Discover 10 Must-Do Holiday Activities at Pike Place Market

When celebrating the holidays in Seattle, Pike Place Market stands as a beacon of festive cheer. In 2023, the iconic Market is set to host several enchanting events that will become the backdrop to your holiday experiences, from the beloved 28th Annual Magic in the Market to the heartwarming Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition to finding that perfect gift while sipping on hot cider.

Read on to discover the 10 must-see activities that will make your Holidays in Seattle unforgettable.

Hundreds of people celebrating Magic in the Market in Seattle at Pike Place Market

Hundreds of people taking photos of the holiday lights at Pike Place Market

1. Kick off the Holiday Season at Pike Place Market with Magic in the Market!

Experience the enchantment of the season with the 28th Annual Magic in the Market at Pike Place Market. This beloved holiday tradition in Seattle on Saturday, November 25, promises to be the best yet, with an array of festive activities and attractions for kids and adults! It’s the perfect way to kick off your holiday celebrations and soak in the festive spirit! Don’t forget to stick around until our Market Lighting Ceremony at 5pm! You don’t want to miss this!

Magic in the Market takes place on Small Business Saturday, November 25, 2023, from 11am to 5:30pm. Click the button for event details and activities.

Learn About Magic in the Market

A collage of businesses participating in the holiday sip and savor tasting tour at Pike Place Market

2. Holiday Sip & Savor Tour during Magic in the Market!

For the first time, experience the flavors of the holiday season with a 21+ Holiday Sip & Savor Tour at Pike Place Market. This one-day event during Magic in the Market lets guests embark on a self-guided journey through six of Pike Place Market’s hidden gems. Immerse yourself in the charming holiday atmosphere of the day as you explore six businesses, each offering a unique and delectable experience. Participating businesses include The Dressing Room, indi chocolate, Northwest Tastings, The Rabbit Box, Shug’s Soda Fountain, and Truffle Queen.

The 21+ Holiday Sip & Savor Tour is on Saturday, November 25, from 11am to 4pm. Tickets are $60 each + tax and fees (Ticket Value is over $90). Must be 21+ to participate. Click the link below to purchase your tickets while supplies last!

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A collage of Christmas trees, holiday wreaths, and mistletoe at Pike Place Market

3. Find the Perfect Christmas Tree or Holiday Wreath!

Make your holiday season even more special by selecting the perfect Christmas tree or holiday wreath from Pike Place Market. Pike Place Market business Oceanside Nurseries will begin selling small to medium-sized Christmas trees Thanksgiving week through December. Looking for a holiday wreath to compliment your decor? Lee Family Farm and Yang Farm offer dried flower and evergreen wreaths in a variety of sizes.

If you want to pucker up this holiday season, head to Pike Place Flowers at the corner of First Avenue and Pike Street to pick up some Mistletoe.

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4. Shop for Local Gifts in our Handmade Craft Market

Discover the joy of giving with locally crafted treasures in the Pike Place Market Craft Market. From handmade jewelry to exquisite leatherwork, organic body butter and so much more, our Handmade Craft Market is the perfect place to find unique gifts that your friends and family will love. Click the button to explore 164 micro and small businesses that sell in our Handmade Craft Market.

The Handmade Craft Market is open daily. Visit the Market Directory page to see their Pike Place Market schedule.

Explore our Handmade Craft Market

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5. Pike Market Senior Center & Food Bank’s The Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition

On December 1, don’t miss the 38th Annual Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition. This heartwarming event brings together caroling teams from all over Puget Sound to sing their hearts out for a noble cause — raising funds for the Pike Market Senior Center & Food Bank. This must-see evening event brings hundreds of people to Pike Place Market each year! It’s a beautiful blend of holiday cheer and community giving.

The Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition is Friday, December 1, 2023 from 6pm – 8:45pm at Pike Place Market. Click the button to learn how you can participate in this fun competition.

Learn About Figgy Pudding

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6. Get Your FREE Santa Photo + an Exclusive Shopping Offer

On Saturday, December 9, Santa Claus will visit Pike Place Market once again, and he wants to know your holiday wish list! Come to the MarketFront overlooking Puget Sound for your FREE holiday photo with Santa.

Bonus! Visitors who spend $50 or more at any Market business on December 9 can receive two limited-edition Pike Place Market holiday wrapping paper rolls. Stop by the staff table at the MarketFront Pavilion to receive your free gifts! Click the button for more information.

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7. Create Moments and Share Memories at Pike Place Market’s 5-Star Restaurants

Elevate your holiday celebrations by dining at one of Pike Place Market’s 5-star restaurants. There’s no better way to enjoy the holidays than with those you love. Pike Place Market has nearly a dozen fine-dining restaurants offering market-fresh dishes with unique, delicious takes on new and old favorites.

Take a break between shopping or make it a Market evening and get the gang together for a night out! Book your reservation today! Click the button to view all our restaurants in our Market Directory.

Explore Pike Place Market restaurants

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8. Take in a Show!

Immerse yourself in a glittering parade of dance, laughter, and nostalgia as the Can Can Culinary Cabaret presents Wonderland; laugh the night away with Unexpected Production’s popular tradition: A(n Improvised) Christmas Carol, which weaves Dickens’ tale of Ebeneezer Scrooge in all sorts of hilarious ways; or relax with sultry jazz or rock out at The Rabbit Box. Catch shows most nights of the week!

Click the button to view our Market Events Calendar.

View the Market Events Calendar

9. Crafty’s Handmade HoliDAYS: A Week of Festive Events

Pike Place Market celebrates its second year of Crafty’s Handmade HoliDAYS, a week filled with artist demos, holiday music, the best handmade gift shopping in Seattle, and more! Find these festivities in the MarketFront Pavilion from Monday, December 18 to Friday, December 22. This week of holiday activities features demonstrations from World-renowned children’s illustrator Kate Endle, painter Katy Racines, and Native artist Harmony Hoss. Plus, enjoy holiday music from Pike Place Market buskers.

Crafty’s Handmade HoliDAYS takes place December 18 to December 22 from 11am – 2pm. Click the button to see the full schedule!

Learn about Crafty’s Handmade HoliDAYS

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10. Let Pike Place Market be the Background to Your Holiday Photos!

Capture the magic of the season by using Pike Place Market as the backdrop for your holiday photos! Whether it’s the iconic Public Market Center Clock & Sign, our large holiday tree, the whimsical wonderland scene on our MarketFront, or the holiday decorations adoring Pike Place Market — every corner of the Market offers a picturesque setting for your cherished memories.

Make sure you tag us on social media and include the hashtag #PikePlaceMarket so we can join in the fun!

With these 10 magical activities, Pike Place Market invites you to create unforgettable memories during the 2023 holiday season. From festive events to unique shopping experiences, there’s no shortage of holiday cheer to be found in this iconic Seattle destination. Embrace the magic, and let Pike Place Market be the setting for your cherished holiday memories. Happy Holidays!