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Christmas Fun + Seattle Holiday Packages

‘Tis the season to delight in downtown Seattle

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Christmas lights twinkle. Cocktail glasses clink. The occasional snow flurry sweeps the streets. It's winter in downtown Seattle, and the fun starts at the Kimpton Hotel Monaco. Explore downtown attractions decked out for the season, catch a classic performance of The Nutcracker, find a light-filled surprise at the zoo, or join in the Christmas Ship Festival. From family-friendly outings to grownups-only cocktail cruises, you'll collect the year's best memories here.

Book your holiday package today, and experience the abundance of things to do in Seattle for Christmas and holiday-themed events.

Explore Seasonal Events In and Around Our Seattle Hotel

Nutcracker on tree

George Balanchine's The Nutcracker

Nov. 24 – Dec. 3

Nothing inspires holiday nostalgia like Tchaikovsky's classic score to The Nutcracker in Seattle. Delight in the sugar-plum fairies, capture sweet photos among the lobby's holiday decor, and allow the celebrated Pacific Northwest Ballet to sweep you up in the spirit of the season.

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The Christmas Ship Festival

Dates are TBD

Join in 70 years of Pacific Northwest tradition by taking part in the Christmas Ship Festival. You can hop aboard the ship for a 90 minute cruise that includes a full-service bar, a reading of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, and front-row seats for the community choir. Or, grab a ticket for the 21+ Follow Boat and compete in the ugly sweater party. Legs aren't seaworthy? Find out where you can take in the Christmas activities and festivities from the Seattle shore.

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WildLanterns at the Zoo

Nov. 10 – Jan. 14

Each night from 4-9 p.m., Seattle's renowned Woodland Park Zoo transforms into an illuminated wonderland for the ultimate Christmas event. Take a post-sunset stroll through large-scale animal and naturescape lanterns, and do some holiday shopping at the Magical Memories Marketplace. It's a bright spot in the Christmas season for zoo lovers of all ages.

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Holiday Train Set

Seattle Center Winterfest

Nov. 25 – Dec. 31

A one-stop festive experience awaits you at the Seattle Center Winterfest, just a short car ride or a fun Seattle Monorail trip away from the Kimpton Hotel Monaco. The 19th century model train and holiday village will charm you, the food court will introduce you to some of Seattle's top restaurants, and the full lineup of holiday music performers will entertain you into the evening. It's the definitive Christmas thing to do in Seattle.


Holiday Tree Ornament

Magic at Pike Place Market

Spring Celebration of Stephen Sondheim

Just blocks from the Kimpton Monaco, you can experience Seattle's iconic Pike Place Market decked with holiday cheer. It's all here: fun light displays, legendary restaurants, and gifts your friends and family will love year-round. If you happen to be in town November 26, you can attend the Magic in the Market kickoff party – but the fun will extend all season.

Plan Your Visit

Holiday Cocktails

Holiday Bar Hopping

Sip your way through some of Seattle's best holiday drink menus on a self-guided bar hopping tour of Capitol Hill. Melrose Market is a great starting place – and just a five-minute car ride from Kimpton Monaco. Wander on from there to sample seasonal beers at the Pine Box, cult-favorite eggnog at Sol Liquor (check their website for details). Chilly walk? Warm up with hot toddies, mulled wine and more at local favorites like Oddfellows, L'Oursin and Liberty.