Seattle Christmas

Holiday Events and Activities 2013

On our Seattle Christmas and Holiday events calendar we include activities related to Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Eve.

You'll find holiday lights, caroling, gingerbread houses, ice skating, and lots more.

Many are Northwest traditions such as Macy's Holiday Parade and PNB's Nutcracker ballet.

There's also Dicken's A Christmas Carol at the ACT Theatre, the Holiday Carousel at Westlake Center, the Christmas Ships, and Handel's Messiah at Benaroya Hall.

It wouldn't be a Seattle Christmas without them!

Pike Place Market -
Holiday Sweets at Pike Place Market

Half Price Tickets to Holiday Events

Goldstar offers half-price tickets to all kinds of holiday events including live theater, concerts, comedy, tours, Argosy cruises, and more.

  • A Child's Christmas in Wales
  • The Long Christmas Dinner
  • Leavenworth Christmas Lighting Festival
  • Holiday Parade of Lights Festive Dining Cruise
  • Argosy Cruises Holiday Dinner Cruise
  • The Wizard of Oz
  • lots more...

Festivals of Light

November 20 - December 31
$6.50 - $7.50
Seattle Children's Museum
Seattle Center

Learn about winter holiday traditions around the world such as Diwali, Hanukkah, Santa Lucia, Christmas, and Kwanzaa.

Festival of Trees

November 23 - December 4
Fairmont Olympic Hotel, 411 University St.

A display of beautifully decorated Christmas trees, each with its own theme and style, and each dedicated to a patient at Seattle Children's Hospital.

Trans Siberian Orchestra - "The Lost Christmas Eve"

Saturday, November 23
3:00pm and 8:00pm
KeyArena, Seattle Center

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Mannheim Steamroller Christmas

Sunday, November 24
Paramount Theatre
911 Pine St.

Get Mannheim Steamroller tickets for up to half off at Goldstar!

21st Annual Gingerbread Village

Sheraton Seattle Gingerbread Village

November 26 - January 1
Open for viewing 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Sheraton Seattle Hotel, 1400 Sixth Avenue

Local architecture firms team up with the Sheraton Seattle culinary team to design, bake, and build amazing gingerbread creations. Vote for your favorite.

A Christmas Carol - ACT Theatre

Photo: Chris Bennion

November 29 - December 29
ACT Theatre, 700 Union St.

This classic story of Ebenezer Scrooge, hope, and redemption, is one of Seattle's favorite holiday traditions and definitely a must-see. Suitable for ages 5 and up. Tickets sell out, so buy yours early.

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A(n Improvised) Christmas Carol

November 29 - December 28
Market Theater at Pike Place Market

Based on audience suggestions, this timeless tale of Charles Dickens' Ebenezer Scrooge gets all sorts of hilarious new twists and turns -- and each show is different. Another Unexpected Productions masterpiece.

Le Club Noel

Photo by Erik Stuhaug

November 29 - December 28
Taproot Theatre
204 N 85th St.

Step into a 1930’s Parisian Cabaret and fall under the spell of Le Club Noel, where the band is hot and the songs sung by a beautiful chanteuse. Together they create music to awaken love in the coldest of hearts. With money scarce, and WWII on the horizon, this close-knit band of musicians reminds us that Christmas has always been a time for miracles.

Get your half-price tickets to holiday events!

Bellevue Magic Season Ice Arena

Seattle Christmas - Magic Season Ice Arena
Photo Credit - The Bellevue Collection

November 29 - January 12
NE 1st St. and 102nd Ave NE, one block south of Bellevue Square
Admission $12 (includes skate rentals for all ages, including toddlers)

An open-air frozen water ice skating rink in Bellevue Downtown Park. It does have a cover overhead, however, so don't let the rain stop you. Free skating lessons on select evenings, onsite skate sharpening, and food concessions are also available. Stroller skating is every Thursday from 2-3pm (12/26,1/2, and 1/9 from 10-11am).

