Seattle events December 2024. Best things to do in Seattle.

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Seattle events December 2024

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Christmas tree lighting

December 1 - 7, 2024

multiple locations

Watch a tree-lighting ceremony, usually with music. FREE

Bavarian Christmas

December 1 - 24, 2024

Leavenworth (117 miles E)

Lights twinkle on snow at Village of Lights, with food vendors on Front St. (10 a.m. to 7 p.m.), live music in the gazebo (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.), roaming Christmas characters (12 to 4 p.m.), kids’ activities & cocoa in Festhalle (12 to 6 p.m. Sat., 12 to 4 p.m. Sun.), and Santa at the gazebo (noon) in Front Street Park, 820 Front St. in Leavenworth.

Cocktail party to save dogs

December 7, 2024 (6 to 11 p.m.)

Sunset Hill (6.6 miles NW)

Your ticket to Winterwoof includes “hosted food and drinks, silent and liv auction, fun and games, music, magic, and entertainment plus adoptable puppies on the water at Sunset Bay Lodge at the Ballard Elks, 6411 Seaview Ave. NW in Seattle. No pets.

Fireworks cruise — Puget Sound

December 31, 2024

Waterfront (0.8 miles SW)

Both include a DJ playing dance music, a no-host bar, and views of Space Needle fireworks.
  • Elliott Bay – NYE Late Night Cruise departs from Argosy Cruises at Pier 55, 1101 Alaskan Way in Seattle.
  • Lake Union – New Year’s Eve Party Cruise includies specialty appetizers, desserts, and a midnight champagne toast, departing from Waterways Cruises, 901 Fairview Ave. N in Seattle

Party – Smith Tower

December 31, 2024

Downtown (0.9 miles SE)

A ticket to New Year’s Eve Casino Night includes an open bar with signature cocktails, tray-passed hors d'oeuvres, a buffet until 10 p.m., DJ dance music, casino games, party favors, a midnight champagne toast, and city views from the 21st and 35th floors of the Smith Tower, 506 2nd Ave. in Seattle. Bring age 21+ ID.

Fun holiday plays

December 2024 (undated)

multiple locations

Evening cabaret

December 2024 (undated)

Downtown (0.3 miles SW)

Wonderland is a whimsical winter cabaret and burlesque show that promises “a glittering parade of nostalgia, exploding with dance, laughter, and all the cheer of yesteryear” at Can Can Culinary Cabaret, 95 Pine St. in Seattle for age 21+. Food and drinks for sale.

Technology party

December 2024 (undated)

Downtown (0.4 miles SW)

Wear anything from a T-shirt to a tuxedo to GeekWire Gala and “see familiar faces, make new friends, and enjoy “an evening of conversation, tasty treats, and festive cocktails with great music” at The Showbox, 1426 1st Ave. in Seattle for age 21+. Your ticket includes two drink tickets and heavy appetizers.

Civic event

December 2024 (undated)

South Lake Union (0.8 miles N)

Attend a 5:30 p.m. reception with appetizers and a no-host bar, and then hear a speaker at 6:30 p.m. and a panel discussion at 7:30 p.m. focusing on “the biggest issues and major stories that defined our civic life” in the past year at The Year in Review by Seattle CityClub at The Collective Seattle, 400 Dexter Ave. N in Seattle.

European Christmas market

December 2024 (undated)

Lower Queen Anne (0.8 miles NW)

Based on German tradition, European Christmas Village “combines colorful décor, gifts from 60 artisans, enticing food & drink (including beer & mulled wine), and family entertainment.” Located in Fisher Pavilion and on the lawn at Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St. in Seattle. Children age 6 and younger are free. Video: 2 minutes.

Christmas boats on Lake Union

December 2024 (undated)

Lake Union (1.3 miles N)

Boats decorated with Christmas lights begin lining up from Aurora Bridge to Gas Works Park at 6:30 p.m. At 7 p.m., Seattle Christmas Boat Parade starts sailing counterclockwise around the lake, past MOHAI, Ivar’s Salmon House, and back to the start. FREE

Nutcracker ballet

December 2024 (undated)

multiple locations

Lights at Seattle zoo

December 2024 (undated)

Phinney Ridge (4.1 miles N)

WildLanterns features “large-scale animal and nature scape lanterns representing wild places from around the globe” including bugs, lions, pandas, parrots, and dragons, with snacks for sale and a performance in the entrance building at Woodland Park Zoo, 5500 Phinney Ave. N in Seattle. Grounds map.

Holiday sing-along

December 2024 (undated)

Columbia City (4.9 miles SE)

“Show up to sing, dance or quietly glow with the holiday spirit” at Holiday Hootenanny “a boot stomping, hand-clapping evening of holiday song classics, obscurities, and originals with full on audience participation” at The Royal Room, 5000 Rainier Ave. S in Seattle. The early show is family friendly.

Holiday symphony

December 2024 (undated)

Federal Way (23 miles S)

An English Holiday is a “concert of symphonic favorites, some seasonal surprises, and rare performances of two great British choral works” performed by Federal Way Symphony at Federal Way Performing Arts and Event Center, 31510 Pete von Reichbauer Way S in Federal Way. A tree lighting follows in Town Square Park.

Holidays at the fairground

December 2024 (undated)

Puyallup (37 miles S)

Holiday Magic promises “breathtaking lights, interactive displays, festive food and drink, and fun for the whole family” including ice skating, a train ride, a laser light show, and a holiday market at Washington State Fair Events Center, 110 9th Ave. SW in Puyallup. Free parking in the green lot.
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