Take a Family Walk, Stroll and Shop Local this Holiday Season

In the hustle and bustle of Black Friday, Cyber Monday and our busy holiday to do lists, we can lose sight of what matters most during the holiday season. The holidays are a time to reconnect with loved ones, spend precious time together and celebrate the magic of the season.

I love to shop, but I am not a big fan of the mall. The older I get, the less interested I am in receiving gifts other than the time with family. Gifts I do give, I want to have meaning. That is why we end up giving the gift of travel, or shopping at small local boutiques for that perfect hand-picked gift.

One of our family’s favorite things to do is to spend an evening strolling a walkable downtown core, exploring little shops along the way. Most cities have neighborhoods, main streets or a pocket of shops where local, small business owners work hard to showcase unique gifts for that special someone on your holiday gift list.

In Seattle where we live, there are so many great neighborhoods to explore and shop local, small shops. Here are just four of my favorite Seattle area neighborhoods. What places do you love to explore with your family to shop local and celebrate the holiday season?


Ballard Neighborhood: An eclectic charm all its own, downtown Ballard has become a super hip place to shop, eat and play. Browse Ballard’s Walk Score and neighborhood tours, or create your own.

Madison Park Neighborhood: Filled with fun, high-end shops, take the family for a hot chocolate and peruse the boutiques and businesses of the Madison Park neighborhood. Browse Madison Park’s Walk Score and neighborhood tours, or create your own.

East Side:

Main Street, Downtown Bellevue: While downtown Bellevue is filled with many large stores, there are also many great small businesses around the downtown core that welcome your business. Shop old Main Street in Bellevue, visit small independent restaurants and go ice skating while enjoying the Snowflake Lane celebration each night at 7pm from Nov 23 to December 31, 2012 near Bellevue Square. Browse downtown Bellevue’s Walk Score and neighborhood tours, or create your own.

Downtown Kirkland: Downtown Kirkland is super walkable, with a ton of shops and restaurants just steps away from the scenic shores of Lake Washington. Browse Downtown Kirkland’s Walk Score and neighborhood tours or create your own.

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