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How to Find Family Friendly Holiday Fun in Seattle | from Blue Bells and Cockle ShellsIt’s that time of year again, time for spectacular light displays, festive holiday shows, cold weather outings, and general seasonal fun. Seattle is a fabulous city to be in at this time of year, as there are so many holiday activities to enjoy, the only hard part is having to choose between them all, as even the most die hard holiday enthusiast can still only be in one place at a time.

How to Find Family Friendly Holiday Fun in Seattle | from Blue Bells and Cockle ShellsIf you’re going to try to find family friendly holiday fun in Seattle, it is best to arm yourself with a smart phone. With the holidays coming up, we recently treated  ourselves to a LG Leon LTE for only $69.82 from Walmart with Walmart Family Mobile’s $39.88/month Unlimited Talk, Text & Data service plan, which now includes up to 5GB of 4G LTE data. So much data guarantees that we’ll have enough data to keep track of show times, locations, weather reports, and bus routes as well as be able to send family and friends plenty of photos of all our holiday fun. (Check out Walmart Family Mobile’s Tumblr page!)

Disclaimer: All prices for phones and plans included in this post are accurate as of the date of posting; however, these prices are subject to change. Please refer to http://cbi.as/10x3w or your local Walmart for current pricing.How to Find Family Friendly Holiday Fun in Seattle | from Blue Bells and Cockle ShellsThere is so much to do in Seattle, the only problem is deciding where to go first. Our absolute favorite holiday tradition is to go to the Gingerbread Village at the Sheraton Seattle. Not only does the Gingerbread Village help to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Northwest Chapter, but they always put on an incredible display of the most awesome gingerbread houses ever!How to Find Family Friendly Holiday Fun in Seattle | from Blue Bells and Cockle ShellsMany of the gingerbread “houses” even have working parts.How to Find Family Friendly Holiday Fun in Seattle | from Blue Bells and Cockle ShellsFor kids who are more interested in making their own gingerbread houses, every year KidsQuest Childrens Museum holds a Gingerbread Workshop at a hotel in Bellevue. The gingerbread houses are already assembled, so all you have to do is decorate! They provide frosting and tons of decorations. Sometimes the decorations look so good, it can be hard for little ones to focus on decorating instead of eating.How to Find Family Friendly Holiday Fun in Seattle | from Blue Bells and Cockle ShellsWhile you are in the area visiting the Gingerbread Village, you might also want to make your way over to the Fairmont Olympic Hotel to see the the Seattle Festival of Trees, which raises money for Seattle Childrens Hospital. At the Festival of Trees, you can see elaborately decorated Christmas trees…How to Find Family Friendly Holiday Fun in Seattle | from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells… some children, however, feel that the most important part of the Festival of Trees is being able to peruse Santa’s “Naughty or Nice” list to make sure their name isn’t on it.How to Find Family Friendly Holiday Fun in Seattle | from Blue Bells and Cockle ShellsWhile you are at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel, you can head on up to the 3rd floor, where you will find the Teddy Bear Suite, which also helps to raise money for Seattle Children’s Hospital. The suite is home to teddy bears galore and is an awesome place to take your holiday photos, so don’t be surprised if you see families there all dressed up, but it’s also just a great place to hug some really adorable teddy bears.How to Find Family Friendly Holiday Fun in Seattle | from Blue Bells and Cockle ShellsAt this point in your holiday fun in Seattle, the kids may be wanting to get outside and run around some, so you can head on over to Volunteer Park, which is home to the Conservatory, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is one of the few remaining original Victorian public glass houses in the country.How to Find Family Friendly Holiday Fun in Seattle | from Blue Bells and Cockle ShellsThe Conservatory is warm and dry, offering everyone a chance to warm up on a cold winter’s day. The Conservatory is divided into five houses, each hosting different types of plants – Bromeliad House, Palm House, Fern House, Cactus House, and Seasonal Display House. The Seasonal Display House changes with each season (hence it’s name) and during the holiday season, you can see a gorgeous display of poinsettias, gardenias, cyclamen, and decorated trees.How to Find Family Friendly Holiday Fun in Seattle | from Blue Bells and Cockle ShellsIf you have access to a car during the holidays, I recommend that you drive on over to the Eastside of Seattle, where you can ride on the Northwest Railroad Museum’s Santa Train. The train takes you from North Bend to Snoqualmie Valley, where you will enter a restored and seasonally decorated 1890-built Snoqualmie Depot for a visit with Santa Claus. Children even receive a small gift from Santa. You and your family can then step on to the Museum’s restored railway kitchen car for refreshments where they have a choice of hot cocoa or coffee.  They also have a choice of several different kinds of cookies, all of which are fresh baked in the kitchen car’s large coal stoves.  There is a little bit of time to visit local shops and attractions before boarding the return train to North Bend.How to Find Family Friendly Holiday Fun in Seattle | from Blue Bells and Cockle ShellsAfter leaving the train, you can drive over to Issaquah and attend Cougar Mountain Zoo’s Reindeer Festival. Here, not only can you see and feed Donner, Blitzen, Rudolph, and all the other reindeer, who may or may not be playing reindeer games, but you can also listen to an elf tell a Christmas story, and visit with Santa Claus, just to make sure he remembers what you told him you wanted for Christmas earlier in the day.How to Find Family Friendly Holiday Fun in Seattle | from Blue Bells and Cockle ShellsIf you still have any energy left, a final Eastside “must see” is the Bellevue Botanical Garden d’Lights, which features over ½ million lights which transform the Bellevue Botanical Garden into a blossoming winter wonderland.How to Find Family Friendly Holiday Fun in Seattle | from Blue Bells and Cockle ShellsWhew! That’s a lot of holiday fun! But you know what? There is even more to do, these are just our favorites! Other family-friendly holiday attractions are:

Plays, concerts, craft fairs, run/walks… there is even more to be seen in Seattle during the holidays! Check local listings for these events. So, do you feel like coming to Seattle this Christmas?

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