Have the post-Christmas blues? No worries, there’s plenty to check out this week that will help you get your mind off the fact that somehow 2021 is almost over. Here are 10 of the best things to do in & around Seattle this week.

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

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

Hit the slopes

What’s a more PNW date than the great outdoors? Skiing is always fun at Washington’s assortment of slopes and resorts. Whether it’s your first time or you’re a seasoned pro, a day spent skiing with your SO is a great break from the city.

Where: Click above to see our picks

Winter Porch Light Parade 2021

Visiting large-scale holiday light displays is fun and all but why not check out how Washingtonians are decorating their own homes? The cities of Bothell, Kenmore, Lake Forest Park and Shoreline are inviting folks to create their own holiday light displays to help spread holiday cheer. You can find a full map of the displays by clicking above.

When: Until December 31st
Where: Participating homes in Bothell, Kenmore, Lake Forest Park, Shoreline
Cost: Free

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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

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

Garden d’Lights

Garden d’Lights is taking over the Bellevue Botanical Garden to bring an enchanting experience to the Eastside. You’ll be able to see the botanical garden like never before as over half a million lights illuminate the beauty of the garden. With the many unique lights and scenes, there’s sure to be something for everyone.

When: Until December 31st
Where: Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main Street, Bellevue, 98005
Cost: $5 per person

Hit the ice rink

Want to show your crush just how many tricks you know on the ice? Well luckily, Seattle and its surrounding areas have a few ice rinks for you to check out. Whether you’re looking for a simple open skate or to take lessons like figure skating or hockey, these ice rinks have you covered.

Where: Click above to see our picks

The Lights of Christmas

If you’re down for a bit of a drive it’s well worth it to head to Stanwood. You’ll get to see over a million spectacular lights, dazzling displays, all while you wave to Santa and Mrs. Claus and listen to Christmas music in the warmth and comfort of your own car. It’s 30 minutes of Christmas fun that you can add to an evening date.

When: Until January 1st
Where: 20800 Marine Drive, Stanwood, WA
Cost: $25-$55 per car

Have a great week folks and enjoy some safe celebrations this weekend. We’ll catch you back here in the new year!