Guide To Winter Activities In Seattle

We are here to make sure your social life doesn't go cold alongside the weather! We compiled some of our favorite activities in the greater Seattle area in our Guide To Winter In Seattle!


Hit the slopes at Stevens Pass


A two hour drive from Seattle makes Stevens Pass a great option for either a day trip or weekend getaway. Hosting multiple runs each with its own steepness and difficulty, a beautiful all-inclusive resort, great restaurants, several shopping options, and even a luxury nightclub, Stevens Pass offers you everything you could ask for all while getting you up in the hills and enjoying the snow. Get Lift Tickets

Viva Vera Afterparty: Dance Yourself Clean VERA Takeover


Join The Vera Project for the 2019 VIVA VERA AFTERPARTY! They're taking over the crazy-popular Dance Yourself Clean weekly indie pop dance party at Chop Suey with our host & Capitol Hill hero Adam Mohr and music by Lights & Music DJs. A portion of door charge & drink specials go to benefit VERA's year-round music & arts programs--so come out and support yr favorite volunteer-run, all ages music venue & arts education space! Learn More And Enter To Win Tickets


Go URBAN Sledding, Snowboarding and/or Skiing



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It doesn't snow all that often in Seattle, but when it does streets close down and all the hills around the city make for some most excellent sledding, skiing and/or snowboarding. Queen Ave closes down and makes for super fun urban run (pictured above). Other great spots are Gas Works Park, Woodland Park, Othello Playground, Denny Way and more! Take a look at recent snow storm photos HERE.

Belltown Bash



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Join Seattle’s legendary music venue The Crocodile on March 1 and 2, 2019 for the first annual Belltown Bash, a two night music festival celebrating womxn in music. An all ages event taking place in their main showroom and back bar, the weekend promises a star-studded lineup of the Northwest’s most powerful singers and bands, with each act representing fiercely talented womxn in music. Get Tickets

Rock of Ages At The 5th Avenue Theatre



The 5th Avenue Theatre presents Rock of Ages, playing February 1-24. A small town girl and a city boy meet on the Sunset Strip while pursuing their Hollywood dreams. Their rock 'n' roll romance is told through the heart-pounding hits of the '80s. Save 25% on select seats when you use promo code DO206 online, over the phone, or in person. Get Discounted Tickets

Visit the Winter Wonderland Of Leavenworth



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The Seattle area is packed full of winter adventures inside the city, but if you drive a couple hours to Leavenworth, some serious good times are waiting to be had. Leavenworth is a Bavarian-styled village in the Cascade Mountains in Washington and it is an absolute winter wonderland. View Our Guide To Leavenworth

Teatro ZinZanni



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Teatro ZinZanni has been called "the Kit Kat Klub on acid," but you won't have to worry about bad vibes when you take this trip. After building a successful palace on the Jersey Shore, the larger-than-life Teatro ZinZanni have found a permanent new home in the rustic wine country in Woodinville -- and they're celebrating with a dazzling and vintage-inspired new production, "Hollywood & Vine". International cirque, comedy and cabaret combine for a topsy-turvy blend that is part circus, part dinner theater and all magic. While you enjoy the show, you can chow down on four courses designed by James Beard Award-winning Chef Jason Wilson. Now's your chance to experience Teatro ZinZanni's high-spirited, high-flying antics in their brand new home. Learn More And Get Tickets

Visit the Laser Dome



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Venture to the Laser Dome at the Pacific Science Center for the combo of Nine Rainbow FX laser projectors and  music. Enjoy the sounds of Kendrick Lamar, Stranger Things, Pink Floyd and more inside the dome with vibrant color and light. Get Tickets

Go Wine Tasting



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Warm up with a nice glass of wine at one of the many wine tasting bars in the greater Seattle area. We have a full list you can view by clicking HERE and you can view upcoming wine tours HERE.

Visit Winthrop During The Hot Air Ballon Festival



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The small town of Winthrop gets packed each year during the Winthrop Hot Air Balloon Festival and for good reason! Watching the hot air balloons take off and float around the snowy hillsides is breathtaking. The hot air balloons take flight March 2-3 on Saturday and Sunday mornings launching at 7am and flying until 9am depending on weather. Hot air balloons also occupy the street on Saturday night. The Learn more about the festival by clicking HERE.

