If you're visiting the Pacific Northwest this November and December, you'll find plenty of ways to celebrate the holiday season no matter where you go, but Seattle—the largest Northwest city—hosts some of the best Christmas events in the region.
From annual festivals, concerts, and shows to dazzling lighting displays and Christmas villages, you're sure to find something to put you in the holiday spirit on your trip to Seattle this year.
Note some events have been altered or canceled for 2020, so check below and event websites for details.
From WildLanterns at Woodland Park Zoo to Zoolights in Tacoma's Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, the Seattle area's Christmas light displays usually come to life in November and remain open into the New Year. While most displays in the area are walk-through, there are others like Fantasy Lights in Spanaway Park or neighborhood exhibits like Candy Cane Lane that you can drive through instead. Additionally, many of the region's largest lighting attractions also offer festive events, holiday markets, and Christmas performances throughout the season.
Winterfest Student Showcases will be held virtually all day on December 23, 2020.
The Seattle Center—a 74-acre arts, educational, tourism, and entertainment complex—typically hosts a month-long celebration called Winterfest every year. Featuring ice sculptures, student showcases, a miniature winter train village display, and an ice rink, Winterfest has plenty of events and attractions for all ages to celebrate the holidays. Along with all the cheery goodness, one of the best things about Winterfest is that it's so easy to pair with other holiday fun. See a show at the Seattle Center theaters, go out to dinner or grab a quick bite at the Armory, or visit the Pacific Science Center or Museum of Pop Culture (MoPop).
Enjoy Holiday Lights and Delights presented by Amazon from November 27, 2020, through January 9, 2021. In Westlake Park—located downtown on Pine Street—view over 80,000 lights on holiday sculptures and trees. Food trucks will be onsite as well.
Occidental Square, about 5 minutes away by car, will feature a 17-foot (5.2 meters) sparkly tree, and Pioneer Square and Occidental Mall will have thousands of cheerful lights.
In 2020, Snowflake Lane will be a drive-thru or walk by experience without the parade or performers.
Bellevue Collection, a shopping center in Bellevue, hosts a series of events each holiday season, including a nightly parade down Bellevue Way known as Snowflake Lane. The gathering takes place every night between 5 and 9 p.m. from November 27 to December 24, 2020. Along with the block-long parade, the event will also feature fake snowfall, dazzling lights, dancers, and lively musical performances. Before or after the festivities, you can shop till you drop at over 180 stores at the Bellevue Collection.
The Gingerbread Village is canceled for 2020.
A beloved tradition for over 25 years, the Sheraton Seattle’s Annual Gingerbread Village features confectionery sculptures created by some of the city's top architecture firms, builders, and culinary teams. Each year brings a new theme around which all the gingerbread creations revolve. The Annual Gingerbread Village is usually on display in the lobby of the Sheraton Grand Seattle from late November until early January. Proceeds from the event will benefit charities.
Enchant Christmas is canceled for 2020.
One of the best places to celebrate the holiday season in Seattle is Enchant Christmas at T-Mobile Park—home of the city's Major League Baseball team, the Seattle Mariners—from late November through late December.
The main attraction at Enchant Seattle is the "world's largest Christmas light maze" which takes up the majority of the baseball field. With the price of admission, you can also enjoy access to an ice skating trail, holiday market, and visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus as well as special concerts, shows, and events throughout the season.