Photo: John Pai

INDOOR

By Emmaline Cotter

When it’s cold outside but holiday spirits are in full swing, take advantage of Seattle’s festive indoor events and activities, from smooth skating to magical shopping wonderlands.

Photo: Pacific Place

Photo: Pacific Place

Pacific Place Snow Show

Take a break from shopping at Pacific Place’s 50-plus stores for a life-size snow globe experience. Every night this holiday season, starting November 25, snow falls for 10 magical minutes from the top of the shopping center’s glass atrium. Snowflakes cascade down amidst dazzling lights and festive tunes. On weekends, enjoy live holiday music performed by a variety of singers and musicians, from traditional choirs to jazz bands. While the actual snow recipe is kept tightly under wraps, it’s no secret that this Seattle tradition will have you in the holiday spirit before the first flake falls.

Photo: Jal Schrof

Photo: Jal Schrof

Winterfest Ice Rink

Glide into festive fun at Seattle Center’s Fisher Pavilion, November 25 through December 31. This annual pop-up ice rink is the perfect way to spend a chilly day indoors. Rent a pair of skates and hop on the ice to a soundtrack of holiday music, plus twinkling lights overhead. Need a break? On Saturdays outside Fisher Pavilion, award-winning artists transform glistening blocks of ice into seasonal sculptures, from snowmen to reindeer. And at the nearby Seattle Center Armory, rest your skate-weary feet with a cup of hot cocoa or a bag of cinnamon-glazed pecans.

Photo: John Pai

Photo: John Pai

Seattle Men’s Chorus: Silver & Soul

Hear all your favorite holiday tunes—and then some—at the signature Seattle Men’s Chorus concert Silver & Soul, December 4 through 22 at Benaroya Hall. This joyful event showcases 250 voices singing classic carols like “Sleigh Ride” and “O Come, All Ye Faithful,” along with a few soulful renditions of other cherished favorites. The entertaining performance includes a fun sing-along, gospel harmonies, and even a David Bowie tribute, ending on a high note with a disco-themed Santa finale.

Urban Craft Uprising

Stock up on unique gifts for everyone on your list at Urban Craft Uprising’s Winter Show, December 3 and 4 at Seattle Center’s Exhibition Hall. Now in its 12th year, Seattle’s largest indie craft show features more than 150 design, craft, and art vendors selling everything from handmade woven scarves to whimsical ceramics to delicate jewelry. Apart from the wonderful wares on sale, the two-day extravaganza also features book signings and craft demonstrations. Arrive early to grab one of the limited swag bags filled with sample goodies from the show. Happy shopping!

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