There is a sense of celebration in the air, with Christmas around the corner. The most festive (and delicious!) time of the year is almost here. It’s time to catch up with friends and family over lingering feasts and conversations. Good food and wine are synonymous with Christmas parties. While most of us plan the food way in advance, picking out the wines is often a last-minute stressor. It doesn’t have to be that way!

One of Seattle’s most beloved holiday traditions returned for the Sheraton Seattle Hotel’s 24th Annual Gingerbread Village. Since 1992, the Sheraton’s expert culinary team has partnered with top local architecture firms to design, build and wow the crowds with intricate, larger-than-life gingerbread creations. The unforgettable event keeps more than 150,000 visitors coming back year after year. 

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URBAN CRAFT UPRISING | SATURDAY & SUNDAY, DECEMBER 5-6

Seattle’s largest indie craft fair will be Saturday and Sunday December 5th – 6th. This is the perfect opportunity to pick out handmade goods for your friends and family this holiday season.

This highly popular event has been running in Seattle since 1995 and currently happens twice a year. The show is carefully curated with over 150 vendors. More than 16,000 fans will attend the event over the course of the weekend.

This is the 25th anniversary of the parade in Seattle.

Come celebrate the holiday season with the 25th Annual Macy’s Holiday Parade and Star Lighting Ceremony. The parade includes festive floats, costumed characters and local community groups, all followed by Santa, who will arrive at Macy’s where he’ll officially open Santaland for the 2015 Christmas season. 

A delightful winter tradition in Victoria, BC.

Riding the Victoria Clipper to Victoria for day and weekend trips during the spring and summer is always a popular and fun activity. As the weather cools down and the season changes, it’s also the perfect trip during the holiday season for families or a romantic getaway. Bundle up and ride the Clipper to check out Victoria’s holiday festivities, including our feature: The Butchart Gardens Holiday Lights Tour. The tour starts December 1st and runs through January 6th. 

Woodland Park Zoo’s fourth annual WildLights.

This electrifying, after-hours event runs nightly from 5:30 – 8:30 pm from Friday, November 27th through Sunday, January 3rd. Guests will be transported to a festive winter wonderland complete with lights, treats, animals and more. Over 600,000 energy-efficient LED lights illuminate the paths of Woodland Park Zoo through dazzling displays of wild animals and exotic destinations  including