Here in the Pacific Northwest we're lucky to have so many great, local events that'll get you and your whole family in the holiday spirit!
So bundle up, grab the kids, and don't forget the cocoa, because Christmas time is here all around our beautiful state!
Let's have some winter fun!
Holiday Carousel presented by King 5 benefiting Treehouse
November 29 -January 1 2014
4th and Pine Streets, Seattle
Bring the entire family to Westlake Park and experience the illuminated whirling and twirling tradition of the Holiday Carousel presented by KING 5. Net proceeds benefit the work of the Downtown Seattle Association and Treehouse, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to giving foster kids a childhood and a future. Learn more at www.treehouseforkids.org.
Holiday Carousel Hours of Operation*
Monday-Thursday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Monday-Thursday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Friday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
*Dates and times subject to change due to inclement weather or other unforeseen conditions.
**Carousel will open after the Macy’s Holiday Parade, close at dusk for the lighting of the Westlake Center Holiday Tree and Macy’s Star, and reopen after the event.
Families are invited to stroll through a forest of uniquely decorated trees, meet Santa, enjoy holiday music, and have some carnival fun at the free "Christmas Carnival" on December 2nd from noon-8pm! Plus, join Shellie "Jingle Bell" Hart as she reads a classic children's Christmas book!
Plus, don't miss the "Silver Bells Luncheon" on December 3rd featuring a spectacular holiday fashion show (by reservation) and the gala and auction on December 4th (by reservation)--all at the Westin Seattle
For more information, please call 206-938-2788 or reserve online at www.Providence.org/OTrees.
A Christmas Carol
In their 38th annual production of Dickens' classic tale, the grouchy 19th-century tightwad Ebenezer Scrooge makes the Grinch look like Mother Teresa. Make this your best holiday yet - and join Scrooge on his transformational journey with the ghosts of Christmases past, present, and future.
Gather your family and friends for this bona fide holiday ritual. Downtown Seattle will be all dressed up in our holiday finery for fun before and after performances. Do some holiday shopping, get your picture taken with your favorite Santa or ride the carousel.
RUNNING TIME: 90 MINUTES
In consideration of other audience members and for the safety of all, we ask that children attending A Christmas Carol be at least 5 years old and all audience members must have their own ticket and occupy a seat. Sorry, no babes-in-arms.
- Date(s): November 29 - December 29, 2013
- Location: Downtown Seattle
- Venue: ACT Theatre In The Allen Theatre
- Contact Phone: 206-292-7676
- Time Info: Varies by date
- Price Info: $27.00-$65.00
November 29 -December 31 2013
305 Harrison St., Seattle
A wonderland of glistening lights, child-sized diversions and spirited entertainment brightens Seattle Center through the twilight of the year. Stroll the grounds, Nov. 29 – Dec. 31, and you’ll find Seattle Center Winterfest, with the timeless Winter Train & Village, Winterfest Ice Rink, and lively weekend performances. Plus, opening day features The Dickens Carolers, The Most Awesome Variety Show Ever and Keith Highlanders Pipe Band from 11am – 3pm in the Seattle Center Armory for FREE.
Seattle Center Winterfest, part of Holidays in Seattle, is sponsored by Coca-Cola, T-Mobile, Seattle Weekly, City of Seattle and Seattle Center Foundation.
For more information, visit SeattleCenter.com/Winterfest.
www.pnb.org or 206.441.2424 for tickets
For information on a special discount ticket offer from Warm 106.9, click here!
Making magic, memories, and very lovely snowstorms for 30 years, Pacific Northwest Ballet’s one-of-a-kind Nutcracker is the Northwest’s favorite holiday tradition. Audiences of all ages are delighted by 200 dazzling dancers, gigantic moving scenery, a full orchestra playing Tchaikovsky’s famous score, and a Christmas story for all ages.
Choreography: Kent Stowell
Music : P.I. Tchaikovsky
Scenery & Costumes: Maurice Sendak
Lighting Design: Randall G. Chiarelli
Nutcracker Fun Facts
- This is the 30th season of the Stowell/Sendak Nutcracker.
- 220 students dancers from PNB School will perform in Nutcracker this year.
