Seattle sure knows how to celebrate the holidays. From a spectacular holiday parade and tree lighting ceremony with fireworks to giant gingerbread displays and indoor snow showers, the Emerald City pulls out all the stops when it comes to spreading holiday cheer. Whatever level of merriment you and your little elves are looking for this year, downtown has you covered.

Festival of Trees

Whether you're looking for ideas for your own tree this year or just want to gawk at some amazing showstoppers, start your holiday season off with this time-honored tradition (now in its 39th year!). Since 1978, the talented members of the Dr. Forrest L. Flashman Guild have presented the Festival of Trees, a display of 21 beautifully decorated Christmas trees, each with its own unique theme and style. In addition to viewing the trees, read inspiring stories of courageous Seattle Children’s Hospital patients. This festival is only on display for 12 days, so make plans now before they're gone. Proceeds from the tree sales benefit the Seattle Children's Autism Center and Uncompensated Care at Seattle Children's Hospital.

Location: Fairmont Olympic Hotel, 411 University St., Seattle, Wa 98101
Dates: Nov. 19-30, 2016
Times: 24 hours a day
Cost: Free to view; $3,000 to purchase
Online: seattlefestivaloftrees.com

photo: Erik Stuhaug Photography

  • Festival of Trees
  • Gingerbread Village at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel
  • My Macy's Holiday Parade
  • Teddy Bear Suite at The Fairmont Olympic Hotel
  • Westlake Center Tree Lighting
  • Macy’s Holiday Star Lighting Ceremony & Fireworks
  • Snow Showers Inside Pacific Place
  • Light up the Night at Pacific Place
  • DSA’s IKEA Holiday Carousel
  • Seattle Center Winterfest
  • Magic in the Market
  • Greet the Season at MOHAI
  • Diving Santa
  • Providence O’Christmas Trees Christmas Carnival
  • SAM Lights: A Winter Evening of Art, Music & Lights

We want to hear from you! Where is your favorite place in downtown Seattle to take the family for holiday cheer?

— Kristina Moy

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