A favorite with train enthusiasts, dollhouse collectors, and lovers of holiday tradition, the Seattle Center’s Winter Train and Village is a sprawling, intricately detailed turn-of-the-century village built on a miniature scale, featuring garlanded homes and buildings, townsfolk and farm animals, and a real working model train. Visitors can take a turn controlling the model train during operating hours daily; $2 suggested donation, cash only.
Since 2004, Urban Craft Uprising has connected local crafters and artisans with holiday shoppers who want to support small businesses and buy handmade goods. The biannual event (in July and December) has become Puget Sound’s biggest crafts show, and the holiday sale is a two-day extravaganza featuring book signings, food vendors, and the coveted swag bags for those who line up outside before the doors open. You could easily take care of your entire holiday shopping list with one visit to the 150+ merchants selling apparel, accessories, jewelry, journals and paper goods, bags, housewares, sweets, and more. The main hall can get crowded — especially in winter, when shoppers are juggling coats and scarves as well as all their purchases — so consider visiting in the afternoon and using public transit to make getting in and out easier. Free; $1 suggested donation.