Somehow December is here and that means it’s time to start planning ahead for one of the best months yet. That being said, having fun doesn’t have to cost a ton. So without further ado, here are 10 of the best free & cheap things to do in Seattle this December.

Karaoke with Baby Ketten

Ready to sing to your heart’s content in front of a bunch of strangers or your friends? It might just be time to head to karaoke at Cafe Racer. You’ll find a professional sound system, lights, a real stage, and an impressive library of music.

When: Every Monday
Where: 1510 11th Ave
Cost: Free

Virtual Silent Reading Party

For those of you that love the Silent Reading Party but are more comfortable at home, you can still enjoy the virtual version. You’ll also get to hear piano tunes from pianist Paul Matthew Moore as you read amongst strangers over zoom.

When: Every Wednesday
Where: Online
Cost: $5-$20

Hike to some frozen waterfalls

Snow and freezing temperatures are coming to our state’s wilderness. While winter might seem like the best time to stay indoors, it’s also the only time that you can see one of our state’s coolest natural wonders. Many of Washington’s waterfalls are frozen in time, waiting for you to explore.

See what’s new on Netflix

A new month means tons of new additions. December’s Netflix additions are a mix of new originals and some old favorites. So treat yourself to a little TV time this month.

Soak at a hot spring

Not everyone has the luxury of having a hot tub or access to local services like hot tub boats. But if you’re looking for a similar experience in Washington nature, that can be arranged. You can visit many of our state’s local hot springs for $10 or under with some even being free!

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Cut your own Christmas tree

If you celebrate Christmas you know how expensive trees can be. If you’re up for a bit of a drive and adventure this year, cutting your own tree is a great choice. It turns out that you can actually go to Olympic National Forest and cut down select trees for only $5!

Village of Lights: Christmastown

On November 25th, Leavenworth will light up with the spirit of Christmas. The town’s lights are visible nearly everywhere, you’ll see them on trees, on buildings, and maybe even on a horse-drawn carriage or two. They’re a beautiful and relaxing way to start your holiday season and are also a great backdrop for any holiday pics you’re wanting to take.

When: November 25th-December 24th
Where: Leavenworth, Washington
Cost: Free

Garden d’Lights

The Bellevue Botanical Garden transforms into a magical kingdom of garden delights this holiday season. Plan to walk about 1 mile, as you enjoy the one-of-a-kind displays scattered throughout the garden. See butterflies, birds and plants like never before.

When: November 26th–December 31st
Where:  12001 Main Street, Bellevue, WA
Cost: $8

Brews ‘n Board Games

Snapshot Brewing offers an all-day happy hour for casual tabletop gamers! You can either borrow theirs or bring your own; fill up our punch card and win cool stuff. And get sweet deals like $9 house growler fills every Sunday.

When: Every Sunday
Where: 8005 Greenwood Ave N
Cost: Free/Varies

Fremont Sunday Market

Now that the warm weather is here we’re way more in the mood to enjoy Seattle’s outdoor offerings. One of our favorite free things to do in Seattle is check out the Fremont Sunday Market. It’s free to visit and you can shop from an array of new, crafted, and vintage items.

When: Every Sunday
Where: 3410 Evanston Ave N
Cost: Free/Varies

Have a great month, and enjoy all of the free & cheap things to do in Seattle!