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Seattle events Seattle Space Needle December 2023



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Seattle events December 2023

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Christmas tree lighting

December 1 - 5, 2023

multiple locations

See a free tree-lighting ceremony, usually with music. These are usually in December:

Nutcracker ballet

December 8 - 23, 2023

multiple locations

New Year’s – Columbia Center

December 31, 2023

Downtown (0.7 miles SE)

Watch the Space Needle’s fireworks at midnight from indoors atop the city’s tallest building at New Year’s Eve at Sky View Observatory, which includes an open bar, “light bites & sweet treats,” DJ music, and champagne at midnight for age 21+ atop Columbia Center, 700 4th Ave. in Seattle.

New Year’s Eve fireworks

December 31, 2023

Seattle Center (0.8 miles NW)

Watch 200 drones plus fireworks launch from the Space Needle at midnight during New Year’s Eve at Seattle Center, with a dance band in the armory (8 p.m.) and DJ music with videos projected on the International Fountain (10 p.m.). Simulcast music at 10, 11, and 12 on 106.1 FM. Free except for pre-fireworks shows in the Laser Dome.

Eastside holiday concerts

December 2023 (undated)

Bellevue & Sammamish

Sammamish Symphony performs “a blend of music for the season, beloved classical bonbons, and some jolly surprises” during its Holidays events.
  • Meydenbauer Center Theatre in Bellevue
  • Eastlake Performing Arts Center in Sammamish

Holiday chorus

December 2023 (undated)

multiple locations

Seattle Men’s Chorus sings a mix of traditional and new carols to create “a wonderland filled with holiday cheer” in their show Holiday Fa-la-la-liday.
  • Benaroya Hall, Seattle
  • Civic Auditorium, Everett
  • Pantages Theatre, Tacoma

Funny holiday plays

December 2023 (undated)

multiple locations

Lights at Seattle zoo

December 2023 (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, dinosaurs, tigers, peacocks, and dragons, with snacks for sale at Woodland Park Zoo, 5500 Phinney Ave. N in Seattle. Free parking. Enter by 8:30 p.m. (Closed Mon. to Wed.)

Lights at the arboretum

December 2023 (undated)

Montlake (4.4 miles NE)

Take a luminary forest walk on lit pathways, and make a craft at the Arboretum Winter Solstice Walk. Saturday is for age 21+ and includes a free beverage. Buy a ticket online for a time slot, and then check in at the visitors center in Washington Park Arboretum, 2300 Arboretum Drive E in Seattle. Limited parking.

People wearing lights

December 2023 (undated)

West Seattle (5.9 miles SW)

“Artists promenade along California Ave. in costumes of light” from 5 to 6 p.m. looking for people (or their pets) wearing amazing costumes of light who deserve to compete for prizes given by Santa in the awards ceremony at Glorious Lights of West Seattle. Tree lighting & carols 6:30 p.m. in Junction Plaza Park. Live music until 8 p.m., beer garden until 8:30 p.m. Free.

Holidays at the fairground

December 2023 (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. See schedule.
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