15 Holiday Events around the Puget Sound

by Catherine Sweeney, Creative Circle
November 25, 2015

Ready for some holiday merriment? We love community events and getting to celebrate with our neighbors. Check out these holiday activities that will delight all ages and are found all over the Puget Sound region:THANKSGIVING WEEKEND:

My Macy’s Holiday Parade: November 27, 9 am
The 2015 My Macy’s Holiday Parade features 25 inflatable floats, marching bands, sports teams and mascots, and nearly 650 costumed characters. See the website for route information.

Westlake Center Tree Lighting Celebration: November 27, 5 pm
Gather at Westlake Center to enjoy caroling, the lighting of the Macy’s star, the Winter Village in Westlake Park, and fireworks to ring in the holiday season! The event is organized by the Downtown Seattle Association, and presented by King 5—and free for all.

Greet the Season at Lake Union Park: November 28, 10 am – 8 pm
Visit MOHAI, the Center for Wooden Boats, and the Historic Ships Wharf for music, refreshments and family-friendly crafts and activities as you Greet the Season at Lake Union Park.

Winterfest in Kirkland: November 29, 2 – 6 pm                                          
Enjoy downtown Kirkland’s Winterfest, including carols, Santa arrival, kids’ activities, refreshments and tree-lighting.

Edmonds Tree Lighting: November 28, 3:30 pm
Edmonds Tree Lighting ceremony and other fun in the quaint downtown area, including Selfie Santa.


The Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition: December 4, 6 – 8:30 pm
Stroll through Westlake Center surrounded by Christmas carolers, and vote for your favorite team in the Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition.

Jule Fest: December 5, 10 am – 4:30 pm
Head to Poulsbo and savor Scandinavian food and traditions, along with a visit from Santa and a yule-log lighting, all at the Bazaar and Jule Fest sponsored by the Poulsbo Sons of Norway.

Bellingham’s Lighted Boat Parade: December 5, 5:30 – 8 pm
Watch a lighted boat parade on Bellingham Bay.

Electric Lights Parade: December 5, 5 – 7:30 pm
Head to Merrysville for an Electric Lights Parade featuring vehicles, floats and people a-glitter with holiday lights (6:30 pm). The event also features family activities, photo booths, the traditional lighting of the water tower, live music, and an appearance by Santa and Mrs. Claus. Share your holiday spirit by donating non-perishable food items and new, unwrapped gifts for the Marysville Community Food Bank.

Howlidays: December 12, 12 – 4 pm
Admire cute dogs dressed in holiday attire (or dress up your own!) at Pioneer Square Howlidays, featuring a dog costume contest, agility course, market, and live music.


Snowflake Lane: November 27 – December 24, 7 pm
Bellevue’s Snowflake Lane features falling snow, dancers and drummers on Bellevue Way, with a Santa Arrival parade and tree lighting on Nov. 27.  A whole new show—Celebration Lane—takes place the week between Christmas and New Year’s.

Christmas Ship Festival: November 27 – December 23
Each holiday season, the beautifully-lighted Argosy Christmas Ship transports local choirs to serenade more than 45 waterfront neighborhoods. Visit the Christmas Ship Festival site and scroll down for a complete schedule of free events onshore.

Festival of Trees: November 24 – January 3
Visit the 38th Festival of Trees (Fairmont Olympic Hotel) to see 21 gorgeously-decorated trees that honor courageous Seattle Children’s patients.

Gingerbread Village: November 24 – January 3
Sheraton Seattle presents The 23rd Annual Gingerbread Village: “May the Holidays Be with You.” See Star Wars-themed gingerbread creations prepared by the Sheraton Hotel culinary team and top construction and architecture firms. Free event, with voluntary donations benefitting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).

WinterFest: November 27 – December 31
Even when it’s raining outside, Seattle Center’s WinterFest offers wintry (and dry) fun. Little ones love the giant, model Winter Train and Village.  Enjoy live music and performances while visiting the train, then stop outside to see ice sculpting by internationally-acclaimed ice masters. The WinterFest Ice Rink is open Nov. 27 – Jan. 3—see the website for hours and a complete entertainment schedule at the Armory.

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6 ways you can make an impact while you holiday shop

by Kim Merrikin, Seattle Goodwill
November 22, 2015

Once the turkey is cold, and the stuffing is gone—in the wee hours of the Friday following Thanksgiving, many retailers roll out the holiday cheer with no abandon and just like that—Santa is in town. As for Goodwill, we’ll be closed on Thanksgiving Day, but will open for regular hours on Black Friday. (We’re also holding off on the Christmas music in stores until then.)

There are many ways you can support Goodwill’s Job Training and Education Programs with your holiday shopping—which means the gifts and décor you purchase benefit the receiver as well as those served by our programs. Last year, we served over 8,700 individuals in our community!

Here are the ways you can support Seattle Goodwill with your holiday shopping:

All stores (excluding outlets) will have 50% off all donated goods on Black Friday! We’ll be open normal hours. This is a great opportunity to stock up on décor and all the pieces you need for your Do-It-Yourself (DIY) holiday projects!

