Reoccurring Events - Holiday Events

Sheraton Seattle's Gingerbread Village

For 25 years, Seattle has embraced the Sheraton Seattle’s Annual Gingerbread Village benefiting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. As a tribute to the city, the theme for the Sheraton Seattle Hotel’s 25th Annual Gingerbread Village is 25 Years of Cheer: A Celebration of Seattle. The hotel invites visitors to stroll through Seattle’s cobblestone past and glimpse into its future, reflecting on what makes the city special.

Lumaze: Lost in Lights - A Fairytale Christmas

Laugh, stroll and play under the twinkle of a million lights as you explore light gardens and illuminated structures. Let the playgrounds entertain the kids for hours, while you kick back at the licensed bar and enjoy some seasonal beverages, delicious food, and live music. Shop our vendor market, showcasing the best local artisans and boutique businesses, alongside delicious food and drink options.

Lumaze is an indoor Christmas festival that is brand new to Seattle! Under the Glow Gardens umbrella. Lumaze will be at Seattle's Smith Cove Cruise Terminal at Pier 91. Get ready to get lost in lights! It's all the magic and wonder of an outdoor festival, hosted inside our cozy and spacious venues.

Various times and dates through January 4, 2020. $15-20 for tickets, kids 3 and younger are FREE. Purchase tickets for staggered start times to avoid crowds. See website for dates and times, some are already sold out.

Smith Cove Cruise Terminal at Pier 91,

2001 W Garfield Way, Seattle, WA 98199

The Festival of Trees and Teddy Bear Suite (downtown Seattle)

If you are in to Teddy Bears, you really should check this out.

Winterfest at the Seattle Center

Check out he Winter Train and Village and other holiday stuff at the Seattle Center. Then take the light rail to the carousel in Westlake Park.

Snowflake Lane At The Bellevue Collection

Don’t miss Snowflake Lane at The Bellevue Collection, our magical evening performance for the entire family. It’s a holiday spectacle of live toy soldier drummers, exhilarating music, animated snow characters, glittering lights all surrounded by snow falling every night along Bellevue Way, between NE 8th Street and NE 4th Street.

Winterfest Ice Rink in Fisher Plaza

Leavenworth Christmas Lighting Festival and Christkindlmarkt

From Thanksgiving through Valentine’s Day this small town in the alp like mountains of Washington State comes alive with millions upon millions of Christmas lights and joyous Christmas lighting ceremonies on the first three weekends of December every Saturday and Sunday at 4:30PM.

Garden d'Lights (Bellevue)

Native Art Market

Shop for handmade items from Native American artists, including clothing, drums, art prints, woodworking and more, plus food vendors.

Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center

5011 Bernie Whitebear Way

Seattle, WA 98199

Teddy Bear Suite & Child-Sized Gingerbread House

A hotel suite is magically transformed into a teddy bear wonderland for kids and parents to enjoy, by professional designer Kevin Bradford, In the Grand Motor Entrance, the hotel erects a Life-Sized Gingerbread House to delight the imagination.

​Donations appreciated to benefit uncompensated care at Seattle Children’s Hospital and the Seattle Children's Autism Center.

Fairmont Olympic Hotel

411 University St.

Seattle, WA 98101

Bellevue Downtown Ice Rink

Skate, glide and slide into the holiday season at the region’s largest open-air ice skating experience.

$15 admission (includes skate rental), $10 admission for ages 8 years and younger. Times vary daily; check the website.

Bellevue Downtown Park

10201 NE 4th Street


Swanson Nursery Reindeer Festival

They have Reindeer locked up in pens, a cool model train set, Santa and Christmasy stuff for sale. This makes for a nice holiday nearby day trip.

Swanson’s Nursery

9701 15th Ave NW, Seattle, WA, 98117


Snowzone at PacSci

Enjoy the holiday season at PacSci’s SNOWZONE. Experience the magic of winter step into an artistic light and sound installation by Lusio Lights. SNOWZONE features falling snow and twinkling lights to create a mystical atmosphere. Snow also means snowball fights! Challenge your friends and family to an epic snowball fight, build a fort, or dance among the lights, snow, and sounds of winter. The Abominable snowman will also be making special appearances for the perfect Winter photo-op! Snowball fights take place 3 times per day at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Holiday Express Train and Poinsettia Display

Watch the train's winding journey through the poinsettias and around the winter vintage display. The Express train will be open for viewing during regular Conservatory hours, Tuesday through Sunday, 10am-4pm. Regular Conservatory admission pricing applies.


Winter lights festival at Woodland Park Zoo, featuring wild animals and places recreated in thousands of LED lights. Indoor and outdoor displays, some animals on view (including reindeer) and more.

Holiday Craft Market

Gift-seekers can browse the handcrafted offerings of Urban Craft Uprising artisans in a unique setting. The Holiday Market is open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from Nov. 23 to Dec. 23. Fridays and Saturdays, Noon to 7 p.m. Sundays, Noon to 5 p.m.

Westlake Park

401 Pine St.

Seattle, WA 9810

Horse-drawn Carriage Rides

Make your way through Occidental Square in style with free horse-drawn carriage rides from Gala Carriage Co.’s Jane and Annie. Free crafting activities, letters to Santa, live music and hot cocoa.

