Holiday Magic & Tree Lighting make for a festive Friday night

Screen Shot 2015-11-24 at 7.33.19 PMTomorrow, Friday, December 4th, kicks off the holiday season on Queen Anne. The annual Holiday Magic shop-local event begins at 4pm and runs until 8pm. Upper Queen Anne merchants will have special deals to usher in the season and encourage shopping local on Queen Anne during the holiday season.

Plus, Santa will make his annual appearance at HomeStreet Bank, ready for free photos with kids and families. Be sure to stop by before 7:00pm, as Santa has to head back to the North Pole before Holiday Magic ends!

Towne Xmas TreeThis year’s Holiday Magic is joined by a new tradition, the Queen Anne Tree Lighting. The tree made its way to the Towne courtyard earlier this week, straight from the Queen Anne Helpline Christmas Tree Lot. It’s set and ready to go at 6:00pm. Hot beverages from Storyville and cookies from Aegis Living will be on tap for those on hand to countdown to the tree lighting.

Mayor Ed Murray will announce the countdown for the tree lighting, and the Seattle Pacific University Brass Ensemble and cellist Peter Ellis will be performing holiday music.

You can check out all of the merchant deals below, note there are a couple of new additions since last week:

Blue Highway Games, 2203 Queen Anne Ave North
Roll a dice for 1-20% OFF.

Cederberg Tea House, 1417 Queen Anne Ave North
Warm up by the fire and enjoy a free drink with the purchase of a gift certificate. Available from 8:30am – 6pm.

El Diablo Coffee, 1811 Queen Anne Ave North
20% off a Theo Hot Chocolate plus a raffle for a coffee package including a punch card for free drinks and whole bean coffee.

Eden Hill, 2209 Queen Anne Ave North
$5 spiked peppermint hot chocolate at the bar

Hauteyoga, 2131 Queen Anne Ave North
15% off retail; 5 yoga classes for $65 (save $20)

HomeStreet Bank, Queen Anne Branch, 1835 Queen Anne Ave North
4-7pm – Santa will be making his annual visit to the Queen Anne branch. Please stop by to have your picture taken with Santa, and enjoy holiday cookies and hot apple cider.

My Dressing Room Boutique, 1817 Queen Anne Ave North
40% OFF all coats and jackets on December 4th!

Nancy’s Sewing Basket, 2221 Queen Anne Ave North
Draw your discount from our Holiday Stocking and save 10-30% off your purchase! 3rd Annual Share-the-Joy Dress Raffle – Enter to win a new wardrobe for your American Girl DollTM, inspired by Children’s books, handmade by the Staff. All proceeds will benefit Mary’s Place.

Peridot Boutique, 2135 Queen Anne Ave North
15% off total purchase between 4pm-8pm and enjoy champagne and cookies!!! Check out our selection of gift items

Pharmaca, 1900 Queen Anne Ave North
In-store Educational Events: Get $5 off your next $20 purchase when you attend these events! Ask a Team Member for details.

Pistil Design, 1422 Queen Anne Ave North
Flowers and gifts. Cider and Treats for Holiday Magic. 20% discount for any preordered Holiday Centerpiece.

Queen Anne Book Company, 1811 Queen Anne Ave North
Celebrate the Season at Queen Anne Book Company with Holiday Magic Savings! 25% Discount on All Sales!

Queen Anne Community Center, 1901 1st Ave West
Dec 4-6: 7th Annual Holiday Antiques and Collectibles Sale to raise Scholarship Fund money for Youth classes and Camp Scholarships. Friday 5-7pm; Saturday 9-5pm; Sunday 10am-4pm.

Queen Anne Dispatch, 2212 Queen Anne Ave North
20% off all outerwear!

Queen Anne Frame & Avenue Arts, 1621 Queen Anne Ave North
Stop by for hot cider & cookies. Festive and fun gifts, jewelry and scarves. Great photo frames. 10% off all our gifts tonight.

Queen Anne Olive Oil Company, 1629 Queen Anne Ave North
Savory and sweet treats made with olive oil and balsamic. 15% off Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar.

Sonic City Acupuncture, 1817 Queen Anne Ave North, #204
“Acupuncture Happy Hour” Free relaxation treatments, and hot chocolate.

Stuhlbergs Home & Gifts, 1801 Queen Anne Ave North
Please enjoy 10% off everything storewide! Celebrate the season at Stuhlbergs with our festive selection to decorate your home, hearth and tree!

