The Bellevue Holiday Family Experience

family at snowflake lane
snowflake lane
mother and daughter kiss

During the days leading up to the Christmas holidays, my family love the kid-friendly festivities around town and the City of Bellevue, has the best experiences to capture the holiday spirit. We were lucky to be home this year to enjoy all the events and here’s recap…..

A LITTLE HISTORY OF BELLEVUE, WA

Before I get to the fun stuff, here’s a brief history of the city.

I’ve been living in Bellevue, Washington for the last five years and the neighborhood has changed dramatically. If you know anything about this small, yet mighty city, you know what I’m talking about.

Bellevue was a small rural area with little to no developments in the 1940’s. Until the Lake Washington Floating Bridge was built, slowly migrants moved over to build businesses and slowly a community was formed.

Fast forward to today, it’s a lively city with a giant shopping mall, restaurants serving international cuisines, local fashion boutiques and much more. It even attracted large corporations to establish their headquarters, such as Microsoft and Eddie Bauer – just to name a few. And the bucks doesn’t stop there.

New offices, condo buildings and the light rail has been the latest developments in the city, which means the supply and demand is there. Also means, more people finding cool things to do in Bellevue.

To learn more about what the City of Bellevue is up to, find it here.

Here comes the fun part……

woman and daughter with red nose

Central Bar

We started our evening with a delicious Northwest contemporary food at Central Bar in the heart of downtown Bellevue. It was the perfect location to view Snowflake Lane (see below) right after dinner.

We ate ’til our hearts content with signature holiday cocktails, yummy apps and main courses. Their friendly staff explained the menu and was attentive to all our dining needs. Especially the impatient hungry daughter, Kinsley, who requested her dinner and skillet chocolate chip cookie ASAP!

Oh and I heard their brunch is to die for! Can’t wait to try it!

Snowflake lane float

Snowflake Lane

One of our ongoing family traditions is to watch the complimentary Snowflake Lane parade at the Bellevue Collection. This event attracts thousands of attendees each holiday season, showcasing a colorful parade of floats, toy soldiers on stilts, a viewing of Mr. & Mrs. Claus and peppermint candy dancers.

Kinsley has been going since she was a baby and always loved seeing her favorite characters, while dancing to lively holiday music. It’s an over the top production, with falling “snow” and festive lights. Every year it gets bigger and better.

Bellevue Botanical Garden

This was the first time Peter and I took Kinsley to the Garden D’lights at Bellevue Botanical Garden. You can probably imagine how her face lit up, when she saw over half million of sparkly lights formed into shapes of platns and animals. The lights reminded me of the toy I used to have, Lite-Brite. (Remember those? They need to bring them back.)

Many volunteers created this breathtaking event, turning a daytime public garden, to a whimsical night scene. There’s even live music and endless refreshments of hot cocoa. What a night!

To visit, it’s $5/pp and children under 10 years of age are free. You’ll have to wait until 2019 for the next Garden D’lights. Meanwhile, you can visit their garden during the day.

Hope you enjoyed the recap on how we spent our holiday celebrations and took away some ideas for you next year’s “Bellevue Experience “to-do list.

XX, E.

This is post is sponsored by Visit Bellevue Washington.

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