We hope you had a great first week and weekend of 2024! January has been off to a great start so far and there’s more to check out in the city. From film to delicious food, and fun musicals, the month is only getting better. Here are 10 of the best things to do in Seattle this week!

Luminous Lights at Westlake Park

Display highlights include a 13-foot reindeer, a giant snowflake and a candy cane twice your height.

You’re invited to stroll through the brilliant light installations and enjoy the artistry of these displays built from thousands of sparkling lights. And it’s your last chance to check it out!

When: Daily until Tuesday, January 9th, 2024
Where: Westlake Park
Cost: Free

2023 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour

Here’s your chance to experience Sundance in Seattle! The short films tour is coming with 7 films in 90 minutes.

It’s taking place in person and there are showtimes available for over a week.

When: January 3rd-January 14th, 2024
Where: 1515 12th Ave
Cost: $14

The Book of Mormon

The nine-nine Tony Award winning Best Musical, The Book of Mormon is in Seattle this week!

“This outrageous musical comedy follows the adventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word,” states the description.

Expect almost sold-out shows for this one.

When: January 9th-January 14th, 2024
Where:  The Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine Street
Cost: $250+

The Comedy of Errors

Jimmy Shields makes his Seattle Shakespeare directorial debut following his appearance as Sir Andrew Aguecheek in 2023’s Twelfth Night, according to the event website.

“Originally adapted for Wooden O, this small ensemble version of The Comedy of Errors cleaves right to the heart of the comedy and features actors playing their own twins to hilarious effect,” it states.

Previews take place on Wednesday and Thursday, with opening night on Friday, January 12.

When: January 10 -January 28, 2024
Where:  Center Theatre at Seattle Center
Cost:  $30+

Taste of the Northwest

The 6th annual Taste of the Northwest takes place later this week. While it is a bit out of town, it’s one to catch if you want to immerse yourself in the offerings of 20+ wineries and distilleries!

You can expect shucked oysters, live music, and a delectable dinner buffet.

When: Friday, January 12th & Saturday, January 13th, 2024
Where:  Campbell’s Resort, 104 W Woodin Ave
Cost: $75+

Harry Potter: Magic at Play

The Harry Potter experience has more than 20 touchpoints of hands-on magical activity, including “games, exploration, sensory activations, and more.”

Your journey begins at the iconic 4 Privet Drive where you’ll explore the Dursley’s living room and eventually be whisked away on a boat as you cross the Great Lake to arrive at Hogwarts.

When: On now until May 12th, 2024
Where: The Shops at The Bravern, 11111 NE 8th St, Bellevue, WA
Cost: $29 for adults, $22.50 for children 9 and under

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: Second Thursday of every month
Where: Capitol Hill
Cost: Free

Joe Hisaishi

Renowned Japanese composer Joe Hisaishi is bringing the magic to Seattle. If you’re unfamiliar, he is known for creating the iconic soundtracks for Studio Ghibli. As such, tickets for the concert are currently at resale prices but might just be worth splurging for.

When: Friday, January 12th & Saturday, January 13th, 2024
Where: 200 University St
Cost: $384+

Visit a museum for free

You may or may not know but Seattle actually has 5 museums that you can always visit for free. We’ve listed them out and given you some details so you can take yourself on the perfect adventure. Psst, your library card can also get you access to tons of local museums for free. And several museums have free days every single month.

Watch Wonka at the SIFF Cinema Downtown

Seattle’s iconic Cinerama is officially back as SIFF Cinema Downtown. The historic theatre reopened with showings of Wonka, but there are also other films to check out. A great weekday evening outing awaits.

When: Showtimes daily
Where: 2100 4th Ave
Cost: $19.50

Have a great week!