13 things to do in Seattle this week

We’ve got a sing-along, a local gift guide, and a few ways to say hello to the first official day of winter.

Tune in to the Electoral College: Normally we don’t pay a lot of attention when our electors make official the results of Election Day, but this election was anything but normal. A number of people may turn out to witness — or protest — the official vote. [Watch the meeting here at TVW starting at noon.]

Get inspired by Seattleites who have overcome hate: Local leaders from communities of color and the LGBTQ community will talk about how they’ve survived different types of violence like transphobia and bigotry to institutionalized racism. [Capitol Hill]

Peruse the Punk Rock Flea Market: It’ll be the very last thing to happen at the V2, formerly a big Value Village, before the whole building gets torn down. [Capitol Hill]

Geek out on that galaxy far, far away: A filmmaker and film score aficionado will talk about the making of the Star Wars series. [Fremont]

It’s the darkest day of the year. ❄️ Mark the official start of winter with events at UW Botanic Gardens or in Redmond, Phinney Ridge, Fremont, or Capitol Hill.

Wrap up your holiday shopping with local gifts: Here’s a list of several local holiday markets from The Stranger, and a roundup of gift ideas from Northwest startups, designers, and makers in this GeekWire gift guide by Monica Nickelsburg.

Watch ‘Love Actually’ in a covered (and heated) beer garden: Bring the kids — it’s all ages. [Ballard]

Sing-along to Christmas-themed music videos at Central Cinema: Tickets are selling out, so hurry. [Columbia City]

Watch the grand finale of the classic Christmas Ship Festival. Expect lots of boats, lots of lights, and lots of singing. Tickets to ride the boats are sold out, but here’s a map of their route if you want to watch from shore. [Gas Works Park]

Hey hey hey it’s the holidays! See some live ice sculpting at Winterfest [Seattle Center], check out the WildLights at the zoo [Woodland Park Zoo], stop by Latkepalooza [Capitol Hill], have a fancy dinner at our spinning SkyDeck [Space Needle], watch the Seahawks play the Arizona Cardinals in Seattle on Saturday at 1:25 p.m. PT, or just do nothing at all, because it’s been a hell of a year, and you deserve it. ?