You can enjoy a long list of fun Christmas events in the Seattle/Tacoma region. Whether you enjoy the arts, or the outdoors, you'll find plenty of ways to celebrate the winter holiday season in the Puget Sound region. Here are a few suggestions:
Christmas Holiday Light Shows
Colorful twinkling displays of lights, whether decorating your house or an entire zoo, create that special festive atmosphere that lets you know the holiday season is here. Whether you take in holiday lights shows on a driving tour or an outdoor stroll, there are numerous options in and around the Seattle region.
The holiday season brings lots of shopping opportunities, whether your looking for gifts, decorating your home, or stocking up for a special feast. Major gift shows like the Victorian Country Christmas and the Tacoma Holiday Food & Gift Festival are always popular, both for the shopping and the entertainment activities.
Christmas Concerts and Performances
Each holiday season brings a number of traditional favorites to Seattle entertainment venues, including PNB's The Nutcracker and ACT Theatre's performance of A Christmas Carol. Special seasonal concerts and plays are also among the offering, from religious pageants to comedic plays.
Festival of Trees
The Festival of Trees is an annual event benefiting Mary Bridge Children's Hospital and Health Center. This year's festival will take place at the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center. Held over the first weekend in December, the Festival features a display of over 65 Christmas trees, each decorated in celebration of the holiday season.You will also be able to get your picture taken with Santa Claus, enjoy live entertainment, and do some holiday shopping.
Winterfest at Seattle Center
This month-long festival offers fun for the whole family, including free concerts, dances, an Outdoor Classic Carousel, the Winter Train, and the Winter Ice Rink. Children and train aficionados will enjoy the vintage Winter Train as it winds its way through an enchanting miniature village. The ice rink occupies Fisher Pavilion; skate rental is available. You'll also be able to enjoy weekly Saturday bonfire sing-alongs and ice carvings. Winterfest also commemorates traditional holidays with Kwanzaa, Winter Solstice and Interfaith celebrations.
More Seattle/Tacoma Holiday Traditions:
- Cut your own tree at a local tree farm
- Magic in the Market: Holiday Events & Lighting Ceremony
- Westlake Center Tree Lighting Ceremony
- The Great Figgy Pudding Street Corner Caroling Competition
For comprehensive listings of holiday events in and around the Puget Sound region, check out these resources:
- The Seattle Weekly Holiday Calendar
- The Seattle Times Entertainment Calendar
- MyNorthwest.com Holiday Happening Map
Have a safe and happy holiday season!!