Pacific Northwest Christmas Events, Tree Farms
and Bazaars – 2017 Edition
Now that it’s November, it’s time to start thinking about the Christmas season & all of the fun holiday events that are beginning this month. We are teaming up once again with Angela from Frugal Living NW to bring you a roundup of Christmas events, popular craft & gift bazaars and Christmas tree farms around the Northwest!
If you see an event or Christmas tree farm that we missed, leave a comment or email us at thriftynorthwestmom (at) gmail.com and we’ll add it to the post! Let us know what your favorites are, too, and what you like about them!
Here’s what you’ll find:
- Thrifty NW Mom – Christmas Events & Christmas Tree Farms around Western Washington (from Whatcom County to Centralia/Chehalis Area)
- Frugal Living NW – Christmas Events & Christmas Tree Farms around Western Oregon and Southwest Washington
Don’t forget that you’ll find the best free or frugal ($5 or less) family events & activities going on around the Northwest, as well as national events, each Thursday evening!
- Best of the Northwest Fall Art & Fine Craft Show Act II – Seattle, WA – November 10th – 12th. Friday Noon-7pm. Saturday 10am-6pm. Sunday 10am-5pm. $8 entry.
- Urban Craft Uprising – Gobble Up – Bellevue, WA – November 25th. Friday 10am-6pm
- Fine Art Holiday Gifts at Fauntleroy – Fellowship Hall at Fauntleroy Church – Seattle, WA– November 10th – 12th.
- Emerald Downs Holiday Gift Festival – Auburn, WA – November 11th & 12th 10am-4pm. Admission is free with a non-perishable food donation (otherwise $3/admission for adults, 17 & under are FREE), free parking.
- Enumclaw Festival of Crafts and Gifts– Enumclaw, WA – November 17-19th. Friday and Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 10am-4pm. Kids 12 and under are FREE. Admission tickets are $3/ea
- My Friends and More Holiday Bazaar – Bothell, WA; Saturday November 18th – 10am – 5pm. Free admission & free parking. Free photos with Santa (Santa will arrive at 1pm). Free refreshments & children’s craft area too.
- Bellevue Hilltop Holiday Craft Show – Bellevue, WA – November 29th – December 2nd. Wednesday through Friday 10am-8pm, Saturday 10am-5pm. Admission is FREE.
- Winter Festival and Crafts Fair – Seattle, WA – December 2nd & 3rd. 10am-5pm. $4 admission + can of food
- 12th Annual Art Under $100 Holiday Event – Seattle, WA; Saturday December 16th from 2-8pm; Seattle Design Center
- Mill Creek Lions Club Holiday Bazaar – Everett, WA – Saturday November 18th. 9am-5pm. Free admission.
- Snohomish Holiday Market – Snohomish, WA – November 19th & 20th. 10am-5pm Sat & 10-4pm Sun. $1 admission
- Holiday Festival of the Arts – Bellingham, WA – December 1st-3rd. Friday noon-8pm, Saturday 11am-5pm, and Sunday 11am-5pm. Free admission.
- Dickens Fair – Cavalero Mid High School, Everett WA – Saturday December 2rd, 2016. 10am-4pm.
- Thurston County Fair Holiday Bazaar – Lacey, WA – Friday November 3rd & 4th Friday 12pm-4pm. Saturday 9am-4pm. Free admission & free parking.
- Preloved Threads Consignment Sale – Edgewood, WA ; November 9th-12th. Free admission (Except on first day of sale & half day sale when it will be $5 admission)
- Lake Lawrence Holiday Bazaar – Yelm, WA – November 10th & 11th. 9:30am-5:30pm. Free admission and free parking.
- The Great Junk Hunt Vintage Market – Puyallup WA Fairgrounds. November 17th-18th 6-9pm $20 early bird admission. Sat 10-4pm $8 admission.
- Roy 8th Annual Holiday Bazaar – Roy, WA – November 18th. 9am-3pm. Free admission.
- Bearzaar – Olympia High School, WA – Saturday November 18th 9am-4pm.
- Christmas Market – Little Creek Casino, Shelton, WA – November 24th – 26th, 11am – 8pm, free admission for all, pictures with Santa & more.
- Winterfest Arts & Crafts Fair– Gig Harbor, WA – November 25th-26th. Saturday 9am-5pm. Sunday 11am-4pm. $5 admission.
