The holiday season is in full swing. Here are five things you can do this weekend to get in the spirit … plus one more to help you escape it.
SEE A SHOW: A number of Seattle’s traditional Christmas shows are under way, including ACT’s “A Christmas Carol” (pictured, by Chris Bennion) and Peggy Platt and Lisa Koch’s goofball “Ham for the Holidays” at Theatre Off Jackson.
LIGHT THE LIGHTS: Public light displays abound this year, with Garden d’Lights (Bellevue); WildLights (Woodland Park Zoo); ZooLights (Tacoma); and Ivar’s Clam Lights (Renton) leading the pack. Or you can join a floating light parade behind the Argosy Christmas Ships. If you’re decorating your own house, be sure to share your light display with other Seattle Times readers via our 2012 holiday lights photo album.
CELEBRATE LOCALLY: Neighborhoods and townships all over are celebrating the season, with tree-lightings, Santa visits, concerts, caroling and more. Look for gatherings this weekend on Vashon and Bainbridge islands; in Columbia City and Brier; and many, many others.
BAG A TREE: Head out into the wild to cut down your own Christmas tree. Maps and permits are available at some REI stores, ranger stations and Forest Service offices. Find more information here.
SHOP LIKE CRAZY: Christmas craft sales and holiday bazaars are everywhere. Among them: South Park Arts’ Art Under $100 sale (photo by exhibitor Sean Balko) and the annual Seattle Sampling art-studio tour. Support your local artist, or just browse as you would a gallery.
Enough? If you’re already tired of the holidays (and it’s not even December yet!) nothing will transport you to another plane as quickly as music. We recommend …
THE ROY HARGROVE QUINTET. Jazz critic Paul de Barros calls Hargrove “one the most soulful, swinging and intense old-school trumpeters in jazz.” He plays Jazz Alley all weekend.
These are just a few suggestions. Remember to share your weekend plans with other readers in the comments thread. And if you’re interested in more ideas, here’s a video weekend preview recorded this morning at KING 5 TV: