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Winter is here! Ballard and the surrounding areas are full of fun activities where you can embrace the holiday spirit and brighten up this time of year. Whether you are hoping to see some of Seattle’s spectacular holiday decorations or get out of the city all together for winter sports and sites, here are some fun winter activities to enjoy in Ballard and beyond.

Arts and Craft Beer at Populuxe
Populuxe Brewing is turning its tasting room into a holiday showcase for local crafters and vendors of all kinds. On December 6th from noon until 6:00 p.m., the public is invited to their brewery to shop for handmade and locally sourced gifts, and of course, to taste their beers.

Sheraton Gingerbread Village
Each year, the Sheraton in Downtown Seattle creates a gingerbread village open to the public. This year, the display will be at City Centre, across from the hotel and open for viewing seven days per week until January 1. This year’s theme is “25 Years of Cheer: A Celebration of Seattle” and will showcase a number Seattle attractions including the Great Wheel and Space Needle, all cast in gingerbread. Proceeds from the exhibit will benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Woodland Park Zoo’s WildLights
Woodland Park Zoo’s annual WildLights display is back for 2017! Nightly from now until January 1st guests are invited to come to the park at night to view unique lighting displays throughout the zoo. For families with children, there are also visits from Santa and his reindeer and a number of other fun holiday activities. Tickets are discounted if you purchase by December 14!

Hit The Slopes At Snoqualmie, Stevens Pass, or Crystal Mountain
If you are interested in getting out of the city to see some snow, Washington has many great options. Whether your family is experienced in snow sports or just wants a taste of the great outdoors in the winter time, Washington has no shortage of great places to visit. Explore your options at Snoqualmie Pass (about 50 minutes out of Seattle), Stevens Pass (two hours from Seattle), or Crystal Mountain (about two hours and 15 minutes from Seattle).

Nordic Lights Film Festival
Ballard is known for their roots in Scandinavian culture and they host many cultural events throughout the year. This year they will be hosting their ninth annual Nordic Lights Film festival featuring award-winning films from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, and Sápmi. The festival will be held from January 11-14 at Ballard’s Nordic Heritage Museum.

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