Happy holidays! If you’re looking for some holiday fun this season, consult this list of in-person and virtual events happening in the Greater Seattle area. If you’d like to submit your event for consideration, please use the form at the bottom of this page.


The coldest months of the year have arrived. Whether you’re staying cozy indoors or heading out to enjoy the festivities of the region, here’s our guide to Seattle-area movies, performances, light displays, concerts and more this winter.

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Lights

WildLanterns — Nov. 12-Jan. 30

Explore an immersive experience featuring large-scale animal and nature scape lanterns representing wild places from around the globe 4-8:30 p.m. at Woodland Park Zoo. Purchase tickets online; $30.95/ages 13+, $25.95/ages 3-12, free/ages 2 and under. 5500 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle; 206-548-2500; zoo.org

Westlake Center Tree Lighting — Nov. 26

The Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration includes a countdown to the lighting of the outdoor Christmas tree at Westlake Center, the light sculptures in Westlake Park and the Holiday Star starting between 5 and 6 p.m. The event will also be streamed online and on WARM 106.9’s Facebook page. Free. 401 Pine St., Seattle; 206-623-0340; downtownseattle.org

Snowflake Lane — Nov. 26-Dec. 24

Experience the wonder of falling snow, dazzling lights, music, toy drummers and dancers in this nightly parade of holiday floats at 7 p.m. Free. Northeast Fourth Street to Northeast Eighth Street, Bellevue; snowflakelane.com

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Zoolights — Nov. 26-Jan. 2

Join Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium for a holiday tradition of indoor and outdoor lights 4:30-10 p.m. Purchase tickets online; $12-$15. 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma; 253-404-3800; pdza.org

Garden d’Lights — Nov. 27-Dec. 31

Garden d’Lights features more than a half-million sparkling lights in the shapes of plants, birds, animals and cascading waterfalls 4:30-9 p.m. nightly. Purchase tickets online; $5, free/ages 10 and under. 12001 Main St., Bellevue; bellevuebotanical.org

Lights Up at the J — Nov. 28-Jan. 3

Walk among light-covered trees, make shadow puppets, play with color changers and explore an imaginative light exhibit 4-9 p.m. Free. 3801 E. Mercer Way, Mercer Island; 206-232-7115; sjcc.org

Winter Porch Light Parade — Dec. 1-31

The cities of Bothell, Kenmore, Lake Forest Park and Shoreline partner to celebrate communities with the 2021 Winter Porch Light Parade. These four cities invite their communities to create light displays that will become part of a virtual map, marking the many holidays and traditions celebrated during the winter season. Participants are encouraged to get creative with displays, including the spaces decorated (porches, patios, balconies, windows or even cars). Register (through Dec. 19) online; free. Location varies; sites.google.com/view/winterporchlightparade

DAZZLE 2021 — Dec. 2-23

Come thrill your senses in the holiday light magic that is DAZZLE, a new Christmas tradition 4:30-8 p.m. Walk the pathway and enjoy the lights, activations and photo-worthy memories. Purchase tickets online; $12/general, free/ages 10 and under. 21401 244th Ave. S.E., Maple Valley; dazzlenw.com

Merrysville for the Holidays Community Lights — Dec. 4-31

Marysville residents, organizations and businesses will transform the city into a magical wonderland, and you’re invited to tour the lights 5-9 p.m. Find a map online; free. Location varies; 360-363-8000; marysvillewa.gov

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Candy Cane Lane — Dec. 4-Jan. 1

A Seattle tradition since 1949, Candy Cane Lane invites visitors to drive or walk through a swirling carousel on the circle and houses decorated with giant candy canes, displays and lights 4-9:30 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 4-11 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and holidays. Food donations accepted for University District Food Bank. Northeast Ravenna Boulevard and Park Road Northeast; facebook.com/SeattleCandyCaneLane

