For many, traveling to see friends and family for the holidays is all about spending time together. My family spent several Christmases in California with our huge family – sharing meals, playing games, trips to the beach – as long as we were catching up and sharing our stories from the time we spent apart, it didn’t really matter what we did.
If you’re looking to make some new traditions with your loved ones this year, Seattle is a great place to do it! We have so many activities during the holidays, both secular and religious, that offer memories for years to come!
Take a Trip Down Candy Cane Lane – Dec. 7th – Jan. 1st
Christmas just isn’t the same without those evening journeys through sparkling neighborhoods that are decked out in lights. There’s no reason to leave this tradition behind when you head to Seattle for Christmas this year. Instead, elevate the experience by taking a trip down the city’s infamous Candy Cane Lane. Located at NE Park Road and the cross-section of 21st Avenue, this street has been dazzling holiday viewers for decades. The collection of 23 Tudor-style homes takes Christmas décor to the next level and delights visitors with sparkling rooftops, mechanical decorations and inflatable holiday accessories that bring the neighborhood to life.
While most people drive through, especially on the wet and windy nights, I recommend bundling up and walking. Many of the home owners and their families are out greeting people and spreading Christmas cheer. This event is free and there are donation bins at either end of the drive for donations of food and warm clothing for local families in need.
Visit the Woodland Park Zoo – Nov. 29th – Jan. 5th
You might say that you’re not really a zoo kind of person, which is ok. But I would challenge that label until after you’ve been to Wildlights at the Woodland Park Zoo. This annual event at our amazing zoo is an enchanting way to spend time with your loved ones as you encounter animals, sip hot chocolate and wander the grounds which are decked out in their holiday best. More than 700,000 LED lights adorn the zoo this time of year, creating one of a kind light display that’s sure to inspire. You can buy tickets on their website, $16.95 for adults and $12.95 for kids.
Skate at Winterfest Rink – Nov. 29th to Dec. 31st
While the Emerald City can get cold for the holidays, it doesn’t usually get ice-skating-on-your-local-pond cold. And there’s just something about ice skating that puts you in the holiday spirit. Lucky for you, we have the Winterfest Rink at Seattle Center. This area is part of the greater Winterfest event, which covers the entire Seattle Center, and transforms Fisher Pavilion into an oasis of wintery fun for the entire family. While much of Winterfest is free, the cost to ice skate is $8 for adults, $6 for kids 6-12, and $2 for kids 5 and under.
Savor the Best of Seattle
Whether you’re in town for the holidays or traveling this direction at any other time of the year, be sure you’re booked into a customized and accommodating home away from home with the help of the professionals at Seattle Oasis Vacation Rentals. Contact us today for more information and to begin planning your trip.