While 24 stores, 10 Job Training and Education Centers, and over 40 donation sites may not seem like a small business, Seattle Goodwill is locally owned and operated. Our headquarters are in Seattle’s International District—and each store is supported by its local community. When you shop and donate at Seattle Goodwill, you’re creating a bigger impact by supporting job training and education opportunities right here in our community! Swing by your favorite neighborhood store or donation site on Small Business Saturday! (And PS. If you donate at our Sammamish Highlands site on Saturdays and Sundays through the end of the year, you can enter to win a prize valued at $100!)

You can support Seattle Goodwill in three ways this Cyber Monday:

  • Give Back Box
    • Seattle Goodwill is participating in Give Back Box! When you shop online, save your boxes, pack your donations in them, and print out a Give Back Box label—and have your donation shipped directly to us—at no cost to you! Print your label here.
  • Amazon Smile
    • Head to smile.amazon.com to do your Amazon holiday shopping, and select Seattle Goodwill as your preferred charitable organization! Amazon donates .5% of each eligible purchase to the organization of your choice. To participate in Amazon Smile, you do need to be sure to start from the smile.amazon.com URL!
  • Shop Online
    • About 3% of all donations to Seattle Goodwill, like collectibles, some jewelry, electronics, and designer goods are sold online in our eBay, Amazon, and shopgoodwill.com stores. Find a unique gift!

#GivingTuesday is a global day to celebrate giving—of all kinds! There are a few ways you can support Seattle Goodwill on Giving Tuesday—you can see the full list (and get reminders) by RSVPing to our Facebook event page. One big way we’d love your support is helping us get the word out about Giving Tuesday. You can donate a Tweet, Facebook post, or Tumblr post here: http://bit.ly/GivingTuesdaySGW

Happy holiday shopping—and thank you for supporting Goodwill!

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Glitter Sale 2015: The best of the rest

by Katherine Boury, Seattle Goodwill
November 13, 2015

It is finally here—this weekend you can finally shop the Glitter Sale! Here are a few more of the amazing finds you can purchase at the sale. We hope to see you there!

Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using @SeattleGoodwill and post photos of your great glitter finds at this year's sale using the hashtag #GlitterSale.

Photos by Brett Doss

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Glitter Sale 2015: Evening and Cocktail Dresses

by Katherine Boury, Seattle Goodwill
November 12, 2015

What is a party or gala without a fabulous dress? This is the perfect time of year to shop for your holiday gatherings so you will have something that sparkles with the season. Check out some of the evening and cocktail dresses available this year at the Glitter Sale below. If you are planning on trying on a dress at the Glitter Sale think about wearing a leotard or swimsuit or legs to try on clothes since there are no dressing rooms. You also might consider bringing a friend who will give you honest feedback since shoppers will outnumber the mirrors!

Photography by Bret Doss

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Glitter Sale 2015: Tips for Shopping

by Katherine Boury, Seattle Goodwill
November 12, 2015

The Glitter Sale is almost here!  So get ready to shop for cocktail and evening dresses, designer pieces along with amazing accessories and unique vintage items this weekend, November 14 and 15. There is also a selection of formal wear and designer clothes for men. Here is what you need to know before the doors open at 9:00 am!

  1. Admission to the sale is free and the sale is located at our Seattle store.
  2. Everyone gets a number! This year we will be repeating, on both sale days, our numbering system so that customers do not need to stand in line for prolonged periods of time. Everyone attending the sale this year gets a numbered wristband. Wristbands will be handed out to people in line for the sale around 7:45 each morning. If you arrive after 8:45, please go to the Glitter Sale table outside the store to get your number. The number acts as your entrance to the sale and your number to access the jewelry counter. Frequent announcements will be made over our PA system or sign up for text messaging, then grab a cup of coffee or lunch, and we will text you when your number is called.
  3. Customers can also sign up to receive text messages to track what number is being served.  Please text keyword "Goodwill123" to 91011.
  4. Limited parking is available in Goodwill lot and on the street.
  5. Racks will be restocked throughout the weekend, so don't worry if you're not the first through the door!
  6. Exchanges and returns on everything except jewelry can be made within seven days of purchase at any Seattle Goodwill store, excluding Goodwill Outlets. You will need the original receipt, and original tags need to be attached to the merchandise. All sales on jewelry are final and are not eligible for exchange. Each piece of jewelry is unique in material and style so there is not a way to verify that it is the original piece with the Goodwill tag.
  7. Wear a leotard, swimsuit or leggings to try on clothes since there are no dressing rooms.
  8. Bring a friend who will give you honest feedback—shoppers will vastly outnumber the mirrors!
  9. Pick up a blue mesh shopping bag when you arrive. (Shopping carts are not allowed in the Glitter Sale room.)
  10. Follow us on social media and post photos of your great glitter finds at this year's sale using the hashtag #glittersale.
  11. Bring water and snacks. There will also be a variety of food trunks on site that will also have food and drinks for purchase.
  12. Wear layers since the Glitter Sale room can be warm.

Proceeds from the sale benefit our free job training and education programs.  Last year Goodwill helped more than 8,700 people—all the more reason to shop!  Here are a few of the items that will be on sale this weekend.

Visit our Facebook event for early access to previews!

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