Along with turkey dinner leftovers comes tons of holiday hoopla! Consider: an early morning parade, a winter celebration under the Needle and a magnificent light display. If holiday shopping isn’t your thing, take your crew to South Lake Union for Greet the Season, an all day event with festive holiday music, crafts and activities, plus an appearance by the Argosy Christmas Ship. Read on to learn more and for other awesome weekend activities.

photo: Woodland Park Zoo


Macy’s Holiday Parade
Bundle up your crew and grab a curbside seat for this annual day after Thanksgiving parade. See giant inflatable floats, marching bands, drill teams, hundreds of costumed characters and of course, Santa Claus, make his way down Pine St. to the doorstep of Macy’s. Fri. Event details.

Seattle Center Winterfest
The Seattle Center is going to be the place to be for lots of free, festive and affordable holiday activities and entertainment. Take a few laps around the Winterfest ice rink, drive a miniature locomotive inside the Armory, watch ice sculpting demonstrations and enjoy live music and entertainment all weekend long. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

WildLights at the Zoo
Woodland Park Zoo’s spectacular winter lights festival returns with thousands of sparkling LED lights inspired by nature, wild animals and wild places. In addition to the festive displays, ride the zoo’s historic carousel, see a few animal friends (including Santa’s reindeer), and enjoy faux snowball fights and festive snacks and entertainment. Fri.-Sun. (through Jan. 5) Event details.


Santa’s Grand Arrival Parade & Tree Lighting Event
Grab a curbside seat along Bellevue Way to watch toy soldier drummers, princesses, holiday-themed floats and characters and Santa Claus, make their way through the streets of downtown Bellevue. After the parade, gather for the festive tree lighting ceremony at Bellevue Place Wintergarden and enjoy a special meet and greet with the characters from Snowflake Lane as well as holiday music, cookies and cocoa. Fri. Event details.


Bellevue Downtown Ice Rink presented by Alaska Mileage Plan
It’s opening weekend of Bellevue’s all-weather covered ice rink. Lace up your skates and take a few laps around the rink and enjoy food and beverage concessions, holiday music and a series of special events. Fri.-Sun. (through Jan. 13). Event details.

Garden d’Lights
After the sun goes down, the Bellevue Botanical Garden is transformed into a dazzling winter wonderland with more than a half a million twinkling lights. Grab the stroller and take the Littles on a holiday journey filled with three-dimensional flowers, shrubs and animal characters. Insider Tip: Avoid the long lines at the gate by purchasing your tickets online. Sat.-Sun. (through Dec. 30). Event details.

—Kristina Moy


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