Holiday Activities in Seattle, WA
They call it the Magic Season in downtown Bellevue and they are so right -- there is nothing more magical than a holiday evening at Snowflake Lane! Bundle up and take the entire family to Bellevue on Seattle's Eastside -- you'll want to park in the hotel parking lot that's kitty-corner to Crate and Barrell to avoid the crowd at Bellevue Square and then head across the street to get a spot on the sidewalk. Before you know it, there will be real life drummer boys and girls marching down the street, an amazing light show overhead and even snow!
If you're in Seattle for New Year's Eve this year, there is nothing cooler than ringing in the new year at Seattle's most recognized attraction -- the Space Needle! New Years at the Needle is a holiday tradition in Seattle and thousands of people gather at the base of the Needle and the surrounding Seattle Center to watch them blast firewords from the top of the Needle when the new year arrives. Want to bump your New Years up a notch? Book a reservation for dinner and dancing at the Space Needle restaurant or Observation Deck for a New Year's Eve you won't forget next year!
Seattle Center's Winterfest has everything in your holiday to-do list covered! Running every year from the day after Thanksgiving through New Year's Eve day, you'll find something new to do every day at Winterfest -- Dickens-era Christmas carolers wandering the Seattle Center, the Winterfest Ice Rink, concerts by the Seattle Youth Orchestra (and more!), ice sculpting contests, menorah lightings and so much more. They add new and exciting events to the festival every year, so be sure to visit their website for details.
Leave it to the ultra hipster crowd on Seattle's Capitol Hill to invent a pop-up shop style ice skating rink for the holidays! They have turned the basketball courts of Cal Anderson Park into a great place to do some skating -- one of the few in Seattle, even during the holidays. The Capitol Hill Ice Rink came from the community itself -- the neighbors wanted to give locals a place for some winter time fun, plus create a way to give back to the surrounding community. The rink is credit card only, although you can purchase tickets with cash at one of their sponsor loctions, such as Caffe Vita or Elliott Bay Book Company.
Always held on the Friday evening after Thanksgiving, the Westlake Center tree lighting is one of the best holiday traditions in Downtown Seattle. The tree lighting begins just after dark, but you'll want to grab some hot chocolate and get their early to secure your spot in the crowd that ends up filling up the courtyard of Westlake Center and overflows into the surrounding sidewalks of downtown. Besides just the gorgeous and gigantic tree being lit up like, well, a Christmas tree, there is singing, a quick visit from Santa, the lighting of the Macy's holiday star and even fireworks!