After the 11 and a half month slog through a difficult 2020, we’re finally in the thick of something a little more cheerful, the holiday season. For ideas on last minute food-related gifts, where to see holiday lights, which Christmas movies to watch and more, read through all of our holiday-related content below. Hopefully they provide you some joy. Cheers!
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UPDATING: Where to see holiday lights, Santa, virtual holiday shows and more in the Seattle area in 2020
Looking for socially distant and safe holiday plans? The Seattle Times has you covered with this list of holiday events including light shows, markets, music and more.
We all endured a weird Thanksgiving, and that’s led right into a weird holiday season that won’t feel anything like “normal” at all. But, as with everything in life, there are pluses and minuses to every situation.
Pronounced “lef-suh,” this paper-thin potato flatbread has graced many a Norwegian family kitchen table around the holidays, and it’s a great COVID-friendly winter activity for you and the kids as you usher in the festive season.
Enjoy these holiday shows from ACT, Scott Shoemaker and Dina Martina from the best seat in your house
Even as we cozy up in our quarantine outposts for isolated holiday celebrations, much of Seattle's theater community has created virtual holiday shows to enjoy from the best seat in your house. Here's our critics' take on a few of them.
This year, we decided to try a new activity that, in the Before Times, we would probably not have spent an entire weekend on: gingerbread house architecture. From flour to finish. Here's how that went.
If there's something we can count on every year to brighten up the winter months, pandemic or not, it's holiday lights. Here are several light displays in the Seattle area to view this season.
Hate holiday cooking? Make your holiday a little less stressful this year with a takeout meal from one of these Seattle-area restaurants.
Looking for a new Christmas movie to watch? Check out our six snapshot reviews of Netflix’s latest holiday releases, including the return of Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell as Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Christmas morning can still be festive and exciting with lots of packages under the tree. Here are 13 ways to spread joy without dropping a ton of money.
Deliver some joy to your family, friends or neighbors by making them peppermint patties. Here's a cherished family recipe from teen chef Sadie Davis-Suskind.
Starlight Lane is a holiday event at the Lumen Field (formerly CenturyLink Field) garage, with lights and lasers synchronized to music. It's billed as "a rockin' holiday drive-through experience." Could it live up to the hype?
Want to use gift wrap that’s sustainable and low-cost (or free)? Check out these ideas for wrapping packages with materials you probably already have.
There are all sorts of ways to add a sugary coating to toasted nuts. This recipe calls for toasting the nuts ahead of time, then coating them in a light glaze before tossing with sugar and salt.
Even our Grinch-y music writer has to admit: Washington state musicians, from Bing Crosby to Lil Mosey, have made not just tolerable, but pretty great, holiday songs. Give a listen to these 15 on our Seattle Times Homestate Holiday Playlist.
Many artists and arts groups have turned to creating online streaming productions. But if you're tired of watching on a small screen, how do you watch them on your TV? Here are some links to guides to help you set that up.
It's hard to keep up Scrooge pretenses in the presence of a true Smoking Bishop: a festive libation of wine, fruit and spices served all steamy and fragrant.
This year, the risk of spreading the novel coronavirus means parents are scrambling to come up with alternatives to traditional Santa photos. And like everything else, Santa’s gone virtual or plexiglassed or remote so he doesn’t swap germs with any kids, naughty or nice.
Since you can't gift an induced coma, how about dispatching something extra-nice to eat? Here are 10 ways to make someone happy, contact-free, while also supporting Seattle-area food endeavors.
You don’t need anyone to recommend those same-old, same-old perennial Christmas movies. If you’re looking to shake up your seasonal viewing, here are some recommendations, grouped by different moods you might be in.
We rate 5 online ‘Nutcrackers,’ including Pacific Northwest Ballet’s, and tell you where to watch 6 more
This is going to be a hard year for "Nutcracker" fans: no indoor gatherings, no live performances. But online "Nutcracker" options abound. Here are a handful of mixed Nuts available for streaming, rated on a scale of zero to four sugarplums.
Local performing arts groups project that their virtual holiday shows will bring in only a fraction of their usual holiday revenues. Yet many are proceeding, in new ways and formats, hopeful they'll provide a badly needed dose of tradition and joy.
Seattle chefs help us for the holidays by unselfishly sharing their most treasured recipes — and then, by sharing ways we all can help others and build community.
How long should you date before you bring your significant other home to meet the family? Our Seattle Dating Scene readers answer that question and share their tips and funny anecdotes from when they brought the S.O. home for the holidays.