Santa used to stick to shopping malls and parades, but lately he’s been exploring new pastures, drinking a wider variety of beverages, and hanging out with wish-havers of all ages (even pets). To help keep track of his whereabouts, we’ve compiled all of his appearances this month in Seattle. Grownups can knock back some booze with him at Linda’s annual Drunk Santa Party and copy his outfit at SantaCon, while kids can take photos with him at Macy’s and the Volunteer Park Conservatory. See them all below, and find even more seasonal events on our winter holidays calendar.
Linda’s Annual Drunk Santa Party!
Join Drunk Santa, his naughty elf, and the Nutcracker for an evening of booze specials, photo booths, and more Yuletide gaiety.
Linda’s Tavern, Capitol Hill
Cookies with Mrs. Claus
Santa’s betrothed will visit the South Sound to decorate cookies with families.
Federal Way Community Center
Guilty Holiday Pleasures Party at Chophouse Row
Drag queens will serenade you with carols (and DJ Tito Ramsey will spin during breaks) at this holiday shindig also promising mulled wine, a market, a tree lighting, and photo ops with bad Santa.
Chophouse Row, Capitol Hill
Your dogs and cats (who must be leashed) can get in on this year’s holiday photo action at this one-day Santa event.
Westfield Southcenter, Tukwila
Annual Santa Pics And Xmas Pop Up
Take photos with a cooler-than-average Santa, enjoy cookies and cocoa, and shop for some vintage goods.
Bon Voyage Vintage, Pioneer Square
Santa at Urban Family
Santa will return to the brewery for photos with pets and humans of all ages.
Urban Family Brewing Co., Magnolia
Breakfast with Santa
This breakfast for families promises photos with Santa, Christmas stockings for kids, and board games to take home—all for free.
The Salvation Army, Greenwood
Christmas Cookies with Santa and Mrs. Claus
This wholesome holiday afternoon promises hot cocoa, storytelling, Christmas cookie decorating, and visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Westwood Village, West Seattle
Christmas Market 2019
l’Alliance Française de Seattle and Goethe Pop Up Seattle will bring you a European-style holiday market featuring handmade arts, crafts, and artisan goods, German and French libations and delicatessen, choir performances, and a visit from Santa.
Chapel Performance Space, Wallingford
Dickens Festival at Stadium
Hark back to the era of Charles Dickens, a man who knew a thing or two about Christmas ghosts, by enjoying Victorian activities like a “Best Victorian Dog” contest, caroling, a tree lighting with Santa, a horse-drawn carriage ride to Wright Park’s decked-out Seymour Conservatory, and more.
Stadium High School, Tacoma
Historic Downtown Snoqualmie Holiday Cookie Crawl
Tug on a sweater and amble around downtown Snoqualmie collecting free cookies from local businesses and getting some holiday shopping done. Photo ops with Santa will also be available.
Historic Downtown Snoqualmie
The children of Black Diamond can revel in the spirit of the season by meeting Mr. and Mrs. Claus, decorating cookies and wreaths, going on hay rides, and more.
Black Diamond Museum
Photos with Ping Pong Santa
Snap photos with Santa in your ugliest sweater, then stay on for a round of ping pong. It may be worth noting that Santa won’t be your ping pong competitor—or, so we think.
Pictures with Santa and Star Wars Characters
Get pictures with Santa and stormtroopers by donating canned food to the American Food Bank.
Santa & Argosy Christmas Ships
Catch Santa before he sets sail on the Argosy Christmas Ship. There will be a cash bar for adults and free hot drinks and soft drinks for kiddos.
Mount Baker Community Club
Santa at Ounces
Bring your whole family (dogs included) to take free photos with Santa.
Ounces, West Seattle
Santa at the Conservatory
Take photos with the jolly man of Christmas with a backdrop of the Volunteer Park Conservatory’s festive poinsettias and rare tropical plants.
Volunteer Park Conservatory, Capitol Hill
Proceeds from this breakfast buffet with Santa will benefit children’s hospitals across the country.
Ivar’s dancing clam will take on the role of Santa Claus for holiday photo purposes.
Ivar’s Acres of Clams, Downtown
Santa Doggie Photos
Pets and their human companions can snap photos with Santa to benefit Elphie’s Animal Alliance. There will also be dog treats, stockings, bingo, and a giving tree.
Pit Stop Taproom and Pub, Burien
Santa is Coming to the Tap Room
Families (pets included) can take pictures with Old Saint Nick at the taproom.
