The holiday season will be filled with family-friendly events in Seattle and the surrounding area. Take the family to enjoy visits with Santa and his reindeer, to see the holiday decorations, listen to joyous music and to enjoy special activities like ice skating and holiday markets.
Gingerbread Village by Sheraton Seattle
Nov. 21-Jan. 1 @ various hours
City Centre, 1420 Fifth Ave., Ste. 450, Seattle, WA 98101
The Sheraton Seattle Hotel’s 25th Annual Gingerbread Village will be themed “25 Years of Cheer: A Celebration of Seattle.” The entire family will enjoy charming village, which will represent Seattle’s historic cobblestone past and the future.
Nov. 24-Jan. 1 (closed 12/25)
Seattle Center, Seattle, WA 98101
Winterfest is a five-week long celebration of the holidays at Seattle Center. Take the family to see the Christmas lights and to enjoy seasonal family-friendly activities during the holidays. Attractions include the Winter Train & Village model train, ice skating rink, music, entertainment, ice sculpting, and special events throughout the season. Check the website for the schedule of activities, most of which are free.
Santa’s Workshop at Bellevue Square
Nov. 24-Dec. 24@ Various Times
575 Bellevue Square, Bellevue, WA 98004
Take the family for a stroll through Santa’s Workshop and capture a photo of the Jolly Old Elf. There will be music and special events at Bellevue Square through the holidays.
Bellevue Magic Season Ice Arena
Nov. 24-Jan. 15 @ Various Times
Bellevue Downtown Park, 10201 N.E. Fourth St., Bellevue, WA 98004
The Bellevue ice skating arena is an outdoor skating rink that offers exhilarating exercise and family fun. They will offer free skating lessons on specified dates, which are listed on the website. Admission to the skating rink is $9 if you bring your own skates. or $14, which includes $4 skate rental, or $10 for children 8 years old and under.
Nov. 24-Jan. 3
Redmond Town Center, 7525166th Ave., N.E., Redmond, WA 98053
Winter Wonderland at Redmond Town Center features family-friendly fun and activities for kids. Visit the mall during the holiday season and enjoy the Hyatt House Horse Carousel rides, Holiday Train rides, the synthetic skating rink, and Santa’s Workshop. Musical entertainment will be provided by local choirs, and bands on specified dates. There will be fees for some activities.
Redmond Town Center Synthetic Skating Rink
Nov. 24-Jan 3 @ Various Times
Redmond Town Center, 7525 166th Ave. N.E., Redmond, WA 98053
Take the family ice skating at the synthetic skating rink, which is covered for rain and shine enjoyment. The skating rink is one of the attractions of Redmond’s Winter Wonderland holiday celebration. Skating admission is $7 per session, which includes skate rental.
Santa’s Workshop at Country Village Bothell
Nov. 24-Dec. 24 @ Various Hour
Country Village, 23718 Bothell Everett Hwy., Bothell, WA 98021
Visit Santa and his reindeer will be at the decorated village between Keepsake Cottage and The Pet Place. A display of whimsical gingerbread houses will be on display in the workshop.
Leavenworth Bavarian Village Christkindlmarkt
Leavenworth, WA 98826
The mountain Town will feature a German Christmas Market, or Christkindlmarkt, during the weekend after Thanksgiving.
Hilltop Holiday Craft Show
Nov. 29-Dec. 2 @ 10 a.m.
Northwest Arts Center, 9825 NE 24th St., Bellevue, WA 98004
There will be over 60 booths at the Hilltop Holiday Craft Show, so this will be a great place to find unique, handmade gifts for the family. Admission will be free.
Issaquah Reindeer Festival
Dec. 1-23 @ 10:30 a.m.
Cougar Mountain Zoo, Issaquah, WA 98027
Santa and his Reindeer will be at Cougar Mountain Zoo in Issaquah for this unique holiday happening. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the holidays at this family-friendly event. Admission will be $10.50-$14.50 and free for children under 2.
Nov. 11-Dec. 24 @ 9 a.m.
Swanson’s Nursery, 9701 15th Ave. NW, Seattle, WA 98117
Visit Santa and Santa’s reindeer Dasher and Blitzen through Christmas Eve, when they will return to Santa’s workshop for a busy night of delivering Christmas presents. Watch the model trains speed through fantastic landscapes in the model train village, themed after the Star Wars films. You can pick out and purchase a Christmas tree to take home.
Christmas at Fort Nisqually Living History Museum
Dec. 2 @11 a.m.
Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, Point Defiance Park, Tacoma, WA 98405
The entire family will love an old-fashioned Christmas event at Fort Nisqually, where they will celebrate a 19th-century style Christmas. Everyone can join in the greeting of the yule log with toasts and Christmas Carols, parlor games, and visits with Father Christmas. Admission will be $8-$10, and children 3 and under will be admitted free.
Victorian Holiday Festival
Dec. 9 @ 10 a.m.
W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory, 316 South G St., Wright Park, Tacoma, WA
The annual Victorian Holiday Festival will honor the historic Victorian-styled Conservatory. The staff will be dressed in beautiful costumes of the Victorian era. The family will enjoy this step back in time to listen to live music and partake in delightful refreshments. The suggested