Holidays will look different at Pike Place Market

SEATTLE — Pike Place Market has undergone a number of changes over the years, but none have seemed as rapid as the changes brought on by COVID-19.

This year, the holidays will look different, both from the past and from recent COVID-19 procedures.

According to Mary Bacarella, the executive director of Pike Place Market, they’re working on a late fall/winter plan to identify what shopping at the market will look like when the cold weather combines with the pandemic.

“What does that look like?” asked Bacarella. “Are we still outdoors? Can you dine on the cobblestone? There will be more to come on that in the coming weeks.”

While the plans are being hatched, we’re getting a preview as outdoor igloos complete with heating start to appear in the market. Meanwhile, Bacarella is encouraging patrons to continue shopping at the market to keep their community alive.

“We’re trying to encourage people to come down. There are lots of things to see,” she said. “It’s very safe. You can start your Christmas shopping if you want to.”

Shopping early may be one way to avoid crowds. Meanwhile, a number of things have gone virtual. In addition to outdoor eating, a number of Pike Place restaurants are offering pickup services. Ghost tours have been replaced by online ghost stories—the first of which was read Friday afternoon and is now available on Pike Place Market’s Instagram story.

“You can listen to it now, but you have to come back to take the ghost tours. You learn so much about the market.”