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Free (and nearly free) Christmas, Chanukah and other holiday fun in Seattle


This time of year brings endless ways to spend money, but fortunately, getting into the holiday spirit need not be one of them. Check out our list of holiday happenings that won’t cost a thing (or at the very least, a few bucks). And remember, you can filter our Family Fun Calendar to find free events any time of year! 




Gingerbread Village. Seattle architectural firms and Sheraton Seattle culinary staff team up to design, bake and build fantastic gingerbread creations. 24 hours daily through Jan. 3. FREE, donations accepted for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Sheraton Seattle Hotel lobby, Downtown Seattle. gingerbreadvillage.myevent.com

Reindeer Festival. Visit reindeer Dasher and Blitzen, and Curly the camel, plus see a model train layout in a Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer theme. 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Dec. 23, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 24. FREE. Swansons Nursery, Seattle (Blue Ridge). swansonsnursery.com

Seattle Center Winterfest. Connect to the spirit of the season with activities and entertainment through Dec. 31 including Winter Train and Village (10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, closes 4 p.m. Dec. 24, closed Dec. 25), performances, ice skating (through Jan. 3), and more. See online for schedule. FREE, fee for ice skating. Seattle Center Armory and Fisher Pavilion, Lower Queen Anne. seattlecenter.com/winterfest 

Teddy Bear Suite. Visit a festively decorated suite filled with teddy bears of all sizes. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays through Sundays (and Dec. 24), through Dec. 27. Admission by suggested donation, benefiting Seattle Children’s Hospital. Fairmont Olympic Hotel, Downtown Seattle. fairmont.com/seattle

Holiday Carousel. Ride the Holiday Carousel at Westlake. Various hours through Jan. 1 (closed Dec. 25, see schedule online). Suggested donation $, benefits Downtown Seattle Association and Treehouse. Westlake Center, Downtown Seattle. downtownseattle.com

Snow Show. It snows nightly in the four-story atrium of Pacific Place. 6 p.m. through Dec. 31 (no show Dec. 25). Entertainment schedule online. See Santa on the second level. FREE. Pacific Place, Downtown Seattle. pacificplaceseattle.com



Holiday Carousel, Ice Rink and Train. Ride the carousel or skate on a synthetic ice rink daily through Jan. 3 ($). A holiday train takes guests around the center during mall hours Fridays through Sundays, through Dec. 20 ($). Ice rink 3 to 8 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays; carousel and train during mall hours. Redmond Town Center, Redmond. redmondtowncenter.com

Bellevue Magic Season: Snowflake and Celebration Lanes. It snows nightly on a parade of live toy soldiers and other characters, music and a light show. Snowflake Lane 7 p.m. daily through Dec. 24, Celebration Lane performances Dec. 26-31. FREE. Sidewalks of Bellevue Way and Northeast Eighth Street, Bellevue. snowflakelane.com


Saturday, December 19


Fun with Frosty. Meet Frosty the Snowman, plus enjoy crafts, games and a magic show. Noon to 3 p.m. through Sun. FREE. Country Village, Bothell. countryvillagebothell.com

Freestyle Christmas Lights Cruise. Classic cars, trucks and motorcycles all decked out in lights will cruise a loop around downtown Snohomish. 6 to 7 p.m. FREE. First Street and Avenue D. historicdowntownsnohomish.org


Monday, December 21


Snohomish Riverside Candlelight Walk. Celebrate the winter solstice with a walk on the Snohomish River Trail, illuminated by luminarias placed by volunteers. 4 to 7 p.m. FREE. Riverside Trail, downtown Snohomish. historicdowntownsnohomish.org


Tuesday, December 22


Christmas Ship Music and Bonfire. Warm up near a bonfire and listen as the Argosy Christmas Ship makes a stop offshore. Scheduled to perform 9:05 to 9:25 p.m. FREE. Meydenbauer Beach Park, Bellevue. bellevuewa.gov 

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