Storyville Coffee Company, 2128 Queen Anne Ave North
Come and warm up by the fireplace with $1 hot chocolate and Christmas tree cookie combo, as well as 20% off dessert cakes and pretzels.

Swissa Jewelers, 1905 Queen Anne Ave North
Enjoy a glass of wine and take advantage of our Anniversary Sale, 25-50% off store wide.

The Language Link/La Casita Feliz Spanish Immersion Preschool, 1507 Queen Anne Ave N
4:30-6:30pm – Traditional Hot Chocolate from Latin America and Música! Kids come learn how to prepare traditional hot chocolate   from scratch. Warm up with a free cup of Latin American hot chocolate and tortilla!

Three Birds, 2107 Queen Anne Ave N
Wonderful specials to check out!

Celebrate the first night of Chanukah on Queen Anne

A Queen Anne resident has started a Jewish organization for Queen Anne families, Chabad of Queen Anne, and the organization is hosting its first community event, Let it Glow, this Sunday, December 6th, the first night of Chanukah.

Let it GlowLet it Glow celebrates the first night and centers around a menorah lighting ceremony. The event takes place at the corner of W Crockett and Queen Anne Ave N – where the Farmer’s Market happens in the summer. The evening promises family fun with special guests Elsa and Ana from Frozen, face painting, and balloons for kids, and latkes, jelly donuts, and music for all. Plus, dreidels!

The free ceremony and fun begins at 4:30pm, and the first 50 people will get a free glow in the dark menorah necklace. Be sure to stop by the Chanukah block party to celebrate or learn more about the holiday.

Chabad of Queen Anne is a local chapter of the worldwide Chabad movemen that will support the Jewish communities of Queen Anne and Magnolia. The organization plans on hosting both educational and cultural programs for the community, and all are welcome to attend the family-friendly events.

Stay tuned for more from this new Queen Anne organization, and Happy Chanukah!

Holiday Magic is next Friday with Santa, tree lighting, and more

Screen Shot 2015-11-24 at 7.33.19 PMThe annual Upper Queen Anne merchant holiday extravaganza, Holiday Magic, is happening next Friday, December 4th. This year, in addition to the deals at local shops and Santa’s annual appearance at HomeStreet Bank, don’t miss the new tradition of the Queen Anne Holiday Tree Lighting!

Holiday Magic runs from 4pm to 8pm, and the countdown to the tree lighting is at 6:30pm in the Towne Center plaza (outside Trader Joe’s). At the tree lighting, you can enjoy hot beverages from Storyville and tasty bites from Aegis Living, while listening to holiday music and counting down to the lighting.

Here’s the list of merchants with special events & deals during Holiday Magic – note, more businesses will likely join in as next Friday draws closer, and the spirit of Holiday Magic is to shop small and local, in our very own neighborhood:

Blue Highway Games, 2203 Queen Anne Ave North
Roll a dice for 1-20% OFF.

Cederberg Tea House, 1417 Queen Anne Ave North
Warm up by the fire and enjoy a free drink with the purchase of a gift certificate. Available from 8:30am – 6pm.

El Diablo Coffee, 1811 Queen Anne Ave North
20% off a Theo Hot Chocolate plus a raffle for a coffee package including a punch card for free drinks and whole bean coffee.

Hauteyoga, 2131 Queen Anne Ave North
15% off retail; 5 yoga classes for $65 (save $20)

HomeStreet Bank, Queen Anne Branch, 1835 Queen Anne Ave North
4-7pm – Santa will be making his annual visit to the Queen Anne branch. Please stop by to have your picture taken with Santa, and enjoy holiday cookies and hot apple cider.

My Dressing Room Boutique, 1817 Queen Anne Ave North
30% off all Winter Coats. 40% off all Jeans.

Nancy’s Sewing Basket, 2221 Queen Anne Ave North
Draw your discount from our Holiday Stocking and save 10-30% off your purchase! 3rd Annual Share-the-Joy Dress Raffle – Enter to win a new wardrobe for your American Girl DollTM, inspired by Children’s books, handmade by the Staff. All proceeds will benefit Mary’s Place.

Pharmaca, 1900 Queen Anne Ave North
In-store Educational Events: Get $5 off your next $20 purchase when you attend these events! Ask a Team Member for details.

