The holidays are right around the corner. Make a holiday getaway to Lynnwood the highlight of your season! A shopping destination in its own right, Lynnwood is a great place to tackle your 2021 Holiday Shopping “Nice List.” And located just 16 miles north of Seattle and a day-trip-length drive from other popular Pacific Northwest destinations, you might just want to make Lynnwood home base while you explore all that the region has to offer.
Wrap up your Holiday Gifting in Lynnwood
Perhaps the most notable destination in Lynnwood is the Alderwood Mall. It is the largest indoor/outdoor shopping center in the region. And with everything from department and electronic stores to specialty boutiques and well-known clothing retailers, Alderwood Mall is perfect if you want to shop local while also getting the perfect gift for even the hardest-to-shop-for person on your list.
Make a Day of it: Dining and Entertainment
You can’t power shop without adequate fuel. Alderwood Mall offers everything from snacks and drinks to sit-down dining. Start your day with a nutritious smoothie from Emerald City Smoothie in The Village, hit the food court to refuel at lunchtime for Thai food to-go from Lai Thai Restaurant, and enjoy world-famous seafood at Anthony’s for dinner.
A day of shopping is all the more enjoyable when you can kick back with your feet up afterward. Do that with a holiday film to entertain you – Alderwood Mall even has an onsite movie theater.
Support Local: Surprise & Delight!
Want to keep your holiday shopping a little less mainstream and a little more “shop local”? Plan your visit in November and check out the Snohomish “Harvested Holiday Market” on November 13, 2021. This one-day-only event features over 150 local farmers, artisans, food makers, food trucks, and more! Stock up for Thanksgiving and get your holiday shopping done all in one place. Food trucks and a coffee/espresso trailer will be located outside so you can grab a bite to eat before, during, or after your shopping experience.
You might also enjoy the Edmonds Holiday Market. Held outdoors every Saturday throughout November and December, this is a naturally distanced way to get meaningful gifts for your loved ones while being delighted by holiday wonder! More than 50 vendors will ensure a bustling market, bringing everything from cured meats, preserved foods and cheeses, to baked goods and sweets so your holiday entertaining will be wow-worthy. Check off your holiday shopping list, too, with wine, jewelry, pottery, and many specialty gift items. Eat, shop, and be merry in Edmonds with their wonderland of lights, music, holiday wreaths and greetings on shop fronts, and visits by Emily the Holiday Elf.
Have a Spirited Holiday!
Temple Distilling in Lynnwood is a hidden gem, offering an intimate craft cocktail bar and tasting room adjacent to the distillery warehouse. Sit down at the bar and look out at the copper stills as you taste through their portfolio of five gins and a limoncello, or try one of the rotating cocktails that are always complex and delicious. Temple Distilling’s Chapter One London Dry and Navy Strength Gins have won multiple awards, including a Gold Medal at the San Francisco International Spirits Competition and several Best in Class top spots in other international blind taste tests. Their Woodcut Barrel Rested Gin was named one of the Top 100 Spirits in the US in 2016 by Wine Enthusiast. Come see what the hype is all about!
The tasting room is open on Fridays from 4-7, Saturdays from 12-5, and Sundays from 12-5. They also take appointments throughout the week. And if you’re traveling with kids or your quarantine pet, good news! Temple Distilling is family and pet friendly.
Visiting family in the Pacific Northwest? Stay in Lynnwood!
The holidays can be stressful enough. If you’re traveling to the Pacific Northwest for the holidays to visit family, you’ll likely arrive a little stressed out. Unwind, unpack, and make yourself at home in one of our fantastic lodging properties instead of the guest room at your in-laws’ place. You can arrive for family dinner and holiday festivities refreshed and relaxed. Then you’ll return to a tidy room, freshly-made bed, and complimentary amenities provided by Lynnwood’s fantastic hospitality partners.
Hosting a holiday get-together? Consider the Lynnwood Convention Center!
From larger company parties to smaller holiday family reunions, the Lynnwood Convention Center makes the perfect venue for events large and small. If you have been dreaming of hosting a larger holiday gathering but were concerned about being cramped for space, the Lynnwood Convention Center offers a variety of spaces and event packages that will ensure the utmost safety for your event and the utmost enjoyment for your attendees.