City of Kenmore Luminary Walk — Dec. 10

Enjoy a lighted luminary loop around Kenmore 4-7 p.m. There will be over 600 luminaries, as well as food vendors and music. Free. 18120 68th Ave. N.E., Kenmore; 425-398-8900; kenmorewa.gov

Tacoma Light Trail — Dec. 31-Jan. 16

Come explore Tacoma’s winter festival of light, art and sound 5-9 p.m. in downtown Tacoma. Drive, ride or walk around a trail of over 30 light art exhibits in windows and buildings, each with their own music or poetry. Join live music, circus, spoken word and light art performances 6-8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays in Tollefson Plaza, with community art-making, hot chocolate and food trucks. There will also be a Light Parade at 5:30 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. Free. 1548 Commerce St., Tacoma; tacomalighttrail.org


Festivals

Christmas Ship Festival — Nov. 26-Dec. 23

Argosy Cruises Christmas Ship Festival returns to the water with a live choir, full bar, gift shop, Santa, the Grinch and more at various times to visit different Puget Sound waterfront communities. Decorated boats from across the region will gather for the grand finale on Lake Union on Dec. 23. Purchase tickets online; $68. 1101 Alaskan Way, Seattle; argosycruises.com

Winterfest — Nov. 26-Dec. 31

Connect to a world of sparkling lights, amusements and entertainment at Seattle Center. Enjoy the Winter Train & Village (10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily), ice sculpting (noon on Saturdays), the annual campus lighting display, the New Year’s at the Needle fireworks show and more. Free. 305 Harrison St., Seattle; 206-684-7200; seattlecenter.com

Hometown Holiday — Dec. 4

Enjoy food and dessert trucks, yard games, live music and carolers 4-6 p.m. Santa arrives at 5 p.m., and the Hometown Holiday Christmas tree will be lit at 5:30 p.m. Free. 23089 S.E. Fir St., Black Diamond; facebook.com/TenTrails

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Bellingham Yacht Club Lighted Boat Parade — Dec. 4

The Bellingham Yacht Club invites all to the Holiday Lighted Boat Parade at 5:30 p.m. on Bellingham Bay. Visitors are invited to view the boats parading in their festive holiday lights from Boulevard Park and the Fairhaven Cruise Terminal. Free. 2625 S. Harbor Loop Drive, Bellingham; 360-733-7390; byc.org

Lake Sammamish Polar Plunge 2022 — Jan. 1

Take the plunge from Sunset Beach into the cold waters of Lake Sammamish with friends and family at 10:30-11:30 a.m. Plungers will receive a coupon for a free cup of clam chowder from Ivar’s and a special keepsake. Purchase tickets online; $10. 2000 N.W. Sammamish Road, Issaquah; 425-577-3657; lakesammamishfriends.org


Markets

Vancouver Christmas Market — Nov. 13-Dec. 24

Enjoy German-style mulled wine, savory treats and a wonderland of lights, music and over 80 vendors in our neighboring big city up north. Purchase tickets online; $7.99-$17. 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver, B.C.; vancouverchristmasmarket.com

Pacific Northwest Needle Arts Holiday Sale — Nov. 19-Dec. 11

Enjoy this sale of handcrafted items made by Pacific Northwest Needle Arts Guild members 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Free. 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N., Room 120, Seattle; 206-783-2489; pnnag.org

BARN Bazaar — Nov. 20-Dec. 15

Shop hundreds of handcrafted items made by members of BARN, the Bainbridge Artisan Resource Network, including jewelry, woodworking, fiber arts, fused glass and more. Free. bazaar.bainbridgebarn.org

Rainier Beach Virtual Arts & Crafts Market — Nov. 24-Dec. 18

Rainier Beach Community Club presents a virtual Rainier Beach market with aromatherapy, ceramics, fabrics, glass, jewelry, literature and more. Artists will host in-person sales 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 4. Prices vary. 6038 S. Pilgrim St., Seattle; rainierbeachcommunityclub.org

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Kirkland Kiwanis Christmas Tree Sales — Nov. 26-Dec. 20

