December Events In And Around Green Lake

November 17, 2017 5:30am

via Pathway of Lights Facebook page

Wildlights at Woodland Park Zoo

November 24, 2017 – January 1, 2018

Here’s your chance to see Woodland Park Zoo aglow with thousands of colorful lights after hours. Pack your gloves and rain jacket because most of the displays are outdoors but very much worth it. The zoo has several other events scheduled during the month too – such as Santa visits, a Seahawks night and indoor snowball fight.

Insider tip: You will likely be hungry after your visit- or at least if you are visiting with little humans, they will be for sure! Don’t make the mistake we did and have zero game plan for restaurants to go to after walking around the zoo for an hour. Check out Zagat Seattle’s list of best restaurants near Woodland Park Zoo to guide you.

Woodland Park Zoo 5500 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
For more information, go to the Zoo’s Wildlights FAQ.
To purchase tickets (available starting November 9), go here.

PhinneyWood Phestivus

December 8 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
PhinneyWood’s slightly off-kilter holiday celebration returns with glowing monkeys, free trolley rides and some really ugly sweaters. Nearly 200 LED-lit monkeys adorn businesses along Phinney and Greenwood avenues throughout the month of December. From 6 p.m. until 10 p.m., the monkeys will be the highlight of PhinneyWood Phestivus, a neighborhood holiday party that will include a variety of “phestivities,” from art, food and ugly sweaters.

Route: Phinney Ave N and Greenwood Ave N, from the Zoo to 87th
For more information go to: Monkey information is available at

Green Lake Pathway of Lights

December 9 4:30 – 7:30

One of my favorite nights in Green Lake is the Green Lake Pathway of Lights. While there is almost always a crowd, the entire 2.8 mile Green Lake loop is illuminated with luminaries, carolers and cider/hot cocoa stations. There is also rumors of several hot air balloons taking part in the festivities near the Community Center this year. Organizers say they are currently working out those details.

Insider Tip: Bring some food for the food bank collections that will be going on around the lake.

For more information, go to the Pathway of Lights Facebook page.


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PackSmarter Class November 18 Hosted By AAA

November 13, 2017 5:54am

Got a trip coming up for the holidays? AAA is hosting a class called Packsmart that may be of help. And best of all, it’s free! The Ballard AAA Travel Store Buyer and Packing Coach Kathleen Collum is offering a free packing workshop. Kathleen will be sharing smart tips on how to make the most of your packing space including gear to make sure you comply with airline regulations. All travel store merchandise (not attraction tickets) will be 15% off on the day of the workshop. Space is limited so reserve your spot by calling  (206) 216-4205.

And you don’t have to be a AAA member to attend the class.

AAA 1523 15th Ave W.

Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 10:30 AM
Hosted by: Kathleen Collum, AAA Travel Store Buyer


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Is Little Big Burger Coming To Green Lake?

November 12, 2017 4:15pm

We’ve been patiently waiting for Little Big Burger, a beloved Portland burger chain to open its doors in Green Lake. Back in September 2016 we posted about the anticipated expansion of the franchise to Green Lake and numerous other locations across Seattle. If you too have been patiently waiting for it’s opening, you might be disappointed. A sign on a Green Lake Village empty storefront reads “Five-Day Notice to Pay Rent or Vacate.” The notice is to LBB Green Lake, LLC c/o Chanticleer Holdings Inc. (Chanticleer Holdings is the parent company of Little Big Burger, who also owns Hooters.)

The notice, dated October 2 says: “YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that rent for the above described premises situated in King County, Washington is now due and payable in the sum of $10,592.27 for the following periods June 2017 – September 2017. … If you choose not to pay rent due within 5 days, YOU MUST VACATE AND SURRENDER THE PREMISES.”

Back in August 2017, Eater Seattle posted a story about other anticipated Little Big Burger locations including Wallingford, Capitol Hill and seven other spots. It remains to be seen if those locations too have notices on their doors.


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RainWise Webinar Monday November 13

November 11, 2017 2:53pm

Interested in a free rain garden and cisterns? RainWise is hosting a free webinar on Monday November 13 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. for homeowners to learn more about their program and some will be eligible for an entirely free rain garden. The webinar will also cover the RainWise process, how to select a contractor and an opportunity to ask RainWise staff questions live via chat.

Register for the webinar at: Registration is mandatory for participation and will give you access to RainWise program materials. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing links to join the webinar.

Questions? Contact Natasha Walker at or 206-386-9746. Learn more about the RainWise program at


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New Production Company Brings Improv And Theatre To Green Lake And Beyond

November 9, 2017 2:53pm

A new production company is in town and whether you have kids that are interested in taking some theatre classes or want to see a show, you should check out their list of upcoming offerings. Penguin Productions offers a variety of theatrical performances, improv and theatre coaching for all ages. And for the younger set, several of the classes are offered over winter break.

Here’s a list of some of their Green Lake or near Green Lake offerings:

On November 12 they will be performing The Hamlet Project at Taproot Theatre.

Over winter break the group is hosting a series of improv classes for grades 6-8 at the Green Lake Library.

And word has it there are a few upcoming performances that will be hosted in Green Lake that will be announced soon.

For a full list of productions and coaching, go to Penguin Productions website.


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Better Book Sale This Weekend

November 8, 2017 6:22am

Photo via SPL

Friends of the Seattle Public Library is hosting a one day “Better” Book Sale this weekend. Hundreds of “like-new” books (think holiday gifts!) will be on sale for $3.

Featured book categories include children’s books, valuable old and rare books, mysteries and a selection of general non-fiction including art books and literature. DVDs will be non-former Library in very good condition.

Cash, debit and credit cards will be accepted.

For more information, contact or call (206) 682-7567 with any questions.

Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Location: North Seattle College old cafeteria on the 1st floor of the College Center Building located in the SE corner of campus.

9600 College Way N., Seattle


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Autumn In Green Lake

November 7, 2017 10:15am

Photo by Karl Niece

Editor’s note: Greenlaker Karl sent us these photos from his frequent visits to Green Lake. We loved the colors – and those cairns on the north side of the lake. Thanks for the photos and cool description Karl! 

Autumn is falling more slowly than usual in Seattle (although it feels a bit like winter). The fir-like cypresses and other “tamaracks” around Green Lake turn rusty and shed their needles. Plus, lots of our seasonal resident ducks, coots and cormorants are returning; and the north-side cairn builder is back.


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