Winter 2018-19 news

Posted October 22nd 2018 in Latest News, News and Updates,

Port of Seattle at World Travel Market – USA Pavilion Stand NA270

To meet our Port of Seattle and Washington delegation, please advise the best time and date to suit your diary by emailing us at

Seattle and Washington State are more popular and more accessible than ever to the UK holidaymaker with a significant increase in flights this year continuing to fuel the popularity of this stunning waterfront city and diverse state.

To find out what’s new, come and meet with the Port of Seattle and Washington 2018 WTM team, who offer expert knowledge of Seattle, Whale Watching, Hotels, Wine Country and National Parks:

Patti Denny, Port of Seattle
Ron Peck, Port of Seattle
Meagan McQuire, Seattle Southside
Sarah Hanke, Puget Sound Express
Leslie Womack, Mayflower Park Hotel
Annette Pitts, Cascade Loop
Ron Williams, Visit Walla Walla
Natalie Jushinski, Visit Seattle

Appointments will run;
10am – 6pm, Monday and Wednesday
10am – 4pm on Tuesday

We hope you will join us for some delicious Washington wine tasting at our annual…

Washington Wine Reception with partner Kew Gardens, 

Stand NA270 on Tuesday from 4pm.



Winter festivals bring colour and fun to Washington State

Seattle’s events scene is colourful and fun and here we select a few as a taster of what visitors can enjoy in this city and in Washington State this season.

From the Fall Foliage festival at the end of October
Fall Foliage Festival, 20-27 October

Enjoy fantastic fall foliage at Seattle’s Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden. Celebrate autumn with this free week-long festival that features plant and pumpkin sales, autumn treats and beverages, pop-up artist demos, Pacific Bonsai Museum events, gardening workshops, tours, a photo station and activities for kids and families. Entry is free.

Musical adventures
Earshot Jazz Festival, now to 4 November

Seattle’s acclaimed Earshot Jazz Festival celebrates its 30th year with over 60 events across the city. Spanning five weeks, the festival features a dynamic array of resident, national, and international artists. The Earshot Jazz Festival is one of the most diverse and boundary-defying festivals in America.

Running shoes at the ready
Seattle Marathon, 25 November

From its humble beginnings in 1970 when a group of friends from the University of Washington decided to hold their own marathon, the Seattle Marathon Family of Events has grown into the largest combination marathon/half marathon in the Northwest and one of the top ten largest in the U.S. That first marathon 48 years ago sported 38 runners. This year, 10,000 participants are expected for the marathon and half marathon walking and running events.

Light up your life
Enchant Christmas, 23 November – 30 December

An immersive holiday light experience that will transport visitors to a world with Christmas trees up to 80 feet tall, larger-than-life ornaments, twinkling snowflakes and, of course, Santa in a glittering sleigh.

Enchant makes its Seattle debut at Safeco Field and includes the world’s largest Christmas light maze, an ice-skating trail, and a lively music lounge. Tickets from £14 ($19.99). Children 3 and under are free.

Wine Tasting Walla Walla
Holiday Barrel Tasting Walla Walla 7-9 December 2018

Head to the Washington State Wine Country and savour the festive, relaxed spirit of Walla Walla. Washington State is second only to California for US wine production and there are over 900 wineries in the state. At this event, winemakers and cellar staff share wine samples of future releases directly from the barrel, along with food, art, music, and more.

Burlesque Ballet
Land of the Sweets: The Burlesque Nutcracker, 7-30 December

A Seattle holiday tradition since 2006, Verlaine and McCann’s Land Of The Sweets: The Burlesque Nutcracker gives the traditional ballet a bawdy makeover at the Triple Door. Land Of The Sweets features top-notch dance talent, opulent costuming, incredible choreography from the classically-trained Lily Verlaine, and stunning original jazz arrangements of the Tchaikovsky score by Jasper McCann, Kate Olson, and Michael Owcharuk. Tickets from £32 ($45) advance.

Half price museum entry
Seattle Museum Month throughout February 2019

During February, visitors will be able to enjoy half price entry to participating museums, enabling you to celebrate the diversity of Seattle’s museums and cultural institutions.

An Apple opera
The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs, Seattle Opera. 23 February – 9 March

The smash hit of the 2017 Santa Fe Opera season makes its West Coast debut at McCaw Hall. This innovative portrait of Apple’s visionary co-founder “does what opera does best: giving audiences a glimpse into the inner life of its title character”. Tickets from £18 ($25).

Taste your way around Washington
Taste Washington, 28-30 March

Taste Washington 2019 celebrates 22 years of talented winemakers, award-winning chefs, educational seminars and foodie events. The next Taste Washington festival line-up has grown even bigger with more options to sip, taste and learn about Washington wine and food.

Events take place in and around the Seattle area.

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