Monkey Businesses

2016 Holiday Events

  • Nov 25–Jan 1 WildLights

    Where: Woodland Park Zoo,
    5500 Phinney N

    Wild animals and places recreated in hundreds of thousands of sparkling LED lights, real reindeer, faux-snowball fights and carolers, 5:30–9:30 nightly. $9.95 for adults 13 or older, $6.95 for children 3-12, toddlers and parking are free.

  • Nov 26 GloCone Lighting

    Where: Phinney Center,
    6532 Phinney N

    Festivities, refreshments and a child selected from the crowd to "throw the switch" and set the Center's air raid tower aglow. This kick-off to monkey season is free and starts at 5 pm.

  • Nov 27–Dec 7 Giving Trees

    Where: Phinney Center,
    6532 Phinney N;
    Umpqua Bank,
    7120 Greenwood N;
    Nutty Squirrel Gelato,
    7212 Greenwood N;
    Greenwood Senior Center,
    525 N 85th

    Choose a tag from one of four trees, sign it out to pledge your gift, and return the gift, wrapped, to your pick up location by Dec 10. Gifts bring holiday cheer to those in need served by the Broadview Emergency Shelter, Dorothy Day House, Greenwood Food Bank, Whittier Kids, and Whitman Middle School.

  • Dec 1 Tree Lighting, Brew Santa & Bing

    Where: Naked City Brewery & Taphouse, 8564 Greenwood N

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

  • Dec 3 & Dec 4 Winter Festival & Crafts Fair

    Where: Phinney Center,
    6532 Phinney N

    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, 10 am–5 pm both days. $2 to get in if you're a PNA member, $4 if you're not. Children 12 and under are free.

  • Dec 9 Art Up, Chow Down & Monkey Around
    Art Walk & Free Trolley Tour

    Where: On Phinney & Greenwood, N 59th to N 87th

    Hop on and off Emerald City Trolleys cruising Phinney and Greenwood between the zoo and 87th to do the monthly art walk and explore MonkeyWood. Three trolleys run 6–9 pm and two 9 pm–midnight. Trolleys stop at locations marked with A-boards and are free!

  • Dec 9 Jingle Bell Bingo Karaoke

    Where: Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N 85th

    Special holiday edition of the senior center fundraiser for partiers 21 or older. $15 if you're a PNA member, $20 if you're not. Always a sell-out, so make reservations ASAP after they open at 12:01 am Nov 7.

  • Dec 10 Pathway of Lights

    Where: Green Lake

    Music, refreshments and the lake path lit by thousands of luminaria, 4:30–7:30 pm, rain or shine. The event is free, but donations of non-perishables in bins placed around the lake by the FamilyWorks food bank are encouraged.

  • Dec 17 North Pole on the Ridge Food & Toy Drive

    Where: Illumination Learning Studio, 7720 Greenwood N

    Selfies with Santa, holiday crafts, card and ornament making, face painting and gelato, cocoa, cider and treats 10 am–2 pm. Everything is free, but donations of non-perishable holiday foods and new, unwrapped and non-violent toys are appreciated.

  • Dec 17 Caroling Under Gary’s Canopy

    Where: Gary’s Auto Repair, 7418 Greenwood N

    Singalong, led by members of the Phinney Neighborhood Community Chorus, with a fire pit, hot cider and Gary's canopy to keep warm and dry, and song sheets to help with the lyrics. It starts at 5 pm and is free, but a hat will be passed for donations to the Seattle Times Fund for the Needy.

  • Dec 25 Christmas Dinner

    Where: Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N 85th

    Doors open at noon and dinner is served at 1 pm. The dinner is free, but donations are welcome and reservations are required. RSVP to 206.297.0875 by Dec. 16.

December 9: PhinneyWood Phestivus!

Art up, chow down and monkey around Friday, December 9, when the monthly art walk celebrates the neighborhood's glowing primates with its phirst ever PhinneyWood Phestivus! Central to the celebration: Emerald City trolleys running along Phinney and Greenwood between the zoo to 87th, 6 pm to midnight, courtesy of the PNA Business Group, Umpqua Bank and Verity Credit Union.

So circle the date and start making your plans for a little hop on/hop off monkey business!

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. Besides, who doesn’t love a monkey?

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 would 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

Red Monkey Specials

Where you spot red monkeys that don't change color during monkey season, the business is offering something special. For details, just walk in and ask!



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