Occidental Square

117 S. Washington St.

Seattle, WA 98101

Winter Wonderland at Redmond Town Center

Create smiles and holiday traditions this season at Redmond Town Center’s annual Winter Wonderland holiday festival. Shop, dine and enjoy a myriad of magical activities and events. The whole family will enjoy spirited rides on the polar express train and horse carousel. Take a twirl on the synthetic skating rink. Visit Santa’s workshop for photos. Take the younger ones to princess story time. Spread holiday joy with help from over 125 premier stores, restaurants and entertainment venues. Guests enjoy free parking all season.

Open daily through Jan. 5. FREE. Hours vary, check website for mall schedule.

Redmond Town Center

7525 166th Ave NE

Redmond, WA 98052

Santa Train

"Ho, ho, ho!" and "Chug, chug, chug!" This unique holiday tradition has been ongoing in Snoqualmie for 49 years. Beginning November 30, families can take a holiday train excursion aboard Santa Train to visit Santa Claus at the historic Snoqualmie Depot. Music, fresh-baked cookies from coal-fired ovens, hot cocoa and fresh coffee, and a small gift for each child.

The two-hour holiday celebration takes place Nov. 30-Dec. 1, Dec. 7-8, Dec. 14-15, and Dec. 20-21. Friday, December 20 is the Victorian Santa Train. Various times offered, check website for availability. $28.

North Bend Depot

205 E McClellan St

North Bend, WA 98045

Burke Museum Daily Winter-Themed Activities


-Let it snow! Make a paper snowflakes to take home or decorate the winter scene.

-Use the winter-themed activity sheet to learn about how local animals survive the cold winter months.

-Create an Ice Age holiday card for a loved one.

-Ice Age themed playtable with mammoths, mastodons, sloths, and tigers

-Cozy up at our dramatic play hearth where kids (and adults!) can pretend to create a winter meal using local ingredients.

-Get up close to winter collections and speak with Burke researchers at Collections Open Door programs on weekends

Plus, double up on the fun with extra activities over Thanksgiving weekend and school break! From November 29 – December 1, and December 26 – January 5, additional activities include:

11 AM daily: Arctic Storytime with touchable objects from the Burke’s education collections

2–3 PM daily: Experience the frigid waters of the arctic and see how arctic animals have adapted to handle these extreme conditions with a blubber glove experiment.

Burke Museum

4300 15th AVE NE

Seattle, WA 98195

Holiday Craft Market

Gift-seekers can browse the handcrafted offerings of Urban Craft Uprising artisans in a unique setting. The Holiday Market is open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from Nov. 29 to Dec. 22. Fridays and Saturdays, Noon to 7 p.m. Sundays, Noon to 5 p.m.

Westlake Park

401 Pine St.

Seattle, WA 98101

Argosy Christmas Ship

Argosy Cruises Christmas Ship™ Festival is a ship-to-shore holiday celebration that has been a Northwest tradition for 70 years. The Spirit of Seattle, the Official Christmas Ship™, is decorated with hundreds of shimmery white lights and sails to different Puget Sound waterfront communities – around 65 in all. Choirs on board the Christmas Ship™ perform to guests aboard, to follow boats and to communities gathered on shore. Various dates and times through Dec. 23. Many are already sold out

Kids (3 and under): Free

Youths (4-12): $29-68

Adults (13+): $42-68

Pier 55

1101 Alaskan Way

Seattle, WA 98101

Enchant Christmas

The world's largest Christmas light maze, with food, a Christmas market, Santa's Landing, a kid zone, and much more.

Various dates and times through Dec. 29. Purchase tickets for entry times between 4 and 10 p.m. $15-33. Ages 3 and younger are FREE.

T Mobile Park

1250 1st Ave S

Seattle, WA 98134

Snow Day at Lake Union: Light Display

Experience Snow Day's immersive lighting display in Denny Park, on display through Jan. 20.

Located in Seattle's South Lake Union, Denny Park is between Denny Way & John St, and between Dexter Ave & 9th Ave. The park is open to the public from 4am to 11:30pm daily. It is recommended to come at dusk, and the lights can be seen from anywhere nearby. There is free parking on most streets after 6 p.m. FREE.

Denny Park in South Lake Union

100 Dexter Ave N

Seattle, WA 98109


Candy Cane Lane Ravenna 47.670028,-122.305468

Olympic Manor 47.690922,-122.385417 North Beach/Blue Ridge

Kerry Park Viewpoint 211 W. Highland Drive Seattle, WA 98119

Des Moines Holiday Tree Lighting Dec 7

Google Lights Dec 7 Kirkland

Mountlake Terrace Tree Lighting Ceremony Dec 7

Twinkle Twinkle Freeway Park Dec 7 Downtown

Green Lake Pathway of Lights Green Lake Dec 8

Santa's Lights Tour Pioneer Square Dec 8

Holiday in the Park Capitol Hill

SAM Lights Belltown

Snow Day in Denny Park Queen Anne

Christmas Lighting Festival Leavenworth

Evergreen Lights Bothell

Snowflake Lane Bellevue

The Lights of Christmas Stanwood

Garden d’Lights Bellevue

Seattle Holiday Lights & Lore Tour Downtown

Wild Waves Holiday with Lights Federal Way

Enchant Christmas Sodo

Family Christmas Spectacular West Seattle

Keener Christmas Bothell

Clam Lights Renton

WildLights Woodland Park

Zoolights Tacoma