2019 Holiday Happenings in the Seattle Area

Add a little sparkle with these local holiday happenings...

Our Northwest holidays may be wet, but they’re still bright! Make the most of the season with Seattle favorites—such as dazzling light displays and the Parade of Boats—along with newer additions like the “Enchant” event with light mazes and ice skating inside T Mobile Park. Scroll down for all the details…


WildLights at Woodland Park Zoo

West Entrance: 5500 Phinney Ave. N, Seattle, WA 98103
South Entrance: 750 N 50th St, Seattle, WA 98103
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  • Dates/Times: Open nightly 11/29/19 – 1/5/20 | 5:30 – 8:30 pm
  • Cost: $10.95 – $16.95 per person (ages 2 and under are free)
  • Promotions: Get a 10% group discount on WildLights tickets for groups of 20+. Zoo members get 20% off adult tickets.
  • Parking: Free parking is available at all lots after 4:30 pm (admission at both gates)
  • Food: Refreshments are available at the pizza trailer on the North Meadow, and at Gather and Graze (with covered seating provided). You are also welcome to bring your own food and non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Special activities: Carousel, fire pits, select indoor animal exhibits, ZooStore, & indoor snowball fights at the Snowmazium
  • Closures: December 2, 3, 9, 10, 24 & 25, 2019

Image courtesy of https://zoo.org/zoolights


Winterfest at Seattle Center

305 Harrison Street, Seattle, WA 98109



Enchant at T-Mobile Park

1250 1st Ave S, Seattle, WA 98134
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  • Dates/Times: 11/22/19 – 12/29/19 | 4pm to 11pm Fri-Sun, 4pm to 10pm weekdays until 12/12, then 4pm to 11pm every day 12/13-19 – 12/29/19
  • Cost: $19.99 – $32.99 per person (ages 3 and under are free) | VIP passes with dinner starting at $74.99 for adults
  • Promotions: Discount on final 2 hours of any day | 20% off with a 4-ticket family pack
  • Parking: $8 – $60 at Safeco Field Garages or check out the city’s Interactive Parking Map
  • Food: Seasonal food and treat concessions throughout
  • Activities: Ice skating trail, light maze, visits with Santa, gift market
  • Closures: 11/25/19 – 11/28/29, 12/2/19
Enchant Light Maze

Image courtesy of enchantchristmas.com


Garden d’Lights at Bellevue Botanical Garden

12001 Main Street, Bellevue WA 98005
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  • Dates/Times: Open nightly 11/30/19 – 12/31/19 | 4:30 – 9:00 pm
  • Cost: $5 per person (ages 10 and under are free)
  • Parking: Premium parking is $5 per car in the Garden’s lot (cash only) as space allows OR park for free at Wilburton Hill Park
  • Food: Hot drinks and snacks are available at the Aaron Education Center
  • Activities: Gingerbread village, live music
  • Holiday Closures: None

Photo courtesy of gardendlights.org


Snowflake Lane at the Bellevue Collection

Bellevue Way & NE 8th Street, Bellevue WA 98004


Christmas Ship Festival

Launch locations include Lake Union Park, Kirkland City Dock, Hyatt Regency Lake Washington, Des Moines Marina, Port of Poulsbo, Seattle Waterfront – Pier 55, Tacoma (Dock Street Marina), Edmonds, and Shilshole Bay Marina

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Ivar’s Clam Lights at Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park

1201 Lake Washington Blvd N, Renton, WA 98056

  • Dates/Times: Open nightly 12/6/19 – 1/1/20 | 5 – 9 pm
  • Cost: Free for all ages
  • Parking: Park for free at the Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park parking lot
  • Kickoff Event on Friday, December 6th at 5:30pm: Official lighting ceremony, photo op with Santa & Mrs. Claus in their sleigh, and more!
  • Holiday Closures: None


Westlake Center Tree Lighting & Holiday Activities

400 Pine St., Seattle, WA 98101 (Westlake Park)

  • Dates/Times: Tree lighting ceremony (with snow and fireworks) on 11/29/19, time TBD. Holiday market Fri-Sun beginning 11/29 through 12/22. Carousel and other festive attractions run 11/29 through January 1st, 2020
  • Cost: Free for all ages
  • Parking: Access the Republic Parking garage from Olive Way between 4th & 5th Ave, or check out this interactive map of city parking
  • Activities: Carousel, Holiday Market at Westlake Park

