Experience the magic of Christmas to the full! Here is a list of must-see places in and around Seattle!
From November 23rd to January 1st, you can admire at the Sheraton Seattle the “Gingerbread Village”; benefitting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. It has been a tradition since 1992. For this 27th celebration, a talented team of local architects, Sheraton Grand Seattle chefs and children are come together to create gingerbread creations to raise funds.
Admission is free, but donations are welcome. Sheraton Seattle, 6th Avenue a Seattle
Seattle Festival of Trees
From November 23rd to December 26th, admire about twenty ornate designer trees in the lobby and driveway of the Fairmont Olympic Hotel during the annual Festival of Trees. The funds will be raised for the benefit of Seattle Children’s Hospital. A fun family outing for all ages.
In the gardens:
A festival of twinkling lights, fake snowball fights, new light displays, and encounters with wild and wonderful animals. The Holiday Light Show at the southern entrance of the zoo will now be open for the duration of WildLights.
Hot chocolate and delicacies for everyone, from November 23rd to January 5th.
Garden d’Lights at Bellevue Botanical Garden
From November 30th to December 31st, take a stroll in the garden and admire more than half a million sparkling lights placed throughout this beautiful garden; thousands of lights are used to create fanciful forms of plants, birds, animals, and waterfalls. (Every night from 4.30 pm-9:00 pm).
Christmas Carol Argosy Cruise
The boats of Argosy Cruises will be decorated with lights from November 29rd until December 23rd for the annual Christmas parade. Over the course of the month, the ships will visit 65 communities around Lake Washington and Puget Sound.
If you do not wish to embark, from the shore you can watch as the festive ships pass by, enjoying Christmas carols and community bonfires.
In the streets:
Bellevue: Christmas Parade in the center of Bellevue: Snowflake Lane
Every evening at 7pm until December 24th, whatever the weather, attend a 20-minute joyful parade of toy soldiers and princesses, accompanied by lively music, percussion, musicians, sparkling lights and snowfalls.
Ice Skating Trail in T-Mobile Park
T-Mobile Park is abandoning baseball facilities for ice skating from November 22 to December 29.
The stadium is transformed into a labyrinth of lights. You can skate on an ice track of about 900 square metres to music. The skating rink is a loop that symbolizes a floating river set in a world of light sculptures, Christmas trees and illuminated arcades.
A Christmas market is also held with various vendors, from interior decoration to jewellery and gourmet dishes.
Downtown Bellevue Ice Rink
Throughout the holiday season, from November 29 to January 20, enjoy one of the few outdoor rinks in downtown Bellevue.
Throughout the season the ice rink will host family skating events including Free Skate Mondays, Stroller Skate Thursdays, offer skating lessons with professional instructors (tuition $40), and other exciting holiday attractions.
Happy Festive Season!