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Christmas Ships Festival

November 29 - December 23
Schedule and Info

The Argosy Christmas Ships Festival has been a holiday tradition in Seattle for 63 years. Each night the Christmas Ship sails to different Puget Sound waterfront communities. On board, choirs sing 20-minute performances broadcast over a speaker system. On shore, people gather around bonfires to watch the flotilla arrive. You can sail on board the Christmas Ship or one of the Parade ships that follow, join a group on shore, or add lights to your own boat and become part of the floating parade.

etsyRAIN Handmade Holiday Show

Friday, November 29 and Saturday, November 30
11am - 5pm
Elliott Hall in the Bell Street Cruise Terminal at Pier 66
Admission is free

A bigger venue, more vendors and the biggest shopping day of the year add up to the BIGGEST craft show in etsyRAIN history. More than 100 hand-selected vendors will be selling their wares on two floors of the lobby. This event is free to the public and promises the best selection of unique, high-quality, locally handmade gifts, art and treats.

Macy's Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting Celebration

Friday, November 29
Parade begins at 9:00apm
Tree Lighting at 5:00pm
Downtown and Westlake Center

This is a Seattle holiday tradition and one of the highlights of the season. The Holiday Parade starts on 7th Ave, marches down Pine Street and University Street, then heads north to end at Macy's across from Westlake Center. Decorations are up, and the Holiday Carousel is operating. The official lighting of Westlake Center's Holiday Tree and Macy's Star is at 5pm. The evening ends with a fireworks display. It's one of the most fun days of the year to be downtown. We always went early so we could get a hot latte and find a good place to stand along the parade route. My kids loved it!

Give an Experience this Christmas!

  • Space Needle
  • Pacific Science Center
  • Seattle Aquarium
  • Experience Music Project
  • Argosy Cruises Harbor Tour
  • Woodland Park Zoo OR The Museum of Flight

I recommend the Seattle CityPASS  - it will save you 45% off these 6 attractions, plus you can skip the lines. You'll save money if you go to at least four.

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Pacific Place Winter Wonderland

November 29 - December 31
Noon - 7pm
Snowfall at 6pm daily
Pacific Place
Sixth Ave and Pine Street

Santa's Wonderland, daily through Dec. 24. Holiday entertainment on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and every day the week before Christmas.

Snowflake Lane

Seattle Christmas - Snowflake Lane
Photo - The Bellevue Collection

November 29 - December 24
7:00pm Nightly
Bellevue Way and NE 8th St, Bellevue

This is a beautiful display of holiday lights, music, drammatic drumming from live toy soldiers, magical snow, and characters including a Snow Queen and King, and Sugar Plum Fairies along the sidewalks of Bellevue Way and NE 8th St.

Teddy Bear Suite

November 29 - December 24
11am - 5pm Monday to Thursday
10am - 7pm Friday to Sunday (and Christmas Eve)
Fairmont Olympic Hotel, 411 University St.

A beautiful display of teddy bears and children's books. Donations are accepted to benefit Seattle Children's Hospital.

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Toyland Village Lighted Holiday Display

November 29 - January 1
Until 10pm daily
Waterfront Park, Pier 57-59, 1201 Alaskan Way

Larger-than-life illuminated lighting sculptures of your favorite childhood toys!

Wildlights at Woodland Park Zoo

November 29 - January 4
5:30pm - 8:30pm (Closed on Dec. 24 & 25)
Adults: $9.50
Children ages 3-12: $6.50
Toddlers 2 and under: Free
N. 50th St. and Phinney Ave. N

Wildlights features wild animals and places created with thousands of sparkling LED lights. There willl be indoor and outdoor displays, food, entertainment, and two real live visiting reindeer, Lucky and Christi . The zoo's historic carousel will be open for rides.

