It’s that time of year again when the holiday sights and sounds abound, especially on the Eastside. Whether your crew is into lights, music, dancing or snowflakes, we’ve compiled a list of the most dazzling and festive holiday happenings taking place from Renton to Snoqualmie and all stops in between. So bundle up your little reindeers and click through the gallery for 12 must-do Eastside holiday happenings.

Snowflake Lane

Celebrate the holiday season with lights, music and dancing at Bellevue’s annual holiday spectacular, Snowflake Lane, held on the sidewalks on Bellevue Way between N.E. 8th and N.E. 4th. The most spectacular part? Each night snow falls from the sky while dancers, drummers and a variety of characters party and parade through the streets. Each year always seems brighter and more festive than the last, so this is one you definitely don’t want to miss.

Good to Know: Crowds of up to 10,000 flock to the festivities in Bellevue each night, so arrive early and plan accordingly. Early dinner reservations at one of the numerous restaurants gets you parked and near the action early. And be sure to take advantage of free parking at The Bellevue Collection, Bellevue Square, Lincoln Center and Bellevue Place.

Dates: Nov. 25-Dec. 24, 2016
Time: Nightly at 7 p.m.
Cost: Free

575 Bellevue Square (Bellevue Way & N.E. 8th)
Bellevue, Wa 98004
Online: snowflakelane.com

photo: Jennifer B. Davis

  • Snowflake Lane
  • Northwest Railway Museum Santa Train
  • Redmond Lights 
  • Evergreen City Ballet Nutcracker
  • Bellevue Magic Season Ice Arena
  • Garden d'Lights
  • Issaquah Reindeer Festival at Cougar Mountain Zoo
  • Ivar's Clam Lights
  • Redmond Town Center – Seize the Season
  • Argosy Cruises Christmas Ship Festival 
  • ‘Twas the Night... at Kirkland’s Studio East
  • Celebration Lane USA

Does your family have a favorite Eastside holiday attraction? Tell us in the Comments below!

— Jennifer B. Davis