Bright Lights & Magical Horses: Treehouse Families Celebrate the Holidays

By Emily Snitker, Treehouse Marketing Specialist

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Last Friday, Treehouse youth and families kicked off the holiday season in style at the 6th Annual Ride Into the Holidays event in Seattle.


The magic begun at the Seattle Center Monorail Platform, where families enjoyed balloon animals, caricature drawings, and festive drinks and snacks.

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The evening continued with a VIP ride to Westlake Center aboard the Monorail Red train. As our families whizzed through the lights of downtown Seattle, the train made a mid-journey stop for a special surprise raffle and announcement.


Thanks to generous donations from local Seattle attractions, each family received tickets to experiences like Teatro ZinZanni, Safeco Field, MOHAI, Ride the Ducks, Museum of Glass, Burke Museum, 5th Ave Theatre, Argosy Cruises, MoPOP, and the Space Needle. Additionally, each family was gifted tickets to attend the Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle Aquarium, and Seattle Children’s Museum so they could continue to make happy memories into the New Year.


The final surprise came from special guest Will Daugherty, CEO of the Pacific Science Center. To kick off their newly-launched Youth Access Membership program, which gives youth in foster care free access to the museum, Daugherty announced that every family in attendance would receive a complimentary annual membership to the Pacific Science Center!


After arriving at Westlake Center, our families headed across the street to Westlake Park to view the tree lighting celebration from the IKEA Holiday Carousel.


Our kids couldn’t help but smile after picking out new plush toys donated by IKEA, and sipping on hot chocolate and cookies from Starbucks.


After watching the tree lighting ceremony (complete with fireworks and “snow”), our families boarded the carousel for the inaugural first spin of the season!


As you can see by these smiling faces, it was a night our families won’t soon forget. We are so grateful to the Seattle Center Monorail and Downtown Seattle Association for making this joyous event possible for Treehouse families!


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About the Author

Emily Snitker is the Marketing and Communications Specialist for Treehouse. She is thankful for the opportunity to share the stories of Treehouse students, families, and supporters with the community.

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