Winterfest at Seattle Center

November 29 - December 31
Winterfest Info
Seattle Center

Six weeks of free and affordable, fun-filled activities and entertainment. Visit Center House - displaying its winter finest - or explore the enchanting Winter Train and Village. The Ice Rink returns (through Jan. 1), along with music and comedy, jazz and dance, cultural celebrations, ice sculpting, fireside singing, student showcases, the Dickens Carolers, and lots more.

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November 29 - January 5
5pm - 9pm
$7.50 online at
$8.75 at the gate
Age 2 and under free
Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium
5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma

Lights display and light sculptures of animals and local landmarks such as the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. Every Tuesday and Wednesday night of Zoolights at 6pm, you can see Santa scuba dive with the sharks.

Garden D'Lights - Bellevue Botanical Gardens

November 30 - January 4
5pm - 10pm
$5, ages 10 and younger free
Tickets go on sale Oct. 31 at
12001 Main St., Bellevue

Avoid long lines by purchasing tickets online ahead of time. Free nights are Nov. 26, 27, 28, and 29, and Dec. 3, 4, 5, and 6 - first come, first served.

Magic in the Market

Saturday, November 30
Extended hours until 8pm
Pike Place Market

Holiday photo booth with Santa, tree lighting ceremony, holiday card crafting featuring original art from Graig Anderson, seasonal beverages, Dickens Carolers and Great Figgy Pudding caroling teams perform, and more.

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Nutcracker - Pacific Northwest Ballet

November 30 - December 29
Pacific Northwest Ballet
McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St, Seattle Center

The world's most recognized and celebrated production of Nutcracker with choreography by Kent Stowell and performed by Pacific Northwest Ballet. The sets and costumes were designed by children's author Maurice Sendak and they are amazing. This is a Seattle holiday tradition.

Play it Again, Santa - Seattle Men's Chorus

November 30 - December 22
Benaroya Hall
200 University St.

Santa Train 2013 - Northwest Railway Museum

Courtesy Northwest Railway Museum

Nov. 30; Dec. 7 & 8; Dec; 14 & 15; Dec. 20 & 21
$20 per person and a ticket is required for each person 2 years of age and older.
North Bend Depot, 205 McClellan Street, North Bend

Board the train at the North Bend Depot for a 20-minute, 3.5-mile trip to Snoqualmie. There visitors will enter the historic Snoqualmie Depot for a visit with Santa Claus. Children will receive a small gift from Santa. Then enter the restored railway kitchen car for coffee, hot chocolate, and cookies. There will be a little time to visit local shops and attractions before boarding the train for the return trip to North Bend. Visit for more info.

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Deck The Hall Ball

Tuesday, December 3
KeyArena, Seattle Center

Sponsored by radio station 107.7 The End, the lineup includes The Killers, M83, Metric, The Lumineers, Passion Pit, AWOLNation, Grouplove, Of Monsters and Men, and The Joy Formidable.

A Child's Christmas in Wales & The Long Christmas Dinner

A Child's Christmas in Wales at Stone Soup Theatre

December 5 - December 24
Stone Soup Theatre
4029 Stone Way N

One of the most enduring holiday memoirs, Dylan Thomas's "A Child's Christmas in Wales" recreates the nostalgic magic of Thomas' childhood Christmases in South Wales during a time when everything seemed brighter, better and more alive. "The Long Christmas Dinner" journeys the lives of several generations of the Bayard family, and some of their Christmas dinners.

It's Your Wonderful Life

December 5 - December 21
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
$15 General Admission
$12 Students/Seniors/Military
Wing-It Productions
5510 University Way NE

One volunteer from the audience takes the stage each night to find out what their life would be like if they'd never been born. A unique, audience-driven improvisational play based on Frank Capra's classic "It's a Wonderful Life".

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Hilltop Holiday Crafts Show

December 5 - December 7
Tuesday - Friday 10am - 8pm
Saturday 10am - 5pm
Free admission and parking
Northwest Arts Center, 9825 NE 24th St., Bellevue

Annual craft show featuring thousands of handmade works from more than 80 selected Northwest crafters and designers.

