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

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!

Thanksgiving Roundup: holiday week activities and events start today

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The holiday season kicks off this week with Turkey Day and local festivities. Plus, quite a few events at Key Arena and in neighborhoods close to Queen Anne, so check before you go to avoid getting stuck in event traffic.

If you have an event you’d like us to add, let us know!

Tuesday, November 25:
Bastille, Key Arena, 8pm – estimated attendance of 8,000

Wednesday, November 26:
Usher, Key Arena, 7:30pm – estimated attendance of 10,000

Thursday, November 27 (Turkey Day):
Seattle Turkey Trot, Ballard, 9am start
Annual Queen Anne Turkey Bowl (flag-football), Big Howe Field, 9:30am

Friday, November 28:
Annual Macy’s Holiday Parade, 8:45am start at 7th & Pine
23,000 people expected to attend

Westlake Tree Lighting, Star Lighting, and Fireworks show, 5pm start
25,000 people expected to attend

Saturday, November 29:
Seattle Marathon 5K Race, 8:30am-11:30am
Starts at 5th Ave N bet. Republican and Harrison; ends at Memorial Stadium
1,300 participants expected
See course map for impacted streets

Seattle Children’s Kids Marathon, 10am-11am
Starts at 5th Avenue and Harrison St; ends at Memorial Stadium
See course map for impacted streets

Sunday, November 30:

Seattle Marathon and Half-Marathon, street closures run 7am-2:15pm
Closures include Mercer and 5th Ave N – see course map for impacted streets
15,000 participants expected
Metro Buses will be rerouted and delayed

Queen Anne Holiday Social, alcove next to Queen Anne Olive Oil, 2pm-5pm

Sounders vs. LA Galaxy Playoff game, CenturyLink, 6pm
50,000 estimated attendees

Holiday Open House Hosted by Crockett Street Merchants this Saturday

The Queen Anne merchants at Crockett Street & 6th Ave West are hosting a Holiday Open House this Saturday, December 1st from 4-7pm. It’s a great opportunity to visit these merchants, say hello, and enjoy some holiday treats!

Here’s the rundown on participating merchants:

Pink Ginger is offering 15% off purchases during the Open House, and will be serving holiday treats as well. Pink Ginger opened in 2008 as a specialty boutique with a Soho-London feel. The shop has locally made jewelry and clothing from both local and global designers in sizes small to size 24. The shop provides not only a range of sizes, but also varying styles that address the needs of different body types.

Beverly Hunnicutt will be serving hot cider all day Saturday with additional refreshments from 4-7pm. In addition to providing a wide range of tailoring needs, the shop also sells “twice-loved” cashmere and wool sweaters and handmade jewelry by local jewelers Cheryl Baker and Ellen Lyons. Beverly also makes and sells scarves, pillows, and small gifts from antique kimonos, and has an in-house line of recycled cashmere fingerless gloves, caps, and neckwarmers. It’s Beverly Hunnicutt’s 30th year on Crockett Street.

Rhinestone Rosie will be serving light refreshments during the Open House in their totally redecorated shop. Rhinestone Rosie has also been on Crockett Street for 30 years, buying and selling both fine and costume jewelry, as well as providing repair services. Antique jewelry is a shop specialty, and owner Rosie has been a regular on PBS’ Antiques Roadshow.

Meadow Boutique will also be participating in the Open House, and all of the unique holiday merchandise is out and on display, including ornaments and holiday gift items. The boutique also offers hand-selected clothing, jewelery, gifts, and home accessories. Meadow opened in December 2009, so it’s also celebrating a 3-year anniversary next month.

So, stop by the merchants at Crockett St & 6th Ave West on Saturday for a festive late afternoon Open House!

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