Events Traffic Advisory for Wednesday, November 23 – Sunday, November 27

SDOT advises travelers to be aware of the following events happening around the city that will affect area traffic. The annual Seattle Thanksgiving parade is on Friday morning. The Westlake Center Tree Lighting Ceremony is Friday evening. The Seattle Marathon starts and finishes at Seattle Center on Sunday.


Seattle Turkey Trot:  An annual 5k run/walk on the morning of Thanksgiving Day. The race route starts in the Sunset Hill neighborhood near Ballard and finishes at Golden Gardens Park. The race begins at 9 a.m. About 4,500 people are expected to attend.


Macy’s Holiday Parade: The annual day after Thanksgiving parade begins at 9 a.m. at 7th Ave and Pine St. Parade will travel west on Pine St to 5th Ave, south on 5th Ave to University St, west on University St to 4th Ave, and north on 4th to Macy’s at 4th and Pine St. About 23,000 people are expected to attend.

Macy’s Star Lighting and Fireworks: Annual Holiday Star Lighting Ceremony in conjunction with the Westlake Center Tree Lighting and the Westlake Park Carousel. The event begins at 5 p.m. and will include a fireworks display, weather permitting. About 15,000 people are expected to attend.


Seattle Children’s Kids Marathon: Kids run the last 1.2 miles of the marathon, starting at 5th Ave N and Harrison St at Seattle Center. Race starts at 10 a.m. The route is around Seattle Center, past the Space Needle and down Mercer St, finishing in Memorial Stadium. About 3,700 people are expected to attend.


Seattle Marathon: Annual marathon and half marathon starts and finishes at Seattle Center. The race starts at 7:15 a.m. at 5th Ave N and Harrison. Half marathon route travels through downtown, along the shores of Lake Washington, through the Arboretum and back to Seattle Center. Full marathon route adds crossing Lake Washington on I-90 and looping around Seward Park. The race route will be reopened to vehicle traffic by 2:15 p.m. About 10,500 people are expected to attend.