Capitol Hill’s nightlife venues make great homes for unique craft and vintage markets year-round. During the holidays, things get turned to 11. Below, you’ll find a naughty and nice list of pop-up markets from around the neighborhood plus. We also have a few other, non-commerce ways to mark the season. You can visit the CHS Calendar to find more.
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THURSDAY, Dec. 19: The Central District’s ReRunRoom hosts its Holiday Sparkle Party with “vintage & handmade gifts, decor, furniture, and jewelry” and a selfie photo booth. You can also enjoy snacks and a glittery cocktail. ReRun Room, 5-8 PM
Hugo House and the Northwest Native Writers Circle are bringing six accomplished Native women writers for an evening of readings and conversation. Join Laura Da’, Sara Marie Ortiz, Storme Webber, Arianne True, Sara Marie Ortiz, and Sondra S. Segundo-Cunningham as they share their experience and writing. Hugo House, 7 PM
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FRIDAY, Dec. 20: This will be the last Friday to experience the art of Michiko Tanako, First Hill Winter Artist in Residency. Tea and Japanese baked goods will be available. First Hill Park, 10 AM – 1 PM
The Moth has been supporting storytelling in approximately 28 cities nationwide for 20 years. Tonight’s Moth StorySlam’s theme will be Traditions. Come prepared to tell a five-minute tale of a custom or activity that has persisted over the years. Seating is first come, and the event is open to the public. Admission is $15. Bloedel Hall, St. Mark’s Cathedral, 8 PM – 10 PM
SATURDAY, Dec. 21: Chophouse Row is sponsoring a small business/shop local holiday event Saturday afternoon – Pike/Pine Shop The Block. Each shop participating in the event will have some special bonus for the holiday shopper, including wine, discounts, and live in-store demos. There will also be carolers and hot beverages in the Chophouse Row Courtyard. Some of the businesses participating in the event include Cake Skincare; Rove Vintage; Cupcake Royale, Sway and Cake; and LIKELIHOOD. Chophouse Row, 1 PM – 6 PM
On the shortest day of the year, the Winter Solstice will be celebrated with a luminary forest walk among the boundaries of the UW Botanic Gardens. Holiday swag will be given out and complimentary cider and tea available. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Tickets are $10. Washington Park Arboretum, Graham Visitors Center, 5 PM – 9 PM
SUNDAY, Dec. 22: Siblings Victoria Parker and Phillip Peters – Cobblers Children – will be performing holiday classics and carols during the afternoon at Ghost Gallery for the entertainment of young and old alike. Wine, cocoa, and champagne will be available for a donation. Ghost Gallery, 1 PM – 3 PM.
The BadWill Market – Holiday XL Edition takes place at the Rhino Room. You’ll find “curated vintage apparel, handmade jewelery, beauty and grooming products, leather accessories, embroidered goods, house plants, etc.” in “a one stop shop of day drinking, eating, and shopping.” Rhino Room, 2 PM – 8 PM
The Saint Mark’s Music Series will be presenting Olivier Messiaen’s Christmas cycle for organ, La Nativité du Seigneur. Joseph Adam, Director of Music and Organist of Saint James Cathedral, Seattle, and Resident Organist of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, will be performing. Tickets are $20 general admission and $15 for students and seniors. Saint Mark’s Cathedral, 4:30 PM – 6 PM
The Chabad Jewish Center of Capitol Hill and the Central District will celebrate the first night of Chanukah with the Grand Menorah Lighting and Celebration. The lighting will include latkes and Chanukah treats, gifts for children, and other surprises. General admission is free. Volunteer Park, 5 PM – 6 PM