From festive holiday events to vibrant musical festivals, Bellevue is the place to be this winter season. Bellevue Magic Season extends throughout the month of December anchored by a rainbow of twinkling light sculptures at Garden d’Lights (at Bellevue Botanical Garden), old-fashioned ice skating at the Magic Season Ice Arena (Bellevue Downtown Park through mid January) and more along with the Northwest’s largest nightly holiday performance at The Bellevue Collection’s Snowflake Lane.

Snowflake Lane

Magic Season Ice Skating Rink

Winter isn’t usually very white in this low elevation lakeshore city, but local ski resorts are less than an hour away on Snoqualmie Pass offering a downhill adrenaline fix, scenic Nordic trails, and snowshoe hikes. Warm up back in town with our winter beverage guide featuring coffee, drinking chocolate, and wee drams of whiskey. Or soak away the chill with a view in the window-side tub of W Bellevue’s Extreme WOW Suite – one of the city’s many luxury experiences highlighted in a specially curated list of local indulgences. But, nothing warms the heart quite like music. Enjoy live performances by Grammy-winning musicians and join the fun with impromptu jamming sessions and workshops at Wintergrass in February.

Article written by Julie Arnan.

Images courtesy of: The Bellevue Collection, Ice Skating Rink by Lisa Merrill Images, George White Photography.