Chihuly Garden and Glass

Chihuly Garden and Glass is an all-around must see!  Out of the various outings this holiday season, this was indeed my favorite.  Located at the Seattle Center (near the base of the Space Needle), Chihuly Garden and Glass is a gem whether rain or shine, day or night.  It showcases the inspiration and work of artist Dale Chihuly.

It is made up of an Exhibition Hall, Glasshouse, Theater, and a Garden.  The galleries showcased in the Exhibition Hall are the Northwest Room, Sealife Room, Glass Forest, Persian Ceiling,  Mille Fiori, Ikebana and Float Boat, Chandeliers, Macchia Forest, and Drawing Walls. The Glasshouse is the centerpiece of Chihuly Garden and Glass.  There is also a theater that presents short videos and the Gardens, which offers a lush landscape of art that depicts nature.  Visit to obtain more info on the various exhibits.

One thing I liked was that the museum provides plastic umbrella bags for use if you have just come in out of the rain.  Hint:  If you are a King County resident, have your ID ready and you’ll get $4 off the regular admission price.  They have a number of ticket package options available, including a ride to the Observation Deck of the Space Needle.  The Bookstore will tempt you with Chihuly coffee table books, glass ornaments, Pendleton blankets (especially designed for the Chihuly), and other fun gift items.  The Bookstore can be entered without admission to Chihuly Garden and Glass.

The Collections Cafe, located within the Exhibition Hall (come by anytime as the entrance is open to all that pass by), is complete with vibrant colors, vintage accordions hanging from the ceiling, vintage radios, a collection of bottle openers, and more (although I am not a fan of the carnival chalkware).  Each table has a glass enclosed center that showcases a different theme.  Each plate that passed our table looked especially delicious – they screamed fresh Northwest!  I will look forward to my next visit.

“I never met a color I didn’t like” – Dale Chihuly

“I love to find the beauty in everyday objects” – Dale Chihuly


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Holly Days of December

It’s a holly jolly time of year!  Dash through the snow (maybe the rain?) and see about…

  • Christmas Lighting Festival, Leavenworth, Dec 1,8,9,15,16
  • Holiday Barrel Tasting, Walla Walla, Dec 7-9
  • Winterfest, Seattle Center, through Jan 6
  • Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis,various WA state locations/dates
  • Wildlights, Woodland Park Zoo, through Dec 23
  • Head to your favorite nursery – Wight’s, Molbaks, Squak Mt., Swansons, Emery’s and more…  The Dept. 56 display at Wight’s Garden & Home is nicely displayed this year (fabulous actually) – check out the props!
  • Winter Beer Festival, Hale’s/Seattle, Dec 7-8
  • Bellevue Magic Season, Bellevue, through Jan 13
  • Holiday Ale Festival, Portland OR, Nov 28 – Dec 2
  • Downtown Rockin’ New Year’s Eve, Yakima, Dec 31
  • Saint Nick’s Winter in Woodinville, Nov 30 – Dec 2
  • Green Lake Pathway of Lights, Green Lake Park, Dec 8
  • Great Figgy Pudding Street Corner Caroling Competition, Seattle, Dec 7
  • End of the World Party, search it out, Dec 20
  • How about a holiday craft show?
  • Winter Solstice Lantern Festival, Vancouver BC, Dec 21
  • Seattle Men’s Chorus, “Baby It’s Cold Outside”, Puget Sound Area, through Dec 22
  • Argosy Christmas Ship Festival, Lake Union/Washington, through Dec 23
  • Garden d’Lights, Bellevue Botanical Garden, through Dec 31
  • Zoolights, Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, Tacoma, through Jan 1
  • Toy Train Christmas, Northern Pacific Railway Museum, Toppenish, Dec 1-2, 8-9, 15-16
  • Have you started your Christmas cards yet?
  • Choose a bit of culture… Black Nativity, The Nutcracker, The SantaLand Diaries, Fiddler on the Roof, etc…
  • and fa la la …more