Season’s greetings from Seattle Southside! If you’re like us, and you enjoy the holidays as much as Chevy Chase in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, then Seattle Southside is the place for you. From holiday buffets and shopping extravaganzas to virtual holiday celebrations, there are more than a few opportunities to check out local events and get in the holiday spirit!


Top 8 Holiday Events in Seattle Southside

  1. Holiday Buffets
  2. Destination Des Moines' Parade of Lights
  3. Cookie Crawl in Downtown Burien
  4. Anniversary Sale at Seattle Chocolate
  5. Winter Glow at PowellsWood
  6. Virtual Winterfest at Seattle Center
  7. Burien Art Market
  8. Holiday Shopping at Westfield Southcenter


1) Holiday Buffets & To-Go Options

Buffet playyer with fall colors

Everyone enjoys a hearty holiday meal and in Seattle Southside, plenty of local restaurants offer special menus and buffets. From Copperleaf Restaurant, to Basil’s Kitchen, to 13 Coins, there’s plenty of food to go around. But don’t wait! These brunches/dinners tend to fill up fast. Reservations are highly recommended for in-house dining or call ahead and pre-order your takeout meal option.


2) Destination Des Moines' Parade of Lights

Parade of Lights Flyer

The holiday festivities have gone virtual in Des Moines this year, beginning with a parade of lights throughout the Marina district. Then, on Friday, December 4th, tune into the Waterland Blog's Facebook live to watch Santa and Mrs. Claus drive around Des Moines! Finally, on December 5th, the Waterland Blog will showcase a lighted boat cruise through Poverty Bay on Facebook live! Visit the Destination Des Moines Facebook page for more info.


3) Cookie Crawl in Downtown Burien

Cookie Crawl 2020

Discover Burien will be holding a Cookie Crawl event on two separate occasion this year! Reserve your timeslot on December 3rd or 10th, check-in at the orange tent in Burien Town Square to get your map, and collect your holiday cookies to take home and enjoy later!


4) Anniversary Sale at Seattle Chocolate

Seattle Chocolate bars in holiday packaging

Get 20% off storewide at Seattle Chocolate on Wednesday, December 9th at Seattle Chocolate's Anniversary sale! This sale includes everything in the shop including the special seasonal flavors! You'll also have a chance to take a factory tour to see how to famous truffle bars are made. Or, you can get the same discount on your purchase and pick-up your order via convenient curbside delivery!


5) Winter Glow at PowellsWood

winter glow lights on trees

Explore the beautifully illuminated PowellsWood garden at this year's Winter Glow event! This will be a safe, outdoor and in-person event. Purchase tickets here.


6) Virtual Winterfest at Seattle Center

People in winter with hot drinks

The pandemic can't stop Seattle Center from celebrating Winterfest! Although the event has moved to the virtual realm for 2020, you can still enjoy a virtual art exhibit, student showcases, Festal holiday videos and more! You're also free to physically stop by Seattle Center after dark to see a beautiful light display!


7) Burien Art Market

Artist painting

From December 12th through the 14th, the Burien Arts Association will be hosting an online art market and virtual fundraiser! Support the local arts community and find a beautiful piece for your home at this virtual event. 


8) Holiday Shopping at Westfield Southcenter

Westfield Christmas Santa Display

Looking for something specific for that special someone? Odds are, Westfield Southcenter will have it. The mall is still open this season with new cleaning and safety protocols in place to keep shoppers safe. Plenty of boutique shops and big box stores go all out for the holiday season. Plus, dozens of pop-up shops deck the halls (and the food court). In December, we recommend visiting Westfield during the week – to say that it gets a little busy on the weekends in the winter would be the understatement of a century. Happy holidays!