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A Seattle Gift Guide - Experience the Emerald City

When it comes to holiday gift-giving, few gifts can beat the promise of quality time spent together with friends, family, and loved ones. Just as few cities can beat the widespread experiences of Seattle, brimming with world-class art and entertainment, inspired cuisine, and all the spectacular natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest.

So in the spirit of the season, we have combined the two into an experiential gift guide perfectly compatible with your holiday getaway to The Woodmark. Here are our top gifts of the season:

A Culinary Tour of Pike Place Market

Savor Seattle Pike Place Market Food Tour

Photo: Savor Seattle

Discover the rich flavors and incredible culture of one of Seattle’s greatest attractions. On the Signature Food Tour of Pike Place Market, Savor Seattle leads guests to seven market vendors to taste sweet and savory pastries, famous cheddar cheese, crab cakes, and other delicacies. On the 2-hour tour—including 16 tastings—you will meet the market’s characters, learn about throwing fish, see cheese being made, and hear the secrets behind the first Starbucks store.


A Day at the Spa

The Woodmark Hotel and Still Spa in Kirkland near Seattle Washington

At Still Spa, our luxurious face and body rituals and targeted therapeutic treatments are the perfect gift for anyone on your holiday list. Our signature massage, the Bliss Massage, uses aromatherapy and intentional vibrational oils to soothe the body, while the Aroma Design Bar Customized Journey allows guests to create a unique blend of organic, wild-crafted essential oils for the massage. As a bonus, guests can even take the product home after the massage. For facials, look to our Intraceutical and Circadia treatments.

Prices vary

Lift Tickets

The Summit at Snoqualmie ski mountain near Seattle Washington

Photo: The Summit at Snoqualmie

Between the Cascade and Olympic Mountains, there are incredible opportunities for skiing and snowboarding within an hour and a half of Seattle. At The Summit at Snoqualmie, the closest ski mountain at 52 miles east of the city, there are nearly 2,000 acres of skiable terrain, more than 500 acres of backcountry trails, and a terrain park with a superpipe. Other nearby ski mountains are Stevens Pass, 82 miles northeast of Seattle, and Crystal Mountain, 82 miles southeast in Mount Rainier National Park.

Adult full-day tickets starting at $66

A Chocolate Tasting

Savor Seattle Chocolate Indulgence Tour

Photo: Savor Seattle

Seattle is famous for coffee, but many visitors may not know of the rich chocolate history that is reflected today in the 50 plus chocolatiers across the city. From decadent cheesecake to truffles to lemon pepper white chocolate, the delicacy can be enjoyed best on the Chocolate Indulgence Tour with Savor Seattle. The 2-hour experience takes visitors to talented chocolatiers like Cupcake Royale, Chocolate Box, Dahlia Bakery, and indi chocolate for 15 plus tastings and some expert insight into Seattle’s chocolate culture.


Snowshoeing the Pacific Northwest

Snowshoeing in Washington

One of the most inspiring ways to see Washington in the winter is on a snowshoe trek, and with the US Forest Service, there is the added bonus of learning about the ecology of the environment. From January to March, rangers lead Guided Snowshoe Walks through the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, visiting stunning locations such as Snoqualmie Pass and Stevens Pass. Snowshoes and poles are provided. 

$15 – 25

A Seattle Cooking Class

The Pantry cooking classes in Seattle Washington

Photo: Aran Goyoaga

Located on the corner of 70th St. and Alonzo Ave., The Pantry was born from a family of friends with a true love of food. A self-dubbed community kitchen, the Seattle favorite is known for bringing people together with five-course family-style dinners, food swaps, and culinary camps for children. Perhaps best of all are their cooking classes, which cover everything from Contemporary Comfort Food to The Persian Kitchen. The classes tend to book up quickly (often months in advance), so make sure to plan ahead.

Prices vary

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A Season of Wonder: Holiday Events Around The Woodmark

Woodmark Wonderland Calendar of Events in Kirkland, Washington

From classic holiday traditions like The Nutcracker to family gatherings wrapped in the wintry surroundings of the Pacific Northwest, Washington comes alive with holiday spirit each December.

At The Woodmark, we’ve compiled a spectacular event calendar to brighten up any holiday escape around Lake Washington. Paired with hotel specials like Peppermint Hot Stone Revival Massages at Still Spa and complimentary holiday beverages in our Living Room Bar, here are the events we are most looking forward to this season around The Woodmark, Bellevue, Kirkland, and the nearby Emerald City.

