Holiday revelers and shoppers will fill the streets this weekend, shopping for year-end sales and attending special events. The Seattle Department of Transportation reminds drivers and pedestrians to drive with care and walk aware to avoid collisions. Expect extra traffic and plan ahead for driving in the vicinity of the Seattle Center and the SODO area:
- Pacific Northwest Ballet Nutcracker performances continue at McCaw Hall through Dec. 29. Performances begin at 5: 30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Also, there are performances at 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
- An expected 67,000 fans will watch the Seahawks play against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday, Dec. 29 at Century Link Field. Kick-off time is 1:25 p.m.
Getting around the city by Metro Transit, light rail or streetcar continue to be good options—check the holiday schedule for your route before heading out:
- Metro Transit: http://metro.kingcounty.gov/alerts/holidays.html
- Light Link Rail: http://www.soundtransit.org/Rider-Guide/Holiday-service
- Seattle South Lake Union Streetcar: http://metro.kingcounty.gov/tops/bus/schedules/s098_0_.html
Drivers coming into the downtown area can use SDOT’s online e-park website or look for the electronic e-park signs to easily find available parking garage spots: http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/epark/. Those who would like to have the option to pay by phone for curbside parking will want to sign up in advance and download the app to their mobile phone: http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/epark/default.htm. (Curbside parking is free on Sundays and New Year’s Day.) Also, drivers who over-indulge in holiday spirits can keep safe by making an additional payment at the parking pay station after 10 p.m., taking a cab or public transit home, and returning for their car the next morning. Learn more at http://www.seattle.gov/mayor/nightlife.