If you want to spruce up your front porch and home for the holidays, Seattle’s garden centers have lots of wonderful ideas, free classes and open houses. Plus, if you time it right, your kids (and pets!) can have a visit with Santa before he needs to deliver gifts around the world! Take a look.

Swanson’s Nursery
9701 15th Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98117

Dasher and Blitzen—two of Santa’s live reindeer, and Curley, the curious camel, will be at Swansons every day from Saturday, November 10 until Christmas Eve. Bring the family and friends for a visit with real, live reindeer and create some magical holiday memories. Feeding times are at 10:00am and 4:00pm. Plus, November 10 & 11 and November 24 & 25, you are invited to bring your camera and take your own photos of your kids and family seated in a sleigh beside a live reindeer! Jingle, undoubtedly the most photogenic reindeer you’ve ever posed with, is tame and gentle. Handlers will be present, too.

And Santa arrives each weekend beginning November 24 and 25 for photo ops with your kids! Put your name in when you arrive, then come back at your appointment time for a photo. Meanwhile, you can see Swanson’s Holiday Model Train, wreaths, Christmas trees and decorations! Each child receives a candy cane and the irreplaceable memory of visiting with Santa. Check the website for more details.

West Seattle Nursery
5275 California Avenue SW
Seattle, WA 98136

It’s West Seattle Nursery’s Annual Holiday Open House on Saturday, November 10 from 11:00am – 3:00pm. Pop in for complimentary espresso, hors d’oeuvres and seminars to inspire holiday cheer! Take in all the stunning holiday displays inside the Gift Shop and get in the mood for the most wonderful time of the year!

Molbaks Garden + Home
13625 NE 175th St.
Woodinville, WA 98072

Celebrate this magical season of giving and stock up on dazzling gifts, décor and treats for entertaining family and friends during Molkbak’s Holiday Kick Off Weekend, November 10, 11 and 12. Talented students from Northshore Schools will inspire you with décor ideas and festive activities for the kids between 11:00am and 2:00pm each day. Then on Saturday, November 17 and Sunday, December 2, gather the family or just bring the kids to Molbak’s and capture your holiday memories with a professional, mini-photo session. 50% of the proceeds go to help foster children through Treehouse. And don’t forget your pet! On Saturday, November 17 between 2:00pm and 5:00pm your canine pal can have a holiday picture with St. Nick – while supporting the Seattle Humane Society. Your $20 donation gets your pooch a professional mini-photo session with Santa and you’ll receive a digital file of your dog’s best shot. No appointment necessary, first-come, first-served. Check more details online.

Magnolia Garden Center
Friday, November 16
6:00pm – 9:00pm
3213 West Smith
Seattle, WA 98199

Welcome to the Winter Holiday Season. Start the season off with a fun celebration at Magnolia Garden Center with an evening of treats, drink and entertainment. Special features and lots of fun for all! Plus, starting Thanksgiving week, you will be able to pick out a beautiful Christmas Tree and have it delivered to your living room! The trees are as fresh as if you cut them yourself but without the cold and wet experience! Details online.

Ravenna Gardens
Sunday, November 18
University Village
2600 Northeast University Village Street
Seattle, WA 98105

Join designer Barbara Libner for her outdoor Seasonal Container Design and Decorating class. This class is packed with ideas for sprucing up your containers and decorating your porch for the holiday season! Classes are free, but reservations are required.


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