There are few things better than a massive Christmas tree for getting one into the holiday spirit. If you’re looking for a Christmas tree display in Seattle, you actually have more than one option. We rounded up a few of the most exciting holiday tree displays in Seattle this season, as well as a fun getaway option.
Here are the most awe-inspiring Seattle Christmas trees:
1. The Downtown Seattle Tree
Every year, Seattle’s biggest Christmas tree gets lit up the day after Thanksgiving in downtown Westlake Park. The lighting ceremony is always a festive event with live music and fireworks. If you missed the event this year, you can at least still go see the decorated tree and the free holiday lights in the park throughout December.
2. The Pike Place Market Tree
You can see the Christmas tree at Pike Place Market all season long, along with many other festive light displays at the market. It gets lit up every year during the festive Magic in the Market event shortly after Thanksgiving. You can read all about Magic in the Market for next year, and go see the tree while it’s still up for the rest of December.
3. Seattle Festival of Trees
Every winter, the historic Fairmont Olympic Hotel in downtown Seattle hosts the Seattle Festival of Trees for a good cause. You can donate, purchase one of the decorated trees, or buy tickets to the gala if you’d like to contribute towards beneficiaries Seattle Children’s Hospital and the Seattle Children’s Autism Center. The tree display is usually at the Fairmont for just one week in late November.
4. Seattle Center Winterfest
Visit Seattle Center through December 31 to get an eyeful of this year’s Winterfest. Typically there is a Christmas tree displayed inside the Armory Food & Event Hall along with a winter train and village display. You’ll also get to enjoy free live entertainment and holiday light shows throughout the festival. See more on the Seattle Center website.
5. Christmastown in Leavenworth
If you’ve never been to Leavenworth, WA during Christmastime, you’re in for a treat. In addition to plenty of Christmas tree displays, this Bavarian-style mountain town gets decked out with miles of string lights and more festive holiday decor. Leavenworth is only a two-hour drive from Seattle, making it an easy and fun winter weekend getaway. There is no lighting ceremony; you can show up anytime during the holiday season to see Leavenworth lit up for Christmas. See our guide to visiting Leavenworth for the holidays.