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Must-Do Seattle-Area Holiday Activities

Must-Do Holiday Activities in the Seattle Area

Story from contributor Frankie Rendon.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year as Seattle prepares for the holiday season. Whether you’re an Emerald City resident or just visiting for the holidays, these memorable attractions will make your jaunt through the city both merry and bright — just like this season.

The Teddy Bear Suite
From November 23 through December 30, another Seattle holiday mainstay will be exhibited at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel. This kid-approved spectacle captures the season’s joyous and whimsical spirit, as families are invited to spend time together in a “bear-y” winter wonderland — ideal for photo-ops. Admission into the Teddy Bear Suite is donation-only, with proceeds supporting the Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Argosy Christmas Ship
From November 28 through December 23, a Pacific Northwestern institution since 1949 will set sail on the year’s merriest voyage. This cruise ship takes passengers around the Puget Sound for a waterfront light display tour, while carolers sing holiday tunes and Santa entertains children with “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.” For the adults on-board, this two-hour ride also offers an open bar, crafting festive speciality cocktails.

Seattle Center Winterfest
From November 27 through December 31, the city’s most dynamic seasonal attraction will regale visitors with multiple holiday-themed activities. This event features skating rinks, model train villages, ice sculptures, circus performances, twinkling lights, Dickens-style carolers and chef prepared refreshments. Winterfest is Seattle’s all-inclusive destination for embracing the Christmas spirit with both friends and family.

12K’s of Christmas Run
On December 20, the scenic Cross Kirkland Corridor trail will welcome runners and walkers alike for a community 12-kilometer race. This friendly competition is a lighthearted way to manage that “holiday weight,” so wear a tacky Christmas sweater, jog through seasonal foliage then enjoy a holiday celebration at the finish line. For participants who prefer a shorter route, jingle all the way through an alternative 5K Christmas Run.

Pacific Northwest Ballet
From November 28 through December 28, the Seattle Center’s McCaw Hall will present that timeless classic, The Nutcracker. This stunning rendition, performed by the Pacific Northwest Ballet, delights audiences with Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece compositions, superbly complementing the graceful dance movements. Tickets are now available, so bring the whole family along to experience this cherished Christmas tradition.

The Seattle Symphony
From December 18 through December 20, the Seattle Symphony will deliver a moving interpretation of Handel’s Messiah at Benaroya Hall. This 300-year old oratorio comes to life for modern listeners with a choral arrangement, featuring preeminent guest soloists and world-class choirs. As these voices infuse the auditorium with transcendent Christmas spirit, attendees can feel uplifted throughout this entire season.


Frankie Rendon, the digital marketer/PR guy for Seattle Lockmaster, collaborates with publications to ensure that the content he plays a part in creating is given its time to shine. He received his B.A. in Public Relations from the University of South Florida.