Seattle Sparkles: A Jolly Rundown of December’s Top Activities

Welcome to the enchanting world of December in Seattle, where the air is crisp, and the city transforms into a wonderland of festive delights. As the holiday season takes center stage, Seattle comes alive with a myriad of activities, blending the charm of winter with the warmth of community spirit. From dazzling light displays to cheerful markets and captivating cultural events, this month offers a tapestry of experiences for every taste and age. Join us as we unwrap the magic of Seattle in December, guiding you through the city’s most exciting and joy-filled happenings, ensuring that your winter days are filled with laughter, wonder, and unforgettable moments.

Walk-Through Christmas Tree

Make it a December to remember by taking a stroll into our magical 50-foot-tall walk-through Christmas tree. Step into a whimsical space filled with twinkling lights (50,000 of them!) and adorned with glowing gifts and shimmering ornaments.

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It’s sure to create dear holiday memories for you and your loved ones. After all, Christmas treasures are always found under the tree. To you, with wishes all aglow.

Downtown Holiday Lights & Delights

Create holiday memories in downtown Seattle this season with holiday fun in downtown parks and public spaces. All events are free and open to the public. 

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Festive Friday Concerts, Luminous Light Sculptures, Sweet & Snowy Saturdays

Winter Beer Fest

Embrace the spirited chill of December in Seattle as we dive into the heart of the city’s Winter Beer Fest. Amidst the frosty air and festive lights, Seattle’s breweries come together to create a symphony of rich, complex flavors, offering a warm refuge for beer enthusiasts seeking the perfect winter brew. The Winter Beer Fest is more than just a tasting event; it’s a celebration of the craft, camaraderie, and creativity that define Seattle’s brewing scene. Join us as we raise our glasses to the season, exploring the diverse array of winter-inspired brews, from hearty stouts to spiced ales, and revel in the convivial atmosphere that makes this festival a cherished tradition in the Emerald City.

Dec 15, 2023 at 5:30 PM to Dec 16, 2023

Magnuson Park Hangar 30
6310 Northeast 74th Street
Seattle, WA 98115

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Winter Beer Festival in Seattle 2023
Winter Beer Festival in Seattle 2023

Winter Karneval – Village of Lights

Picture a stunning backdrop of half a million brilliant lights, majestic mountains frosted with snow and an enchanting Bavarian village filled with fun. Come join us this January for Leavenworth’s Winter Karneval as we honor a German tradition dating back to the thirteenth century, commonly referred to as ‘Fasching’.

You can expect to see a blend of familiar activities, like ice carving and fireworks over Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, along with new entertainment that will be spread out during the rest of the month, making Leavenworth the perfect winter destination all month long.

Event details are coming for all the weekends in January, please check back for updates!

Shopping At The Bellevue Collection

The Bellevue Collection is the best Christmas special event to enjoy at a shopping centre in Seattle in December. Housing over 120 stores like Burberry and Disney Store, the mall drive-in features a rental drive-through with traditional snowflake lane decor, parties, local vendors selling tasty treats and music events.

There are a plethora of global brands, boutiques and clothing stores here to complete your Christmas shopping. Be sure to drop by at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue, which throws a massive lounge party with a towering Christmas tree and gingerbread displays.

Shopping At The Bellevue Collection – Fun Things To Do In Seattle Washington – December 2023

Location: 575 Bellevue Square, Bellevue, Seattle, Washington 98004

Open hours: 10am – 9pm, Monday – Sunday

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker

From long-standing family traditions to first trips to the ballet, George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® is ready to delight one and all!

troll through the liveliest lobby in town and settle in for the holiday treat of the season. From the dazzling costumes to the unforgettable performances, come discover why The Nutcracker is an integral part of the holidays for ballet fans of all ages.

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George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker
George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker

Take a Harbor Cruise

One of our favorite ways to explore and learn about coastal cities is on a cruise. The Seattle Harbor Cruise showcases the best of what the city’s waterfront offers. From Elliot Bay to Seattle Harbor, this cruise is a fun way to take in the sights and sounds of Seattle. 

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As we wrap up our exploration of ‘Seattle Sparkles: A Jolly Rundown of December’s Top Activities,’ the city’s vibrant tapestry of festive delights becomes a cherished memory. From the dazzling lights that adorned the streets to the joyous sounds echoing through cultural events, December in Seattle truly lived up to its magical reputation.

Whether you found yourself enchanted by the festive markets, immersed in cultural celebrations, or savoring the seasonal flavors at the Winter Beer Fest, this month was a celebration of community, warmth, and the spirit of the season. As the city bids farewell to another December, the memories created during this festive journey will undoubtedly linger, leaving you with a heart full of holiday cheer and a longing for the enchanting return of December in Seattle.

Emily Cressey

Emily Cressey is a real estate broker residing in Lake Forest Park, WA who services the Greater Seattle area including Shoreline, Mountlake Terrace, Brier, Lynnwood, Kenmore, Bothell and Edmonds, WA.

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