Survive Seattle’s Unusual Winter Chill This Holiday Season

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Brrrrrr…It’s cold outside! And it’s unusual for Seattle to have so many days in a row that don’t go above freezing. Assistant innkeeper Sarah here again, thinking that I had moved to Seattle to get away from the cold! Today I’m here to help you find some quality holiday activities to get you in from the chill.

If you’re feeling particularly jolly, mosey on down to Seattle Center’s Winterfest 2016, where there is fun for the kid in all of us. Now through December 31, holiday cheer comes in many forms: Daily ice skating at Fisher Pavilion costs just $7 per adult or $5 for children, including skate rental. Be sure to bring cash as they don’t accept cards. There are also many free events, including a Christmas village and train set on display in the Seattle Center Armory – sure to knock the Bah-humbug out of even the biggest Grinch! Come by on Saturdays to watch live ice sculpting, another free event, and get inspired by the “snow.” Visit during the week to catch different art performances celebrating the season. Check out their website, where a map of the entire Seattle Center area will help you find your way to your favorite activity. Note that Winterfest will be closed on December 25.

To keep that holiday cheer rolling, what says Christmas more like a live performance of The Nutcracker? For just $30, you can watch Clara and her Nutcracker fight the Mouse King set against beautifully crafted scenery. The Pacific Northwest Ballet plays host to the show a few more times between now and December 28. So go ahead and dress up in your Christmas-best, and if you feel like making an event of it, head over to Trattoria Cuoco for a delicious dinner inspired by the ballet! This prix fixe meal ($30 adults, $15 children) will only be served December 20-23, so follow this link to book your reservations!

For those of you musically inclined, Siff Cinema presents a White Christmas sing-a-long! From December 21 through 24, hunker down into a cozy theater full of strangers who will soon become friends as you share this experience together. Tickets are $12 each and showings are at 6pm. Don’t be bashful! Let Rosemary Clooney, Danny Kaye, Bing Crosby and Vera-Ellen croon you into the holiday spirit.

If you are daring enough to brave the cold, we encourage you to pop up to the Woodland Park Zoo any night between now and the December 31 at 5:30 p.m. to experience their Wildlights holiday display. Tickets are $9.95 per adult and $7.95 per child. Most nights a different Christmas event will be available for you and your family to partake in.   Stop by A La Mode Pies before or after for some coffee and pie to warm you up.

Wherever you find yourself this holiday season, from all of us here at 9 Cranes Inn, we wish you peace, love, and joy.

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