5 Eastside Places To Take The Kids For The Holidays!

We all know that the ‘most wonderful time of the year’ and keeping the kids busy on winter break can be overwhelming. To help, we’ve put together a list of our favorite ways to experience the holiday spirit with the kiddos in tow!

Take part in the Eastside’s most unique holiday celebrations, offering excitement and fun for everyone!

1. Snowflake Lane

Experience the wonder of falling snow, dazzling lights, festive music, toy drummers and dancers, and see all your favorite characters! Celebrate the season at Snowflake Lane – the region’s most festive holiday scene. Snowflake Lane starts at 7:00 p.m., but be sure to get into Bellevue early to find parking before the big rush! A fun option is to head to dinner at family friendly Red Robin or Maggiano’s Little Italy before the parade starts.

2. Santa’s Snowflake Lane Factory

Visit Santa’s new Snowflake Lane Factory to get a photo with Santa and help make the snow that falls every night on Snowflake Lane! Bring a Penny with you to take home a memory from the souvenir factory penny press. Doors open at 8:00 a.m. and are open Bellevue Square hours, through December 24.

3. Garden d’Lights

Enjoy the dazzling magic of the Garden d’Lights at the Bellevue Botanical Garden! The kids are sure to be in awe of the half a million sparkling lights formed into the whimsical shapes of plants, flowers, birds, animals, and cascading waterfalls.  Visit the Garden d’Lights any evening between 4:30 – 9:00 p.m., now through December 30. Tickets can be purchased for $5 online or at the door; children 10 and under enter free.

4. Reindeer Festival at Cougar Mountain Zoo

Come see the Cougar Mountain Zoo transformed into a winter wonderland, complete with twinkling lights and joyful carols! The Reindeer Festival offers excitement and fun for everyone, including meeting Santa Clause and his reindeer, hearing a story from an Elf, and wandering through the Magical Forest. Visit between 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., through December 23.

5. Ice Skating at Bellevue Park

Stay warm with some laps around the rink! The Bellevue Ice Skating Rink features the area’s only outdoor ice skating rink. This beloved all-ages winter tradition is the perfect memory-making activity for family and friends! End your evening with a warm hot chocolate and a walk around the park.