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Christmas in the Northwest 2023 - Discover a Wonderland of Christmas Lights, Nativities, Santa Trains & More!

Sharing the holiday spirit is one of the true joys of Christmas. In the Northwest, we are fortunate to have an abundance of special events and activities to celebrate this magical season. From dazzling light...

Sharing the holiday spirit is one of the true joys of Christmas. In the Northwest, we are fortunate to have an abundance of special events and activities to celebrate this magical season. From dazzling light displays to enchanting nativities and festive Santa Trains, there is something for everyone to enjoy. So gather your loved ones and get ready to create unforgettable memories this Christmas in the Northwest!

Where to Find Christmas Lights, Nativities, Santa Trains & More!

Christmas in the Northwest is a truly special time of year. With so many incredible events happening, it can be overwhelming to decide where to go and what to do. That's why we've compiled a comprehensive list of the best Christmas events and ways to celebrate the season with your family in 2023. Best of all, many of these events are free!

Christmas in the Northwest Caption: Experience the magic of Christmas in the Northwest

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  • Free Christmas Tree for 4th or 5th graders this year

Seattle Christmas Events 2023 & Beyond!

Seattle is brimming with festive activities during the holiday season. Whether you're searching for dazzling Christmas lights, enchanting holiday events, Santa Trains, or snow activities, Seattle has it all. While the list leans towards Washington events, we are open to adding your favorites from elsewhere in the Northwest as well.

Where To See Christmas Lights

Be sure to check each website for the most current dates and times for these events.

Christmas Lights in the North Seattle Area:

Lights of Christmas Caption: Immerse yourself in the wonder of the Lights of Christmas

  • Lights of Christmas (Stanwood, WA): A drive-thru Christmas lights event with dazzling displays, Santa and Mrs. Claus, and Christmas music. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

  • Anacortes Wonderland Walk Light Show (Anacortes, WA): Enjoy the spirit of the holidays at the Wonderland Walk in Washington Park. With live music, campfires, and hot chocolate, it's the perfect way to embrace the holiday cheer.

  • Holiday Lane (Concrete, WA): Witness a Christmas decorating contest, meet Santa at the brightly lit Town Tree, and enjoy a free holiday movie. It's a special event not to be missed.

  • Wintertide Lights (Everett, WA): Take a self-guided evening walk through illuminated gardens and experience the magic of the holiday season.

Check out Skagit Kid Insider's list of neighborhood Christmas light displays in Skagit County.

Christmas Lights Seattle:

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  • Christmas in Bellevue including Snowflake Lane (Bellevue, WA): Enjoy twinkling lights, Christmas music, and even snow in Bellevue.

  • Wild Lanterns (Seattle, WA): Immerse yourself in an immersive lantern festival at Woodland Park Zoo, where you'll discover wild places and creatures from around the globe.

  • Winterfest (Seattle, WA): Seattle's Winterfest offers a world of sparkling lights, amusements, and spirited entertainment at Seattle Center. You'll find performances, a Winter Train & Village, a lighting display, and a New Year's Eve Celebration.

  • Gileadvent Drive Thru Christmas Experience (Carnation, WA): Experience the magic of a lit-up Camp Gilead wonderland with hot chocolate, Christmas cookies, live performances, a live nativity, and more.

  • Snoqualmie Winter Lights (Snoqualmie, WA): Celebrate the traditions and magic of the season in Historic Downtown Snoqualmie, with music, Santa's arrival, ice carver installations, selfies with Santa, and holiday cheer.

Christmas Lights in the South Seattle Area:

  • Zoolights (Tacoma, WA): Explore the Point Defiance Zoo transformed into a colorful winter wonderland with over 700,000 lights. Marvel at 3-D animal light displays with new safety protocols in place.

  • Fantasy Lights (Spanaway, WA): Drive through a 2-mile long Christmas lights display with special holiday music playing along the way.

  • Holiday Magic Event (Puyallup, WA): Take a wonder-filled stroll through magical lights, festive displays, and holiday joy at the Washington State Fairgrounds.

  • Light up the Mansion at Meeker Mansion (Puyallup, WA): Drive through the beautiful grounds of Meeker Mansion and enjoy the enchanting holiday light display.

  • Holiday Light Display at Carpinito Bros (Kent, WA): Visit Carpinito Bros to check out their pretty Christmas light display while exploring their store and Christmas trees/wreaths. Don't forget to say hello to the reindeer!

  • Christmas Lights at MRCC (Enumclaw, WA): Park your car, tune your radio to 91.7 FM, and enjoy a delightful Christmas lights show that repeats every half hour.

More Christmas in the Northwest Events:

  • Leavenworth Christmas Lights (Leavenworth, WA): Experience the magic of Christmas lights in the town of Leavenworth, where the lights will be on from Thanksgiving to Valentine's Day. Enjoy fun entertainment and events throughout December.

  • Small Town Holidays in the Lake Chelan Valley: Immerse yourself in the festive spirit with various events, including the Festival of Trees and winery experiences with cozy spaces, fireplaces, and holiday lights.

