Ah, the holiday season, the season of romance, gift-giving, and of course, mistletoe. It’s a time for joyous fun and having someone special to experience it with is the cherry on top. There are so many ways to enjoy this special season together in Seattle, from twinkling light displays to holiday cocktails and much more.

Here are 11 romantic dates you have to try this holiday season in Seattle.

Check out a holiday Night Market

You’ll be able to enjoy a winter solstice market from the folks who put on the popular Seattle Night Market. Expect to shop, eat, and listen to live music. To make things even better you can enjoy an adults-only event on Friday, it’s 21+ fun only or you can also check out Saturday for an all-ages event.

When: December 17th & 18th
Where: Magnuson Park, Hangar 30
Cost: TBA

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: November 26th-December 28th
Where: 321 Mercer St, Seattle, WA
Cost: $27+ per person

Drive through a twinkling light display

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: November 26th-January 8th, Closed December 24th,  25th, 31st, and January 1st
Where: 20800 Marine Drive, Stanwood, WA
Cost: $25-$55 per car

Ride the Polar Express

If you’re looking to see a classic holiday tale come to life then you’ll want to head over to Chehalis where you can hop on the Polar Express. This event is more family focused so if you have kids feel free to bring them along as the Polar Express is read and hot cocoa and cookies are served. Get ready to be whisked away to the North Pole in a railway car filled with holiday cheer.

When: Until December 19th
Where: 1101 SW Sylvenus St, Chehalis, WA 98532
Cost: $39+ per person

Sip at a festive pop-up bar

Seattle’s iconic Christmas pop-up bars, Miracle and Sippin’ Santa, are opening back up for the holiday season. Whether you’re in the mood for kitschy over-the-top decor or a holiday bar with a tiki twist, you can try both this year. As for the cocktail menu, you can expect professionally-developed creations that combine all your favourite flavours of the holidays.

When: Miracle: Nov 26th-Dec 24th & Sippin’ Santa: Nov 26th-Dec 31st
Where: Miracle: Rob Roy, 2332 2nd Ave & Sippin’ Santa: Navy Strength, 2505 2nd Ave Suite 102
Cost: Varies

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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

Visit Washington’s ultimate Christmas town 

Is there a more iconic holiday town in Washington than Leavenworth? We think not. They’re lighting up once again this year but instead of having to wait for weekends to see the light, now you can see the town glowing daily. Enjoy the lights, hike in the area, shop & dine, there are lots to do and see in Leavenworth

Where: Leavenworth, Washington

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

Take in holiday magic at Pike Place Market

 

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Magic in the Market is back for its dazzling 26th annual event. It’s the perfect time to wander the market, take in the lights and decorations while grabbing groceries. After you pick up your items you can head home and make a delicious meal from all the goodies you’ve picked up.

When: Begins November 27th
Where: Pike Place Market
Cost: Free/Varies

Get enchanted at Snoqualmie Falls

Queue the Badalamenti and Julee Cruise as you watch one of Washington’s most majestic and accessible waterfalls. After checking out the stunning views of the falls you can head indoors to the Salish Lodge & Spa for a meal or spa treatment. Of course, you can also head to nearby North Bend to check out local Twin Peaks filming locations if that’s your thing.

Where: Click above to learn more about Salish Lodge & Spa

Listen to carolers aboard the Christmas Ship

 

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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: November 26th-December 23rd
Where: Onboard/Onshore
Cost: Free-$50

Bundle up and get out there, there’s plenty of fun to be had with your SO this holiday season. Happy holidays folks!