Local (and Festive) Events

Christmas Ship Festival

Argosy Cruises Christmas Ship™ Festival is a ship-to-shore holiday celebration that has been a Northwest tradition since 1949.

Through December 23
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Snowflake Lane
Downtown Bellevue

Experience the wonder of falling snow, dazzling lights, festive characters along with all your favorite holiday characters at the region’s most festive holiday scene!

Through December 23
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T-Mobile Park

Unwrap new traditions and make memories big and small as you wind your way through a luminescent land of beautiful arches, larger-than-life sculptures and decadent delights.

Through December 29
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Christmas Lighting Festival

Visit Leavenworth for the most wonderful time of the year, when the quaint Bavarian town becomes a Village of Lights (over half a million of them!) and holiday cheer abounds!

December 6-8, 13-15, 20-22
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Holiday Bazaar
Chateau Ste. Michelle

Find the perfect wine for all of your holiday meals and events, peruse our selection of beautiful, unique gifts, merchandise and clothing from around the world.

December 21, 12-7pm
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Bellevue house and garage where Jeff Bezos started Amazon up for sale

Back when Bezos was living there as a renter in 1994, the house was worth $135,000. Now it’s on the market for nearly $1.5 million.

For a mere $1.49 million, you can now own a big piece of Amazon history.

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5 housing takeaways: What should you expect from home sales in 2019?

Forget fevered bidding wars and snap home-buying decisions. Slower and steadier will characterize next year’s housing market.

That follows a 2018 that started off hot but softened into the fall as buyers – put off by high prices and few choices – sat out rather than paid up.

Affordability issues will remain a top concern going into 2019, exacerbated by rising mortgage rates. But some of 2018’s more intractable issues will begin to loosen up. The volume of for-sale homes is expected to rise and diversify, while the number of buyers is forecast to shrink.

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Seattle home prices drop by $70,000 in three months as market continues to cool

The number of homes for sale across King County surged up 66 percent in the past year — and 86 percent just in the city of Seattle — the biggest rise in more than a decade.

Home prices are continuing to fall across an unseasonably cool Seattle real estate market, with homes that would have been snapped up in an instant just several months ago now sitting unsold.

New monthly data out Friday shows median home prices across King County fell $30,000 in August from the month prior, the third straight month of declines. Countywide the median cost of a single-family house, now $669,000, is down by $57,000 since May, according to the Northwest Multiple Listing Service.
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