SOURCE: Ivar's


November 15, 2011 17:00 ET

All Is Clam, All Is Bright: Ivar's Warms Up Holidays With Festive Happenings

Annual Ivar's Clam Lights, Santa Clam Visits and New Year's Festivities Among Ivar's Schedule of Special Events to Celebrate the Season

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - Nov 15, 2011) - Ivar's brings a glow to the holidays this year with festive entertainment and special offerings throughout the entire month of December. From family-friendly activities like the annual Clam Lights and photos with Santa Clam, to a celebratory New Year's Eve party and lavish New Year's brunch buffet, Ivar's offers fishtastic fun throughout the entire season.

For those looking to give a gift of the Northwest, Ivar's offers gift cards perfect for dining at more than 25 Ivar's full service restaurants and Seafood Bars. In the spirit of giving back, Ivar's will give diners an additional $5 for every $25 on the purchases of Ivar's gift cards, so $100 gift cards are actually worth $120. To purchase Ivar's gift cards, visit any Ivar's restaurant (excluding stadium locations) or purchase on and receive free shipping.

Ivar's complete line up of holiday events include:

  • 18th annual Ivar's Clam Lights lighting ceremony at Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park in Renton. Park greenery, holiday scenes and Ivar's famous Dancing Clams will be covered in thousands of twinkling lights! Official lighting ceremony is Friday, Dec. 2 at 6:15 p.m., then lights run nightly 5 - 9 p.m. through Jan. 1. Free and open to the public. For more information on Ivar's Clam Lights visit Ivar's website.

  • Salmon-chanted New Year's Eve Party at Ivar's Salmon House at North Lake Union (401 NE Northlake Way). Revelers can enjoy spectacular waterfront views and clamtastic entertainment along with a buffet dinner to ring in 2012. Dinner and party is Dec. 31 beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets are $50 per person and reservations are required (206-632-0767). To purchase visit

  • Behold the Christmas Ships at Ivar's Salmon House at North Lake Union (401 NE Northlake Way). One of the best spots for viewing Argosy Cruise's Christmas Ship Festival is found at Ivar's Salmon House, where diners can watch the boats float by in spectacular fashion. The Opening Night ships run Dec. 1 (approximately 8 - 8:20 p.m.) with Parade Finale on Dec. 23 (approximately 9:45 - 10:05 p.m.).

  • New Year's Day Brunch at Ivar's Salmon House at North Lake Union (401 NE Northlake Way). Start the New Year off right with Ivar's acclaimed seafood buffet brunch! A Northwest tradition, the spread features dozens of hearty dishes including Alder-roasted Salmon, Cracked Dungeness Crab, Freshly Shucked Pacific Oysters, a carving station with Prime Rib, made-to-order Omelets, Waffles, Pasta Bar and much more to round out the holiday celebrations. Plus, mimosas and special cocktails will be on hand. Brunch is from 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 1. Price is $29 for adults, $15 for children and children under five are free. Reservations are encouraged (206-632-0767).

  • Pose with Ivar's Santa Clam at Ivar's Acres of Clams (Pier 54, 1001 Alaskan Way). Ivar's famous oversized Clam will be dressed in Santa garb for children and families to snap a fishy holiday photo. Santa Clam appears Dec. 3, 10 and 17, from 12 to 3 p.m.

  • Nutcracker at the Pacific Northwest Ballet
    Enjoy the season's most-loved ballet, the Nutcracker, at 15% off by dining at any of Ivar's restaurants (excluding stadiums) throughout Washington state now through Dec. 27. Stop by Ivar's Acres of Clams, Ivar's Salmon House, Ivar's Mukilteo Landing or Ivar's Seafood Bars (excluding stadiums) to receive a coupon for select seasonal performances at Seattle's Pacific Northwest Ballet.

Along with Ivar's special events, Ivar's Acres of Clams, Ivar's Salmon House, Ivar's Mukilteo Landing and select Ivar's Seafood Bars will host a Giving Tree filled with tags of gift requests from families in need from Childhaven. Started in 1909, Childhaven is a statewide advocate and national model in the treatment and prevention of child abuse and neglect. Guests are encouraged to adopt-a-child or family, purchase the items and bring the unwrapped gifts back by December 12, just in time for Santa to deliver them on Christmas Day. For more information on Ivar's Giving Tree and participation locations visit

For full details on Ivar's holiday line-up, including locations, hours and pricing visit

About Ivar's
Ivar's Seafood Restaurants began on Seattle's waterfront in 1938. Today, there are 22 Ivar's fast casual Seafood Bars, three walk-up Fish Bars and three full-service restaurants: Ivar's Acres of Clams, Ivar's Salmon House and Ivar's Mukilteo Landing. Ivar's Seafood, Soup and Sauce Company markets and sells its award-winning soups, chowders and sauces both nationally and internationally. The company also operates various regional stadium concessions including Safeco Field, CenturyLink Field, Husky Stadium, KeyArena and the Comcast Arena at Everett. Learn more at

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