Seattle pulls out all the stops during the holiday season – that means that the Christmas fever is in the air as early as November and reverberates until the New Year’s. In the Emerald City, with its proliferation of cultural establishments, Christmas is an unforgettable experience fused with community gatherings, altruism, and artistry, making Seattle such a great place to celebrate the holidays this 2016.
To keep you entertained during the Christmas season in Seattle, read these 5 Entertaining Christmas Events in Seattle for 2016:
1. Gingerbread Village
Held at the lobby of Sheraton Hotel, a wondrous gingerbread village is set up with a different theme every year. This 2016, it is “Celebrate the Magic of the Holidays!” The ornately-decorated Gingerbread Village is open to the public 24/7 from November 22, 2016-January 1, 2017. By far, it’ll be one of the largest and most unique gingerbread houses you’ll see during the holidays!
Donate to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation while you’re at the venue; the efforts of teams of architectural and culinary designers can pay off the most with Christmas spirit from viewers.
2. Wildlights at Woodland Park Zoo
Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo is strung with thousands of lights in anticipation of the festive season: running this year from November 25, 2016-January 1, 2017. If the rest of the 5 Entertaining Christmas Events in Seattle for 2016 are unappealing to you, visiting animals at nighttime with the lights on will make your Christmas merry. These light displays in Seattle are open the day after Thanksgiving until the New Year and can be walked through or driven through. Either way, the view is spectacular.
3. Festival of Trees
21 trees decorated with their own theme and style. A selection of beautiful Christmas trees is displayed at the lobby and grand motor entrance of Fairmont Olympic Hotel, the proceeds of the sale of which will benefit the Seattle Children’s Hospital. Provided this year until November 30 are entertainment, holiday item sale, visits with Santa, photos available, Christmas stories, and the lighting of the grand lobby tree.
4. Westlake Christmas Tree Lighting
At Westlake Center Plaza in downtown Seattle, people can gather to watch their massive Christmas Tree lit at 5 pm, and can meet Santa, and dive right into other Christmas traditions. In 2016, Westlake Park will also host the Holiday Market; shopping period is between November 25-December 24. Reports for this year’s Christmas Tree Lighting note that it’s more of a community gathering than a big production.
The Seattle Center comes alive from November 27-December 31, from 10am – 6pm with Seattle’s take on Christmas: light displays, an ice skating rink, and a model Winter Train and town. Have fun with your children riding the train, listening to music, or watching local theatre and ballets. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Stellaluna, and George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker are slated for the 2016 Christmas season Winterfest.
Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year; it’s the time of giving and receiving and being thankful. The holidays in Seattle are priceless and heartening, so don’t miss out on how you can celebrate Christmas wherever you are.
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