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The Contest: 

Greetings Market Explorers! Celebrate the holiday season with this fun and festive Instagram contest and giveaway. It's easy to participate. Snap a selfie while shopping for holiday food and gifts from Pike Place merchants and post it with the hashtag #PikePlaceHolidays for a chance to win a Market Gift Tote filled with local goodies (over $100 value). Photos must be entered between December 1-24, 2016.

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Celebrate the Season with Figgy Pudding

Posted November 23, 2016

Searching for a fun, unique and festive activity this holiday season? The Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition and Fundraiser, presented this year by McKinley Irvin Family Law, is truly an enchanted event that appeals to all ages. This year, Figgy Pudding celebrates its 30th anniversary in Downtown Seattle/Westlake Center, and of course in creative song and in fabulous holiday spirit. In anticipation for "Figgy Friday," we spoke with "Head Figlet" Zoë Freeman, Wellness-Engagement Coordinator at Pike Market Senior Center & Food Bank, to learn more about Figgy Pudding and the magic it generates for this vibrant Seattle community.

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Holiday Buttons by Graig Anderson

Posted November 22, 2016

Sasquatch pulling a sleigh. Skiing snowman. Bubblefish playing the cello.

These are a just few of the fantastical scenes depicted over the years on Graig Anderson's Pike Place Market holiday buttons. He's been creating them since 1999, each year with a new holiday-themed design. Ask any craftsperon in the Market and they'll tell you you: Graig's buttons are a cherished holiday tradition.

"It's fun for me," says Graig. "I've been drawing since I was a kid, and used to paint Christmas stuff on storefront windows. Each year I look back through my sketchbooks and have a big bank of images to choose from as a starting point."

From there, he discusses concepts with Pike Place Market PDA daystall staff and hones his design. "It goes from a drawing to an acrylic painting that I photograph and make final touches on the computer," explains Graig.

Although he cites artistic influences like Edward Gorey, Dr. Seuss, Francisco Goya, and classic Warner Bros. Cartoons as inspiration, its clear browsing Graig's craftstable that he's created a unique magical world of his own.

Shop the Crafts Market from now through the end of the year to receive your own 2016 limited edition Pike Place Market holiday button (while supplies last)!


Graig Anderson's buttons through the years:

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The Market's maze-like Lower Levels are full of wonders around every corner—specialty shops with rare collectibles, secondhand curios, and handmade art from around the world—just waiting to be discovered by locals and visitors alike. Enter Sarah Miller and Kristina Knaus, the dynamic PNW blogger duo that makes up Rain or Shine Guides! These two curious Seattleites explored "down under" to share some of their favorite shops and discoveries.

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Thanksgiving Made Easy

Posted November 3, 2016

Enjoy this helpful get-ready-for-Thanksgiving guide to Pike Place Market! 

Welcome to Seattle’s epicenter of fresh produce, specialty foods and independent businesses, where you shop directly from our butchers, bakers, farmers and other specialty food producers. Follow this printable Pocket Guide and let Market merchants help you prepare for fabulous holiday meals and easy-to-host parties. You’ll find everything you need for a holiday menu, from fresh fruit and freshly baked pies to organic turkeys and mushrooms for stuffing.

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