Best Christmas Markets in Seattle
With Seattle being a hot-bed for creativity and artistry, it’s no wonder that the city is filled with markets and festivals every Christmas. And what better way to spend time with loved ones, shop for that perfect gift, or just fill yourself the spirit of the holidays than to spend a few hours roaming through one of these fantastic celebrations. We’re highlighting some of the best Christmas markets in and around Seattle this year. Rest assured, there is no shortage of displays and activities to check out this holiday season.
This brand new indoor light festival has been making waves around the world and for the first time ever, it’s coming to Seattle. Start a new family tradition with loved ones as you explore interactive light gardens and illuminated structures. Delectable food and festive, seasonal drinks will satisfy that craving for something sweet. With interactive lights that change colors, your Instagram feed will be filled with only the best. Enjoy a leisurely ride around Lumaze on their trackless train and stop to enjoy some live entertainment while you sip on some cider or mulled wine at their licensed bar.
The impressive vendor market hosts over 30 local artisans and businesses. You’ll be sure to find that perfect gift as you roam the aisles. This indoor winter wonderland happens from November 29th to January 4th and is sure to become one of Seattle’s most popular Christmas traditions. Don’t wait! Grab your calendar and book your visit. You won’t regret it.
Enchant Christmas at Safeco Field
Home to the Seattle Mariners, from November 22 to December 29th, Safeco Field will be transformed into an incredible Christmas Light Maze, resembling something out of your favourite holiday children’s book. Wind your way through this luminescent land, with twists and turns, and larger-than-life sculptures built out of decadent lights while picturesque snow falls around you.
If you are in the need to check off that holiday gift list, visit the newly curated Christmas Market featuring over 40 local artisan vendors with unique gifts and crafts. The ice skating trail, lined by impressive light displays will fill you with the romance of the season. Finish your evening off with a warm beverage, live entertainment, or even a visit with Santa. The festival runs from November 22—December 29 with tickets ranging in prices.
Sheraton Grand Gingerbread Village
For a completely unique experience that will totally capture your imagination and sweet tooth, visit this Seattle staple. Each year, a team of local architects, chefs, and children collaborate to build beautiful and structurally impressive gingerbread creations, raising funds for those with type 1 diabetes (over $1 million raised thus far!).
8,000 volunteer hours and thousands of pounds of dough, icing and candy go into creating this event which has been running since 1992. Fostering community spirit and good cheer, it has become a long-standing tradition that warms the heart and fills those who visit with child-like wonder and the unbelievable creations. With this year’s theme as “Welcome to Whoville!” one can only imagine the handiwork awaiting visitors. Running from November 23rd to January 1st.
Bellevue’s Snowflake Lane
Bellevue Collection has been known to host a number of different holiday events each season at its year-round shopping centre, but this nightly parade down Bellevue Way is sure to warm even the coldest of hearts.
Adopting the name of Snowflake Lane, the area is lined with over 180 stores and a delightful presentation of holiday events and decorations. Fake snowfall, magical twinkling lights, and live entertainment are the cherry-on-top of this month-long celebration running each night at 7 PM from November 23rd to December 24
Seattle Center Winterfest
As soon as Thanksgiving ends, The Seattle Centre magically converts into its annual Winterfest running until the end of December. With miniature villages, ice sculptures and a rink, and attractions for all ages, this month-long celebration has become a favourite for Seattle locals looking to feel the spirit of the season each year.
With seasonal outdoor lighting under the warm glow of the space needle, enjoy live performances from professional entertainers and inspiring student showcases. The traditional Dickens’ Carollers will take you to a time gone by with their authentic sound and classic songs. This uplifting, 5-week fun-filled celebration is exactly the thing you and your family will be looking for. Top it all off by ringing in the New Year on New Year’s Eve with a spectacular firework display, dance party, and live music. Running from November 29th to December 31st.