'Tis the season! As the holidays approach, it’s time to prepare accommodations for your private events and out of town visitors. For a luxury stay in the heart of Seattle’s vibrant Ballard neighborhood, look no further than Hotel Ballard for your holiday lodging. We are also home to magnificent event spaces, the Olympic Rooftop Pavilion and Stoneburner Restaurant, which are available for rent for holiday parties.

Despite the cold weather, there’s no shortage of things to do in Ballard this time of year. Check out these holiday events in Ballardto keep the whole family cheerful and spirited this season!

November 22-23: Yulefest
10am – 5pm, Nordic Heritage Museum
Celebrate the holiday season with Seattle’s Scandinavian community! Each year, the Nordic Heritage Museum hosts Yulefest, giving visitors a glimpse of traditional Nordic Christmas. Festivities at Yulefest include merchants, crafts, activities, Scandanavian song and dance, traditional food and beverages, and visits with Santa.

November 27: Seattle Turkey Trot
9am, Golden Gardens Park
The Seattle Turkey Trot is an annual 5k walk, jog or run on Thanksgiving morning. The route takes participants from Sunset Hill down to Golden Gardens. Families and leashed dogs are welcome. Proceeds benefit the Ballard Food Bank.

November 28: Ballard Gives Black Friday
Instead of “doorbusters” in the wee hours of the morning after Thanksgiving, Ballard businesses are supporting local charities and the support these organizations receive from buying local. Participating businesses will donate a portion of their Friday sales to a Seattle non-profit.

December 12-14: Nutcracker Sweets
Various times, ARC Dance Center
The Nutcracker comes to Ballard each year during ARC Dance’s rendition of the classic ballet. This family-friendly performance features the students of Arc School of Ballet and Arc Youth Dance Company alongside professional ARC Dance members. A full-length version of the Nutcracker is also put on by ARC Dance on December 20th and 21st.