Winter Things to Do

Julia Suddarth

Greenlake Pathway of Lights

Walk around Greenlake as it’s lit up with candles and stay for the live holiday music. The event is free and begins at 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 8.

SODO Flea Holiday Market

Head south of downtown to check out vintage finds and crafts made by local artists. The event is free and begins at 10 a.m. on Dec. 15.

Leavenworth Christmas Festival

Each weekend in December, Leavenworth, a Bavarian-style village in Washington, hosts a Christmas festival. The festival includes a tree lighting, live music, and appearances from Santa and Mrs. Clause.

Winter Feast Holiday Bazaar

This special edition of the Fremont Sunday Market features a craft market with holiday goods and food trucks serving festive food. The event is free and begins at 10 a.m. on Dec. 16.

Snowflake Lane

Bellevue Square turns into a winter wonderland every evening until Christmas Eve. This nightly parade has dancers, characters, live bands and always ends in a snowstorm. Parades nightly at 7 p.m.

Handmade Holiday Market at Second Use

This indoor market takes recycling to a whole new level. Vendors display their crafts, all of which have been repurposed. The market is free and begins at 10 a.m. on Dec. 8.

Christmas Ships

Listen to carolers singing from ships, as you watch from the shore at various beaches around Seattle, sipping free hot chocolate and cookies. Free to attend.

A Christmas Carol

This classic Charles Dickens play is being performed by local actors at ACT in downtown Seattle. Shows run now through Dec. 28 and tickets start at $26.

Garden d’Lights

Visit the Bellevue Botanical Gardens to see hundreds of festive light installations. Event is open from 4:30 to 9 p.m. from now until Dec. 30. Check online for the dates of Free Nights; otherwise tickets are $5 per person.

Art Under $100

South Park Arts presents “Art Under $100” at the Seattle Design Center. This arts market showcases local artists (roster available online) all selling affordable art. The market takes place on Dec. 8 from 2 to 8 p.m. and admission is free.

The Nutcracker

Pacific Northwest Ballet presents the Christmas classic ballet at McCaw Hall. The show runs from now until Dec. 28. Tickets start at $28. (Note: If you are 20 years old or under, first sign up for a free TeenTix account to get $5 tickets for select shows.)