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Best of Seattle’s Holiday Activities

November 21, 2011 4:15 PM

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credit: FRANCOIS NASCIMBENI/AFP/Getty Images

credit: FRANCOIS NASCIMBENI/AFP/Getty Images

It’s the holidays in Seattle! We know how to do it right with time honored Seattle family fun traditions and festivities! Grab the kids, and head out to one or more of these great events!

Hello Snow
November 25 – December 31 (except Christmas Day)
Pacific Place
600 Pine Street
Seattle, WA 98101
http://www.pacificplaceseattle.com

Visitors will catch the holiday spirit amid a festive flurry of “snowflakes” every evening at 6:00pm inside Pacific Place’s four-story atrium! Santa’s Wonderland are up on the 3rd floor, and he’s waiting for your visit! Pick up your illuminated Snowflake Wands this year. This sparkling memento is a $1 donation and all proceeds benefit Seattle Children’s Hospital. They are available for purchase at the Concierge Desk.

Seattle Center Winterfest 2011
November 25 – December 31
Seattle Center
305 Harrison Street
Seattle, WA 98109
http://www.seattlecenter.com/winterfest

Join in during five weeks of both FREE and affordable, fun-filled family activities and entertainment. Step off the Seattle Center Monorail and discover an enchanting miniature Winter Train and Village, and trees dressed in sparkling lights. The Center House will be decked out in good cheer as it prepares for The Next Fifty; honoring the 50th anniversary of the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair. Enjoy the Winterfest Ice Rink, Saturday afternoon ice sculpting and performances by more than 100 student groups. Then return to watch the fireworks at a New Year’s Eve Celebration featuring live music from The Rhythm Nation. Seattle Center Winterfest is part of Holidays in the City, and is sponsored by the City of Seattle, Seattle Center Foundation and KOMO 4 TV.

Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Nutcracker
November 25 – December 27
McCaw Hall
321 Mercer Street
Seattle, WA 98109
206.441.2424
http://www.pnb.org

A holiday classic ballet, with the beautiful stage and costume designs of Maurice Sendak.

Bellevue Magic Season
November 25 – January 8, 2012
http://www.magicseason.com

Enjoy all the holiday fun without the hassle of sitting in traffic or searching for parking! Nearly all the events of Bellevue’s Magic Season are within close distance of each other. Garden d’Lights at the Bellevue Botanical Garden (November 26 – December 31), the Magic Season Ice Arena (November 25 – January 8, 2012) brought to you by Bank of America, Snowflake Lane (7:00pm each night from November 25 – December 24), Celebration Lane (7:00pm each night from December 26 – 31), KidsQuest Children’s Museum’s Gingerbread Lane, hosted by Hilton Hotel Bellevue (December 1 – 21) and Enchanted Holidays at The Bravern (Decmeber 2 -23) are all easily accessible.

ZooLights
November 25 – January 1 (closed on Dec. 24)
5:00pm – 9:00pm
Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium
5400 N Pearl St
Tacoma, WA 98407
http://www.pdza.org

Bundle up and stroll the Zoo as it comes aglow with more than a half-million lights. Sip hot cocoa while you explore seas of dazzling lights and breathtaking displays of ice-skating puffins, a preying eagle, tiger cubs, the Narrows Bridges and the massive flame tree. Warm up with the sharks in the steamy South Pacific Aquarium, experience a ride on a camel, take a turn on an antique carousel and so much more! Watch Scuba Santa as he swims with the sharks in the South Pacific Aquarium on the following dates: Friday, Nov. 25 at 6:30pm; Every Wednesday during Zoolights: Nov. 30, Dec. 7, Dec. 14, Dec. 21 and Dec. 28 at 6:30pm; Selected Sundays during Zoolights: Nov. 27, Dec. 4, Dec. 11 and Dec. 18 at 2:30pm. Buy tickets online or at participating Fred Meyer stores.

Christmas Ship Festival
November 26 – December 23
http://www.argosycruises.com

The Argosy Christmas Ship festival is a holiday celebration that has been a Northwest tradition for 62 years. Its main purpose is to bring communities together to celebrate the holiday season. From our flotilla of ships to the crowds of people who gather onshore, this celebration is one of the gems of the holiday season. Each night, between November 26 – December 23, the Argosy Christmas Ship sails to different Puget Sound waterfront communities, over 45 in total. Choirs onboard sing 20-minute performances to these communities, all broadcast via state-of-the-art speaker system.
On shore, thousands of people gather around roaring bonfires anticipating the arrival of the Christmas Ship. You can either join on board the Christmas Ship or one of the Parade ships that follow, or join with friends and neighbors to gather together for your own caroling tradition. If you own your own boat, feel welcome to add lights to you vessel and join in the festival and help form the largest holiday floating parade in the world!
Find the Christmas Ship schedule and purchase tickets online at http://www.argosycruises.com.

Fantasy Lights in Spanaway
November 24 – January 1, 2012 (closed on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve)
5:30pm – 9:00pm
Spanaway Park
Military Road Sough and Bresemann Blvd South
Spanaway, WA 98387
http://www.co.pierce.wa.us/pc/abtus/ourorg/parks

Pierce County Parks and Recreation is pleased to present the 16th annual ‘Fantasy Lights at Spanaway Park’. the largest holiday drive-through display in the Northwest, featuring nearly 300 elaborate displays and thousands of sparkling lights. The beautiful two-mile drive along Spanaway Lake has become a memorable lakeside tradition for the entire family. Visitors of all ages will be treated to the magical world of animation and imagination where bears fly kites, snowboys kick fieldgoals, Santa snowboards down a slope, frongs jump in and out of a tree, and reindeer leap over your car. You will also marvel at several new attractions this year including the gingerbread playground, space aliens, and the holiday light tunnel.

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