Whether it’s savouring a pumpkin spiced latte at the original Starbucks or seeking refuge from the chill in one of the city’s numerous museums, Seattle unfolds as the ultimate winter escape adorned with snow-capped mountains. Here’s a list of the best activities for your festive itinerary.
1. T-Mobile New Year’s at the Needle (December 31)
Embark on a bucket-list experience this New Year’s with T-Mobile New Year’s at the Needle. North America’s largest structurally launched fireworks and light display will paint the sky in vibrant hues to welcome the new year. Optimal viewing spots include the Seattle Center or various locations throughout the city with prime views of the illuminated Space Needle.
2. WinterFest (Until December 31)
Seattle Center’s five-week WinterFest promises to elevate seasonal spirits with its enchanting Winter Train and Village. A 40-year tradition, the festival features an annual lighting display, ice sculpting, fire pits, and food vendors. Live performances by local dancers, musicians, and comedians during the opening day celebration on November 24th, along with weekend entertainment, complete the perfect seasonal lineup.
3. Downtown Holiday Lights and Delights (Until January 9)
Indulge in magical moments throughout the season in downtown Seattle with events hosted by the Downtown Seattle Association and Metropolitan Improvement District. Witness over 140,000 dazzling lights at Holiday Lights & Delights, and capture the perfect selfie under larger-than-life illuminating light sculptures in Westlake Park. Family-friendly activities, live holiday concerts, a pop-up ice rink, and sweet treats await at Westlake and Occidental Square every weekend.
4. Argosy Cruises Christmas Ship Festival
A Northwest tradition since 1949, the Argosy Cruises Christmas Ship Festival is a ship-to-shore holiday celebration not to be missed. The Spirit of Seattle, adorned with hundreds of white lights, sails to around 40 Puget Sound waterfront communities. Talented choirs aboard perform to guests and communities gathered on the shores, creating a festive atmosphere.
5. WildLanterns (Until January 14)
Experience the zoo like never before at WildLanterns, an immersive event featuring large-scale animal and nature-themed lanterns. Returning with new lanterns and themed zones, WildLanterns offers a larger-than-life experience, allowing visitors to explore wild places from around the world in a new light. Journey through the Land of Winter Wonders, the Interactive Zone, and various themed realms for an enchanting discovery.
6. Astra Lumina (December 8)
Astra Lumina: A Night Walk Amongst The Stars debuts in Seattle on December 8th, transforming the Seattle Chinese Garden with a magical light display, music, and more for an enchanting evening experience.
7. Harry Potter: Magic at Play
For wizards and warlocks, the recently opened Harry Potter: Magic at Play offers an interactive, family-friendly experience. Travel from Platform 9 ¾ to the Great Hall, engage in Quidditch training games, participate in Hogwarts classes, and explore the Forbidden Forest. Capture magical memories, taste treats at the Butterbeer Bar, and shop for exclusive merchandise at the gift shop.
For more details and to plan your trip to Seattle, visit www.visitseattle.org.