Whether visiting for leisure, visiting for business, or visiting family, a stay in Lynnwood during the holiday season will be safe, enjoyable, and affordable. We look forward to giving you a festive holiday welcome.
This won’t be an ordinary holiday season. But in Lynnwood and its immediate surrounding areas, the holidays can still be extraordinary — with health and safety always in mind. Lynnwood’s array of holiday shopping offers an easy and fun way to check everyone off the list. But shopping is just one way to celebrate the season.
Lynnwood, just 16 miles north of Seattle, and the surrounding communities have made all kinds of changes — all to ensure everyone stays safe while still savoring this most special time of year
Save a spot at Alderwood Mall
With nearly 200 shops, department and electronic stores, specialty boutiques, and more, Alderwood Mall is the center of the Lynnwood shopping experience. This year, Alderwood is making it particularly easy to avoid the holiday rush with the new Alderwood Spot Holder program.
The program allows shoppers to avoid waiting in line by reserving a time at their favorite stores. It’s as easy as scanning a code at the front of a participating store, choosing a time to shop, and meeting at the front door of the store. In the meantime, relax and enjoy a hot chocolate or coffee. There may be no easier way to shop.
Visit with Santa, virtually
No Christmas would be complete without a visit with Santa. This year, the Alderwood Mall is making it easy with several ways to have a virtual visit with Santa.
Santa’s helpers have been hard at work decking the halls for a North Pole Virtual Visit, which features an array of experiences to choose from. Visit with Santa live from the North Pole, enjoy the reading of your favorite Christmas tale by Santa and Mrs. Claus, or have Santa send a special message to your child with a pre-recorded, personalized video.
Drive-thru The Lights of Christmas
Stanwood, a charming hamlet north of Lynnwood, is celebrating the holidays like few others with The Lights of Christmas. This year, the cherished tradition continues. Held all season long, this year will feature the same dazzling light displays that wow kids and kids at heart. But it will be a drive-thru experience to ensure the safety of all revelers.
See spectacular lights, wave to Santa and Mrs. Claus, all while listening to Christmas music from the comfort of the car.
Edmonds Holiday Market
Give the gift of something truly meaningful at the annual Edmonds Holiday Market, a traditional outdoor market filled with the products of local crafters and farmers. Held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturdays from Dec. 5 through Dec. 19, the Holiday Market invites all to shop local wares while staying safe by remaining socially distanced, masked and outdoors.
Set on Fifth Avenue, between City Hall and the Edmonds Historical Museum, the market is home to more than 50 vendors. From wine, jewelry, pottery, and many specialty gift items to cured meats, preserved foods and cheeses, and baked goods and sweets, just about everything you’ll want for the holidays is here.
In Lynnwood, shopping can still be among the highlights of this holiday season, rather than a cause for worry. In fact, in this most unusual year this charming town just 16 miles north of Seattle may just be the ideal place to cross everyone you love off your list – safely.
What’s to love about shopping this season in Lynnwood? Well, with shopping experiences that range from the eclectic to the traditional, a town-wide devotion to keeping everyone safe, and with Santa very much still coming to town, just about everything.
The hub of Lynnwood’s shopping scene, the Alderwood Mall is a place to find everything on your list, all while keeping shoppers safe with strict adherence to the latest health and safety guidelines. With nearly 200 shops, department and electronic stores, specialty boutiques, and more, Alderwood Mall is the largest indoor/outdoor shopping center in the region.
We all want to celebrate our time-honored holiday traditions, and no holiday season is complete without a visit from Santa. This year, Santa will be making socially distant visits with the kids in addition to offering a virtual experience. And with the AMC Loews Cineplex open at 40% capacity, the family can still share in a holiday film.
Use our handy shopping tool to make the most of your day of shopping. And Alderwood Mall has devised additional plans to limit lines and avoid crowds, keeping everyone safe and healthy this holiday season.
A holiday market tradition
Find something creative and local – while getting your shopping done early and outdoors – with a beloved holiday shopping tradition. The Snohomish Harvested Holiday Market is set for Saturday, Nov. 14 at Stocker Farms. Presented by the Snohomish Farmers Market, the Holiday Market will again feature wares from more than 60 local businesses, crafters, artisans, purveyors of fine foods and more, so finding the perfect gift shouldn’t be hard. And it will all happen in a safe environment where social distancing and masks will be required.
