This winter, experience the arts in Seattle in a different way. Everyone enjoys the traditional light shows, Christmas trees and music, but this year, challenge yourself to experience something different with your family. Find real art for gifts at prices that you can actually afford, make your own holiday ornaments that you’ll actually want to keep, check out some of the largest train displays and experience an Italian renaissance or contemporary Indian art without leaving Seattle.
Seattle Sampling Artists’ Studio Tour
4726 50th Ave. S.W.
Seattle, WA 98116
Date: Dec. 5-7, 2014
Seattle Sampling boasts of being Seattle’s largest holiday arts and crafts tour and it should be since it has over 25 years of experience. The self-guided tour offers a more relaxed shopping experience where shoppers can interact with the artists in their own studios. This year’s event runs from December 5-7, 2014. First Choice Friday goes from 4 to 9 p.m. and the regular Open Studios events runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
The Christmas Revels
310 S. 9th St.
Tacoma, WA 98402
Date: Dec. 13-17, 2014
For a different and unique experience this holiday season, check out The Christmas Revels event from December 13-17, 2014. This year’s celebration celebrates the Italian Renaissance focusing on the origins of the sun. Hosted by Tony Curry, this topsy-turvy event features Shulamit Kleinerman leading Renaissance instrumentalists, the Seattle Brass Ensemble, the Revels Adult and Children’s Choruses and more. This is theater for all ages and promises to be full of spirit, humor, beauty and other surprises.
Seattle Model Train Show
Washington State History Museum
1911 Pacific Ave.
Tacoma, WA 98402
Date: Dec. 21, 2014 through Jan. 1, 2015
The Washington State History Museum is home to the state’s largest permanent model train layout but that is only part of the Seattle Model Train Show that runs at the museum from December 21, 2014 through January 1, 2015. Every floor of the museum is dedicated to the task of showing off train displays designed by enthusiasts from all across the state. Tickets for the event range from $7-$9.50.
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Family Day: Christmas Around the World
Museum of Glass
1801 Dock St.
Tacoma, WA 98402
Date: Dec. 13, 2014
The Museum of Glass presents a “whirlwind tour” that explores Christmas traditions and crafts from all over the world on December 13, 2014 from 1 to 4 p.m. Artists Jennifer Adams and Larry Calkins will teach families how to make their own holiday keepsakes or ornaments and then bring them home. In addition, piano students will set the mood performing their “Holiday Musicale.” This event is in addition to the museum’s ongoing exhibits. Tickets range from $5-$12. Children under the age of five are admitted for free.
“City Dwellers: Contemporary Art from India”
Seattle Art Museum
1300 1st Ave.
Seattle, WA 98101
Date: Now through Feb. 16, 2015
Continuing until February 16, 2015, Seattle Art Museum features “City Dwellers: Contemporary Art from India.” The exhibit’s artists celebrate everything from Bollywood movies to India’s politicians and religious traditions to historical art icons. These topics are expressed through photos and sculpture. Children under the age of 12 get in free.
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Jeffrey Totey is a freelance writer living in Seattle. He has a love for the arts and is a student of pop culture. He covers stories about the performing arts, theater, museums, cultural events, movies and more in the greater Seattle area. His work can be found at Examiner.com.