Downtown Seattle is beautiful at Christmas time, and there are many fun activities for kids. I decided that Sam and I would try to tackle them all in one day. We called it the Christmas Extravaganza. We took the bus into Seattle (every good Seattle adventure begins with a bus trip), and hit up the Gingerbread Village at the Sheraton Hotel. Of all the amazing gingerbread houses, our favorite was a Hawaiian-themed one that had all kinds of cool sea creatures wearing Santa hats. Next, we took the Monorail over to the Seattle Center’s Winterfest. Sam really enjoyed the huge train set this year. We explored the area a bit and took this picture:
We took the Monorail back downtown and went to the Teddy Bear Suite at the Fairmont Hotel. Each year, a hotel suite is decorated with teddy bears and opened to the public.
We skipped the last destination (a carousel ride) because Sam really wanted to go to the aquarium and we were so close to it. On the way home, I asked Sam what his favorite part of our trip was. He told me it was the aquarium gift shop. I’m going to assume that this is simply because we had just left the gift shop and it was a long day. My favorite part was watching Sam run around the train at the Seattle Center. He’s been to this every year since he was born, and he’s finally old enough to appreciate it.