December is such a fun time to be in Seattle, despite the rain and the short days. It’s cozy and bright inside, and not terribly cold for being outside. We love the Christmas Lights and special holiday shows and traditions. Here’s our “Top 10” list of fun holiday events around here this month:
1. Of course, we love the annual Greenlake Pathway of Lights. This event is always held at Greenlake on the second Saturday in December. Volunteers line the entire 2.8 mile pathway with luminaires, and thousands of people come to walk the lake and enjoy live carolers and lights. Even the kayaks and canoes are decorated with lights.
2. See a Christmas play at Seattle Public Theater’s Bathhouse Theater at Green Lake. This year you can choose from “Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol” or the ever-popular “Best Christmas Pageant Ever.” The Theater is a 10 minute walk from Greenlake Guest House as well as several restaurants for dinner or dessert before or after the show.
3. Pacific Northwest Ballet’s “Nutcracker” at Seattle Center’s McCaw Hall. This Nutcracker is a magical production of the popular ballet, with over the top sets and costumes designed my Maurice Sendak. Family packages available.
4. Downtown shopping: See the Christmas Star at Macy’s, take your photo with Santa, view the window displays, and ride the holiday carousel at Westlake Center.
5. Don’t’ forget to see the “snow” fall inside downtown’s Pacific Place Mall.
6. Visit the amazing Gingerbread Village inside the lobby at the Sheraton Hotel downtown. Admission is free. These houses are designed by architects, and donations benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.
7. Ride the Argosy Christmas Ship and see the parade of decorated boats throughout the month of December. Join the parade, or listen to the live carols broadcast from the ship from a beach bonfire at one of 45 locations throughout the Seattle area.
8. Attend the 50th Anniversary of Langston Hughes’ joyful gospel play, “Black Nativity” here in Seattle at the Moore Theater.
9. See the sweet holiday lights at nearby Ravenna neighborhood’s “Candy Cane Lane,” a Seattle tradition since 1949.
10. For the largest area light display, we recommend driving to Bellevue’s Botanical Garden, for the annual Garden D’Lights.