Seattle Holiday Parking Guide

The Seattle holiday festivities have arrived, with a throng of events, concerts, and parties filling up the streets. While such events are joyous and may even fall in with your family and friend’s annual traditions, it can be a little overwhelming. This guide will highlight some of the best Seattle holiday events, as well as parking suggestions to help navigate the parking craze which accompanies them.

Also, be aware that free public Seattle Holiday Parking is available December 25, January 1, January 18, according to the city website.

Parking at top Seattle Holiday Events

1. Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis


Those who participate in the 5k run or walk are encouraged to wear holiday themed costumes (tying jingle bells to your shoes is strongly suggested) while raising funds to help cure arthritis.

Date: December 13

Registration ends December 10th. Make sure you register in time here.

Location: Westlake Center Seattle, 400 Pine St.

Best parking options here.


2. Handel Messiah


The Seattle Symphony performs Handel’s Messiah accompanied by the Chorale and soloists.

Date: December 18 – 20

Purchase tickets here.

Location: Taper Auditorium, 200 University St.

Find parking at the Taper Auditorium.


3. New Years at the Needle


This New Years The Space Needle is partnering with T-mobile to throw a dance party on the observations deck hosted by DJ Michelle Myers.

Date: December 31, doors open at 9 pm

Purchase tickets here.

Location: Space Needle, 400 Broad St.

Find more about parking at the Space Needle.


4. The Nutcracker

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The Pacific Northwest Ballet performs George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, with the growing a Christmas Tree and Booming Cannon. School and group matinee tickets are also available.

Date: runs through December 28

Find tickets here.

Location: McCaw Hall; 321 Mercer St.

Find more information about parking at McCaw Hall.


5. Charlie Brown Christmas


The Jose Gonzales Trio performs Vince Guaraldi’s A Charlie Brown Christmas  in its entirety. 1960s inspired attire is encouraged.

Date: December 13, 6 pm for cocktails, show at 7 pm

Find tickets here.

Location: Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center, 201 Mercer St.

Find more information about parking at the Plahyouse