Here is a useful Christmas Holiday Lights Guide for Seattle of some of the top festive events. Find everything you need to make the most of this fun-filled magical time of the year. There is plenty to see and do for all ages to make your spirits bright this holiday season.
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Best Christmas Holiday Lights Guide for Seattle
Come and be dazzled by one of the world’s largest Christmas Light Mazes at the Mischievous, Enchant Christmas. This holiday event returns for its second year at T-Mobile Park and runs until December 29. Rent a pair of skates and glide along the Ice Skating Trail. Shop at the Christmas Market featuring more than 70 local artisans. Check out Santa’s Landing and visit the Kids Zone. Buy tickets online.
Enchant Christmas – glide along a light-adorned ice-skating trail. Photo Credit: Visit Seattle
Start the season with the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at Westlake Park on November 29. Take a ride on the free Holiday Carousel that began operating in the park 31 years ago. The vintage carousel runs daily until New Year’s Eve. Shop at the annual pop-up Holiday Market. The market features local artisans of Urban Craft Uprising. The market runs Friday, Saturdays and Sunday, November 23 to December 23.
Downtown Seattle Association vintage carousel. Photo Credit: Visit Seattle
Enjoy the Christmas Ship™ Festival light display and listen to the choir music from the shoreline or board a ship for the full experience. The first ship sails November 29. The festival runs until December 22 and departs from several different locations. Check the full schedule here.
Argosy Cruises Christmas Ship floats in Seattle’s harbor. Photo Credit: Visit Seattle
WildLights at Woodland Park Zoo
Experience 800,000 twinkling lights throughout the grounds of the Woodland Park Zoo. Add live reindeer to the excitement, along with up close animal encounters and hot chocolate, making it a true holiday treat. The light display is open November 29 until January 5, 2020 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. The zoo is not open December 2, 3, 9, 10, 24 and 25. Admission: Adult – $16.95, Child – $12.95.
Winterfest at Seattle Center
Winterfest at Seattle Center offers various events from November 29 until January. The Seattle Center art walk, ice skating at the Fisher Pavilion and train ride at Armory South Court are just a few of the highlights. For a complete list of the activities view the events calendar. Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Seattle Center’s free Winterfest event at the Fountain of Light Dance Party from 10 p.m. – midnight. Then bring the New Year in with a spectacular burst of fireworks originating from the top of the Space Needle.
New Year’s Eve fireworks from the Space Needle. Photo Credit: Alabastro Photography.
Download a complete Seattle Holiday Guide from Visit Seattle.
Where to stay
Many Seattle hotels are offering winter holiday packages. Find a hotel package here. The Hyatt Regency Seattle is the host hotel for Enchant Christmas at T-Mobile Park and offers two tickets to the event with their package.
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