The holidays are here and it’s time to celebrate. From ice skating to light displays, holiday pop-up bars, and concerts, the city has a little bit of everything for you. Here are 11 of the best things to do in Seattle this week.

Holiday Magic at The Fair

This enchanting “Holiday Magic at the Fair” takes place at the Washington State Fairgrounds in Puyallup. Guests are invited to take a “wonder-filled stroll through magical lights, festive displays, and holiday joy.”

When: Begins Friday, December 1st until 23rd, 2023
Where: 110 9th Ave SW, Puyallup, WA
Cost: $25

Hot Chip

Electronic music powerhouse Hot Chip is hitting Seattle with their fusion of synth-pop and dance beats. Listen to tunes like “Over and Over” and “Ready for the Floor.”

When: Thursday, December 14th
Where: 925 E Pike St
Cost: $42

Sponsored Pick: Land of the Sweets: The Burlesque Nutcracker

It’s a classic Christmas tale – with a twist. Lily Verlaine and Jasper McCann are returning to The Triple Door with their award-winning production: Land of the Sweets: The Burlesque Nutcracker. This show has been captivating audiences since 2006 with dazzling performances, stunning choreography, and a great night-out atmosphere. Grab the girls or plan a date night to enjoy one of Seattle’s most glamorous holiday traditions. 

When: Friday, December 1 to Thursday, December 28, 2023
Where: The Triple Door, 216 Union Street Seattle
Cost: Ticket prices vary by seat

Go ice skating

There are several places to go ice skating in and around Seattle this weekend. Prices vary by rink and skate time. You can also choose between renting skates or bringing your own. Of course, we’ve created a list of some of the best spots to check out.

Candlelight: A Tribute to Taylor Swift

Candlelight Concerts have happened in over 100 cities around the world with more than 3 million attendees. This week you can hear renditions of some of Taylor Swift’s biggest songs.

When: Tuesday, December 12th
Where: 9404 East Marginal Way South
Cost: $60+

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Pathway of Lights

As you amble along the glittering paths and docks, you can listen to live seasonal music and sip on complimentary refreshments. If you keep your eyes to the sky, you’ll be able to see the beloved Hot Air Balloon Glow making an appearance from 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM weather permitting.

When: Saturday, December 9th
Where: Green Lake
Cost: Free

Sponsored Pick: Seattle Christmas Market

The Seattle Christmas Market is coming to town for the first time ever! This European-inspired market will have over 60 different vendors selling gourmet foods and artisan gifts for the holidays. Take a ride on the Nordstrom Very Merry Go Round, listen to live music, sip mulled wine at the heated tent, or get your pictures with St. Nikolaus. The Seattle Christmas Market will be in town from mid-November until Christmas Eve. Get your tickets online to save your spot!

Lights of Christmas

The Lights of Christmas is a dazzling holiday world that you are invited to enjoy both from your car and on the ground. Your journey can take about 30 minutes up to 1-1.5 hours, depending on if you choose to visit any of the activity stops.

When: December 7th-10th, 14th-17th, 20th-23rd, 26th-30th, 2023
Where: 20800 Marine Drive, Stanwood, WA
Cost: $32-$60

Christmas Dive Bar

Of all the things to do in Seattle, adding a little seasonal joy can’t hurt. The holiday wonderland is located at The Woods and comes from Joey Burgess and Murf Hall, the dynamic owners of Capitol Hill establishments like Elliott Bay Book Co., Oddfellows/Little Oddfellows, Queer/Bar, and Cuff Complex.

Where: 1512 11th Ave
Hours: Thursday, November 16th through the New Year

Sponsored Pick: The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver

About time for a weekend getaway? The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver is a luxe, resort-style hotel in Vancouver’s Coal Harbour with spectacular marina views and amenities that deliver year-round. Unwind with one of the many wellness programs or enjoy one of the hotel’s unique winter experiences. Try Winterlust, a Christmas dining experience or a lunch buffet with Santa at H2 Kitchen + Bar. The location makes it ideal for exploring the city and kicking back at the end of the day to enjoy the finer things.

Hometown Holidays

Hometown Holidays is comprised of five events this year including Shop Small Saturday, Glorious Lights of West Seattle Festival (GLOWS), Cocoa and Coat Drive, Holiday Art Walk and Selfies with Santa in the Holiday Spirit Room.

When: Select dates until December 16th
Where: The Junction, West Seattle
Cost: Free/Varies

Enjoy all of the things to do in Seattle!