Photo: Downtown Seattle Association


By Amanda Castleman

Nestled between forested mountains and glistening Elliott Bay, Seattle remains one of the loveliest urban landscapes in the country—if not the world. Discover four fantastic ways to get out and play over the holiday season.

Photo: Swanson's Nursery

Photo: Swanson’s Nursery

Swansons Nursery Reindeer Festival

This massive gardening center welcomes the holidays, November 12 through December 24, with festive photo ops and visits from Santa’s reindeer. Snap a picture with the hooved animals and watch their daily feedings, or hop in Santa’s sleigh for a chance to shake your belly like a bowl full of jelly. A model train village and selection of seasonal wreaths, ornaments, garlands, and stocking stuffers round out the festivities.

Photo: Seattle Times

Photo: Seattle Times

Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition

Tis the season to be jolly—and to join in the fa-la-la-la fun of the 30th annual Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition, December 2. Dozens of caroling teams belt it out around Westlake Center, with the top teams spreading their good cheer on the main stage. This seasonal sing-off serenades nearly 10,000 people each winter, while also raising funds for the Pike Market Senior Center & Food Bank.

Photo: Chris Bennion

Photo: Chris Bennion

A Christmas Carol

Leave the bah humbugs at home. This heartwarming tale about the true meaning of Christmas returns to ACT Theatre, November 25 through December 28. Follow along to Charles Dickens’s classic as Victorian-era miser Ebenezer Scrooge learns all about hope and redemption from some ghostly friends during the holidays. ACT’s 90-minute adaptation by late founder Gregory Falls has been a Seattle tradition since 1976 and can bring smiles to even the Grinchiest of Scrooges.

Photo: Downtown Seattle Association

Photo: Downtown Seattle Association

Holiday Carousel at Westlake Park

Kids—and kids at heart—can embrace the joy of the season at Westlake Park. With the Westlake Center Christmas Tree as one dazzling backdrop, the colorful Holiday Carousel welcomes more than 50,000 revelers every year. Take a spin on the array of horses and carousel animals beneath holiday lights and music. Proceeds and donations benefit Treehouse, a charity that helps kids in foster care.



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