- Founding Artistic Director, Kent Stowell and author/illustrator Maurice Sendak collaborated on PNB’s unique Nutcracker production.
- Over two million people have seen PNB’s Nutcracker.
- The women dance through 500 pairs of pointe shoes in one Nutcracker season.
- More than 200 pounds of snow (fire-proof confetti) fall in the Snow Scene.
- Sendak’s scenery includes 115 props, including: a 27-foot Mouse King made of 17 moving parts, and a two story 950-pound Christmas tree with 1,000 miniature light bulbs.
- Over 190 costumes are worn for one production of Nutcracker.
- Up to ten ballerinas will perform the title role of Clara each season.
Celebrating its 30th birthday this season, Pacific Northwest Ballet can proudly lay claim to the world's most recognized and celebrated productions of Nutcracker. The brilliant result of close collaboration between PNB Founding Artistic Director and choreographer Kent Stowell and renowned children's book author and illustrator Maurice Sendak, PNB's Nutcracker premiered to national acclaim in December 1983. To date, over two million people have attended PNB’s Nutcracker.
Join Ebenezer Scrooge as he is taken on a magical journey of redemption that will forever change the future of Christmas in London Town. You'll experience an unforgettable presentation of dancing, singing, amazing lights, a live orchestra and flying stunts—with magical snow at the end of every show.
This rendition of Charles Dickens' classic, A Christmas Carol, is a must see!
Shows run Thursday through Sunday, December 12-22 with prices ranging from $11-$17.
To purchase tickets and for more information, visit ChampionsCentre.com/Scrooge!
Venue: Argosy Cruises
When: FRIDAY NOVEMBER 29th, 2013 - MONDAY DECEMBER 23rd, 2013
(departure times vary by date)
Who: All ages
Price: Youth $12.25-$35.62, Adults $25.25-$84.65
Where to call: 888-623-1445
Holiday traditions in the Northwest start on the water with Argosy Cruises. The Argosy Cruises Christmas Ship festival is a holiday celebration that has been a Pacific Northwest tradition since 1949. Every year, the Argosy Christmas Ship sails to different Puget Sound waterfront communities, over 45 in total. Choirs onboard sing 20-minute performances to these communities, all broadcast via state-of-the-art speaker system. On shore, thousands of people gather around roaring bonfires anticipating the arrival of the Christmas Ship.
Join us aboard the Christmas Ship™ or one of the Parade ships that follow, or join with friends and neighbors to gather together for your own caroling tradition. If you own your own boat, feel welcome to add lights to your vessel and join in the festival and help form the largest holiday floating parade in the world! (We also have an option aboard our dinner boat the Royal Argosy, for those looking for a full meal and a private dining table.)
Argosy Cruises is proud to donate a portion of all ticket sales to benefit The Seattle Times Fund For The Needy, an annual program that raises money for several charitable organizations in the Puget Sound area.
Visit ArgosyCruises.com to book online or for more information.
Join Figgy Emcees Mark Christopher "Claus" and Shellie "Jingle Bell" Hart for the The 27th Annual Holiday Celebration Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition on Friday, December 6th from 5-8:30pm at Westlake Center in Downtown Seattle!
The biggest single music holiday event of the season and a critical fundraiser for the Pike Market Senior Center & Food Bank, The Great Figgy Pudding Street Corner Caroling Competition kicks off the month of December with a singular evening of entertainment enjoyed by more than 9,000 spectators every year.
1,000 carolers and dozens of caroling teams sing their hearts out on downtown Seattle street corners and in an around Westlake Center beginning at 5 pm. The top caroling teams compete for crowd favor and prizes for the most donations raised, best choral performance, most creative team and people’s choice. Those nominated compete in a sing-off on the Figgy Main Stage.
While you're there, stop by the Warm 106.9 tent to enter for your chance to win an overnight stay at The Edgewater Hotel!
Warm 106.9 invites you to join us for the 29th Annual Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis, happening on Sunday, December 8th at Westlake Center!
Seattle's Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis is a fun and festive way to kick off your holidays by helping others. Wear a holiday themed costume. Tie jingle bells to your shoelaces. Raise funds to fight arthritis, the nation's leading cause of disability. Run or walk a 5 kilometer route and celebrate the season by giving. Arthritis and related autoimmune disorders affect more than 6,100 children and 1.3 million adults in Washington. Join us in taking a stand against these debilitating diseases and help find a cure. Let’s jingle!