Lagunitas Tap Room, Ballard
Santa Runs Tacoma
Lace up those running shoes for the 11th annual Santa Runs Tacoma. The tradition offers a festive atmosphere for runners of all sizes with Tiny Tim’s 1K, Frosty’s 5K, and The Scrooge 10K. There’s even a Donner & Blitzen 21K half marathon for those who think running a 10K in the cold just isn’t enough of a challenge.
Fleet Feet, Tacoma
The jolliest guy in all the land will take photos with kids and hear their Christmas wishes.
Hotel Sorrento, Downtown
Santa’s Fly In
Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus will fly into Tukwila to take note of last-minute holiday wishes from kiddos. Caspar Babypants, the Boeing Orchestra, and the Boeing Employee Concert Band will provide live fanfare.
Museum of Flight, Tukwila
Seattle Black Santa w/ 100 Black Parents
Black Santa will pay an early visit to Seattle to take free photos with kids at this event hosted by One Hundred Black Parents, an organization that advocated for black students.
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, Central District
Story Time with Santa
Santa will read books and take photos with kids in the children’s section.
University Book Store, University District
If you prefer a smattering of vintage war vehicles with your Christmastime celebrations, you’ll be glad to know that Santa visits the combat museum every year. He brings with him a hot cocoa and gingerbread house station, World of Tanks video game stations, and more. He’ll also take free photos with kids and families.
Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum, Everett
West Seattle Santa Pub Crawl #7
Don Santa’s fleecy red suit and amble from bar to bar in the West Seattle Junction, participating in Christmas present raffles at each stop. To really get in character, bring a small toy as a Toys for Tots donation to spread some cheer.
West Seattle Junction
Deck the Brew Hall: Fremont Brewing Holiday Market
Browse a holiday market for locally made gifts, try holiday-infused beers on tap, and meet the “Santa Claus Yeti.” Dogs and kids are welcome.
Seattle SantaCon 2019
Regardless of how you feel personally about SantaCon—the annual bar crawl that encourages adults to dress as the jolly mascot of Christmas and jingle their bells to various downtown watering holes—it will likely outlive us all. If you’re participating, don’t forget to hydrate with plenty of water and/or milk.
Various locations, Downtown
THROUGH DECEMBER 15
Taking cues from European-style Christmas markets, this holiday gift affair will take place in a ’20s-era Hippodrome and will offer seasonal tipples and snacks, artisan goods, and an appearance from Santa Claus.
8th Annual Holiday Mercatini di Natale
Support local makers like Meg Maggie Margaret Artisan Chocolates, Epicene, and Kitschy Delish and enjoy all the trappings of a traditional Italian Christmas market. Santa Jenny will be around to sing songs to children.
Bar del Corso, Beacon Hill
Annual SODO Holiday Tasting
Join the Grinch, Santa, Victorian carolers, and a festive mariachi band at this wine tasting.
Sodo Urban Works
Holiday Dog Party with Santa
Enjoy tasty brews and photos with Santa at this kid- and dog-friendly event.
Peddler Brewing, Ballard
Santa at Anko
For one day only, Santa will snap photos with fans in front of a winter wonderland backdrop.
Santa Brunch at Jimmy’s
Take a photo with Mr. Claus and his favorite elf after scarfing down brunch.
Jimmy’s on Broadway, Capitol Hill
Kids can visit with Santa and get their faces painted.
West Seattle Junction
Santa Lunch Cruise
Santa’s elves will treat you to a tasty lunch aboard the cruise ship, where Santa and holiday crafts will be waiting.
Waterways Cruises, Fremont
Xmas Party & Holiday Bake Off
Bring your festive fruit cakes and bread to this holiday bake-off to meet Santa and drink your fill of barleywine.
Machine House Brewery, Georgetown
Santa At Chuck’s!
Knock back a pint at Chuck’s and mingle with Kris Kringle.
Chuck’s Hop Shop, Central District
Santa Picture Day!
Santa and Mrs. Claus will grace Chuck’s Greenwood location with their elf posse in tow for photo opportunities. You’re invited to bring friends, family, and dogs, too.
Chuck’s Hop Shop, Greenwood
Santa Photos & Toy Drive!
Want to set your Santa photos apart from the rest? Take them at Reuben’s Brews in front of their shiny stainless steel brewing equipment. Friendly dogs and guests of all ages are welcome, and optional monetary donations and toy gift donations for Wellspring Family Services will be accepted.
