Fun Holiday activities around Washington

Seattle Center Winterfest

If you’re looking for something fun to do over winter break, Winterfest has it all. You can go ice skating, watch a master ice sculptor or explore various food and craft vendors. Many of the activities are free so this is perfect for those on a budget. Activities run until Jan. 6.


Gingerbread Village At The Seattle Sheraton Hotel

The Sheraton Grand Hotel Seattle is hosting its 26th annual giant Gingerbread Village in support of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The theme this year is Welcome to Whoville and each gingerbread house is a joint effort between a child with Type 1 diabetes and a whole team of chefs and architects. This is a free event running until New Year’s Day.


Go See a Show

If you want something a bit nicer, dinner and a show is always a good idea. There are plenty of fun shows being put on during this holiday season. You can see Annie at 5th Avenue through Dec. 30 or Lion King at Paramount Theater through Jan. 6. If you are looking for a holiday themed show, A Contemporary Theater is putting on A Christmas Carol and the Pacific Northwest Ballet is doing The Nutcracker both through Dec. 28. There also plenty of seasonal movie currently in theaters including The Grinch and The Nutcracker and the Four Realms.


Zoolights at Point Defiance

Each year, Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium transforms in a winter wonderland full of magical light displays. You can wander the zoo grounds looking at all of your favorite animals made entirely of lights. You can also ride the vintage carousel or a camel if you’re feeling more adventurous. There is also a mini petting zoo and plenty of concessions stands where you can fill up on hot coco. Zoo Lights is open every night until Jan. 6 from 5 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 if you purchase online, $12 at the gate and $6 with a zoo membership.


Fantasy Lights

If you’re more of an inside person, don’t worry! You can still enjoy displays of beautiful, twinkling lights from inside your car at Fantasy Lights at Spanaway Park. The price is by vehicle so load up your friends and take a drive through the park while blasting Christmas music. Fantasy Lights is open from 5:30 to 9 p.m. until the New Year.


North Pole at The Fair

Visiting Santa at the North Pole is a great way to make any kids day. This is a great activity to do with younger siblings or cousins or if you’re looking for something to do in town. Tickets are $5 and its open until Dec. 23.