Macy’s Holiday Parade, Nov. 24; Holiday Carousel, Nov. 24-Jan. 1; Winterfest at Seattle Center, Nov. 24-Dec. 31, Seattle; Snowflake Lane, Nov. 24-Dec. 24, ice skating, Nov. 24-Jan. 15, Bellevue

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Seattle welcomes Santa to town to officially kick off the holiday season at the Macy’s Holiday Parade on Friday, Nov. 24. It’s the 27th year for the festive celebration that fills downtown streets with marching bands, giant balloons and floats leading Santa atop his grand sleigh.

Holiday parade crowd-pleasers include Scottish Terrier, Dalmatian,St. Bernard and Old English Sheepdog clubs, Pacific Northwest Metropolitan Car Club’s decorated vintage cars, Seattle Sounders FC Sound Wave Band, the Mariner Moose, and Seattle Seahawks Blue Thunder, Blitz and Sea Gals. Marching bands from 13 schools play holiday tunes, and a variety of festively costumed groups march and dance their way along the route, including the always-popular Frango candy-tossers.

Other downtown Seattle attractions include the Holiday Carousel in Westlake Park, opening for the season Friday, Nov. 24, for its 30th year hosting riders of all ages through Jan. 1 to benefit Treehouse programs for foster kids. Westlake Park also hosts a Holiday Market with a variety of arts and crafts vendors on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, and food concessions daily, this year including the Fisher Scone Truck serving warm, jam-filled scones, a favorite treat at fairs and local events for 100 years.

Macy’s Holiday Parade

Time: 9 a.m. Friday, Nov. 24.

Location: Pine Street from Seventh Avenue to Fifth Avenue, on Fifth Avenue to University Street, on University Street to Fourth Avenue, on Fourth Avenue to Pine Street, Seattle

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Holiday Carousel

Time: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 24; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays through Jan. 1

Cost: $3/suggested donation

Holiday Market: Noon to 7 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 24-Dec. 23

Location: Westlake Park, 401 Pine St., Seattle

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Seattle Center Winterfest

Time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, Nov. 24-Dec. 31, closing 4 p.m. Dec. 24, closed Dec. 25

Location: Seattle Center Armory, Seattle

More info: 206-684-7200 or

Snowflake Lane

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

Location: Bellevue Way between Northeast Eighth Street and Northeast Fourth Street, Bellevue


Bellevue Ice Skating Arena

Time: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24-26; hours vary daily through Jan. 15

Cost: $14, $10/ages 8 and younger, including skate rental

Location: Bellevue Downtown Park, 10201 N.E. Fourth St., Bellevue


Winterfest at Seattle Center, with the holiday train display and entertainment in the Armory and ice skating in Fisher Pavilion, also opens for the season Friday, a short monorail ride from downtown Seattle.

Santa makes his grand entrance in Bellevue, kicking off the season at Snowflake Lane, then lighting the 30-foot holiday tree to officially welcome the holiday season at Bellevue Place Wintergarden on Friday, Nov. 24.

Snowflake Lane’s falling snow, lights and holiday music event has extended its route this year and added Santa to its nightly cast of holiday characters spreading cheer through downtown Bellevue. Free parking is available at the new Lincoln Square South parking garage, with best viewing spots on sidewalks on both sides of Bellevue Way, south of Macy’s Fountain Court and Bellevue Arts Museum. Snowflake Lane continues nightly through Dec. 24.

The outdoor ice-skating rink at Bellevue Downtown Park also opens for the season Friday, continuing through Jan. 15. Hours vary daily and are extending during school holidays, with free skating lessons included with admission on some dates.

Happy holiday season!