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Every Family's Northwest Bucket List

A month-by-month guide to the best Seattle-area events with kids

Author Elisa Murray

Published on: January 07, 2020

Every Family's Northwest Bucket List

Christmas ship
Christmas ship


  • Santa Train. Make some ho-ho-holiday memories by riding in an antique train car from North Bend to Snoqualmie to meet Santa. Trains run weekends from late November through mid-December. Buy your tickets early as they often sell out.
  • Christmas Ships. Gather on a dark beach for live music broadcast to shore from decorated ships, and (if you’re lucky) enjoy a bonfire. Christmas Ships dock nightly at locations all around Puget Sound, Dec. 1–23. It's free to stand on the shore, watch the boats and enjoy the music.
  • Model Train Festival. Washington State History Museum has one of the largest model train displays in the region, and it celebrates all things choo-choo at this December festival — with Santa himself in attendance on select days.

Editor's note: This article was originally published in 2018 and updated for 2020.

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