Looking for what to do with kids during the holidays in Seattle? I’ve rounded up this list of my favorite must-see spots this season with links to get you started! With this list, your kids are sure to have a Christmas to remember.


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Enchant Seattle

This is an easy way to get all the lights, but stay dry indoors! Now through Dec. 29, enjoy a luminescent land of beautiful arches, larger-than-life sculptures and decadent delights at Enchant Seattle – where magical memories are made.

Museum of Flight’s Santa Fly-In

You won’t want to miss Santa’s annual fly-in on Saturday, December 14! Featuring live performances by children’s music legend (and current Grammy nominee) Caspar Babypants, the Boeing Orchestra and Boeing Employee Concert Band.

WildLights at Woodland Park Zoo

Get your sparkle on at WildLights! Featuring sparkling lights, faux snowball fights, up close animal encounters, hot chocolate and family delights. Enjoy light displays and more throughout the Woodland Park Zoo.

Seattle Center Winterfest

Connect to a world of sparkling lights, child-sized amusements and spirited entertainment at Seattle Center Winterfest, running now through Dec. 31. They’ve got five weeks of festive, fun-filled, free and affordable activities featuring the Winterfest Ice Rink, Saturday ice sculpting and outdoor seasonal lighting.


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Snowflake Lane – Bellevue

You won’t want to miss Snowflake Lane in Bellevue – celebrating 15 years in our community this year. This nightly parade with a cast of 300 performers is not to be missed – this complimentary parade begins on the sidewalks between Bellevue Square and Lincoln Square from NE 4th to NE 8th St. every night at 7 p.m. through December 24!

Santa Train

The Northwest Railway Museum has Santa Trains running weekends through December 21. Just a half-hour outside of Seattle, North Bend is the place to be. Enjoy a 20-minute, 3.5-mile trip to Snoqualmie, visit with Santa, and savor the cookies and hot cocoa!


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George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker

This reimagined ballet classic at the Pacific Northwest Ballet should be at the top of your to-see list! Now through December 28. If your family members are fans of the theater, this one is just for you.

Christmas Ship Festival

Quickly selling out, this local lighted ship display is a fun adventure to be had by all. Psst… you can also watch from aboard the ships!

Gingerbread Village

Hop on over to the lobby of the Sheraton Grand Seattle hotel now through January 1 to see the magical Gingerbread Village. Each year, a talented team of local architects, chefs from the Sheraton, and children collaborate to build elaborate gingerbread creations to raise funds in support of JDRF’s vision of a world without type 1 diabetes.

I hope this list gave you some great ideas of what to do with kids during the holidays in Seattle! You can click here to read more great resources for parents.