Christmas Events in Seattle

Published Nov 6, 2018 | Updated Nov 7, 2018

Christmas is coming, and like Santa, there is a lot for us to do! The best events are happening around the Seattle area. Parades, skating, beautiful lights, Christmas performances, the list goes on!

The most wonderful time of the year is fast approaching! We can't wait to see all the pretty Christmas lights starting to make a presence, holiday drinks, and of course the children’s excitement! We have put together a list of some of the most joyful kids Christmas Events Seattle has to offer this year.

You can click on each of these events for further details regarding the timing, location, prices etc. on our event page.


Seattle's wildest holiday lights festival returns with sparkling lights and faux snowball fights, Santa, his reindeer and family delights.

More than 600,000 energy-efficient LED lights recreate wild animals and wild places in two and three dimensions along the zoo’s pathways and North Meadow. Santa will stop by WildLights every Friday through Sunday prior to Christmas as well as December 18 through 23. Head over to Santa’s Camp to meet the jolly old fella and get your holiday photo with him.

Event Dates: November 23, 2018 - January 5, 2019, Closed December 12, 24 & 25, 2018

Event Page : Woodland Park Zoo

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It’s a holiday wonderland at Country Village with live reindeer, caroling by local quartets all day long, a whimsical gingerbread house display, surprise visit by the Grinch, and 40 local shops and restaurants all decked out in their best with thousands of twinkling lights. An animated light display featuring a 40’ sea serpent, fiddling pig, giant dragonfly, marching ducks and more. There are so many events lined up at the Country Village like Live Reindeer, Santa's Workshop, Santa Arrival & Tree lighting, Cookies with Mrs. Claus, Fun with Frosty and many more. Visit their website for dates & details about these.

Event Dates : November 23 - December 24

Event Page : Country Village

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Figgy’s fun! Join us for one of Seattle’s most magical and festive nights. This heart-warming tradition attracts nearly 10,000 people every year to enjoy holiday music.Immerse yourself in the holiday spirit as dozens of caroling teams sing their hearts out on downtown Seattle street corners in and around Westlake Center. The top teams then compete in a sing-off on the Figgy Main Stage.

There are lots of ways to enjoy Figgy Pudding! You can enjoy the music, volunteer to produce the event, or get in on the action and form a caroling team.

Event Date : December 7

Event Page : Pike Market

Winterfest 2018 at Seattle Center

Connect to a world of sparkling lights, child-sized amusements and spirited entertainment at Seattle Center Winterfest, in Center venues and on the grounds. Five weeks of festive, fun-filled, free and affordable activities await those in search of uplifting seasonal spirit or delightful diversion from the hustle and bustle of the holiday routine.
Featuring Winterfest Ice Rink and Saturday ice sculpting including a full day of ice carving mastery on Sunday, December 17th, Winter Train & Village returns, along with live weekend performances and inspiring student showcases. The festival opens with Holiday Harmony and rings in the New Year with spectacular fireworks, Fountain of Light dance party and live music by premier cover band, Sway.

Event Dates : November 23 to December 31

Event Page : Seattle Centre

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Glide into the season with great ease and excitement. From novice to Olympian, Winterfest Ice Rink offers fun for all.

Event Dates : November 23 to January 6

Event Page : Fisher Pavilion

24th Annual Garden D'Lights

Garden d’Lights features over half a million sparkling lights formed into the whimsical shapes of plants, flowers, birds, animals, and cascading waterfalls set amid the natural beauty of the Bellevue Botanical Garden. Garden d’Lights is produced by Bellevue Botanical Garden Society in partnership with Bellevue Parks & Community Services.

Event Dates : November 24 to December 30

Event Page : Bellevue Botanical Garden

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Snowflake Lane

The Bellevue Collection has expanded and so has Snowflake Lane. You can experience all your favorite characters — with falling snow, beautiful lights, delightful holiday music — and better viewing along the extended parade route. New this year, Santa joins us every night during the new parade to spread his cheer.

