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SC Winterfest Opening Weekend Nov. 23-25

Seattle Center Winterfest kicks off with a weekend of live entertainment and fun family events. The six-week festival opens on Friday, Nov. 23, with a beloved tradition, a live performance by Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra.  The day also marks the return of popular Winterfest activities including Winter Train & Village and Winterfest Ice Rink.

Seattle Center Winterfest continues through Jan. 6, 2013. Visitors will find some special attractions this year including a restored and festively decorated Seattle Center Armory offering fresh local foods by Northwest chefs. Outside, sparkling LED tree lights and T-Mobile Luminata brighten the center of Seattle Center in its 50th Anniversary year. All Seattle Center Winterfest events and activities are free unless  stated otherwise.

Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra, 12:30 p.m., Nov. 23, Armory. One of the nation’s top youth symphony orchestras performs seasonal and classical works.

Ice Sculpting, 12 noon, Nov. 24, Outside Fisher Pavilion. An ice master carves dramatic designs into shimmering objects of ice.

Seattle Men’s Chorus, 12:30 p.m., Nov. 24, Armory. The world’s largest gay men’s chorus offers a special seasonal treat.

There’s No Place Like Home, 4 p.m., Nov. 24, International Fountain. Lucia Neare Theatricals creates a fanciful art installation accompanied by a site-based participatory performance.

Cat Pack with Unexpected Productions, 12:30 p.m., Nov. 25, Armory. Seattle’s long-running comedy improv troupe stages a musical show inspired by the Rat-Pack era.

Winter Train & Village, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Nov. 23 – Jan. 6, 2013, Seattle Center Armory/Center House. Peer into the past and take a turn controlling the miniature train as it wends its way around a snowy, turn-of-the-century villiage. $2 suggested donation. Closed Dec 25 and Jan 1.

Winterfest Ice Rink, Nov. 23 – Jan. 6, 2013, Fisher Pavilion. Closes at 4 p.m. on Dec. 24; closed on Dec. 25; closes at 11:30 p.m. on Dec. 31. Admission: $7 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-12, $2 children ages 5 and under, includes skate rental. Cash only. for hours.

Seattle Center Winterfest, produced by Seattle Center, presents spirited programming for children, families and friends in search of entertaining and enriching activities during this festive time of year. The activities complement the seasonal offerings of arts and entertainment organizations residing at Seattle Center including Pacific Northwest Ballet’s “Nutcracker,” “Inspecting Carol” at Seattle Repertory Theatre, “The Wizard of Oz” at Seattle Children’s Theatre, “Owen Meany’s Christmas Pageant” at Book-It Repertory Theatre, Seattle Children’s Museum’s Festivals of Light and more.

For additional information on Seattle Center Winterfest and all of the activities on the Seattle Center grounds, visit or call 206 684-7200.