Winter is almost officially here although we’ll say it’s already feeling plenty like the season. While life in the PNW during winter sometimes feel a bit dull, there’s plenty to do if you’re willing to try something new. Here are 10 great things to add to your Seattle winter bucket list.

Enjoy brunch with your friends

No two brunches are exactly alike and Seattle has plenty of options that will help you have one of the tastiest winters yet. Head to places like Mezcaleria Oaxaca, Tilikum Place Café, and more.

Whether you’re looking for traditional breakfast and lunch foods, fusion offerings, or rotating menus, these spots have you covered.

Treat yourself to a pastry perfect for winter

What’s a better way to celebrate winter and the holiday season than with a tasty pastry? Luckily for you, Seattle has tons of great bakeries whether you want something sweet, savory, or totally unique.

Head to bakeries like Besalu for unique offerings such as cranberry curd tart.

Hit the slopes


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What’s a more appropriate winter activity than skiing or snowboarding?

Washington state has tons of great ski hills and mountains for you to enjoy. If you don’t know where to start you can always rent gear from a local ski shop or outdoor store.

Visit a frozen waterfall

Winter might seem like the best time to stay indoors, but it’s also the only time that you can see one of our state’s coolest natural wonders. Many of Washington’s waterfalls are frozen in time, waiting for you to explore.

And yes we did make a whole list of waterfalls that you can visit. From Franklin to Palouse falls, they’re all there.

Check out a festive town

Washington has tons of festive towns that you can check out. Enjoy classic festivities like holiday lighting displays, sleigh rides, Santa photos, hot chocolate, and all of that goodness.

Even if you’re not looking for holiday-specific fun, many of these towns are blanketed in snow and the perfect escape from the city. From Leavenworth to Camas, you have many places to explore.

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Relax at a local Airbnb with a sauna

A little staycation never hurt anyone, especially a staycation with a sauna. Washington has tons of Airbnbs with saunas, hot tubs, or even both.

Whether you want to be near the coast or mountains, these perfect winter Airbnbs are a great way to get out of the city.

Get toasty on Lake Union

Not everyone has a hot tub, let alone a hot tub that can float on water. Perhaps one of Seattle’s most unique claims to fame is the hot tub boats that cruise Lake Union.

You can rent them for yourself or a few friends by the hour from two separate but equally great companies.

Teatro ZinZanni: Coming Home

ZinZanni’s original brand of “love, chaos, and dinner” will be evident in their limited engagement run of the all-new show, Coming Home.

In the spirit of building back stronger, it’s the first show in Seattle since the pandemic and a must-see for anyone who was a regular at past performances.

When: Until February 23rd 2023
Where: SODO Park, 3200 1st Ave S, Seattle, WA
Cost: $109+

Candlelight Concerts Seattle

Candlelight Concerts have happened in over 100 cities around the world with more than 3 million attendees. For the Seattle series, there are 10 different concerts being offered with a selection of available dates.

Hear renditions of your favorite artists like Radiohead, Taylor Swift, and Coldplay.

When: Until February 14th 2023
Where: Participating venues
Cost: $30+

Go ice skating

Ice skating is a fall and winter favorite and also a great way to get in the holiday spirit. These days it does feel like a bit of a blast from the past with fewer spots to enjoy the past time.

However, there are still several places to enjoy ice skating. We’ve compiled a few of the best spots to go ice skating in and around Seattle.

Have a great winter, Seattle!