1. Head to the Seattle Winterfest
Seattle Center, located at the base of the Space Needle, is one of my favorite places to visit in Seattle. The mix of cultural attractions, museums, art, music, and fabulous local food is just too great to resist. Winterfest kicks the scene up a notch with a train, winter village, live music, and numerous Christmas themed productions taking place at various outdoor and indoor venues. And for the epitome of holiday activities, you can ice skate outdoors right at Seattle Center!
2. Stop by the Teddy Bear Suite at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel
My family absolutely loved our stay at the Fairmont Olympic this summer. The only thing that could have made this hotel more wonderful was the magic of Christmas, which you've got the chance to enjoy this December. While strolling the beautifully decorated grounds, be sure to visit the Teddy Bear Suite, a room full of cuddly, picture worthy friends that will delight all ages. If you feel led, consider a donation to the Seattle Children's Hospital to teach your family about the joy of giving.
3. Explore the Gingerbread Village at the Sheraton Hotel;
If Teddy Bears aren't quite your thing, consider visiting an entire Gingerbread Village at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Seattle. The 2013 theme is nursery rhymes; you can't even imagine the types of creations the staff and local architects come up with to wow you. Here, you can make donations to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund.
Photo credit: Jeffery Hayes