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Winterfest 2016
November 25 - December 31, 2016
Armory Main Floor, Fisher Pavilion, Fisher Pavilion Apron

Winterfest 2015

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A wonderland of sparkling lights, child-sized diversions and spirited entertainment brightens Seattle Center through the twilight of the year. Stroll the grounds, Nov. 27 – 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 Winter Train & Village, fresh food and drink offered at Seattle Center Armory merchants, and inspiring student showcases. The festival opens with The Dickens Carolers and rings in the New Year with spectacular fireworks and live music by premiere dance band The Machine.

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. 27 – 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 featuring 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 Ice Rink
Nov. 27 – Jan. 3, 2016
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. Admission: $7 for adults, $5 for children ages 6 – 12, $2 children ages 5 and under, includes skate rental. Cash only.

Winterfest Student Showcases (over 100 performances)
Nov. 28 – Dec. 20, 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.

Winterfest Ice Sculpting
Saturdays: Nov. 28; Dec. 5, 12, 19, 26
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.

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The Dickens Carolers
Friday, Nov. 27 and Sunday, Nov. 29
11am – 12 noon
Armory, FREE

A quartet of Victorian costumed carolers sing your favorite seasonal-themed music on the Armory Stage. Since 1978, The Dickens Carolers have offered traditional and contemporary holiday favorites, sung in beautiful four-part harmony.

Keith Highlanders Pipe Band
Friday, Nov. 27
12:30pm – 1:30pm
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.

3rd Shift Dance
Friday, Nov. 27
2pm – 3pm
Armory, FREE

Since Seattle native Xaviera Vandermay founded 3rd Shift Dance in 2010, she has shared her unique take on contemporary dance with audiences across the region at festivals, On the Boards, Bumbershoot and the Capitol Hill Block Party, collaborating with film director Nils Osmar, indie band Dark Hip Falls, and Microsoft as part of its ArtZoom Gigapixel Project.

Zaniac Comedy Show
Saturday, Nov. 28
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.

SANCA Cirrus Circus
Saturday, Nov. 28
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.

SANCA IMPulse Circus Collective
Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 28 – Nov. 29
2pm – 3pm
Armory, FREE

The artists-in-residence at Seattle's School of Acrobatics & New Circus Arts, who comprise IMPulse Circus Collective, have performed on stages and in circus rings throughout the world, drawing inspiration from contemporary circus, vaudeville, and theatre to create accessible and exciting circus shows.

Hot Dog USA
Sunday, Nov. 29
12:30pm – 1:30pm
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.

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Global Heat
Saturday, Dec. 5
12:30pm – 1:30pm
Armory, FREE

This cross–genre band mixes hip hop, soul and break dance to deliver performances filled with rhythm, soul and lots of energy.

Northwest Boychoir Apprentices
Sunday, Dec. 6
1pm – 2pm
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.

Garfield Jazz Band
Saturday, Dec. 12
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.

Sunday, Dec. 13
2pm – 3pm
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 a40-piece ensemble, with instrumentalists from 8-years old to 80.

Seattle's Best Damn Happy Hour
Thursday, Dec. 17
5pm – 8pm
Armory, FREE entry

Seattle’s Best (and largest) Damn Happy Hour offers a great food and beverage menu at bargain prices. Enjoy specialty cocktails and DJ music. Our engaging Happy Hour Host facilitates the fun with games and prizes. The Armory’s spaciousness allows for playful activities such as Giant Scrabble, Giant Jenga, board games, and more!

XMAS Maximus
Saturday, Dec. 19
12:30pm – 1:30pm
Armory, FREE

Seattle’s premier Xmas band will stuff your stockings and give good cheer as the talented 10-person ensemble ventures into many realms of holiday merriment, performing familiar and unfamiliar tunes.

Coca-Cola Free Skate Day
Sunday, Dec. 20
11am – 8pm
Fisher Pavilion, FREE

Coca-Cola hosts a day of free skating at Winterfest.

The Bobs
Sunday, Dec. 20
12:30pm – 1:30pm
Armory, FREE

J.S. Bach, Jimi Hendrix and Monty Python collide when these Grammy-nominated vocal acrobats (and certifiable nutjobs) take to the stage. This original “band without instruments” has been skewering the classics and clear-cutting their own unique path in the world of vocal music for over 30 years, playing everywhere from Lincoln Center to Berlin’s Passionkirche.

Bailadores de Bronce
Saturday, Dec. 26
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.

Datina Folkloric Ensemble
Sunday, Dec. 27
12:30pm – 1:30pm
Armory, FREE

Datina means tradition in Romanian. This lively, costumed ensemble performs traditional music and dance from Romania as it strives to preserve and promote Romanian heritage and culture.

New Year's Eve Celebration
Thursday, Dec. 31
8pm – 11:45pm
Armory, Seattle Center grounds, FREE

Ring in the New Year in the Armory with premiere dance band The Machine, offering only the most danceable, fun, party rock and roll, with the promise that you will have a great time.

Outside at International Fountain, our Fountain of Light event features dance music by KEXP DJSharlese, and visuals projected onto the fountain by Baryonyx.

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

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