Welcome to the second weekend of November. From ice skating to light displays and concerts, the city has a little bit of everything for you. Here are 10 of the best things to do in and around Seattle this weekend.

Go ice skating

There are several places to go ice skating in and around Seattle this November. Prices vary by rink and skate time. You can also choose between renting skates or bringing your own. Of course, we’ve created a list of some of the best spots to check out.


No, it’s not 2008, it is in fact 2023 and the Jonas Brothers are touring. The brothers will be at Climate Pledge Arena, so if you’re up for some dancing, you can check it out and enjoy singing all of your favorite boy band’s catchy tunes.

When: Friday, November 10th
Where: 334 1st Ave N
Cost: $59.95+


Starting Friday, November 10th you can explore the zoo like never before. WildLanterns is a lantern festival unlike any in the Northwest due to its specific focus on nature and animals. No matter how old you are, you’re sure to be wowed by the size and diversity of the hand-crafted displays.

When: Friday, November 10th-Sunday, January 14th, 2024
Where: 5500 Phinney Ave N
Cost: $29.95-$36.95+

The Polar Express

It’s family-friendly fun for everyone as you listen to The Polar Express, sip cocoa, and have a visit with Santa aboard the Chehalis Centralia Railroad. You’ll experience the magic of the story for yourself as you are gifted a bell and the characters from the story come to life.

When: Wednesday, November 11th-Saturday, December 23rd
Where: 1101 SW Sylvenus St, Chehalis, WA 98532
Cost: $60+ per person

Autumn Movie Nights

The Freeway Park Association is calling all movie lovers to enjoy The Goonies on the big screen right in the heart of Seattle. The movie starts at 7 PM and takes place at Seneca Plaza. Even better, free popcorn, snacks, and drinks will be provided.

When: Friday, November 10th
Where: 600 Seneca Street
Cost: Free

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Diwali at Seattle Center

If you’re unfamiliar, Diwali is a traditional cultural celebration that is practiced throughout India each fall. According to the Seattle Center, “It symbolizes the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance.”

When: Saturday, November 11th, 12 PM-6 PM
Where: 305 Harrison St
Cost: Free

Free entrance day at National Parks

On Saturday, November 11th, adventurous individuals can visit any National Park for free in honor of Veterans Day. According to the National Park Service, there are over 400 National Parks in the US and 3 are in Washington including Olympic, North Cascades, and Mount Rainier. Psst, you can also visit Washington State Parks for free.

When: Saturday, November 11th

Treat yourself to dim sum

Who doesn’t love dim sum? Treat yourself to the ultimate comfort food this weekend at one of Seattle’s many amazing restaurants. From classic cart service to menu specials, these spots have it all.

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: Friday, November 10th-Saturday, December 30th
Where: 2505 2nd Ave #102
Cost: Varies

Harry Potter: Magic at Play

The 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: Begins Friday, November 10th, 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

Enjoy Seattle, and have a great weekend!