Tag Archives: Seattle holiday festivals

December 18-20, 2015

Christmas Ship onshore viewing
FRI-SUN
See the lighted and decorated Christmas ship and listen to the live choir.
FRI: Parade of Boats night
o 7:30-7:45 Fisherman’s Terminal (NW Dock)
o 8:05-8:25
Fremont Cut

o 8:40-9:00
Westward Restaurant and Little Gull Grocery

SAT:
o 4:00-4:20 O. O. Denny Park
o 8:25-8:45 Juanita Beach Park
o 9:25-9:45 Tracy Owen Station Park
SUN:
o 3:40-4:00 Kirkland Marina Park
o 4:40-5:00 Madison Park
o 9:35-9:55 Madrona Beach Park
(www.argosycruises.com)

Snoqualmie Santa Train
FRI-SAT Board the Museum’s railway at the North Bend Depot for a 20 minute, 3.5-mile trip to Snoqualmie. Once in Snoqualmie, they will enter the restored and seasonally decorated 1890-built Snoqualmie Depot for a visit with Santa Claus, cookies and hot cocoa. North Bend Depot Map
(www.trainmuseum.org)

Renegade Holiday Craft Sale
SAT-SUN Browse local artists and finish up your holiday shopping at this one-stop crafts and vintage goods extravaganza. Workshops, food trucks and entertainment. At Magnuson Park. Map
(http://www.renegadecraft.com/)

December 11-13, 2015

Christmas Ship onshore viewing
FRI-SUN See the lighted and decorated Christmas ship flotilla and listen to the live choir from the shore.

FRI:
o 7:15-7:35 Shilshole Bay
o 8:35-8:55 Carkeek Park
SAT:
o 4:20-4:40 Lowman Beach Park
o 5:10-5:30 Alki Beach Park
o 8:15-8:35 Seattle Aquarium/Great Wheel
o 9:35-9:55 Winslow Waterfront Beach
SUN:
o 5:00-5:20 Museum of Glass – Tacoma
o 6:35-6:55 Gig Harbor
(www.argosycruises.com)

Santa’s Landing Party at the Museum of Flight
SAT A day of holiday events lands at the Museum with the airplane arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus! The jolly couple will hear children’s’ wishes in the Museum, with music from The Boeing Concert Orchestra and the Boeing Band. Family workshops will be offered at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Santa will arrive by air at 11:45 a.m. and will be available to meet children until 4 p.m. Map
(www.museumofflight.org)

MEHVA Santa’s Lights Tour
SAT Santa Claus takes time out from his busy schedule at the North Pole for a 3-hour tour of Seattle’s best Christmas lights. Buses depart at 7 p.m. from 2nd Ave. S. and S. Main St., across from the Seattle Fire Department Headquarters. Map
(www.mehva.org)

Greenlake Pathway of Lights
SAT The lighting of the path around Green Lake will take place rain or shine. Admission is free. Join thousands of families, friends, and neighbors in this beloved Seattle tradition and travel the 2.8-mile path around the lake, taking in the warm glow of the luminaria. Visitors to the event are encouraged to bring their own lights and candles to add to the ambiance. Map
(www.greenlakecommunitycouncil.org)

Geminid Meteor Shower Peaks
SUN-MON This is one of the best meteor showers of the year and never seems to disappoint observers.

Holiday Displays and Festivals
THRU DEC 31
o Seattle Center Winterfest [Map]
o Westlake Holiday Carousel [Map]
o Bellevue Magic Season [Map]
o Bellevue Botanical Garden d’Lights [Map]
o Woodland Park Zoo Wildlights [Map]
o Star Wars Gingerbread Village [Map]
o Issaquah Reindeer Festival [ Map]
o Point Defiance Zoolights [Map]
o Lights of Christmas at Warm Beach [ Map]

