Nordic Film Festival Comes to Seattle

You heard it here first- the Nordic Heritage Museum will present the fourth annual Nordic Lights Film Festival next month, the weekend of January 18-20. The festival will include documentaries, short & feature length films from Iceland, Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden. The festival kicks off with a reception at SIFF at 6pm on Friday, followed by a film called Beyond starring Noomi Rapace from The girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Two Movie Tickets In Front Of A Take Clapperboard And A Reel Of Movie Film

Both Saturday and Sunday festivities begin at 10:00am, and have some wonderful films of note lined up, such as Silence, a drama about the 2nd World War, and how Finland was among one of the only nations to take home their casualties to be buried in their homeland, and Teddy Bear, a Drama from Denmark about a body builder from Copenhagen who has never known love. After his father finds a companion in Thailand, he goes on a quest to find a woman of his own.  Tickets can be purchased ahead of time for single day passes ($10), or entire weekend passes ($55).

Last Minute Gift Ideas at the “Last Minute Market”

Have you been procrastinating on your holiday shopping? Me too. If you’re looking for some original gift ideas, check out the Seattle Creative Arts Center’s “Last Minute Market” tomorrow and Saturday for great local finds. The last minute crafts fair will have 15 or so local artists selling jewelry, glass, paintings, and other items for holiday gift-giving.

Some fun items for sale this year include hand tailored ties, glass blown vases, and Colter Candy Company will have their small batch toffee on hand! The fair will be held Friday from 12:00PM-10:00PM, and all day Saturday from 10:00AM-5:00PM. Feeling overwhelmed and shopped out before you’ve even started? They’ll also have pleasant music going, and snacks available to settle some of the Holiday shopping nerves.

Tis the Season for a Christmas Ship Festival!

The month of December is filled with Holiday activities around the city of Seattle, and an all time favorite for many Seattleites includes the Argosy Christmas Ship Festival. It’s been a holiday traditional celebration in the Pacific Northwest since 1949, and every year from November 24th through December 23rd the Argosy Christmas Ship sets it’s sails around the Sound to various waterfront communities including Gasworks Park, Pier 55, Alki Beach Park, Shilshoe, Laurelhurst Beach Club among many many others (45 to be exact).

 

The ship has different choirs performing, brightening the festivities for patrons on board. A nice addition to the Christmas ship experience is that on shore along the different water front community stops, locals gather around singing carols and anticipating the arrival of the ships, welcoming those getting off, and either hopping aboard the ship, or one of the parade ships that follow. Those who have their own boats can decorate theirs with lights and join in the line of as one of the largest holiday floating parades in the world! The schedule this week includes two value nights on Tuesday and Wednesday, ($10 knocked off the standard $35 per person price) with choirs such as the Dickens Carolers, Rainier Youth Choir, and the Federal Way Harmony Kings. You won’t want to miss out on this wonderful NW Christmas tradition, for more information on the Christmas Ship Festival and schedule, visit their website today.