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Grab your Friends and Family for Holiday Fun at Seattle Center Winterfest presented by Symetra, November 24 to December 31

SEATTLE – As the holiday season approaches, Seattle Center Winterfest presented by Symetra has something for everyone! This five-week extravaganza unfolds on Seattle Center’s campus, offering live performances, markets, and a host of activities to infuse your holidays with joy and seasonal delight.

“We can’t wait to welcome you to this year’s Winterfest. It will be the perfect opportunity to come together and enjoy the holidays at Seattle Center – with live entertainment, seasonal crafts, and a full range of memorable activities for families during this joyous season,” said Seattle Center Director Marshall Foster.

Winterfest commences on November 24 with the Symetra Ice Spectacle. From 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., visitors can revel in a delightful array of free and affordable entertainment, including ice carving, fire pits, roving carolers, and live performances. The day culminates with a Seattle Kraken pre-game celebration in the Armory – fun for the entire family. The full schedule for opening day of Winterfest is listed below:

Winter Train & Village (Armory)10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Seattle Christmas Market (Fisher Pavilion & Lawn)11:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Winterfest World Bazaar Presented by Festal (Armory)Noon – 6 p.m.
Ice Carving (International Fountain Plaza)Noon – 4 p.m.
Zaniac Comedy Show (Armory Stage)12:30 p.m.
D’Vonne Lewis and NW D’Lux (Armory Stage)2 p.m.
Fire Pits (International Fountain Plaza)2 – 6 p.m.
Carolers (International Fountain Plaza)3 – 5 p.m.
Kraken Pre-Game at the Armory5 p.m.

From November 24 through December 31, immerse yourself in the turn-of-the-century charm of the Winter Train and Village, capture photos within the brilliance of the campus-wide lights presented by Climate Pledge Arena, enjoy weekend entertainment on the Armory stage, or stop by the Seattle Christmas Market, a magical European Christmas Village in the heart of Seattle and a new addition to Winterfest. Shop for unique cultural holiday gifts curated by our Festal community partners at the Winterfest World Bazaar, and don’t forget to join the New Year’s Eve Celebration, featuring the soulful sounds of premier Northwest band Groove Nation and a Fountain of Light show at the International Fountain featuring DJ Supreme La Rock. 

“Symetra is thrilled to be part of Winterfest, where the magic of the season comes alive. With something for everyone, we’re pleased to support the spirit of community and joy during the winter months and share in the warmth and wonder of this very special experience at Seattle Center,” said Symetra Chief Marketing Officer Trinity Parker

In the weeks leading up to New Year’s Eve, visit Seattle Center’s campus and take part in a variety of seasonal offerings across the campus. This includes world-class arts performances like George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, by Pacific Northwest Ballet, seeing Seattle sparkle from 500’ at the Space Needle’s Loupe Lounge cocktail bar, enjoying seasonal plays at Seattle Children’s Theater or catching Elf in Concert at Marion Oliver McCaw Hall. For a dose of holiday cheer, catch a fresh and lively adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic Little Women at Seattle Repertory Theatre, experience Seattle Center’s public art collection with a self-guided art tour presented by Alaska Airlines, or hop over to Climate Pledge Arena for a Seattle Kraken game or concert. For the little ones, there’s the Seattle Children’s Museum with their Noon Year’s Eve Pajama Party countdown and dance party. And of course, mark your calendars for the spectacular T-Mobile New Year’s Eve at the Needle fireworks and drone show under the iconic Space Needle.

For a full list of events, attractions, and performances, visit or follow Seattle Center on Instagram and Facebook (@seattlecenter). Special thanks to our presenting partner Symetra, official sponsors Alaska Airlines, Climate Pledge Arena, and Seattle Christmas Market and our programming partners the Space Needle and Chihuly Garden and Glass, for enhancing the Winterfest experience.

About Seattle Center 

Connect to the extraordinary at Seattle Center, an active civic, arts, and family gathering place in the core of our city and region. Seattle Center’s 74-acre campus, centered around the International Fountain, is part of the Uptown Arts & Cultural District and home to Climate Pledge Arena; more than 30 cultural, educational, sports, and entertainment organizations; and a broad range of public and community programs. In everything it does, Seattle Center’s mission is to create exceptional events, experiences, and environments which delight and inspire the human spirit to build stronger communities.

Seattle Center has expanded its role to provide maintenance and public safety services for Seattle’s new Waterfront Park, a series of new public spaces on Seattle’s downtown waterfront between Pioneer Square and the Seattle Aquarium. Seattle Center supports managing these new waterfront public spaces in partnership with the non-profit Friends of Waterfront Seattle, which offers the community a range of recreational and cultural programming. 

Thanks to the support of Official Seattle Center Partners – Alaska Airlines, The Climate Pledge, Coors Light, Pepsi, Premera Blue Cross, Symetra, T-Mobile, and WaFd Bank – Seattle Center is the #1 arts and entertainment destination in the Pacific Northwest with 12 million annual visitors, generating $1.864 billion in business activity and more than $631 million in labor income annually.