December 4-6, 2015

Christmas Ship onshore viewing
FRI-SUN
See the lighted and decorated Christmas ship and listen to the live choir.
FRI:
o 8:00-8:20 Gene Coulon Park
o 8:50-9:10 Newport Yacht Club
SAT:
o 4:10-4:30 Medina Beach Park
o 5:20-5:40 Houghton Beach
o 8:55-9:15 Sheridan Beach Club
o 9:45-10:05 Matthews Beach Park
SUN:
o 5:40-6:00 Ferdinand Street Park
o 6:15-6:35 Stan Sayres Park
o 6:45-7:05 Mt. Baker Beach
(www.argosycruises.com)

Mary Bridge Festival of Trees
WED-SUN Nearly 70 elaborately decorated Evergreen trees and holiday decor. Games and crafts for kids. Festival benefits Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital. Directions & Parking
(www.multicare.org)

A Victorian Country Christmas
WED-SUN Commercial holiday gift festival with Victorian themed costumes, caroling and kids activities at the Puyallup Fair and Events Center. Map
(www.avictoriancountrychristmas.com)

Great Figgy Pudding Street Corner Caroling Competition
FRI Dozens of caroling teams compete with all donations to benefit the Pike Market Senior Center and downtown food bank. 5pm to 8:30pm at Westlake Park. Map
(www.pikemarketseniorcenter.org)

Celebrations Holiday Home Tour
FRI Tour unique Eastside homes decorated for the holidays. Proceeds benefit Eastside Assistance League. Map
(www.eastside.assistanceleague.org)

Redmond Lights Winter Festival
SAT This winter festival event honors holiday spirit and reflects Redmond’s diversity. Map
(www.redmondlights.com)

Phinney Neighborhood Winter Festival
SAT-SUN Crafts Fair with 115 artists and vendors, hundreds of musicians and dancers, live ongoing entertainment on two stages, a quilt raffle, a bake sale and lunch items. Map
(www.phinneycenter.org)

Burien Winterfest
SAT Free horse and carriage rides, hay rides, hot treats and in-store specials. Map
(www.discoverburien.com)

Kent Winterfest
SAT Kids Santa Parade and Tree Lighting with music and free hot apple cider, hot chocolate and popcorn. Map
(www.kentlionsclub.org)

Holiday Displays and Festivals
THRU DEC 31
o Seattle Center Winterfest [Map]
o Westlake Holiday Carousel [Map]
o Bellevue Magic Season [Map]
o Bellevue Botanical Garden d’Lights [Map]
o Woodland Park Zoo Wildlights [Map]
o Star Wars Gingerbread Village [Map]
o Issaquah Reindeer Festival [ Map]
o Point Defiance Zoolights [Map]
o Lights of Christmas at Warm Beach [ Map]

November 20-22, 2015

Nordic Heritage Yulefest
SAT-SUN Nordic Christmas celebration with craft vendors, Scandinavian musical performances, Nordic treats at the Nordic Heritage Museum in Ballard. Map
(www.nordicmuseum.org)

Festival of Trees
SAT-DEC 02 The annual event to benefit Seattle Children’s with decorated, themed trees on display at Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle. Map
(www.seattlefestivaloftrees.com)

Woodland Park Zoo Turkey Toss
SAT The zoo’s carnivores chow down on raw, store-prepared turkeys at the annual Turkey Toss. Map
(www.zoo.org)

Oddmall Emporium of the Weird
SAT-SUN Entertainment and shopping for curious things at the bazaar of the bizarre. At the Everett Howard Johnson. Map
(oddmall.info)

North Pole at the Fair
FRI-SUN Santa’s house with office, library full of children’s books, Mrs. Claus Candy Store and Kitchen, workshop, Christmas movies and Santa photos at the Washington State Fair Events Center in Puyallup. Map
( www.northpoleatthefair.com)

