Press Release

For Immediate Release

Media Contacts:
Alisa Carroll, Visit Seattle, 206-461-5862

James Sido, DSA/MID, 206-613-3208

Deborah Daoust, Seattle Center, 206-386-1974

Your Complete 2016 Guide to Downtown Seattle Holiday Events and Activities

Holidays in Seattle is a collaboration between the Downtown Seattle Association/Metropolitan Improvement District, Seattle Center and Visit Seattle, created to showcase all of the fun and festive holiday experiences taking place in Downtown Seattle during the season, from Seattle Center to Pioneer Square and everywhere in between. The calendar below is listed by category and by date. For more information on events, city maps, hotel packages and deals, travel tips and more, please visit


Theatre and Shows

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Seattle Children’s Theatre
Oct. 13 – Dec. 11

The Little Mermaid
5th Avenue Theatre
Nov. 23 – Dec. 31

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol
A Contemporary Theatre (ACT)
Nov. 25 – Dec. 28

A(N Improvised) Christmas Carol
Unexpected Productions
Nov. 25 – Dec. 24

Stella Luna
Seattle Children’s Theatre
Dec. 1, 2016 – Jan. 15, 2017

Ham For the Holidays
A Contemporary Theatre (ACT)
Dec. 8 – 24
Recommended 14+

Hedwig and the Angry Inch
The Paramount Theatre
Dec. 13 – 18

 The Sound of Music
5th Avenue Theatre
Jan. 6 – 8, 2017


The Paperboys 10th Annual Thanksgiving Weekend Meltdown
The Triple Door
Nov. 25 – 27

Home For the Holidays
Seattle Men’s Chorus
Benaroya Hall
Dec. 4 – 22

Deck the Hall Ball
KeyArena at Seattle Center
Dec. 6

Deck the Hall Ball feat. Empire of the Sun, The Head and the Heart and Jimmy Eat World
KeyArena at Seattle Center
Dec. 8

Holiday Pops
University of Washington Chorale
Benaroya Hall
Dec. 10

Stevie Nicks
KeyArena at Seattle Center
Dec. 11

Handel’s Messiah
Seattle Symphony
Benaroya Hall
Dec. 16 – 18

Opus 7 presents Einojuhani Rautavaara’s Magnificat
St. James Cathedral
Dec. 17

THE COATS: Annual Holiday Show
Seattle Symphony
Benaroya Hall
Dec. 18 – 20

Ensign: A Joyeux Noel
Benaroya Hall
Dec. 19 – 20

The Brian Setzer Orchestra – 13th Annual Christmas Rocks! Tour
The Paramount Theatre
Dec. 26

The Four Seasons
Benaroya Hall
Dec. 28 – 29

New Year’s Eve Concert
St. James Cathedral
Dec. 31

New Year’s Eve Classical Soul of Motown
Benaroya Hall
Dec. 31

The Ghosts of Christmas Eve Trans-Siberian Orchestra
KeyArena at Seattle Center
Dec. 31


George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker
Pacific Northwest Ballet
Marion Oliver McCaw Hall at Seattle Center
Nov. 25 – Dec. 28

Land of the Sweets: The Burlesque Nutcracker
The Triple Door
Dec. 9 – 29

Season-Long Festivities

Seattle Center Winterfest
Nov. 25 – Dec. 31, Ice rink open until Jan. 2, 2017
Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St.

Celebrate the holiday season with the Seattle Center festivities! Take your family out and skate around their season-long ice rink. Entertain the family with the Winterfest seasonal attractions, including the Winter Train & Village, featured entertainment, student showcases and more. Winterfest will culminate at the New Year’s Eve Celebration, featuring a fireworks show produced by the Space Needle. See the Winterfest website for all upcoming events and performances.

Downtown Seattle Association Holiday Carousel Returns for its 30th Anniversary
Averaging more than 50,000 riders per year, the DSA Holiday Carousel, sponsored by IKEA, will return to the Winter Village at Westlake Park Friday, Nov. 25, 2016 through Jan. 2, 2017.  Kids of all ages are welcome to take a spin, with a suggested donation of $3.  Proceeds benefit the work of Treehouse, providing foster kids a childhood and a future.

Holiday Carousel Hours:
Sunday – Thursday 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday & Saturday 11a.m. – 9 p.m.