Local Holiday Events

Bellevue Magic Season Ice Arena


Ashwood Park in Bellevue | Nov. 25 – Jan. 8

Be it with family or that special someone, there’s something magical about ice-skating in the outdoor rink at Ashwood Park next to the downtown Bellevue Library. The region’s largest open-air ice skating offers festive shelter for all-weather skating, seasonal fare, music, and special events such as a free skating day. Skate rentals are included with the ticket price: $12 per person and $9 for children 8 and younger.

The Nutcracker


The Nutcracker at the Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle, WA

Photo: Elise Bakketun

Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle | Nov. 25 – Dec. 28

A spectacular holiday tradition is coming to the Pacific Northwest Ballet in downtown Seattle. George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker follows the classic story of Clara and the Nutcracker as they battle the Mouse King and journey to the Land of Sweets. Balanchine’s renowned touches make the performance truly memorable for all ages. And on opening weekend, Nov. 25 – 27, there will be free festivities with the performance including a Nutcracker dance class, roaming magicians, keepsake crafts, and photo opportunities. Tickets are available online.

Snowflake Lane / Celebration Lane

Downtown Bellevue | Nov. 25 – Dec. 31

Winter nights in Bellevue get even more enchanting with the return of Snowflake Lane. The holiday tradition on Bellevue Way features live toy soldier drummers, animated snow characters, music, and sparkling lights—all beneath falling snow each night. After Christmas Day, the experience becomes Celebration Lane, a festive gathering with colorful lights, dancing drummers, music, and bubbles falling from the sky to celebrate the coming year.

Bellevue Botanical Garden d’Lights


Photo: Nicole Smelson

Bellevue Botanical Garden | Nov. 26 – Dec. 31

Illuminated by more than half a million lights, the Bellevue Botanical Garden transforms each holiday season into a blossoming winter wonderland. Beautiful plants and beloved critters—such as Charlotte in her web—are placed throughout the holiday scene, which has expanded this year to feature a magical new route. The Woodmark can arrange complimentary shuttle service to the garden, where a walkthrough is $5 per person and free for children 10 and younger. 

Argosy Cruises Christmas Ship Festival

Lake Washington | Dec. 18 – 23

A Pacific Northwest tradition since 1949, the Argosy Cruises Christmas Ship Festival brings holiday spirit to the region with on-board festivities and choirs that can be heard from shores along the Puget Sound. Enjoy the musical performances from Carillon Point on Dec. 22 and Kirkland on Dec. 23, or climb aboard the ships for a night of caroling, holiday crafts, children’s activities, and visits with Santa as you sail around Lake Washington. Tickets are available online.

Woodmark Holiday Events

Lobby Gingerbread Display 


Lobby at The Woodmark | Dec. 15 – 31

In the spirit of winter, a magnificent gingerbread village comes to the lobby at The Woodmark. Created by talented local companies here at Carillon Point, the village embodies this year’s theme of “Quintessentially Kirkland” and takes guests on a journey through the neighborhood’s landmarks in sweet confection form. Vote for your favorite, and keep an eye out for our beloved black lab, Meg, in each display.

Mixology Class

The Woodmark | Dec. 3

Treat yourself and your guests this holiday season with handcrafted cocktails. The Woodmark is hosting our first ever holiday mixology class where our master bartenders will teach you the art of making holiday cocktails. Each guest will also receive a discount bin on the lake. Tickets are $25 per person.

Cookie Decorating with Chef Nichole


Living Room Lounge at The Woodmark | Dec. 10

The youngest chefs in the family are invited to a cookie decorating holiday party with Chef Nichole. Parents can assist children in decorating house-made cookies while enjoying a festive atmosphere with cocoa and holiday refreshments. Adults are welcome as well. Take your cookies home or eat them as soon as they are iced. Tickets are $10 per person for six cookies.

Spa-La-La Event


Still Spa at The Woodmark| Dec. 20

Holiday relaxation would not be complete without a trip to Still Spa. Pamper yourself with two peppermint express treatments, then enjoy appetizers, a hot cocoa bar, and champagne as you chat with friends and Still Spa partners offering expert skincare and beauty advice. There will be exclusive retail discounts, swag bags, and a holiday gift guide for last-minute ideas. Tickets are $99 per person or $79 per person if purchased prior to Dec. 15.

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