Enchant Christmas Seattle – Everything You Need to Know
What is Enchant Christmas?
This year’s Enchant Christmas Experience is titled “Mischievous” and will run from November 22nd to December 29th, 2019 at the T-Mobile Park in Seattle.
Enchant Christmas is a magical light experience set up at T-Mobile Park this year. We visited last years (when it was still called Safeco Field) Enchant Christmas, and had a wonderful evening. I was not sure of what to expect before going, so wanted to share some tips that I learned after visiting, to help you plan the best visit for your family if you plan to go.
In addition to having the largest light maze, you can also expect to find an ice skating trail, photos with Santa, shopping, food, entertainment and more at Enchant Seattle. I will share more specifics on all of those things below.
The view of Enchant Christmas Seattle from the 200 level.
Tips for Visiting?
What Does it Cost?
There are various costs you will want to consider when planning your visit. The first is the cost of the ticket to get in. The best value for a family is the Family Pass (enter to win one below!). We also found some discount tickets, that we share below, so be sure to check those out if the Family Pass is not what you need. Children 3 and under are free. If you want to get together a group of 15+ to go, then you can save 10% off your tickets with Enchant Christmas promo code that you can find here too.
In addition to the tickets to get in there are other things that are an additional cost once you get there.
If you want to park in the TMobile Park Parking Garage (which is very convenient), then be sure to reserve your parking ahead of time online. It will only cost you between $12 and $18 (depending on when you go, and you can add that on to tickets. It was worth having the parking set up ahead of time in my opinion.
If you want to enjoy the ice skating trail, there is a skating rental charge per person. There is no time limit on how long you can skate. The crowds were not bad on Tuesday, but I have heard that the ice skating can get quite crowded on the weekend. It is a little different than skating in a normal rink where you go around in circles. This is a trail so there is some swerving involved, but some pretty scenery to enjoy as well.
You can bring your own skates or rent them. It does look like rental prices have dropped this year so that is great news. Currently you can add this on, online for $4.50 for child/youth skates or $9.08 for adults (I paid $10 per kiddo last year, so glad to see those prices come down).
Pictures with Santa
(Free or Fee based, depending on what you choose) There is a Santa Land set up, on the 100 level where you will find the shops. You are able to visit with Santa free of cost, and use your own camera to take the photo (this is our free photo above). You also have the option of purchasing a professional photo (we got one of those too and it was much nicer). The cost will depend on the package you buy, but I believe they started at around $30 for a picture with Santa last year.
There are a handful of shops set up on the 100 level, so you can do a little Christmas shopping while you are there if you want. One of my girls found a couple of cubes she just loved (like Rubiks cubes). There were many specialty shops from local vendors to shop at.
There is also food available to purchase on the 100 level, and hot chocolate and coffee down by the Ice Skating area. The food selections are similar to what you might find at a Mariners game (Ivars, Pizza Slices, Wings, etc). We found that food averaged a little over $10 pp ($8 for a slice of pizza, for example).
The light maze is included with the cost of the ticket (no additional cost to enjoy it and it is the focal feature of the event). They do hand out little cards to find the reindeer in the maze, if you want to turn it into a scavenger hunt for the kids. They were also giving out lollipops at the end of the maze as a treat.
This year they will also offer an Enchant Cinema –
Pick up a snack from the Christmas Market, escape the holiday bustle, and cozy up with blankets and a movie. The Enchant Cinema will showcase excerpts from the season’s most classic films – like Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer and A Charlie Brown Christmas – and contemporary favorites like – Elf and The Polar Express.
When Should You Go?
Here are the hours that it is open (and it is currently open through December 30, 2018). When you will want to go depends on your tolerance for crowds, your schedule and if you want to save the most or not.
Dates & Hours:
Weekends will definitely be the most crowded (and I have heard lines can get pretty long on the weekends). I heard that Tuesday and Wednesday evenings are the best times to plan your visit if you want to avoid the larger crowds. We went on a Tuesday night, and did not run into bad crowds. We were able to do everything without bumping into people or having to wait in long lines, so I really liked that experience. It also seemed easier to get parking, and traffic in and out was not bad either.
If you want to go on a weekend, you will want to reserve your tickets as soon as possible. Some weekend days are already sold out, or close to selling out. You can find the schedule of days available here.
What to know before you Go?
I have had some friends ask what to dress for (is the roof open, is it cold, etc). The roof was closed while we were there, but we still kept our jackets on for most of our visit. It was around the temperature you might find in an ice skating rink. We saw lots of people in hats too. I would suggest dressing in layers for ideal comfort.
The same bag policy applies to this event, as applies to the Mariners games, and you will have to go through security and have bags checked prior to entry. You can check out their bag policy hear ahead of time to be sure and be prepared.
What kinds of Discount Tickets are available for Enchant Christmas?
Tickets have dropped in price for Enchant this year, and they currently start at as low as $19.99 for adults, and $14.99 for kids on their website. The price will depend on which day you go, so you will want to book your times early for the most affordable ticket options. Kids 3 and under are always free.
Free Kids Ticket –
Puget Sound area Chick-Fil-A stores are offering a FREE children’s ticket to Enchant Christmas with the purchase of a Kid’s meal from November 1st – 7th! You will receive a voucher in the kid’s meal good for one free children’s ticket to Enchant for select nights when you purchase an adult ticket. I don’t know what the dates are for this promotion – if you get these tickets, let us know & we’ll add it to the post.
Other discounts available include:
- Military and First Responders get 10% off ticket prices with ID
- Students get 10% off ticket prices with ID
- They do offer Senior pricing
- The family pack will let you take 20% off a family pack of 4 tickets (2 adult/2 kids)