Season of Cheer

Discover Bellevue's most magical holiday experiences

This year marks the return of beloved winter activities in Bellevue. Starting November 19, 2021 and running until January 9, 2022, the Bellevue Downtown Association’s Season of Cheer (previously ‘Magic Season’) will transform Downtown Bellevue into a comprehensive holiday destination. Many events were canceled last year because of the pandemic, but return in 2021 with COVID-19 safety protocols.

Bellevue’s Season of Cheer is a collection of the region’s most popular holiday celebrations and events. See our favorite holiday events below! 


Bellevue Downtown Ice Rink presented By Symetra

Nov. 19, 2021 - Jan. 9, 2022 | Hours vary
Bellevue Downtown Park

The Bellevue Downtown Ice Rink presented by Symetra is the region’s largest seasonal ice skating experience, with more than 9,000 square feet of real ice. Open daily including holidays. Buy tickets online!

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Garden d'lights Produced by Bellevue Botanical Garden Society

Nov. 27, 2021 - Dec. 31 | 4:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Bellevue Botanical Garden

Garden d’Lights features over half a million sparkling lights formed in the whimsical shapes of plants, birds, animals, and cascading waterfalls set amid the natural beauty of the Bellevue Botanical Garden. Look for many of your old favorites, and some new surprises too!

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Snowflake Lane Presented by The Bellevue Collection

Nov. 26 - Dec. 24 | Every night at 7 p.m.
Between Bellevue Square and Lincoln Square from NE 4th to NE 8th Streets

Experience the wonder of falling snow, dazzling lights, festive music, toy drummers, dancers and your favorite characters in this complimentary night parade.

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Holiday Performances at Meydenbauer Center Theatre

Nov. 21 - Dec. 3 | Performance times vary
Meydenbauer Center Theatre

Meydenbauer Center Theatre hosts an enchanting series of holiday-themed productions, including Issaquah Dance Theatre’s The Nutcracker, Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra, International Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker, Karin Kirkland School of Dance Winter Performance and Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra.

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Gingerbread Candy Shoppe Presented by KidsQuest Children's Museum

Nov. 26 & Nov. 27 | Hours vary
Hyatt Regency Hotel

The smell of gingerbread is in the air! Fill your candy box in their magical Candy Shoppe then stay and create your own Gingerbread house masterpiece.

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Argosy Holiday Ships Beach Viewing Supported by Bellevue Parks and Community Services

Saturday, Dec. 18 | 8:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Meydenbauer Bay Park

Join the Bellevue Parks Department to welcome the annual Christmas Ship Festival. Dress for the weather and come see a parade of boats with local chorus groups singing on board. Beach fire provided.


Shop Local Saturday

Every Saturday from Nov. 27 - Dec. 19
Downtown Bellevue

Kick off the holiday shopping with gifts from independent businesses in Downtown, purchased in-person or online.

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Shop & Dine in the Heart of Bellevue

Open 365 days a year
Downtown Bellevue

Over 400 shops and restaurants are open and ready for you. Visit in-person or order curbside pickup at most locations.

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