Seattle Christmas Events

Dec 16, 2019

Seattle Christmas Events That You Still Have Time to Catch

Seattle Christmas events cover the gamut. Whether through an exceptional ballet performance, holiday shopping, unique dining experience, or family wonderland entertainment, the Emerald City shines when it comes to bringing out the best of the holiday season.

So, we're going to make sure that you don't miss a beat this month. Buckle up for the best Christmas events and shows in Seattle and get ready to enjoy the festivities of the holiday season.

Here is a quick guide to Mid to Late December Seattle Christmas Events 2019: 

Leavenworth Christmas Lighting Festival

Dates: Through December 22nd

Location: Leavenworth

Do you wish to have a storybook holiday experience? Well, then the Christmas Lighting Festival at picturesque Bavarian-themed village of Leavenworth is the place to be to accomplish that goal.

You get to browse through the village's quaint shops, see seasonal lights twinkling on snow, enjoy roasted chestnuts, and sleigh rides. There are also the opportunities to relish delicious German food from the street stands, enjoy live outdoor entertainment, and take a horse-drawn carriage ride. Also, don’t forget to gather at dusk (on weekends) for the lighting ceremony and experience the town to become ablaze in sparkling lights.

With all of these activities, it's no wonder that the Leavenworth Christmas Lighting Festival is one of Washington's most popular annual holiday events for families in Seattle.

Pacific Northwest Ballet - The Nutcracker

Location: McCaw Hill

Dates: Through December 28th

Your festive season wouldn't be the same without experiencing the extraordinary annual Christmas tale. So, get ready to enjoy the iconic show as Pacific Northwest Ballet presents its magical version that you'll only find in your hometown.

Featuring Tchaikovsky's original score, the holiday classic by George Balanchine is one of the most awaited Seattle Christmas events. So, get ready to accompany Marie and her Prince on their journey through the mesmerizing magical land and enjoy the pure theater with this time-honored tradition with elegant dance forms, talented performers, and a spell-binding score.

You can purchase tickets through the Seattle Theater's website.

Sheraton Seattle’s Annual Gingerbread Village

Dates: Through January 1st, 2020

Location: Sheraton Grand Seattle

Enjoy the sight of tasty sculptures at the 27th Annual Gingerbread Village. The beloved tradition has been offering a themed creation each year with confectionery sculptures shaped by the city's top architecture businesses, culinary experts, and builders. So, get ready to pay a visit to this yummy house on display in the lobby of the Sheraton Grand Seattle.

It's even more of a Christmas feel-good, as earnings from the occasion will benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Ice Skating at Seattle Center's Winterfest

Dates: Through December 31st

Location: Seattle Center

How can holiday festivities be complete without enjoying some ice, whether it's snowing out or not?

Well, lo and behold, Seattle Center's Winterfest brings you the magic of ice each year at its 74-acre arts, educational, tourism, and entertainment complex.

Browse through a miniature winter train village display, see ice sculptures, student showcases, enjoy at the ice rink along with plenty of events and attractions for all ages. Then, when you are done having fun here, take your entertainment to the next level and see a show at one of the Seattle Center theatres. Or, enjoy dinner or grab a quick bite to eat at the Armory.

Enchant Christmas Events and Attractions

Dates: Through December 29th

Location: T-Mobile Park

We've never come across anyone who isn't mesmerized and just a little bit happier when lights are twinkling. So, this one is for everyone.

While T-Mobile Park is usually the home of Seattle Mariners, it's got a different role in December. The stadium hosts the "world's largest Christmas light maze" with amazing light sculptures, taking up the majority of the baseball field.

You also get to enjoy the holiday market, access to an ice skating trail, and visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Plus, all of that is accompanied by exclusive shows, concerts, and events throughout the season.

Tickets start at $19.99

Bellevue's Snowflake Lane Parade

Date: Through December 24th

Location: Bellevue Collection

Bellevue shopping center hosts a series of events each holiday season that include a nightly holiday parade down the Bellevue Way we call Snowflake Lane. The parade will take place every night at 7 p.m., and runs 'til the 24th of December.

The block-long parade is not the only attraction you are going to spot there; the event will also feature dazzling lights, fake snowfall, talented dancers, and festive musical performances. You can also shop at over 180 stores at the Bellevue Collection before or after the show.

Christmas Ship Festival

Date: Through December 23rd

Location: Lake Union Park

Argosy Cruises Christmas Ship Festival is the perfect event to enjoy Christmas, lights, and, yes, the beauty of water. Since 1949, this annual holiday event has left thousands spell-bounded with brightly decorated boats glowing with thousands of lights.

The Christmas ships parade take you through lots of waterfront neighborhoods around Lake Washington and Puget Sound. And the choirs performing carols on board the Christmas Ship are not only entertaining for passengers but being on the shore isn't too shabby either.

Seattle Christmas Events and More...

Our list only scratches the surface of the holiday calendar in the Seattle area. But we've included events and shows that run through late December. So, you have plenty of time to experience them.

Be sure to bookmark the OTL City Guides Holiday and Gift Ideas section of the guides. We also host the city-wide Seattle Calendar of Events so that you can stay up to date on all of the happenings in your hometown.

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