Monkey Businesses

Red Monkey Specials

A red monkey that doesn't change color during monkey season means a business is offering something special. For details, just walk in and ask!

Monkey Lowdown

Over 200 LED-lit monkeys brighten Phinney and Greenwood each year from 59th to 87th, from Thanksgiving to New Year’s.

The monkeys, along with the Phinney Center’s air raid tower GloCone, were the brainchildren of the PNA Business Group and brought to life in 2014 with the help of the Greenwood Arts Council, a grant from the city’s Department of Neighborhoods and hundreds of volunteer hours. (Check out this video of a monkey being born!)

Why monkeys? Because they’re fun and unique, and they complement WildLights at the Woodland Park Zoo, draw visitors to the neighborhood and, through their fostering fees, generate money the business group uses to sustain the troop and seed other community projects.

If you're a PNA Business Group member, your business is on Phinney or Greenwood between 59th and 87th or on 85th near Greenwood, and you'd like to foster a monkey in 2016 or you're a regular PNA member so enamored of the monkeys that you'd like to own your own, email



Share your monkey photos with the #pnamonkeywood hashtag.

Contact the humans behind the monkeys and GloCone at

2016 Holiday Happenings

Everything monkey in and around Phinney Ridge and Greenwood, updated weekly.

November 25–January 1 WildLights

Wild animals and places created in over 600,000 sparkling LED lights, Santa, carolers, real reindeer and faux-snowball fights. 5:30–8:30 nightly at the Woodland Park Zoo.

Saturday, November 26 GloCone Lighting

Festivities, refreshments and a child chosen to "throw the switch," setting the air raid tower aglow and kicking off monkey season. Free at the Phinney Center starting at 5 pm.

Thursday, December 1 Tree Lighting, Brew Santa & Bing

15,000 holiday lights, a twenty-five foot tree, photos with the real Brew Santa and delicious Bing Spiced Cherry Ale at Naked City Brewery & Taphouse. Everything's free but the ale, and the fun starts at 6 pm.

December 3–4 Winter Festival & Crafts Fair

A holiday shopper's paradise with more than 110 vendors, live ongoing entertainment on two stages, a quilt raffle, bake sale and lunch items for sale at the Phinney Center. 10 am–5 pm both days.

Friday, December 9 PhinneyWood Phestivus

The monthly art walk expanded to celebrate the neighborhood's glowing primates. Free Emerald City trolley rides along Phinney and Greenwood between the zoo and 87th, 6 pm–midnight, courtesy of the PNA Business Group, Umpqua Bank and Verity Credit Union. Art up, chow down and monkey around!

Friday, December 9 Jingle Bell Bingo Karaoke

Special PhinneyWood Phestivus edition of the monthly event, 7–10 pm at the Greenwood Senior Center for partiers 21 or older. Always a sell-out, so make reservations ASAP after 12:01 am Nov 7.

Saturday, December 10 Green Lake Pathway of Lights

Music, refreshments and the path around the lake lit by thousands of luminaria, 4:30–7:30 pm, rain or shine. Free, but donations of non-perishables in bins placed around the lake by the FamilyWorks Food Bank are encouraged. More details on facebook.

Saturday, December 17 North Pole on the Ridge Food & Toy Drive

Selfies with Santa, holiday crafts, card and ornament making, face painting and gelato, cocoa, cider and treats at Illumination Learning Studio, 10 am–1 pm. Everything's free, but donations of non-perishable holiday foods and new, unwrapped and non-violent toys are appreciated.

Saturday, December 17 Caroling Under Gary’s Canopy

Sing-along led by members of the Phinney Neighborhood Community Chorus at Gary's Greenwood Auto Repair. Gary's canopy to keep dry, a fire pit and hot cider to keep warm, and songsheets to keep everybody singing the same lyrics. The sing–along starts at 5 pm and it's free, but a hat is passed for donations to the Seattle Times Fund for the Needy.

Sunday, December 25 Christmas Dinner

Doors open at noon and dinner is served at the Greenwood Senior Center starting at 1 pm. Dinner is free, but donations are welcome and reservations are required. RSVP to 206.297.0875 by Dec. 16.