Looking to celebrate the season with the whole family? We put together a round-up of the most festive events to get in the holiday spirit.
Christmas Ship Festival
Welcome a parade of Christmas ships decked out in holiday lights at 65 different locations around Puget Sound. Buy tickets to ride in the lead and follow boats or take in the scene for free from the shore. Each stop has a 20-minute choir performance from carolers.
November 23-December 23, see schedule for full list of locations and performance times; argosycruises.com
Enchant Christmas in Seattle
The world’s largest holiday light maze is setting up shop in Seattle’s Safeco Field. The family-friendly event offers an ice skating trail, market, Santa’s workshop, and live music.
Safeco Field, 1250 First Avenue South, Seattle; November 23-December 30, Sunday-Thursday 4-10 p.m., Friday-Saturday 4-11 p.m.; Tickets: $20-$33; enchantchristmas.com
Wildlights in Seattle
Woodland Park Zoo is lit up into a winter wonderland with sparkling lights and faux snowball fights.
Woodland Park Zoo, 5500 Phinney Avenue North, Seattle; November 23-January 5, 5:30-8:30 p.m.; Tickets: $10-$15; zoo.org
Winterfest Seattle Center
Go for a spin on the Winterfest ice rink, take in a turn-of-the-century train and village replica, and watch artists create seasonal ice sculptures. The best part – most events are free or have a suggested donation.
Seattle Center Armory and Fisher Pavilion, 305 Harrison St, Seattle; November 23-January 6; varied hours by events; seattlecenter.com
Downtown Seattle holiday carousel
The holiday carousel is back in downtown Seattle for its 31st year. A holiday market featuring local artisans will also set up shop nearby.
Westlake Park, 401 Pine Street, Seattle; November 23-January 1; Sunday-Thursday 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday-Saturday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Tickets: $4; downtownseattle.org
Zoolights in Tacoma
Zoolights kicks off its 30th year with 700,000 LED lights. The display will also feature a new surprise this year: Bigfoot will be hiding amongst the lit-up figurines.
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, 5400 North Pearl Street, Tacoma; November 23-January 6, 5-9 p.m.; Tickets: $6-12; pdza.org
Snowflake Lane in Bellevue
Celebrate the holiday season on the Eastside with falling snow, music, and a nightly parade at 7 p.m.
Between Bellevue Square and Lincoln Square from Northeast Fourth to Northeast 8th Streets; November 23-December 24; free; snowflakelane.com
Renton Clam Lights
Trees and shrubs at Gene Coulon Memorial Beach will be decorated with over 200,000 lights this December. The display is centered on Ivar's and Kidd Valley, but decorations span over a mile of the park's water walk.
Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park, 1201 Lake Washington Boulevard North, Renton; November 30-January 1, 5-9 p.m.; Free; rentonwa.gov
Redmond Winter Wonderland
Redmond Town Center will be decked out in holiday decorations and have festivities for the whole family – even Fido. Activities include a holiday train, carousel, Santa pictures (Mondays are pet photo days), and a synthetic skating rink.
Redmond Town Center, 7525 166th Avenue Northeast, Redmond; November 23-January 6; Free-$7; redmondtowncenter.com
The Lights of Christmas in Stanwood
With over 1 million holiday lights, the festival at Warm Beach Camp says it is the largest holiday light display in the Pacific Northwest. The event also offers “pay what you can nights” where attendees can donate any amount for admission on November 29 and December 6, 27, and 28.
Warm Beach Camp, 20800 Marine Drive, Stanwood; November 29-December 29, 5-10 p.m.; Tickets: $9-16; thelightsofchristmas.com