For the weekend of December 8-10, we found an incredible mélange of free and cheap things to do in Seattle and around the Puget Sound region, including (but not limited to) holiday events. As always, the full calendar follows and lists well over 100 events.
Interesting free things to do
If you want something different to do, here are some of the unique events happening this weekend:
Free glass blowing demo in West Seattle Friday-Sunday, December 8-10 (continues year-round) 11AM-5PM. Watch glass artists at work in the hot shop at Avalon Glassworks, at the foot of the West Seattle Bridge and next door to Luna Park Café. It’s with a free, fun thing to do, or a shopping experience in their gallery. Or both.
Free show every Friday at Tulalip Resort Friday, December 8 (continues through January 26), 7:00 pm.
Free monthly tour of The Moore historic Seattle theatre Saturday, December 9, 10:00 am to 11:30 am.
Free jazz concert by Mercer Island HS choir Saturday, December 9, 12:00 pm to 1:00.
Free candlelight stroll at Green Lake in Seattle Saturday, December 9, 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm.
Free Lithuanian Extravaganza in Seattle Sunday, December 10, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm.
Free local author readings plus open mic in south Seattle Sunday, December 10, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.
Free open house at Islamic mosque in Kent Sunday, December 10, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
There’s plenty of other fun: LEGO and game events, meditation and prayer events, planetarium and aquarium shows, free and cheap live music, dance lessons, free Sunday boat rides, Sunday flea market in Fremont, comedy, bonsai tours, distillery tours, and much more in the weekend calendar below.
Here are some unique holiday shopping opportunities happening this weekend.
Free indie art & craft holiday market in Seattle Friday-Sunday, December 8-10, 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm (continues weekends through December 23). The craft vendors rotate each weekend, so there’s always something different.
$1 pop-up Punk Rock Flea Market (PRFM) in Seattle Saturday-Sunday, December 9-10. Saturday noon-10PM, Sunday noon-5PM. In the former Red Apple Market at 23rd Avenue and South Jackson.
Free holiday bartering gift fair in Ballard Sunday, December 10, 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
Find many more holiday shopping ideas on our list of Christmas gifts, arts and crafts fairs and Where to shop in Seattle for Hanukkah gifts and Christmas stocking stuffers.
Unique Holiday things to do
Here are some one-time holiday events you might not want to miss. A long list of holiday events that are ongoing through the season in the next section. And much more in the weekend calendar below.
Free public shore viewing parties for Christmas Ships parades. Here are the public events for Friday-Sunday, December 8-10: Friday, December 8: 8:05 PM Pomeroy Park Manchester, WA (near Port Orchard), 9:25 PM Myrtle Edwards Park in downtown Seattle. Saturday, December 9: 3:30 PM Duwamish Waterway Park in Seattle’s South Park, 4:35 PM Alki Beach at Salty’s Restaurant. 8:10 PM Lowman Beach Park in West Seattle, 8:55 PM Alki Beach Park. Sunday, December 10: 8:15 PM Maritime Pier in Gig Harbor, 9:15 PM Jack Hyde Park in Tacoma.
Getaway: Christmas Lights in Leavenworth, WA (120 miles east of Seattle) Friday-Sunday, December 1-17. Two more weekends. Find a variety of free and paid activities, including live entertainment, window shopping, food, and winter sports. Want to leave the driving to someone else? Relax while Customized Tours takes you via bus to and from Leavenworth. OFFER DATES: Saturdays, December 02, 09, 16, 23. FULL PRICE: $130. DISCOUNT PRICE: $65. Check Availability.
Free holiday crafts at Country Village in Bothell Saturday, December 9, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. A different craft every week: December 9th: Pinecone Tabletop Trees. December 16th: Ornament Making. December 23rd: Dancing Finger Puppets.
Free dog-friendly “howliday” festival in Pioneer Square Saturday, December 9, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Free Victorian & Dickens Festivals in Tacoma Saturday, December 9, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Free pirate Christmas holiday event in Bothell Saturday, December 9, 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Country Village Shops.
Free mandolin holiday music concert in Bellevue Sunday, December 10, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm.
Free all ages terrarium and holiday craft workshop in Seattle Sunday, December 10, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.
Ongoing Holiday events
Free gingerbread house contest on Whidbey Island in Coupeville through December 23. Be creative and enter your gingerbread house, lighthouse, orcas, transit station, library or your choice in the challenge. Entries can be delivered to the Coupeville Library Sunday, November 26 through Saturday, Dec 23 (no later than 11am).
Free live reindeer in north Seattle through December 24, daily 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. The whole family will enjoy Swanson’s Nursery seasonal holiday décor shopping event featuring Santa’s reindeer.
Free live reindeer in Bothell through December 24, daily 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. Two of Santa’s reindeer are at Country Village Shops amidst twinkling lights and holiday displays.
Free holiday teddy bear suite at Fairmont hotel in Seattle through December 26, daily 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.
Free Gingerbread Village holiday tradition in Seattle through December 31, daily 8am to 11:30pm at City Centre shopping mall. Seattle’s top architecture firms, master builders and Sheraton Seattle culinary teams have come together to rediscover Seattle’s historic past and imagine the future, in fantastical cookie architecture.
$3 Holiday carousel in downtown Seattle through January 1, 2018 in Westlake Park benefiting Treehouse, a non-profit group supporting local youth in foster care.
Free Winterfest at Seattle Center through January 1, 2018 is five weeks of free and affordable, fun-filled activities and live performances, including free ice sculpting, free lively weekend performances and student showcases, Winterfest Ice Rink (admission and rental fees), Winter Train & Village (suggested donation).
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There’s plenty of other holiday free and cheap things to do in the weekend calendar below.
Friday, December 8, 2017
Saturday, December 9, 2017
Sunday, December 10, 2017
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