Special Hours:
November 25 – 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
December 24 – 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
December 25 – Closed
December 31 – 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
January 1 – Normal hour

Holiday Market at Westlake Park
Friday, Nov. 25 – Friday, Dec. 23, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. daily
Saturday, Dec. 24, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Urban Craft Uprising has teamed up with DSA to provide a unique holiday shopping experience in the heart of downtown. Twelve huts will house 24 local artisans offering hand-crafted gifts, with new vendors on-site each week in Westlake Park.

Argosy Christmas Ship Festival
Nov. 25 – Dec. 23
Times and departure locations vary

Make it a special night with the family or a loved one aboard Argosy Cruises’ Christmas Ship or Parade Boat. With choir performances and festival lights, the Christmas Ship Festival promises a night full of holiday spirit. Boat owners are welcome to join and are encouraged to add lights to their vessel. Full meals are available on the Royal Argosy. In partnership with the Seattle Times, a portion of the ticket sales will benefit the publication’s Fund for the Needy project.

24th Annual Gingerbread Village Display
Nov. 22, 2016 – Jan. 1, 2017 – All day
Sheraton Seattle Hotel, 1400 6th Ave

Sheraton Seattle is celebrating 24 years for their Gingerbread Village display, which is on view 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. The Sheraton culinary team will create favorite scenes from the wonderful world of wizardry.  The display is free to public and donations are encouraged and will benefit the Northwest Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Snow Shows and Holiday Festivities at Pacific Place
Nov. 25 – Dec. 24 (Snowfall Mon. – Sat., 6 & 7 p.m.; Sun., 5 & 6 p.m.

 Enjoy snow shows twice nightly in the atrium of Pacific Place plus special performances every weekend. Guests who spend $500 at stores and restaurants during a one-day visit receive free parking. Children can share their holiday wishes and smiles with Santa on the 2nd floor from Nov. 25 through Dec. 24. Santa’s special events (12s Fan Night, Paws Night and Ugly Sweater nights), hours, packages and reservation details are at Also catch the Light up the Night 3D Light Show Nov. 25 – Dec. 24 each evening outside of Pacific Place on the 6th Avenue side adjacent to Nordstrom.

Fairmont Olympic Hotel Festivities
Nov. 26 – Dec. 31 – Holiday Tea in the Georgian
|Nov. 19 – Gala Dinner and Auction
Nov. 20 – Festival of Trees Celebration
Nov. 25 – 26 – Teddy Bear Suite (20th Anniversary)
Nov. 19 – 30 – Festival of Trees viewing

Fairmont Olympic Hotel, 411 University St.

Highlights this year include the 20th anniversary of the Teddy Bear Suite and the 39th annual Festival of Trees celebration. Beautifully decorated trees are displayed throughout the hotel, each accompanied by a photo and a story of a courageous Seattle Children’s Hospital patient.  Funds raised from the sale of the trees (guaranteed bid of $3,000) go to the Seattle Children’s Autism Center and Uncompensated Care at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Trees will be on display November 19 through November 30.

5th Annual WildLights at Woodland Park Zoo
Fridays-Sundays, Nov. 25, 2016 – Jan. 1, 2017*
WildLights will be closed Dec. 24 & 25
5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Enter through West Entrance on Phinney Ave N. between North 55th and 56th streets.

Guests will be transported to a festive winter wonderland complete with lights, treats, animals and more. Over 600,000 LED lights will illuminate displays including “African Water Hole,” “Jungle Lights,” and “Northern Lights.” WildLights features brilliant indoor and outdoor light displays, a peacock scavenger hunt, a Winter Warm Up area, rides on the zoo’s decorated Historic Carousel and photo ops with Santa and his reindeer. Tickets are available for purchase at starting Nov. 8, 2016. Visit for more information.

History, Contained
Dec. 1 – Jan. 3, 8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. daily*
Daily snow 5:30 p.m.
*(6 – 8 p.m. on Dec. 1 only)
Occidental Square, 117 S. Washington Street, Seattle

A 15-foot shipping container will be transformed with visitors able to step into history. The interior of the container will feature specialized displays and lighting offering a trolley’s-eye view of 1st Ave. from the 1920s. The exterior of the container will place visitors in a Northwest winter-scape and a 30-minute snow shower will cascade around the container nightly at 5:30 p.m.

Date Specific Holiday Festivities

Markets are held every Saturday, Nov. 19 – Dec. 17
Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, 719 S King St.

Celebrate and save with Shop-O-Rama specials at Marketplace at The Wing! Check out six weekends of deals and events, including a Family Fun Day, Bruce Lee’s Birthday, photos with Asian-American Santa, sales and more. The Shop-O-Rama schedule can be viewed on their website.

