Whenever I take a jaunt into Seattle I feel like I’ve taken a mini vacation. Go explore using these free and low cost holiday spots as a launching point. Seattle is an incredible city plus the walking is great exercise! If you need the holiday calories stop in at Fran’s chocolate on 1st just outside Pike Place Market or Intrigue Chocolates in Pioneer Square for free samples.
Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season and a happy, healthy 2016!
P.S. I create this list as a holiday gift for members of my PRO Sports Club classes. Unfortunately I am not able to give the free guest passes to non members.
Free and Low Cost Things To Do Over The Holidays In Seattle 2015
Bring a friend to PRO Club:
Attached you will find a complimentary guest pass good through 2016! Go enjoy any of our amazing free classes or pay for a single session at any of our fee classes. Either way their entrance to the club is FREE! I will have more passes in class through next week. Come see me for yours.
Teddy Bear Suite Fairmont Olympic Hotel
Take a ride up the elevator to a suite of rooms decorated for the holidays and filled with teddy bears of every variety. The Teddy Bear Suite raises money for Seattle Children’s Hospital.
Runs thru December 30, 2015, 11 AM-5PM Monday-Thursday and 10 AM-7PM Friday-Sunday (and Christmas Eve).
Gingerbread Village Sheraton Hotel
The theme this year is Star Wars! Each year local architects and the culinary staff at the Sheraton try to out-do each other with wondrous creations. You’ll mostly wonder how on earth they made such amazing things out of gingerbread and candy! Donations go to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund. The Gingerbread Village is open 24 hours per day from November 24, 2015-January 3, 2016. If the lines are long go inside and look at the village from outside the ropes. You can still see almost all of the displays and there is no waiting.
Westlake Holiday Carousel
This wooden carousel is a Seattle tradition! Take a spin through January 1, 2016. Located in downtown Seattle at Westlake Mall.
Hours of Operation Special Hours
|Mon. – Thurs. 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
||Nov. 27 – 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
|Fri. – 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
||Dec. 13 – 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
|Sat. – 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
||Dec. 24 – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
|Sun. – 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
||Dec. 25 – Closed
||Dec. 31 – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
||Jan. 1 – 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
ONGOING WINTERFEST EVENTS: Seattle Center
Winter Train & Village
Nov. 27 – Dec. 31
10am – 6pm daily
Special Hours: closed at 4pm, Dec. 24; closed, Dec. 25
Seattle Center Armory, FREE
A Winterfest crowd favorite, an exhibit featuring an enchanting turn-of-the-century village and train. Take a turn “conducting” the model train between 10:30am – 12 noon, 1pm– 2:30pm, and 3:30pm – 5:30pm daily. $2 suggested donation.
Winterfest Ice Rink
Nov. 27 – Jan. 3, 2016
Sunday – Thursday 11am – 8pm
Friday – Saturday 11am – 10pm
Special Hours: closed at 4pm, Dec. 24; closed, Dec. 25; open until 11:30pm, Dec. 31
Admission: $7 for adults, $5 for children ages 6 – 12, $2 children ages 5 and under, includes skate rental. Cash only.
Winterfest Student Showcases (over 100 performances)
Nov. 28 – Dec. 20, various times
Seattle Center Student Showcases fill the Armory Atrium with the sounds and sights of the season as they offer public and private schools and youth groups the opportunity to share their artistic accomplishments with family, friends, and the public. Check the website above for more details.
Winterfest Ice Sculpting
Saturdays: Nov. 28; Dec. 5, 12, 19, 26
12 noon – 2pm
Outside Fisher Pavilion, FREE
Watch internationally acclaimed, award-winning artists at work as they create seasonal sculptures — or stop by later to see the glistening result. Each Saturday an ice master will carve a different design.
Wild Lights Woodland Park Zoo
November 27, 2015 – January 3, 2016 | 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Closed Dec. 24 & 25. Zoo grounds open until 9:00 p.m. No entry after 8:30 p.m.
FREE Parking during Wild Lights Event.
Ticket Information: Adults (13+) $9.95, Children (3-12) $6.95, Toddlers (0-2) Free
Snow Showers Inside Pacific Place
Get into the holiday spirit, amid a flurry of snowflakes, indoors each night in the atrium at Pacific Place. Enjoy free musical performances on the weekends, from traditional choirs to upbeat jazz ensemble, from noon-2 p.m. and 5 p.m.-7 p.m. as well as during the week of Christmas. View the performance schedule here.
Location: Pacific Place, 600 Pine St., Seattle Wa, 98101
Dates: Nov. 27-Dec. 24, 2015
Time: 6 p.m. (snow showers last approximately 10 minutes)
SAM Lights: A Winter Evening of Art, Music and Lights
This year, SAM debuts a magical light and luminary display at Olympic Sculpture Park. It’s a one night only deal on Dec. 17 and it’s where art lovers of all ages can walk the paths alight with luminaries, hundreds of lights and the looming shadows of your favorite outdoor installations in the background. Once you’ve walked the grounds, warm up inside the Pavilion and let your little artist play with blocks and create his or her own delightful artwork at the Kids’ Play Station. All that’s left is a little music to set the mood and some food trucks to fill your tummies with good eats and hot cider to sip. This event is free, but RSVP’s are requested in the form of online tickets.
Location: Olympic Sculpture Park, 2901 Western Ave, Seattle, Wa 98121
Dates: Dec. 17, 2015
Times: 6 p.m.-9 p.m.
Cost: Free (RSVP tickets required)
St. Mark’s Compline
This service takes place every Sunday all year long at 9:30pm. It’s a beautiful contemplative service that is entirely sung. You can bring blankets to lay down on the floor or sit in traditional pews. Casual comfortable dress is totally OK. It’s a beautiful church on Capitol Hill and a nice place to pray, meditate or just have some quiet reflective time listening to beautiful voices. Complinechoir.org
Metro bus is a great way to go. Park at the Eastgate Park and Ride by Bellevue College or the South Kirkland Park and Ride over by 520. Visit tripplanner.kingcounty.gov to plan your route. I take the #255 from the South Kirkland Park and Ride. It will drop you right underneath Macy’s, the heart of Pioneer Square and the International District without having to transfer. Plus, it only takes about 20 minutes.
Driving downtown doesn’t have to be a parking nightmare! Visit http://downtownseattle.com/parking
Locate parking garages that offer $3 per hour parking up to 4 hours in any downtown neighborhood. You can even check to see how many spaces are available before you drive into the garage.
The waterfront offers easy access to Pike Place and the downtown retail core. Take advantage of this FREE valet parking! Now through Dec. 31, receive FREE valet parking for up to 3 hours when you shop, dine or enjoy an attraction on Seattle’s Waterfront.
Follow these steps to get FREE Valet Parking:
- Click on this link.
- Follow steps to download the Luxe app and create an account.
- You will be asked to upload a credit card, but you will not be charged for parking fees.
- Press “Request Valet” before you start your car no matter where you are. This ensures a valet is ready for your arrival.
- You’ll see your drop-off pin is automatically set to Waterfront Park.
- Your blue jacketed valet will be waiting to park your car when you arrive at the Waterfront.
- Visit a participating Seattle Waterfront business and obtain a Parking Voucher.
- When you need your car back, you can:
- Schedule a time and we’ll have you car waiting for you at the destination and time you specified OR
- Request a return on-demand (please allow 25 mins for return).
- Hand the Seattle Waterfront Parking Voucher to the valet.