Enjoy this sale of Christmas trees 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Price varies. 9703 N.E. Juanita Drive, Kirkland; kirklandkiwanis.org

Kirkland Kiwanis Christmas Tree Lot — Nov. 26-Dec. 24

Sale of Christmas trees, garland, wreaths and candy 10 a.m.-9 p.m. daily. $65-$185. 9703 N.E. Juanita Drive, Kirkland; kirklandkiwanis.org

Winter Market — Nov. 27-Nov. 28

Vasa Park Resort hosts a Winter Market with a wide range of vendors 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. 3560 W. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E., Bellevue; 425-746-3260; vasaparkresort.org/wintermarket21

Historic Shell Holiday Shop — Nov. 26-Dec. 31

Enjoy the seventh annual Historic Shell Holiday Shop noon-6 p.m. Fridays-Sundays. Browse the work of more than 30 local artists and makers in a festive environment. Free. 232 Front St. N., Issaquah; 425-281-9083; andsothere.com/shellholidayshop

Sno-Valley Seniors Holiday Bazaar — Dec. 4

Enjoy a wide variety of handcrafted items for sale by local Snoqualmie Valley artists 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. 4610 Stephens Ave., Carnation; 425-333-4152; snovalleysenior.org

MEOW Cat Rescue’s Holiday Craft Bazaar & Bake Sale — Dec. 4

Shop a selection of handcrafted items and baked goods donated by MEOW’s volunteers and supporters 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Pet beds and toys, décor, knitted wear, seasonal items and more are available. Schedule a shopping time online; free. 232 Fifth Ave. S., Kirkland; 425-822-6369; meowcatrescue.org

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The 2021 Bothell Holiday Market — Dec. 4

Enjoy an outdoor market with over 50 booths filled with artisan crafts and fresh baked goods, food trucks, music and more 2-7 p.m. Free. 10100 Main St., Bothell; facebook.com/bothellholidaymarket

Holiday Night Market and Tree Lighting — Dec. 5

Join West Seattle Junction for the Holiday Night Market and Tree Lighting and find local handmade goods from over 40 local artisans 3-7 p.m. Watch for Santa 4-7 p.m. in the Holiday Night Market Santa House. There will also be a full stage show this year hosted by Elvis. Free. Southwest Alaska Street, Seattle; 206-935-0904; wsjunction.org

Old-Fashioned Christmas Market — Dec. 10-11

Step back in time with San Juan Island’s European-style Christmas market 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 10 and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 11. The Brickworks building will glow with sparkling lights illuminating an island crafts market with local food vendors, farm produces, live holiday music, a spirits garden and activities for kids and grown-ups alike. Free. 150 Nichols St., Friday Harbor; 360-378-9551; visitsanjuans.com

Holiday Art Fair — Dec. 11-12

The Sunset Hill Community Association hosts the Holiday Art Fair, featuring a walking tour, more than 20 artists and more 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. 3003 N.W. 66th St., Seattle; 206-784-2927; sunsethillcommunity.org

Fleurs de Villes NOËL — Dec. 17-27

Explore this fresh floral celebration of the holiday season. Find floral pop-ups, fresh blooms from local florists, floral workshops, demonstrations and more. Free. 600 Pine St., Seattle; 604-506-3221; fleursdevilles.com


Music

Merry Christmas from José James — Nov. 30-Dec. 1

Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley welcomes jazzy soul singer José James touring in support of his new album at 7:30 p.m. Performances will be mostly holiday tunes with a mix of covers and originals. Taali (vocals), Christian Sands (keys), Ben Williams (bass) and Jharis Yoakley (drums) round out James’ band. Purchase tickets online; $30.50. 2033 Sixth Ave., Seattle; 206-441-9729; jazzalley.com

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Celtic Christmas with the Gothard Sisters — Dec. 2

