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Center City Holiday Roundup (2023)

Downtown parks come alive with lights, music, vendors, art installations, and more in November and December. Experience the magic of the holidays all month long in the very heart of Seattle.

Season Highlights

Tree Lighting Celebration @Westlake Park

Fri, November 24, 3:30-7:00 PM

3:30-5:00 pm enjoy a pre-show with local live music. At 5 PM the tree is raised and lit, then follow with a fireworks show! More live music culminates with the African American Cultural Ensemble and the Motown trio The Jewel Tones.

Tree Lighting Celebration at Westlake Park (

Aerial view of the Tree Lighting Ceremony at Westlake Plaza.  In the foreground, a lit Christmas tree.  To the right, the illuminated Macy's star, with fireworks launching off the Macy's building.

Twinkle Twinkle

Fri, December 1, 4:30-6:30 pm @Freeway Park

We’ll be celebrating the winter holiday season with festive treats and entertainment from holiday carolers. Warm up by our bonfire, roast s’mores, sip cocoa, and enjoy the holiday lights in Seneca Plaza! At 6pm, the carolers will lead us in a parade to the Figgy Pudding caroling event at Pike Place Market.

Twinkle Twinkle – Freeway Park Association

Dickens Carolers

Wed, December 6, 12:30-1:30 pm @Denny Park
Thur, December 7, 12-1 pm @City Hall Park

Two free lunchtime performances by The Dickens Carolers, Seattle’s premiere Victorian caroling group!

The Dickens Carolers – Seattle’s Premier Victorian Christmas Carolers

The Dickens Carolers, shown at Freeway Park.  In 2023 they will sing at Denny Park and City Hall Park.

Pioneer Square Holiday Market
& Wintry Weekend Ice Skating Rink

Fri, December 8: Skating 1-7 pm / Market 3-7 pm
Sat, December 9: Skating 12-6 pm / Market 11 am-3 pm
Sun, December 10: Skating 12-6 pm / no market

Occidental Park is a double hit on December 8 and 9, with a holiday market of over 40 vendors including craftmakers, sustainable gifts, local artists, and much more. While the grown-ups go shopping, the kids get to play! Free ice skating, including free skate rentals, on December 8, 9, and 10.
Occidental Park, 117 S Washington St, Seattle, WA 98104

Experience the Holidays in Pioneer Square – Seattle, Washington | Pioneer Square

Wintry Weekend Ice Skating Rink in Occidental Square (

Families enjoy the free all-ages ice skating rink at Occidental Park, Pioneer Square

Outdoor Movie: The Search for Santa Paws

Sat, December 16, 12:00 pm @Denny Park

Bring your pets to a free outdoor movie! Complimentary cocoa provided!

Pet-Friendly Holiday Photos & Cookie Crawl @Bell Street Park

Sat, December 16, 12-3 pm @Bell Street Park

Celebrate the season at Bell Street Park with free holiday photos and cookies! Enjoy free treats from local businesses and take your holiday card photo with Mrs. Claus. Pets welcome!

Pet-Friendly Holiday Photos and Cookie Crawl at Bell Street Park (

Weekly Events

Tuesdays: Merry Movie Matinees at City Hall Park. Movies begin at 12 noon. 11/28, [12/5 canceled], 12/12, 12/19.
Wednesdays: Holiday Buskers in Westlake Park. 11 am-1 pm. 11/22-12/27.
Wednesdays: Denny Park buskers and food trucks. 12/6, 12/13. 12/6 has Dickens Carolers too!
Thursdays: Holiday Busking at City Hall Park, 12-2 pm. 11/30, 12/7, 12/14, 12/21.
Thursdays: Fire Pit at Pier 62. 3-6 pm. 11/1-12/31.
Fridays: Festive Friday Concerts. 4-5:30 pm. 12/1: Dancer & Prancer · 12/8: Payge Turner · 12/15 The High Seagrass.
Saturdays: Sweet & Snowy Saturdays at Occidental Square. 12-2 pm. 11/25-12/16.

Seasonal Art Installations (Nov. 24-Jan. 9)

Luminous Light Sculptures @Westlake Park. November 24 to January 9.
Downtown Holiday Lights & Delights @Occidental Park. November 24 to January 9.

A couple poses for a selfie in front of a winter-themed light sculpture.