Event Dates : November 23 to December 24

Event Page : The Bellevue Collection

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Diving Santa

Visit Seattle Aquarium & see Santa diving in the 120,000-gallon Window on Washington Waters exhibit. Bring your camera, take your picture with Diving Santa and stay perfectly dry! Or have your photo taken by a professional photographer so the whole family can be in the picture.

Event Dates : Fri-Mon from November 23 to December 24

Event Page : Seattle Aquarium

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Swansons Nursery Reindeer Festival

This annual festival returns to Swanson’s Nursery just in time for the holidays. Come and meet two of Santa’s live reindeer, Dasher and Blitzen. These two reindeer will be visiting the nursery through December 24th when they return to Santa's workshop to help deliver presents! 

You can enjoy the Reindeer festival activities like Holiday Shopping, Picking up Christmas trees, Model Train Village, Photos with Santa, Live Music & much more.

Event Dates : November 10 to December 24

Event Page : Swansons Nursery

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Issaquah Dance Theatre presents “Nutcracker Sweets,” an evening of dance, refreshments and a fundraising raffle. Experience the magic of this holiday tradition with your family and friends!

Event Dates : November 30 to December 2

Event Page : Issaquah Dance Theatre

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Santa’s Landing Party

Our annual holiday party begins with Santa and Mrs. Claus arriving in an airplane at 9:45 AM! They will hear children’s wishes in the Museum while the Boeing Concert Orchestra and Boeing Band provide holiday music. Enjoy festive family workshops, too!

Outdoor event FREE, indoor events included with Museum admission.

Event Dates : December 15

Event Page : The Museum of Flights

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This two-day event features over 100 vendors with unique, handcrafted gifts at the Kent Commons Community Center conveniently located at 525 4th Avenue North, Kent WA 98032.  This event attracts vendors and visitors from throughout Western Washington. The bazaar will also offer musical entertainment, food, and beverages for all shoppers. 

Event Dates : November 30 - December 1

Event Page : Kent Commons

SAMBICA Christmas Carnival

Fun for the whole family! This indoor event features pictures with Santa, games, snacks, warm drinks & much more!

Event Dates : December 8 and 15

Event Page : SAMBICA

Now in its 17th season, Studio East presents the delightfully entertaining family musical, ‘Twas the Night…Join us for this hilarious spin on the familiar holiday poem – a live musical guaranteed to have the whole family laughing!

Event Dates : December 1 - 23

Event Page : Studio East Training for the Performing Arts

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Enjoy story time at the North Pole as Mrs. Claus and her kittens bring the story of the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge to life in this original adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Meet all of your favorite characters as we journey through time discovering the true meaning of Christmas. Afraid of ghosts? No problem. The ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future are all portrayed by the zaniest cats in Santa's workshop - and who could possibly be afraid of a silly little kitty? Kick off the holiday season right with the SSR family and celebrate this timeless seasonal classic in Redmond.

Event Dates : The show runs November 30-December 23, 2018. Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Thursday December 20 at 8pm, Sunday December 23 at 2pm 

Short Stories Live: A Rogue’s Christmas

A Town Hall tradition, the holiday edition of Short Stories Live (curated by Jean Sherrard) brings together unconventional holiday tales for an afternoon of short stories, poems, and seasonal music by returning house band Pineola (comprised of Leslie Braly, John Owen, Josh Woods, Dirk Lebsack, and Ed Brooks). Favorite Northwest actors, including Kurt Beattie, Marianne Owen, and Bill Ontiveros, will take turns sharing the gleeful, carousing nature only “A Rogue’s Christmas” can hold.

Event Dates : December 9

Event Page : TownHall Seattle

SAM Lights: A Winter Evening of Art, Music & Lights

Get that winter glow with an evening stroll through the Olympic Sculpture Park. Experience the wonder of the sculptures in the park illuminated by luminaria. Make art, listen to music, sip a hot drink, grab a sweet bite, and take in the sights. Come dressed in your best light-inspired ensemble and become a part of the night!

Event Date : December 13

Event Page : Seattle Art Museum

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For even more ideas, visit our complete listing of Christmas Events on ChatterBlock.

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