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Fun Seattle Holiday Activities

There are always so many fun holiday events in the Seattle area. It isn’t easy to decide which to do each year. I like to make a list of ideas that look good to me so that I can weave them into our holiday schedule when possible. Here are some possibilities that are on my radar this year:

Swanson’s Reindeer Festival

I never miss this. Swanson’s Nursery hosts a pair of reindeer and a camel each year until December 24 (of course Santa needs his reindeer then). It’s a great opportunity to get up close to these fascinating animals. Feeding times are at 10am and 4pm each day. You can also check out the elaborate holiday train display, and get a photo with Santa (check the Swanson’s site for times). The new onsite cafe, which has pastries, sandwiches and kiddie staples like juice boxes is a great place to get a snack afterwards.

Cougar Mountain Zoo Reindeer Festival

To see even more of our antlered friends, check out the Issaquah Reindeer Festival at Cougar Mountain Zoo. You can walk into the magical holiday forest and hand feed animals, including South American reindeer. There will also be special events including daily elf story times and photo ops with Santa. The festival runs until December 30, though sans Santa after the 23rd.

Seattle Center Winterfest

There are still a lot of free holiday performances to come this year in the Seattle Centerhouse. Groups include the Seattle Men’s Chorus and the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra. The elaborate holiday train is another amazing attraction, you can even take a turn at the controls. Older kids may also enjoy taking a spin around the Winterfest ice rink.

Children’s Museum Festivals of Light

I like to visit the Children’s Museum as well whenever I check out Winterfest. It’s a nice way to fill out the day. Throughout December, the museum will be exploring different holiday traditions around the world with the Festivals of Light. Each week, a new special exhibit will be on display with decorations, activities, music and a family home set up for the featured holiday. Festivities coming up on the schedule include Christmas Around the World, Kwanza and a Chinese New Year celebration.

I also wrote about Wild Lights earlier this month, and highly recommend it for a fun nighttime activity.

What are your favorite holiday events and activities? Please share in the comments!

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