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Connect to a world of sparkling lights, amusements and spirited entertainment at Seattle Center Winterfest, presented by Symetra, Nov. 24 – Dec. 31, 2023 happening in-person on our grounds. Throughout the five weeks of Winterfest, those in search of uplifting seasonal spirit or delightful diversion will find seasonal decor, our Winter Train & Village, weekend entertainment on the Armory Stage, and a New Year's Eve Celebration.  

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2023 Winterfest Guidebook

Your comprehensive guide of all Winterfest events and activities happening on campus between Nov 24 and Dec 31.

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From November 24 to December 24 the Fisher Pavilion and South Fountain Lawn at Seattle Center will be transformed into a European-inspired outdoor Christmas village and community marketplace. A true feast for the senses with festive decorations, daily live entertainment, sweet and savory treats, hot chocolate and Glühwein (hot mulled wine), and beautifully handcrafted gifts at over 60 local and international vendors, the Seattle Christmas Market is the perfect place to celebrate the magic of the holiday season.
Seattle Christmas Market website

Winter Train & Village

Delight in viewing a late 19th-century model train and village display, installed inside the Armory Food & Event Hall. This annual tradition has been on display for over 40 years! The public is invited to take a turn operating the train, or interact by participating in our Scavenger Hunt. Pick up your entry sheet at the Train Station, and see how many clues you can spot. The train operates 10am to 6pm daily from November 24th through December 31st. Donations accepted to keep the train operating. Audio description and accessible transcripts for the display also available from the Yard Boss at the Train Station.
Shop for your holiday gifts at this special World Bazaar, offering goods created by our Festál community partners. Browse a rotating roster of vendors Friday through Sunday, Noon to 6pm between November 24th and December 23rd. Check out the event calendar for list of vendors.
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Our Winterfest Opening Day celebration kicks off at noon at International Fountain with a special Ice Spectacle. Watch as talented artists create original works of art in ice. Warm yourself by our fire pits, listen to roving carolers, and sample s'mores and other warm concessions courtesy of Ceres Roasting Company.
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Armory Stage Entertainment

Each weekend from November 24-December 30, we'll feature live performances on the Armory Stage, providing visitors with fun, seasonal entertainment while they check out our Winterfest Train & Village, or grab a bite to eat at an Armory food merchant. View this year's line-up below.

2023 Entertainment Line-Up

Winterfest Campus Lighting

We are keeping the annual tradition of decking out our campus alive with twinkling lights in the trees and other specialty light features across the grounds. Pop by Seattle Center after dark and delight in the wonderland of light! Sponsored by Climate Pledge Arena.
Our free New Year's Eve Celebration offers entertainment and festivities throughout our grounds. Pop by the Armory between 8pm and midnight and hear the soulful sounds of premier Northwest band Groove Nation. At 10pm, head out to International Fountain for a Fountain of Light show, with DJ Supreme La Rock. Just before midnight, find your spot outside to view T-Mobile New Year’s at the Needle, the Space Needle’s drone show and firework extravaganza. Plus, food merchants and other vendors. This is the city's place to be on New Year's Eve!
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