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Winterfest 2014
November 28 - December 31, 2014

Armory Main Floor, Fisher Pavilion

Winterfest 2014

A wonderland of sparkling lights, child-sized diversions and spirited entertainment brightens Seattle Center through the twilight of the year. Stroll the grounds, Nov. 28 – Dec. 31, and you’ll discover Seattle Center Winterfest. Winterfest Ice Rink returns, along with Saturday ice sculpting and lively weekend performances.

Visit Seattle Center Armory, all dressed for the season, and you’ll find the enchanting, otherworld Winter Train & Village, fresh food and drink offered at Seattle Center Armory merchants, and inspiring student showcases. The festival opens with the Keith Highlanders Pipe Band and rings in the New Year with spectacular fireworks and live music by THE NINES.

Seattle Center Winterfest, part of Holidays in Seattle, is sponsored by Coca-Cola, Alaska Airlines, T-Mobile, Seattle Center Foundation, Seattle Center Monorail and City of Seattle.

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Find your way to Seattle Center Armory, Winterfest Ice Rink, and all Winterfest festivities. Explore the fresh, delightful foods prepared by Northwest chefs at Seattle Center Armory food vendors, and locate convenient parking.
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Winter Train & Village
Nov. 28 – Dec. 31
10am – 6pm daily
Special Hours: closed at 4pm, Dec. 24, closed, Dec. 25
Seattle Center Armory, FREE

A Winterfest crowd favorite, an exhibit exploring an enchanting turn-of-the-century village and train. Take a turn “conducting” the model train between 10:30am – 12 noon, 1pm – 2:30pm, and 3:30pm – 5:30pm daily. $2 suggested donation.

Winterfest Art Installations
Nov. 28 – Jan. 4, 2015
The artworks will draw the attention of Seattle Center visitors through moments of surprise, contemplation, beauty and humor, and enliven the visitor experience by introducing an element of the unexpected into everyday environments throughout the Seattle Center campus during Winterfest. Selected artists will design and develop a series of small-scale temporary artworks dealing with illumination and light, and complimenting the activities of Winterfest.
Seattle Center Grounds, FREE

Winterfest Ice Rink
Nov. 28 – Jan. 4, 2015
Sunday – Thursday 11am – 8pm
Friday – Saturday 11am – 10pm
Special Hours: closed at 4pm, Dec. 24; closed, Dec. 25; open until 11:30pm, Dec. 31
Fisher Pavilion

Glide into the season with the greatest of ease. For novice or Olympiad, the Winterfest Ice Rink offers fun for all. Dec. 24 closes 4pm, Dec. 25 closed, Dec. 31 closes 11:30pm. $7 for adults, $5 for children ages 6 – 12, $2 children ages 5 and under, includes skate rental. Cash only.

Winterfest Ice Sculpting
Saturdays: Nov. 29; Dec. 6, 13, 20, 27
12 noon – 2pm
Outside Fisher Pavilion, FREE

Artistry and ice unite in a glorious and temporal expression of the season. Watch internationally acclaimed, award-winning artists at work as they create seasonal sculptures -- or stop by later to see the glistening result. Each Saturday an ice master will carve a different design.

Winterfest Student Showcases (over 150 performances)
Nov. 29 – Dec. 30, various times
Armory, FREE

Seattle Center Student Showcases fill the Armory Atrium with the sounds and sights of the season as they offer public and private schools and youth groups the opportunity to share their artistic accomplishments with family, friends, and the public.

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Filipino Youth Activities Drill Team
Friday, Nov. 28
11am – 12 noon
Armory, FREE

The Mandayan Marchers, Princessa Drill Team, and the Cumbanchero Percussioners comprise the Filipino Youth Activities Drill Team. Created in 1959, the team currently sports 60 kids, from ages six to 19, whose movements and formations are filled with precision and timing. The FYA Drill Team can be found in parades and festivals all over Washington State, performing to music strongly inspired by Latin, Muslim, and modern beats.

Keith Highlanders Pipe Band
Friday, Nov. 28
2pm – 3pm
Armory, FREE

Dedicated to heightening the awareness of traditional Scottish piping, drumming, and dancing in the Pacific Northwest, the Keith Highlanders Pipe Band has a long history of delighting the Seattle community with its resonant and enduring sounds. Formed in 1952, it is the official pipe band of the Clan Keith (a rare designation outside Scotland), performing internationally and throughout the Northwest.

Hot Dog USA
Saturday, Nov. 29
11am – 12 noon
Armory, FREE

The Hot Dog USA Jump Rope Team inspires, motivates, and educates people of all ages, while fostering local, regional, national, and international jump rope competitions, workshops, and performances. The team, which has performed, competed and conducted workshops around the country and the world since 1980, consists of about 50 boys and girls ranging in age from six years old to adults.

The Dickens Carolers
Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 29 – 30
12:30pm – 1:30pm
Armory, FREE

The famed quartet of Victorian costumed carolers sings your favorite seasonal music in perfect four-part harmony. You’re sure to feel the holiday spirit as you listen to their highly entertaining renderings of traditional and contemporary holiday favorites.

The Cabiri and Radost Present Carpathian Dawn
Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 29 – 30
2pm – 3pm
Armory, FREE

The Cabiri preserves the mythologies of cultures that have passed into antiquity through physical theater, dance, aerial arts, stilts, puppetry, and just a bit of fairy dust. The performers will transport you into worlds outside of time. Join as they travel into misty nights beneath the waxing crescent moon. Journey into the realms of gods and monsters and mysterious places where anything is possible.

