Seattle Center Winterfest Opens Friday With Free Festive Events

Posted on November 21st, 2012 by Laura Fonda

The annual Seattle Center Winterfest opens on Friday, November 23rd with FREE family-friendly events that run through January 6th.

The Seattle Center will be decorated with tree lights and luminata and the Winterfest Ice Rink returns to Fisher Pavilion. And, the newly restored Seattle Center Armory will host many activities, with the Winter Train running daily to create a festive holiday atmosphere.

All Winterfest events are FREE with the exception of admission to the Ice Rink and donations for controlling the Winter Train – cash only for both. And, it’s worth noting that the adult admission for the Ice Rink is still only $7, the same price as the past two years!

Winterfest Ice Rink, Fisher Pavilion
Nov 23 – Jan 6
Sunday – Thursday: 11am – 8pm
Friday – Saturday: 11am – 10pm
Note: closes at 4pm on Dec 24; closed on Dec 25; closes at 11:30pm on Dec 31
Cost: $7 for adults, $5 ages 6-12, and $2 ages 5 and under (includes skate rental) Cash only. FREE admission to watch.

Winter Train & Village
Seattle Center Armory / Center House
Nov 23 – Jan 6, 10am – 6pm
Note: closed Dec 25 and Jan 1
A turn-of-the-century village in miniature size, with garlanded homes and buildings, snowy streets and a moving model train. Take a turn controlling the train between 10:30am-12pm, 1pm-2:30pm and 3:30-5:30pm daily ($2 suggested donation. Cash only)

Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra
Seattle Center Armory / Center House
Friday, Nov. 23, 12:30pm
Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra, one of the nation’s largest and most noteworthy classical music youth ensembles, opens Seattle Center Winterfest with a performance of seasonal works.

Ice Sculpting, Outside Fisher Pavilion
Saturdays, Nov 24 and Dec 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, 12 noon – 2pm
Each Saturday an internationally acclaimed, award-winning ice master carves a different design.

Seattle Men’s Chorus
Seattle Center Armory / Center House
Saturday, Nov. 24, 12:30pm
Performance by the world’s largest gay men’s chorus and a “voice for acceptance” in the community and across the country.

There’s No Place Like Home
International Fountain
Saturday, Nov 24, 4pm
Art installation and site-based participatory performance by Lucia Neare Theatricals.

Cat Pack with Unexpected Productions
Seattle Center Armory / Center House
Sunday, Nov 25, 12:30pm
Seattle’s long-running comedy improv troupe in a musical show inspired by the Rat Pack era.

Winterfest Student Showcases
Seattle Center Armory / Center House
Nov 26 – Jan 6, varied times
Student Showcases offer entertainment as part of seasonal events and  provide public and private schools and youth performance groups the opportunity to share their artistic accomplishments.

The Magic of the Moment: PTSA Reflections
Harrison Street Gallery, Seattle Center Armory / Center House 3rd Floor
Dec. 10 – 31, 9am – 9pm
The exhibit features selected artwork of Seattle Public School students created within a theme of “The Magic of the Moment.” Finalists will enter statewide competition.

Bailadores de Bronce
Seattle Center Armory / Center House
Saturday, Dec 15, 12:30pm
Bailadores de Bronce teaches and performs Mexican folkloric dances in Seattle and throughout the Pacific Northwest. The high energy and enthusiasm of the dancers combined with beautiful costumes convey the richness of their culture.

Klez Kidz
Seattle Center Armory / Center House
Sunday, Dec 16, 12:30pm
Intergenerational group of musicians, singers and dancers presents interactive concerts of world Jewish music and mirth.

SANCA Youth Performance Company
Seattle Center Armory / Center House
Saturday, Dec 22, 12:30pm
SANCA Youth Performance Company performs original acts in aerial arts, juggling, tightwire, clowning, unicycle and acrobatics.

Garfield High School Jazz Band
Seattle Center Armory / Center House
Sunday, Dec 23, 1pm
Enjoy the seasonal sounds of the esteemed Garfield High School Jazz Band under the direction of Seattle’s own jazz great, Clarence Acox.

The Dickens Carolers
Seattle Center Armory / Center House
Saturday, Dec 29, 12:30pm
A quartet of Victorian costumed carolers sings your favorite seasonally-themed music on Seattle Center Armory Stage.

Eastside Modern Jazz Orchestra
Seattle Center Armory / Center House
Sunday, Dec. 30, 12:30pm
Eastside Modern Jazz Orchestra presents an electrifying mix of funk, Latin, jazz-rock fusion and contemporary jazz.

New Year’s Eve Celebration with The Rhythm Nation
Seattle Center Armory / Center House
Monday, Dec 31, 8:15pm – 11:45pm
The Rhythm Nation is the ultimate party band, playing a diverse mix of popular dance, R&B, rock and old school music drawing from the 1970s through the 1990s to the current hits of today.

Microsoft Jumpin’ Jive Orchestra
Seattle Center Armory
Saturday, Jan. 5, 12:30pm
An adjunct music group of the non-profit organization The Dissonance, the Microsoft Jumpin’ Jive Orchestra (MJJO) is a big band composed of players who work at or have worked for Microsoft.

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