As the festive season draws near, the Greater Seattle area and it's surrounding cities transforms into a winter wonderland, offering an array of enchanting experiences that encapsulate the holiday spirit. There are a magnificent lineup of seasonal delights and activities, making it an ideal destination for both locals and visitors. From dazzling light displays to classic seasonal performances, delectable culinary adventures, and unique cultural festivities, Seattle to Bellevue becomes a hub of joy and celebration.

Here are the top 10 must-do experiences in Seattle and Bellevue during the holidays, capturing the essence of the city's magic and offering a guide to the most memorable seasonal activities.

The Seattle Holiday Market | Nov. 24 - Dec. 24 @ The Seattle Center

The Seattle Holiday Market, a delight for holiday enthusiasts, offers an array of artisanal crafts, festive foods, and charming decorations. Located at The Seattle Center, South Fountain Lawn and Fisher Pavilion, this market invites visitors to stroll through twinkling stalls, sample seasonal treats, and explore unique gift options, creating a cozy holiday atmosphere. Buy your advanced tickets for $13.99 or get a season pass at $29.99 per person for unlimited access and priority entry.

Nov. 24 - Dec. 24 @ The Bellevue Collection

Immerse yourself in the enchantment of cascading snowflakes, radiant lights, joyful melodies, lively drummers, and dancers in this free nightly procession of holiday-themed floats. Join us along the walkways between Bellevue Square and Lincoln Square, spanning from NE 4th to NE 8th Streets, every evening at 7 pm. Park conveniently in any of our complimentary parking garages and pick your preferred spot on the sidewalk to relish the spectacle.

Bellevue Ice Skating Rink | Nov. 17  - Jan. 15, 2024 @ Bellevue Downtown Park

The Bellevue Ice Skating Rink offers a picturesque setting for gliding on ice under the glistening winter sky. Whether you're a novice or a seasoned skater, the rink provides a joyful ambiance perfect for creating cherished moments with loved ones amidst the seasonal merriment. You can buy weekday tickets for $15 and weekend tickets for $20 online.

PCC Markets host delightful holiday cookie classes, providing the opportunity to master the art of baking seasonal treats. Participants can learn various techniques, from decorating sugar cookies to creating gingerbread masterpieces, adding a personalized touch to their festive celebrations. Sign up today!

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker  | Nov. 24  - Dec. 27 @ McCaw Hall

The Pacific Northwest Ballet's enchanting rendition of the classic Nutcracker ballet is a time-honored tradition in Seattle. The performance, complete with stunning choreography, lavish costumes, and Tchaikovsky's iconic score, captivates audiences, bringing the magic of the season to life on stage. Tickets range from $29 to $160 or opt to experience the Nutcracker Suite Access or VIP Sugarplum box seats. Buy tickets today!

Gingerbread Village | Nov. 21  - Jan. 1, 2024 @ Sheraton Grand Seattle

The Sheraton’s Gingerbread Village, a confectionary masterpiece crafted by local architecture firms and the culinary team, showcases intricate gingerbread designs, transporting visitors into a whimsical world of sugary creations. This yearly tradition captivates with its imaginative displays and attention to detail.

The Holiday Ship Festival, hosted by Argosy Cruises, offers a unique way to experience the holidays. Sail along the Puget Sound, adorned with lights and seasonal decorations, while enjoying live choral performances and the joyous spirit of the season.

Queen Mary Tea Too offers a serene escape with its holiday-themed high tea experience. Indulge in a selection of teas, delectable pastries, and sandwiches in an elegant setting, adding a touch of sophistication to your seasonal celebrations.

Purchase tickets here | Dec. 15 & Dec. 16 @ Magnuson Park Hangar 30

The Winter Beer Festival at Magnusen, hosted by the Washington Brewers Guild, celebrates the season with a diverse selection of craft brews. It’s a perfect opportunity to savor unique, seasonal beers while enjoying live entertainment and the camaraderie of fellow beer enthusiasts.

From the enchanting garden lights at the Woodland Park Zoo to the dazzling neighborhood displays, Seattle's vibrant light exhibits illuminate the city during the holidays. The Proxi guide provides an interactive map to explore and enjoy the most spectacular light displays, making for a magical holiday tour.