last week, i had the pleasure of visiting enchant christmas—a light maze, ice-skating rink, holiday market, and more—at safeco field. (this is enchant’s inaugural event, and upon seeing it advertised earlier this fall, i knew i wanted to attend.)
i was graciously invited to visit enchant’s media night as a +1 (or +2) to my blogger bestie, jenn. jenn, ana luiza, and i met at the stadium after work. in celebration of media night, we were offered complimentary snacks and beverages on the club level of safeco field. we fueled up on tasty treats (including cheese + beer battered fries and potato dumplings) before checking out the other offerings!
enchant is home to a 90,000 square-foot maze of lights. (in fact, there are a mere 2.5 million lights that adorn the maze.) to say this setup is “dazzling” would be a vast understatement! in addition to the maze, upon entering, you are greeted by christmas music—there are live performances on select nights—and may experience a light snowfall. the overall event is quite captivating!
tickets range in price from $20–60. there are deals available online, and weeknights are, expectedly, cheaper to attend. the higher price point is for groups who would like to enjoy enchant “vip style.” you can choose to rent a suite with a delicious dinner and dessert bar, exclusive cocktails, an individual visit from/photo-op with santa, and more!
speaking of santa, he and mrs. claus, can be seen at enchant. stop by their corner for a (paid) holiday photo opportunity!
if you’re planning to visit enchant this season, below are a few noteworthy tips—
while the event is **technically** indoors, (i.e. safeco field has a retractable roof), the outer walls are open. this setup, coupled with the ice rink, means the overall temperatures are rather chilly! this may be the perfect opportunity for you to don your santa hat or a cozy scarf and gloves.
after enjoying the maze and/or ice rink, warm up with a cup of coffee or hot coco above the field.
visit early in the evening (and if possible, stop by on a weekday):
as with any holiday activity, enchant christmas is crowded. (this may be an understatement.) critics are estimating 10,000+ visitors on weekends. the girls and i enjoyed enchant on a tuesday evening, and while it was busy, the crowds weren’t overwhelming. if you’re hoping to take family photos, please be patient.
finish your holiday shopping:
throughout the event, there will be rotating vendors from which you can shop. you can expect to see home decor items, handmade crafts, sweet treats, and more! the girls and i were thrilled to see our dear friend—and talented jewelry maker—asa of lace & pearls jewelry among the visiting group of vendors.
getting to enchant christmas:
whether you’re coming from the north or south, if possible, take public transportation. this will alleviate potential stress caused by traffic and lack of parking. ana luiza and i were fortunate to take the link light rail and exit at king street station. we then walked the remaining few blocks to safeco field.
if you’re unable to take public transportation, you’re invited to pre-book parking. (it’s $10 on weeknights and $15 on weekends.) this will guarantee you a spot in the parking garage that adjoins the stadium.
photos by jenn from hello rigby
if you haven’t yet visited enchant christmas, fear not—there’s time! the event is open through december 30, 2018. (enjoy a discount on ticket prices on “jolly nights.” they’re listed here.) i enjoyed reading this seattle times article; it provides an honest depiction of what to expect (or perhaps, not expect) if attending. while i don’t disagree with the times’ critique, i think enchant provides a great opportunity for families to celebrate and enjoy the holiday season. (just remember to dress warmly and plan for large crowds.)
and, despite visiting enchant with jenn and ana luiza, i’ll be going back with my mom, aunts, and cousins later this month. cheers to another date in the city!
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