December 12-14, 2014

Holiday Displays and Festivals
THRU DEC 31
o Seattle Center Winterfest [Map]
o Bellevue Magic Season [Map]
o Bellevue Botanical Garden d’Lights [Map]
o Woodland Park Zoo Wildlights [Map]
o Gingerbread Village [Map]
o Issaquah Reindeer Festival [ Map]
o Point Defiance Zoolights [Map]
o Lights of Christmas at Warm Beach [ Map]

Christmas Ship onshore viewing
See the lighted and decorated Christmas ship flotilla and listen to the live choir from the shore.
FRI:
o 8:00-8:20 Blue Ridge
o 8:35-8:55 Carkeek Park
SAT:
o 8:15-8:35 Seattle Aquarium/Great Wheel
o 9:35-9:55 Winslow Waterfront Beach
SUN:
o 5:00-5:20 Museum of Glass – Tacoma
o 6:35-6:55 Gig Harbor
(www.argosycruises.com)

Santa’s Landing Party at the Museum of Flight
SAT A day of holiday events lands at the Museum with the airplane arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus! The jolly couple will hear children’s’ wishes in the Museum, with music from The Boeing Concert Orchestra and the Boeing Band. Family workshops will be offered at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Santa will arrive by air at 11:45 a.m. and will be available to meet children until 4 p.m. Map
(www.museumofflight.org)

MEHVA Santa’s Lights Tour
SAT Santa Claus takes time out from his busy schedule at the North Pole for a 3-hour tour of Seattle’s best Christmas lights. Buses depart at 7 p.m. from 2nd Ave. S. and S. Main St., across from the Seattle Fire Department Headquarters. Map
(www.mehva.org)

December 5-7, 2014

Holiday Displays and Festivals
THRU DEC 31
o Seattle Center Winterfest [Map]
o Bellevue Magic Season [Map]
o Bellevue Botanical Garden d’Lights [Map]
o Woodland Park Zoo Wildlights [Map]
o Gingerbread Village [Map]
o Issaquah Reindeer Festival [ Map]
o Point Defiance Zoolights [Map]
o Lights of Christmas at Warm Beach [ Map]

Christmas Ship onshore viewing
See the lighted and decorated Christmas ship and listen to the live choir.
FRI:
o 8:00-8:20 Gene Coulon Park
SAT:
o 4:20-4:40 Medina Beach Park
o 5:30-5:50 Houghton Beach
o 9:45-10:05 Matthew Beach Park
SUN:
o 5:40-6:00 Ferdinand Street Park
o 6:15-6:35 Stan Sayres Park
o 6:45-7:05 Mt. Baker Beach
(www.argosycruises.com)

Great Figgy Pudding Street Corner Caroling Competition
FRI Dozens of caroling teams compete with all donations to benefit the Pike Market Senior Center and downtown food bank. 5pm to 8:30pm at Westlake Park. Map
(www.pikemarketseniorcenter.org)

Celebrations Holiday Home Tour
FRI Tour unique Eastside homes decorated for the holidays. Proceeds benefit Eastside Assistance League. Map
(www.eastside.assistanceleague.org)

Redmond Lights Winter Festival
SAT Celebrates Redmond’s diverse holiday traditions, cultures, and faiths with musical entertainment, refreshments, and fun activities for the whole family. In downtown Redmond. Map
(redmondlights.com)

Mary Bridge Festival of Trees
SAT-SUN Nearly 70 elaborately decorated Evergreen trees and holiday decor. Games and crafts for kids. Festival benefits Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital. Directions & Parking
(www.multicare.org)

Phinney Neighborhood Winter Festival
SAT-SUN Crafts Fair with 115 artists and vendors, hundreds of musicians and dancers, live ongoing entertainment on two stages, a quilt raffle, a bake sale and lunch items. Map
(www.phinneycenter.org)

Burien Winterfest
SAT Free horse and carriage rides, hay rides, hot treats and in-store specials. Map
(www.discoverburien.com)

Kent Winterfest
SAT Kids Santa Parade and Tree Lighting with music and free hot apple cider, hot chocolate and popcorn. Map
(www.kentlionsclub.org)

Victorian Country Christmas
WED-SUN Victorian themed commercial exhibition with 560 holiday shops, gourmet food and wine tasting. At the Puyallup Fair and Events Center in Puyallup. Map
(www.avictoriancountrychristmas.com)

November 27-30, 2014

Thanksgiving Holiday
THU A uniqely American tradition of giving thanks.

