Snowflake Lane: A Winter Wonderland in Bellevue (Full Review!)

Last Updated on December 28, 2021 by admin

Snowflake Lane is an annual winter celebration that takes place in downtown Bellevue, Washington. It’s a complimentary event that occurs nightly during the holiday season. The parade takes place at 7pm each night November 26 through December 24, 2021. The parade contains a marching band, floats, fake snow, and lots of music! In this post, we will share all about our experience at Snowflake Lane!

Snowflake Lane in Bellevue

See our post on 19 Christmas Activities Near Seattle for more holiday ideas!

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What to Bring to Snowflake Lane

The parade is outdoors, so be sure to bring weather-appropriate clothing. You’ll likely want to bring winter jackets, hats, gloves, and umbrellas if rain is in the weather forecast.

At the event, we saw vendors selling light-up wands and necklaces. If you want to save money, you can bring your own light-up accessories from home. We’ve also linked some below for your convenience! (Just click on the image below to be directed to the website for purchase.)


How to Get to Snowflake Lane

The parade takes place between Bellevue Square and Lincoln Square from NE 4th to NE 8th streets. The city blocks traffic every night to allow for the parade. 

If you’re driving into Bellevue, allow extra time for rush hour traffic and parking.

Tip: When we went, the freeway exits into downtown Bellevue from I-405 were really backed up. If you qualify to use the carpool lane, you can take the express lane exit (NE 6th) into Bellevue.


Parking for Snowflake Lane

You can park at any of the parking garages near the mall. These include the Bellevue Square Garage and the Lincoln Square Parking Garage. 

Snowflake Lane in Bellevue

About Snowflake Lane

This year (2021), Snowflake Lane celebrated its 17th year in Bellevue! 

Snowflake Lane in Bellevue

As you get ready for your visit, see this important information:

  • Website:
  • Show time: 7pm
  • Dates: November 26 – December 24, 2021
  • Duration: 20 minutes
  • Cost: Free
  • Location: Stand on the sidewalks anywhere between Bellevue Square and Lincoln Square from NE 4th to NE 8th streets

This year, the parade contained numerous floats with Christmas characters, a marching band, festive music, and lots of artificial snow. We even saw floats with Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus.

There’s a character-meet-and-greet before the show on select dates. You can also schedule an appointment for a Santa photo at Bellevue Square prior to the parade.

We recommend arriving 30 minutes prior to the parade starting on a weekday, and up to 45 minutes early on a weekend night. We arrived 5 minutes early on a Monday night and had great views of the parade. We weren’t in the first row, but we were able to see everything just fine. We didn’t mind holding our daughter up for the 20 minute show.

Tip: Make sure that you arrive to the parade early. Because the parade is only 20 minutes long, you’ll likely miss a good portion of it if you arrive late.


Where to Stand

You can stand anywhere on the sidewalks anywhere between Bellevue Square and Lincoln Square from NE 4th to NE 8th streets. We stood across from the Cheesecake Factory and liked that view just fine. We also saw people standing on the skybridge. Finally, you can also see the parade while dining at some of the restaurants along the route.

Our Experience

My sister-in-law invited us to Snowflake Lane and we had a blast! This was our first time attending the event. We ate dinner prior to the show and then walked over to the parade route. We arrived 5 minutes before the performance and stood on an upper sidewalk across from the Cheesecake Factory. Our two-year-old daughter absolutely loved watching the characters and dancing to the music. The artificial snow was a hit! We would definitely recommend this experience to others.

Snowflake Lane in Bellevue
Reaching out to catch snowflakes!

Where to Stay

If you’d like to stay overnight in Bellevue, hotels that are nearby include:

I’ve personally stayed at the Courtyard by Marriott Seattle Bellevue/Downtown several times and have enjoyed my visits there.

Where to Go for Dinner

There are tons of good restaurants in Bellevue, and some of them even have windows facing Snowflake Lane! If you’d rather not brave the cold, see if you can make a reservation for a table near a window at one of the following restaurants:

Nearby Activities

While you’re in the Bellevue area, you might also consider the following activities:

See our article on the best Christmas tree farms near Seattle!

FAQs About Snowflake Lane

How long does the Snowflake Lane show last?

The parade lasts approximately 20 minutes.

What time does the Snowflake Lane show start?

The show starts at 7pm.

When is the best day to see Snowflake Lane?

Weekdays are less busy than weekend evenings. We went on a Monday evening and it wasn’t too crowded. Be sure to check the weather forecast to see if rain is expected.

How early should you arrive for the Snowflake Lane show?

On a weekday, we recommend that you arrive 30 minutes early. On a weekend, we recommend that you arrive 45 minutes early. You’ll want to give yourself enough time to park, walk to the parade route, and find a viewing spot.


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