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After the holiday hustle and bustle, it’ll be nice to move a little slower this January. In Madison Park events, the following activities are happening through January…

Throughout January: Workshops at City People’s Garden Store
Various Dates | City People’s Garden Store
Each month, the City People’s Garden Store offers a variety of workshops. In January, the workshops offered are as follows:

Throughout January: Wine Tastings
Varying Times | Madrona Wine Merchants
Madrona Wine Merchants offers wine tastings throughout January for interested or curious wine-o’s!

  • Uruguay Wine Tasting, January 6th from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Sunday Sippers, January 7th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • TBD Tasting, January 13th from 2 – 4 p.m.
  • Sunday Sippers, January 14th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • TBD Tasting, January 20th from 2 – 4 p.m.
  • Sunday Sippers, January 21st from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • TBD Tasting, January 27th from 2 – 4 p.m.
  • Sunday Sippers, January 28th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

January 4: First Thursday Tram Tour
11am — 12pm | Washington Park Arboretum
The Washington Park Arboretum’s 13-passenger tram offers monthly tours of the expansive nature park. Riders and participants on the first Thursday tour each month will learn about highlights of the season, new plantings, history of the Arboretum and more as they travel from the Graham Visitors Center to the Pacific Connections Garden. This is an open-air tour that operates year-round, rain or shine. Register here.

Happy December! Check out some of the happenings and Madison Park events going on through the next month…

Throughout December: Wine Tastings
Varying Times | Madrona Wine Merchants
Madrona Wine Merchants offers wine tastings throughout December for interested or curious wine-o’s!

  • Tuscany wine Tasting, December 2nd from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Sunday Sippers, December 3rd from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Limited Paid Tasting of Borolo wines, December 3rd from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • French wines, December 9th from 2 – 4 p.m.
  • Sunday Sippers, December 10th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Limited Paid Tasting of Champagne, December 10th from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Bubbles! December 16th from 2 – 4 p.m.
  • Limited Paid Tasting of older Bordeaux, December 17th from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

December 7: First Thursday Tram Tour
11am — 12pm | Washington Park Arboretum
The Washington Park Arboretum’s 13-passenger tram offers monthly tours of the expansive nature park. Riders and participants on the first Thursday tour each month will learn about highlights of the season, new plantings, history of the Arboretum and more as they travel from the Graham Visitors Center to the Pacific Connections Garden. This is an open-air tour that operates year-round, rain or shine. Register here.

December 10 & 11: Joyful! Noise Christmas Concert
3pm Sunday and 7:30pm Monday | Seattle First Baptist Church

Enjoy the holidays through the magic of a child’s perspective at Joyful! Noise, a Christmas concert at the Seattle First Baptist Church. There will be a 40-voice choir, 4-piece band and plenty of holiday cheer. Admission is free for children under 12, $20 for adults, and $15 for seniors and youths ages 12-21. Group pricing is $10/person for groups of 10 or more.

December 19: Christmas Ships and Santa
6pm — 8:30pm | Madison Park Beach
The Madison Park Community Council’s annual Christmas Ships & Holiday Celebration is coming up on December 19th! There will be a bonfire, Santa, music and refreshments, followed by the arrival of the Christmas Ships at 8:45 p.m. Take selfies with Santa from 6 – 8:30 p.m. This is a free, family friendly event.

Get out and active Thanksgiving morning for the annual Montlake Turkey Trot and Kids Run! This event is a 5K for adults and 1 mile for kiddos, following a route through the Washington Park Arboretum. All proceeds will benefit the University Food Bank, which has been working to prevent hunger for residents of Northeast Seattle neighborhoods for 34 years.

The race starts at 9:30 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning, November 23rd. The 5K will start on the corner of E Lynn and 24th Ave E. It’s followed by a kids walk/run, so the whole family can get out and exercise before their Thanksgiving feasting!

The Kids Turkey Trot is open for children ages 2-12, although kids under age 13 can participate in the 5K if they wish (must pay the 5K price). The 1-mile kids race will go through the Arboretum’s Pinetum.

The cost to register is $35 per adult or $15 per child, and prices increase $5 for both races on November 21st.

Click here to sign up!

The chilly fall weather and upcoming holiday season have reduced the events happening in and around the neighborhood, but there are still a few fun things to do in between your holiday shopping and snuggling up inside where it’s warm. Here are a few ideas…

Throughout November: Workshops at City People’s Garden Store
Various Dates | City People’s Garden Store
Each month, the City People’s Garden Store offers a variety of workshops. In November, the workshops offered are as follows:

Throughout November: Wine Tastings
Varying Times | Madrona Wine Merchants
Madrona Wine Merchants offers wine tastings throughout November for interested or curious wine-o’s!

  • French wine Tasting, November 4th from 2 – 4 p.m.
  • Sunday Sippers, November 5th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., plus a limited PAID tasting of Champagne from 5 – 7 p.m.
  • TBD Tasting, November 11th from 2 – 4 p.m.
  • Sunday Sippers, November 12th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Thanksgiving Wines, November 18th from 2 – 4 p.m.
  • Sunday Sippers, November 19th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

November 2: First Thursday Tram Tour
11am — 12pm | Washington Park Arboretum
The Washington Park Arboretum’s 13-passenger tram offers monthly tours of the expansive nature park. Riders and participants on the first Thursday tour each month will learn about highlights of the season, new plantings, history of the Arboretum and more as they travel from the Graham Visitors Center to the Pacific Connections Garden. This is an open-air tour that operates year-round, rain or shine. Register here.

November 4: Haiku Workshop
11am — 1pm | Seattle Japanese Garden
The first Saturday of November marks the last Family Saturday of the year at the Seattle Japanese Garden, and Michael Dylan Welch, a representative from Haiku Northwest will be offering a Haiku Workshop from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Stroll through the garden for poetic inspiration and then work to write a haiku in the traditional Japanese style.