- A Victorian Country Christmas – Puyallup, WA – November 27th – December 3rd, 2017. Wednesday-Thursday 10am-8pm. Friday-Saturday 10am-9pm. Sunday 10am-6pm. Free parking. Tickets are available online or you can buy them at the gate (cash only). Online Admission for Adults is $10 Wednesday-Friday and $12 Saturday-Sunday, Seniors (62+) $9 Wednesday-Friday and $10 Saturday-Sunday, Students (Ages 6-18) $9 Wednesday-Friday and $10 Saturday-Sunday, Military w/ ID $8 Wednesday-Friday and $9 Saturday-Sunday. Kids 5 and under are free.
- Holiday Gift and Food Fair – Bremerton, WA – November 17th-19th. Friday and Saturday 10am-6pm. Sunday 10am-5pm. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens (62+) ,$4 for teens, and free for children 12 and under. Bring a canned food donation and a coupon from the site for $1.00 off admission. Admission is good for all 3 days of the fair.
- Holiday Craft Sale – Port Townsend, WA – November 24th-25th. 10am-5pm.
- Winter Fanta-Sea Crafts Festival – Ocean Shores, WA – November 24th – 26th. Free admission.
- Tidefest – Gig Harbor, WA – December 2nd-3rd Saturday 10am-5pm. Sunday 11am-4pm. $5 admission. Enjoy fine arts and crafts.
- Silver Bells Christmas Bazaar – Bremerton, WA – December 9th. 10am – 6pm. Admission is free & so is parking.
- Hometown Holiday Benefit Bazaar – Port Orchard, WA. December 9th from 9am – 7pm. $2 per person or $1 if you bring a canned food donation; 12 & under free (all of the admission money will be given to a local family in need). Santa & Mrs Claus will be there for pictures.
- Molbak’s Festival of Poinsettias – Woodinville – Daily through 12/24. The Holiday kickoff weekend is Nov 9th – 11th. See a 14 foot high poinsettia tree and more than 25 varieties of poinsettias. View themed Christmas trees. Take pictures with Santa on select weekends. There is also a time to enjoy a cup of coffee & Danish Kringle between 11am – 3pm through 12/23.
- Swanson’s Reindeer Festival – Seattle (Ballard area) – November 11th – December 24th; Visit with 2 of Santa’s reindeer & a camel and check out the model train village.
- Yulefest – Seattle, WA – November 18th-19th. 10am-5pm. Yulefest gives you a glimpse of a traditional Nordic Christmas and offers you opportunities to finish up Christmas shopping.
- Festival of Trees – Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle; November 18th-19th. Enjoy a display of decorated Christmas trees. Each tree will have a photo and story of patient at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Free admission.
- Gingerbread Village – Sheraton Hotel in Seattle. Dates not yet released. Open 24 hours/day, 7 days a week. Free admission. View oversized gingerbread houses created by the culinary staff at the Sheraton and vote for your favorite one.
- Downtown Macy’s Holiday Parade – Seattle – Seattle – November 25th. The parade begins at 9am on the corner of 7th Ave. and Pine St., and will then travel west down Pine to 5th Ave., south on 5th to University St., west on University to 4th Ave. and then north on 4th before concluding at the front of Macy’s Department Store at approximately 11 AM.
- Downtown Lighting of Christmas Tree & Macy’s Star – Seattle – November 25th, 4:30pm. Watch the lighting of the famous Macy’s star following by a fireworks show.
- Winterfest – Seattle Center, Seattle – November 24th – January 1st. Ice skating, live music, shopping, and more.
- Snowflake Lane – Bellevue – November 24th – December 24th at 7pm every night. FREE nightly display of lights, music, drumming by toy soldiers & much more. (We have gone the last few years & my girls just love it – and so do we!)
- Christmas Ship Festival – Seattle – November 24th – December 23rd. The Royal Argosy Ship & other boats travel to 45 communities with choirs on board, broadcasting their carols over loud speakers so that those on shore can hear. Tickets are $44 for adults, $39 for seniors (65+), $29 for youth ages 4-12, and free for children under 3. They do have some value nights, though, with prices starting as low as $29 for adults.
- Garden D’Lights – Bellevue Botanical Gardens – November 25th – December 31st, 2017. 4:30pm-9:00pm. $5 admission. Children 10 & younger are free. Free admission nights TBA. The Bellevue Botanical Garden is lit up with thousands of Christmas light.