Visit the Georgetown Trailer Park Mall


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The GT Trailer Park Mall offers independent artists, designers, makers and collectors to sell their goods direct in a one-of-a-kind environment thriving with community. Each trailer houses a permanent, independently run shop. Browse through classic Star Wars action figures, clothing, mixed art, and more! Learn More

Take A Winter Walk At Discovery Park



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Take a winter walk at Discovery Park on one of the many trails and venture to the Discovery Park Lighthouse. Learn about the Discovery Park Trail here.

Go Ice Skating



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Ice skating is one of winter’s most exciting activities, and we have several options for you around the Seattle area. The Highland Ice Arena, Kent Ice Centre and Lakewood Ice Center are all great options for you and your loved ones. Just remember-dress warm and it’s okay if you fall on your bum a few times.

Venture To Lopez Island

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Wrap your hands around a warm cup of coffee and jump on the Anacortes ferry to Lopez Island for a night or winter-weekend getaway in the San Juan Islands. The islands are calm and quite in the winter and that is one of our favorite reasons to go! Take a day trip of stay over night and learn about what to do before you go HERE.

Go On A Coffee Tour



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The Seattle Coffee Crawl is a walking tour that takes you to some of Seattle’s instrumental coffee houses-from Seattle’s coffee pioneers to Seattle’s new and innovative.During the tour, you will not only get to taste some of Seattle’s freshest and richest coffees, but you will also gain a deeper understand of what it takes to brew the city’s best cup of jo. Book your reservations now!

Learn To Blow Glass at Seattle Glass Blowing Studio



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At just $150, this is one of the most affordable glass blowing experiences in Seattle. You can’t complain about being cold in this super warm, super cozy studio with an Italian-made furnace that burns at 2,000 degrees and holds 1,000 pounds of molten glass for students and artisans. Book a reservation and get busy creating your masterpiece. LEARN MORE HERE.

Watch the Eagles in Whatcom or Skagit County


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Winter is a great time of the year to view bald eagles in the pacific northwest as they migrate to the area in bunches! You can catch them along local rivers to feed on the carcasses of salmon that have died following their upriver spawning runs. Washington has two great spots to view America’s national symbol. One is the upper Skagit River Valley from Sedro Wooley to Newhalem. The other spot is the Nooksack River in eastern Whatcom County in Deming. If you are looking for more information check out the Skagit River Bald Eagle Interpetive Center.

Enjoy the warmth and greenery in the Volunteer Park Conservatory


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Volunteer Park Conservatory. It’s a great way to warm up! The greenhouse is modeled after London’s Crystal Palace, but filled with tropical plant and cacti goodness.

Solve A Murder Mystery


Murder-mystery dinners begin innocently enough—guests arrive to mingle amid drinks and quiet conversation. As diners munch away, a sudden death interrupts the feasting. A detective arrives to determine who the killer is, inevitably laying blame on one of the audience members. Tablemates must work together to prove their innocence and find the real killer through an interactive performance full of hilarious suspects and eye-catching costumes, all the while dining on the included three-course meal and taking advantage of drink specials. The show’s comedy and clues are generally designed for a PG/PG-13 audience, but since each show is improvised, the actors can easily tone down the subject matter if the audience skews younger. Book a private party or find the next public event at: murdermysterydinnerseattle.com

Visit a bookstore



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When the weather gets cold, there’s nothing better than sitting in a cozy chair and reading a good book. Seattle has TONS of bookstore, but our favorites are the Elliott Bay Book Company and Twice Sold Tales. Elliott Bay is one of the largest bookstores in Seattle, so plan on dedicated a large portion of your day to delving into its shelves. Twice Sold Tales, although now quite as large, hold a special place in our hearts for being a used bookstore that not only has hidden treasures of literary genius, but also has adorable cats to play with as you look for your perfect book.


Take a selfie with the Fremont Troll



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Escape the rain under a bridge with the Fremont Troll! No need to worry about rain drops on the lens at this classic photos spot.

