Downtown Seattle Holiday Events and Dinner at Japonessa


At Westlake Park in Downtown Seattle, the holiday season is here! The lights are aglow, and they even hand out candy canes! 

Every December I like to walk around downtown Seattle and check out the holiday events! Then I like to conclude the evening with dinner out at one of Seattle's dining destinations. We started by parking at Pacific Place and seeing this year's Fleur De Villes. I saw this event last year, so I was happy we came across the enchanting floral displays as we walked through Pacific Place. 

Then we walked a couple of blocks to the Sheraton Grand Hotel where the annual Gingerbread Village is currently being held. This year's theme is Wonka, since the new movie comes out this month. We loved seeing this whimsical theme and I'm excited to watch the movie next week! The Gingerbread displays were very cool and some were even interactive. They also were playing clips from new Wonka 
movie in the background. I always love seeing which theme they'll have each year! 

Then we walked a few blocks to Westlake Park. Every year, they put out a lot of light displays, which are perfect for selfies and family photos! 

I walked across the street to Westlake Center to look at the Christmas tree up close. This year the tree was sparkling and just plain magical! We also happened to be there right after the sunset, creating a beautiful dark blue sky. 

After checking out the lights and tree at Westlake Center, we walked several block to 1st Ave, to got to dinner at Japonessa. En route, we saw the end of a deep red sunset over Pike Place Market! A block down, I also saw the holiday display over the main entrance of the market. It was so pretty at night! 

Finally, we ended up at Japonessa, right on time for our dinner reservation. This was our first time dining there and we were impressed by the ambiance, the service, and the very reasonable prices for the high end sushi and cocktails! 

We were there for Happy Hour, so we took advantage and ordered several items from there. I ordered a Crunch Roll for $12. This sushi roll had tuna, cream cheese, avocado and had a crispy tempura edge. So delicious! To drink I had one of their signature holiday cocktails, a Peppermint Paddie. This drink tasted just like the candy, but with peppermint. If you like sushi and craft cocktails, check out this spot in downtown and also Bellevue! 

We had such an awesome time walking around downtown, taking in the holiday happenings, and treating ourselves to some sushi and drinks! Seattle is such a nice place to hang out this time of year! 


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Seattle, WA 

(206) 971-7979


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