The holidays will be celebrated a little different than Seattleites are used to at Westlake Park this year due to the pandemic — but the Downtown Seattle Association says there will also be plenty of new ways to make memories.
Many Washingtonians grew up going downtown each year for the lighting of the Christmas tree and Macy’s (originally Bon Marché) star the day after Thanksgiving. And while that won’t happen in-person this year so as to prevent crowds, tonight’s annual tree and star lighting will still be broadcast virtually on KIRO-7 TV.
The holiday carousel also will not be running this year. However, there will be a whole host of new events that may indeed become beloved traditions in future holiday seasons.
This year’s events are aimed at giving people activities they can do individually, on their own time throughout December, while outdoors — instead of the usual kind of events that bring crowds of people to the same place on the same date.
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“We’re trying to find a way to mark the holidays with things that people can experience where they can do it all on their own, or they can be distant in a responsible manner,” said James Sido, director of media relations for the Downtown Seattle Association.
An augmented reality game similar to Pokémon Go will create virtual, 3-D festive images for players to find downtown with their smartphones.
In Westlake Park, a collection of 80,000 holiday lights in the shapes of ornaments,

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