamber hopes that sponsoring the trees will help raise awareness of the tree funding and get the community involved.

If you’d like to sponsor a tree, click here or call 206.412.5802.

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Queen Anne Ave trees light up as Holiday Magic set for December 5th

November 16th, 2014 by Laura

Have you noticed that the trees along Queen Anne Ave N on Upper Queen Anne are lit for the upcoming holiday season? Every year, these lights go up thanks to our local Queen Anne merchants and the Queen Anne Chamber – and they make the business district between Galer and McGraw sparkle!

QA Holiday Lights 1Business owners along Queen Anne Ave N pay for the tree lights that light up the Ave through the holiday season. These lights also help signal the upcoming annual Holiday Magic event on Queen Anne.

Holiday Magic will be Friday, December 5th this year, 4pm-8pm. In years past, Santa visited HomeStreet Bank for family photos and merchants had small bites, drinks, and special sales for the holiday season.

As we get more merchant-specific info for Holiday Magic, we’ll get it posted.  Until then, enjoy the trees and thank our Queen Anne merchants for their festive spirit!

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Celebrate the spirit of the season at Holiday Magic this Friday on Upper Queen Anne

December 3rd, 2013 by Laura

QA Holiday MagicThe trees are lit along Queen Anne Ave N and the temps have dropped into a frosty range… it’s December, and that means Holiday Magic on Upper Queen Anne! Merchants up and down Queen Anne Ave will have specials and treats for shoppers who keep it local and shop in the neighborhood this Friday, December 6th, from 4pm to 8pm. Plus, Santa will be at our local Homestreet Bank!

Stay warm and shop local this Friday! And, if you’re a business that would like to be added to the Holiday Magic fun, just let us know and we’ll get you on the list below:

Bella Fiore  1629 Queen Anne Ave N
We will have drinks, holiday specials and raffle to win a gift card to the spa!

Blue Highway Games  2203 Queen Anne Ave N
Kicking off a coloring contest with prizes for 3 different age groups and you can roll a dice to get up to 20% OFF any purchase

charley + may co.  2225 Queen Anne Ave N
holiday magic italian style, italian meatballs, cookies, chianti and tiny martini’s. d.j. nate will mash up Sinatra and macklemore. live tree trimming in the windows with the King Sisters. charley’s christmas cracker celebration: 20% off all sales over $30.00

Cederberg Tea House  1417 Queen Anne Ave N
Celebrate the holiday season with African holiday music and samples of Cederberg’s specialty Rooibos drinks and South African baked goods. Also available – build-your-own gift basket: choose from an assortment of South African cookies, candies, cakes, teas and gift certificates, specially packaged and priced so that you can create your own unique gift basket – a perfect holiday gift for friends and family.  

Chocolopolis  1527 Queen Anne Ave N
4-9pm – Enjoy samples of chocolate hand crafted in our own chocolate kitchen. Nibble on cheese and crackers while you shop.

Domani Pizzeria & Restaurant  1515 Queen Anne Ave N
Join us for Live Holiday Music with local musicians. Warm up by the fireplace; discounted hot drinks – hot cocoa, coffee, tea; Happy Hour prices on wine. Cheers!”

Hauteyoga Queen Anne  2131 Queen Anne Ave N
15% off retail; 5 yoga classes for $50 (save $20)

Homegrown  2201 Queen Anne Ave N
Homegrown will be offering hot chocolate and a snowflake station set up for all to make decorative snowflakes!

Homestreet Bank Queen Anne Branch  1835 Queen Anne Ave N
3 to 7pm we will be partnering with Smilebox to bring you all the holiday joy.  Once again Santa will be here for Christmas Lists and Pictures. Holiday cookies, hot apple cider and other refreshments for the neighbors.

Laurie Swanson Massage 1817 Queen Anne Ave N #210
Online gift certificate special all day Fri. 12/6, 10% off for you + 10% to QA Helpline – purchase online at

Le Reve  1805 Queen Anne Ave N
Le Reve will be doing a Happy Hour from 4-8pm with a special Happy Hour Appetizer menu and holiday desserts.

Mimisan Spa  2207 Queen Anne Ave N
Come with your friend for a pedicure and get $5 off of your pedi during this holiday seasons.

Nancy’s Sewing Basket   2221 Queen Anne Ave N
Beginning the evening of Holiday Magic, we’ll be selling tickets for our Share-the-Joy Dress Raffle. Enter for the chance to win a new wardrobe for your American Girl Doll™, handmade by the staff at Nancy’s. All proceeds will benefit Mary’s Place, on lower Queen Anne. Tickets on sale December 6th–15th.

Queen Anne Baptist Church  2011 1st Ave N
Queen Anne Baptist Church will be open to the community from 5-7 pm for Christmas crafts, Music, signing Christmas Cards, with cookies and hot drinks, and more.

Queen Anne Book Company  1811 Queen Anne Ave N 
Enjoy the cookies and a receive one of our new canvas tote bags with you purchase of  $100 or more!

Queen Anne Dispatch  2212 Queen Anne Ave N
Please enjoy 30% off sweaters, shoes, boots and outerwear.

Queen Anne Frame & Avenue Arts   1621 Queen Anne Ave N
Enjoy hot cider & cookies. 10% OFF tonight: chic jewelry, scarves, candles, artful cards, photo frames, ornaments & more…

Stuhlbergs Home & Gifts   1801 Queen Anne Ave N
Celebrate the season at Stuhlbergs! Enjoy our festive selection to decorate your home, hearth and tree!

