Things To Do Between Christmas And New Year In Seattle

If you are looking for things to do between Christmas and New Year in Seattle, at least 2 things come to mind that entertain the entire family and are affordable. And not just the family. For single adults too.

Enjoy these 2 events between Christmas and New Year

Garden d’Lights at Bellevue Botanical Garden

Bellevue Botanical Garden puts on Garden d’Lights every year. Volunteers start early to put up lights that delight thousands of visitors. To be more exact, over 80,000 people. What brings them back year after year? Imagine walking down a beautifully lit path in the woods in the night time.

You can visit through December 31st. In fact, it is open Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve. The time is from 4:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Since this is a popular event, there may be a line.

The cost is $5 per person. Admission is free for children 10 and under. You can buy tickets online or at the door. They accept major credit cards, debit cards, and of course, cash. Here is a link to learn more.

WildLights at Woodland Park Zoo

Another activity that can be enjoyed by the entire family and single adults is the WildLights at Woodland Park Zoo. This has a different atmosphere from the Bellevue Botanical Garden.

There are snacks for purchase including hot chowder, pizza, hot chocolate, and fresh, hot donuts. Of course you can bring your own food too. However, if you want alcohol, you can’t bring it from outside. But you can go to the 21+ beer and wine garden to choose from a selection of beer, wine, mulled wine and spiced hot cider. There are covered space seating, as well as fire pits to warm you up.

Children might enjoy carousel rides for $3 a ride. And for those who want to play with snow, the Snowmazium offers opportunities for indoor snowball fights and creating your own snow creature.

Parking is free after 3:30 p.m. All the zoo parking lots will be open to the public. Both entrances are open for entry.

You can visit WildLights at Woodland Park Zoo through January 5th from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. They are closed on December 24th and 25th. You can go to this link to learn more about the event and for ticket price.

These are just a couple of ideas to entertain your family the week between Christmas and New Year. But this being the Pacific Northwest, you can always enjoy a nature walk if you don’t want to deal with the crowd.

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