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Holiday Magic in Seattle – Christmas 2013

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Last night, as I was waiting for the doors to open at The 5th Avenue Theater (currently presenting OLIVER!), I met a couple from Montana who came Seattle to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary. Seattle has many free offerings throughout the year, though the holidays in Seattle are magical. Thus, perfect for celebrating the magic of 50 years.

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Plan your adventure to downtown Seattle for mid-afternoon into evening. Seattle isn’t a large city, so it is easily walkable. Start, and perhaps end your day, at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel (2013 Hotel of the Year), which offers some fun eating experiences during the holiday season. Go to the 3rd floor and visit the Teddy Bear Suite (closes at 5 PM). I just missed the visit this year, though past years have been delightful to see a suite totally decorated for the holidays with lots of bears. Fun for children and adults.

In addition to the 25-foot Nobel Fir in the lobby, during the first week of December each year there is a multitude of smaller decorated trees auctioned for charity. This year I noticed a few offerings with a theme of copper tones (not the sunscreen). A great opportunity to give and then end up with a fully decorated tree without the fuss. Nice!

Continue over to the Sheraton Hotel and enjoy the annual presentation of gingerbread houses. This year’s theme is Nursery Rhymes. Very creative displays.

Next, go over a few blocks to Pacific Place full of shops, restaurants, and the movies. Watch the “snow” fall inside the atrium, nightly at 6 PM through December 31. Get a bite to eat from the several offerings of cuisine. And, if you still believe in Santa, be sure to get a picture of you with the jolly fellow over at Macy's.

While wandering from place to place, be sure to look up and see the fabulous star atop Macy’s (at 3rd & Pine). With 4300 bulbs and 161 feet high, it is part of the holiday magic in Seattle. WOW! In the mood for entertainment, go see OLIVER! at the 5th. A fun show of Charles Dickens’ story of Oliver Twist.

If not too tired after your adventures, end your evening with a nightcap by returning to the Olympic, or head a block north from the theater over to City Centre to one of my favorite hangouts, Palomino . Sometimes you’ll spot the local talent unwinding from their evening. Moreover, they will validate your parking ticket if you parked at City Centre. Nothing beats free.

For more holiday information on these and other holiday events, please visit Red Tricycle.

Enjoy your holiday magic in Seattle … and to all a goodnight!


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