How about a family holiday visit to Downtown Seattle? Here's where to go

If you'd like to gather your crew for a big city holiday excursion to Seattle, there's a lot going on

November 26, 2018

© Donna Nonemountry |

I know a lot of people who live on the east side or the south Sound or north of Seattle who say they never venture into Downtown Seattle. Too much traffic, too crowded, too much crime, too many homeless people, too expensive, too hard to park  . . . . you know the drill. I'm a city dweller, so I kind of thrive on the hustle and bustle. But even if you're a person who tends to avoid the chaos of the city, this is the one time of year when you really might want to consider a family expedition to Downtown Seattle. There's SO much going on, and if you're the tiniest bit grumpy about the holiday hoopla, stroll around the city and you'll lose the Scrooge, I promise.

Where to start? Check out this Red Tricycle Seattle post: 16 Must-Visit Holiday Attractions in Downtown Seattle.

They recommend Gingerbread Village at the Sheraton Grand Seattle Hotel. This year, their incredible gingerbread creations are based on How the Grinch Stole Christmas, so it's like taking your family on a trip to Whoville.

I haven't had a chance to check out Enchant Christmas yet at Safeco Field, but this looks epic. They promise: "an immersive holiday experience featuring the world’s largest light maze, an ice skating trail, live entertainment, holiday shops, and even snow." Worth a trip, don't you think?

If you can rally your people to squeeze onto the Monorail, you can make the short jaunt to Seattle Center for Winterfest. That's where you can strap on skates and try out the Winterfest Ice Arena, "drive a miniature locomotive through a turn-of-the-century village inside the Armory, watch ice sculpting demonstrations, listen to Dicken’s Carolers and see performances by more than 100 different student groups."

There's a whole rundown of more downtown fun here, and don't forget that shopping's pretty good downtown, too. Yes, you've got the same major chain and department stores that you can visit in your neck of the woods, but you also have access to all kinds of mom and pop indie retailers, especially if you stroll through Pike Place Market or explore close-in neighborhoods like Capitol Hill, Queen Anne, or Pioneer Square. 

Just go in knowing things are going to be a little hectic and crowded on the streets, bring your patience as you search for parking, and stop often for snacks to avoid getting hangry, and you'll have a great time.

Let me know if you discover something you like!