Sushi Samurai  1817 Queen Anne Ave N
Sushi samurai will be having $4 for our house white & red wine and tons of sushi during our happy hour from 4-6pm.

Three Birds  2107 Queen Anne Ave N
Three Birds will have Champagne, tidbits, and from 7-8:30pm live music.

Vitality Medispa and Medical Clinic  1503 2nd Ave West
Offering 25% off all services and products!

Sponsored by the Greater Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce and our fantastic local Queen Anne Merchants!

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Help light up Queen Anne for the holidays

October 21st, 2013 by Laura

Holiday MagicEvery year, the trees along Queen Anne Ave N on Upper Queen Anne sparkle with white lights, adding a festive feel to our neighborhood and the Holiday Magic event in December. In the past, the Queen Anne merchants and Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce have generously paid for lighting the trees, but it’s expensive for our small businesses at about $200 per tree.

Plus, if you haven’t noticed, we have quite a few empty storefronts along Queen Anne Ave N, and that means big gaps in the tree lights. Those bare trees look so lonely during our long winter nights!

That’s where you come in – you can help light up Queen Anne Ave N for the holidays with a donation of any amount. The number of trees lit this year will be dependent on funds raised by both businesses and residents, and our local HomeStreet Bank branch (1835 Queen Anne Ave N) has set up an account to help light the trees for Holiday Magic.

HomeStreetHow can you help? Stop by or send a check to HomeStreet Bank for any amount you’d like to donate – no donation is too small. 100% of the money donated will be given to the Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce, a registered non-profit, to support the Queen Anne Tree Lighting.

How to Make a Queen Anne Tree Light Donation:

1) Walk into HomeStreet Bank and make a deposit to the “Holiday Magic” account

2) Mail a check  payable to “Holiday Magic” to HomeStreet at:
Home Street Bank
Attn: Holiday Magic
1835 Queen Anne Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109

Help make our neighborhood festive and fun, and when you see the sparkling lights along Queen Anne Ave this holiday season, remember that the lights are community supported!

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Annual Holiday Magic Evening is this Friday, December 7th

December 3rd, 2012 by Laura

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.

Blue Highway Games
Donating 10% of sales during Holiday Magic to the Queen Anne Helpline.

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.

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.

Communique Cards, Gifts & Toys
Drawing for a Nutcracker – winner can choose from selection of German Nutcrackers. Free balloons for kids.

Domani Pizzeria
Live Holiday Music and a Little Jazz with local musicians Parker and Harrison Duet. Happy Hour prices – wine, apps, and mini pizzas next to the fireplace.

Eat Local Queen Anne
Free half-pint of Eggnog Ice Cream with any purchase over $10.

Einstein Bros. Bagels
25% off all single bagels.

El Diablo Café
Ukulele band “Coconut Humu” will perform on the patio.

Emerald City Smoothie
50% off 24 and 32oz holiday smoothies (pumpkin pie slimkin, eggnog, peppermint mocha, and very cherry). Also 25% off all retail 4pm-8pm.

Four Winds Artful Living
3-8pm Seasons Greetings – 20% off everything.

Haute Yoga Queen Anne
20% off any retail item, free samples, and small treats. Enter to win 1 month of unlimited yoga ($130 value).

Homestreet Bank
4-7pm free photos with Santa. Holiday cookies, hot apple cider, and coffee.

Laurie Swanson Massage
Gluten-free treats, drawing for free massage and 20% off gift certificates.

Le Rêve Bakery
Happy Hour from 6-8pm and Le Rêve’s own Fire Dancing Barista Brenton Buchanan at 6pm.

Marqueen Garage
6-7:30pm food and refreshments to energize your shopping!

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 Dispatch
30% off sweaters, shoes, boots, and outerwear.

Queen Anne Frame & Avenue Arts
Holiday treats, chic jewelry, scarves, artful cards, unique ornaments, and gifts. Plus, 20% off all photo frames.

Stuhlbergs Home & Gifts
Festive selection to decorate your home, hearth, and tree.

Three Birds
Raffle, live music, champagne, and light bites.

Happy Hour Free Play admission to the play space 5-8pm plus Hot Dinner Special, Espresso, Beer and Wine.

Cup o’ cheer and Happy Hour specials.

Umpqua Bank
Fire Truck will be in the parking lot, enter to win the Wreath Raffle, and enjoy complimentary cookies and warm beverages.

Video Isle
Enter to win a free Blu-Ray player, also serving free Swedish Butter cookies and hot apple cider.

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Save the Date – Holiday Magic on Upper Queen Anne December 7th

November 15th, 2012 by Laura

The holidays are oh-so-close and to celebrate shopping local, the Upper Queen Anne merchants are hosting the annual Holiday Magic event on Friday, December 7 from 4-8pm.

More details to come – but for now, save the date for this festive event and support our local businesses throughout the holiday season and beyond!

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A crafty, bazaar-filled weekend in Queen Anne

December 4th, 2010 by Thea

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.

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Holiday Magic comes to Upper Queen Anne Friday

November 29th, 2010 by Thea

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

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Accordion band “5 Easy Pieces” plays holiday tunes

December 31st, 2009 by Thea

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!

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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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