Best Family-Friendly Christmas Activities in Seattle

When the month of December arrives in Seattle, the entire city lights up with festive illumination. You will quickly see everyone enjoying a red-cup Starbucks and doing their Christmas shopping. As the November rain dissipates, you will want to find family-friendly Christmas events in Seattle to enjoy. We’ve got the list that will keep you busy night and day.

Lumaze Family Christmas

Lumaze Seattle

When you head to this family-friendly indoor wonderland, you are immediately swept away by the lights and fairytale experience. This year, you and the kids get to help Santa save Christmas. With the interactive light gardens, daily live entertainment and illuminated structures, you won’t know what to look at first. After you immerse yourself in all of the lights, grab a bite to eat and gulp down a festive drink. In total, the family will experience a million sparkling lights and will want to do it all over again.

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Gingerbread Castle

Gingerbread Village

If you visit Seattle, you can’t leave before visiting Gingerbread Village. It’s one of the best events happening near the City Center building. Every year, local architects join together to create true wonders, unlike anything you’ve ever seen. The culinary staff from the Sheraton also makes sure that the gingerbread and candy get the love it deserves. You can make a donation to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund and show your children that Christmas is about giving.

Christmas Carousel Seattle

Holiday Carousel

If you plan to spend any time downtown, you’ll want to check off the carousel on your to-do list. This wooden carousel features some extravagant animals that your kids will be thrilled to ride. The lights make it look magical. In between the carousel rides, make sure you get some of your shopping done. There’s also a complete list of events happening at Westlake Park for more entertainment. All proceeds from the Holiday Carousel go to charity so you can have a good time and feel great. When you are all done, make the short walk over to the Pike Place Market.

Winterfest Seattle


You know that you will be spending lots of time at Seattle Center during this busy season. This month-long event is held directly underneath the Space Needle. Make sure you check out the Winter Train and Village during your visit. There’s even the chance that you will get to play with the controls. Throughout the month, you will find numerous groups and schools putting on musical performances on the Seattle Center Armory stage. Obviously, the most popular choice is a real family favorite, The Nutcracker, taking place on the McCaw Hall. You can also stop by the Seattle Children’s Theater for several adaptions.

Christmas Lights in Seattle

Lights of Christmas

If you need another month-long event to take the kids to, you won’t regret Lights of Christmas. At this display, you will see more than a million lights across the 15 acres of property. It’s the largest display in the area. If the lights weren’t spectacular enough, you will also have fun taking pony rides or hopping on the train. Of course, the kids won’t want to leave without seeing Santa, so make that a priority. Then, enjoy some entertainment, visiting the petting zoo and enjoying some fun snacks. When you are done sightseeing, get some of your holiday shopping behind you.

Christmas Ship

Christmas Ship Festival

Argosy Cruises decorates their ships and visits 45 communities during the holiday season. You can book a ticket to get on a boat, or simply watch from the shore. On the Christmas Ship, you also get to experience the on board community choir, kids crew craft corner and a reading of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. Make sure you enter to win two round-trip tickets in the Alaska Airlines raffle. You never know when you will be lucky.

Of all the events happening in Seattle this Christmas, which one has been your favorite? We want to hear from you – leave us a comment letting us know what event gets you in the holiday spirit.


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