Community November 15, 2021

Holiday Happenings Around the Sound

Holiday shows are BACK for 2021 and ready to lift your spirits. Whether it’s meandering through a dazzling light show, watching the “snow” fall at Bellevue’s Snowflake Lane, or taking a holiday-themed cruise, there are so many ways to brighten up your Northwest holidays. Here’s the skinny on dates, times, food, parking, and safety requirements…


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. 12, 2021 – Jan. 30, 2022 | 4:00 – 8:30 pm.
  • Cost: $25.95 – $30.95 per person (ages 2 and under are free).
  • Promotions: Zoo members get 20% off tickets.
  • Parking: $5 parking is available at all lots after 3:30 pm (admission at both gates).
  • Food: Refreshments are available at food kiosks throughout, plus the Pizza Corner at 1899 Grove, and Gather & Graze (with covered seating provided). You are also welcome to bring your own food and non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Special Activities: Tianyu Art Performances by the carousel, WildLights Trail through the Habitat Discovery Loop, & up-close Ambassador Animals at the Broadleaf Theater.
  • Closures: Mondays (except for Dec. 20 & 27); Nov. 25, Dec. 24 & 25.
  • Health & Safety: Proof of vaccination or negative COVID test required for ages 12+. Masks required for ages 5+.

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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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  • Dates/Times: Open nightly Nov. 27, 2021 – Dec. 31, 2021 | 4:30 – 9:00 pm
  • Cost: $5 per person (ages 10 and under are free)
  • Parking: Premium parking is $5 per car in the Garden’s lot (cash only) as space allows OR park for free at Wilburton Hill Park
  • Food: Hot drinks and snacks are available on site
  • Holiday Closures: None
  • Health & Safety: For indoor spaces, masks required for ages 5+

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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, and Kirkland City Dock.
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  • Dates/Times: Click here for the full schedule
  • Cost: $37 – $68 per person (kids 3 and under are free)
  • Parking: Varies by location – click here for details
  • Food: While dining ahead of time is recommended, there are snacks and drinks available for purchase on the ship. You can also pre-order FareStart Catering boxed meals, snacks and Ivar’s clam chowder (with vegetarian and gluten-free options) at least 72 hours prior to your cruise. Outside food/drinks are not allowed.
  • Special Events: Opening Night, Parade of Boats, Grand Finale
  • Health & Safety: Proof of vaccination or negative COVID test required for ages 12+. Masks required for ages 5+.

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Westlake Center Tree Lighting & Holiday Activities

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

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Zoolights at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

5400 N Pearl St, Tacoma, WA 98407
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  • Dates/Times: Open nightly Nov. 26, 2021 – Jan. 2, 2022 | 4:30 – 10 pm
  • Cost: $12-$15 (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 to-go are available at the Plaza Cafe & outside stands
  • Activities: Carousel, Kids’ Zone with meerkats & goat feeding
  • Holiday Closures: Dec. 24 & 25
  • Health & Safety: Masks required for ages 5+

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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

Leavenworth Village of Lights



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