Photo: Dave Mandapat


By David B. Clark

Knock back the hot cocoa and get ready to rock around the Christmas tree. Seasonal concerts and a bell-laden fun run make it easy to celebrate the holidays with joyful noise.

Photo: David Conger

Deck the Hall Ball

Prepare to jingle bell rock—some of the hottest names on the alt-indie scene take the stage at KeyArena for this epic, all-ages holiday concert on December 6. Empire of the Sun and Seattle’s own The Head and the Heart headline this year’s lineup with acts like Jimmy Eat World, Band of Horses, and Phantogram. Bands play their biggest hits and belt out new renditions of holiday tunes, too, for a day filled with good cheer.

Photo: Jingle BellRun

Photo: Jingle BellRun

Jingle Bell Run

Wear your ugliest Christmas sweater, don a Santa hat, and tie on your jingliest bells. Seattle’s annual Jingle Bell Run on December 11 is the largest holiday-themed 5k run/walk of its kind. Whether you’re running, walking, dashing, or prancing, join this holiday fun run to have a jolly good time while benefiting the Arthritis Foundation.

Photo: Dave Mandapat

Photo: Dave Mandapat

T-Mobile New Year’s at the Needle

What better way to ring in the new year than with one of the world’s largest structure-launched fireworks displays? The iconic Space Needle takes center stage on New Year’s Eve during a 1o-minute fireworks spectacular before midnight. This year’s show is set to a soundtrack curated by local indie radio station KEXP and features the most pyrotechnic shots ever, with thousands of fireworks launching from 72 different locations.

Photo: Trans Siberian Orchestra

Photo: Trans Siberian Orchestra

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Progressive rock juggernaut Trans-Siberian Orchestra graces the stage at KeyArena for two epic performances on December 31. Along with the band’s signature combo of storytelling, rock bravado, and anthemic holiday hits, this year’s show features new artists, special effects, and more heavy-hitting surprises.



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