Top 9 Christmas Events in Seattle

Lumaze Seattle

You can experience a magical holiday festival at Lumaze Seattle. Located at the Smith Cove Cruise Terminal starting on November 29th to January 4th, Lumaze Seattle features an indoor festival space with plentiful activities for the whole family. There are sparkling light gardens and illuminated decorations on display to dazzle the eye. Partake in some tasty treats and drinks while you explore. Don’t forget to help Santa save Christmas on an interactive adventure while you’re there.

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Christmas Ship Festival

Christmas Ship Festival 2019

From November 29 to December 23, you can bring your family to the Argosy Cruises Christmas Ship Festival. This holiday tradition has been around since 1949 and features a brightly decorated Christmas ship parade that swims through local waterfront neighborhoods around Puget Sound and Lake Washington. The lights aren’t the only interesting aspect; there are also live choirs performing carols on the deck of the main Christmas Ship. You can enjoy the parade from the shore or get tickets to board the ship itself to experience the festivities from the best possible seat.

Sleigh Ride

Leavenworth Sleigh Ride and Christmas Lights Festival

If you like a traditional Christmas experience, sign up for this 7 AM journey that begins with complimentary breakfast snacks. You’ll board a sleigh ride adventure that leads into the Cascade Mountains all the way to Red Tail Farm. Warm wool blankets will let you enjoy the scenery without becoming too chilly, and your sleigh will be pulled from local Belgian, Suffolk Draft or Percheron horses. Once you reach the ride’s end, you’ll partake in a cup of hot chocolate and take pictures of the horses before heading to the authentic German town of Leavenworth. Here, you can enjoy live outdoor entertainment and purchase handcrafted food and beverages or browse local artisans’ wares. It’s a phenomenal day trip activity for couples and families alike.

Christmas Marketplace

24th Annual Magic in the Market

Starting Saturday, November 30, come visit the annual Magic in the Market Festival at the Pike Place Market, the world-famous starting point for the Starbucks coffee brand. At this festival, you can enjoy hot chocolate along with coffee and take pictures with Santa. There are even more activities in this free-to-the-public party, including cookie decorating, festive music from local performers, and a tree lighting ceremony at the end each night.

John Waters Christmas Brochure

A John Waters Christmas

Stop by the Neptune Theatre for a comedy performance by the legendary filmmaker John Waters, known for flicks like “Hairspray” and “Female Trouble”. At this raunchy gathering, you’ll delve deep in the mind of John Waters and his interesting takes on the holiday spirit. This comedy special is meant for adults only, so this is an ideal date for couples of all ages – so long as the kids are at home with a babysitter! Be sure to RSVP quickly if you want to attend, as seats are limited and tickets are first-come, first-served.

Seattle Festival of Trees

Seattle Festival of Trees Celebration

This 40+ year tradition continues in 2019, making it an ideal event for anyone who appreciates Christmas trees in all shapes and sizes. Over 20 Christmas trees will be displayed at the Seattle Fairmont Olympic Hotel between November 24 to December 4. Each tree will have a unique theme and decorative style, making it a perfect spot to choose your style for the tree you plan to set up in your living room. In addition to all the decoration on display, the event includes free cookies, hot chocolate, and cider, plus several holiday gifts and extra food items for sale.

Symphony Orchestra

Seattle Symphony Holiday Pops

Music aficionados and orchestra nerds should definitely consider this performance from the world-famous Holiday Pops program. This year’s performance takes place at Benaroya Hall and is conducted by Jacomo Bairos. He’ll be assisted by the University of Washington Chorale, and the performance will include holiday classics and traditional Holiday Pops favorites that you might recognize from attending previous Pops performances. Nothing beats listening to music played well by professionals, so bring your family and friends for a relaxing evening out while basking in musical bliss.

Kid with Teddy Bears

Teddy Bear Suite

The Fairmont Olympic Hotel in downtown Seattle hosts the Teddy Bear Suite. Ride the elevator up from the hotel lobby and you’ll step into a wonderland of teddy bears of all shapes and sizes. This extravagantly decorated suite features hundreds of bears that are perfectly sized for children younger and older. Best of all, the bears are free to play with! This kid’s paradise is sure to supercharge their imagination and likely result in a teddy bear ending up on their Christmas list. The Suite is open every day, including Christmas, and has a spot for optional donations to the Seattle Children’s Hospital. Be sure to stop by with your kids if you need something free and fun to do on a day off.

Gingerbread Village

Gingerbread Village

The downtown City Centre building hosts the Gingerbread Village each year. This event is distinct from other holiday traditions in that the overall theme changes each year. Gingerbread houses and statues are created by local architects and culinary staff working together to wow visitors. The village is open 24 hours per day during the holiday season, offering you plenty of opportunities to check out the scrumptious works of art on display. Just be careful; you might be more tempted to take a bite out of a house than you think!

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