Looking for post-present activities? These things to do in Seattle on Christmas Day will keep your crew entertained

Just because the presents are all opened and the wrapping paper is all over the floor doesn’t mean that the fun has to stop there. There are still a lot of things to do in Seattle on Christmas Day that your family can enjoy from sun up to sun down. From taking a hike to eating a good meal to looking at the lights that you were too busy to see before now—we’ve got them all right here. Check out all that is available to you this year.

Two kids in colorful scarves and hats go ice skating with their parent at an ice skating rink in Seattle

1. Go Ice Skating

Whether you want to head to the Eastside or drive north to Everett, the 25th of December is a great day to go on an ice skating adventure. So grab your skates if you've got 'em. The Bellevue Downtown Ice Rink will be open from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and the Pacific Ice rink will be open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Both will have festive music and hot cocoa at the ready, so you can warm up when you're done. Advance tickets are recommended for both rinks.

Bellevue Downtown Ice Rink
100 100th Ave. N.E.
Bellevue, WA

Pacific Rim Plaza
1028 13th St.
Everett, WA

Related: Take a Spin around Seattle's Seasonal (& Year-Round) Ice Skating Rinks

The gingerbread houses at the Downtown Sheraon is a a fun things to do in Seattle on Christmas Day
Jeffrey Totey

2. Explore the Gingerbread Village

This year's Gingerbread Village isn't actually a village this time around. The theme is "Buzzing Back" with larger-than-life gingerbread creations based on the Disney/Pixar film, Lightyear. Local architecture firms were paired up pastry chefs (and a few children) to create works of art made with gingerbread, cookies, candy and a lot of frosting. The display can be viewed at the Sheraton Grand Seattle. Admission is free, but donations will be gladly accepted which will benefit the Juvenile Research Foundation. Viewing times are between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.

Sheraton Grand Seattle
1400 6th Ave.
Online: jdrf.org

3. Enjoy George Balanchine's The Nutcracker at Home

If you wanted to take the kids to see George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker at McCaw Hall, but just weren't able to fit it in before Christmas, why not bring the ballet to your home? A digital-only presentation is available from Dec. 19-27, 2022.  It's the perfect way to get your annual sugarplum fairy fix, without the fuss. To watch at home, simply purchase your digital ticket, then let the kids dance, sing, and take as many potty breaks as they need while you stream this fabulous show.

Online: pnb.org

Related: Bravo! 17 Must-See Holiday Shows for Families

Salish Lodge

4. Partake in a Great Meal

There are quite a few restaurants who will be open and welcoming guests this Christmas and we're not talking about the greasy spoon down the street. If you want this year's holiday to be special (and who doesn't?) consider splurging on a good meal that your family will be talking about for years to come. Those taking reservations for dinner for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day or both include The Dining Room at The Salish Lodge. They will be offering a fantastic three-course meal. Arrive early enough in the day that you can take in the amazing view of the falls before your feast. Chef Brian Doherty would love to host you at The Goldfinch Tavern located at the Four Seasons Hotel with view of Elliott Bay. The George at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel will be serving family-style dinners. Ray's Boathouse will be serving three-course meals while Ray's Cafe will be offering a la carte specials.

a dad and son are bundled up for a hike on Christmas day in seattle

5. Bundle Up for a Hike

We'll keep our fingers crossed for a sunny winter day so you can take the kids hiking on Christmas. Heading out for an easy hike at a nearby park, sanctuary, or forest preserve is a great way to get the kids outside for some fresh air—a tall order with all the rain we've been having. Waterfalls and streams are especially magical this time of year. Just remember to wear layers, bring water, and have spare socks (along with other winter essentials) in your pack before you head out. 

Related: Bundle Up for These 11 Easy Winter Hikes 

6. Take a Day Trip

If you’re longing for a white Christmas, pack up the kids, gas up the family roadster and head towards the Cascade Mountains. There are two spectacular family-friendly day destinations waiting for you there. At Suncadia Resort, you'll find all the winter activity your family needs—ice skating, tubing, snowshoeing and more in one location. And with restaurants that will be serving up eats all day, you can keep everyone happy from sun up to sun down. The Bavarian town of Leavenworth (pictured) will be festooned with over 500,000 lights and decorations, from one end of the main drag to the other. Stop in the shops, sit down to a hearty meal and take it all in before heading home. The best part? Both are perfect destinations for an overnight, too.

Related: 11 Wintry Destinations That Are Easy for Seattle Families

7. Catch a Good Flick

For some families, catching a flick on the big screen has long been a Christmas Day tradition. Maybe that's why so many good movies are released over the Christmas weekend. This year, families can sit down to Puss in Boots: The Last Wish where the lovable feline is coming to grips with that fact that he only has nine lives to live and prepare for an ultimate showdown with Jack and Jill. Roald Dahl's Matilda: the Musical debuts on Christmas Day telling the tale of an extraordinary girl with a vivid imagination (and a magical touch) who dares to stand up for herself. Disney's Strange World is a sci-fi adventure comedy about three generations exploring new worlds and trying to survive each other. The semi-autobiographical story about director Steven Spielberg's life growing up is told through The Fabelmans. And the l-o-n-g awaited Avatar: The Way of Water is finally here continuing the story from the first film. Better re-watch that one first to get caught up. 

Related: 10 Movies Starring Seattle to Watch with Your Kids

Downtown Seattle Association

8. Light Up the Night

You can drive around your own neighborhood to look at Christmas lights or head to a decked out 'hood like Ravenna's Candy Cane Lane, but if you really want to get up close and personal with a dazzling holiday light display, it doesn’t get any better than the Holiday Lights & Delights at Westlake Park or Occidental Square. The oversized light sculptures of presents, ornaments and arches aren’t just for ogling at—some are for walking through too. 

Westlake Park
401 Pine St.

Occidental Square
117 S. Washington St.

Related: Watts Up: The Coolest Seattle Light Displays You Have to See


9. Hit the Slopes

If a day on the mountain sounds good to you, you're in luck. Our wet winter has meant early snowfall in the mountains, so most of the Seattle-area ski slopes are open already. Whether you've got a season pass or you need to grab a lift ticket for the day (they're selling out fast!), there's no better day to carve than Christmas, when the slopes are less crowded than usual. So strap your skis onto the rack and head to the hills today. Hint: If you're not a skiier, you can also snag a ticket to go tubing at The Summit at Snoqualmie. 

Related: Snow-mazing! Where to Go Tubing & Sledding Now

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