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Lots of events will be a little different this year, like Snowflake Lane in Bellevue. Photo: Snowflake Lane

Seattle-area holiday events, 2020

What is on, what is off, what is different for 2020. Happy holidays!

2020: The year when holiday events will look a little different but will still feel special. Here’s what we know about what’s going on around Seattle, and what has changed.

Check back for more holiday events. We’ll be updating often.

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Downtown Seattle: The traditional day-after-Thanksgiving parade will not happen, and the tree lighting will be virtual this year. (Bonus: No crowds! No freezing!), airing on KIRO-TV and streaming live on Facebook at 5 p.m. Friday. Things to see in person: Holiday Lights and Delights, lights sculptures in Westlake Park, where there also will be daily food trucks.

A little farther south in Pioneer Square, the Alliance for Pioneer Square and LUSIO are lighting up the neighborhood with a winter public-light art experience. The self-guided tour runs through Jan. 14, 2.021. Here’s where to find the lights, which will shine from 4 to 8 p.m. daily. There’s also a selfie contest, and merchants are offering free parking on weekends with a purchase. There’s also a 17-foot sparkly tree in Occidental Square.

Sorry, no holiday carousel this year. It is a major fundraiser for Treehouse, the agency that does so much for kids in foster care. Here are ways families can help this year. Also no Gingerbread Village at the Seattle Sheraton. Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund hopes to resume it in 2021 (and always could use your support in the meantime.)

holiday events 2020If Seatte’s Fairmont Olympic Hotel was among your holiday traditions, you can see the Festival of Trees through the window this year, and the fun Teddy Bear Suite, a benefit for Seattle Children’s, will take over Facebook beginning Nov. 21.


Snowflake Lane, the popular Bellevue holiday spectacular, will be a little different this year. There will be no live show, but organizers promise: “every night along Bellevue Way see twinkling lights, hear holiday music and just like in the Northwest … it might magically snow!” It can be seen from 5 to 9 p.m. each evening (Nov. 27-Dec. 24), either on foot (wearing masks, please) or from the comfort and safety of your car.

Garden d’Lights, the popular Bellevue Botanical Garden event, will not happen this year.

Issaquah Artisan Market: Take a fun excursion to Issaquah, support hardworking local artists and get great, unique gifts for loved ones! The Market, in the Rogue Building at 35 W. Sunset Way, is open noon-6 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday; and noon to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday until the end of the year. Distancing and mask-wearing are expected.

There’s also a holiday shop in Issaquah’s Historic Shell Station, 222 Front Street N.; hours are noon to 6 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.



More holiday news in Seattle’s Child:

How will Santa visits work in 2020? Here’s what we know

Ways families are making the holidays extra special this year

Holiday light displays around the Puget Sound area

ZooLights 2020: Outdoor holiday fun at Tacoma’s Point Defiance

New for 2020: WildLanterns at Woodland Park Zoo || Parent review of WildLanterns


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Julie Hanson

Julie Hanson is the website editor for Seattle's Child. She is a longtime journalist, South King County resident and mom to a 12-year-old girl.