There are plenty of tree lighting ceremonies plus trees to see indoors at top hotels. It’s not just about the trees but the spirit of peace and goodwill that the holiday trees seem to inspire in people at this time– to take the kids along to see as many as you can manage – most are free events and incorporate games and activities for the younger ones as well as live entertainment.
About: Entertainment at the Holiday Night Market includes performances by The Not Its, School of Rock West Seattle, Mode Music Studios, Jay Cates and Endolyne Children’s Choir. There will be around 40 vendors with handmade goods. The kids will have an ornament making class and be able to visit with Santa in the specially decorated Santa House at the night market. The tree lighting provides the finale to the evening’s festivities, and after December 1 the lights will remain on for the festive season.
When: December 1 – 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
Contact: 206-935-0904 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
About: Half a million lights transform the zoo into a twinkling wonderland with Christmas trees, Santa, reindeer and more. The Combo Pass includes half-price Daytime admission and Zoolights admission- available only at the front gate. Visit the Zoo by 3 pm during the day to see polar bears, penguins and more, then when the Zoo closes at 4 pm, you are invited to stay inside the Zoo and visit the carousel, cafe and gift shop if you have a Combo Pass. Zoolights opens at 5 pm so you can be among the first to see the lights that night and beat the crowds without having to wait in lines. Last year they had fantastic animal displays like a polar bear family, sea turtles, and hammerhead sharks all made of lights. Visit to find out what they have in store this year!
When: December 1 to January 6 (event starts November 23) from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
Contact: 253-404-3800 or email email@example.com.
Cost: $10 per person online or at Fred Meyer Stores, $12 at the gate. Kids 2 and under free. Free parking available.