Seattle's Most Festive Holiday Events
Wintertime in Seattle is one of the most spectacular times of year to visit. The mountain ranges in the distance are coated in bright blankets of snow, holiday lights are sparkling all over the town, and the city itself is full of fun and festive activities to partake in. Take your family on an Emerald City winter adventure this year and discover some of the most exciting events around with our Seattle Holiday Event list.
WildLanterns is holiday lights taken to a whole new level. All your favorite zoo animals in the form of bright blow-up lanterns positioned in their natural habitats lantern-style. This very artsy spin on zoo lights is definitely worth a visit, and something your entire family will look forward to on your winter visit to Seattle.
When: Nov. 12, 2021 – Jan. 30, 2022
Where: Woodland Park Zoo - 5500 Phinney Ave
Winterfest is back at the Seattle center! With five weeks of holiday activity taking over the town, discover amazing performances, winter train and village rides, ice sculpting, spectacular lighting displays, and so much more.
When: Nov. 26, 2021 – Dec. 31, 2021
Where: Seattle Center - 305 Harrison Street
Christmas Ship Festival
Whether you’re watching from the bay or on board the Argosy Cruise ship itself, admire Puget Sound’s shimmering season and gaze upon hundreds of bright lights and holiday decorations.
When: Now – Dec. 23. 2021
Where: Seattle Locations Vary
The Botanical Garden in Bellevue is about to get a whole lot more whimsical. Admire over half a million sparkling lights in the shapes of flowers, wildlife, trees, and even cascading waterfalls. Download the Critter Map and pursue this natural and seasonal wonderland.
When: Nov. 27, 2021 – Dec. 31, 2021
Where: Bellevue Botanical Garden - 12001 Main St, Bellevue
Santas are coming to town! Join the parade and watch the town be painted red and white with hundreds of people dressed as jolly old saint nick. Listen to live music and entertainment, enjoy special holiday drinks, and participate in one of the most wonderful events of the year.
When: Dec. 11-12, 2021, Dec. 18-19, 2021
Where: Downtown Seattle; Locations Vary
A Christmas Carol
It’s your favorite Christmas story appearing right before your eyes. With 25 shows appearing in Seattle during the winter season, check out the beloved Charles Dickens’ Yuletide tale at ACT’s stage in Seattle, and revel in the holiday spirit in the form of performing arts.
When: Dec. 7-26, 2021
Where: ACT Theater - 700 Union Street
Treat you and your family members to an amazing holiday experience at the Washington State Fair. Ice skate around, take a spin on the merry-go-round, or ride on the Santa Express Train. With all sorts of holiday activities, rides, food, and shopping, you won’t want to miss out on this very festive fair.
When: Dec. 10-31, 2021
Where: Washington State Fair - 110 9th Ave SW, Puyallup