Pistil Design, 1422 Queen Anne Ave North
Flowers and gifts. Cider and Treats for Holiday Magic. 20% discount for any preordered Holiday Centerpiece.

Queen Anne Book Company, 1811 Queen Anne Ave North
Celebrate the Season at Queen Anne Book Company with Holiday Magic Savings! 25% Discount on All Sales!

Queen Anne Community Center, 1901 1st Ave West
Dec 4-6: 7th Annual Holiday Antiques and Collectibles Sale to raise Scholarship Fund money for Youth classes and Camp Scholarships. Friday 5-7pm; Saturday 9-5pm; Sunday 10am-4pm.

Queen Anne Frame & Avenue Arts, 1621 Queen Anne Ave North
Stop by for hot cider & cookies. Festive and fun gifts, jewelry and scarves. Great photo frames. 10% off all our gifts tonight.

Queen Anne Olive Oil Company, 1629 Queen Anne Ave North
Savory and sweet treats made with olive oil and balsamic. 15% off Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar.

Sonic City Acupuncture, 1817 Queen Anne Ave North, #204
“Acupuncture Happy Hour” Free relaxation treatments, and hot chocolate.

Stuhlbergs Home & Gifts, 1801 Queen Anne Ave North
Please enjoy 10% off everything storewide! Celebrate the season at Stuhlbergs with our festive selection to decorate your home, hearth and tree!

Storyville Coffee Company, 2128 Queen Anne Ave North
Come and warm up by the fireplace with $1 hot chocolate and Christmas tree cookie combo, as well as 20% off dessert cakes and pretzels.

Swissa Jewelers, 1905 Queen Anne Ave North
Enjoy a glass of wine and take advantage of our Anniversary Sale, 25-50% off store wide.

The Language Link/La Casita Feliz Spanish Immersion Preschool, 1507 Queen Anne Ave N
4:30-6:30pm – Traditional Hot Chocolate from Latin America and Música! Kids come learn how to prepare traditional hot chocolate   from scratch. Warm up with a free cup of Latin American hot chocolate and tortilla!

Tree lighting begins new Queen Anne holiday tradition

The lights are already lit along Queen Anne Ave N, Thanksgiving is next week, and the Queen Anne Helpline Christmas tree lot opens next Saturday, November 28th, all signs of the upcoming holiday season on Queen Anne.

Towne sign and puppyThis year, thanks to the Queen Anne Chamber and our local merchants, we’ll have a new holiday tradition on top of Queen Anne – a tree lighting. On Saturday, November 28th, a large tree will make its way from the Queen Anne Helpline Christmas Tree Lot to the plaza at The Towne outside Trader Joe’s.

Then, on Friday, December 4th, the tree will light up after a countdown. The lighting event runs from 6pm to 8pm, with a countdown to the lighting at 6:30pm. It’ll kick off the annual Holiday Magic event along Queen Anne Ave N, and it’s a free family-friendly event.

At the tree lighting, you can warm up with hot drinks from Storyville, enjoy tasty cookies from Aegis Living, and enjoy holiday music.

The new holiday tradition is sure to be a welcome one, making Queen Anne even more festive. Thanks to the Queen Anne Community Council, Queen Anne Apartment Collection, The Holiday Lighting Pros, and Joe Geivett of Emerald Bay Equity for making it happen.

Mark your calendars for the tree lighting event on Friday, December 4th and get ready to celebrate Holiday Magic on Queen Anne!

Shop local on Queen Anne this holiday season and help out others too

Queen Anne Boston SantaOur recent post about Communique closing in the new year generated a lot of comments on Facebook and on the blog. A theme definitely emerged – shop local so independent shops stay on Queen Anne.

Now, while some of the most recent business closures are due to owners retiring, there are still empty storefronts on Queen Anne. If Queen Anne is known for supporting small, independent businesses, hopefully these locations will have a better chance of filling up with unique shops.

Help keep our local Queen Anne businesses going strong by shopping in the neighborhood. Our merchants not only help create the character of Queen Anne, but they also give back to the community.

And, while you’re out shopping on Queen Anne, here are some businesses can help you give back this holiday season:

Queen Anne Helpline Tree Lot, 2100 Queen Anne Ave N (Safeway north parking lot)
A holiday giving list wouldn’t be complete without the tree lot that benefits the Queen Anne Helpline. Open through December 21st or until they run out of trees!

