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Meet Santa at the Top of the Space Needle in Seattle

Looking to snap some cute photos with Santa this holiday season? What if you could meet Santa in the sky?! This holiday season, the Space Needle has Santa and his glass sleigh on their brand new revolving glass floor deck, the Loupe.

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Meet Santa at the top of the Seattle Space Needle! © Kim Tate

When Can You Meet Santa at the Space Needle?

For 2019, Santa and his glass sleigh will be open on:

November 29-December 1: 11am – 5pm
December 7:
 11am – 4pm
December 8:
 11am – 1pm, 2:30pm – 5pm
December 14: 
11am – 4:30pm
December 15: 
11am – 1pm, 4pm – 5pm
December 20-24:
 11am – 5pm

You will need to purchase tickets for the Space Needle in order to go up to the Loupe level and meet Santa. But your Santa photos are included in your admission!

We received seven photos from the visit, including a cute one of the girls telling Santa what they want for Christmas. You’re given a ticket when you meet Santa, and then you can download the images online the next day.

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Telling Santa their wishlists for Christmas.

When you arrive at The Loupe, you’ll find Santa and his helpers and they will take your name and phone number, which will put you in a virtual waiting list. Then you’re free to go explore other experiences the tower offers. 

Savings Tip: If you like donuts, you can visit any Top Pot Doughnuts location to get an exclusive Space Needle ticket offer – purchase one general admission ticket, get one adult ticket or two youth tickets FREE! Valid through Dec. 30, 2019.

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Your photos with Santa are included with your Space Needle ticket admission! © Kim Tate

You can also buy a Seattle CityPASS for $99 for adults and $79 for children to get access to the Space Needle and four other top Seattle attractions (Seattle Aquarium, Argosy Cruises Harbor Tour, Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) or Woodland Park Zoo, and Chihuly Garden and Glass or Pacific Science Center).

The Loupe at the Space Needle

While you’re waiting to meet Santa, it’s the perfect time to explore the lower observation deck which includes the brand new revolving glass floor of the Needle. The Loupe is the first and ONLY rotating glass floor in the world. You can stand 520 feet above the ground and take a full revolution around the Needle. It’s the perfect way to get a view of the surrounding landscape and attractions.

This post is in partnership with the Space Needle and Travel Mindset.

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That’s quite the view – 520′ in the sky! © Kim Tate

If you or your kids get hungry or thirsty while visiting the Space Needle, you can eat at their Atmos Cafe which is located on the Upper Observation Deck. We had fish and chips and some garlic fries, and the food was great! They even have beer and wine available to purchase.

Skyrisers at the Space Needle

After you’ve had your fill of fun inside on The Loupe, head up to the Upper Observation Deck and head outside to experience the Skyrisers. This is actually the level you arrive on from the elevator ride. Here you’ll go outside for the glass-wall views of Seattle. You can even sit down on one of their glass benches that lean you back against the slanted glass — giving you a feeling of falling backward for a minute!

Keep your admission ticket handy because you can get a selfie snapped at a special photo op spot.

Photo on the Seattle Space Needle

Selfie photo op on the Space Needle’s Upper Observation Deck in Seattle — included in your ticket price. It was raining so we didn’t sit but ideally, you’d sit on the glass bench and look like you’re leaning back over the edge. The Skyhigh Selfie has 3 stations outside!

We had a fabulous time looking at the city from the Needle and meeting Santa. I hope you can plan a visit and enjoy the Holidays at the Space Needle!

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