Ah, the holidays. That special time of the year filled with great company, gifts, and food that always seems to end too soon. Thankfully, with so many wonderfully festive things to do around the city this week, you can soak up every moment of the holiday season well before Christmas Day. Hit up a holiday market for some last-minute shopping, sip festive cocktails, or take in the twinkling lights around the town. Here are 10 of the best things to do in Seattle this week.

Magic in the Market

Watch as the market comes alive thanks to beautiful light displays and decorations crafted to create the ultimate holiday ambiance. Folks who attend can also enjoy special shopping offers, live holiday music, photo ops, glass blowing demonstrations, and more. If you’re feeling extra cheery you can indulge in some holiday drinks & treats while you wait to take free photos with Santa.

When: Throughout the holiday season
Where: Pike Place Market
Cost: Free/Varies

Listen to carolers aboard the Christmas Ship

If you’ve lived in Seattle long enough chances are that you’ve heard singing coming from Puget Sound during the holidays. That beautiful sound is the Argosy Cruises Christmas Ship and while watching from shore is nice, you can actually ride the ships and hear the singing up close. So bundle up and get ready to sail with your SO.

When: Until December 23rd
Where: Onboard/Onshore
Cost: Free-$50

Snowflake Lane

If you’ve never attended Snowflake Lane before, it takes place nightly at 7 pm throughout the holiday season. Spectators gather on the sidewalks between Bellevue Square and Lincoln Square from NE 4th to NE 8th to watch as Bellevue slips away and is replaced with a winter wonderland. Expect to see falling snow, dazzling lights, festive music, toy drummers, and dancers.

When: Until December 24th
Where: Between Bellevue Square and Lincoln Square
Cost: Free

Kringle’s Filling Station 

Looking to snag a truly unique holiday experience? Then you’ll want to check out Kringle’s Filling Station which is put on by Hotopp Creative Studio, an award-winning Seattle-based entertainment designer. You’ll get to meet the Kringle brothers and take pictures in a 1972 Volkswagen Thing, and enjoy a steaming cup of hot chocolate from one of their special gas pumps.

When: Until December 24th
Where: 8211 Aurora Avenue North
Cost: $10+ per person

Miracle on 2nd

The wildly popular Christmas-themed Miracle bar is returning to Seattle in the form of a pop-up cocktail bar. It’s the ultimate spot to snag holiday cocktails in a festive setting. You’ll feel just like papa Noel yourself as you sip professionally-developed cocktails surrounded by kitschy holiday décor.

When: Until December 24th
Where: Rob Roy, 2332 2nd Ave
Cost: Varies

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SLU After Dark

Explore 4 unique, interactive light art installations on display in South Lake Union this month. It’s a way for you to see South Lake Union in a whole new light, literally. Expect a family-friendly, outdoor experience that can be enjoyed at your leisure.

When: Until December 31st
Where: Participating parks in SLU
Cost: Free

Pick up a Christmas tree

The Christmas tree rush is officially here folks. Now that Thanksgiving is over, Seattleites will be looking for the best places to grab a tree. From Charlie Brown trees to massive trees, these spots have you covered. Here’s where to get a Christmas tree in & around Seattle.

Where: Click above to see our picks

Go to the Nutcracker Ballet

PNB’s Nutcracker is one that you probably know well. It follows the story of a young girl as she adventures into a Christmas wonderland with her newfound friend, the nutcracker. Together they battle the evil mouse king and bring joy to all the fantastical characters they meet along the way. With PNB’s talented dancers, detailed costumes, and choreography it’s a must-watch and perfect romantic date.

When: Until December 28th
Where: 321 Mercer St, Seattle, WA
Cost: $27+ per person

The Alice – An Immersive Cocktail Experience

Guests will be able to create their own liquid concoctions under the watchful eye of The Mad Hatter. They’ll also get to dive into Wonderland with a game of flamingo croquet, paint the roses red, and devour ‘Eat Me’ cake. Don’t forget to solve riddles and challenges so that you can unlock all the ingredients to create your own enchanted teapot cocktails.

When: Until December 30th
Where: 1356 E Olive Way
Cost: $40 per person

Sippin Santa at Navy Strength

You can expect holiday-themed drinks in perfectly kitschy cups surrounded by decor like twinkling lights, ornaments, and tinsel. It’ll feel as if you’ve stepped into a Christmas tree in the best way possible. Who knows, you might just end up with some inspo for your own holiday parties.

When: Until December 31st
Where: 2505 2nd Ave Suite 102
Cost: Varies

Happy holidays folks, please stay safe out there and we’ll catch you back here next weekend.