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Holiday happenings around PhinneyWood

Here are some of the holiday events happening in and around PhinneyWood this month. If we’ve missed anything, please leave a note below in Comments or email us at [email protected]. See the new MonkeyWood website from the PNA Business Group for more holiday events and business specials.

Naked City Tree Lighting and Brew Santa, 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, 8564 Greenwood Ave. N. See the 37-foot-tall tree lit in the all-ages beer garden and take pictures with Santa while celebrating the release of Bing Spiced Cherry Ale.


Photo courtesy of Naked City Brewery.

The 35th annual PNA Winter Festival, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 5-6, with 115 artists and crafts vendors, live ongoing entertainment on two stages, quilt raffle, bake sale and lunch items. $2 PNA members, $4 general.

PhinneyWood Monkey Trolley Tour during the December Artwalk, from 6-10 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 11. Cost is $1 or show your Woodland Park Zoo WildLights ticket. Hop on and off to see the holiday monkey lights and Artwalk galleries.

Caroling under Gary’s Auto Repair canopy singalong with the Phinney Neighborhood Community Chorus, 5-6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 19, 7418 Greenwood Ave. Hot cider, wood fire, song sheets provided. Winners of the Monkey See, Monkey Buy contest will be announced.

North Pole on the Ridge, holiday food and toy drive, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 19, at Illumination Learning Studio, 7720 Greenwood Ave. N. Selfies with Santa, caroling with Mrs. Claus, letters to Santa, ornament making, cookies, gelato, cocoa, and picture ID cards with thumb prints from My ID Club. Free.

Christmas meal at the Greenwood Senior Center at 12 p.m., Friday, Dec. 25. Free; donations accepted. RSVP by Dec 18 at 206-297-0875.

“Toy ‘N Joy” drive at all Bartell Drugs stores through Dec. 13, with the Salvation Army. Drop off a new, unwrapped toy, which will be distributed to low-income children the week before Christmas through the Salvation Army’s “toy warehouses.”

Bluebird Microcreamery is collecting for Toys for Tots at its ice cream shop at 7400 Greenwood Ave. N. Bring in a new unwrapped toy and get a free scoop of ice cream. Limit one per person; through Dec. 13.

Donating old electronics this holiday season? You can drop off items in the box at Greenwood Hardware, 7201 Greenwood Ave. N.; YMCA Earth Service Corps will recycle those products. InterConnection, a local nonprofit which provides access to technology to underserved communities, will send a pre-paid USPS shipping label online for you to mail items; or drop off at one of more than 30 locations. Businesses with five or more computers can schedule a free pickup by calling 206-633-1517.

Taproot Theatre has two holiday shows this month, “This Christmas” and “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” They’ve added another all-ages performance of “Charlie Brown” at 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 19, where children under the age of 5, even babes in arms, are welcome. Tickets are available online.

Christmas tree lots:

  • Alpine Tree and Wreath is selling Christmas trees, wreaths and garland at 323 N. 85th St. and collecting food for Northwest Harvest. The lot is open from 12-9 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Free hot chocolate and apple cider.
  • Broadview-Thomson K8 Tree Farm, 13052 Greenwood Ave. N., 4-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6.
  • St. John Catholic Church Christmas tree sale, on the school playground, 121 N. 79th St., 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6. Proceeds benefit Noel House shelter programs for homeless women.

Santa Photos at Wallingford Center by Nancy Treder Photography, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Dec. 5-6, 12-13, 19-20. Book your appointment time online.