Grab your favorite hot beverage and the kids; it’s time to head south to Seattle and explore all the Christmas mayhem they have to offer this holiday season.
Our family loves to dive right into the holiday cheer popping up around the city. Whether it be walking through a forest of lights or falling down on the ice, you can bet we will be having a great time together. If only the Christmas season lasted more than a month; we might have a chance of hitting it all in one year.
WildLights – November 23 through January 1
Our little family loved being some of the first to experience the Woodland Park Zoo’s inaugural holiday light display. Start your night off at Phinney Market. The children’s train table made it so easy to enjoy our pints and a light dinner before heading off to walk through the zoo. Take a walk through a jungle of lights, ride the historic carousel, or just have a snowball fight in the Snowmazium.
Holiday Carousel – November 23 through January 1
Who doesn’t love a carousel? Bring in one that only shows up for the holidays in the middle of Seattle’s downtown shopping district and you may just get the kids out of the house to do some Christmas shopping this season. We can’t help taking at least one of those pretty ponies for a ride around Westlake Park. If the weather turns a bit too nippy you can always pop into any number of Starbucks in the area or indulge in a little high end window shopping at Pacific Place.
Winter Train and Village at Seattle Center – November 23 through January 6
We never pass up on a chance to see trains in our house. The tiny turn of the century village complete with snow and holiday homes will light up your children’s eyes and make your inner train conductor pop out. Several times a day visitors are able to take control of the rails and take the train for a whirls around the track. Once you have had your fill you can wander through Seattle Center to enjoy ice-skating, ice sculpting, carolers and more.
Ice Skating in Bellevue – November 23 through January 13
You may not think that ice-skating and toddlers go together, but it is an experience no one should miss. This ice rink only goes up during the holidays and has families all over the area heading to Bellevue to experience a little classic winter fun. Younger kids can take advantage of double bladed skates; my own toddler wasn’t too impressed, but my friend’s 5 year old was tearing up the ice in no time.
Garden D’Lights at the Bellevue Botanical Garden – November 24 through December 31
Pack the sunglasses; your eyes may need a break from this explosion of LED lights. Over half a million lights take over this eastside botanical garden, creating a sea of flowers, swans, trees and more. Watch the kids giggle with glee as Snap d’Dragon puffs a little smoke from his nose. Be sure not to miss the aquarium in the visitor’s center. You may just want to give these larger than life jellyfish a squeeze.
Photo Credit: K. Means
Keryn Means is the founder of Walking on Travels, a site that gives hope to today’s modern parent who doesn’t want to stop their lives; they simply bring their kids along for the ride. You can find Keryn dragging her 2 boys around Seattle most days and across the globe several times a year. Follow along on their adventures on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter.
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