Best Holiday Celebrations In Seattle

December 2, 2013 4:00 AM

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The greater Seattle area has many traditions during the holidays like the Seattle Center Winterfest and the Pacific Northwest Ballet’s “The Nutcracker,” as referenced in the “Best of Seattle’s Holiday Activities” from 2011. Here are five more the area’s best events that should not be missed.

A Christmas Carol
ACT Theatre
700 Union St.
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 292-7676

Dates: Nov. 29 to Dec. 29, 2013

Next to “The Nutcracker,” “A Christmas Carol” is probably Seattle’s biggest holiday tradition, and who can do it finer than the ACT Theatre? The Seattle P-I calls it “The Granddaddy of all holiday shows.” Keeping with the traditional Charles Dickens tale, “A Christmas Carol” tells of hope, redemption and is appropriate for anyone over the age of five.

Garden D’Lights
Bellevue Botanical Garden
12001 Main St.
Bellevue, WA 98005
(425) 452-2750

Dates: Nov. 30, 2013 to Jan. 4, 2014

While Tacoma is famous for its Zoolights, many are unaware of Bellevue’s own Garden d’Lights. This isn’t to say that this display isn’t popular, it is, but it doesn’t get the “love” that other lights shows do. Despite the construction project happening at the Botanical Garden, it has been confirmed that this year’s “construction edition” promises to be just as “d-lightful” as years past with over a half million lights and a whole new layout.

Santa Train
38625 S.E. King St.
Snoqualmie, WA 98065
(425) 888-3030

Dates: Dec. 7-8, 14-15, 20-21, 2013

Since 1969, the Snoqualmie Train Museum has presented the Santa Train with rave reviews of the little ones. Families travel by train from North Bend for a visit with Santa in Snoqualmie. Treats are served in the kitchen car and children will receive a small gift from old St. Nick too – all included in the price of the ticket. Snoqualmie is also a great destination for last-minute gift shopping.

Related: Best Permanent Exhibits In Seattle

Victorian Country Christmas
Washington State Fair Events Center
110 9th Ave. S.W.
Puyallup, WA 98371
(253) 770-0771

Dates: Dec. 4-8, 2013

Some dream of starting the holidays with a visit to the Victorian Country Christmas. The entire fairgrounds is decked out in lights and holiday fare. This event features over 560 holiday shops selling everything from jewelry to home décor. There are special activities for children, live entertainment in the “Holiday Jubilee Theater” and the “Victorian Christmas Opry Theater,” a 100-voice singing nativity, horse-drawn carriages, a carousel, a Santa tram and the jolly old elf himself.

Christmas Lighting Festival
Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce
820 Front St.
Leavenworth, WA 98826
(509) 548-5807

Dates: Dec. 6, 13, 20, 2013

The Bavarian-themed town of Leavenworth is situated in the eastern Cascade Mountains at has an old world feel. During Christmas time, it’s magical. The town puts on its best during the holidays including a quarter million colored lights and mother nature helps out with a blanket of snow. Between shopping in the many shops, catching an old-fashioned sleigh ride and listening to carolers on the street corners, guests have plenty to do.

Related: Best Pumpkin Treats In Seattle

Jeffrey Totey is a freelance writer living in Seattle. He has a love for the arts and is a student of pop culture. He covers stories about the performing arts, theater, museums, cultural events, movies and more in the greater Seattle area. His work can be found at

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