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Seattle Christmas Events 2013

The Best Things to Do, Concerts, Festivals, and More


Seattle Christmas Events

Seattle Christmas Events 2013

Copyright Joe Mabel

Seattle and surrounding cities have an array of theaters and venues, many of which host holiday events in November and December. Local festivals are also a great way to get out and enjoy the holiday season!

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Where: Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle
When: November 29-January 4 (closed December 24-25)
How much: $7.50 for members/$9.50 for regular adults/children 3-12 $6.50

A Christmas Carol
The traditional Charles Dickens tale about Ebenezer Scrooge and three ghosts who visit him to guide him back into the spirit of Christmas.
When: November 29-December 29
Where: ACT Theatre
How much: $22-$42

Polar Plaza in Tacoma
The only ice skating rink in the South Sound is in downtown Tacoma. Enjoy some hot chocolate or even ride a camel, special events or a train ride for the kids.
When: Opens after Thanksgiving and stays open until the early New Year
Where: At Tollefson Plaza, across from Tacoma Art Museum
How much: TBA

Chaplins Bellevue Volkswagen Ice Arena
The region's largest open-air ice skating rink—and 2013 brought with it 350 more square feet! But don't worry, there's a cover over it. There are beverages and snacks on-site, music, lessons and more.
When: November 29-January 12
Where: NE 1st Street and 102nd Avenue NE, one block south of Bellevue Square
How much: $12, includes skates

Macy's Holiday Parade
In the morning, the Macy's Parade fills the streets with holiday cheer. At 5 p.m., the Macy's star will be lit for the first time this season.
When: November 29, 9 a.m.
Where: The parade route starts at 7th and Pine in downtown Seattle, loops through downtown, and ends at 4th and Pine.
How much: Free

Westlake Center's Annual Tree Lighting
Enjoy a festive holiday atmosphere, meet Santa and watch Seattle's downtown tree light up for the first time for the 2013 season!
When: TBA
Where: Westlake Center Plaza in downtown Seattle
How much: Free

Magic in the Market
Pike Place Market gets into the spirit with Dickens Carolers, photos with Santa, and a tree lighting at 5 p.m.
When: TBA
Where: Pike Place Market
How much: Free

The Sound of Music Sing Along and 67th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting
Tacoma's giant Christmas tree has been lit and placed in downtown Tacoma since the late 1800s, and has been a holiday tradition run by the Broadway Center for decades. Join in a viewing of "The Sound of Music," sing along, and then stay to see the 50-to-60-foot tree light up for the first time this year.
When: November 30 - Sing-a-long at 3 p.m./Tree lighting at 5:30 p.m.
Where: Pantages Theatre, Tacoma
How much: $18-26 for the sing-a-long. Tree lighting is free.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra: The Lost Christmas
Hard rock, classical music, traditional Christmas tunes and ones written by the band are what TSO is all about. The Lost Christmas has a loose storyline throughout of an angel who has returned to earth, and the show is great from any corner of KeyArena as there are lasers, large screens, a full stage of action, and more to catch your eye even from the farthest seats.
When: November 23, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Where: KeyArena
How much: $45-$85

Stowell & Sendak Nutcracker
The Pacific Northwest Ballet's "Nutcracker" is one of the world's best productions of this classic.
When: November 30-December 29
Where: McCaw Hall
How much: $25-$126, discounts for children

Saint Nick's Winter in Woodinville
Woodinville Wine Country puts on several events to make sure all is merry at the wineries, including Chateau Ste. Michelle.

  • December 6, 7-9:30 p.m. – Wine tasting at Columbia Winery, kicks off Saint Nick’s Winter in Woodinville.
  • December 7-8, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. – Saint Nick’s Holiday Open House

It’s A Wonderful Life
One of the oldest community theaters in the U.S., Tacoma Little Theatre is a quaint place to catch unique performances. This year's holiday show looks to this Christmas classic that focuses on appreciating what you have.
When: November 29-December 22
Where: Tacoma Little Theatre
How much: $12.50-$24.50

Play It Again, Santa by Seattle Men's Chorus
The Seattle Men's Chorus likes to add a bit of cheeky comedy into Christmas. Expect traditional Christmas songs as well as some lesser-known international ones, too.
When: November 30-December 22
Where: Benaroya Hall (December 12 at Pantages Theatre in Tacoma)
How much: TBA

Argosy Christmas Ship Festival
Where: Cities all around the Puget Sound
When: Starts December 1
How much: Free if you wait on shore, various prices to ride along on the Christmas Ship or other boats

Holiday Parade of Lights Cruises
Where: Several ports of departure, including Pier 66 in Seattle, Kirkland Marina Park, and WaterWays Home Port at 2441 N. Northlake Way, Seattle
When: Starts December 1
How much: $29-$55

Tree Lighting Ceremony at Salish Lodge
A 20-foot tree is lit and then the celebration includes hot chocolate, cookies, live entertainment, discounts at Salish Lodge, and contests.
Where: Salish Lodge,6501 Railroad Avenue SE, Snoqualmie
When: TBA
How much: Free

Eastside Symphony - Free December 2013 Concert
An Eastside tradition, featuring sing-a-longs and songs by Tchaikovsky, Anderson, and more.
When: December 8, 3 p.m.
Where: Redmond Performing Arts Center, 17272 NE 104th St, Redmond
How much: $5 general/16 and younger are free

The Great Figgy Pudding Street Corner Caroling Competition
Carolers compete to find the best carolers in town! Funds raised benefit Pike Market Senior Center and Downtown Food Bank.
When: December 6, 5 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Westlake Center, 4th and Pine, Seattle
How much: Free to listen, $75 to register a team

Jingle Bell Run/Walk
Dress up in holiday costume, tie jingle bells to your shoe laces, and run or walk this level course. Funds raised go to Arthritis Foundation.
When: December 8, 8 a.m. to noon
Where: Westlake Center, 4th and Pine
How much: $30-$40

The Nutcracker
While not as grand as PNW's version, the Tacoma City Ballet puts on a lovely production of "The Nutcracker" at the historic Pantages Theatre.
When: December 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22
Where: Pantages Theatre, Tacoma
How much: $20-$60

The Christmas Revels
This show mixes a bit of everything--seasoned actors and community members; fine performance and silly comedy. This year, the show is set in the 12th century for a bit of historic Christmas fun.
When: December 14-15, 17-18
Where: Rialto Theater, Tacoma
How much: $16-$31

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