You could already feel the festive atmosphere as you approached Volunteer Park on the evening of Thursday, December 5. Luminaries curved along both sides of the sidewalks to guide the way as strains of familiar holiday carols drew you toward the festivities.
Holiday in the Park, an annual celebration of the holiday season, was started by the Volunteer Park Trust in 2012. This year’s event brought families from around Seattle to Volunteer Park for an evening of free fun set against the natural beauty of the park.
Toasty grilled cheese sandwiches from the Seattle Sourdough food truck, and hot chocolate and cookies distributed by the Volunteer Park Trust helped visitors stay warm in the chilly, damp December weather. The warm lights inside the Volunteer Park Conservatory drew the crowds indoors, where they lingered to watch the Holiday Express Train wind its way amongst a winter wonderland of poinsettias and decorated fraser firs. Wandering further into the Conservatory, visitors explored the Cacti/Succulent and Palm Houses, reminders of warm, tropical climates that some may be dreaming of for the holidays!
Outdoors, the joyful voices of local choral groups drew crowds to the front of the Seattle Asian Art Museum. The Southend Singers started the evening crooning holiday favorites like “Jingle Bells” and “Frosty the Snowman” that had the crowd humming and singing along. The Emerald City Women’s Chorus showed their range with songs ranging from peaceful to merry. Seatown Sound took the stage with a collection of medleys, including a joyful medley of 90s boy band songs. The Beaconettes closed out the evening with their exuberant singing and dancing--complete with beehive hairdos and outfits adorned with holiday lights. The crowd cheered and clapped along as The Beaconettes sang traditional holiday tunes transformed with creative and fun Seattle-themed lyrics, concluding with crowd favorite “The 12 Days of Seattle.”
Every year, Holiday in the Park is a fun, festive time for families, friends, and neighbors to join together and celebrate the spirit of the holidays and the beauty of nature. We hope you had a blast celebrating the joy of the season with us, and if you couldn’t make it to the festivities this year, we hope to see you next year!
December 25, 2019