Zaniac Comedy Show
Sunday, Nov. 30
11am – 12 noon
Armory, FREE

This two-time Guinness World Record holder, voted Seattle’s Funniest Prop Comic, has appeared on prime-time television in hit shows like NBC’s “America’s Got Talent!” and “Last Comic Standing.” A Hacky Sack World Champion and half of the award-winning comedy act Brothers from Different Mothers, Alex also ranks as Seattle’s Third Best Air Guitarist! Audiences everywhere freak out -- in a good way -- when they see Alex perform.

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Northwest Boychoir
Saturday, Dec. 6
12:30pm – 1:30pm
Armory, FREE

These young apprentice singers, ages 7 – 11, are actively preparing for advancement into the highly acclaimed Northwest Boychoir. They maintain a busy performance schedule, regularly singing for the Northwest Film Forum’s Holiday High Notes, the Christmas Ships, and numerous other events. They’ve performed in holiday concerts and benefits for Seattle Symphony, Seattle Children’s Hospital, and the Snowman Foundation at Benaroya Hall.

Bailadores de Bronce
Sunday, Dec. 7
12:30pm – 1:30pm
Armory, FREE

Introducing the most positive aspects of the Mexican culture to the broader community, the Bailadores break down cultural barriers and build bridges as they teach and perform Mexican folkloric dances throughout the Pacific Northwest. The high energy and enthusiasm of the dancers transcends the stage, while their beautiful costumes convey the richness of their culture.

Saturday, Dec. 13
12:30pm – 1:30pm
Armory, FREE

SANCA's Cirrus Circus Company creates and performs original acts in aerial arts, juggling, tightwire, clowning, unicycle and acrobatics. Come see these talented kids as they delight their audience on the Seattle Center Armory stage.

Garfield Jazz Band
Sunday, Dec. 14
12:30pm – 1:30pm
Armory, FREE

Garfield High School’s jazz culture supports multiple levels of jazz bands and over 75 student artists. Under the brilliant leadership of Clarence Acox, Garfield brings to young people the jazz traditions of nation’s great big bands. A frequent participant in highly competitive Essentially Ellington National Jazz Band Competition and Festival at Lincoln Center in New York City, the Garfield Jazz program has nurtured instrumentalists who have gone on to study at leading music schools throughout the country.

Seattle's Best Damn Happy Hour
Thursday, Dec. 18
5pm – 8pm
Armory, FREE entry

Seattle’s Best (and largest) Damn Happy Hour offers outstanding food and drink at highly desirable prices, supplemented by special lighting, décor and seating, and our highly engaging Happy Hour host, who facilitates the fun with music, games, and prizes. The spacious Armory Atrium allows for playful activities such as giant Jenga, board games, giant Scrabble, darts and more! 21+.

The Mood Swings
Saturday, Dec. 20
12:30pm – 1:30pm
Armory, FREE

The Mood Swings jazz band aims to inspire a love of jazz in the community and a culture of camaraderie and empowerment among its female musicians of all ages. Founded in 2005 by six female musicians who found each other through their love of jazz, the group has grown into a true big band, with hundreds of tunes to their repertoire. Under the musical direction of Marissa Tanimura, the Mood Swings regularly present high-energy, fun-filled performances throughout the Northwest.

Captain Smartypants and Sensible Shoes
Sunday, Dec. 21
12:30pm – 1:30pm
Armory, FREE

Captain Smartypants tours the Pacific Northwest as the ambassadors of Seattle Men's Chorus. Gaiety abounds as this homosexual vocal comedy group thrills, delights and, at times, alarms audiences from Washington D.C. to San Francisco. Sensible Shoes, a pop and vocal jazz group and outreach ensemble of Seattle Women's Chorus, balances great vocal delivery with fun, innovative staging.

Menorah Lighting Ceremony
Sunday, Dec. 21
6pm – 7pm
Armory, FREE

Chabad of Seattle celebrates Chanukah with a Menorah Lighting ceremony, music, and service.

Vela Luka Croatian Dance Ensemble
Saturday, Dec. 27
12:30pm – 1:30pm
Armory, FREE

With songs of harvest, elegant courtship dances, and lively wedding celebrations, Vela Luka Croatian Dance Ensemble carries on an ancient Slavic tradition with joyous melodies of celebration. Experience the delight and exhilaration of a live performance of Vela Luka and Ru┼że Dalmatinke, adorned in vibrant costumes, as they share holiday traditions through exuberant dance and song.

Klez Kidz
Sunday, Dec. 28
12:30pm – 1:30pm
Armory, FREE

KlezKidz brings to life a multiplicity of Jewish music and mirth from around the world. Listen and you’ll hear the wail of the clarinet in rousing song, see bottles being balanced on the heads of dancers, and maybe even learn some new dance steps yourself! What started out in 1995 with only a few kids and their musical parents has grown into a 40-piece ensemble, with instrumentalists from 8-years-old to 80.

New Year's Eve Celebration with THE NINES
Wednesday, Dec. 31
8pm – 11:45pm
Armory, FREE

This super fun, five-piece band takes you through the sounds of the 1970‘s to today’s greatest hits including Studio 54 funk, synth pop, and party rock. With WORLD CLASS male and female lead vocals, THE NINES are able to recreate all the hits you love, filled with their trademark high energy and pure professionalism. Not many bands can go from LMFAO, Black Eyed Peas, Lady Gaga to Earth Wind and Fire and Aretha Franklin. THE NINES will have you dancing the night away!

Seattle Center Winterfest events/dates/times subject to change.

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