Make sure to stop by the Warm 106.9 tent for the Costume Contest judging! There will be fabulous 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes for the best and most creative costumes! And while you're there, enter for your chance to win an overnight stay at The Edgewater Hotel!
For more information, visit Warm1069.com/Events!
Explore the Zoo by the glow of hand-crafted light displays. Make special family memories with a winter stroll through the brilliantly lit Zoo. Enjoy live entertainment, hot beverages and snacks, gift shopping and animal photos.
Dazzling holiday light displays all over the Zoo feature hundreds of hand-crafted figurines depicting animals, nursery rhyme characters and local landmarks, including Mount Rainier and the Narrows Bridge.
Visitor Tips: Live entertainment offered most evenings, photos with zoo animals, warm beverages and snacks, holiday shopping. To avoid large crowds, visit early during the Zoolights run (Dec. 15-23 is especially busy). Weeknights, especially Monday through Wednesday, are less busy than other nights.
Advance tickets can be purchased at Bartell Drugs and from the Zoo's web site, starting in November. Tickets purchased in advance can be used any night of the week. To purchase your Zoolights tickets online, click here. There is no additional fee for purchasing tickets online.
Date(s): November 29th 2013-January 5th 2014 (Closed Dec. 24 & Open Dec. 25 & Jan. 1)
Venue: Point Defiance Park & Zoo
Contact Phone: 253-591-5337
Time Info: 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Price Info: Advance tickets: $7.50 online or at Fred Meyer, Night of show tickets $8.75
Scuba Diving Santa can be found swimming with the sharks during the first three weeks of Zoolights on Tuesday and Wednesday nights at 6pm.
Shows Nightly at 7:00 p.m., November 29-December 24
Join The Bellevue Collection for a memorable tradition celebrating the ninth annual holiday showing of Snowflake Lane. It’s a nightly display along the sidewalks of Bellevue Way and NE 8th Street of dazzling lights, music, dramatic drumming from live toy soldiers and magical snow.
Winter characters join in the Snowflake Lane fun including a Snow Queen and King, Sugar Plum Fairies and Mice! Celebrate at The Bellevue Collection with an evening that will brighten your spirits and warm your heart with the spirit of the holiday. Event is complimentary.
NEW this year!
- Dozens of Jingle Belles!
- Join Santa for the Bellevue Place Tree Lighting with Snowflake Lane characters meet and greet immediately following Santa’s arrival to Snowflake Lane. Bellevue Place Wintergarden. November 29 at approximately 7:30pm
Snowflake Lane premiers at 7 p.m. on Friday, November 29 with the arrival of Santa for one night only! Santa's Arrival Parade route starts on NE 8th at the Bellevue Place and Lincoln Square skybridge and winds down Bellevue Way past Macy’s then back to the Hyatt.
Shows Nightly at 7:00 p.m., December 26 - December 31
Ring in the New Year with nightly performances of Celebration Lane featuring live toy soldiers with new festive routines and music worth celebrating! Enjoy your favorite dazzling lights, music and dramatic drumming with a New Year’s twist. Nightly performances of Celebration Lane at 7 p.m., December 26 – December 31.
Make a night of it in downtown Bellevue! Following Snowflake Lane, enjoy holiday ice skating at the Chaplin's Bellevue Subaru Ice Arena brought to you by Bank of America, dine out at one of The Bellevue Collection's fabulous restaurants and get a head start on the holiday gift list. Snowflake Lane and Celebration Lane are produced as a gift to the community from Kemper Freeman and The Bellevue Collection. Please call Bellevue Square Guest Services at (425) 454-8096 or visit bellevuecollection.com for more information.
Come to the Aquarium and get in the mood for the winter holidays! Meet Diving Santa, enjoy holiday music and treat yourself to a special seasonal beverage at our café’s coffee bar.
Live musical performances at 1:30pm on:
December 1 - Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra - French horn quartet
December 14 - Emerald City Voices
December 15 - No Love for Fire
December 21 - Northwest Girls Choir
December 22 - Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra - Violin and Cello duo
Adult (ages 13 & over) $21.95
Youth (ages 4-12) $14.95
Child (ages 3 & under) Free
Visit SeattleAquarium.org for more information.
