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12 Ways to Celebrate the Holidays at Pike Place Market

Get into the festive spirit in the soul of Seattle's wonderland of world-class restaurants, one-of-a-kind shopping, and memorable experiences.

Presented by Pike Place Market November 14, 2022

Magic in the Market draws thousands of visitors every year with free event activations and fun for the whole family. 

The joy and wonder of holiday magic is rolling in to brighten our brisk Pacific Northwest days. Whether you’re a longtime local or just in town to spend a few days with loved ones, Pike Place Market is the soul of our city’s seasonal spirit with unique eats, handcrafted products, novel gifts, and eclectic entertainment. Read on for all the must-see holiday events and dining experiences at Pike Place Market to make this festive season one to cherish!

Calendar of Market Events

·      27th Annual Magic in the Market  | Saturday, Nov. 26, 11 am – 5:30pm

·      Pike Market Senior Center’s The Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition | Friday, Dec. 2, 6 pm – 9 pm

·      Free Santa Photos + Market Special Shopping Offer* | Saturday, Dec. 3, 10 am – 2 pm (DownUnder – Level 4)

·      Free Santa Photos + Market Special Shopping Offer* | Saturday, Dec. 10, 10 am – 2 pm (MarketFront Pavilion)

Santa brings festive cheer to visitors of all ages who want a photo to commemorate their day with loved ones. 

Restaurants to Visit

Matt’s in the Market: For a taste of the Pacific Northwest’s best, settle in at a table overlooking the lights of Pike Place at Matt’s. Seasonal menus source Market-fresh ingredients and local meat and fish purveyors to ensure the finest quality pairings are reaching your plate.

Maximilien: For a special intimate experience, don’t miss the Le Igloo Noel tasting dinner series! Indulge in a curated 4-course, authentic French menu while cozied up in your personal heated igloo overlooking the Puget Sound.

Enjoy the elegant ambience of French cuisine paired with comfortable winterized amenities on Maximilien’s rooftop patio.   Photo Credit: Maximilien

Enjoy the elegant ambience of French cuisine paired with comfortable winterized amenities on Maximilien's rooftop patio. 

Image: Maximilien

Place Pigalle: The warm ambience of this charming French bistro set against dazzling views of Elliott Bay and the mountains make it the perfect sunset venue to break bread with family and friends in town for the holiday.

SHAMA: Enjoy a family-style experience incorporating fragrant flavors with SHAMA’s contemporary Moroccan cuisine. Their flat-rate reservation option includes a delicious roasted lamb main, paired with several fresh sides that serve four guests and up.

The Pink Door: Known for its locally curated menu and elegant cabaret, trapeze, and musical performances, The Pink Door brings quality without pretentiousness to the fine-dining scene at the Market. Catch what’s fresh with their seasonal rotating selections!

Gather around for the special lighting ceremony to set the Market aglow at the day's end of Magic in the Market.

Experiences Not to Miss

27th Annual Magic in the Market  | Saturday, Nov. 26, 11 am – 5:30 p.m.

There is no place more magical than Pike Place Market during the holidays. Bring the whole family to experience it! Meet Santa, explore the handmade holiday showcase, sip eggnog, and shop for everyone on your list. Enjoy a festive day that leads up to the dazzling Market lighting ceremony at 5pm. This is a tradition you won’t want to miss!

The Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition | Friday, Dec. 2, 6 pm – 9 pm

Typically held at Westlake Center, this 36-year tradition is coming home to bring holiday cheer to Pike Place and raise funds for the Market Senior Center and Food Bank.  Experience incredible performances, special holiday shopping, and the festively lit joy of the Market after dark!

Over a dozen caroling groups will bring their talents for song to Figgy Pudding in support of the Market’s social services.                         Photo Credit: John Curry

Over a dozen caroling groups will bring their talents for song to Figgy Pudding in support of the Market's social services. 

Image: John Curry

Free Santa Photos + Market Special Shopping Offer* |

Saturday, Dec. 3 (DownUnder) & Saturday, Dec. 10 (MarketFront), 10am – 2 pm 

Santa is taking a break from the North Pole to visit the Market and wants to know your wish list! Get your free holiday photo and make it a Market Day to cross off everyone you’re shopping for this year. Spend $50 or more at Market businesses and take home a special bonus gift! *While Supplies last.

Can Can Culinary Cabaret’s “Wonderland” | Dec. 1 – Jan. 8, 2023

Catch a performance full of glittering cheer and whimsy at Can Can’s annual winter spectacular. Relish in top-notch singing and costumed artistry while enjoying delicious bites and craft beverages. Eat, drink, and be merry!

Rabbit Box Theatre’s “Christmas Mishap” | Dec. 17, 6 – 11:30pm

Step into this new events venue for a holiday-themed showcase including carolers, vaudeville, comedy acts, and more. The latest destination for Market entertainment and nightlife, it’s sure to become a date night and live music fan favorite.

Unexpected Productions’ “A(n Improvised) Christmas Carol” | Nov. 25 – Dec. 23, Varied Times

Stop by the Market Theatre for laughs and merriment with fun twists on the timeless tale. Each night is a new version with talented improv actors and audience-driven narratives. Enjoy creating your own holiday classic!

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