Five Greenlake-y Ways to Get in the Holiday Spirit

December 3, 2014 6:13am


The stockings are hung, the tree is lit and even though it’s much (much) chillier than normal, get out from under that blanket and check out these holiday happenings in the neighborhood. We promise some hot chocolate will be involved.

Seattle Public Theater has not one, but two productions on the docket this month. The first, Christmastown: A Holiday Noir promises to be, well, dark (although there does appear to be an elf appearance). Evening performances kick off on Dec. 5

The other, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, an annual SPT favorite, is a family friendly affair and kicks off Dec. 13. Learn more about both productions and buy tickets at

Zoolights at the Woodland Park Zoo is your chance to see thousands of sparkling lights, have an indoor snowball fight (!!) and, yeah, even see a few of your favorite animal friends (like some visiting reindeer). But don’t take my word for it, here are 10 more reasons to visit (spoiler alert: free carousel rides!)

Zoolights runs through Jan 4, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. nightly. More info and tickets at

Green Lake Pathway of Lights this year is Dec. 13, 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. This is my first holiday spent in Greenlake but I hear this event is not to be missed. Fill up that thermos with a warm beverage of your choice, take a stroll around the lake and enjoy the lights lining the pathways. Get all the details on the event page on Facebook.

Reindeer Festival at Swansons. Waiting in line for Santa is SO overrated, amirite? Luckily, our friends down the road at Swansons let you schedule your Santa visit online (which was a huge relief for me, considering my toddler has about a 50% chance of freaking out on Santa on a good day). There are also reindeer, live music, and model trains. Oh yes, and a camel named Curley. More info here:

What did we miss? What are you doing to get in the spirit?