Our Favorite Ways to Spend the Holidays Around Seattle, WA

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Seattle. This verdant corner of the nation boasts pleasant temperatures, majestic peaks, evergreen forests all in a dynamic and independent city, and with more than plenty to do. Whether you’ve made this your holiday season getaway, are returning to see friends and family, or are a curious local, you’ll be pleased with the variety of options when it comes to what Seattle has to offer. Read on for some of our favorite festivals and events here in the Seattle holiday season.

Snowflake Lane

One of Seattle’s most charming and magical events of the holiday season is the show put on at Snowflake Lane. Enjoy the colors, sights, sounds, and wonder of the holidays during this nightly parade through the streets, complete with live music, dancing troupes, light shows, costumes, stunts, and good vibes all under the snow. All your favorite holiday season faces come out to join the fun at Snowflake Lane, an event that only grows bigger and more inclusive with each year. This event is a great option for families, couples, groups, and solo travelers alike to celebrate the holidays in a truly fun and community-centered manner.


Head over to the iconic Seattle Center and enjoy one of the city’s most vibrant and jolly spectacles, Winterfest! This is a celebration of variety with something for everyone, including food for every palate, a Winter Village and Train ride, ice sculptures made on location, a light show, and live performances from bands, musicians, dancers, and entertainers. Whether for date night, a family/group outing, or a solo traveler’s adventure, Winterfest is a solid option for any travelers in Seattle for the holidays.

Urban Craft Uprising

The Pacific Northwest’s premier event for independent creativity, artisans, cottage industry, and craftsmen, Urban Craft Uprising is a great experience for all in the Seattle area. Visitors can browse endless booths offering truly one-of-a-kind pottery, ingredients, jewelry, clothing, costumes, artwork, toys, furniture, and DIY kits, with something for everyone. Aside from the shopping, visitors can also interact and learn about the work of independent creators and artists from over the northwest and the nation, a great place for those personally interested in crafts to interact with others in the community. Bring the whole party to Urban Craft Uprising and score something unique.

Holidays at Pike Place Market

One of Seattle’s most famed locations, Pike Place Market is a great place to get holiday shopping, browse the best of local produce, and enjoy delicious food and live entertainment year-round. During the holidays, this center of activity goes festive for the holidays, adorned in lights and the colors of the Christmas season, and is a great place for outings day and night. For groups, families, couples, or solo travelers, Pike Place Market provides so much to see, do and experience during the holidays. (Did we also mention that this is an A1 photo opportunity?) Take the group to Pike Place Market for the holidays where there’s something for everyone.

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