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Ho-Ho-Holiday Fun for Seattle, Eastside and South Sound Families in 2021

Family holiday activities to make your season sparkle

Nancy Chaney

Published on: November 18, 2021

Ho-Ho-Holiday Fun for Seattle, Eastside and South Sound Families in 2021

Close up of a model train with Santa driving part of the Holiday train and village at Winterfest Seattle Center free family fun
Holiday Train & Village

Winterfest at Seattle Center

Some of the best stuff of Winterfest is back! Hooray! Visit the Armory at Seattle Center to view the huge Holiday Train & Village display. Pick up a scavenger hunt sheet and use your best I-spy eyes to see if you can spot all the listed items.

Details: The Holiday Train & Village is on display Nov. 26–Dec. 31, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. daily (except for early closure at 4 p.m. on Dec. 24 and closed Dec. 25). Free to view.

Free performances return to Winterfest this year as well. Performances on the Armory Stage take place mostly on weekends; check the schedule online and time your visit to see the train to catch carolers, comedy acts or dancers.

Details: Performances currently scheduled for Nov. 26–28, Dec. 4–5, Dec. 11–12, Dec. 18 and Dec. 26. Free.

Watch ice-sculpting live as master ice carvers Chan Kitburi and Janson Iwakami show off their talents this winter, sculpting blocks of ice into holiday-themed shapes. Watch them in action!

Details: Saturdays Nov. 27, Dec. 4, Dec. 11 and Dec. 18 at noon. Free to watch.

Bonus: If you visit Seattle Center after dark, enjoy the whole grounds awash in lights, called Campus Luminata. The Winterfest Ice Rink isn't back to Fisher Pavilion this year. Instead, you can catch a new-to-Seattle Lego show with epic models and hands-on building stations.

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