Holiday Happenings Light Up Seattle, Making the Season Merry and Bright

Seattle is a city that likes to celebrate the good things in life–most any season of year (no special occasion needed). Events and festivals pack the schedule year-round, and the indoor ambience at cafes, bars and restaurants around town (think white twinkly lights strung from rafters and window frames) tend to be cozy and inviting, even in the dead of summer. 

Yet when winter does finally roll around, Seattle seems to emit even more of an enchanting glow. Holiday happenings in November, December and well into January help ring in the season and the New Year. Residents and visitors alike delight in joyous gatherings of food and drink that feature music and merriment, fireworks and family-friendly fun.

In addition, while local venues stage holiday-focused events in cozy spaces, popular attractions open their doors during unlikely hours. For example, the Woodland Park Zoo opens its gate at nighttime and gets illuminated with a bounty of lights, and the city's omnipresent waterways fill with glowing boats during the annual Christmas Ship Parade. New Year's Eve brings even more pizzazz, as the city shoots off fireworks from tall buildings and barges, lights bonfires along beaches and releases enchanting paper lanterns from shores around the city.  

Ahoy matey! One of this city's best features? All of its beautiful bodies of water. So one of the best ways to experience this city? Well, come on abroad and see for yourself! Year-round, Argosy Cruises offers scenic Lake Washington tours that...  Read More

WildLights kicks off at Woodland Park Zoo November 27 and continues through January 3, bringing back Seattle's wildest winter holiday lights festival presented by Sound Credit Union (5:30-8:30 p.m. nightly). Wild animals and wild places get...  Read More

Pike Place Market

In celebration of the holiday season and its more than 500 merchants who create uniquely hand-crafted gifts, Pike Place Market invites guests to Magic in the Market on Saturday, November 28. Sights, smells, and sounds create a head-spinning...  Read More

Macy's Holiday Parade

Macy's is always a strong presence in Seattle's holiday celebrations, and this wonderful parade only cements its association. This year's My Macy's Holiday Parade takes place on Friday, November 27 (stepping off promptly at 9 a.m. on the corner...  Read More

Stroll through the grounds and admire the fascinating large-scale works on display at this nine-acre green space. Extensive landscaping enhances the park's beauty, and a walkway, extending from the beach to Belltown, provides views of the Puget...  Read More

The Spa at Willows Lodge in Woodinville, not far from downtown Seattle, offers a variety of revitalizing experiences that soothe the body and soul. Come here during the holiday season to experience twinkling coziness, remembering to give pause...  Read More

Christmas Ship Festival
Photo courtesy of Argosy Cruises

Mark your calendars for November 27 through December 23! Once again, Seattle celebrates the season in maritime fashion. The Argosy Cruises Christmas Ship festival is a holiday celebration that has been a Pacific Northwest tradition since 1949....  Read More

New Year's Eve at the Space Needle
Photo courtesy of Courtesy Space Needle

For more than 20 years, New Year's Eve fireworks at the Space Needle have illuminated the city. The 605-foot Space Needle once again will display Seattle's traditional New Year's Eve fireworks show with thousands of pyrotechnic effects at...  Read More

Gingerbread Village at the Seattle Sheraton Hotel
Photo courtesy of Sheraton Seattle

Sheraton Seattle Hotel is a contemporary urban retreat in the heart of downtown, and every winter, the venue brings one of the city's most beloved holiday traditions to its lobby. This year, the much-discussed Gingerbread Village wows visitors...  Read More

Salish Lodge and Spa
Photo courtesy of Salish Lodge & Spa

A scenic 30-minute drive from Seattle brings you to the charmingly rustic Salish Lodge & Spa, which offers Old-World ambience and modern elegance. Dine on award-winning Northwest cuisine prepared by Chef Matt Heikkila and his team, while...  Read More


Meet Corinne Whiting

Corinne hails from the other Washington, where she caught the travel bug early on. Corinne studied abroad in Strasbourg, France (undergrad) and in Edinburgh, Scotland (graduate school). She's...  More About Corinne

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