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Every Family's Northwest Bucket List

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

Published on: January 09, 2019

Every Family's Northwest Bucket List

Day of the Dead kids
Day of the Dead celebration. Credit: Christian Moreno/Pixabay


  • Day of the Dead. Honor your family’s dearly departed and learn the nuances of this Latin festival at events around Seattle, including at Seattle Center, Tacoma Art Museum and Phinney Neighborhood Center. 
  • Yulefest. The Nordic among us really know Christmas. Find Scandinavian crafts for the kids, traditional foods and straw ornaments for gift giving at the Nordic Museum’s annual event, typically held the third weekend in November. 
  • Winterfest. Beginning on the Friday after Thanksgiving, Seattle Center’s awesome holiday celebration features free entertainment at the Armory, as well as a miniature train layout, ice carving demonstrations and even an ice rink.  
  • Holiday season in Bellevue. Snowflake Lane, Garden d’Lights and Downtown Park's covered ice-skating arena are three reasons Bellevue shines brighter than ever in holiday fun, which kicks off right after Thanksgiving and runs through December. 
  • Fantasy Lights at Spanaway Park. Here’s your reason to head to Spanaway: The region’s largest holiday drive-through display (no need to get out in the cold), with nearly 300 elaborate displays and thousands of sparkling lights along Spanaway Lake. It starts in late November and runs through December. 

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