Events Traffic Advisory for Wednesday, Nov. 25 – Sunday, Nov. 29

SDOT is advising travelers to be aware of and to plan ahead for several events happening around the city through the weekend that will affect area traffic. This holiday week is filled with big events including the Macy’s Holiday Parade, Holiday Tree and Star Lighting on Friday. The Apple Cup is Friday afternoon.  There are races including the Turkey Trot on Thursday, and the Amica Seattle Marathon and Half-Marathon on Sunday. The Nutcracker opens Friday, and there are KeyArena concerts Saturday. The Seahawks take on the Steelers Sunday at CenturyLink. Have a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving holiday!


Seattle Turkey Trot: The run benefits the Ballard Food Bank with an estimated 3,000 participants.  The run starts at 9 a.m. staging at Loyal Way Northwest between 31st Avenue Northwest and 32nd Avenue Northwest.  The route goes south on 32nd Avenue Northwest; then west on Northwest 77th Street; south on 34th Avenue Northwest; then west on Northwest 57th Street; northwest on 37th Place Northwest; then north on the Burke-Gilman Trail and curb lane along the east side of Seaview Avenue Northwest and  finishes at Golden Gardens Park.

FRIDAY, Nov. 27th:


UW Huskies vs. WSU Cougars in the Apple Cup on Friday, Nov.27th at 12:30 p.m. About 70,000 people are expected to attend.

My Macy’s Holiday Parade: The parade starts at 9 a.m. at 7th Avenue and Pine Street. The parade route goes west on Pine Street to 5th Avenue; then south on 5th Avenue to University Street; then west on University to 4th Avenue; north on 4th Avenue to Macy’s (between Pine and Olive streets). About 23,000 people are expected to attend. Pine Street between 4th and 5th Avenues will close at 4 a.m. for production set up. The following streets will close at 7:30 a.m. for parade staging: Pine Street between Boren Avenue and 7th Avenue:  9th, 8th, and 7th avenues between Olive Way and Pike Street. All streets will reopen by 11 a.m. (with the exception of Pine Street between 5th and 4th avenues, which will remain closed until the end of the Westlake Tree Lighting Ceremony).

Westlake Tree Lighting ceremony and Macy’s Star Lighting and Fireworks show: The tree lighting festivities at Westlake Center Plaza begins at 5 p.m., the tree lighting ceremony happens at 5:25 p.m.  The Fireworks show at Macy’s starts 5:40 p.m. at 4th Avenue and Pine Street, weather permitting. Streets will reopen once pedestrian traffic disperses. The following streets will close beginning at 4 p.m. for the event: 4th Avenue between Union Street and Olive Way; 5th Avenue between Olive Way and Pike Street; Pine Street between 6th and 3rd avenues; Pike Street between 3rd and 5th avenues. About 35,000 people are expected to attend.


Pacific Northwest Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker starts Friday night at 7:30 p.m. and runs through December.

Winterfest 2015 at Seattle Center:

Winterfest at Seattle Center runs Nov. 27 – Dec. 31. The Ice Rink returns, along with holiday festivities throughout Seattle Center and the Armory.


Seattle Children’s Kids Marathon:  The run starts at 5th Avenue and Harrison Street at 10 a.m. with an estimated attendance of 3,800.  The staging area is on 5th Avenue North between Republican and Harrison streets.  The route travels south on 5th Avenue North to Broad Street, then west on Broad Street to Denny Way, then west on Denny Way to 2nd Avenue North, then north on 2nd Avenue to Republican Street, west on Republican Street to Mercer Street, then east on Mercer to 4th Avenue North, then southbound on 4th Avenue North into Memorial Stadium. All streets expected to be reopened by 11 a.m.


Trans-Siberian Orchestra: Trans-Siberian Orchestra plays their holiday concert at Key Arena on Saturday, Nov. 28 with shows at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. with an estimated attendance of 10,000 per show.


Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon: The marathon and half-marathon starts and finishes at Seattle Center with an estimated 15,000 participants.  Runners and walkers leave in four separate waves between 7:15 a.m. and 8:15 a.m. All streets are expected to be reopened by 2:15 p.m.  I-90 express lanes will be closed between Seattle and Mercer Island from 4 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  Metro buses in multiple Seattle neighborhoods, including downtown Seattle, Seattle Center, Capitol Hill and the I-90 and Rainier areas will be rerouted or delayed due to street closures and traffic congestion associated with the Seattle Marathon.

Magnolia Winterfest 2015:  West McGraw Street will be closed between 32nd Avenue W and 33rd Avenue West for the Magnolia Community Winter Celebration. The street will close between 1p.m. and 6:30 p.m. for the festival. About 1,000 people are expected to attend.


Seahawks vs. Pittsburg Steelers on Sunday, November 29th at 1:25 p.m. About 67,000 people are expected to attend.


Norm Mah, SDOT