The 26th annual parade will wind through downtown Seattle on Friday, Nov. 25; Bellevue Magic Season Snowflake Lane starts Friday, Nov. 25.

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The holiday season has been sneaking in here and there for weeks, but Friday, Nov. 25, it’s official: Santa Claus is coming to town, welcomed in grand style at the My Macy’s Holiday Parade. The festive parade has 25 inflatable floats, marching bands and hundreds of characters, including a dancing Christmas tree, local favorites Seattle Seahawks’ Blitz, Blue Thunder and Sea Gals; the Seattle Sounders FC band; the Mariner Moose riding the Moose Mobile and local dog clubs with Scottish terriers, sheepdogs, Dalmatians and St. Bernards, many in holiday attire.

The annual event draws a big crowd along the route as it winds through downtown. Curbside space goes fast, though most paradegoers are in a festive mood and willing to provide space in front for the youngest to get a good view.

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Several downtown streets will be closed, so allow extra time to find parking or to arrive by bus, monorail, light rail or other transportation. Daily information on downtown parking, including bargain options, and a link to Metro Transit’s trip planner is available at downtownseattle.com/parking/index.html.

Downtown festivities continue at 5 p.m. Friday with the lighting of the giant star atop Macy’s (formerly The Bon Marché), a Seattle tradition since 1957, accompanied by a fireworks show, weather permitting.

Holiday Parade

Parade: 9 a.m. Friday, Nov. 25, Pine Street from Seventh Avenue to Fifth Avenue, on Fifth Avenue to University Street, on University Street to Fourth Avenue, ending at Macy’s, Seattle.

Star lighting: 5 p.m. Friday, Westlake Park, 401 Pine St., Seattle.

More info:l.macys.com/downtown-seattle-in-seattle-wa.

Holiday Carousel

Time: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays through Jan. 1.

Cost: $3 suggested donation.

Location: Westlake Park, 401 Pine St., Seattle.

More info:downtownseattle.com/holidays.

Magic in the Market Holiday Celebration

Time: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26.

Location: Pike Place Market, 1501 Pike Place, Seattle.

More info:pikeplacemarket.org.

Bellevue Magic Season Snowflake Lane

Time: 7 p.m. nightly, Friday, Nov. 25-Dec. 24.

Location: Bellevue Way and Northeast Eighth Street, Bellevue.

More info:snowflakelane.com.

Other downtown Seattle holiday attractions opening Friday for the season include the Holiday Carousel at Westlake Park and Winterfest at Seattle Center, a short monorail trip from downtown.

Magic in the Market kicks off the holiday season at Pike Place Market on Saturday, Nov. 26, with holiday music, Santa visits and lighting of the holiday tree and lights throughout the Market.

Bellevue Magic Season starts Friday, Nov. 25, with the popular Snowflake Lane parade with lights, music, fairies, live toy soldiers and falling snow every night on the street between Bellevue Square, Lincoln Square and Bellevue Place.

After Santa’s arrival at the parade Friday, he’ll light the 30-foot tree at Bellevue Place for the season.

Snowflake Lane continues daily through Dec. 24 and returns as Celebration Lane Dec. 26-31.