Macy’s Holiday Parade & Holiday Star Lighting Ceremony
Nov. 25, Parade begins at 9 a.m.; Star lighting begins at 5 p.m. followed by a fireworks show, weather permitting
Nov. 25 – Dec. 24, Santaland opens at 11 a.m.
Macy’s Downtown, 1601 3rd Ave

A special holiday tradition spanning 60 years for Seattle-area families returns to usher in the holiday season in Downtown Seattle. Beginning at 9 a.m. Santa on his magical sleigh, festive floats, costumed characters and local community groups will start parading on the corner of 7th Avenue and Pine Street and travel south, then west to Macy’s on 4th Avenue and Pine Street. Shortly after the parade at 11 a.m., Santa will make his way to his Seattle holiday post at Macy’s Santaland on the 6th floor of Macy’s. On the same evening, the Holiday Star Lighting Ceremony begins at 5 p.m. with the traditional lighting of their 161-foot-high holiday star. Weather permitting, a beautiful fireworks display will follow.

Westlake Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration and Fireworks
Nov. 25, 4:45 p.m.
Westlake Center (Pine Street between Third Avenue and Seventh avenues)

The festive kickoff to the holiday season in Downtown, the Westlake Tree Lighting Celebration is a time-honored tradition, along with the opening of The Downtown Seattle Association IKEA Holiday Carousel, the lighting of the Macy’s star and fireworks display.

Space Santa at the Space Needle
Nov. 25-27, Dec. 3-4, 10-11, 17, 21-24, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Dec. 18: 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Space Needle, 400 Broad St.

Take advantage of the perfect opportunity to see the city’s beauty while getting your holiday photos taken with Space Santa on his shiny sleigh on the Space Needle’s Observation Deck. The coolest, hippest Santa will be chilling out with a couple of his elves. Get free digital downloads from the Space Needle’s professional photographers.

Magic in the Market at Pike Place Market
Nov. 26, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
85 Pike St.

A full day of holiday festivities, Pike Place Market continues its tree lighting ceremony with seasonal activities and winter treats served during the day. Through Dec. 24, Corner Produce will sell holiday trees. The countdown to the special tree lighting with Santa begins at 5 p.m. More than 500 merchants who create uniquely hand-crafted gifts invite guests to Magic in the Market on Saturday, November 26, 2015 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Providence O’ Christmas Trees at The Westin Hotel
Christmas Carnival: Monday Nov. 28, 3-7 p.m.
Silver Bells Luncheon: Tuesday, Nov. 29, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Gala Dinner & Auction: Wednesday, Nov. 30, 5-10 p.m.
Grand Ballroom, Westin Hotel, 1900 5th Ave

Enjoy a display of artfully decorated Christmas trees in the lobby and Grand Ballroom in the Westin Hotel by various designers in the Pacific Northwest. All will be auctioned off for charity and everyone is welcome to enjoy the beautiful trees.

Great Figgy Pudding Street Corner Caroling Competition
Dec. 2, 6 – 8:30 p.m.
Westlake Center (Pine Street between Third and Seventh avenues)

The Great Figgy Pudding Competition is in its 30th year, celebrating the holiday season with dozens of caroling teams competing for the number one spot. Every year, the competition draws thousands of people to the Westlake Center, all to raise money for the Pike Market Senior Center and Downtown Food Bank.

Pioneer Square Howlidays
Saturday, Dec. 10, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Occidental Square

Dogs in costumes … repeating … dogs in costumes. The 5th annual Howlidays is a furry festive favorite and you’re invited to dress up your dog and bring him/her down to show off a little in the yearly costume contest. Also, a pop-up pooch park will allow your pup to stretch out a bit and the “Barket Market” will have stocking stuffers for dogs and parents, alike.

A Very Filson Christmas
Dec. 10, open to close
Filson Flagship store
1741 1st Avenue South

This all-day holiday party includes a wreath making workshop with Sara Hane Camacho from Thatch Floral (noon to 3 p.m.), a visit from Nick’s Boots for boot fittings (1 to 4 p.m.) and a hot chocolate bar (2 to 7 p.m.). Get your photos taken with Filson’s own version of Santa, complete with an outfit consisting of a Wool Packer Coat, green Mackinaw Bibs and a Mackinaw Cap. Santa will return on December 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for anyone hoping to get last-minute photos.

