Winterfest Opening Weekend, Nov. 26-28

Seattle Center Winterfest presented by KOMO 4 TV opens with an inspiring performance by Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra. The weekend continues with Winter Worldfest and a full schedule of performances by the region’s most entertaining ethnic artists. All of these events are free and open to the public.

Seattle Center Winterfest presented by KOMO 4 TV opens with an inspiring performance by Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra. The weekend continues with Winter Worldfest and a full schedule of performances by the region’s most entertaining ethnic artists. All of these events are free and open to the public.

The full festival, which runs Nov. 26 – Dec. 31, offers Saturday afternoon ice sculpting and fireside sing-alongs. Winter Train and Village return this year, along with Winterfest Ice Rink. Seattle Center Winterfest is promoted as part of Holidays in the City.

Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra – SYSO performs the traditional opening of Seattle Center Winterfest and the Student Showcase Series with a selection of seasonal works sure to engage and inspire! Friday, Nov. 26, 11 a.m., Center House, free.

Winterfest Opening Ceremony – Winterfest officially opens with the noble drone of the Keith Highlanders Pipe Band. Join Deputy Mayor Darryl Smith and Seattle Center Director Robert Nellams to herald in five weeks of spirited seasonal festivities. Friday, Nov. 26, 1 p.m., Center House, free.

Winter Worldfest – This cultural festival features some of the region’s best ethnic entertainment. Watch as the world comes to life in music and dance. The Holiday World Market offers goods from Russia, China and Istanbul. Nov. 26, 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.; Nov. 27 and 28, 12 noon – 5 p.m., in Center House, free. Photos by Jal Schrof available at: www.pbase.com/jal and click on Winter Worldfest. Learn more at: ethnicheritagecouncil.org.

Ice Sculpting – Award-winning artists create seasonal sculptures. Watch while they work or stop by later to see the glistening result. Each Saturday an ice master will carve a different design. Saturday, Nov. 27, 12 noon – 2 p.m., outside Fisher Pavilion, free.

Fireside Singing – Share in warmth and music around the crackling flames of a bonfire. Folksingers lead passers-by in a mix of original, traditional and contemporary folk holiday songs as embers illuminate the night. Saturday, Nov. 27, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m., outside Fisher Pavilion.

Big Band Dance with Arthur Murray and The MoodSwings – The lively evening with Arthur Murray Dance begins with 30-minute classes and demonstrations designed for beginning to advanced dancers, followed by dancing to the brassy tunes of The MoodSwings, an all-female band specializing in vintage big band and jazz music from the 1930s to the 1950s. Saturday, Nov. 27, 6:30 p.m. class; 8 p.m., dance, Center House, free.

For more information on Seattle Center Winterfest presented by KOMO 4 TV, parking and directions to the Center, visit www.seattlecenter.com/winterfest or call 206-684-7200.