CommunityEventsRecreational Activities December 8, 2021

10 Winter Family Friendly Events

written by Kerriann Jenkins

 

Now that the holidays are here, we have compiled a list of winter family friendly events for you to enjoy around your area. Let the festivities begin, happy holidays!

 

Evergreen Christmas Light Show hosted by Evergreen Church

When: Dec. 4th-24th from 6:00-9:00pm

Where: 3429 240th St SE, Bothell, WA 98021

Cost: FREE!

The Evergreen Christmas Light show, hosted for the 10th year by Evergreen Church, is the perfect setting to drive out the Washington winter darkness. Eat Evergreen’s FREE famous chocolate chip and gingerbread cookies, while you warm yourself from a heated viewing area. The music choreographed light show lasts for 30 minutes and runs back-to-back from 6:00-9:00pm; from a tunnel light with a snowstorm that dusts every 30 minutes to a heated indoor train and village display there are plenty of photo opportunities along the way. For more information on the event and Evergreen’s Covid protocol please visit their website at: www.christmasatevergreen.com

 

The Lights of Christmas hosted by Warm Beach Camp & Conference Center

When: 2021 Dates: Dec. 1-5, 8-12, 15-23, 26-30 and Jan. 2-8, 2022

Where: 20800 Marine Drive, Stanwood WA 98292

Cost: 1-12 Person Vehicle $25-30 and Minibus or Limo $50-55

It is time to experience an old Snohomish holiday classic event in a new way. The Lights of Christmas, which launched 24 years ago in 1997, has undergone a transformation this holiday season. To keep patrons safe the event is now being run drive-thru style from the comfort of your own car. You can now view over a million dazzling lights from the warmth, comfort, and safety of your own car seat. Drive through to see Santa, Mrs. Claus, Frosty, Rudolph and Bruce the Spruce waving as you pass by. The viewing will last approximately 30 minutes and there will be designated locations to stop and use the restroom or purchase gifts and food. Don’t forget to tune in to LOC Radio 101.9 to enjoy Christmas music! For more information, please visit their website at: www.thelightsofchristmas.com

 

Pacific Ice Skating Rink hosted by the Port of Everett Marina

When: 2021 Dates: Dec. 3rd-Jan 31st. Monday-Friday 3pm-10pm Saturday and Sunday 10am-10pm. Holiday hours Dec. 17th- Jan. 2nd 10am-10pm

Where: 1028 13th St., Everett WA 98201

Cost: Adult $16.50 and Children (12 and under) $13.50

Skate your way into the 2021 holiday season at the Port of Everett’s newest opening attraction Pacific Ice. The 30-by-60ft rink is set to open December 3rd. Marvel at the lights and sights of the Marina while skating on real ice in a covered rink. For more information please their website at Pacific Ice at Waterfront Place (ticketspice.com)

 

Snowflake Lane presented by the Bellevue Collection

When: Nov. 26th- Dec. 24th

Where: On the sidewalks between Bellevue Square and Lincoln Square from NE 4th to NE 8th Street.

Cost: FREE!

Snowflake Lane’s magical parade is returning this year bringing with it free complimentary sights from character performances to floats, to lights and nightly snowfall. If you get there early enough you can utilize one of the free parking garages nearby and nab a prime viewing spot from either side of the sidewalk. For more information regarding the event and their masking and social distancing policies please visit their website at: https://snowflakelane.com

 

WILDLANTERNS at the Woodland Park Zoo

When: Nov. 12th- Jan. 30th. Closed Mondays (except Dec, 20th and Dec. 27th). Closed Dec. 24th-Dec. 25th

Where: Woodland Park Zoo 5500 Phinney Ave N, Seattle WA 98103

Cost: Adults $30.95 Children Ages 3-12 $29.95 Toddlers Ages 2 and under) FREE

Journey through an illuminated land full of larger-than-life lantern animals and lantern lit scenes from around the world. Wildlanterns, which replaced the Zoolights of old, is coming back for a second year bigger and brighter than ever before! The Zoo will be operating at full capacity in accordance with King County Covid mandates, so if you would like to find out more information about their Covid requirements please visit their website at: www.zoo.org/wildlanterns

 

Annual Issaquah Reindeer Festival at Cougar Mountain Zoo

When: Dec. 1st-23rd (10:30am-4:30pm) and Dec. 26th-30th (10:30am-3:30pm)

Where: Cougar Mountain Zoo: 19525 SE 54th St., Issaquah, Washington 98027

Cost: Adult $17. Senior $16. Children (ages 2-12) $14 Children under 2 FREE!

Santa’s team of reindeer have pranced their way into the annual Issaquah Reindeer Festival at Cougar Mountain Zoo. That’s right, you can see Santa and all of Santa’s reindeer live and in person in an intimate zoo setting. Tickets purchased for the Reindeer Festival also pay for your admission into the zoo itself. To get more information on the event please visit their website at: www.cougarmountainzoo.org/issaquah-reindeer-festival

 

Zoolights at Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium

When: Nov. 26th- Jan. 2nd (4:30-10pm)

Where: Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium: 5400 North Pearl St., Tacoma, WA 98407

Cost: Mon-Thursday $12. Fri-Sunday $15. Children 2 and Under FREE! Parking is FREE!

Zoolights at Point defiance zoo is brining back old festive classics like their 33-year-old purple and green Flame Tree and new displays too! Boasting over 800,000 dazzling lights Zoolights is sure to be a crowd pleasure. There will be opportunities for animal encounters in the Asian Forest Sanctuary Day Room and Goats that you can feed over in Contact Junction! Zoolights has been reimagined to help with social distancing and will enforce safety guidelines in accordance with Covid-19 mandates. For more information on the event please visit their website at: www.pdza.org/event/zoolights/2021-12-07

 

Garden d’Lights hosted by Bellevue Botanical Garden

When: Nov. 27th-Dec. 31st including Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve (4:30-9:00pm)

Where: Bellevue Botanical Garden: 12001 Main Street, Bellevue, 98005

Cost: $5.00 per person, 11 years and over; Children 10 and under are FREE!

Garden d’Lights features over half a million glistening lights formed to resemble the creatures and plants that you would expect to find in a botanical garden. The light display is spread across 3.5 acres and is entirely outdoors so there will be no proof of COVID vaccinations or negative COVID test results required to attend. For more information on the event please visit their website at: https://bellevuebotanical.org/garden-dlights

 

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker presented by Pacific Northwest Ballet

When: Nov. 26th-Dec. 28 (showtimes vary & last 2 hours & 3 minutes)

Where: 301 Mercer St., Seattle, 98109

Cost: Prices vary depending on your seat selection

Watch as snowflakes flit, twirl, and dance across a stage at the Pacific Northwest Ballet’s performance of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker. This heartwarming production will take you on an epic journey from a young girl’s ordinary home to the Land of Snow and Sweets. This year you can even purchase digital access and enjoy the performance from the comfort of your own home! For more information on this event please visit their website at: www.pnb.org

 

Holiday Magic hosted by Washington State Fair

When: Dec. 10th-12th, 17th-23rd and 26th-31st (5:00pm-10:00pm)

Where: Washington State Fair Grounds: 110 9th Ave SW, Puyallup, 98371

Cost: $5.00 per person, 11 years and over; Children 10 and under are FREE!

There are MANY merry activities you can experience at Holiday Magic. You and your family can hang out in ChillVille, go ice skating, ride Santa’s Express Train, visit Santa’s Village or hang out with cuddly animals in The Manger and so much more! Activities will be indoor and outdoor at this fun filled extravaganza! For information more information including their COVID protocols please visit their website at: www.thefair.com/holiday-magic