Join us for Reindeer Festival November 10th - December 24th and discover a wonderland of holiday delights at Swansons Nursery!


Reindeer Festival Activities


* Holiday Shopping

The Holiday Pavilion is a must-see! Our central greenhouse is filled with holiday décor, ornaments, stocking stuffers and gifts for kids and adults. Find more gifts, such as locally-made jewelry, home décor, and books, in our Conservatory Gift Shop.

Shop a large variety of seasonal plants (poinsettias, anyone?), forcing bulbs, and creative indoor and outdoor plant arrangements throughout the store. We have a great selection of fresh wreaths, garlands, and swags to help make your home holiday-ready. Need something extra special? Our design team can create a custom arrangement, wreath or centerpiece, and our in-home design department can even come to your home for custom installations.

 * Holiday Party to benefit the ballard Food Bank

Join us from 6pm-9pm on November 16th for a festive evening of holiday fun to support the Ballard Food Bank! We’ll have food and beverages, live music, fun activities, local artisans, and more. The Holiday Party is a 21-and-over event. Tickets are available now! For more information and to purchase your tickets, click here.


Note: Christmas trees will be arriving in late November. We’ll keep you updated on when they are ready for sale!

We want to make picking out the perfect Christmas tree an amazing experience. That's why we make shopping for a tree fun and stress-free! Browse our collection of exceptional trees inside the comfort of our North greenhouse, where each tree is suspended above the floor for easy viewing from all angles; we call it our "spin & pick" system and we guarantee it's the easiest (and most enjoyable) way to pick a tree you've ever experienced. All you have to do is pick the perfect tree and we’ll do all the rest: shake it, wrap it, and tie it to your vehicle. Need it delivered? We can help with that as well.

Not sure what kind of tree you're looking for? Visit our Pick the Perfect Tree website to learn about our unique tree varieties, the family farms that provide our trees, and our social media tree reservation system.

* Santa's REINDEER

Meet our special holiday guests: Dasher & Comet! See the reindeer every day from November 10th through December 24th when they return to Santa's workshop to help deliver presents. You can also learn more about these incredible animals during our "Meet the Reindeer" presentations, offered Monday-Friday at 11am and on weekends at 11am and 4pm. Reindeer selfie, anyone?

Note: the 4pm session on December 24th will be a special ‘Bon Voyage’ party held at 2pm to accommodate our early closing. 


Watch model trains speed through fantastical landscapes in one of Swansons' favorite holiday traditions: the themed model train village! This year's theme is Pacific Northwest Wonderland and it’s bound to be a family favorite.

* Santa Photos by Bonjour Photography

Create a holiday keepsake - a photo with Santa! We are excited to welcome a new Santa this year. Bonjour photography will be offering Santa photo appointments on specific dates November 17th-December 23rd. Please visit the Santa Photo Scheduler to see available dates and to make your appointment.

*Santa at Swansons

Santa will be wandering around the nursery spreading holiday cheer November 27th - December 13th. Be sure to tell him you've been good this year! Wandering Santa Schedule: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays 10am-12pm and 4pm-6pm.


Kids and adults alike can learn about reindeer, our model train, Christmas trees, and more on this 5-stop, self-guided tour. Groups can schedule a special guided tour by calling (206) 782-2543. 

* Holiday Yurt Photo Op

Take your own holiday photo inside our decorated yurt, the perfect spot for a festive reminder of the holidays at Swansons Nursery!

* Holiday Sharing Campaign

Participate in our Holiday Sharing Campaign and help us provide food to those in need in our community. Post your photos of Swansons-related holiday fun on social media with hashtag #sharingswansons on November 10th-December 16th. For every post, we’ll donate 1 food item to the Ballard Food Bank. At the end of the campaign, we’ll draw three winners and they’ll each receive a Swansons goody bag! Last year we donated over 300 lbs. of food - let’s donate even more this year! More info here.

* Live Music

Do your shopping in style, while listening to live holiday music in the Pavilion. Musicians include harpists, cellists, carolers, and more! See the music schedule for dates and times.


Swansons' Holiday Hours:

November 10-21: 9am-6pm
November 23-December 23: 9am-7pm
December 26-January 31: 9am-5pm
December 24: 3pm early closure
Closed: November 22 (Thanksgiving), December 25 (Christmas), January 1 & 2

Happy Holidays!