Welcome to December! 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 10 of the best things to do in Seattle this weekend.

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

Twinkle Twinkle at Freeway Park

Looking for a fun inner-city holiday celebration? Twinkle Twinkle is back at Seattle’s Freeway Park this weekend. Roast s’mores by the bonfire, sip hot cocoa, and enjoy the beautiful, twinkling holiday lights in Seneca Plaza. At 6 PM liver carollers will lead visitors in a parade to Pike Place Market to watch the Figgy Pudding Competition at Pike Place Market.

When: Friday, December 1st
Where: 700 Seneca St
Cost: Free

Sponsored Pick: Merry Little Christmas Pop-Up Bar at the Edgewater Hotel

Looking for your own National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation adventure? Then look no further than the Merry Little Christmas Pop-Up Bar at the Edgewater Hotel! Tucked away on the second-floor Reindeer Room, this pop-up is unapologetically gaudy and looks like all of Christmas exploded in one room. Enjoy holiday-themed cocktails, cookies that’ll make Santa jealous, Christmas jams, and more! This pop-up will be around from November 24 until December 31, from Thursdays to Sundays, 5 PM to 11 PM, and is first come, first serve! Don’t miss out – you need to try the Gingerbread shot!

The 1975

English pop-rock band, The 1975 is coming to town! Fronted by Matty Healy, the band has achieved global acclaim with hits like “Love It If We Made It” and “Somebody Else,” blending genres and pushing musical boundaries.

When: Saturday, December 2nd
Where: 334 1st Ave N
Cost: $54.50


Another UK band! Alt-J is a band known for its experimental sounds and hits like “Breezeblocks” and “Left Hand Free.”

When: Saturday, December 2nd & Sunday, December 3rd
Where: 1700 1st Ave S
Cost: $156

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A Victorian Country Christmas

A Victorian Country Christmas takes place at the Washington State Fairgrounds with over 500 exhibits that are decorated to look like Victorian shops. Here you can shop for thousands of holiday gifts handcrafted items and even specialty foods.

When: Thursday, November 30th-Saturday, December 2nd
Where: 110 9th Avenue SW, Puyallup, WA
Cost: $12

Poulsbo Julefest

This packed event has a Nordic Market with jewelry, rosemaling, collectibles, wooden crafts, candles, soaps, gifts, and a silent auction. There will also be traditional eats like pea soup, hot dogs, meatballs, waffles, and porridge. Then at dusk, you will get to have the unique experience of seeing Vikings and a massive bonfire.

When: Saturday, December 2nd
Where: 18991 Front Street
Cost: Free/Varies

Phinney Ridge Winter Festival & Crafts Fair

The Winter Festival has over 120 hand-picked artisans, each showcasing their finest work in the historic halls of the Phinney Center. There you’ll find specialty goods, from jewelry to artwork, unique pottery, and home goods, it’s a destination for one-of-a-kind finds.

When: Saturday, December 2nd & Sunday, December 3rd, 10 AM–5 PM
Where: 6532 Phinney Ave N

Winter Solstice Night Market

Seattle Night Markets is hosting the Winter Solstice Night Market at Magnuson Park Hangar 30 for two nights. The markets will take place indoors and will include boozy eggnog cocktails and 125 local crafters, artisans, and more for you to enjoy and shop from.

When: Friday, December 1st & Saturday, December 2nd
Where: Magnuson Park, Hangar 30
Cost: $9.99+

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

Enjoy all of the things to do in Seattle.