  • Christmastown USA (Shelton, WA): Wander through a Christmas Tree Maze on First Street and enjoy a festive family picture. Explore the outdoor Christmas market, take part in a gingerbread challenge, and more.

  • Holiday Cocoa and Cookie Wagon rides in "Christmas Town USA": Indulge in a delightful tour of the beautiful lights in Shelton while sipping hot chocolate, enjoying cookies, and listening to music.

Oregon Locations:

  • Oregon Zoo Zoolights Event (Portland, OR): Experience the magic of the zoo at night with illuminated displays and discounted admission for zoo members.

  • Winter Wonderland (Portland, OR): Drive-thru a mesmerizing Christmas light display at Portland International Speedway. Enjoy the colorful light sets and special virtual goodie bags.

  • Clackamas County Winter Fair (Clackamas, OR): Immerse yourself in a quarter-mile walk-through experience featuring a lighted tunnel, building displays, a Christmas tree show, and Santa's Village.

Christmas Activities:

Seattle is buzzing with holiday events and activities that will make this season truly magical. Here are some additional options to consider beyond Seattle.

North of Seattle:

  • Lighted Christmas Stroll through Pioneer Village (Ferndale, WA): Take a leisurely stroll through Pioneer Village, lit up with beautiful Christmas lights. Please note that indoor cabin access is unavailable.

Seattle Holiday Events:

Issaquah Reindeer Festival Caption: Experience the magic of the Issaquah Reindeer Festival

  • Issaquah Reindeer Festival (Issaquah, WA): Join Santa or Rudolph for a photo in their Grand Traveling Sleigh at Cougar Mountain Zoo. Enjoy the sights, sounds, and animals of the zoo during this exciting outdoor celebration.

  • Holiday Lights & Delights (Seattle, WA): Marvel at holiday-themed light sculptures in Westlake Park. This year, they've added an augmented reality adventure to enhance your experience.

  • Holidays at the Pike Place Market: Explore the schedule of events happening at Pike Place Market and immerse yourself in the holiday cheer.

  • Molbaks (Woodinville, WA): Discover a Pacific Northwest holiday at Swanson's Nursery featuring holiday-themed events and activities.

Areas South of Seattle:

  • Reverse Parade of Lights (Lakewood, WA): Experience a unique parade of floats and vehicles in Colonial Plaza. Drive through to view the displays, enjoy Christmas music, and wave to Santa.

  • A Christmas Experience (Enumclaw, WA): Join the festivities at the Enumclaw Expo Center, where you'll find holiday performances, Santa photos, kids' crafts and games, a journey through Bethlehem, and a Live Nativity.

  • Living Nativity (Quincy, WA): Take a walk-through living Nativity with costumed guides, shepherds, wise men, and a beautiful manger scene.

  • Christmas Island at Maytown (Maytown, WA): Experience the marvelous sights and sounds of this historic display. Enjoy the holiday lights, and don't forget to sample the free coffee and treats.

  • A Victorian Country Christmas (Puyallup, WA): Visit the Washington State Fairgrounds for a charming Victorian-themed Christmas experience.

Santa Trains in the Northwest:

Snoqualmie Yuletide Express Caption: Hop aboard the Snoqualmie Yuletide Express

  • Santa Express Rides (Snoqualmie, WA): Join Santa and his elves on the Yuletide Express for a magical 25-minute train ride. Enjoy the beautiful view of Snoqualmie Falls and receive a small gift from Santa.

  • Santa Holiday Train (Chehalis, WA): Ride the Santa Holiday Train and meet Santa Claus, who will be handing out candy canes and spreading joy to every family.

  • The Polar Express (Chehalis, WA): Although The Polar Express is not happening this season, you can still book a Holiday Timber Train ride. All aboard for a magical journey to the North Pole, where you'll meet Santa and experience all the wonders of Christmas.

  • Mt Hood Christmas Train (Hood River, OR): Embark on the Mount Hood Christmas Train and join Santa and his elves on a captivating adventure to the North Pole. Based on their own storybook, this train ride promises holiday magic.

Snow Activities in the Northwest

Embrace the winter wonderland of the Northwest with these exciting snow activities for the whole family.

  • Snow Tubing & Sledding in Washington: Discover the best places to go sledding and tubing in Washington.

  • Snow Tubing & Sledding in Oregon: Explore the top spots for sledding and tubing in Oregon.

  • Snow Shoeing in Washington: Enjoy a fun-filled snowshoeing adventure at Mount Rainier or explore other beautiful winter hiking trails in the region.

  • Winter Hikes: Take advantage of the scenic winter hikes that offer breathtaking views and an opportunity to connect with nature.

Christmas in the Northwest is a joyous occasion filled with wonder, love, and cherished traditions. From breathtaking light displays to enchanting nativities, Santa Trains, and snow activities, there is no shortage of ways to create unforgettable memories with your loved ones. So bundle up, embrace the magic of the season, and make this Christmas in the Northwest one to remember!