As winter falls in the Pacific Northwest, the Seattle area comes alight with holiday spirit. From time-honored traditions like The Nutcracker to regional favorites like the dazzling Christmas Ships, seasonal celebrations draw revelers to the city and beyond.
Add an array of holiday happenings at The Woodmark – including peppermint spa treatments, an elaborate gingerbread village display, and complimentary holiday beverages – and you have found your cozy winter getaway on Lake Washington.
Here are a few not-to-miss events this season:
Downtown Bellevue Park | Through January 15
Among Bellevue’s most beloved traditions, the Magic Season Ice Arena invites both festive family outings and romantic evenings for two. With seasonal music and special offerings from free skating lessons to family events, the ice skating experience is the largest in the region and is covered for all-weather skating. You can find the rink in the southwest corner of the newly renovated Downtown Bellevue Park. $14 per person, $10 per child 8 and under.
Photo: Bellevue Downtown Association
Pacific Northwest Ballet, Seattle | Through December 28
George Balanchine’s spectacular portrayal of The Nutcracker has returned for another holiday season at the Pacific Northwest Ballet. Follow Clara and the Nutcracker as they battle the Mouse King and travel to the whimsical Land of Sweets in this timeless holiday story. Perfect for all ages, the ballet features Tchaikovsky’s exceptional score performed live by the orchestra, scenery and costumes by the renowned Ian Falconer, and a magical snowfall during every performance. Purchase tickets online. Prices vary.
Photo: George Balanchine's The Nutcracker, courtesy of the Pacific Northwest Ballet
Downtown Bellevue | Through December 24
Through Christmas Eve, see snow fall every night in downtown Bellevue during the city’s enchanting Snowflake Lane celebration. At 7 p.m. nightly parade features brilliant lights, holiday music, and dancers along with characters from Mr. and Mrs. Claus to the much-loved snow princesses. This year brings more Jingle Belles dancers, the return of the Snowstorm drummers, and the Princess Court where children can meet their favorite wintery characters.
The event takes place between Bellevue Square and Lincoln Square from NE 4th to NE 8th Streets, and a complimentary shuttle service is provided from The Woodmark. Admission is free.
Photo: Red Fish Blue Fish
Carillon Kitchen, Kirkland | December 16
Discover the holiday tradition of decorating just-baked cookies with your child. At Carillion Kitchen next to The Woodmark, Chef Nichole invites families to decorate house-made cookies while enjoying hot cocoa and holiday refreshments from 10 a.m. to noon. Each participating adult and child will receive six cookies to decorate and eat or take home. Purchase tickets online. $10 per person.
Bellevue Botanical Garden | Through December 31
Bedecked in more than half a million lights, Bellevue Botanical Garden transforms for the holidays into twinkling scenes filled with plants, flowers, birds, animals, and waterfalls – all made from lights and complemented by the natural beauty of the gardens.
This year, Garden d’Lights is bringing back live music with an array of choruses, flutists, opera singers, symphony quartets, and jazz vocalists. Follow the new route through the lights, open between 4:30 and 9:00 p.m. nightly, then step into the Aaron Education Center to enjoy coffee, tea, and hot chocolate and view the impressive Gingerbread Castle of Dreams. A complimentary shuttle service is provided from The Woodmark. Purchase event tickets online. $5 per person, free for children 10 and under.
Photo: Nita-Jo Rountree
Lake Washington | December 17 – 23
Wrapped in shimmering lights, the Christmas Ships set sail each season to visit the many waterfront communities of Puget Sound. During the week before Christmas, ships will make their way around Lake Washington led by The Spirit of Seattle, the Official Christmas Ship, with the second performance scheduled at Carillion Point at 3:55 p.m. on December 17. You can listen to the Snohomish County Youth Chorus performance from shore or board a ship for a cruise complete with a visit from Santa Claus and holiday crafts for children. Admission is free for shore viewing, and cruise tickets can be purchased online for both the lead ship and the follow ships.
Photo: Argosy Cruises
Still Spa, Kirkland | December 19
Take time to pamper yourself this holiday season with a rejuvenating passport event at Still Spa. As you make your way around the lakeside wellness sanctuary, enjoy two peppermint express treatments along with an array of appetizers, a hot cocoa bar, champagne, expert skincare and beauty advice from Still Spa partners, exclusive retail discounts, swag bags, and a holiday gift guide. Purchase tickets online. $99 per person or $79 if purchased before December 15.
Still Spa, Kirkland | Through December 31
In the spirit of the season, Still Spa is offering two revitalizing holiday treatments through the month of December. Indulge in the Peppermint Aromatherapy Massage featuring soothing, peppermint-infused essential oil when you reserve the December Special. Or, unwind with a family member or friend with the Mistle-Toe Special, including two Luxury Peppermint Pedicures and two complimentary Peppermint Mochas. Call 425.803.9000 to reserve. $110 – 150 for the December Special, $100 for the Mistle-Toe Special.
For more holiday happenings, visit the Woodmark Wonderland event calendar.
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