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Seattle Center Winterfest Opens Nov. 25

Seattle Center Winterfest presented by KOMO 4 TV opens with a weekend of lively music, ice skating, ice sculpting, cheerful indoor decoration and festive outdoor lights. Opening ceremony on Friday, Nov. 25 features Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra. Black Nativity Total Experience Gospel Choir performs on Saturday, Nov 26, and the Garfield High School Jazz Band follows on Sunday afternoon.

Below is a complete list of Seattle Center Winterfest offerings for Nov. 25 – 27. The events are free unless noted otherwise:

Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra & Opening Ceremony, Friday, Nov. 25, 12:30 p.m. in Center House. Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra, one of the nation’s largest and most noteworthy youth orchestras, performs for the traditional opening of Seattle Center Winterfest with a selection of seasonal works sure to engage and inspire!

Black Nativity’s Total Experience Gospel Choir, Saturday, Nov. 26, 12:30 p.m. in Center House. Black Nativity embraces a celebration of faith, a generosity of spirit and the infectious joy of a rousing gospel songfest. It brings together diverse performers under the direction of the Gospel Queen herself, the majestic Pastor Patrinell Wright. The assemble sings, shouts, soars and stomps with the sounds of gospel, opera, jazz and blues.

Garfield High School Jazz Band, Sunday, Nov. 27, 12:30 p.m. in Center House. A Winterfest sensation returns! Enjoy the seasonal sounds of the acclaimed and esteemed Garfield High School Jazz Band, led by the great Clarence Acox.

Winter Train & Village, Nov. 25 – Dec. 29, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. in Center House. A Winterfest crowd favorite, an exhibit representing a turn-of-the-century village and train. Members of the public can take a turn driving the miniature locomotive between 10:30 a.m.-12 noon, 1 p.m.- 2:30 p.m. and 3:30-5:30 p.m. daily.  Read the posted Centerville News to catch up on what’s happening in town this season. Suggested donation $2.

Sharing Gift Box, Nov. 25 – Dec. 18, Varied in Center House. Seattle Center Foundation brings you Sharing Gift Box, a way to share the magic of the holidays with local low-income children, teens and senior citizens. Select a wish, buy a gift and create big smiles.

Winterfest Ice Rink, Nov. 25 – Jan. 1, 2012, Sun.-Thurs., 11 a.m.- 8 p.m., Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.-10 p.m. ● Fisher Pavilion. Glide into the season with the greatest of ease. For novice or Olympiad, the Winterfest Ice Rink offers fun for all. Admission: $7 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-12, $2 children ages 5 and under. Includes skate rental. Cash only. Dec 24 closes 4 p.m., Dec 25 closed, Dec 31 closes at 11:30p.m.

Dicken’s Carolers, Nov. 25 – Dec. 23, varied times ● Center House and Seattle Center grounds.

Ice Sculpting, Saturdays, Nov. 26; Dec. 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31, 12 p.m.-2 p.m. ● Outside of Fisher Pavilion. Artistry and ice unite in a glorious and temporal expression of the season. Watch internationally acclaimed, award-winning artists at work as they create seasonal sculptures – or stop by later to see the glistening result. Each Saturday an ice master will carve a different design.

For more information on Seattle Center Winterfest, visit or call 206 684-7200. Seattle Center Winterfest is proud to be a part of Holidays in the City, world-class arts, entertainment, shopping, dining, merrymaking and more all in the heart of Downtown Seattle. Learn more about Holidays in the City at