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Top 10 December Events in the Pacific Northwest

Don’t miss these Top 10 Must See Attractions for this December in the Pacific Northwest

UPDATED FOR 2021

1. Snohomish Community Tree Lighting

The Annual Snohomish Christmas Tree Lighting will be held at 5:00pm at the Town Christmas Tree.  There will be live holiday music provided by local musicians. Click here for more information about this event.

2. Snowflake Lane

Enjoy a 20-minute show of lights, music, falling snow, young dancers, and drummers in uniform on Snowflake Lane (Bellevue Way between N.E. 4th & N.E. 8th). Arrive early for the best view. Free. (Every night at 7 p.m. from November 26 – December 24, 2021). Click here for more information about this event.

3. Chase the Grinch Outta Snohomish Fun Run

Snohomish Running Company and Historic Downtown Snohomish Association are hosting the 8th Annual Chase the Grinch out of Snohomish 5K and 10K Run on Sunday, December 5th at 9:00am. Online registration ends on December 1st at 9:00pm. Start/Finish point will be at Averill Field, next to the Snohomish Boys and Girls Club at 402 2nd Street in Snohomish. Check-in starts at 7:30 am. A special kids dash will start at 8:15am.  Click here for more info about this event.

4. Surfin a Beach Boys Christmas

Don’t miss this special night filled with Christmas Magic as Surfin’ – The Beach Boys Tribute serves up all the holiday Classics “Little St. Nick”, “The Man With All The Toys”, “Santa’s Beard”, “Frosty The Snowman”, “White Christmas” and many more favorites written “Beach Boys” style…along with the biggest Beach Boys hits. SURFIN’… a great show, a great time, and fun, fun, fun till your Daddy takes the Reindeer away. An unforgettable evening featuring the music of SURFIN’ – The Beach Boys Tribute. To be held at the Historic Everett Theatre | 2911 Colby Avenue, Everett, WA 98201 (December 11, 2021 at 7:30 p.m.) Click here for tickets.

5. The Nutcracker Ballet

Join us in 2021 for Pacific Northwest Ballet’s favorite holiday tradition from the comfort of home. Stream this archival performance of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® with the unique-to-Seattle scenery and costumes by Ian Falconer and immerse yourself in a candy-filled dreamland.  Digital streaming and in-person performances are available November 26 – December 28th, 2021. Click here for more information and to get your ticket.

6. Wild Lanterns

Explore the zoo like never before with a brand-new lantern festival unlike any in the Northwest! WildLanterns presented by Sound Credit Union offers a larger-than-life, immersive experience that will “wow” anyone, no matter their age! WildLanterns will take the place of the traditional Woodland Park Zoo WildLights event this year. Begin your expedition by strolling through the Living Northwest exhibit with lanterns of animals many of us are familiar with, including grizzly bears, eagles and mountain goats. The exhibit runs November 12, 2021 – January 30, 2022 from 4 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.. Click here for more information and to buy tickets.

7. Caroling Competition

The 35th Annual Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition will be an all-online event. The musical performances, peoples’ love for Figgy Pudding, and stories from the folks who benefit from the money raised will be shared. All proceeds benefit the Pike Market Senior Center & Food Bank. Click here for more information about this event and to register a caroling team to be a part of Figgy Pudding 2021! Proceeds benefit the Pike Market Senior Center & Food Center.

8. Winter Solstice Walk

Enjoy a candlelit walk on the river trail in Snohomish, WA to celebrate the season. The luminaries will be lit at sunset.  (December 21, 2020 from about 4 p.m. – 8pm.) Click here for more information about this event.

9. Holiday Window Display Contest

Come on down to the Historic Snohomish District from Nov. 12th – 21st, 2021 for premium window shopping and vote for your favorite store window display. Ballots are available at participating shops, restaurants and eateries. Click here for more information about the event.

10. Santa Train

Don’t miss your chance to experience this unique holiday tradition that has been going on in Snoqualmie for over 50 years. Over four weekends, beginning November 27, 2021 , families can take a holiday train excursion aboard Santa Train to visit Santa Claus at the historic Snoqualmie Depot in North Bend, WA. Children and their families will enjoy music, fresh-baked cookies from coal-fired ovens, hot cocoa and fresh coffee, and a small gift for each child. Click here for more information about this event and to buy tickets.