3 Ways to Celebrate the Start of Winter in Seattle

Winter is almost here, which means that the holidays are not far behind. If you love celebrating the start of winter and the holiday season, then you’ll want to check out some of these fun ways to enjoy the start of winter in Seattle, WA:

Winter in Seattle

  1. Watch “A Christmas Carol.”

“A Christmas Carol” is a holiday classic that the whole family is sure to love. You can catch a live performance of this Christmas classic at ACT Theatre in Seattle from December 19 through December 28, 2017. This is a 90-minute performance with no intermission, so it’s best not to bring any children under 5. For more information, click here.

If you’re not able to make it to the live performance, you can coordinate a fun movie night with your family to watch the film version. That way, you can snuggle up on the couch and make all your favorite snacks to enjoy the film with those you love the most.

  1. Enjoy the holiday lights.

One of the best ways to kick off the winter season is by enjoying some festive holiday lights with the family. An easy way to enjoy the lights without traveling is to simply take a walk through your neighborhood and take in the different displays. This might also be the best time to put up your own decorations with help from everyone in the family.

If your neighborhood isn’t lit up yet, you can still enjoy holiday lights at a few different locations in the Seattle area:

  • Garden d’Lights – Check out the lights at the Bellevue Botanical Garden from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. every day from December 18 – 31, 2017.
  • Wild Waves – See colorful displays with millions of lights at the Holiday with Lights in Federal Way, open from December 18 – 31, 2017. (Closed Dec. 11-14 and 24-25.)
  • Lights at the Zoo – Both the Seattle Zoo and the Tacoma Zoo have special Christmas light displays from December 18, 2017 – January 1, 2018.

These light displays are a great way to celebrate the start of winter with the whole family.

  1. Check out Winterfest.

Whether it’s your first winter in Seattle or your 20th, you can always enjoy celebrating the start of winter with other members of the Seattle community at Winterfest. This event takes place at the Seattle Center and is free to all who attend. Here, you can enjoy holiday lights, festive dancers, carolers, ice sculptors, and even model trains. For a fee, you can also take the family ice skating at Fisher Pavillion. The event takes place from December 18, 2017 – January 1, 2018. (Closed on December 25, 2017.)

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5 Ways to Enjoy Spring in Redmond Washington

There’s no denying that Redmond, Washington is a terrific place to call home. Redmond boasts beautiful scenery, great weather, and a slew of exciting events to keep you occupied all year long. Since spring is upon us, we created a list of some seasonal events and things to do locally that you won’t want to miss.

Redmond, WA Spring Events

Spring into fun this season with our 5 ways to enjoy spring in Redmond!


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Fun Things to do Around Seattle this 4th of July

4th of July - Cardinal

Cardinal Heating & A/C has put together a list of some of the things to do around town this 4th of July. It’s not an exhaustive list but if you’re looking for something fun to do, we’ve got you covered.

Fourth of July Splash

The City of Kent is providing a full day of fun for the whole family this 4th. Live music, games, and wooden and toy boat building activities, bouncy houses and more. After sunset pick a spot on the lawn and settle in for some great fireworks!

Admission is free.

Fourth of July Splash

Tacoma Freedom Fair

The Ruston Waterfront has been home to a great event put on by the Tacoma Events Commission for over 30 years, now. Daytime celebrations include an air show, food, rides, and special exhibits. Then when the sun sets, experience what’s billed as “The Northwest’s Biggest Fireworks Show” over Puget Sound.

Free admission but suggested donation of $2-$15.

Tacoma Freedom Fair

Everett Freedom Festival

The City of Everett starts this Independence day with a Colors of Freedom Parade that takes place downtown along Colby and Westmore Avenues. The parade starts at 11 am and the next round of fun starts at 1 at Legion Memorial Park, where it hosts the Freedom Festival. Fireworks show begins at 10:20 pm.

Admission is free.

Everett Freedom Festival

An Edmonds Kind of Fourth of July

Edmonds City has put together a full day of events for the whole family that begins with a fun run at 10 am. After that, enjoy the children’s parade, the main parade, and the Firefighters Waterball Competition, all ending with a big fireworks show at 10 pm.

Admission is free or $15/$20 for fun run pre-registration.

Kind of Fourth of July

Celebrate Kirkland 4th of July

The Kirkland Arts Center and Celebrate Kirkland are putting on a whole day of fun stuff to do for the entire family. Starting at 10 am and running right through to the fireworks at 10:15, there’s plenty to do here.

Celebrate Kirkland 4th of July

Burien Family Days

The oldest parade in King County will begin at 3 pm this year and run until 5 pm along a new route. Watch for the floats, Seafair pirates, marching bands, and more. Runs for about 2 hours.

Attendance is free.

Burien Family Days

Auburn Fourth of July Festival

Celebrate the 4th this year with a parade, bike brigade, vintage cars, food, arts & crafts, rides, games, and live music. Fun begins at 11 am and runs until 4.

Auburn Fourth of July Festival

Now that you have plans, we want to wish you and your family and happy and safe Independence Day celebration. Happy 4th of July, Seattle!