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Clamtastic Holiday Happenings


‘Tis the season! We’re bringing the holiday cheer with a jam-packed schedule of events, activities and entertainment throughout the month of December. Family favorites and annual traditions such as Ivar’s Clam Lights, Argosy Christmas Ships (with the best seat in town), our New Year’s Eve bash, winter brews and more make their much-anticipated return. So mark your calendars with the schedule below.

Attend one or attend them all! Don’t forget to tag us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter to share your favorites.

• All is clam, all is bright! As one of the largest public light displays on the Eastside, the 24th annual Ivar’s Clam Lights is back at Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park in Renton, opening with a special ceremony on Friday, Dec. 1 and running through Jan. 1. The Dancing “Santa” Clam will kick off the festive activities at 5:30 p.m., followed by the official lighting at 6:15 p.m. spectators will be treated to the Rainier Yacht Club Parade of Boats, Argosy Christmas Ship and live entertainment with the Dickens Carolers. Don’t forget to stop by Ivar’s Seafood Bar to warm up with a cup of Ivar’s famous clam chowder.


• Strike a pose with Ivar’s Santa Clam at Ivar’s Acres of Clams. Ivar’s famous Dancing Clam will be transformed into Santa Clam, complete with festive holiday garb, for children and families to snap a holiday photo. Santa Clam will appear on three consecutive Saturdays, Dec. 2, 9 and 16, from 12 – 3 p.m. Reservations recommended; call 206-624-6852 or reserve here. 


• Seventh Annual Northwest Winter Beer Tasting at Ivar’s Acres of Clams. One of Ivar's most popular events is back – now in its seventh year – at Ivar’s Acres of Clams on Dec. 7! For just $45, winter libations will be paired with tasty bites from Chef Chris Garr. Featured breweries include: Georgetown Brewing Company, The Pike Brewing Company, Silver City Brewery, Diamond Knot Brewing, Maritime Pacific Brewing Company, Stoup Brewing and Reuben’s Brews -- with more to come. Reserve by calling 206-624-6852 or online.

• Guests can help a child in need this holiday season by granting a wish from Ivar’s Giving Tree, benefiting families at Childhaven. Stop by participating Ivar’s and Kidd Valley restaurants to select a tag from the Giving Tree, and then return the unwrapped gift to the same location by no later than Dec.12. Learn more about Childhaven at childhaven.org

• Behold the Christmas Ship at Ivar’s Salmon House (401 NE Northlake Way). Get a front-row seat to one of the Puget Sound’s favorite holiday traditions. The Argosy Christmas Ship will cruise the waters of Lake Union in front of Ivar’s Salmon House on Sunday, Nov. 26 at approximately 6:35 p.m. Reservations are strongly encouraged; call 206-632-0767.

• Holiday Barbershop Quarters at Ivar’s Mukilteo Landing (710 Front Street, Mukilteo). Returning to Ivar's Mukilteo Landing for a holiday encore, the Kamiak High School Barbershop Quartets will perform a collection of treasured holiday tunes. Join in and sing along or simply lend an ear to the special weekend performances starting at 6 p.m. on Dec. 15, 16, 22 and 23.  

• Ivar’s Salmon House o-fish-ally invites revelers to ring in the New Year like never before! From 9 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. on Dec. 31, Ivar’s New Year’s Eve Party package for $85 includes party favors, unmatched views of Lake Union and the Seattle skyline, and a dinner buffet from Chef James Somerville. Guest can enjoy dancing, live entertainment, a sky aglow with fireworks from the Space Needle and a complimentary glass of champagne for a midnight toast. Reservations required; call 206-632-0767.

• Heat up holiday gift giving with Ivar’s Cookbook! Ivar's Seafood Cookbook: The O-fish-al Guide to Cooking the Northwest Catch is a perfect gift for even the hard to buy for people on this year’s list. The first-ever cookbook from Ivar’s features a collection of 62 fresh Northwest seafood recipes. The book is available at all of our full-serve and Seafood Bar locations.