Don't miss all of the attractions in downtown Seattle this holiday season. Clear your schedule a little a take a stroll around the city. Downtown is all decked out for Christmas and I found several notable things to check out this year.
Every Christmas season its mostly the same traditional things to see in downtown, but with a variation on a theme. This way, you can head downtown every year and its always a little different. The Christmas Tree, which stands proud in front of Westlake Center, is pretty much the same every year. But the Gingerbread Village and the attractions inside the Fairmont Olympic Hotel change every year and its fun to go see them every Christmas.
Our first stop on our walk to check out everything Christmas was riding the new escalator to Sak's 5th Ave inside Westlake Center for a view of the city and the tree from above. Then we hit up Starbucks for a quick coffee.
This year the Gingerbread Village is located inside the City Centre, so just follow the gingerbread man signs on the sidewalk and you'll find it. The event is usually across the street at the Sheraton Hotel, but I believe they are doing renovations in their lobby. If you ask me, the space at the City Centre worked out so much better. There were no lines like all of the other years and there was tons of room to walk around and admire the incredible and intricate gingerbread structures. This year was Seattle themed and they was beautifully done. There was the Space Needle, the Great Wheel, the Smith Tower, and many other details from our city represented in gingerbread. This year marks the 25th Anniversary of the event, so that makes it even more special.
Finally, we walked a few blocks over to the Fairmont Olympic Hotel to see a Gingerbread House so big you can walk through it. It was an impressive sight and I couldn't believe it was real. But yes, there was a sign describing the process and actually how much gingerbread, and candy, and everything else was used. Another attraction at the hotel is the Teddy Bear Suites. We saw that a couple of years ago and it's also worth checking out, especially with small children.
It was fun checking out the decorations in downtown and we really felt the holiday cheer in the air. There are many other things to see and do this holiday season, so don't hesitate to do so!
You can find out more info about the Gingerbread Village here and the attractions at the Fairmont Hotel here.
Happy Holidays to you and yours!