Did you know that Seattle Duck Tours run year-round?! That’s right! Just because it’s a little bit colder in winter doesn’t mean our city isn’t as beautiful as any other time of year. In fact, picture the Space Needle emerging from a blanket of fresh white snow… pretty gorgeous, huh?
There are so many ways Seattle will keep your heart warm with its winter traditions, so we rounded up a few activities you can do before or after your Duck tour to help you see what makes this a magical time of year.
- Winterfest in Seattle Center
As if Seattle Center wasn’t fun enough, you can find exciting chilly-weather activities during Winterfest from November 23, 2018 – January 6, 2019. Explore the village on the winter train or go ice skating before watching ice sculpting and student performances throughout the day. Additional events occur depending on the day and time, so make sure to check out their calendar!
Starting in November, the Leavenworth, WA Winter Festival (also known as the Christmas Lighting Festival) is a time when the town comes alive with elaborate lighting displays. Walking around you’ll hear carolers singing and smell hot cocoa in the air. You can try cross country skiing, downhill skiing, snowshoeing, sleigh riding, tubing, and snowmobiling if you’re feeling adventurous!
Skiing is a winter pastime that is perfectly fit for Seattle’s many mountains. There are plenty of places to enjoy a day on the slopes or a weekend getaway by staying at a resort overnight, whether you’re a beginner or looking for something more advanced! Check out:
A great tradition this time of year is to see The Nutcracker performed by the Pacific Northwest Ballet. From November 23-December 28, 2018, ballerinas in intricate costumes will twirl and pirouette, wowing you with their moves in this classic tale. Accompanied by music composed by Tchaikovsky, the ballet tells a tale of a young girl whose nutcracker doll comes to life on Christmas Eve.
- Check out a museum
When it’s just too cold and you want a break from being outdoors, Seattle has many museums to explore. It’s impossible to name all of our favorites, but we’re located right across the street from the MoPOP, Pacific Science Center, and Chihuly Garden and Glass. Each museum on this list is worth a visit and then some.
What better way to celebrate the New Year than by submerging yourself it the freezing cold waters of Lake Washington? Many people dive into this event in just their bathing suits but you can wear a festive costume for fun. Warm refreshments and a badge of courage are awarded after to help warm up your body and soul.
Every winter, just a few minutes away on the other side of Lake Washington, Bellevue Way & NE 8th Street turn into Snowflake Lane in the town of Bellevue, Washington. At 7pm from November 24 – December 24, 2018, winter characters parade along the street to festive music as snow falls and lights turn on to fill your heart with holiday cheer.
From November 23 – December 30, 2018, Safeco Field will transform into a winter wonderland with no baseball in sight. Enchant will include a Christmas Market and ice skating trails, but its biggest draw will be the World’s Largest Christmas Light Maze where you have to find Santa’s missing reindeer. See how quickly you can spot all of his flying friends!
Want to pretend you’re not up in the snowy North for an hour or two? Surround yourself with flowers by visiting the Northwest Flower & Garden Show. This 5 day show lasts from February 20-24, 2019, with the theme “Gardens of the World.” You can enjoy seminars, display gardens, and garden and vintage marketplaces before buying some cool plants of your own.
You might’ve made a gingerbread house or two in your life, or at least seen kits on display at your local grocery store. This event takes gingerbread architecture to a whole new level. The culinary team at the Sheraton will work with local architects to build a gingerbread village around this year’s theme, “Welcome to Whoville”, on display from November 19 – January 1.
Keep an eye out for some great shows and performances at theaters in the Seattle area during this time of year. Annie will be playing at the 5th Avenue Theater from November 23 – December 30. Benaroya Hall will have holiday themed performances starting from November 24 through the end of 2018. John Legend’s “A Legendary Christmas Tour” is making a stop in Seattle at CenturyLink Field on December 18.
So don’t worry about the weather outside and see for yourself why winter in Seattle is so special! We have warm blankets on board our Ducks to keep you nice and cozy while you sight-see- bundle up because adventure awaits.
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