Reuben’s Brew’s, Ballard
Santa Pictures at Village Wines
Jackie Phairow Photography will provide a laid-back atmosphere for your family Santa photos. Grab a glass of wine while your kids tell him their wishes.
Ryan Patrick Wines Tasting Room, Woodinville
Santa’s On The Rooftop!
Wrangle your family, friends, and/or pets for photos with “Santa Northwest” (a “real-bearded, authentic Santa Claus based right here in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest,” according to his website).
Rooftop Brewing Company, Interbay
Bowling With Santa
Bowl with Santa and take holiday photos for just 10 bones.
Tukwila Family Fun Center & Bullwinkle’s Restaurant
THROUGH DECEMBER 21
Kids and families can board a holiday train at a seasonally decorated depot for a visit with Santa, hot cocoa, cookies, and coffee, and a scenic ride through Snoqualmie and North Bend.
Northwest Railway Museum, Snoqualmie
A particularly outdoorsy Santa will swing by Filson to take photos with kids and families. Enjoy drinking chocolate, hot cider, and complimentary gift wrapping while you wait.
Filson Flagship, Sodo
THROUGH DECEMBER 22
Christmas Lighting Festival
Holiday cheer abounds in Washington’s own Bavarian-style village of Leavenworth, which celebrates the season with live Christmas music, visits from both St. Nickolaus and Santa Claus, sledding, and more—all culminating in glorious lighting ceremonies every Saturday and Sunday.
Santa Photo Days
Santa will visit every PetSmart in America (how does he do it!) to take free photos with pet owners.
THROUGH DECEMBER 23
Christmas Ship Festival
The Puget Sound is filled with lights throughout the holiday season, but no vessel can compete with Argosy Cruises’ Christmas Ship, which docks in 65 waterfront communities to serenade people onshore and onboard with its resident choir. Those who choose to board the ship will enjoy photos with Santa, a reading of “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas,” and kids’ activities. For a less family-oriented option, you can trail behind in a 21+ boat with rotating themes each week. It’s also free to watch from the shore.
Santa can squeeze down narrow chimney shafts and make it to every home on Earth in the span of a few hours, so it should come as no surprise that he’s also an accomplished diver. See the jolly man glide through the 120,000-gallon Window on Washington Waters exhibit and snap photos with him.
Seattle Aquarium, Downtown
THROUGH DECEMBER 24
Holidays at the Needle
Santa will park his sleek new glass sleigh on the Space Needle’s revolving glass floor, so your photos with the jolly man will feature the Seattle cityscape beneath your feet.
Space Needle, Seattle Center
Before Santa takes off on his journey through the sky, children can visit him on the first floor of Macy’s to tell him their holiday wishes. For the first year, Santa photos are available by reservation only, so make sure to save a spot online to maximize efficiency while shopping downtown. Plus, although taking a photo with Santa is free, professional photo packages start at $21.
Mill Creek Santa
Take photos with the man in the red suit and get them printed on-site. You have your pick between Santa Randy, Roy, John, Mark, and Rick.
Mill Creek Town Center
Photos with Santa at Alderwood
Kids can tell Santa what they want for Christmas and take photos with him until Christmas Eve.
Alderwood Mall, Lynnwood
Santa at Westfield Southcenter
Here’s another chance to take a treasured photo with Santa at the mall.
Westfield Southcenter, Tukwila
Santa will park himself on Sixth Avenue to hear Christmas wishes from kids and snap photos for holiday cards.
Swanson’s Reindeer Festival
Shop a variety of seasonal plants, bulbs, arrangements, and Christmas trees, as well as other gifts like books, jewelry, and home decor, at the decked-out nursery. Plus, visit with Santa and his real-life reindeer, check out model trains, and enjoy live music throughout the season.
Swansons Nursery, Crown Hill
Did you know that Santa has a cabin right next to Sephora? Visit him with your pet in tow for holiday photos to benefit Seattle Humane.
University Village, University District
THROUGH JANUARY 5
This year, Santa is enlisting the help of young princes and princesses in helping him find six hidden presents. In addition to the prize-bearing hunt, this kid-oriented indoor festival will also have a gift market (complete with fresh produce and seasonal treats) and a light display.
Smith Cove Cruise Terminal, Inerbay
Redmond Winter Wonderland
Head over to Redmond throughout the holiday season for Santa photos and storytime, a holiday train, a skating rink, and more family fun.
Redmond Town Center