Play A Game of Pool and Go Bowling At The Garage

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Take a break from the insanity of life and enjoy a game of pool and/or bowling at The Garage on Capitol Hill! 20 bowling lanes, 25 pool tables, 6 bars & a pub grub menu in a retro-themed, circa-1928 building.

Seattle Cocktail Week


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Seattle Cocktail Week is a week-long celebration of the Emerald City’s cocktail scene. Over 50 participating bars and the world’s best liquor brands will come together to highlight all of the best cocktail concoctions available in Seattle – all while benefiting a local charity in our community. View All Of The Events Here

Explore the Seattle Central Library


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Spend the whole day exploring the books and beauty of the Seattle Central Library. The 11-story Central Library, located downtown, has a capacity for over 1.5 million books, so in between exploring the building and finding a good read you should be set for the day. 

Winter Adventures In West Seattle

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West Seattle and Alki Beach are not only fun in the summer. In fact, during the winter it can be even more beautiful and relaxing thanks to the reduced crowds. We ventured out to West Seattle for a day of adventure and featured a few reason as to why it is one of our favorite winter locales. Read the full guide HERE.

Go Dancing


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Hit Q Nightclub, The Cedar Room, or Kremwerk to let loose and work all of the festive holiday food off. Winter is long, dancing as much as possible will help with that.

Try All The Sandwiches



Eat a giant sandwich, watch the rain hit the window and then take a nap is a great lazy day option for the winter and we have a full list of some of the best sandwiches in Seattle RIGHT HERE!

Test Your Knowledge At A Local Trivia Night



Test your knowledge at one of the weekly trivia nights in Seattle. We have a full list we update weekly you can view RIGHT HERE!

Catch A movie at Central Cinema


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Catch a classic movie or partake in trivia at Central Cinema! We have a full listing here of all the upcoming flicks!

Stop by The Dog Wood Play Park And Grab A Beer



It has been known to rain in Seattle and the Dog Wood Play Park in Lake City offers both an indoor and outdoor play area. You also can snag a beer while you watch your dog child play with new friends. Current vaccination records are required for your do to play (rabies, bordetella & DHPP). We emailed the records in advance, so we knew we were in the clear before we went. Also, all dogs must be on some form of flea prevention and spayed/neutered if over 1 year old. A day pass costs $12, but they also offer membership plans and puppy daycare. We have more dog-friendly activities featured HERE in our Guide To A Dog's Day in Paradise.


Take A Class: Photography, Cooking & More!



It's time to up your skill set came and learn to capture photos, cook, dance, perform or something else this winter! We have a full list of upcoming classes you can take RIGHT HERE.

Build A Snowman


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When it actually does snow in Seattle take advantage of it and build a snowman, snow angels.build a fort or get outside and take advantage of those frozen flakes while it is here. Last year we ventured to Volunteer Park that turned into a winter wonderland. It was well worth it.


Visit The Living Computer Museum


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Computers have come a long way over the past century and there's no better way to see it firsthand then to take a stroll through the Living Computer Museum created via local tech legend, Paul Allen. This museum houses working computers that were instrumental to the rapid advance of technology we've all seen firsthand. Learn to appreciate it and also dream of what is still to come.

Enjoy Add-A-Ball In Fremont


Hidden beneath the Piece of Mind tobacco shop, Add-A-Ball is a retro-style arcade and pinball joint that also slings booze and snacks. As Seattle’s The Stranger reviewed it, “It’s the basement you wish you could’ve had when you were 14, if you were 14 in 1983."

Go-Kart Racing at K1 Speed


K1 Speed is America's Premier Indoor Karting Company with 40 locations and just so happens to have one in Redmond. K1 Speed's nationwide indoor go-kart racing lets you race your friends, family, colleagues, or race the clock in a fun and friendly environment. Learn More And Get Tickets

Eat Brunch For Every Meal



It's cold and we need the extra weight to stay warm, right? Correct! Use our handy Guide To Brunch In Seattle to find the best brunch spots by CLICK THIS RED LINK!

Enjoy A Local Comedy Show



Warm up with laughter! Seattle has a plethora of options when it comes to comedy. We have a full list of mainstream comedians visiting Seattle, the best locals, improv and more! View The Best Comedy In Seattle


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