Celebrate the beginning of the holiday season with Celtic folk music, Christmas carols, dance, stories and holiday cheer with an internationally acclaimed Celtic folk trio at 7:30 p.m. Purchase tickets online; $10-$25 (discount available for groups of four or more). 410 Fourth Ave. N., Edmonds; 425-275-9595; edmondscenterforthearts.org

Seward Park Clay Studio Holiday Show/Sale — Dec. 3-26

More than 35 clay artists will show work for sale, including holiday gifts, noon-6 p.m. daily. Free. 5900 Lake Washington Blvd. S., Seattle; 206-762-6248

A PLU Christmas: “Hope” — Dec. 4-6, 11-12

The Pacific Lutheran University Choir of the West, University Chorale and University Symphony Orchestra present the annual Christmas concert “Hope” 8 p.m. Dec. 4 and 11, 2 p.m. Dec. 5 and 12 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6. Works by Howard Darke, Brian Galante, Richard Nance and others mix with traditional carols and seasonal favorites for the celebration of hope and renewal. Purchase tickets online; $10-$37. 12180 Park Ave. S., Parkland (Dec. 4-5 and 11-12) and 200 University St., Seattle (Dec. 6); 253-535-7602; plu.edu

43rd Annual Celtic Yuletide Concerts — Dec. 5-18

Magical Strings celebrates 43 years of annual Celtic yuletide concerts throughout the Northwest with concerts of dulcimers, concertina, accordion and more accompanied by the violin, cello, whistles, harmonium and harp. Purchase tickets online; prices vary. Location varies; 253-857-3716; magicalstrings.com

Northwest Chamber Chorus Mainstage Concert: “A New Day” — Dec. 5 and 11

Northwest Chamber Chorus’ December concert will feature music from Johannes Brahms, Steven Sametz, Frank Ticheli and others 3 p.m. Dec. 5 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11. Audience members will hear a new choral arrangement of “Light of a Clear Blue Morning,” as well as new twists on some familiar songs of the holiday season. Purchase tickets online; free-$25. 7500 Greenwood Ave. N., Seattle; 206-523-1196; northwestchamberchorus.org

Sounds of Christmas — Dec. 9

Sounds of Christmas, featuring Pacific Lutheran University Singers and the Knights Chorus at 8 p.m. Purchase tickets online; free-$10. 12180 Park Ave. S., Parkland; 253-535-7602; plu.edu

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A Very Drunken Christmas Carol — Dec. 10, 12

Seattle Opera presents two in-person performances by Seattle’s beloved Drunken Tenor Rob McPherson for a comedic retelling of Charles Dickens’ time-honored holiday classic at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10 and 4 p.m. Dec. 12. Purchase tickets online; $45. 363 Mercer St., Seattle; 206-389-7676; seattleopera.org

Holiday Pops with Seattle Symphony — Dec. 10-12

Broadway and opera star N’Kenge will make her debut headlining Holiday Concerts with Seattle Symphony. Expect to hear holiday favorites from “Let It Snow” to “The Christmas Song” and “Let It Go” from Broadway’s “Frozen.” Purchase tickets online; $41-$101. 200 University St., Seattle; 206-215-4700; seattlesymphony.org

Cool Yule Holiday Party and Concert — Dec. 11

BlueStreet Voices presents the Cool Yule Holiday Party and Concert at 7:30 p.m. BlueStreet performs their own musical stamp on the season with jazzy holiday tunes and standards directed by Dave Barduhn. Purchase tickets online; $22/adults, $18/seniors and students. 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N., Seattle; 206-739-7558; bluestreetvoices.com

Tacoma Concert Band: Holiday Harmony: a Multicultural Celebration — Dec. 11

This holiday concert by the Tacoma Concert Band features seasonal music from different countries, including traditional favorites such as Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride” and less-familiar music such as Shelley Hanson’s arrangement “Patapan” and Alfred Reed’s “Russian Christmas Music” at 7:30 p.m. Purchase tickets online; $18-$36, free/ages 18 and under. 901 Broadway, Tacoma; tacomaconcertband.org

