Merry and Bright

How a Christmas Song with Washington Roots Changed America

Eighty years ago this week, Spokane native Bing Crosby debuted the world’s most popular Christmas song. And pretty much nobody noticed.

12/20/2021 By Allecia Vermillion

Snow Holds Barred

Events to Get You in the Holiday Spirit (However Reluctantly)

What to do in Seattle this holiday season, from The Nutcracker to Christmas theater productions and Winterfest at Seattle Center.

12/13/2021 By Malia Alexander

Joy to the World

Goodbye to My Jewish Christmas

Can one Jewish writer make peace with America's yuletide obsession?

12/07/2021 By Emily Alhadeff Illustrations by Guang Lim

Filling Festivities

The Seattle Guide to Christmas (Eve) Dining

From Andiomo in Bellevue to Carrello in Capitol Hill, here are your takeout, dine-in, dinner and brunch options for December 24 and 25.

11/30/2021 By Malia Alexander

It's Lit

Where to See Holiday Lights in Seattle

Lights at Point Defiance and Woodland Park, elaborate displays in Redmond, Des Moines, and Leavenworth—bask in the Seattle area's Christmas glow.

11/29/2021 By Malia Alexander

Holiday Spirit

Christmas Tree Farms Near Seattle

From Stocker Farms in Snohomish to Pfaff's Old Time Farm in Auburn, there's no shortage of places to pick out a Christmas tree in Western Washington.

11/26/2021 By Lucas Kaplan

Lumberjacked up

How to Cut Down a Christmas Tree in the Woods

Want a tree straight from the forest? Buy a permit, grab a saw, and head to the woods.

11/23/2021 By Allison Williams

'TIS THE SEASON

Make Holiday Shopping an Event at These Local Markets and Popups

From Nordstrom's Make It Pop-In to the Winter Solstice Night Market, check this updating list for all your Seattle gift-shopping needs.

11/03/2021 By Zoe Sayler

2020 Capsules

How ACT Theatre’s Scrooge Actor Moved from Stage to Sound Booth

For actor Jeff Steitzer, this year has mixed the new with the familiar.

12/24/2020 By Carli Ricker

SWAP MEET

Local Wishlist: Seattle Alternatives to Big Brands

Santa shops around here, too.

12/16/2020 By Carli Ricker

Roll Yuletide

Day Trips from Seattle for Christmas Day

Go the distance for distanced holidays, or skip the Noel altogether.

12/15/2020 By Allison Williams

Snow Tracks

14 Very Seattle Holiday Songs and Albums

From Bing Crosby's 1945 classic to a new Tomo Nakayama track.

12/15/2020 By Stefan Milne

VENDOR BENDER

5 Seattle-Area Holiday Markets for the Last-Minute Local Shopper

From Nordstrom's Make It Pop-In to the Winter Solstice Night Market, check this updating list for all your Seattle gift-shopping needs.

12/11/2020 By Zoe Sayler

Winter Flicker

Where to See Holiday Lights In and Near Seattle

From classical glimmer to an illuminated velociraptor.

12/04/2020 By Carli Ricker

Home (Yet Again) for the Holidays

Where to Order Christmas Meals for Takeout in Seattle

Your dreams of eating prime rib whilst wearing sweatpants just might come true this year.

12/04/2020 By Allecia Vermillion

Deck the Halls

Why a Rented Holiday Is the Greenest Holiday

A local startup serves yuletide sustainability through short-term decorations.

12/02/2020 By Karin Vandraiss

GIFT GUIDE 2020

Seattle Gifts We’ll Keep on Giving

Here are the local goods that danced in our heads this year.

11/24/2020 By Seattle Met Staff

Shelf Indulgent

Seattle Gift Stores for Every Type of Shopper

A shop list that’ll make everyone on your list happy—including yourself.

11/24/2020 By Zoe Sayler

Season’s Listings

The Seattle Holiday Events to See in 2020

From a streaming Jinkx Monsoon and BenDeLaCreme holiday special to a socially distant Snowflake Lane.

11/23/2020 By Stefan Milne and Carli Ricker

Feature

Santa Is Real—He’s Also My Dad

Dad was never big on holidays. Then a jolly seasonal job gave us a new form of father-daughter bonding.

11/13/2020 By Marisa Comeau-Kerege Illustrations by Franziska Barczyk