Can you believe we’re more than halfway through the month? 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 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.

Gobble Up

At Gobble Up you’ll find an array of “innovative” and local treats that range from items like artisan sauces and chutneys to tasty vegan and gluten-free eats, and even CBD chocolates. Shoppers will also find kitchenware like handmade potholders, cutting boards, and ceramics.

When: Saturday, November 18th
Where: Magnuson Park, Hangar 30
Cost: Free

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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

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This weekend is the 46th Annual Julefest where you can partake in and enjoy an authentic Nordic holiday experience. It takes place in the heart of Ballard and is modeled after traditional outdoor Christmas markets that are found in Nordic countries.

When: Saturday, November 18th & Sunday, November 19th
Where: 2655 NW Market Street
Cost: $10 for general

Fantasy Lights at Spanaway Park

“Fantasy Lights at Spanaway Park is the largest holiday drive-through display in the Northwest,” according to Pierce County. The experience features “nearly 300 elaborate displays and thousands of sparkling lights” on a two-mile drive along Spanaway Lake.

When: Friday, November 17th-Sunday, November 19th & Friday, November 24th-Monday, January 1st 2024
Where: 14905 Bresemann Boulevard South, Spanaway, WA
Cost: $15+

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

Christmas Dive Bar

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


Seattleites have a rare chance this month to hear one of the PNW’s most iconic and influential grunge rock bands. Mudhoney’s Saturday show on November 18th is sold out, however, there are still tickets for the Sunday show. The band will be joined by Hooveriii and dare we say this is one of the most iconic concerts in Seattle this November.

When: Sunday, November 19th
Where: 2505 1st Ave
Cost: $30

Enjoy Seattle, and have a great weekend!