Staying in Lynnwood
With so many shops to choose from and the largest indoor/outdoor shopping center in the region, consider extending the trip for a night or the whole weekend. Home to more than 1,000 rooms and suites with an average rate 40% less than Seattle, the hotels of Lynnwood make for an ideal launching point to take in all the holiday sights — not just in Lynnwood but for the entire region.
Nearby shopping at Alderwood mall, phenomenal dining, and exciting activities are all in short proximity to Lynnwood’s hotels, and each hotel is strictly following health and safety guidelines to keep guests safe.
Lynnwood is known for shopping, and not just any shopping. We’re home to the region’s destination shopping center, Alderwood. But sometimes you want something a little more unique for that hard to shop for person on your list. Lynnwood is your gateway to the local art, handcrafted goods, and unique boutiques of the Pacific Northwest.
Give a one of kind creation from Pacific Northwest artists. Gallery North in Edmonds displays and sells a variety of works from local artists, including ceramics, paintings, wood works, and more!
The Schack Shop at the Schack Art Center sells art from over 170 regional artists. Don’t just shop the Schack, be sure to explore this entire visual art center. With free admission, you can explore the exhibit galleries, watch professional glassblowers, or visit the hot shop, a specialized production studio for stained glass, iron works, and even flameworking.
The Holiday Market, open every Saturday in December on Fifth Ave in Edmonds, offers a farmers market style holiday shopping experience. Complete with local crafts, artisan foods, and unique locally-made gifts. When you need a little break from shopping, hop on the Holiday Trolley and enjoy a relaxing and scenic ride to your next Edmonds destination.
Country Village in Bothell offers unique shopping in a quaint and festive setting with 45 specialty stores, antique shops, and restaurants. Kids will enjoy paying a visit to Santa’s Workshop and the live reindeer!
Start here in Lynnwood this holiday season and explore handcrafted goods of PNW artists or endless shopping at Alderwood!
Make the holidays a little more relaxing this season! Plan a family holiday shopping getaway in Lynnwood and experience the holiday season in the Pacific Northwest.
Shopping galore and fun family activities make Lynnwood the ideal place for a holiday season vacation. Home to Alderwood, the region’s destination shopping center, and all your favorite retailers, holiday shopping is a breeze in Lynnwood. With complimentary shuttles to the mall and shopping packages, Lynnwood hotels bring out your inner shopping extraordinaire. When you’ve shopped ’til you drop, be sure to enjoy some fun family activities and holiday festivities!
A Lynnwood family favorite is the Lynnwood Recreation Center, complete with two water slides, a lazy river, and water playground.
The Lynnwood Bowl & Skate is bowling alley and roller rink in one, serving up family fun and great food, with modern amenities and retro vibe!
Even the Alderwood mall has some great family activities when you need a break from shopping. Take in a movie a the 16-screen movie theater, climb, slide and explore at the Funtastic Playtorium. Be sure to visit Santa’s Workshop to get your picture taken with Santa.
Our Family Fun itinerary provides 3 days of fun-filled activities in Lynnwood and the surrounding areas.
Lynnwood is the ideal gateway for experiencing holiday magic in the Pacific Northwest.
The Lights of Christmas at Warm Beach are a must see, with over one million and dazzling displays. Explore the holiday lights, visit the petting zoo, warm up with hot chocolate and fresh donuts, listen to the holiday story telling!
Be delighted with the holiday magic at Snowflake Lane in Bellevue. Every night between November 23 and December 23 at 7:30PM experience a parade of your favorite holiday characters and music, complete with falling snow!
Making its debut in Seattle, Enchant Christmas will transform Safeco Field into a twinkling holiday maze with giant Christmas trees, larger than life ornaments, snowflakes, and Santa.
The Bellevue Botanical Garden is transformed into a magical display, Garden D’Lights, with over a half million lights, in whimsical shapes or plants, flowers, animals and waterfalls.
Winterfest at Seattle Center is filled with free and affordable children’s activities and spirited entertainment, including an ice rink, student showcase performances, model train display, and ice carving.
Find more more fun on our events calendar.
Start here in Lynnwood this holiday season!