December may have been an expensive month for many with extra time off work and of course, buying all those presents. That being said, it’s very doable to have a low spend January and still have plenty of fun in the city. Here are 10 of the best free & cheap things to do in Seattle this January.

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. January’s Netflix additions are a mix of new originals and some old favorites. So treat yourself to a little streaming time this month.

NW Pinball Collective Free Play Open House

When was the last time you had the opportunity to play pinball? If you can’t remember, it might just be time to try it out again for a little fun. The NW Pinball Collective has free, open sanctuary access for the public twice in January. You can check out their community and play some free pinball!

When: January 7th & 17th
Where: 1120 N 97th St
Cost: Free

Soak in 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!

Silent Reading Party: In-Person

The beloved Silent Reading Party is back in person if you’d like to have the experience of reading amongst strangers inside the beautiful Hotel Sorrento. Keep in mind there is a $20 food and drink minimum on top of your ticket price.

When: First Wednesday of each month
Where: 900 Madison St
Cost: $8-$40

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Hike Washington State Parks for free

What’s a better way to spend a new month and year than by getting some outdoor time? Outdoor enthusiasts get ready because there are not one but two free Washington State Park Days this January. It has to be one of the best free things to do in the Seattle area this month.

When: January 1st & 16th
Where: Washington State Parks
Cost: Free

Capitol Hill Art Walk

A digital map allows you to pick and choose where you stop on the Capitol Hill Art Walk. Stop by small galleries, local businesses, and more on this monthly art walk.

When: January 12th/Second Thursday of every month
Where: Capitol Hill
Cost: Free

Compline Choir

Compline Choir has been sung every Sunday since 1956 at Saint Mark’s Cathedral on Seattle’s Capitol Hill. Open to all, the evening choir is a great way to relax and unwind before the start of another week. It’s also a great excuse to have a look inside one of the hill’s most unique buildings.

When: Every Sunday
Where: 1245 10th Ave E
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 other Wednesday
Where: Online
Cost: $5-$20

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

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