All The Holiday Events Happening Around The PNW!

November 20, 2019

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And just like that, the holidays are here! You can enjoy plenty of holiday joy around the PNW from light displays, to parades and even hang with Santa! Check a list of every thing going on from now till the new year!

Reindeer & model train:

  • November 19 - Dec. 24, 2019
  • Visit live reindeer and watch a model train circle a winter landscape during the Reindeer Festival at Swansons Nursery. See the web page for other scheduled activities. Free.
  • Get info HERE!

Christmas tree festival:

  • November 23 - Dec. 4, 2019
  • View 20 designer trees in the lobby and driveway of the Fairmont Olympic Hotel during the annual free Festival of Trees Display. Also consider the ticketed gala (Nov. 23), free family celebration (Nov. 24), and free teddy bear suite & gingerbread house (Nov. 29 to Dec. 26).
  • Get info HERE!

Gingerbread art:

  • November 23, 2019 - Jan. 1, 2020
  • See elaborate displays made mostly of food at the Gingerbread Village at Sheraton Seattle Hotel. Expect lines at times. Open until 9 p.m., except 11 p.m. on Fridays & Saturdays. Free.
  • Get info HERE!


Holiday parade:

  • November 29, 2019 (9 to 10 a.m.)
  • See marching bands, costumed characters, floats, and Santa Claus at the Macy’s Holiday Parade. It follows Pine Street from 7th to 5th, follows 5th Avenue to University, then turns right and follows 4th Avenue to Pine, where Santa leaves his sleigh and goes into Macy’s. Free.
  • Get info HERE!

Tree lighting at Westlake Center:

  • November 29, 2019 (4:30 to 6 p.m.)
  • Westlake Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration includes a countdown to the lighting of the outdoor Christmas tree at Westlake Center. Free. The star on Macy’s will not be lit in 2019, according to The Seattle Times.
  • Get info HERE!

Christmas ship parade:

  • November 29 - Dec. 23, 2019
  • Ride on the main ship with the choir, or on a “follow boat” for adults, or listen from shore (unless the schedule says the shore event is private) during the Christmas Ship Festivalwith many departure points.
  • Get info HERE!

Bellevue street show:

  • November 29 - Dec. 24, 2019 (7 p.m.)
  • Enjoy a 20-minute show of lights, music, falling snow, young dancers, and drummers in uniform on Snowflake Lane(Bellevue Way between N.E. 4th & N.E. 8th). Arrive early for the best view. Free.
  • Get info HERE!

Christmas play:

  • November 29 - Dec. 28, 2019
  • A Christmas Carol is Charles Dickens’ holiday classic about the amazing transformation of miserly Scrooge at ACT Theatre.
  • Get info HERE!

Nutcracker ballet:

  • November 29 - Dec. 28, 2019
  • Pacific Northwest Ballet performs The Nutcracker by George Balanchine, with a live orchestra, magnificent sets and costumes, and a huge cast in McCaw Hall.
  • Get info HERE!

Winter at Seattle Center:

  • November 29 - Dec. 31, 2019
  • Enjoy holiday lights, skating at Fisher Pavilion (cost), folk dancers, carolers, dancers, ice sculptors, model trains, and professional entertainment during Winterfest at the Seattle Center. See schedule. No events on Dec. 25. Free.
  • Get info HERE!

Indoor Christmas lights:

  • November 29, 2019 - Jan. 4, 2020
  • Lumaze has half a million lights, interactive features, illuminated sculptures, an artisan marketplace, food trucks, breweries, and wineries at Smith Cove Cruise Terminal on Pier 91.
  • Get info HERE!

Christmas lights - Seattle zoo:

  • November 29, 2019 - Jan. 4, 2020
  • WildLights has 800,000 lights in animal shapes, plus animal encounters, fire pits, snowball fights, a lighted carousel, hot chocolate, and adult beverages at Woodland Park Zoo from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.. Closed Dec. 2, 3, 9, 10, 24, 25. Free parking.
  • Get info HERE!

Christmas lights - Tacoma zoo:

  • November 29, 2019 - Jan. 5, 2020
  • Bundle up to admire 700,000 holiday lights and displays, plus the South Pacific Aquarium at Zoolights in Tacoma’s Point Defiance Zoo from 5 to 9 p.m. Closed Dec. 24.
  • Get info HERE!

Christmas show in Tacoma:

  • November 30, 2019 (7:30 p.m.)
  • Cirque Dreams Holidaze features flying reindeer, jumping gingerbread men, rousing music, amazing costumes, and Santa at Pantages Theater.
  • Get info HERE!

Pike Place holiday:

  • November 30, 2019
  • Magic in the Market includes music, Santa, live reindeer, and a 5 p.m. Christmas tree lighting at Pike Place Market. Free.
  • Get info HERE!

Tacoma tree lighting:

  • November 30, 2019 (6:15 p.m.)
  • Holiday Tree Lighting is a Tacoma tradition at Broadway & 9th Street. Free.
  • Get info HERE!

Santa Train:

  • November 30 - Dec. 21, 2019
  • The Northwest Railway Museum runs a popular 20-minute Santa Train from North Bend to the Snoqualmie Depot for cookies and a visit with Santa.
  • Get info HERE!

Christmas lights - Bellevue:

  • November 30 - Dec. 31, 2019
  • Enjoy zillions of colorful lights and displays at Garden d’Lightsin Bellevue Botanical Garden from 4:30 to 9 p.m. every night.
  • Get info HERE!