seattle life: christmas activities

just a note on some fun things to do around seattle for the holidays. i can't believe christmas is less than a week away!

first up -- the downtown seattle macy's is decorated SO CUTE for the holidays. i love their toy train window, the giant teddy bear on the corner, and especially santaland. i took jack there last week with a group of local bloggers and he loved it all -- except, of course, for santa. ha! better luck next year, kiddo.

[image 1 courtesy of marie; image 2 is mine]

macy's did a great job of bringing some holiday cheer. festive decorations throughout the store and a very kind, jolly santa claus [who i saw get swapped out as we were leaving -- don't tell your kids there are two santas!] who didn't mind a hysterical toddler. i felt very miracle on 34th street being there and it got us in the christmas mood. downtown seattle is so fun this time of year with all the lights and christmas trees. [and ice skating rink at seattle center!]

here's a shot of all the seattle bloggers who came on friday, plus our kiddos. the whole day was put together by jenny [who IS on the spot], and i loved meeting [or re-meeting] such fun ladies: my IRL friend marie from make & takes, allison from no time for flashcards [my FAVE go-to site for toddler activities, seriously i'm obsessed so it was like meeting a celeb], tammy from tammy's two cents, kat from mama's losin it, louise from momstart and mandy from harper's happenings. when it comes to cool bloggers, seattle is where it's at.

moving on. the east side has it's share of christmas fun, too! bellevue square has a totally cute snowflake lane celebration EVERY night at 7 p.m. drummers, music, giant snowmen -- and real snow! we're taking jack there this week.

i've also heard great things about the garden d'lights at the bellevue botanical garden. they've got a half-million lights all over the grounds and it looks really cool. garden d'lights is open every night from 5-10 p.m.

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and, if you still need some time to work on those holiday cards, impress is having a "stamper drop in" night at all seattle-area locations on wednesday, december 21. this sounds so fun! even if you're done with all your holiday prep, i'd say everyone could use a detox craft night to chill a little before christmas hits. [side note: check out the impress 2011 gift guide -- so many cute crafty supplies! love.]

what am i missing? any other fun seattle christmas things [paper-related or not!] to do?

p.s. macy's provided me with that priceless santa photo, above, but all thoughts & comments are mine all mine. 


  1. Lyndsey! It was so wonderful hanging out with you and your boy! My boy sure got a kick out of him :) Now, it looks like I need to add garden d'lights, because that just looks magical!

  2. Thank you so much for going to this Macy's holiday event! It looks like you all had a great time! Everywhere appreciates you taking the time and we look forward to working with you again soon!


  3. we had a blast! Jenny was a perfect hostess and it was so fun to get to know some new seattle bloggers. loved it!

  4. It was so much getting to know you on Friday...you are such a sweetie! :)

    I want to bring the kids up for the Bellevue Square Snowflake Lane. It sounds like so much fun!

  5. Was fun to hang and meet your little one!! He's a doll! And those garden lights are the best, a fun evening activity!!