Laurie Swanson Massage, 1817 Queen Anne Ave N, #210
Raffle to win a package of 5-60 min. massages. $5 per entry. Enter as many times as you like throughout December.  Proceeds benefit the Queen Anne Helpline. Let’s help our neighbors in need! Drawing will take place 1/2/15 and winner will be notified by email.

Pharmaca, 1990 Queen Anne Ave N
Pharmaca is partnering with Solid Ground this Holiday Season, through December 24th. The goal of Solid Ground is to end poverty in the Seattle Area. Customers can purchase a gift bag ($10-$25) containing essential toiletries or baby items which Pharmaca will donate on the customer’s behalf.

If you know of a business that has a giving tree or something similar, just let us know and we’ll add it to the list. Happy Holidays!

Seattle Winterfest kicks off today with Ice Rink and more

Seattle Center Winterfest 2014It’s almost December and the Seattle Center winter spectacular kicked off earlier this morning with events galore through the end of the year. The ever-popular Ice Rink at Fisher Pavilion is now open, along with the Winter Train and Village in the Armory. Plus, the Seattle Center is hosting events and performances to get you in the holiday spirit.

Here’s the Winterfest events and activities list from the Seattle Center – for full details on any of the events, check out the Winterfest page. Almost all events are FREE, except for the Ice Rink and a $2 suggested donation to conduct the Winter Train:

Winter Train & Village, Armory, FREE
Nov. 28 – Dec. 31; 10am – 6pm daily
Special Hours: closed at 4pmDec. 24, closed Dec. 25
Bonus: Take a turn “conducting” the model train between 10:30am – 12 noon, 1pm – 2:30pm, and 3:30pm – 5:30pm daily. $2 suggested donation.

Winterfest Art Installations, Seattle Center Grounds, FREE
Nov. 28 – Jan. 4, 2015

Winterfest Ice Rink, Fisher Pavilion
Nov. 28 – Jan. 4, 2015
Sunday – Thursday 11am – 8pm; Friday – Saturday 11am – 10pm
Special Hours: closed at 4pm Dec. 24; closed Dec. 25; open until 11:30pm Dec. 31
Cost: $7 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-12, $2 children ages 5 and under, includes skate rental. Cash only.

Winterfest Ice Sculpting, Outside Fisher Pavilion, FREE
Saturdays: Nov. 29; Dec. 6, 13, 20, 27; 12 noon – 2pm

Winterfest Student Showcases, Armory, FREE
Nov. 29 – Dec. 30, various times
150+ performances by public and private schools and youth groups

Hot Dog USA Jump Rope Team, Armory, FREE
Saturday, Nov. 29; 11am – 12 noon

The Dickens Carolers, Armory, FREE
Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 29 – 30; 12:30pm – 1:30pm

The Cabiri and Radost Present Carpathian Dawn, Armory, FREE
Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 29 – 30: 2pm – 3pm

Zaniac Comedy Show, Armory, FREE
Sunday, Nov. 30; 11am – 12 noon

Northwest Boychoir Apprentices, Armory, FREE
Saturday, Dec. 6; 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Bailadores de Bronce, Armory, FREE
Sunday, Dec. 7; 12:30pm – 1:30pm

SANCA, Armory, FREE
Saturday, Dec. 13; 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Garfield Jazz Band, Armory, FREE
Sunday, Dec. 14; 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Seattle’s Best Damn Happy Hour, Armory, FREE entry (21+)
Thursday, Dec. 18; 5pm – 8pm

Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® Cardholders Free Skate
Saturday, Dec. 20; 11am – 10pm
FREE for cardholders +2 guests. Must show card upon entry.

The Mood Swings, Armory, FREE
Saturday, Dec. 20; 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Captain Smartypants and Sensible Shoes, Armory, FREE
Sunday, Dec. 21; 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Menorah Lighting Ceremony, Armory, FREE
Sunday, Dec. 21; 6pm – 7pm

Vela Luka Croatian Dance Ensemble, Armory, FREE
Saturday, Dec. 27; 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Klez Kidz, Armory, FREE
Sunday, Dec. 28; 12:30pm – 1:30pm

New Year’s Eve Celebration with THE NINES, Armory, FREE
Wednesday, Dec. 31; 8pm – 11:45pm

Happy Winterfest!

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