Bellevue may not be as large as Seattle, but it still knows how to have a great time once the winter hits. If you’re going to the eastside this winter, check out some of these events for ways to make your holiday season that much more memborable.
Garden d’Lights at the Bellevue Botanical Garden – through Monday, December 31, 2012
Watch nature blossom into color during the winter months at the Bellevue Botanical Garden. Nightly from 5 – 10 p.m. the lights festival will feature over a half million lights which transforms the flowers, trees, and bushes into a blossoming winter wonderland. General admissions is $5 per person; children 10 and under are free. For more information call (425) 452-6844 or visit www.gardendlights.org.
Holiday Performances at The Theatre at Meydenbauer Center – through Monday, December 31, 2012
Bring in the cheer of the holidays with spectacular performances by local and regional performance groups at The Theatre at Meydenbauer Center. Highlights include a new musical adaption of Babes in Toyland, The Magic of Mistletoe by Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra and a production of Annie by the Bellevue Youth Theatre. To purchase tickets, visit brownpapertickets.com and for more information on holiday performances, call (425) 450-3810 or visit, www.theatreatmeydenbauer.com.
Chaplins Volkswagen Ice Arena, Bellevue Downtown Park – through Sunday, January 13, 2013
Celebrate the holiday season with family and friends at Bank of America’s Magic Season Ice Arena located by Bellevue Downtown Park. Guests are invited to glide along to music at the region’s largest open-air holiday ice skating rink. Admission is $10.00, which includes skate rental. For more information, please call (425) 453–1223.
Christmas Ship Festival & Beach Bonfires in Bellevue – Wednesday, December 12 & Friday, December 14, 2012
In this local Northwest tradition since 1950, a flotilla of brilliantly lit ships cruises along Elliott Bay and the lakes of Seattle, booming out carols. The ships will stop at two beaches in Bellevue during the season (detailed below) where hot cider and heat from a crackling beach bonfire are provided complimentary. Dates are as follows:
- Wednesday, December 12, 8:20-8:40 p.m. Newcastle Beach Park (4400 Lake Washington Blvd SE, Bellevue, Wash.)
- Friday, December 14, 8:00-8:20 p.m. Meydenbauer Bay (419 98th Ave NE, Bellevue, Wash.)
Bonfire viewing events from the beaches are complimentary; tickets for the boat rides are available at the link below. www.argosycruises.com/themecruises/xmasSchedule.cfm