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Your "Downtown Experience" Gift Guide

December 1, 2021 - by Sandy Vo

Your "Downtown Experience" Gift Guide

'Tis the season! We’re diving headfirst into the holiday spirit of giving! This year, re-think the way you gift and reach for a more out-of-the-box present. Whether it's the outdoors, solving puzzles, or shopping until you drop, there’s a little of everything for everyone this holiday season. Here's a list of some of our favorite experiences to gift in Downtown Bellevue. 

Bellevue Ice Rink Presented by Symetra
For Winter Sports Fans...

Any ice skater or hockey fan you know will love tickets to the Bellevue Downtown Ice Rink presented by Symetra. They'll get a chance to twirl on the ice at the region's largest holiday ice rink, right in the middle of the picturesque Downtown Park. Enjoy more than 9,000 square feet of ice, a stocked concession stand with hot cocoa and special events like free skate lessons courtesy of Microsoft throughout the season. Know someone who really loves to skate? Go the extra mile and gift a $99 Season Skate Pass for unlimited ice skating through January 9!

Garden d'Lights
For Holiday Light Lovers...

Give the gift of festive lights. Garden d’Lights returns with over half-a-million sparkling lights, formed into whimsical shapes of animals, birds and plants at the Bellevue Botanical Garden. Spend an evening outdoors while looking for old and new shining surprises. This is the perfect inexpensive gift for those who can’t get enough of holiday lights. Buy tickets online in advance, no tickets will be sold at the door this year.

KidsQuest Children's Museum
For The Future Scientists...

KidsQuest Children's Museum is a hands-on interactive place that encourages learning through play with 25 innovative exhibits. Get tickets for the little ones and let them roam free as they explore, pressing buttons, climbing walls and observing fun science experiments right before their eyes. 

Float Seattle Bellevue
For those needing to relax...

Who doesn’t love a little rejuvenation during this time of year? Book a sensory deprivation visit at Float Seattle (Bellevue location) for the people in your life who need to alleviate stress. Float therapy is a non-pharmaceutical option for treating anxiety, stress, and chronic pain, and comes with real benefits including creativity boost, improved sleep, and more. Gift a session or purchase a gift card this holiday season.

Bellevue Zip Tour
For the Thrill-seekers...

Know someone who’s looking for adventure and loves being up high? Bellevue Zip Tour checks every box. Located in an old Maple and Douglas Fir forest, guests will zipline across 458 feet of suspended cable and travel up to 35 miles per hour. The experience also comes with a once-in-a-lifetime view of Mount Baker and glacier peak from up top. While they are currently closed until April 2022, you can still purchase a gift certificate for this unique offering.

Meydenbauer Center Theatre
For The Theatre Fanatics...

Support the arts and get tickets to an upcoming holiday performance at Meydenbauer Center Theatre, a signature Season of Cheer event. Choose from many different holiday-themed productions featuring beautifully designed sets, unique costumes and enchanting performances from local dance groups. For more information and a complete schedule of performances visit their website.

Reality Break Escapes
For The Die-Hard Puzzlers...

Know someone with a knack at finding clues and solving mysteries? They’ll be thrilled when you show up with gift vouchers to Reality Break Escapes. Each hour-long challenge takes place in one of three themed rooms, where guests race against the clock, piecing together clues to escape from inside.

Pacific Northwest Art Laboratory
For the Aspiring Artists...

Pacific Northwest Art Laboratory offers creative classes for the next Picasso or Van Gogh in your life. Choose from a plethora of lessons, from designing Filipino tattoo patterns to creating your own identity with their mask-making workshops. Classes are all-inclusive and made for all skill levels. More information on classes and the full schedule can be found on their website.

The Bellevue Collection
For those who love to shop, dine and play...

The Bellevue Collection is stocked full of gifts to choose from! Shop stores for in-season styles, book a room for a holiday vacation gift or wrap it all into one with The Bellevue Collection gift card. View all shopping, dining and entertainment options on their website, or browse their online gift guide for easier holiday shopping.


This blog is part of the Heart of Bellevue: our campaign to showcase local businesses while connecting you with stories of activity, creativity and recovery. Find out about our campaign and explore more of what’s happening around Downtown.