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What is Seattle’s Figgy Pudding Caroling Contest?

Paris Nguyen explores the highlights of this quirky tradition in downtown Seattle.

December 9, 2016

Can’t get enough of Christmas carols this time of the year? Apparently neither can almost 10,000 people in Seattle. That’s how many attendees flooded the downtown streets on Dec. 2 to hear almost 40 caroling groups sing, dance and perform sing-a-longs at the 30th Annual Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition. Groups receive donations that act as votes to bring the top two finalists on the main stage for a carol-off at the end of the evening. All money raised goes to the Pike Market Senior Center and Food Bank. You can still make donations to this worthy cause online.  

Paris Nguyen gives us the rundown of the event:

We also got the chance to go behind-the-scenes for a sneak peek at two of the caroling groups rehearsing for the big event.

The Sugarplum Elves:

The Warm 106.9 warm ups:



Paris Nguyen

Paris Nguyen is Spark Public's entertainment writer/reporter. He is a writer and journalist who specializes in entertainment news. He graduated from the University of Washington in 2013, majoring in psychology and cinema studies. With a passion for all things film-related, Paris spends the majority of his free time exploring the expansive world of cinema. When not munching on popcorn in a dark theater, Paris enjoys cycling, rock climbing and feebly tossing a frisbee in the general direction of other humans. Paris grew up in Issaquah, Wash., where he developed a deep fondness for hiking and pronouncing the name of his hometown incorrectly.

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