Seattle provides spectacles of light both on the water, in the gardens and on the streets. Try to make it to the various tree lighting ceremonies as they offer so much more than just lights viewing – there are plenty of activities to keep the kids occupied and they get a chance to see their favorite man of the moment – Santa.
About: The brightly lit and prettily decorated boats will gather in Lake Union and begin their promenade westward through the Fremont Cut. You can choose to pay and watch from the lead or follow boats, join the parade on your own decorated vessel, or gather at the viewing party on shore for panoramic views of the flotilla. The Lead Boat is the official Christmas Ship™ and leads the fleet of boats. When the Christmas Ship™ arrives at the designated parks, the choir onboard sings a 20-minute concert that is broadcast to the surrounding boats and people onshore. Santa rides along to entertain, and a cruise director will guide you through the evening and contests to win great prizes. The Christmas Ship™ has a kids’ craft area available and snacks, chowder, and beverages for purchase, or you can also pre-order boxed meals. The Follow Boat is similar in offering although it cannot be guaranteed that Santa will be on board, and instead of a craft area kids get craft bags.
When: Friday December 14 from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm.
Where: There are various points to be picked up by the boats, and from which to view – check the schedule online.
Contact:206- 623-1445, 1-888-623-1445 or via website.
Cost: Free to watch from the shore. Lead boat $68 per person aged 4 and up. Kinds under 3 free; follow boat $57 per person aged 4 and up with kids 3 and under free.
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 3pm during the day to see polar bears, penguins and more then when the Zoo closes at 4pm, with a Combo Pass you are invited to stay inside the Zoo and visit the carousel, cafe and gift shop. Zoolights opens at 5pm 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 sharksall 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.
Where: Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium,5400 N. Pearl St. Tacoma, WA 98407.
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.