The Pacific Northwest covered in snow is a fleeting vision these days. Luckily, Seattleites get creative when it comes to generating holiday cheer. One of the greatest things about the holidays in the city is the opportunity to be surrounded by community, and Seattle is hosting plenty of activities this season to bring people together. Start stuffing your weekends like a stocking on Christmas morning with some of our suggestions!

Sheraton Gingerbread Village
Every year, Sheraton’s culinary team partners with local architects to build out-of-this-world gingerbread constructions. This year’s theme: “May the Holidays Be With You.” Take a trip in hyperdrive to the Sheraton Hotel to experience this remarkable holiday treat.

November 24 – January 3
7 days a week, 24 hours a day

Sheraton Hotel
1400 6th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101

Admission: Free, with a suggested donation to the JDRF of $5

Festival of Trees + Teddy Bear Suite
The Fairmont Olympic Hotel doesn’t believe you can have “too much” holiday fun. They’re bringing talented designers and little snugglers together for a month this season, presenting both the annual Festival of Trees and the Teddy Bear Suite. Stroll through this indoor forest of inspired creations, then pop upstairs to visit piles of plushy teddies that will surely lift spirits.

November 26 – December 27
7 days a week, 24 hours a day

Fairmont Olympic Hotel
411 University Street
Seattle, WA 98101

Admission: Free!


Pacific Place Mall Snowfall
Don’t forget what the holidays are all about, even among desperate, last-minute shoppers. Live music every weekend, and every weekday during Christmas week, will be free to passersby. Every day at 6 pm, like magic, indoor snow showers will dance through the air, creating a winter wonderland. Like we said – Seattleites are creative!

November 27 – December 24

Pacific Place Mall
600 Pine Street
Seattle, WA 98101

Live music from noon – 2 pm and 5 pm – 7 pm
Weekends, and weekdays during Christmas week
Snow showers at 6 pm for approximately 1-hour duration

Admission: Free!


Seattle Center Winterfest
At the Winterfest, you’re sure to find an event or activity that fits your fancy. From the Armory’s themed train village to ice-sculpting demonstrations, student performances, and Dickens’ Carolers, the Center will become the perfect setting for a picturesque winter stroll. Be sure to check out the event website for a full list of holiday happenings.

November 27 – December 31

Seattle Center

Admission: All activities free except ice-skating


SAM Lights

The Olympic Sculpture Park, an extension of the Seattle Art Museum, will host a delightful display of holiday lights open to the public. Munch on holiday treats and experience one of Seattle’s favorite parks like it’s never been seen before.

December 15 – 17, 6 – 9 pm

Olympic Sculpture Park
2901 Western Avenue
Seattle, WA 98121

Admission: Free!


Throughout the year, the Puget Sound and surrounding landscape encourages peace, tranquility, acceptance, and self-reflection within the community at Seattle Sober Living. Essential to independent sober living, though, is community, and part of this community is getting involved in local activities. We hope to see you out and about this holiday season as we celebrate, Seattle-style.