Bellevue Winter Preview: 7 Ways to Turn Up the Fun This Holiday Season

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Halloween has come and past, leaves are falling off trees and all those carved pumpkins are withering away. But that doesn’t mean there is nothing left to celebrate! After the fall comes winter, and luckily, Bellevue has you covered when it comes to things to do to celebrate the upcoming winter season.

From beautiful festive lights and live performances, get ready to be transformed into a festive, holiday mood!

1. Snowflake Lane

Photo Credit: George White Location Photography

Photo Credit: George White Location Photography, Courtesy of The Bellevue Collection

Feel the magic of the holidays on the streets of downtown Bellevue during the 10th Anniversary of Snowflake Lane at The Bellevue Collection, an amazing evening performance taking place every night, starting Friday November 28. Snowflake Lane features more than 200 live toy soldier drummers, costumed characters, lively music, falling snow and glittering lights. Plus, don’t miss special performances by the Jingle Belles.


 2. Garden d’Lights


Photo Courtesy of Bellevue Botanical Garden Society

Everything shines a little brighter when you’re at the Garden d’Lights festival, held at the Bellevue Botanical Garden! Using over a half million lights to transform the garden into a beautiful winter oasis, this light festival is sure to please even the most dedicated of Scrooges!


 3. Holiday Performances at Meydenbauer

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Photo Credit: Rex Tranter, Courtesy of International Ballet Theatre

Feeling a little too cold outside? Then bundle up at the Theatre at Meydenbauer and check out some special holiday performances, running through December 2014. These include A Celtic Yuletide by Magical Strings, The Nutcracker by the International Ballet Theatre, A Winter’s Tail performed by the Bellevue Girlchoir and many others.


4. Magic Season Ice arena

Photo Credit: Merrill Images

Photo Credit: Merrill Images

Santa may be busy delivering presents outside, but that doesn’t mean you have to be. Bring your friends and family, stay warm and come on down to the Magic Season Ice Arena, the region’s only open-air holiday ice skating experience. Be on the lookout for special events and other activities at the arena that will no doubt leave you dancing and grooving all winter long!


 5. Gingerbread Lane

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Photo Courtesy of KidsQuest Children’s Museum

We all know the saying, “You can’t have your cake and eat it too.” But can you have your gingerbread and eat it too? Find out during Gingerbread Lane! Gather the family or some friends and come decorate a gingerbread house at KidsQuest Children’s Museum’s Family Gingerbread House Workshops, held November 28-29 at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue. We dare you not to eat it on your way home!


 6. Christmas Ship Festival

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Photo Credit: Merrill Images

Some cities do door-to-door carolers, but here in the Pacific Northwest we won’t settle for anything less than waterfront choruses. Join in a Seattle area holiday tradition during the Argosy Cruises Christmas Ship Festival. The Christmas Ship will anchor in several waterfront locations in and around Bellevue throughout December including Newcastle Beach Park and Meydenbauer Bay. Choirs on-board sing 20-minute performances as thousands of people gather on shore or join in the festival aboard the Christmas Ship or one of the Parade ships that follow to help form the largest holiday floating parade in the world!


 7. Celebration Lane

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Photo Credit: Bill Brooks Photography, Courtesy of The Bellevue Collection

We like to think glittering lights and New Years go hand-in-hand. That’s why we have Celebration Lane at The Bellevue Collection, a nightly celebration honoring the New Year, beginning December 26 and running through New Years Eve. Come ready to enjoy the thrill of lights, laughter and music of the holidays.


To discover more ways to celebrate the holiday season in Bellevue and the surrounding region, visit our holiday events page. And be sure to share your holiday adventures in Bellevue with us on social media using #MyBelleVue!

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