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Neighborhood Holiday Roundup 2023!

We compiled a list of holiday events in parks and community centers during November-December 2023. However and whatever you celebrate, be sure to include us in your rounds. Check back often for additions to the lineup! For events in the downtown core, see this post.

All Aboard the “Volunteer Park Express” model train!

November 18 (Saturday) 10 am-4 pm.
November 19 (Sunday) 10 am-4 pm

November 24 (Friday) 10 am-4 pm
November 25 (Saturday) 10 am-3 pm – Early closure
November 26 (Sunday) 10 am-4 pm.

December 1, 10 am-4 pm
December 2, 10 am-4 pm
December 3, 10 am-4 pm.

December 8, 10 am-4 pm
December 9, 10 am-4 pm. Live harp music 1-2 pm!
December 10, 10 am-4 pm.

December 15, 10 am-4 pm
December 16, 10 am-4 pm. Live harp music 1-2 pm!
December 17, 10 am-4 pm.

December 22, 10 am-4 pm
December 23, 10 am-4 pm. Live harp music 1-2 pm!
December 24, 10 am-3 pm. Early closure.
December 25, 10 am-3 pm. Special Monday holiday hours, early closure.

December 29, 10 am-4 pm
December 30, 10 am-4 pm. Live harp music 1-2 pm!
December 31, 10 am-3 pm. Early closure
January 1, 10 am-3 pm. Special Monday holiday hours! Early closure.

Come see the model train running at Volunteer Park Conservatory for some added holiday cheer! Every weekend through New Year’s. On Saturdays December 9, 16, 23, and 30, harpist Bill McJohn will serenade you in the Bromeliad House from 1-2 pm.
Upcoming Event Details — Volunteer Park Conservatory

Volunteer Park Express info tile.

All aboard the Volunteer Park Express!  Train runs on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays plus Christmas Day and New Year's Day!

Background image shows the model train making a circuit around an evergreen tree decorated for the holidays.

Kubota Gardens “Houseplants for the Holidays” plant sale

Pre-Order online: November 20-30
Pick-Up: December 1-2

Pick up plants on December 1-2 at the Kubota Gardens Foundation office.
Kubota Garden Foundation Online Plant Sale (

Meadowbrook Luminaria Walk

December 2, 5:30-8 pm

For one night only, we decorate the boardwalk and pathways of Meadowbrook Pond with hundreds of glowing luminarias. Bring your friends and family to this magical community space, stroll along, and enjoy cocoa and cookies. FREE.
Meadowbrook Community Center – Parks |

Lake City Winterfest

December 3, 3-7 pm

Come out to Lake City for our annual holiday gathering! Shop vendors, eat treats, and hear some festive holiday music. Free entry.

Holiday at Volunteer Park

December 7, 6-8 pm

Luminarias, joyful music, cookies and cocoa.
Volunteer Park, 1247 15th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112.
Holiday in the Park – Volunteer Park Trust

Family Movie Night & Pajama Party @ Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center!

December 8 (Friday) 5:30-7:30pm

Wear your coziest pajamas and bring your stuffy as we enjoy a winter-themed family movie!  Light refreshments will be served at 5:30pm with the movie beginning at 6pm.  Please bring a donation of new (preferable white) socks and/or hand warmers for our Warm Hearts Drive!  These items will be donated to a local organization in the University District called “Facing Homelessness.”  Watch the Ravenna-Eckstein Facebook page for announcement of what movie we will be showing!  FREE EVENT FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

Warm Hearts Drive @ Ravenna-Eckstein CC

…. ongoing until…. December 9 (Saturday)

We are collecting donations of new socks (preferably white), and hand warmers. Donations will go to “Facing Homelessness” in the U District.

Green Lake Pathway of Lights

December 9, 4:30-7:30 pm

A 40-year Seattle classic on the 2nd Saturday of December. Walk around Green Lake illuminated with thousands of luminarias! There will be 3 music stages featuring local schools and music groups. FREE.
Pathway of Lights (

Community Holiday Party @Garfield CC

December 15, 5-7 pm

Celebrate the season with your neighbors and friends! Enjoy music, games, crafts, and more. Participants can register for a gift from Toys for Tots. Toys are dependent on donations and will be distributed the week after the event. FREE
Activity detail | Seattle Parks and Recreation (

Gingerbread Jubilee @Ballard CC

December 15, 6-8 pm

Bring your imagination – we provide the rest! Crafts, music, and gingerbread construction! $5.
Activity detail | Seattle Parks and Recreation (