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Let’s Keep it Local — Northwest Local!

November 12th, 2014 | Filed under: helpful hints Holiday traditions news planning your visit | Posted by Elf jennifer


Finding unique holiday gifts for your loved ones can be difficult in the whirlwind of the holiday season. That’s why there is Small Business Saturday reminding you to make an experience out of shopping.

Take a day to slow it down and see what locals have to offer; visit some local shops, get a snack at an independently owned bakery, then come get your photo with Santa! Yep, that’s right, Arthur & Associates Holiday Photography is a business with local roots as deep as 1943. The holiday business has been family owned and operated for three generations!

Because the Viydo’s are a local family, they take pride in providing extraordinary holiday experiences for the members of the community. Make lasting memories within your community this holiday season. Slow down and remember to give back and keep your local roots strong.

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The Great Month of Giving: Part I!

November 5th, 2014 | Filed under: helpful hints Holiday Events news planning your visit | Posted by Elf jennifer

November is officially the month of giving! With Thanksgiving and the start of the holiday season, it only makes sense for us to take a moment and really think about what we are thankful for. Throughout this month we’ll share special  suggestions of ways to give back, whether it be in your community or within your family.

First on our list is volunteering to clean up at a local park. We have found a few upcoming tree planting and cleanup parties in the Pacific Northwest. This is a fun and educational activity for the whole family!


Seward Park Restoration – Saturday November 8th

A great chance to get to know members of the community, while helping the community!

Point Defiance Marina Beach Cleanup – Saturday November 15th

Help keep the beach clean and healthy by joining a cleanup party every third Saturday of the month.

Planting & Mulching along Lake Sammamish – Saturday November 22nd

Help prevent invasive species from spreading and rebuild the natural habitat.

Have fun giving back this month! Stay tuned for more ways we like to give back.

A Family Fun Trick O’ Treat!

October 31st, 2014 | Filed under: Holiday Events news planning your visit | Posted by Elf jennifer

Have a Happy Halloween and be safe!


The Ancient Ways of Knitting

October 28th, 2014 | Filed under: helpful hints planning your visit | Posted by Elf jennifer

Up at the North Pole, elves keep themselves busy indoors; away from the whipping winds and chilly temperatures. One of my favorite indoor activities is knitting! Knitting is an ancient practice that has a mysterious background. No one knows exactly where it stems from, but historians have been able to date knitting as early as the year 1000bc in Egypt!

Knitting can be a bit tricky at first, but once you get the hang of it, it’s like riding a bike! At the North Pole us elves make hundreds of sweaters a year for boys and girls all over the world. Once you learn the ways of these ancient knots, you’ll be able to craft one of a kind gifts for friends and family!


Some yarn shops around the Northwest region offer classes as well as a great selection of yarn and books:

Eastside –

Serial Knitters Yarn Shop

Seattle –


Bad Woman Yarn


Pumpkin Patches in the Northwest

October 22nd, 2014 | Filed under: news planning your visit | Posted by Elf jennifer

Pumpkin patches are a great way to spend time with your family. Most pumpkin patches are not just pumpkin patches, but offer an array of commodities and activities. From pumpkins to corn mazes, and fresh eggs to duck races, there are so many things to see at these farms! Here are a few popular autumn time attractions to explore with your family and friends this season:

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King County

Baxter Barn – Fall City

Not only are there pumpkins to pick, but ponies to ride and farm animals to see. Kids get a free pumpkin with a parent, making it great fun for the whole family! There are fresh eggs for sale in the barn so you can enjoy the farm at home. Be sure to check out all Baxter Barn’s details!

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Dr. Maze’s Corn Maze & Pumpkin Farm – Redmond

This organic farm lies not far outside the quaint town of Redmond. Dr. Maze’s forte is… well mazes! You’ll find mazes made of corn, straw, and hay. There are farm animals  to visit and of course lots of pumpkins to pick! Make it a fun day trip!

Snohomish County

Bob’s Corn – Snohomish

This farm has got it goin’ on! They celebrate three-day weekends all fall long opening at 3 pm for the fun activities kicking off on Fridays! The farm offers free hayrides to the middle of their pumpkin fields, where you can sort through over 50 varieties of pumpkins. After you have chosen your pumpkins, be sure to try one of Bob’s famous Apple Donuts, walk the corn maze, and much more!

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The Farm at Swan’s Trail – Snohomish

At this very festive farm you will find many events taking place. Pick the plumpest pumpkin and juiciest apple, enjoy shows and races put on by the farm animals, and find your way through the corn maze. You may find the corn maze layout somewhat familiar because it is shaped as Washington State!


Discover something new at one of these farms and make fond and fun memories with your family and friends!


Christmas Time Activity in Seattle

December 17th, 2013 | Filed under: Holiday Events Holiday traditions planning your visit | Posted by Elf jennifer

If you want to treat your family this year to some fantastic live performances around the area, I have a diverse yet family-friendly list of theatre performances! Whether you like dance, musicals, drama, or watching rare talents, I know you’ll be able to find something delightful on this list!

Seattle’s favorite holiday performance would have to be The Nutcracker. Presenting Stowell and Sendak’s spin off of the ever classic Tchaikovsky ballet. Featuring over 200 dancers, gigantic moving sets, and as always, fabulous costumes! It is sure to be an enchanting night for all!