Image courtesy of http://redtri.com


Zoolights at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

5400 N Pearl St, Tacoma, WA 98407
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  • Dates/Times: Open nightly 11/29/2019 – 1/5/2020 | 5 – 9 pm
  • Cost: $11-$13 (free for kids 2 & under)
  • Promotions: Discounted tickets for zoo members; Military discount nights Dec. 2, 4, 9, 11, 14 & 18
  • Parking: Free parking in zoo lots (carpooling recommended)
  • Food: Make your own s’mores at the cafe deck firepits, or grab hot cocoa, dinner, snacks & 21+ beverages from the Plaza Cafe, Pearl St Grille & food stands
  • Activities: Carousel, aquarium, Kids’ Zone with meerkats & goat feeding
  • Holiday Closure: 12/24

Image courtesy of https://www.pdza.org


But wait, there’s more…

Holiday theatrical & musical shows

The Polar Express train ride at Mt. Rainier Railroad

Gingerbread Village at the Sheraton Grand Seattle

Leavenworth Lighting Festival & Snow Bus Tour



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Posted on November 18, 2019 at 11:00 am
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2019 Football Schedules, Venues, Recipes & Tips…

Football Fans Assemble! Schedules, Venues, Food & Tips


Are you ready for some football? Scroll down for printable schedules, favorite places to watch, game-day recipes and awesome tailgating hacks…


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5 Favorite Seattle Area Spots to Watch the Game

Can’t make it to the stadium? Here are some tried and true local hot spots where you can catch the game in good company. All of these venues are family friendly for your little 12s, too!

1. Tavern Hall, Bellevue

Right in the heart of Bellevue Square, Tavern Hall offers 30 (!!) flatscreen TVs and 4 shuffleboard tables. Brick oven pizzas and pretzels accompany the 20+ different beer varietals on tap. All-ages restaurant + bar seating.

Tavern Hall

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2. Buckley’s in Belltown, Seattle

A 5-foot projection screen accompanies the 22+ TVs and 24 beer tabs in this family-friendly favorite. Check out the Queen Anne location as well (complete with a 10-foot projection screen!).

Buckley's in Belltown

Photo courtesy of buckleyspubs.com

3. Flying Pie Pizzeria, Issaquah

If you’re watching the game with kids (or just love good pizza), Flying Pie in Issaquah offers a full arcade, mounted TVs, pitchers of local beer and plenty of 1980s nostalgia. Gluten-free and vegan options provide a modern twist on the classic pizzeria.

Flying Pie Pizzeria

Photo courtesy of flyingpiepizzeria.com

4. Elliott Bay Brewery & Pub, West Seattle

Touted for its organic handcrafted ales, great food and kid-friendly atmosphere, the Elliott Bay brew pub also broadcasts local games on its mounted TVs. Don’t miss the local Stout Wort ice cream (made right across the street at the Husky Deli). Take a victory lap–or burn off all your stress eating–at nearby Alki Beach.

Elliott Bay Brewery & Pub

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5. McMenamins Woodshop at Anderson School, Bothell

Northeast of Seattle, this converted schoolhouse in newly re-imagined downtown Bothell is well worth the drive. Enjoy shuffleboard, pool or pinball while you catch all the action on big screen TVs. Bribe kids with post-game pool time in the incredible North Shore Lagoon (with its own Tiki pub for mom or dad).

McMenamins Woodshop at Anderson School

Photo courtesy of parentmap.com.



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Posted on August 13, 2019 at 12:14 pm
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Offer: Free one-day tickets to Seattle Art Fair (August 5-7, 2016)


Calling all art fans: free one-day tickets for Seattle Art Fair are available courtesy of Windermere Real Estate. The 2nd annual event is next weekend, and it's a fun event for those who appreciate art. Attendees will be able to delve into the vibrant Seattle art scene, plus galleries from around the world will be presenting top-tier modern and contemporary art. 

Click here to reserve your free one-day ticket for either Friday August 5th, Saturday August 6th, or Sunday August 7th.  The Seattle Art Fair is held at CenturyLink Field Event. If you'd like to preview the projects and talk calendar before ordering your one-day ticket, click here. Enjoy! 

PS:  Here's the scoop on parking for the Fair. 


Posted on July 30, 2016 at 9:22 pm
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It’s All About Community: Eastside Baby Corner and Annual Recycle Event

My office, Windermere Mercer Island, is hosting two community events I'd like to share with you.

The first event, a donation drive benefiting Eastside Baby Corner, is going on right now.  We're collecting new and gently used baby/kid items that will be given to local children in need through the end of May.  If you'd like to learn more about the event, click here. The collection point is our office located at 2737 77th Ave SE STE 100, Mercer Island

The second event is our annual recycle event, hosted in our office parking lot. This year's recycle event day is  Saturday, June 11th.  There will be providers on hand to recycle your old appliances, electronics, bicycle parts, and a paper shredding truck will be on site to shred your documents securely.  Click here for more details. 

If you have any questions about either event, please send me an email at kathryn@windermere.com.  

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Posted on May 18, 2016 at 12:30 pm
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