On October 31, it’s official: the holiday season is here.

That means all kinds of special events and activities will be popping up to celebrate the season.

Naturally, we’re excited.

So gather your crew, grab your coats, and head out on the town to enjoy everything Seattle has to offer during the holiday season.

And remember to ditch the umbrella; you’ll blend right in with the locals that way.

Magic in the Market
November 25, 12-5pm
Pike Place Market
Get into the holiday spirit right down the street at the Magic of the Market holiday celebration. Listen to live music and caroling choirs, warm your hands with fresh cider and hot cocoa, and stay for the tree lighting once it gets dark. You’ll officially reach peak holidays a month before Christmas.

The Christmas Ship
November 24-December 23
Puget Sound
Celebrate the holiday season on the water. Join Argosy Cruises and their ship, the Spirit of Seattle, on a cruise around the waters of Elliott Bay. Santa is onboard for photos, there is a choir on the 2nd deck, and you can join in the fun in one of three different ways: on the lead boat, on the follow boat, or, if boats aren’t exactly your thing, at a shore party as the boat goes by.

Winterfest 2017
November 24-January 1
Seattle Center
An ice rink, an enchanting model train village at The Armory (not an actual armory), and ice sculpting are just a few things to do at Winterfest 2017. Put on every year by the Seattle Center, this one is great if you have kid folk in tow on your trip. Better yet, it won’t dent the travel expenses, because everything but the ice rink is free.

Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn
November 24-December 31
The 5th Avenue Theatre
Have you ever caught yourself standing under mistletoe with eggnog in one hand, feeding reindeer with the other hand while wearing your Santa hat and thought, “this isn’t holidays enough.” This one’s for you. Try a Broadway holiday musical at The 5th Avenue Theatre. Lavish sets and costumes, spectacular choreography, and 20 Irving Berlin songs take center stage in Holiday Inn’s west coast debut. Located just four blocks southeast of us in Downtown Seattle, The 5th Avenue Theatre is renowned as one of the nation’s foremost theater companies. Because why be a holiday participant when you could be a holiday connoisseur?

Winter Celebration at Woodland Park Zoo
December 16-18, December 21-23
Woodland Park Zoo
Have you ever caught yourself standing under mistletoe with eggnog in one hand, feeding reindeer with the other hand while wearing your Santa hat and thought, “reindeer are nice, but I want to see more animals.” Woodland Park Zoo is your offbeat holiday paradise. Take a wildlife trek during the holiday season and watch the animals munch on special holiday-themed food items designed for their species’ diet, such as evergreen leafs, wreathes with assorted fruit, and boughs. And don’t worry, there’s a food pavilion too in case you get jealous of the feasting beasts.

Cheers to the holiday season (and to not using an umbrella)!

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