Holiday Happenings In Puget Sound

Holiday Happenings In Puget Sound

There are so many wonderful family activities to enhance the enjoyment of this holiday season around our beautiful communities here in the Puget Sound Region.

In Bellevue, there is Snowflake Lane at The Bellevue Collection where most evenings they have a wonderful holiday performance that includes live toy solider drummers, music, animated snow characters, lights, and even snow falling. After the performance you can get pictures with the characters and of course Santa is there too! For more information visit http://snowflakelane.com/

In addition to having a skating rink to enjoy at Redmond Town center, there is a Holiday Express Train and carousel. Santa is there for visiting and photos but they offer restricted times for Santa to take photos with your pets and special times for special needs children that would like to visit with Santa. Santa reads a new holiday story once a week during Santa Story time. For the schedule on all these events check out http://redmondtowncenter.com/custom/seizetheseason.php

If you want to get outside to enjoy the festivities of the season, perhaps a trip to The Bloedel Reserve in Bainbridge Island will be in store for you.  The Bloedel Reserve is an internationally renowned public garden and forest preserve with 150 acres including a Japanese Garden, a Moss Garden, reflection pool and beautifully landscaped gardens.  During the holiday season they feature a miniature town that captures giant imaginations, known as the Holiday Village with handmade buildings and trains. Visit their website at http://www.bloedelreserve.org/event-calendar/seasonal-events/winter-holiday-village for more information on this event.

Winterfest is in full swing at the Seattle Center! Featuring the winter train & village a popular exhibit wherein certain hours children can take a turn “conducting” the train.  There is also an ice rink and on Saturdays you can watch artist’s create beautiful ice sculptures live. There are various other activates happening throughout December so be sure to check out their schedule of events at http://www.seattlecenter.com/winterfest/

In Tacoma there is the Polar Plaza located downtown on the corner of 17th and Pacific.  The Polar Plaza has an ice rink and has partnered with the Tacoma Art Museum to offer music, theme nights and special holiday events. For more information and schedule of events visit http://www.polarplaza.com/hours/

There are many wonderful light displays around to check out in the evenings. Here are a few.  In Seattle there is Candy Cane Lane (https://www.parentmap.com/calendar/22499). Ivar’s Clam Lights in Renton (http://rentonwa.gov/living/default.aspx?). Bellevue Botanical Garden, Garden Lights (http://gardendlights.org/). Fantasy Lights in Spanaway (http://www.co.pierce.wa.us/index.aspx?).

If you’re up for a train adventure there are a couple of options to experience a train ride with Santa. The Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad & Museum offer the Santa Express where visitors depart from the “North Pole” in Elbe, Washington and sip cocoa with cookies while taking a steam train ride through the forest and foothills south of Mount Rainier. Visit http://www.mrsr.com/ for more information. The Chehalis-Centralia Railroad & Museum has two exciting train journeys to enjoy the holidays.  They have the famous Polar Express train which is an hour and half train ride featuring the reading of the book “The Polar Express” with a stop to pick up Santa for the train ride back. They even encourage children to come dressed in pajamas just like the movie! They also offer the Santa Steam Train ride which is only 30 minutes and Santa is onboard to visit with passengers during the train ride. Visit http://steamtrainride.com/holiday_trains/ for a schedule of train departures.

All of us from FindYourNWHome.com wish you and your family a joyous Holiday Season!


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