Holiday Pops - "Home for the Holidays"

December 5 - December 8
Benaroya Hall
200 University St.

Jeff Tyzik leads the orchestra and special choral guests in a festive collection of seasonal favorites, served up with plenty of wit and warmth for all ages. From classical classics to traditional Christian hymns to songs about sleigh rides and a certain red-nosed reindeer, this concert will delight everyone from ages 5 to 95.

Half-price tickets available here!

Scrooge: The Musical

December 6 - December 22
7:30pm; 2pm on Sundays
Seattle Musical Theatre
Magnuson Park Community Center, 7120 62nd Ave NE

The timeless story of Ebenezer Scrooge told with a fabulous musical score and dance numbers. This is a winner.

Half-price tickets are available at Goldstar as of this writing, so be sure to check there first when buying tickets.

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Great Figgy Pudding Street Caroling Competition

Friday, December 6
5-6pm - Pre-show entertainment on main stage
6:15-7:15pm Caroling teams compete on the streets
7:30-8:30pm - Main stage sing-off and awards
Free; Suggested donation $10/person
Pine Street from 3rd to 7th Avenues and at Westlake Park, 401 Pine St.

A holiday tradition that attracts almost 10,000 people each year. More than 40 caroling teams sing on street corners in and around Westlake Center. The top teams then compete on the Figgy Main Stage.

Gingerbread Lane

December 7 - December 20
Hilton Hotel Bellevue, 300 112th Ave SE
Family Gingerbread Workshops, Dec. 12-15
Awards, Auction and Family Concert, Dec. 14

A display of gingerbread houses and structures created by local architectural firms and KidsQuest Children's Museum. Sign up for workshops at

Redmond Lights

Saturday, December 7
Noon - 8pm
Redmond City Hall
15670 NE 85th St., Redmond

Start at Redmond City Hall Plaza with live music, refreshments, kids activities, and a holiday tree lighting ceremony with the Mayor of Redmond. Then walk along the West Sammamish Trail and enjoy carolers and lots of holiday decorations. End up at Redmond Town Center where you'll enjoy music, food, and entertainment.

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Snow Train to Leavenworth's Lighting Festival

Seattle Fun - Snow Train to Leavenworth
Snow Train at

December 7 - December 21
$179 per person, Children are 10% discount
Alki Tours, 6417A Fauntleroy Way SW
800-895-2554 or

Each Saturday in December Alki Tours offers a rail tour to Leavenworth, a quaint Bavarian Village in the Cascade Mountains. Passengers board the train at King Street Station, Edmonds Station, or in Everett. The train winds through the Snohomish Valley and then ascends majestic Steven's Pass. Along the way passengers enjoy a catered continental breakfast and onboard entertainment including strolling musicians, commentators, magicians and of course Santa! Near the 4000 foot summit, the train transits the Cascade Tunnel - the second longest in North America. At approximately 12:30pm, the train rolls to a stop in Leavenworth. Leavenworth is dressed to the hilt for the holidays with chestnuts roasting on an open fire, carolers strolling the streets, food booths, sleigh rides, local crafts, outdoor entertainment and more. At dusk everyone gathers to sing "Silent Night" and witness the grand tree lighting as it transforms the village into a magical holiday wonderland! Afterwards, passengers reboard the train and enjoy a catered dinner on the return trip.

Goldstar has half-price tickets to this wonderful Christmas tradition!

Winter Wonderland Family Saturday - Seward Park

December 7 - December 21
10am - 3pm
Seward Park Environmental and Audubon Center
5902 Lake Washington Blvd. S

A truck-drawn haywagon ride around Seward Park leaves hourly. Other activities include hot chocolate, cider, and making holiday arts and crafts.


