FREE Christmas Events 2023
Tis the season to be jolly, and I’m thrilled to bring you a sack filled with joy in the form of FREE Christmas events for the 2023 Holiday Season! As the year draws to a close, the Christmas spirit surrounds us all, and what better way to celebrate it than by partaking in festivities that won’t cost you a dime. From enchanting light displays that adorn homes and city streets to heartwarming community gatherings; there’s no shortage of ways to immerse yourself in the holiday spirit without breaking the bank. These events offer an opportunity to create cherished memories with loved ones, share in the warmth of the season, and spread the message of goodwill. So, whether you’re into caroling, gingerbread houses, or sipping cocoa by a crackling fire, let’s embrace the most wonderful time of the year and make it even more special with these fabulous, free Christmas events!
Sheraton Grand Seattle 1400 6th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101 | November 21st, 2023 – January 1st, 2024 | Sunday-Thursday ❄ 9:00am-9:00pm and Friday & Saturday ❄ 9:00am – 11:00pm
This event will have you stepping into a world of pure imagination! The 29th Annual Sheraton Grand Seattle Gingerbread Village theme this year is The Chocolate Factory. I have gone to see the Sheraton Gingerbread Village many times over the years and it has never disappointed. It is one of my favorite things to do around Christmas time! The craftsmanship and creativity will keep guests of all ages captivated! I should also add that while this event is free, they will be accepting donations at the door that will directly benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s Northwest Chapter. So, if you can give, it goes toward a worthy cause.
Bellevue Square | On the sidewalks between Bellevue Square and Lincoln Square from NE 4th to NE 8th Street | November 24th – December 24th | Nightly at 7:00 pm ❄
Snowflake Lane’s magical parade is returning this year! Along with it, free complimentary sights from character performances to floats, to lights and nightly snowfall. If you get there early enough, you can use one of the free parking garages nearby. You’ll also want to get there early enough to grab a front row spot on the sidewalk.
If you’re like me and you believe that reindeer are better than people, then this is the event for you! On Saturday, November 25th join the city of Everett for a unique opportunity to meet two live reindeer. Dasher and Dancer! This festive duo will be relaxing and preparing for their upcoming important journey. Keep in mind they will arrive the day after the Everett tree lighting ceremony on the 24th.
411 University St, Seattle, WA 98101 |November 23-January 3 | ❄ Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm ❄ Sundays 9am to 1 pm ❄ Closed Mondays
Prepare yourself for a delightful realm of cuddly companions! The annual Teddy Bear Suite is making a return at the Seattle Fairmont Olympic Hotel. Families are welcome to explore the suite and cozy up for some memorable photos. You’ll find the room on the hotel’s second floor. Although this event is complimentary, on-site donations are gladly received, with all proceeds going to support Seattle Children’s Hospital.
Your Local Home Depot | Penguin Ornament – November 25, 2023 ❄ 9:00 AM-12:00 Pm | Gingerbread House – December 2, 2023 ❄ 9:00 AM-12:00 PM | Requires Registration & Offered Only While Supplies Last
The Home Depot is coming in clutch this year with two festive crafts! On November 25th they’re hosting a kids’ workshop where your little ones can create an adorable penguin ornament. Then, on December 2nd, get ready to assemble your very own Gingerbread House. Best of all, it’s all FREE! This includes the featured craft kit and all the materials needed to complete the build! These cute crafts are offered only while supplies last and do require registration. I strongly recommend you head over to their website, linked HERE, to discover what is being offered at your local Home Depot and to register you kiddos!
Wednesday, November 29 ❄ 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM | Tulalip Resort – Orca Ballroom | 10200 Quil Ceda Blvd, Tulalip, WA 98271
This event offers holiday spirit seekers an opportunity to see extravagantly decorated trees and wreaths before they are auctioned at the Holiday Gala & Live Auction on Friday, December 1st. There will be free activities as well as opportunities to donate to the cause. Activities will include live entertainment, photos with Santa, Children’s Crafts, a Teddy Bear Store (for purchase), and raffles (for purchase).
Mill Creek Town Center | Main Street Merchants | 15310 Main St, Mill Creek WA 98012 | December 1 – 31, 2023 | Winners Announced on January 2, 2024 ❄
Experience the enchanting Festival of Trees, a delightful and engaging holiday celebration. Play a fun game of spotting adorable woodland creatures cleverly hidden on storefront windows throughout Mill Creek Town Center. Discover all four of them, and you’ll have the chance to win a fantastic prize! Due to popular demand, this event is making a return for its second year, and our very own Windermere office at Mill Creek Town Center is joining in the festive fun. Embark on a quest to locate the charming holiday critters adorning the windows of Mill Creek Town Center Main Street. Once you’ve found them all, submit their locations via QR code for a chance to win an exciting prize! For additional event details, please visit the event page.
The Evergreen Christmas Light show 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 please visit their website at Christmas at Evergreen.
Mill Creek Town Center Main Street from LA Fitness to City Hall| Windermere Mill Creek 15418 Main St, Suite M103 Mill Creek, WA 98012 | 2 PM-6 PM Free Train Rides| Parade Starts at 3:45 pm on Main Street | 5 PM Tree lighting at City Hall | 6 PM – 8PM Holiday Concert at The Forum Area ❄ Featuring Cherry Cherry (Neil Diamond Tribute)
Santa is coming to town! That’s right! The Santa Parade will be returning to main street at the Mill Creek Town Center. There will be free train rides offered from 2-6pm. The Santa Parade will start at 3:45 and the tree lighting will be at 5:00 PM at City Hall. There will also be an appearance from the jolly man himself, Santa!