- Providence O’Christmas Trees Christmas Carnival – The Westin Seattle Ballroom – November 27th. 3pm-7pm. Live performance from various groups, carnival games, snacks, photos with Santa and more. Free admission. Caspar Babypants will perform at 6pm.
- Journey to Bethlehem Living Nativity – Auburn – December 7th-10th. 5:30pm-9pm. $6 admission ($1 from every ticket is donated to the Auburn food bank). Dress warmly as you take a 45 minute journey to Bethlehem where you’ll meet wisemen, camels, Roman guards, merchants, and shepherds. Everyone needs a ticket, including babies. Plan on arriving 45 mins BEFORE your scheduled journey. (You will need time to park and pick up the tickets for your allotted time slot). We went to this the last 3 years & this was the highlight of our Christmas activities – our girls loved it! Very well-done!
- The Great Figgy Pudding Street Corner Caroling Competition – Seattle (Westlake Center) – Friday December 1st. 6pm-8:30pm. Dozens of caroling teams compete, with the top teams competing in a sing-off on the main stage.
- Parade of Boats – Seattle (Lake Union); Friday December 15th. You can view this anywhere along Lake Union. Starts at 7:30pm
- New Years Eve at the Space Needle – Seattle – December 31st. Watch the fireworks light up the Space Needle at midnight. The Machine will perform a free live concert starting at 8:15.
- Lights of Christmas – Warm Beach/Stanwood – View the display of over 1 million Christmas lights, enjoy Christmas carolers, snacks, and more. Open from 5pm-10pm on the following dates: Novemeber 30th- December 3rd, December 7-10, 14-17, 19-23, 26-30th. Tickets are $16 for Adults, $13 for Military, $13 for Seniors (60+), $12 for Children (4-12), and Free for Children 3 and under. AAA Members can save $2.00. Pay What You Can Nights are Nov. 30th & Dec. 7, 27, 28th.
- Christmas Tree Lighting & Santa’s Arrival – Country Village Shops, Bothell – December 2nd . Santa will arrive at 7pm (although there will be earlier activities). Complimentary hot roasted chestnuts at 4pm, surprise visit by the Grinch, whimsical gingerbread house displays, and more.
South Sound / Peninsula / Coast:
- Fantasy Lights – Spanaway – November 23rd4th – January 1st. 5:30pm-9pm. Drive through the 2-mile long Christmas lights display. Tune your radio to 95.3 FM to listen to special holiday music while you drive. Please anticipate very long waits, especially on Friday and Saturday evenings. Admission is $14 per vehicle/mini-bus and $45 for each bus. Half-price nights are Nov. 28 -30, Dec. 5-7th. You can also go on Sun 11/20 to walk Fantasy Lights & get discount admission – $3/person if you pre-purchase or $9/family of 4.
- Old Cannery Santa Visits & Horse Drawn Carriage Rides – Get a free picture with Santa and a free carriage ride. November 24th-26th & continues thru the season. Check the site for the dates & times. (There will not be a Bridge Lighting this year in Sumner at the Old Cannery though, as they will be replacing the bridge soon)
- Zoolights – Point Defiance Zoo, Tacoma – November 24th – January 1st. 5pm-9pm. Open every night except 12/24. Admission is $8.50 online for non-members and $10.00 at the gate. Admission for members is $5. Children 2 and younger are free and parking is also free. Enjoy the zoo animals lit up by 100% LED-bulb Christmas light displays.
- Living Nativity – Gig Harbor, WA at Discovery Baptist Church – December 2nd & 3rd. 5pm-8pm. Over 200 cast members plus live animals. (We checked this out last year & it was a lot of fun. It does get very crowded between 6-7pm just FYI)
CHRISTMAS TREE FARMS:
If you don’t see your favorite Christmas tree farm listed, make sure to check out the Puget Sound Christmas Tree Association list, too.
- Red-Wood Christmas Tree Farm – Redmond, WA – Starts Nov 24th. Free wagon rides, hot cocoa & cider & candy canes
- Serres Farm – Redmond, WA – Starts Nov 24th
- Ronnei Christmas Tree Farm – Carnation, WA – Open November 24th until sold out. Weekdays 10am-4pm. Weekends 9am-4pm.
- Mountain Creek Christmas Tree Farm – Snoqualmie, WA – November 16th – December 23rd . 9am -5pm
- Crown Tree Farm – North Bend, WA – Open November 18th until sold out. Daily 9am-dusk.