Believe: A Celebration of Christmas — Dec. 12

NW Sound Choruses present the sights and sounds of the holiday season by Northwest Sound and Northwest Mix at 2 and 7 p.m. Purchase tickets online; $20-$40. 31510 Pete von Reichbauer Way S., Federal Way; 253-835-7010; fwpaec.org

Eastside Symphony Holiday Concert — Dec. 12

Casual mix of classical and holiday music by Eastside Symphony, 3-5 p.m. RSVP online; free. 17272 N.E. 104th St., Redmond; eastsidesymphony.org

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Holiday Variety Show — Dec. 17

Join Marysville Opera House for the Holiday Variety Show, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Will include the best of Motown Christmas melodies with The Jewel Tones, an intermission of adult interpretations of children’s holiday plays, and Christmas carolers to conclude. The night will include giveaways and prizes. Purchase tickets online; $18. 1225 Third St., Marysville; 360-363-8400; marysvillewa.gov

KNKX Holiday Jam Concert — Dec. 18

Featuring Northwest favorites Pearl Django and vocalist Gail Pettis performing music of the season, hosted by KNKX jazz ambassador Abe Beeson at 7 p.m. A student combo from Seattle JazzED will open the show. Free. 1119 Eighth Ave., Seattle; 877-677-5659; knkx.org


Theater and Dance

“Babette’s Feast” — Nov. 12-Dec. 30

This Taproot Theatre production follows the journey of Babette, who crosses thousands of miles in search of asylum; times vary. Purchase tickets online; $20-$50. 204 N. 85th St., Seattle; 206-781-9707; taproottheatre.org

“A(n Improvised) Christmas Carol” — Nov. 26

Unexpected Productions improvisers weave Dickens’ tale of Ebenezer Scrooge in all sorts of comedy-forward ways. Each night will be a new version of this classic holiday tale. Purchase tickets online; $20/online, $25/door. 1428 Post Alley, Seattle; 206-587-2414; unexpectedproductions.org

“A Christmas Carol” — Nov. 26-Dec. 11

The Historic Lincoln Theatre presents the story of Ebenezer Scrooge. Purchase tickets online; $16-$28. 712 S. First St., Mount Vernon; 360-336-8955; lincolntheatre.org

“George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker” — Nov. 26-Dec. 28

Join Pacific Northwest Ballet with the classic story of “George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker.” Purchase tickets online; prices vary. 301 Mercer St., Seattle; 206-441-9411; pnb.org

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“O Christmas Tea” — Nov. 29-30

British comedy legends James & Jamesy head to the Pacific Northwest with joy and laughter in “O Christmas Tea,” a classic show for all ages at 7:30 p.m. Purchase tickets online; prices vary. 410 Fourth Ave. N., Edmonds (Nov. 29) and 1303 N.E. 45th St., Seattle (Nov. 30); jamesandjamesy.com

“The Nutcracker” — Dec. 4-12

Holiday magic returns with Emerald Ballet Theatre’s full-length production of “The Nutcracker” featuring new costumes, youth and adult performers and more at 2 p.m. Purchase tickets online; $23-$47. 18125 92nd Ave. N.E., Bothell; 425-298-3449; npacf.org

“The Snow Queen” — Dec. 4-5

Variety Plus Theater performs its original musical adaptation of “The Snow Queen” at 4 and 7 p.m. Dec. 4 and 4 p.m. Dec. 5 featuring a cast of 55 Seattle-area youths and adults. Purchase tickets online; $17. 1717 S.E. Maple Valley Highway, Renton; 206-368-8386; varietyplus.org

“Ginger Minj’s Winter Wonderland” — Dec. 10-11

Ginger Minj, star of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and Netflix’s “Dumplin’” and “Super Drags,” teams up with Gidget Galore in this nondenominational musical romp through the holidays at 7 p.m. Purchase tickets online; $30. 1625 Broadway, Seattle; obsessedwith.co/ginger-minj-presale