Macy’s Holiday Parade
FRI A Holiday Tradition in Downtown Seattle as the parade makes it’s way through the streets followed by the official arrival of Santa Claus. Map
(www.macys.com/believe)

Black Friday Sales
FRI The day after Thanksgiving is known for store sales and discounts. So-called because this is the day that retailers hope to put their balance sheets in the black.

Holiday Displays and Festivals
FRI-DEC 31 Holiday festivals opening this weekend include:
o Seattle Center Winterfest [Map]
o Bellevue Magic Season [Map]
o Bellevue Botanical Garden d’Lights [Map]
o Woodland Park Zoo Wildlights [Map]
o Gingerbread Village [Map]
o Issaquah Reindeer Festival [ Map]
o Point Defiance Zoolights [Map]
o Lights of Christmas at Warm Beach [ Map]

Ski Areas Open
FRI Due to the past week’s snowfall, some ski areas will be opening on Friday. Click here for latest ski report. (For your safety please check the current pass report and have the appropriate legal traction devices when travelling in mountain passes.)

Snoqualmie Santa Train
FRI-SUN Board the Museum’s railway at the North Bend Depot for a 20 minute, 3.5-mile trip to Snoqualmie. Once in Snoqualmie, they will enter the restored and seasonally decorated 1890-built Snoqualmie Depot for a visit with Santa Claus, cookies and hot cocoa. North Bend Depot Map
(www.trainmuseum.org)

Greet the Season at Lake Union Park
SAT Festive music and family-friendly crafts and activities all day followed by the launch of the Argosy Christmas Ship Festival! – at Lake Union Park, the Center for Wooden Boats, and MOHAI. Map
(http://www.mohai.org/)

Magic in the Market
SAT Entertainment, food and a holiday concert & Santa followed by a tree-lighting ceremony at Pike Place Market. Map
(www.pikeplacemarket.org)

Christmas Ship onshore viewing
See the lighted and decorated Christmas ship and listen to the live choir.
SAT:
o 7:15-7:35 MOHAI (S Lake Union)
o 8:05-8:50 Seattle Yacht Club
o 8:40-9:00 Westward Restaurant and Little Gull Grocery
SUN:
o 5:10-5:30 Kirkland Marina Park
o 6:25-6:45 Gas Works Park
(www.argosycruises.com)

Festival of Trees
THRU DEC 03 The annual event to benefit Seattle Children’s with decorated, themed trees on display at Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle. Map
(www.seattlefestivaloftrees.com)

December 6-8, 2013

Christmas Ship onshore viewing
FRI-SUN See the lighted and decorated Christmas ship flotilla and listen to the live choir from the shore. Most viewing spots will have bonfires.
FRI:
o 8:00-8:20 Gene Coulon Park
o 8:50-9:10 Newport Yacht Club
SAT:
o 4:20-4:40 Lowman Beach Park
o 5:10-5:30 Alki Beach Park
o 8:15-8:35 Seattle Aquarium
o 9:35-9:55 Winslow Waterfront Beach
SUN:
o 5:00-5:20 Museum of Glass – Tacoma
o 6:20-6:40 Gig Harbor
(www.argosycruises.com)

Ivar’s Clam Lights Holiday Festival
FRI-DEC 31 Kickoff lighting display ceremony with entertainment at Gene Coulon Park in Renton. Map
(www.ivars.com)

Redmond Lights Winter Festival
SAT This winter festival event honors holiday spirit and reflects Redmond’s diversity. Map
(www.redmondlights.com)

