Holiday Guide 2022

Welcome to the holiday season! There are plenty of festive shows, light displays, performances, movies and more coming this winter to usher you into the season of coziness.

Read on for stories on holiday travel, a listing of restaurants open for dine-in and takeout on Thanksgiving and where to find the region’s multiple showings of “The Nutcracker,” as well as our recommendations for recipes honoring Native foods, holiday events and more this winter.

Happy holidays!

— Seattle Times Features staff


Larger-than-life penguins follow the leader at WildLanterns at the Woodland Park Zoo.   

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Check out this list of holiday events around Greater Seattle, with light shows, markets, music and much more. Click on through!

Although not as long as they were Sunday, there were still long delays at general security lines at Sea-Tac airport Monday, September 19, 2022.   Lines lead out to the parking garage for a brief time Monday morning.  Wait times were up to 90 minutes Sunday though people reported waiting in line for up to two hours.  221609

You can still find deals on travel this holiday season, but the longer you wait, the harder it gets … and remember to pack your patience.

Tanya Wideman-Davis and Thaddeus Davis in a performance of “The Harlem Nutcracker.” (Marcia Davis)

In case there’s someone in your family ready for a first “Nutcracker,” or if you’d like to find some nut-flavored holiday magic yourself, here are some local productions.

In the cookbook “Indigenous Home Cooking,” this smoked fish and white bean dip is noted as quick, easy and “fun for recruiting people of all ages to help,” as well as full of beneficial “heart-healthy fats, with excellent proteins from both the fish and the beans.” Moreover: “It’s so good!” (Courtesy Dana Thompson, from “Indigenous Home Cooking”)

Courtesy of the Indigenous Food Lab and Valerie Segrest, these recipes offer opportunities to approach the holiday with respect, mindfulness and deliciousness.

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Valerie Segrest (Muckleshoot) considers giving thanks for food to be both beautiful and essential — here, she shares her thoughts about Thanksgiving and more.

Despite having to cancel its Christmas Lighting Festival due to Covid-19, the city of Leavenworth will still have Christmas lights up until Valentine’s Day.  This past weekend’s snow helped give Leavenworth a holiday glow that drew notable crowds to shop, dine, and recreate.

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Winter travel in the Northwest has its highs and lows. As in: It’s high season for snowy recreation and clamming, and low season for urban vacays and state parks.

Frank Corrado and Keagan Estes in ACT’s 2016 production of “A Christmas Carol.”

This year, Seattle theaters offer a mix of classic tales and clever twists on familiar stories. Oh, and Paddington is here to save Christmas.

If you’re looking to update your kitchen tools or even buy a holiday gift for a foodie friend, here’s what Seattle area food experts say you should splurge or save on.

Snoop Dogg performs during BleauLive Halloween Weekend on Friday, Oct. 28, 2022, in Miami Beach. (Photo by Scott Roth/Invision/AP)

In a regular year, the concert industry begins to slow down when we start carving turkeys. This is not a regular year.

“Diary of a Film” by Niven Govinden.

No online retailer could ever replicate recommendations from a local bookseller, so we asked four of the Seattle area’s very best for their picks.

Theresa Jackson-Chun CQ sells her and her children’s artwork during the Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center’s CQ annual holiday Native gift fair and art market in West Seattle, at 4705 West Marginal Way SW. Jackson-Chun, who lives in Pierce County, is a Blackfeet artist from the Blackfeet Nation in Montana. “As a traditional Native artist, it blesses my heart to pass down my cultural knowledge to my children & grandchildren, as it was also past down to me by my elders,” Jackson-Chun says. The gift fair and art market will be held Nov. 29-Dec 1, 2019 and Dec. 13-15, 2019. For more information, visit:
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The story of Thanksgiving neglects a history of genocide and violence against Native peoples. Here’s how some Native Seattleites are reframing the holiday.

Jake Sully and Neteyam in James Cameron’s “Avatar: The Way of Water.”

The holiday season brings big, fun romps as well as prestige projects. Here’s a guide to everything from a “Puss in Boots” sequel to films getting Oscar buzz.

The Capital Grille is offering a chef-prepared traditional Thanksgiving dinner with an upscale twist this year. The meal includes slow-roasted turkey with brioche stuffing, French green beans with Marcona almonds, cranberry-pear chutney and more, plus sides available for takeout.

Ditch the cooking stress this year and check out this list of Seattle-area restaurants offering to-go and dine-in Thanksgiving meals.

The chef Arnold Myint sets the table for a Friendsgiving dinner at his home in Nashville, Tenn., Nov. 15, 2021. For many LGBTQ Americans, especially those with immigrant roots, traditional notions of Thanksgiving and family may not apply. (Laura Partain/The New York Times)

Bringing some mindfulness to Thanksgiving can help you dial up the joy while turning down the volume on stressful or judgmental thoughts about your eating.