Holiday Family Fun, Seattle Style


Carousel from King 5

The holidays aren’t officially the holidays until your city puts up an old-fashioned carousel with all the lights and glitz that your inner 10-year-old is dying to ride. Take a spin on the DSA’s Holiday Carousel presented by KING 5 in the Winter Village in Westlake Park. Hours of operation: Mon-Thurs 11am-9pm, Fri 11am-10pm, Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 10am-9pm, Open through January 1, Closed Christmas Day. It’s technically free, but there is a $3 suggested donation to Treehouse. Of course you’re always welcome to donate more if you’re in the giving spirit!

Snow Showers Inside Pacific Place

From now until December 24 you can enjoy a snow flurry without the chill that usually comes with it! At 6pm every night in the atrium of Pacific Place you can watch the snow fall amidst your holiday shopping. The show lasts for about 10 minutes and is the perfect way to wow your young ones.

Teddy Bear Suite at The Fairmont Olympic Hotel

Bears of all shapes and sizes fill the Teddy Bear Suite at The Fairmont. It’s the perfect place to snap a cute picture of your kiddos or hangout and snuggle up with a teddy bear-themed book. It’s open Mon-Thurs 11 am-5 pm, Fri-Sun (and Christmas Eve) 10 am-7 pm. There is no cost, but they are gladly accepting donations for Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Argosy Cruises’ Christmas Ship Festival

A PNW tradition since 1949, the Christmas Ship Festival is the happening holiday staple. The ship sails to over 45 waterfront communities and has a choir onboard. You can even add lights to your own vessel and join in. Hurry up and get your tickets before they sell out! From now until December 23.

Night Tubing

For those of you that are down for a little out of city adventure, Night Tubing at Snoqualmie Pass is a must. Since they pull you up the hill with a rope, it’s even an outing for the little ones. Grab your whole fam on January 8 and head up the mountain to this epic event.

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