Here’s what is coming up: Yulefest, Nov. 21-22, Nordic Heritage Museum, Seattle; Seattle Festival of Trees, Nov. 21-Dec. 2, and Teddy Bear Suite, Nov. 22-Dec. 24, Fairmont Olympic Hotel; Gingerbread Village, Sheraton Seattle Hotel, Nov. 24-Jan. 3.

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Though Thanksgiving is still ahead, the Christmas season is getting started at several local events this week.

Scandinavian holiday traditions will fill Nordic Heritage Museum at Yulefest Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 21 and 22. There will be music, Santa visits and traditional food and drinks in the Nordic Cafe, including krumkake, open-face sandwiches, lefse, Danish aebleskiver and glögg hot spiced wine. Scandinavian fiddlers, singers and folk dancers will perform on stages throughout the museum. There also will be holiday craft activities for all ages, shopping from 40 Nordic-inspired vendors and a raffle to win a Viking River cruise.


Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 21-22

Cost: $5/person, ages 12 and younger free

Location: Nordic Heritage Museum, 3014 N.W. 67th St., Seattle

More info: 206-789-5707 or

Seattle Festival of Trees

Time: Celebration 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22; trees on display noon Saturday, Nov. 21, through Dec. 2

Location: Fairmont Olympic Hotel, 411 University St., Seattle

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Teddy Bear Suite

Time: Nov. 26-Dec. 27, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays-Sundays and Dec. 25, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays

Cost: free; donations for Seattle Children’s Hospital collected

Location: Fairmont Olympic Hotel, 411 University St., Seattle


Gingerbread Village

Time: Nov. 24-Jan. 3, 24 hours a day

Cost: free; donations collected for JDRF Northwest Chapter

Location: Sheraton Seattle Hotel, 1400 Sixth Ave., Seattle

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Christmas season at the historic Fairmont Olympic Hotel starts this weekend with the Seattle Festival of Trees display of ornately decorated Christmas trees, Saturday afternoon through Dec. 2. Each tree tells the story of a Seattle Children’s Hospital patient, and proceeds from an auction of the trees benefits Seattle Children’s Autism Center and uncompensated care at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Sunday’s Festival of Trees Celebration invites everyone for entertainment, Christmas stories and lighting of the hotel’s grand-lobby tree by a Seattle Children’s Hospital patient. Santa will be on hand for photos and the hospital guild will host a sale of holiday items and Children’s Boutique. The hotel’s traditional Teddy Bear Suite welcomes visitors from Thanksgiving Day through Dec. 27, free, with donations for Seattle Children’s Hospital collected.

Another popular local tradition, Gingerbread Village at Seattle Sheraton Hotel, opens Tuesday, Nov. 24, with a “May the Holidays be With You” Star Wars theme. The free display of grand gingerbread creations collects donations for the JDRF Northwest Chapter for research for a cure for type 1 diabetes and is on display 24 hours a day, Tuesday through Jan. 3, 2016.

Happy Thanksgiving!