15418 Main St, Suite M103 Mill Creek WA 98012 | Windermere Mill Creek | December 2nd ❄ 2:00-3:00 PM & 4:30-6:00 PM
After the Santa Parade on December 2nd stop by our Windermere office to meet none-other than the Grinch! Remember to bring your phone or camera to snap off your portrait! We can’t wait to see you there!
Port of Everett | Pacific Rim Plaza, 1028 13th Street, Everett, WA 98201 | Saturday, Dec. 2, ❄ 12:00 noon – 6:00 PM
Rain or shine, head to Port’s Pacific Rim Plaza, close to Hotel Indigo, for a day of outdoor fun. There’s a holiday market, and lots of free stuff for kids to do, like decorating cookies, making crafts, getting their faces painted, checking out a fire truck, meeting Christmas characters, and watching a tree-lighting with Santa. Plus, there’s a cool parade of boats all lit up, and you can catch holiday movies at a drive-in (but you need to reserve your spot). And to top it off, there will be festive music and pretty lights everywhere. I recommend dressing in layers and bringing gloves because every year I have gone it’s been FREEZING.
Here’s a cool way to enjoy a holiday tradition. Use PNWCL’s Holiday Light Map for a do-it-yourself tour. I really like cruising around to see all the festive lights. It’s super comfy in the car with the heater on, sipping cocoa, and munching on holiday cookies. Okay, I’m not usually the driver, but I still love it. There’s just something magical about the twinkling Christmas lights and getting to enjoy all the hard work our neighbors put into spreading holiday cheer.
The Edmonds Holiday Trolley is making a comeback for its ninth year, featuring the festive tour guide, Emily the Elf. Jump aboard the holly jolly trolley for a brief journey through downtown Edmonds, where you can soak in some town history along the way. After stoking your yuletide cheer, explore the shops and eateries you passed by to discover what delights they have in store! Who knows, you might stumble upon the perfect Christmas gift to cross off your list!
Green Lake Community Center | 7201 East Green Lake Dr. N, Seattle, WA 98115 Saturday, December 9, 2023 ❄ 4:30 PM –7:30 PM
Attending the annual Green Lake Pathway of Lights is a festive way to kick off the holidays. The lively crowd, adorned in twinkling Christmas lights, creates a magical atmosphere. Enjoy complimentary refreshments and live holiday music near the Community Center. The hot air balloon glow is from 4:30 to 5:30, weather permitting, but the main events are rain or shine. Arrive early to be part of the enchanting Green Lake illumination!
Your Local Lowes | December 16, 2023 – 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM | Requires Registration and Offered Only While Supplies Last ❄
Lowes is calling all little elves to join their band of merry Red Vest experts for this jolly Holiday Delivery Truck build that’s also a gift card holder! This event requires registration and is offered only while supplies last. Additionally, at 1:00 pm walk-ins are accepted on the day of the workshop, so if you have not shown up for your build, it may be given away. If you’re interested in signing up your little ones, I recommend you head over to lowes.com, linked HERE, to register!
Check out Your Local Tree Lighting Event!
All over Washington State | Dates Vary ❄
Many of these tree lighting ceremonies have other holiday events attached to them. I would recommend following the hyperlink to the city pages to confirm dates, times and activities.
- Everett November 24th from 4:00 PM-7 PM at Colby & Hewitt
- Snohomish November 25th from 12:00 PM- 5:30 PM at Historic Downtown Snohomish
- Arlington November 25th from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM on Olympic Ave
- Edmonds November 25th from 3:00 pm-5:00 pm at Centennial Plaza – 5th Ave. N. & Bell St. in Edmonds
- Monroe November 26th from 4:30 PM-7:00 PM at Travelers park
- Mount Lake Terrace December 1st at 6:00 pm at City Hall – 23204 58th Ave. W.
- Everett December 2nd from 12:00 noon-6:00 pm at the Port of Everett Waterfront – Pacific Rim Plaza, 1028 13th Street, Everett, WA 98201
- Marysville December 2nd from 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm at Delta Plaza – Comeford Park 6th and State
- Lake Stevens December 2nd from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm at North Cove Park – 1806 Main St, Lake Stevens, WA 98258
- Mill Creek December 2nd 5:00 pm – 5:30 pm at City Hall South – 15728 Main St. Mill Creek, WA 98012
- Woodinville December 2nd from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm in DeYoung Park
- Mukilteo December 2nd from 3:00 pm-6:30 pm at Rosehill Community Center – 304 Lincoln Ave, Mukilteo WA
- Stanwood December 2nd West Downtown (270th, Brick Road) 4 PM – 5 PM with Tree lighting at 4:45 PM & East End: 5 PM – 7:30PM Tree Lighting: 7:00PM
- Granite Falls December 9th 5:00 PM in front of the museum at 109 E. Union Street, Granite Falls Civic Center courtyard
- Lynnwood TBA
As I wrap up this festive guide to FREE Christmas events in 2023, I hope you’re as excited as I am for the joyous season ahead.
From the enchanting Sheraton Grand Seattle Gingerbread Village, where generosity meets craftsmanship, to the magical Snowflake Lane parade that promises nightly snowfall and character performances, there’s an abundance of heartwarming experiences waiting for you. Whether you’re strolling through Mill Creek Town Center in search of woodland critters or enjoying the twinkling lights on the Pacific NW Christmas Lights GPS Self-Guided Tour, these events offer not only free festive fun but also opportunities to make a positive impact in our communities. May your holiday season be filled with laughter, love, and the warmth of shared moments. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and yours!