Music, Merriment & More This Weekend
Tomorrow night carolers will sing their hearts out in the 26th Annual Great Figgy Pudding Competition taking place between 8 and 9 p.m. on Westlake Central Plaza and on surrounding streets. At least 9,000 people are expected to be milling around taking in the sounds and sights of the event.
Saturday evening, thousands of families, friends and neighbors will turn out for the festive Seattle tradition of the Pathway of Lights to enjoy the glow of the candles on the 2.8 mile path around the lake. At four points along the way, musicians perform and warm drinks and treats are served. There will be donation bins at these sites for nonperishable food items for local food banks. Also on Saturday night, Benson Henderson will defend his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) World Lightweight title before a crowd of some 13,400 at the Key Arena.
The Arthritis Foundation’s Annual Jingle Bell Run/Walk anticipates over 12,000 participants running and walking on downtown streets and the I-5 Express Lanes on Sunday morning. The Express Lanes will be open for motorists by 10:15 a.m. in order for traffic to normalize before the crush of 67,000 Seahawk fans begin arriving for the 1:25 p.m. game against the Cardinals.
Event goers and holiday shoppers are reminded by the Seattle Department of Transportation to consider reducing their carbon footprint and promoting a greener environment by traveling via one of the many alternate modes of transportation available – bus, carpool, Metro Transit, the Sounder commuter train, Link light rail, bicycle or even walking, if feasible.
For more details about the weekend events, please see the information below.
Friday, December 7
26th Annual Great Figgy Pudding Street Corner Caroling Competition: 5:45 – 9 p.m.
Westlake Center Plaza and surrounding sidewalks
Streets closed 5:45 – 9 p.m.: Pine Street between Third and Seventh avenues, and Fifth Avenue between Olive Way and Pike Street.
Expect heavy traffic and pedestrian congestion in the area. For more information please see: http://www.pikemarketseniorcenter.org/figgy-pudding
Saturday, December 8
“Pathway of Lights” 36th Annual Green Lake Lighting: 5 – 8 p.m.
Volunteers will light candles on the path around Green Lake
No streets will be blocked off, but motorists may encounter heavy traffic around the lake and
parking may be a challenge.
Schedule: Set-up 3:30 –5 p.m.; lighting: 5 p.m.; clean-up from 8 – 9 p.m.
UFC on FOX Benson Henderson vs. Nate Diaz: 5 p.m.
Key Arena, Seattle Center
13,400 + attending
Traffic may be congested around the Seattle Center grounds, particularly on the west side near the Key Arena.
Sunday, December 9
Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis: 6:45 – 10:45 a.m.
Gather at Fifth and Pine Street
Kids’ race starts at 8 a.m.
Kids route heads out from Fifth Avenue and Pine Street; goes south on Fifth to Spring Street; makes a u-turn and moves back north on Fifth to Pike Street; east on Pike to Sixth Avenue; north on Sixth and finishes at Pine Street.
Three waves of the 5K run / walk begin at 8:20a.m., 8:25 a.m., and 8:35 a.m.
5K route run and walk starts at Fifth Avenue and Pine Street; south on Fifth to Columbia Street, takes the on-ramp to the I-5 Express Lanes heading north to about Mercer Street; makes a u-turn and goes south on I-5 express lanes exiting Ninth and Pike Street; then moves north on Ninth to Pine Street; west on Pine to finish at sixth Avenue.
Seattle Police will close Fifth Avenue at Stewart Street, and Sixth Avenue at Pine Street at 6:15 a.m. for the beginning of the race. The remainder of the course will be shut down at 7:45 a.m. and the I-5 Express Lanes will be closed until 10:15 a.m. For more details, please view: http://seattlejinglebellrun.org/
Get Married at City Hall: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Same-sex marriage ceremony
1,000 expected (including 140 couples and wedding parties)
Between Cherry and The right curb lane on Fifth Avenue and the left curb lane on Fourth Avenue adjacent to City Hall will be reserved for the event. Expect congestion on the streets in the vicinity of City Hall. To view more information, please see: http://www.seattle.gov/wedding/
Seattle Seahawks vs. Arizona Cardinals: 1:25 – 4:30 p.m.
Expect congestion before and after the game on streets surrounding the stadium and on I-5/I-90 and SR 99 in the SODO area.
Contact: Peg Nielsen, 206.684.8114