Another delightful staycation has opened our eyes to yet more facets of this multilayered city—and this one felt especially merry and bright. Although there are enough festive wintertime happenings to fill every December day, here’s an itinerary you may choose to follow if you find yourself downtown for a short-and-sweet 24 hours.

Celebrating 25 years of park passion for Mount Rainier, North Cascades, and Olympic National Parks

National Parks at Benaroya will be a spectacular musical and visual presentation celebrating Washington’s National Park Fund’s 25th anniversary. Washington National Park Fund is partnering with Northwest Symphony Orchestra (NWSO) on Thursday, October 24th, and will feature beautiful musical compositions coupled with lovely imagery of our state’s national parks.

A sensational Swede returns this August—and other can’t-miss shows.

Daniel Norgren—an otherworldly “Swede with soul”—is returning to the U.S. this summer, and we couldn’t be more thrilled. This incredible talent will be back at Pickathon in early August (a dream come true), before heading up to Ballard’s Tractor for two shows (with Phil Cook) on August 7 and 8. Tickets for both performances go on sale today at 10 a.m.; they sold out last year, so we recommend jumping onboard ASAP!

When is the last time you went to the symphony?

Benaroya Hall is a beautiful and majestic venue that many of us hardly visit. Native Seattleites might remember when they took a grade school field trip to watch the symphony perform years ago. Those who are newer to the city may have never been, but many state that they’ve “been meaning to go”. The Seattle Symphony has something for everyone, offering a variety of programs, from casual and short to more sophisticated and slightly longer to family friendly.