“It’s a Wonderful Life”: A Live Radio Show — Dec. 10-19

Twelfth Night Productions presents a live radio show at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10, 11, 17 and 18 and 3 p.m. Dec. 12 and 19. Purchase tickets online; $21/adults, $18/students and seniors. 7904 35th Ave. S.W., Seattle; 206-937-1394; twelfthnightproductions.org

“One Uncontainable Gift” — Dec. 11

Reflections School of Dance presents “One Uncontainable Gift,” a winter holiday dance performance 4-5 p.m. $12. 1508 136th St. S.E., Mill Creek; 425-338-9056; reflectionsschoolofdance.com

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“The Christmas Revels” — Dec. 18-22

Returns with six performances at Tacoma’s Rialto Theater at various times. This performance includes storytelling, songs, high-energy dancing, a flying canoe and a magical journey. Purchase tickets online; $15-$29. 310 S. Ninth St., Tacoma; 253-346-1721; pugetsoundrevels.org

Aunt Dottie’s Christmastime Cabaret — Dec. 20

Come join the musical adventure that’s different every time at 7 p.m. Audience members are encouraged to participate and sing along as Aunt Dottie, her nephew and ex-husband take you on a journey through some classic and not-so classic holiday songs. Purchase tickets online; $17/adults, $12/seniors and students. 507 S. Third St., Renton; 425-226-5529; rentoncivictheatre.org

“The Return of The Jinkx & DeLa Holiday Show, LIVE!” — Dec. 21-26

Global drag icons and “RuPaul’s Drag Race” stars BenDeLaCreme and Jinkx Monsoon take the stage in a “post-apocalypse-mas” show of comedy and song. Purchase tickets online; $29-$99. 1303 N.E. 45th St., Seattle; jinkxanddela.com


Special Events

The Polar Express Train Ride — Nov. 13-Dec. 19

The Chehalis Centralia Railroad presents a one-hour train ride with readings of the book “The Polar Express” during a Christmas-themed trek to the North Pole. Each passenger will be presented a gift by Santa on the way back to the depot. Children are encouraged to come in their pajamas, just like in the movie. There will be cocoa and cookies provided on board, as well as singing and dancing. Purchase tickets online; $39, free/ages 2 and under. 1101 S.W. Sylvenus St., Chehalis; 360-748-9593; steamtrainride.com

Wreath Walk Edmonds — Nov. 18-Dec. 16

Join Edmonds’ second annual Wreath Walk featuring original, artist-designed and decorated wreaths hung in select businesses and storefronts in the downtown Edmonds core during the holiday season. You can also bid on your favorite(s) to win them! The online auction will be live through 8 p.m. Dec. 16. Find a map online; free. Downtown Edmonds; 425-298-7947; artwalkedmonds.com

Bellevue Downtown Ice Rink — Nov. 19-Jan. 9

The Bellevue Downtown Association brings back the Eastside’s largest holiday ice skating experience for its 24th year. The ice rink features a spacious viewing area, on-site concessions, free parking nearby and a variety of special events. Purchase tickets online; $13/weekdays, $16/weekends and holidays. 10201 N.E. Fourth St., Bellevue; 425-453-1223; bellevueicerink.com

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Julefest — Nov. 20-21

The National Nordic Museum’s Julefest returns for its 44th year; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Julefest features 30 vendors with handmade crafts and other Scandinavian gifts, live entertainment, food, Nordic treats and more. RSVP online; free (including free entry to the museum). 2655 N.W. Market St., Seattle; 206-789-5707; nordicmuseum.org

Edmonds Ornament Stroll — Nov. 26-Dec. 5

Shop at participating downtown Edmonds businesses and receive a festive ornament for every $40 you spend. Prices vary. Downtown Edmonds; edmondsholidays.com

