There are a multitude of wonderful holiday activities to go to nearby this year, but not all of them are age-friendly. Trying to find appropriate parking, or lengthy walking requirements just to get to an event can wear you out before you get there. We’ve done some homework and have found several events nearby that offer accessibility options, ample parking, safe walking areas and family inclusive fun. Click on the title of each to find out more:
1. Northwest Chamber Chorus: A Child’s Christmas in Wales. Held Sunday, December 15th at 3:30pm at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church on Greenwood Avenue, The Northwest Chamber Chorus will offer an outstanding arrangement of traditional carols to be sung interspersed with storytelling as narrated by well-known actor David Pichette. Call 206-783-2350 to find out more about accessibility and special accommodations. Tickets range $20-$25, students are free.
November 29th through January 5th you will find ample and complimentary parking, smooth walking surfaces that lead to sparkling lights, faux snowball fights, up close animal encounters, hot chocolate and family delights. Experience brand new wild and wonderful light displays that will be featured throughout the zoo including a holiday light spectacular at the zoo’s south entrance. An accessibility guide is available to plan for disabled parking, bathrooms, mobility equipment rentals and other special features to make your visit even more enjoyable. Adult tickets are $16.95
3. Argosy Cruises Christmas Ship Festival Christmas ships have been a Northwest tradition since 1949. For 2-3 hours you will cruise Northwest waters with Santa photos, boxed meals, the reading of ‘Twas the Night before Christmas and Choirs performing on board while other decorated boars follow and gather on shore each evening. On shore or offshore, you can select your preferred way to experience a cruise over the holidays. Argosy has four regularly utilized facilities and the crew is trained to help guests with wheelchairs, strollers, scooters, etc. to navigate docks, facilities and vessels. You can find out more details online or call their office at 206-623-1445 to find out more about ease of parking and specific mobility accessibility. Adult prices range between $42-$68.
4. . The Christmas Ship visits Richmond Beach Park on Wednesday, December 11th at 7:30 pm Come and listen to local school choirs sing while waiting for the Argosy Christmas Ship to arrive. Enjoy simple refreshments while staying warm near the beach fires. Dress for the weather. Ships arrive at 8:20 p.m This event does include a moderate walk to the beach, but the festivities can be viewed from the upper shelter. Dress warm and bring hot cocoa with a friend!
5. Seattle Symphony Handel Messiah A triumph of music and text, Handel’s Messiah is a matchless December tradition. The exquisite choral writing and the exultant Hallelujah” chorus – featuring the Seattle Symphony, Chorale, and a strong cast of soloists – honor Handel’s greatest work at Benaroya Hall. Tickets between $26-$90 . Designated parking spaces adjacent to elevators in the Benaroya Hall parking garage are available and other accessibility options can be found here. .
Each year, a talented team of local architects, chefs from the Sheraton Grand Seattle, and children collaborate to build elaborate gingerbread creations to raise funds for diabetes research. The event is free but a $5 donations is recommended. November 23-January 1
7. Snowflake Lane in Bellevue is a bit of a drive from Shoreline, but Bellevue Square offers a free nightly parade with a cast of 300 performers including Toy Drummers, Jingle Belle Dancers, Stilt Walkers, Snow Flurries Color Guard and 16 lighted floats. Experience the wonder of falling snow, dazzling lights, festive characters along with all your favorite holiday characters at the region’s most festive holiday scene! Covered parking garages and elevators offer a fairly close November 29-December 24th.
8. Bellevue Botanical Garden d’Lights features over half a million sparkling lights formed into the whimsical shapes of plants, flowers, birds, animals, and cascading waterfalls set amid the natural beauty of the Bellevue Botanical Garden. They offer free disability parking, some paved pathways, but most of the shore ¾ mile light display is packed down gravel so you may want to have a sturdy arm to wrap your arm through as you walk through the garden.
If you are looking for other local events, you don’t have to wait until the holidays. You can find a multitude of options by typing “free events near me” into your Google search engine. There is a never ending list of activities around the Northwest and listed by categories. If you know of an event that shouldn’t be missed, be sure to mention the details in a comment below.
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