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SEATTLE HOLIDAYS: Macy's Day Parade

Spreading Holiday Cheer with Macy’s Holiday Parade

Grab your best holiday sweater and make your way to the Macy’s Holiday Parade in Downtown Seattle on November 25th. Kicking off at 9am, this iconic Seattle event features Macy’s signature floats- 25 unique holiday-themed inflatable floats, local middle and high school sports teams, over 500 engaging costumed characters, and a few of Seattle’s favorite professional athletes. Rain or shine, this hour long parade is packed full of holiday cheer and marches down the streets of Seattle, concluding just outside of Westlake Center in front of Macy’s very own North Pole.

That same evening, Macy’s will continue to spread their holiday cheer with their annual Holiday Star lighting ceremony! This event takes place in conjunction with Westlake Center’s annual lighting of the Central Tree and Holiday Carousel in Westlake Park. Celebrating their 60th anniversary of holiday festivities, Macy’s will make this an evening full of surprises and an incredible fireworks show. Catch this Seattle tradition at 5PM and get ready for “the most wonderful time of the year!”

Don’t Forget the Gumdrop Buttons…

  • Check out the parade’s map here
  • Snap a photo with Santa at Macy’s Santaland from November 25th-December 24th
  • The parade continues rain or shine- come prepared with blankets and umbrellas!
  • Parking can be tricky on this festive morning- plan accordingly, and arrive early.
  • Save money and time- check your local Public Transportation Schedules/Maps to see how you and your family can arrive easily… and on time!

Attendees Agree…

“The Macy's Parade is just a fantastic start for the holidays! It's fun, exciting, and entertaining. Many put this on their bucket list but I would say put it on your annual traditions list.” –Sherill Y., Yelp

“Nobody brings Christmas spirit like Seattle can! The days leading up to Thanksgiving, it seems like there's a stealth Christmas spirit crew driving around town…every picture you take of the parade looks incredible because there's reminders around every corner that this is no ordinary time of year.” –Svetlana S., Yelp

“The parade features a number of floats, dogs, small cars, many very good bands from all over Washington, firetrucks and floats. Of course, the last float is Santa himself!” –Dave F., Yelp

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