Santa Photos — Nov. 26-Dec. 24

Santa returns live at seven Puget Sound locations 11 a.m. -7 p.m. daily this holiday season. Find locations, dates and times at santaphotos.com; prices vary. Location varies; 206-783-5227; santaphotos.com

Kringle’s Filling Station — Nov. 26-Dec. 24

Enjoy this interactive game, photo and entertainment holiday event 5-10 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and noon-10 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. $10, free/ages 5 and under. 8211 Aurora Ave. N., Suite 101, Seattle; kringlesfillingstation.com

26th Annual Magic in the Market — Nov. 27

Enjoy Pike Place Market’s annual holiday celebration including holiday lights, live music, a glass-blowing demonstration, a sculpting demonstration, holiday drinks and more from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Santa is available for photos noon-4 p.m. Free. 85 Pike St.; 206-682-7453; pikeplacemarket.org

Sweets & Treats in Westlake Park — Nov. 27-Dec. 18

Each Saturday between Thanksgiving and Christmas, enjoy holiday beverages and snacks, purchase food truck fare, games, live performances and other family-friendly park activities 2-6 p.m. Free. 401 Pine St., Seattle; 206-623-0340; downtownseattle.org

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Yuletide Express — Nov. 27-28 and Dec. 4-19

Northwest Railway Museum hosts Santa and his elves on a 25-minute holiday excursion. Passengers board the seasonally decorated antique coaches at the Snoqualmie Depot and travel west to Snoqualmie Falls, pausing briefly at the crest for its view of the valley below. Each child on board receives a small gift from Santa. Purchase tickets online; $25. 38625 S.E. King St., Snoqualmie; 425-888-3030; trainmuseum.org

Providence O’Christmas Trees Family Treeview Express Drive-thru Celebration — Nov. 29-Dec. 1

Enjoy the beauty of the holidays this year at the 2021 Providence O’Christmas Trees Express, a drive-thru celebration, online auction and fund-a-need campaign. The 37th annual event will include a drive-thru tree viewing at the Westin Seattle, photos with Santa, cookies and milk for children and a gingerbread house kit to take home. A family-style to-go dinner for four is also available for purchase. $25-$125. 1900 Fifth Ave., Seattle; 425-333-2733; providencewa.ejoinme.org/otrees2021

Winter Wander — Dec. 3-12

Enjoy a 10-day adventure open to West Seattle residents of all ages and their friends and family 3-7 p.m. Download the Bingo-style clue sheet to search all 25 locations, or just a few. Submit selfies to qualify to win gift cards to local businesses, including a drawing for the $100 grand prize. Find instructions online; free. Location varies; wondersinaliceland.com

Edmonds Festive Drink Bingo — Dec. 3-Dec. 31

As you stroll through Edmonds, take part in a holiday pub crawl featuring seasonal beverages crafted by local restaurateurs and bartenders. Pick up a bingo card at participating locations, order the featured drink and get your stamp. Find participation details online; free. Downtown Edmonds; edmondsholidays.com

Merrysville for the Holidays — Dec. 4

Enjoy food and craft vendors, photo scenes, a bonfire and more from 4-7 p.m. There will also be an Electric Lights Parade at 6:30 p.m. featuring vehicles, floats and walking groups adorned in glistening holiday lights. The parade will make its way along State Avenue starting at the municipal court and will end at Comeford Park. Free. 514 Delta Ave., Marysville; 360-363-8000; marysvillewa.gov

Edmonds Holiday Trolley — Dec. 4-18

Edmonds Holiday Trolley offers a relaxing way to explore the seaside town of Edmonds 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Take a ride, scope out the best places to eat and shop, then hop off for a stroll. The trolley runs every 30 minutes. Free. Downtown Edmonds; edmondsholidays.com

Happy Holidays Booths — Dec. 5-19

On Sundays in December, find Happy Holidays Booths in Westlake Park 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Stop by to meet a cast of merry characters, listen to live holiday music and enjoy a treat, hot cocoa and giveaways. 401 Pine St., Seattle; 206-623-0340; downtownseattle.org