Pacific Science Center’s Parent’s Day Out
Dec. 17
Drop-off: 10:30 a.m.; Pick-up: 4 p.m.
200 2nd Ave North

Take a day to yourself to catch up on holiday shopping or just to relax from all the great holiday celebrations. For this holiday season, Pacific Science Center offers Parents’ Night Out events all year round. Spend a night out (or in!) while your child enjoys private, after-hours exploration of our exhibits, hands-on activities, and a live science, planetarium or laser light show. Your child will enjoy a light snack upon arrival and a science-themed treat later in the evening. Participants will be supervised in age groups by our outstanding and experienced staff all evening. More details available online.

T-Mobile New Year’s at the Needle Observation Deck Party
Dec. 31, 9 p.m.
$130 inclusive/person
Space Needle, 400 Broad St.

Ring in 2017 at the Space Needle Tophouse. Enjoy complimentary light appetizers and desserts, dancing on the Observation Deck with a KEXP DJ, New Year’s Eve party favors, Casino-style gaming tables with cash and prizes, and a champagne toast and fireworks to welcome the New Year.

T-Mobile New Year’s at the Needle Soirée in the Sky
Dec. 31, 8 p.m.
$250 inclusive/person
SkyCity at the Space Needle, 400 Broad St.

This special New Year’s Eve party includes a sumptuous ten-course dinner designed by Executive Chef Jeff Maxfield, Live piano accompaniment with Jason Coult, the option of dancing on the Observation Deck 520-feet above Seattle with KEXP (90.3FM) DJ, party favors and a champagne toast at midnight.

New Year’s Eve pARTy at Chihuly Garden and Glass
Dec. 31, 8 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Chihuly Garden and Glass, 305 Harrison St. Seattle, WA 98109

Ring in the New Year at Chihuly Garden and Glass where you’ll dine, dance and delight in the most extraordinary view of Seattle’s most iconic fireworks display through the glass ceiling of the glass house. Chihuly’s New Year’s Eve party includes a tour through the Exhibition, delicious appetizers and desserts in the stunning Glasshouse, dancing to the Craig Lawrence Band, and a champagne toast at midnight. Tickets can be purchased for $225 at the first week of November. The party is 21+, there is no entry without ID and all guests should arrive by 10 p.m.


Seattle Children’s Kids Marathon
Nov. 26
Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St.

Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon
Nov. 27
Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St.

Challenge yourself with hilly sections while basking in the scenic views of Downtown Seattle and Lake Washington. Experience unsurpassed views of the city on these RRCA and AIMS certified 26.2 and 13.1 mile courses. The marathon is walker-friendly and great for the entire family.

Jingle Bell Run/Walk – 5k and 1k
Dec. 11, Children’s 1k at 8:00 a.m., 5k waves begin at 8:20 a.m.
Westlake Park (401 Pine St.)

 In partnership with the Arthritis Foundation, the Seattle Jingle Bell Run/Walk is the perfect start to the holiday season. Get into the holiday spirit by dressing in holiday-themed costumes and donning winter bells.

Other Cool Stuff Happening This Holiday Season

Yves Saint Laurent: The Perfection of Style
Seattle Art Museum
Now through Jan. 8, 2017

The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes
The Pacific Science Center
Now through Jan. 8, 2017

Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds
EMP Museum
Now through February 2017

World of WearableArt
EMP Museum
Now through Jan. 2, 2017

Tabaimo: Utsutsushi Utsushi
Seattle Art Museum
Nov. 11, 2016 – Feb. 26, 2017

Jennifer West: Film is Dead
Seattle Art Museum
Nov. 19, 2016 – May 7, 2017

Edible City: A Delicious Journey
Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI)
Nov. 19, 2016 – Sept.10, 2017

Do You Know Bruce? Breaking Barriers
Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
Now through Sept. 4, 2017

Chihuly Garden and Glass
Sun. – Thurs.,11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Fri & Sat, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Seattle Great Wheel
Mon -Thurs, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Friday, 11 a.m. -12 a.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. – 12 a.m.
Sunday, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Wings Over Washington
Mon – Thurs, 11 a.m. -10 p.m.
Friday, 11 a.m. – 12 a.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. -12 a.m.
Sunday, 10 a.m. -10 p.m.

About the Holidays in Seattle Campaign:
Holidays in Seattle is a marketing collaboration of the Downtown Seattle Association, Metropolitan Improvement District, Visit Seattle and Seattle Center to highlight the unique and enriching holiday experience of Seattle’s city center, from Seattle Center to Pioneer Square. The goal of the campaign is to promote the diversity and wealth of holiday attractions, events and promotions that make Seattle the premier holiday destination in the Northwest.

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