Holiday events and activities around the Seattle area
Bellevue Botanical Garden
Here's a rundown of holiday events and display that happen pretty much every day (or evening). Be sure to always check our listings for special one-time or limited-engagement activities, but then come back to this one when you have an unexpected free day or the weather's good or you're just feeling festive.
Winterfest Train and Village Explore a turn-of-the-century village and train in a wintertime setting. Kids can take turns controlling the model train. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today through Dec. 31. Seattle Center Armory, Lower Queen Anne.
Enchant: A World of Christmas Wonder: Safeco Field is transformed into a holiday wonderland. Enjoy a light maze, ice skating trail, holiday market, Santa visits and nightly musical entertainment. Event runs through Dec. 30. Tickets start at $20; free children 3 and younger.
Christmas Ship Festival: Various times and locations across the Puget Sound Region
This ship-to-shore holiday celebration that has been a Northwest tradition since 1949. The Spirit of Seattle, the Official Christmas Ship, is decorated with hundreds of shimmery white lights and sails to different Puget Sound waterfront communities – around 65 in all. Choirs on board the Christmas Ship perform to guests aboard as well as to Follow Boats and to those communities gathered on shore. Check the website for schedule and locations.
Gingerbread Village: These huge, intricate gingerbread creations – designed and built by Seattle architecture firms and Sheraton Seattle culinary staff – are inspired by Dr. Seuss’ “Whoville.” 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. through Dec. 20; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 21-27; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 28-Jan. 1. Sheraton Grand Seattle, downtown Seattle.
Holiday Express Train and Poinsettia Display: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday, through Jan. 1, Volunteer Park Conservatory, Seattle.
Watch the Holiday Express Train's winding journey through the poinsettias and around the winter vintage display. Regular Conservatory admission pricing applies.
Wild Lights at Woodland Park Zoo: 5:30-8:30 p.m. daily, Nov. 23-Jan. 5, 2019. (Closed December 12, 24 & 25.)
Seattle's wildest holiday lights festival returns with sparkling lights, faux snowball fights, up-close animal encounters, hot chocolate and family delights. Buy tickets before Dec. 13 to get a better deal.
Snowflake Lane: 7 p.m. nightly through Dec. 24). Bellevue Way Northeast between Norhteast Eighth and Northeast Fourth Streets. FREE
There are nightly snow flurries on a parade of live toy soldiers and other characters in Bellevue. Come watch a brilliant light show and listen to the festive music. The event runs daily through Dec. 24. Free parking available in nearby garages.
Shop, dine and enjoy myriad magical activities and events, including rides on the polar express train and carousel. Take a twirl on the synthetic skating rink, visit Santa’s workshop for photos, and watch holiday performances on Center Stage.
Ivar’s Clam Lights: Renton’s holiday light display shines nightly through Jan. 1. 5 to 9 p.m. Gene Coulon Beach Park.