Community November 15, 2022

2022 Holiday Happenings Around the Sound

As the days grow darker and rain settles in, a little holiday cheer couldn’t be better timed! Grab your umbrella and brighten your spirits with these Seattle-area favorites—whether it’s meandering through a dazzling light show, watching the “snow” fall at Bellevue’s Snowflake Lane, or taking a holiday-themed cruise. Here’s the skinny on dates, times, food, and parking…


Winterfest at Seattle Center

305 Harrison Street, Seattle, WA 98109


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Garden d’Lights at Bellevue Botanical Garden

12001 Main Street, Bellevue WA 98005
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(must be purchased in advance)

  • Dates/Times: Open nightly Nov. 26, 2022 – Dec. 31, 2022 | 4:30 – 9:00 pm
  • Cost: $8 per person (ages 10 and under are free)
  • Parking: Premium parking is $5 per car in the Garden’s lot as space allows OR park for free at Wilburton Hill Park
  • Food: Hot drinks and snacks are available for purchase
  • Holiday Closures: December 25

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Snowflake Lane at the Bellevue Collection

Bellevue Way & NE 8th Street, Bellevue WA 98004

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Christmas Ship Festival

Launch locations include Seattle Waterfront – Pier 55, Shilshole Bay Marina, Hyatt Regency Lake Washington, Lake Union Park (MOHAI), AGC Marina, Carillon Point Marina, and Kirkland City Dock.
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Westlake Center Tree Lighting & Holiday Activities

401 Pine St., Seattle, WA 98101 (Westlake Park)


Zoolights at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

5400 N Pearl St, Tacoma, WA 98407
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  • Dates/Times: Open nightly Nov. 25, 2022 – Jan. 2, 2023 | 4:30 – 10 pm
  • Cost: $12-$16 (free for kids 2 & under)
  • Promotions: Discounted tickets for zoo members & BECU members
  • Parking: Free parking in zoo lots (carpooling recommended)
  • Food: Dinner, drinks & snacks are available at the Plaza Cafe & outside stands
  • Activities: Carousel, Kids’ Zone with meerkats & goats
  • Holiday Closures: Dec. 24 & 25

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WildLanterns at Woodland Park Zoo

West Entrance: 5500 Phinney Ave. N, Seattle, WA 98103
South Entrance: 750 N 50th St, Seattle, WA 98103
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  • Dates/Times: Open nightly Nov. 11, 2022 – Jan. 22, 2023 | 4:00 – 9:00 pm.
  • Cost: $25.95 – $34.95 per person (ages 2 & under are free).
  • Promotions: Zoo members get 20% off tickets.
  • Parking: $6 parking is available in all lots after 3:30 pm. Park by the West Entrance if you are purchasing your tickets in person—the South Gate (Hippo Lot) is only for those who already have tickets.
  • Food: Refreshments are available at food kiosks throughout, plus the Pizza Corner at 1899 Grove, and Gather & Graze Café (with covered seating provided). You are also welcome to bring your own food & non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Special Activities: Tianyu Cultural Performances in the PACCAR Auditorium, Magical Memories Marketplace, & up-close Ambassador Animals in Australasia. Sensory-Friendly Nights on 11/16, 12/13 & 1/12.
  • Closures: Mondays (except for Dec. 19 & 26); Nov. 24, Dec. 24 & 25.

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But wait, there’s more…

Holiday theatrical & musical shows

“A Christmas Carol” at ACT Theatre

“The Nutracker” by Pacific Northwest Ballet

“Winter Brilliance” at Chihuly Garden and Glass

Magic in the Market

Leavenworth Village of Lights



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