Thanksgiving weekend is here! Whether you’re looking to shop, celebrate the holiday season or simply do something new, there’s plenty to check out. This weekend marks the opening of tons of light displays but the city has a little bit of everything for you. Here are 10 of the best things to do in and around Seattle this Thanksgiving weekend.

Shop Black Friday

Black Friday is on and if you’re looking to score great deals on gifts, treats for yourself or house hold staples, now is the time to shop. We have you covered with a list of some of the best deals available from retailers.

Built To Spill

Built to Spill are without a doubt pioneers of indie rock. Their music is loved by many with relatable lyricism supported by melody and distortion that creates an unforgettable sound.

When: Friday, November 24th
Where: 1426 1st Ave
Cost: $54+

Seattle Restored Interactive Studio & Shop Party

Now’s your time to shop locally this holiday season! Seattle Restored is hosting an interactive studio and shop party so you can get your hands on the coolest creative pieces this winter. Designed and crafted by residency artists, get ready to mingle and enjoy complimentary food and drinks paired with the Downtown Art Walk, all for free! 

When: Friday, November 24, 5-8 pm
Where: 1505 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101
Cost: Free

Village of Lights Christmastown

Village of Lights Christmastown comes to life on Friday, November 24th, and runs until Sunday, December 24th. So visitors can expect to see Leavenworth lit up nightly for a total of 30 days.

When: Friday, November 24th-Sunday, December 24th
Where: Leavenworth, WA
Cost: Free/Varies

Lights of Christmas

The Lights of Christmas is a dazzling holiday world that you are invited to enjoy both from your car and on the ground. Your journey can take about 30 minutes up to 1-1.5 hours, depending on if you choose to visit any of the activity stops.

When: November 24th-26th & 30th, December 1st-3rd, 7th-10th, 14th-17th, 20th-23rd, 26th-30th, 2023
Where: 20800 Marine Drive, Stanwood, WA
Cost: $32-$60

Hometown Holidays

Hometown Holidays is comprised of five events this year including Shop Small Saturday, Glorious Lights of West Seattle Festival (GLOWS), Cocoa and Coat Drive, Holiday Art Walk and Selfies with Santa in the Holiday Spirit Room.

When: Select dates, November 25th-December 16th
Where: The Junction, West Seattle
Cost: Free/Varies

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Snowflake Lane

Beginning on Friday, November 24th, onlookers can experience the wonder of Snowflake Lane through an array of dazzling lights, and festive music in Bellevue’s complimentary nightly parade of holiday floats. You’re invited to line the sidewalks between Bellevue Square and Lincoln Square from NE 4th to NE 8th Streets every night at 7 PM.

When: Friday, November 24th-Sunday, December 24th
Where: Bellevue Way between NE 4th Street and NE 8th Streets
Cost: Free/Varies

Magic in the Market

This year’s Magic in the Market at Pike Place takes place on Saturday, November 25th. There’s a wide range of activities and festive attractions for people of all ages to enjoy. You can check out classic events like photos with Santa, cookie decorating, and live holiday music. From 5 PM-6 PM, you can also watch the annual tree lighting ceremony and see the Market transform into a holiday wonderland.

When: Saturday, November 25th
Where: Pike Place Market
Cost: Free/Varies

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.

Check out a holiday pop up bar

Ready to celebrate the holiday season? What’s a better way to do that than by heading to a holiday pop up bar? Seattle has several for you to enjoy. From all things kitschy to classic, there’s something you’ll love.

Taste some of Seattle’s newest restaurants

Seattle has two new restaurant additions, Tom Douglas’ Neb and a Laotian Pizza spot from Taurus Ox. If you’re in the mood to try something new, get out there and support these two tasty spots.

Enjoy Seattle, and have a great weekend!