November 23, 2008
We all know the Pike Place Market is a magical place any time of year, but during the holiday season, when hundreds of lighted Christmas trees (not to mention flying pigs) twinkle atop its venerable rooftops, it is especially so.
Join Market vendors, West Edge dwellers, savvy locals, and curious tourists from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, November 29, for the annual tree-lighting ceremony near Seattle’s own porker with a purpose, the iconic Rachel the Pig.
According to a press release, “Pike Place Market becomes even brighter than its famous red neon clock when thousands of lights are turned on all at once at 5:00 p.m. The lights are along buildings and rooftops that line Pike Place. There’s even a towering 25-foot tree and reindeer pigs! (Or are they pigdeers…or reinpigs?) Look for the lighted carrot, pear, and strawberry, too.
“Leading up to the excitement of the lighting will be the festive holiday sounds of the Seattle Brass Quintet at 4:00 p.m. Sit and enjoy the rousing sounds of trumpets, French horn, tuba and trombone.
“Throughout the afternoon Market-goers of all ages can enjoy a number of holiday activities, such as these:
–The harmonies of the Dickens Carolers as they tunefully stroll from noon to 4:00 p.m. through the Market.
–Make a holiday decoration at the Kids’ Crafts tent near Rachel the pig, noon to 4:00 p.m.
–Donate cans of food for the Downtown Food Bank. Bring five cans and get a free eco-friendly, reusable shopping bag while supplies last, noon to 4:00 p.m.
–Santa hands out candy canes and poses for photos, noon to 5:00 p.m. Check out the Market’s vintage truck, too.
–The third level DownUnder celebrates with “Deck the DownUnder” with decorated store fronts and other activities.”