Phinney Neighborhood Winter Festival
SAT-SUN Crafts Fair with 115 artists and vendors, hundreds of musicians and dancers, live ongoing entertainment on two stages, a quilt raffle, a bake sale and lunch items. Map
(www.phinneycenter.org)

Burien Winterfest
SAT Free horse and carriage rides, hay rides, hot treats and in-store specials. Map
(www.discoverburien.com)

Kent Winterfest
SAT Kids Santa Parade and Tree Lighting with music and free hot apple cider, hot chocolate and popcorn. Map
(www.kentlionsclub.org)

A Victorian Country Christmas
WED-SUN Commercial holiday gift festival with Victorian themed costumes, caroling and kids activities at the Puyallup Fair and Events Center. Map
(www.avictoriancountrychristmas.com)

November 27 – Dec 1, 2013

Thanksgiving Holiday
THU A uniqely American tradition of giving thanks.

Macy’s Holiday Parade
FRI A Holiday Tradition in Downtown Seattle as the parade makes it’s way through the streets followed by the official arrival of Santa Claus. Map
(www.macys.com/believe)

Black Friday Sales
FRI So-called because this is the day that retailers hope to put their balance sheets in the black.

Holiday Displays and Festivals
FRI-JAN 05
o Holiday Lighting Displays
o Seattle Center Winterfest [Map]
o Bellevue Magic Season [Map]
o Bellevue Botanical Garden d’Lights [Map]
o Woodland Park Zoo Wildlights [Map]
o Christmas Ship Festival
o Gingerbread Village [Map]
o Issaquah Reindeer Festival [ Map]
o Point Defiance Zoolights [Map]
o Lights of Christmas at Warm Beach [ Map]

Ski Areas Open
Ski Areas
Click here for latest ski report. For your safety please check the current pass report and have the appropriate legal traction devices when travelling in mountain passes

June 14-16, 2013

Father’s Day
SUN To celebrate Dad this day became an official US holiday in 1972.

Edmonds Arts Festival
FRI-SUN Arts & crafts, live entertainment and children’s activities at the Frances Anderson Center. Map
(www.edmondsartsfestival.com)

Wings of Freedom
FRI-SUN Historic military aircraft on display. Flights available in Boeing B-17 and Consolidated B-24 WWII era bombers. See the aircraft that defended America in the world’s first and only global air war. At Paine Field in Everett. Directions
(flyingheritage.com)

Fenders on Front Street Car Show & Cruise
SUN Free display of vintage and classic cars, street vendors, swap meet and multiple live music stages, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.; trophies will be awarded at 2 p.m. at the Triple-X Drive-in followed by a cruise down Front Street from Staples to Sunset and back to Triple-X in downtown Issaquah. Map
(www.fendersonfrontstreet.com)

Burien Wild Strawberry Festival
SAT-SUN Entertainment, gallery exhibits, kids and community performers, food and more at Burien Community Center. Map
(www.burienstrawberryfestival.org)

Washington Brewers Festival
FRI-SUN more than 200 craft beers and family entertainment at St Edward State Park in Kenmore. Map
(www.washingtonbeer.com)

Bell Street Pier Classic Rendezvous
FRI-SUN Over forty classic wooden vessels, with dozens of classic automobiles at Pier 66 on Seattle’s downtown waterfront. Free admission. Map
(classicyacht.org)

Fall City Days
SAT Pancake breakfast, fun run & walk, arts & crafts, food, pony rides, carnival and a parade in Fall City. Map
(www.fallcity.org)

Marysville Strawberry Festival
THU-SUN Food, entertainment, arts & crafts, carnival, car show, parade, fireworks and strawberries. Map
(www.maryfest.org)

Cannon Beach Sandcastle Festival
FRI-SUN master builder teams competing for prize money right under the shadow of Haystack Rock along with up to 50 individual “plots” for entrants to “work their magic.” Map
(www.cannonbeach.org)