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    Hi all,

    My mother inlaw is coming to town on the 25th. She has been here many times and we have done all the standard stuff. Any ideas of interesting things in seattle we could go do that is not the standard tourist stuff? She is really great and is a good sport and also easy to please.

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    The lights at the Bellevue Botanical garden are amazing and I think they run through the new year.




    Go to Din Tau Fung in Bellevue and have some juicy pork dumplings (xiaolongbao). Let the server explain how to eat them. It’s fun. I always take out-of-town guests there, everyone loves it. It’s the only place in Seattle to get real xiaolongbao.



    the zoo has a new light display

    i haven’t been yet but plan to take the grandkids this year



    Kubota Gardens, Seattle Great Wheel, Winter Wondrettes @ ArtsWest, Ferry Ride, the Cascades.



    I highly recommend the Theos Chocolates factory tour in Fremont. I recently took an out of town guest on that and we had a great time! It’s an hour long, not sure if your Japanese guest would be up for all that listening to English but the factory is a sight to see. And you get lots and lots of chocolate!



    Take a drive into Snoqualmie and visit the Snoqualmie Falls. There’s plenty of parking and it’s easy to access. The view points are well-constructed and it’s still thrilling. Be sure to have wet weather gear. There’s a lot of mist from the falls. They will be very excited to see it–especially if we’ve had some more rain by then.



    Go for a ride on the Great Wheel and then take her out to dinner at Palace Kitchen (with fried donut dessert at Dahlia

    Lounge). ;-)



    I highly recommend the King Tut exhibit.



    my son and his wife attended a christmas function at the chihully gardens exhibit at Seattle Center.

    I caught glimpses of it from the space needle ramp last summer but from their pictures and the piece on Top chef.. i can tell that there is a lot more worth seeing.



    Try PNB Nutcracker which has some shows after Christmas. One of the principals is Japanese which Japanese visitors enjoy. Teatro Zinzanni is fun but pricey. Other ideas include specialized walking tours (coffee tour, ghost tour of market). Some of the casinos run buses from around town and it can be a fun trip for a show and lunch. High tea at the Queen Mary is also a charming experience.


    Genesee Hill

    Take Amtrak to Portland…



    Kenyon Hall is a one-of-a-kind place, and conveniently located right here in West Seattle! Always gives me a lift to go there. Try the Christmas Vaudeville – it should be great. For the most fun, reserve table seats at only $14 each!



    Oops! After I posted the Kenyon Hall Christmas Vaudeville suggestion, I received an email from their mailing list and realized the show is only Dec. 21-23, and your company won’t arrive until the 25th.

    But fear not, there will be a different show Friday & Saturday, December 28 and 29 • 7:30 p.m called, Orville Johnson & Casey McGill: Blues, Ballads, & Boogie Woogie. I do not have more details.

    I am such a Kenyon Hall enthusiast, I can’t stop myself from posting info on the Christmas Vaudeville anyway. (Note: I am not associated with the Hall in any way shape or form other than being a happy occasional patron for many years.) From Lou Magor’s promotional email:

    “This Friday & Saturday at 7:30, and Sunday at 3, we’re presenting Christmas Vaudeville, a holiday entertainment for the whole family.

    We begin with the master of the Wurlitzer, Bob White, accompanying a holiday silent cartoon, and continue with a variety of music and comedy that’ll lift your spirits and tickle your funny bone.

    I first encountered Traci and Spencer Hoveskeland, the Bottom Line Duo, many years ago at a wedding reception. My table happened to be near the stage, and though all of us at the table were avid conversationalists, we instinctively spoke softly so that we could hear their fascinating musical offerings. In the past few years, this unique cello and bass duo have become one of Seattle’s treasures. They appear all over the northwest, and have recently become a popular favorite on public radio’s Says You. We’re delighted to welcome them back to the Kenyon Hall stage this weekend.

    Joining Traci and Spencer will be Belle of the Hall Connie Corrick, singing holiday songs old and new, Bob Bailey III, comedy juggler extraordinaire, and yours truly, leading an audience sing- and play-along of Ken Darby’s ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. Please join us!

    Reserved table seats are $14. Row seating is $12 general and $10 seniors. With a reservation, row seating is only $10 general and $8 seniors. Elementary, middle & high school students are $5. Pre-school children are free, and Root Beer Floats are still only a buck.

    To make a reservation, please e-mail with your request. You’ll receive an e-mail confirming your reservation. For complete program information, please visit”

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