Playing at Seattle’s McCaw Hall, matinee times available. Running through December 29th.

PNB Nutcracker

The 5th Avenue Theatre is proud to have Oliver! as part of their Christmas season! This production is special because it features a cast of local actors! So come on down, share the magic of a downtown holiday experience, and come see your local talent performing in a Broadway show!
Playing at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre, matinee times available. Running through December 29th.
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This year, the Paramount Theatre is treating us to three nights only for Cirque Dreams: Holidaze. Watch in awe as your favorite holiday characters come to life and perform rare talents! Set to your favorite holiday tunes, with fantastic sparkling costumes, how could you leave not satisfied?
Playing at Seattle’s Paramount Theatre for 3 nights only, December 20th – 22nd!
Paramount Theatre Seattle
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With so much to do in just our area, everyone’s holiday will be spectacular!


No One Can Beat Mrs. Claus’ Drinking Chocolate!

December 13th, 2013 | Filed under: helpful hints Holiday traditions planning your visit | Posted by Elf jennifer

 Seattle Hot Chocolate

There is no way anyone can beat Mrs. Claus’s drinking chocolate! Three times a day, she provides us, and the big man, with her rich and decadent drinking chocolate. It helps to keep us elves going with a spark! Especially this time of year, getting busy before the big day! Recently I took a trip down to your neck of the woods (the northwest) and had a wonderful experience trying all the exceptional boutique chocolate shops’ variations of hot chocolate! Here’s a list of my top 3 favorites:

Fran’s Chocolates –

Located in 3 places, one location right across from Santa’s Cabin in U-Village, each place hand-crafting each cup of hot chocolate. It is rich, frothy, and so good with their whipped cream and chocolate shavings on top! Fran’s doesn’t only specialize in hot chocolate, indulge in their most famous Smoked Sea Salt Caramels when you’re there too! They are great to eat, take home, and make fabulous gifts!

Chocolat Vitale

This wonderful, cozy gem of a chocolate shop is located in between the bustling neighborhoods of Ballard and Phinney Ridge. They have numerous options of drinking chocolate, some with spice and some with nice, others have different amounts of cocoa, and they also have take-home packaging!


This chocolate shop has only a few different styles of drinking chocolate, and a few syrups for flavor, but excellently done! The secret I found here is to ask for all bittersweet, it is so incredibly delicious! And their whip cream has just the slightest almond flavor, yum yum! So enjoy their cozy atmosphere, and take a look at all the creative truffles they sell! Maybe try one.

Make a day out of trying one (or all) of these locations, walk around the unique neighborhoods they are located in. Check out the surrounding shops for one-of-a-kind gifts this year, or go at night and walk through the neighborhoods to admire the Christmas lights.

Frans Chocolates

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The Last Frederick & Nelson Santa Photos Set

December 12th, 2013 | Filed under: Holiday traditions news planning your visit | Posted by Elf jennifer

Fredrick and Nelson Christmas (Image sourced from The Doodle Place)

It’s Fredrick and Nelson Day! On Tuesday December 17th, from 6 – 8 PM be sure to be first in line for a photo shoot with Santa on the last set of Fredrick and Nelson! Enjoy the Christmas blast from the past, photos with Santa, and holiday carolers! Be sure to indulge and enjoy the original Frango chocolates to0 – Santa’s favorite.

Kiddos, if you don’t know who and what Fredrick and Nelson is, be sure to ask your grandparents, they’ll have many fond memories of downtown shopping trips through the high-class departments!

Breakfast with the Big Man at Town Center at Lake Forest Park

December 10th, 2013 | Filed under: helpful hints Holiday traditions planning your visit | Posted by Elf jennifer


Make your holiday extra special this year and come have Breakfast with Santa! Not every kid gets to say they have shared a meal with the Big Man. This Saturday, December 14th, from 8:45 – 9:45 AM, Santa will be joining all you lucky ones at Lake Forest Grill at Town Center at Lake Forest Park for a delicious holiday breakfast! Want a sneak peak at the menu??


Kids Breakfast –
Scrambled eggs topped with cheddar cheese, with a side of potatoes and bacon
Kids Pancake –
1 fluffy buttermilk pancake, served with a bacon smile!
Kids French Toast – Golden brown French Toast served with maple syrup, powdered sugar, and vanilla honey butter
This is a Reservations Only event so please call in advance or simply stop by to reserve your seat!
Call 206.364.1261 for reservations.
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Sparkling Botanical Lights in Bellevue

December 6th, 2013 | Filed under: helpful hints Holiday traditions planning your visit | Posted by Elf jennifer

Bellevue Holidays Lights

An ongoing tradition in the city of Bellevue, is the Garden d’Lights! A beautiful display of lights, inspired by the magnificent plants that inhabit our homeland; open to the public every evening from November 30th – January 4th (5:00 PM – 10:00 PM), for locals to gawk and gaze at. Tickets are sold in advance if you prefer to avoid the long lines, and be sure to check out the website for FREE event nights!

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The spirit in which this event is created is so appropriate for this time of year, all the displays are put together by hard working volunteers! So show your support while you are there, and appreciate all the time and hands that went into making this possible! Happy Holidays.