- Keith and Scott Tree Farm – North Bend, WA – Starts November 24th. Weekends only (Saturdays and Sunday, + Friday 11/28) 9am-dusk. Cash or check only. Pets are welcome as long as they are on a leash.
- Trinity Tree Farm – Issaquah, WA – Opening for Christmas Tree Season November 24th Open on weekends from 8am-6pm and weekdays 10am-6pm. Offering hand saws for us, tree tie down, assistance loading the tree into your vehicle, hot beverages, and more.
- Crystal Creek – Maple Valley, WA – Open Saturday, November 18th. 9am-dusk.
- Papa’s Tree Farm – Maple Valley, WA – Open November 24th . Mon-Fri 10am-dusk. Sat-Sun 9am-dusk.
- Three Tree Farms – Maple Valley, WA – Open November 24th, then the regular schedule is Thursdays-Sundays. 9am-dusk. Cash or checks only.
- Pfaff’s Christmas Tree Farm – Auburn, WA – Open November 24th – December 24th. Weekends 9am-6:30 pm, Weekdays 10 am-6:30 pm.
- Tinseltown Tree Farm – Pacific, WA – Open November 24th. Fridays-Sundays 9am-4:00pm. Cash or check only. Sharp saws and tying twine provided.
- Carnation Tree Farm – Carnation, WA – Opening date Nov 24th. Open Thursdays-Sundays 9am-4:30pm.
- Enchanted Winds Tree Farm – Issaquah, WA – Open November 24th through December 17th or until sold out. Thursdays and Fridays 10am-4:30pm. Saturdays and Sundays 9am-4:30pm.
- Alpine Meadows Christmas Tree Farm – Deming, WA – Open November 24th. Daily 9am-dark. Closed Sundays
- Big Lake Trees – Mount Vernon, WA – Open November 24th through December 18th. Open 9:30am -4:30pm (closed Tues, Wed, Thurs).
- Pilchuck Secret Valley Christmas Tree Farm – Arlington, WA – Open Nov 19th. Open 7 days a week 9am-4:30pm. Closed Thanksgiving Day
- Lochsloy Acres Christmas Tree Farm – Lake Stevens, WA – Before Thanksgiving Pre-Season Sale starts. Open November 4th (except Tuesdays) 11am-4:30pm. 9am – 4pm weekends & 11:30 – 4:30pm weekdays except Tuesdays. See schedule for before Thanksgiving
- Stocker Farms – Snohomish, WA – Likely open November 24th through Mid December. Hasn’t updated with times/dates yet.
South Sound / Peninsula:
- Riverlook Farm’s Red Barn Tree Farm – 119th & Highway 162, Puyallup – November 25th through mid-December. Weekdays 10am-4pm, Saturdays and Sundays 8am-4pm. Offering U-Cut and fresh cut Christmas trees, saws, cutting assistance, and baling for tree.Plus a cute little train you can ride
- Snowshoe Evergreen Tree Farm -10716 State Route 162 East, Puyallup
- Double 4 Tree Farm – Tacoma, WA – Pre-selection first 3 weekends in November starting the on the 4th 9am-4pm. Cutting trees begins November 24th – December 16th (closed on Mondays). Weekends 9am-4pm. Tuesdays-Fridays 12pm-4pm.
- Hillside Tree Farm – Sumner, WA – Open November 24th until sold out. Weekdays 12pm-4pm. Weekends 9am-4pm.
- Ohop Ridge Tree Farm – Eatonville, WA – Open November 24th . Saturdays and Sundays 9am-dusk.
- Holiday Christmas Trees – Eatonville, WA – Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays 9am-dusk.
- Hunter’s Christmas Tree Farm – Lacey/Yelm area; 7401 Yelm Hwy. SE – Open Friday, November 24 through December 23rd. Weekdays 10am-6pm. Weekends 9am-6pm. Yule tree wagons to take you to the fields, free hot chocolate/coffee, reindeer, Santa visits on the first 3 weekends.
- Henry’s Tree Farm – Poulsbo, WA – Opens November 23rd , weekdays 10am-4:30pm and weekends 8am-4:30pm.
- Five Springs Tree Farm – Olalla, WA – Open Friday, November 24th until sold out. Thursdays and Fridays 12pm-4pm and Saturdays and Sundays 9am-4pm. Special Black Friday hours of 9am-4pm.