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Festivity All Around at Seattle Center

Did you know?

The spirit of the season shows up in many ways at Seattle Center. It’s there when you enter the grounds from the Space Needle, where you’ll find a towering silver, mid-century-esque Christmas tree, or when you stroll outside McCaw Hall’s grand lobby and peer inside its windows to behold life-sized Nutcracker characters. You can feel it in the festive displays and decorations inside Seattle Center Armory. The mammoth miniature reproduction of 1800s Seattle called Winter Train & Village has returned there after a pandemic break. You’ll see that the tiny villagers are suitably masked, though, and the train still runs on time!      

Stick around until the sun sets when the campus really starts to glow. Over 150 trees are lit in more than 30 miles of LEDs that produce 490,000 pixels of light. The tree lights are programmed by 386 individual controllers, which required installation of eight miles of data and 4.4 miles of power cord. 

The tree light installation uses 31-times less power than the equivalent number of traditional tree lights. One-hour lighting loops focus on the holidays and art, and a multi-colored clock goes off at the top of each hour. During Seattle Kraken games, the trees take on a special look developed especially for our hometown team; and as the games conclude, the trees sparkle in hues of the rainbow.  

We hope you find a place of peace, joy and grace this season. May it be filled with festivity and light! 

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About Seattle Center:

More than 30 cultural, educational, sports and entertainment organizations that reside on the grounds, together with a broad range of public and community programs, create thousands of events on the 74-acre campus and attract over 12 million visitors each year. At Seattle Center, part of Uptown Arts & Cultural District and home to Climate Pledge Arena, the first certified zero carbon arena in the world, our purpose is to create exceptional events, experiences and environments that delight and inspire the human spirit to build stronger communities. Activities at the Center generate $1.864 billion in business activity and $631 million in labor income.