19th Century Christmas Celebration
- Venue: Fort Nisqually Living History Museum @ Point Defiance Park in Tacoma
Experience a "real" old- fashioned Christmas by visiting Fort Nisqually Living History Museum's "19th Century Christmas Celebration" on Saturday, December 3rd , 11 am - 4 pm. Take a break from the hustle and bustle of modern holidays and step back in time to savor the lilting sounds of penny whistles, the aroma of ginger biscuits and the slower pace of the Christmas season in 1855. Within our gates, December 25, 1855 will come alive! Inside the fort, re-enactors portray the daily life of the workers from many cultures who lived at this historic site. They happily share stories, cookies, dancing and the carrying in of the Yule log as they engage in friendly conversation. Just remember they are "living" in 1855 and may not recognize the name of your home town or other modern conveniences that are familiar to you!
- Date(s): December 7, 2013
- Location: Tacoma
- Venue: Point Defiance Park & Zoo
- Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Contact Phone: 253-591-5339
- Time Info: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
- Price Info: $7.50/ adults, $6/seniors and $6/students (ages 13-17) and $5/children (ages 4-12)
Dec 4th - 8th, 2013
Washington State Fair and Events Center in Puyallup
- Free Parking
- Step back in time to a classic Victorian village filled with 560 shops.
- Relax in the wine garden and taste wines by the glass, wine flights and specialty foods and chocolate.
- All concerts and shows at the Festival are Free with admission!
- Take photos with Santa, ride the Christmas Carousel and savor all the holiday treats!
- The areas largest Christmas show and a Northwest holiday tradition for over 25 years!
Open Wed – Sun.: Wed-Thurs 10am to 8pm, Fri - Sat 10am to 9pm, Sunday 10am to 6pm
All shows at A Victorian Country Christmas are Free with admission!
Professional entertainment in two beautiful Venues. Holiday Jubilee Theater and Victorian Christmas Opry Theater
Step back in time and enjoy a Victorian village filled with 560 stores! Find jewelry, art, tools, ornaments, decorations, home décor, clothing, fragrances, toys and hundreds of other gift ideas for everyone on her list. Enjoy the lights and beautiful décor as you shop til’ you drop!
Whisper wishes in Santa’s ear at Santa Photo Memories! Create fun art projects! Enjoy a Christmas Carousel ride, a horse drawn carriage ride, or hop aboard the Santa Tram! Visit the Victorian Opry Theater or the Holiday Jubilee Theater and enjoy the Singing Nativity featuring 100 voices, professional stage shows and concerts!
Enjoy gourmet food and wine at our Wine Garden during your stay at A Victorian Country Christmas and bring specialty items home for the holidays. Taste Chocolate and other sweet treats, dips, marinades, recipes, baked goods, wine and more! Exciting food ideas, recipes, and taste treats are waiting for you at A Victorian Country Christmas!
For more information visit AVictorianCountryChristmas.com!
Candy Cane Lane
Experience Seattle's Candy Cane Lane, a local holiday tradition since the 1940s. This fantastic neighborhood Christmas light display is located on NE Park Road, off 20th Avenue NE and Ravenna Boulevard, near Ravenna Park. You will see some of our city's most brilliant and festive light displays here.
Dates: Saturday, December 07, 2013 - Wednesday, January 01, 2014
Hours: Lights and music from 4:30-10 p.m.
Daily, until midnight
December 6th – December 31st
Bring the family to celebrate traditions and create beautiful holiday memories at Wild Waves Theme Park in December.
Holiday with Lights boasts over one million dazzling lights, all of your favorite rides, a visit from Santa and more!
IN DECEMBER, WILD WAVES THEME PARK IS ALL AGLOW!
RIDE YOUR FAVORITE RIDES DECORATED IN GLITTERING LIGHTS
SANTA AT THE NORTH POLE
TOYLAND (AGES 12 AND UNDER ONLY)
ENTERTAINMENT - Soon to Be Announced!
MRS. CLAUS HOT COCOA AND TREATS
Visit WildWaves.com for more details and to purchase tickets!