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One of the best parts of living in Seattle is that every season brings new things to enjoy in the city, from outdoor activities to fun, festive seasonal events. Winterfest at the Seattle Center kicked off on November 25, 2022, and there's more than a full month of fun to follow. This is one event near Seattle homes for sale that you won't want to miss, with fun for the whole family. Our brokers have all of the details on what to look forward to when you celebrate the season at Winterfest.

The Event: Winterfest at the Seattle Center

Location: 305 Harrison St., Seattle, WA 98109

Dates: November 25, 2022, through December 31, 2022

Admission: Most Events are Free, Tickets Required for Select Events

What to Expect at Winterfest

The first thing to know about Winterfest is that it's not just one event. There are tons of shows, activities, performances, and more to enjoy throughout the month-plus of the Winterfest Celebration. The overwhelming majority of Winterfest events are free to attend, geared toward families, and held at the Seattle Center. When tickets are required for a Winterfest event, festival organizers aim to price them affordably so that everyone can get in on the fun.

In addition to the many in-person events at Winterfest, there are quite a few free online events that allow you to see performances from local schools, artists, and community organizations. There will also be tons of performances that you can enjoy in person, live on the Armory Stage.

Live Music, Dance, and Artistic Performances on the Armory Stage

Throughout Winterfest, you'll find live performances on the Armory Stage from local and national artists.

  • Enjoy jazz from the Garfield Jazz Band, Buffalo Soldiers, and Once Upon a Jazzy Soul, or take in a performance with international flare from Bailadores de Bronce.

  • Be sure to check out young artists with the SANCA Youth Performance Companies and Klez Kids, as well.

  • Finally, there will also be some great comic relief with the Zaniac Comedy Show.

There are even more performances to enjoy throughout the festival, so be sure to check the Winterfest website for the dates and times of the shows you want to see.

Visit the Delightful Winter Train & Village

While live performances are a big part of Winterfest, there's also plenty that you can enjoy and explore at your own speed. One of the most popular attractions is the Winter Train & Village, which has been on display for 40 years and is now located in the Armory Food & Event Hall during Winterfest. The detailed, holiday-themed village is fun to view on its own, and there's also a scavenger hunt that will encourage you to uncover all of the fun, hidden details of the display. The Winter Train & Village exhibit is free to enjoy and will be on display throughout Winterfest.

Prepare to Be Dazzled by Illuminate Winterfest

As you make your way from one exhibit, activity, or performance to the next, be sure to take a moment to enjoy your surroundings. Illuminate Winterfest is a big part of the whole festival, with all of the Seattle Center and its outdoor areas lit up in dazzling colors for the holiday season. After the lights are turned on for the first time, they'll be illuminated for you to enjoy throughout the rest of the event, including special light shows at the fountain each night at 6:00 PM. 

Mark Your Calendar for the Winterfest New Year's Eve Celebration

The final night of Winterfest also happens to be New Year's Eve, and the celebration for the final night will be just as big as the opening day celebration. Catch the final live performances of this year's Winterfest, dance the night away, and enjoy a projected video show at the International Fountain near midnight. Then settle in for some of the best views in Seattle of the Space Needle fireworks display. The fun lasts well into the early morning hours, and the New Year's Eve celebration is free to attend.

There's something to look forward to during every season in Seattle, and now is the perfect time to find your next home in the city. When you're ready to shop, we're here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Seattle, WA, area.

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