Experiencing the holiday season 2018

Wondering what to check out during the Thanksgiving holiday and last few weeks of November 2018 in the Puget Sound Area? Here are a few ideas for the holiday season:

You may find me at a number of these.

Happy Holidays!

Christmastime at Molbak’s, Swansons, and Wight’s

Molbak’s…especially in December, is a tradition held by many!  It is the place to go to find every poinsettia imaginable, for a visit with Santa, to pick out your tree, take pics with your family and friends, and see an array of ornaments and Christmas decor alike.  Many choose to make this their annual holiday outing with friends.   Located in Woodinville, WA on NE 175th St.

We found the hard to find mistletoe here.   Or maybe you are looking for Danish Kringle or a gift for the garden lover?  Molbak’s has a wonderful selection of garden and home accessories, gift options, and  holiday products.  Take a wreathmaking class or add a collectible from Department 56.  This year’s purchase – mistletoe   http://www.molbaks.com/

Wight’s – much like Molbaks, Wight’s Home & Garden Wonderland of Christmas has a plethora of holiday trees decorated to fit many tastes.  Purchase an ornament or get a new idea.  I am always impressed how the staff can keep filling/decorating the trees, bins, and racks on their busiest days of the season.  This year’s purchase – a gift (ornament), glass garland, and glass icicles.  Located in Lynnwood, WA on 196th St. SW.  http://www.wights.com/

Swanson’s Nursery – this outing is sure to please!  Located in the Ballard area of Seattle on 15th Ave. NW.

  • A gift shop filled with nature inspired gifts for you, your home, or a friend.
  • Alexa’s Garden Cafe for a latte, a savory soup and scrumptious sandwich, an egg dish – serving breakfast and lunch
  • Take a Seminar
  • See Santa and the model train/village
  • Visit Curley, Moe, and the reindeer in the stables of the Reindeer Festival!  In case you are wondering… Curley is the Camel, Moe the Donkey
  • Christmas ornaments, gift options, poinsettia, and all the other garden essentials

This year’s purchase – a package of cocktail napkins http://www.swansonsnursery.com/

Next stop:  Squak Mt. Greenhouses and Nursery in Issaquah, WA .  And while I’m in Issaquah, maybe a stop at the Cougar Mountain Zoo to see the Issaquah Reindeer Festival (since 1988) – Santa, Reindeer, and more…  P.S. I recommend the gift shop!  http://squakmtnursery.com/  http://www.cougarmountainzoo.org/Reindeer%20Festival/mainreindeerfestival.aspx

Happy Holidays…plenty to do!

Happy Holidays!  So much to see…so much to do!  Enjoy the festivities of the season by taking in any number of the following in the Greater Puget Sound area:

  • Light displays…Garden D’Lights at Bellevue Botanical Garden, Point Defiance Park in Tacoma, Clam Lights at Gene Coulon Park in Renton , Space Needle, Zoolights at the Woodland Park Zoo, The Lights of Christmas in Stanwood
  • Snowflake Lane…every evening at 7 pm at the Bellevue Collection until December 24th
  • Bellevue Magic Season Enchanted Holidays at the Bravern – nightly lighting, visit Santa
  • Enjoy the Holiday Star, Tree, and Carousel at Westlake Center in downtown Seattle
  • Ice Skating…at the Bellevue Magic Season Ice Arena, Seattle Center
  • Festival of Trees at The Fairmont Olympic Hotel
  • Gingerbread Village display at the Seattle Sheraton and Bellevue Magic Season at Gingerbread Lane at the Hilton Hotel
  • Reindeer Festival at Cougar Mt. Zoo in Issaquah and see Santa’s reindeer at University Village
  • Arts and craft shows
  • See the lights and enjoy carolers by ship
  • Choose your tree at a tree farm
  • Figgy Pudding Contest…but we missed it as it was yesterday
  • Festivals of Lights at the Children’s Museum – Hanukkah, Diwali, Santa Lucia, Kwanzaa and Christmas
  • Nursery decor – Molbak’s (Woodinville), Swanson’s (Seattle), Wights (Lynnwood), Squak (Issaquah), and more…
  • Shop Shop Shop
  • See the Sound of Music, the theater, or other musical performance
  • Pacific Northwest Ballet Nutcracker and other dance performances around the Sound
  • See the Seattle Men’s Chorus, the Northwest Boy’s Choir, and other fine classical music performances
  • Give to Northwest Harvest, Salvation Army, or another charity…season of giving and goodwill
  • Local lighting displays, tree lighting, and Santa…ex:  Redmond, Renton, Country Village in Bothell, Auburn, Langley, and many more…
  • and take a drive (or walk) to see what your neighbors have been up to