5 of our favorite holiday experiences around Seattle

December in the Emerald City is jam-packed with festive activities and holiday cheer, offering so many ways to safely celebrate and be merry. Check out some of our favorite winter activities to spread joy this season. 

  1. Snowflake Lane

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Experience this magical complimentary parade running every night until Dec. 24. Immerse yourself in the wonders of falling snow, sparkling lights, cheery music, toy drummers and dancers. The holiday floats run between Bellevue Square and Lincoln Square from NE 4th to NE 8th Streets every night at 7 p.m. Just park in any of the free parking garages and choose your favorite spot on the sidewalk!

  1. Living Nativity

An annual event put on by Seattle Nativity School, Living Nativity brings the scene of the Nativity to life. On Dec. 9 from 5 - 7 p.m., students will perform for community members, friends and family. Enjoy free hot cocoa and a night of community connection and fun! 

  1. Christmas Ships and Bonfires at the Park

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Returning this year after disruptions from the pandemic, the Argosy Christmas Ships will cruise from Puget Sound to Lake Union and out to Lake Washington. Enjoy expertly-decorated ships adorned with bright lights while listening to Christmas carols sung on board the lead ship. Bonfires will also be back this year at select parks, so be sure to bring a warm drink and join in the festivities!

  1. Winter Solstice Holiday Night Market

Located inside Magnuson Park Hangar 30, find shopping, food, drink and dancing! This one’s for all those 21+, with a newly added family-friendly day on Dec. 19. Get holiday gifts from 125 booths selling handmade and vintage products and more while choosing from 20 food trucks and two cocktail bars. Dance your heart out to DJ sets and live music, or take advantage of the VW photo booth bus!

  1. Woodland Park Zoo WildLanterns

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Returning for the second year, WildLanterns at Woodland Park Zoo is a spectacle you won’t want to miss! With over 300 lanterns inspired by creatures across the globe, this massive light display includes moving and interactive elements. Since the zoo was closed over the past year due to the pandemic, WildLanterns is an important fundraiser helping to support the Woodland Park Zoo. 

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