The holidays are almost here and with them come some of the most joyous days of the year. If you’re looking to plan some unforgettable dates, we have a few ideas for you. Here are 11 festive holiday dates to enjoy in Seattle this year.

Visit Kringle’s Garage

“Part arcade, part neighborhood hangout” the vintage-inspired “magical gas station” is a fresh twist on normative spaces of seasonal cheer. You’ll get to step back in time while enjoying tons of fun activities, treats, and overall warmth.

When: Friday, November 24th–Sunday, December 31st
Where: 8211 Aurora Avenue North
Cost: $17

Enjoy an adults-only Pike Place Tasting Tour

This tour gives you the chance to immerse yourself in the market’s enchanting holiday atmosphere while enjoying “hidden gems.” Your ticket allows you to enjoy multiple tastings from 6 Market locations including The Dressing Room, indi chocolate, Northwest Tasting, The Rabbit Box, Shug’s Soda Fountain, and Truffle Queen.

When: Saturday, November 25th, 11 AM-4 PM
Where: Pike Place Market
Cost: $60 per person + tax and fees

Relax at a Candlelight concert

Candlelight Concerts have happened in over 100 cities around the world with more than 3 million attendees. For the Seattle series, 10 different concerts are being offered with a selection of available dates. For the holiday season, you can listen to a special performance with songs from The Nutcracker and many classical Christmas songs.

When: Multiple dates until Thursday, December 21st
Where: Participating venues
Cost: $40+

Watch the Nutcracker

The Pacific Northwest Ballet presents George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker starting this November. Watch the classic holiday tale come to life through the work of some of Seattle’s best dancers. It’s a timeless tradition that people of all ages can enjoy.

When: Friday, November 24th–Wednesday, December 27th
Where: 301 Mercer Street
Cost: $29+

Explore Winter WNDRland: Iced In

Winter WNDRland celebrates the “expansive chill” of the season, transforming some of the museum’s fan-favorite exhibits with a “shimmering” blanket of snow and ice. Some of these exhibits include the Light Floor and the Immersive Theater.

When: Monday, Thursday & Friday 12 PM–9 PM, Saturday 10 AM–9 PM, Sunday: 10 AM–8 PM
Where: 904 Alaskan Way
Cost: $38

Head to Leavenworth for a horse-drawn sleigh ride

Explore Leavenworth through a magical winter horse-drawn sleigh experience. Your ride takes you through open meadows and forests for a total of 40-50 minutes and is a great way to get outdoors during the winter. After your journey through the beautiful snowscape, you’ll get to enjoy a fire and a warm cup of apple cider.

When: Tours begin in December
Where: 19115 Chiwawa Loop Road, Leavenworth, Washington, 98826
Cost: $110-$400

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Enjoy jolly holiday drinks at Sippin’ Santa

Sippin’ Santa returns this year with the added flair of “surf shack” vibes. You can expect the usual kitschy and thirst-quenching goodness that this annual event brings. As Seattle’s main holiday-themed cocktail event, it’s well worth digging through your closet for your best Christmas sweater.

When: Begins November 25th, 2022
Where: 2505 2nd Ave Suite 102
Cost: Varies

Check out a stunning light display

Seattle and Washington as a whole are chock full of stunning light displays this holiday season. There’s something for everyone, from classic scenes to drive-thru events, animal-centric lights, and transformed gardens. Of course, we compiled a whole list of spots for you.

Experience the Seattle Christmas Market

Seattle is getting a brand new German-inspired Christmas Market this year. You’ll be able to wander amongst traditional wooden huts, and check out more than 60 vendors offering “local and international artisan crafts and gifts.” You can also nosh on traditional foods like “Bratwurst, Schnitzel, pierogies, roasted nuts, and Stollen.”

When: Friday, November 24th-Sunday, December 24th,
Where: Seattle Center
Cost: $15.99-$35.99+

Listen to caroling for a good cause

This heart-warming annual event attracts nearly 10,000 people and is a classic tradition for Seattleites to ring in the season. Watch and listen as teams of carolers sing joyous holiday songs to raise funds for the Pike Market Senior Center and Food Bank.

When: Friday, December 1st
Where: Pike Place Market
Cost: Free/by donation

Get nostalgic with “A Charlie Brown Christmas”

Is there a more classic holiday soundtrack than “A Charlie Brown Christmas”? If you love the classic jazz holiday sounds you can listen to them performed live right here in Seattle. The concert takes place for one day only with two different performances.

When: Sunday, December 10th
Where: 201 Mercer St
Cost: $27+

Enjoy the holiday dates, Seattle!