Saturday, December 7
10am - 4pm
SW 152nd Street in Downtown Burien

Celebrate the holiday season with free horse and carriage rides, hay rides, hot treats, and a chance to shop locally with in-store specials.

Seattle Restaurant Coupons and Discounts

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Yule Tide Concert

Saturday, December 7
$15 General; $12 Seniors, Youths, Members of Northwest Seaport and Center for Wooden Boats
Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1215 Thomas Street

Ring in the holiday season with a blend of maritime and holiday tunes. Enjoy festive performances by some of the Northwest’s finest maritime musicians, including The Whateverly Brothers, Tania Opland & Mike Freeman, Kat Eggleston, Tom Rawson, and Watch the Sky, in the beautiful atmosphere of this old church. A gift bazaar including maritime books and CDs will be available during intermission.

Green Lake Pathway of Lights

Sunday, December 8
5pm-8pm; Rain or shine
Green Lake Park, 7201 E Green Lake Dr. N

The 2.8 mile path around the lake is lit by luminaria with musicians and treats along the way.

Family Gingerbread Workshops

Thursday and Friday, from 6:30-8:30pm
Saturday at 9:30-11am, 12:30-2pm, and 2:30-4pm
Sunday at 10:30am-12:30pm
$40 or $45 per family
Hilton Hotel Bellevue, 300 112th Ave SE

All materials for building your own gingerbread creation are provided. Enjoy snacks and cider while you work. Sign up at

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The Nutcracker - Olympic Ballet Theatre

Olympic Ballet Theatre's The Nutcracker

December 14 - December 22
Everett Performing Arts Center and Edmonds Center for the Arts

Olympic Ballet Theatre presents its exciting full-length traditional production of The Nutcracker featuring a growing christmas tree, a booming cannon and the audience favorites, Mother Ginger and her Buffoons.

Goldstar has half-price tickets to this holiday favorite.

Winter Celebration Animal Enrichment - Woodland Park Zoo

Sunday, December 15 and Monday, December 16
11:00am - 2:00pm
Woodland Park Zoo
N. 50th St. and Phinney Ave. N

Watch the animals munch on holiday-themed treats such as wreaths with fruit, evergreen trees with ornamental fruit, boughs, and wrapped boxes.

Go Tell It on the Mountain: The Blind Boys of Alabama Christmas Show

Tuesday, December 17
Benaroya Hall
200 University St.

One of the South's most storied and influential vocal groups, the Blind Boys of Alabama return to Benaroya Hall with their Grammy-winning Christmas show.

Half price tickets here!

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"Cirque Dreams: Holidaze"

December 20 - December 22
Friday & Saturday, 7:30pm
Saturday & Sunday Matinees at 2:00pm
Paramount Theatre
911 Pine St.

Half price tickets for Holidaze available at Goldstar, so check there first!

Handel's Messiah

December 20 - December 22
Friday, 8pm
Saturday, 1pm and 8pm
Sunday, 2pm
Benaroya Hall
200 University St.

A Seattle tradition, Handel's Messiah performed by Seattle Symphony and Chorale, plus distinguished soloists.

Half price Handel's Messiah tickets available to one performance as of 11/13.

The Bobs After Christmas Holiday Show

Sunday, December 29
$10 - $23
Triple Door, 216 Union Street

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New Year's Eve Party with Shelley & the Curves

Tuesday, December 31
Cocktails at 6pm; Dinner at 7:30pm; Music and dancing 9pm - 1am
Ticket info at
Best Western Executive Inn, 200 Taylor Ave N

This party features a great view of the Space Needle fireworks at midnight.

Resolution 2014

Tuesday, December 31
7:30pm - 3am
18yrs old and up
WaMu Theater
CenturyLink (Qwest) Field Event Center, 1000 Occidental Ave

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This is not an exhaustive list! But the Seattle Christmas and Holiday Events Calendar will give you lots of ideas and choices to help you celebrate the season!

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