Holiday Events to Impact Bellevue Traffic

The Bellevue Magic Season begins its annual run downtown this Friday with a holiday parade taking over busy Bellevue Way, between Northeast Fourth and Eighth streets, for one hour nightly. Visitors should expect heavy traffic as people surge into downtown for the festivities.

Bellevue Way lights up with a parade every night at 7 p.m. from November 23rd through December 25th

Nightly performances at the popular Snowflake Lane will require the daily closures of the following streets from Friday, Nov. 23, to Monday, Dec. 24:

  • Bellevue Way Northeast, from Northeast Fourth Street to Northeast Eighth Street, will be closed 6:45-7:45 p.m. The parade begins at 7 p.m.
  • Northeast Sixth Street, from 105th Avenue Northeast to Bellevue Way Northeast, will be closed 6-7:45 p.m.
  • During closures on Bellevue Way Northeast, visitors to the Bellevue Arts Museum may park in the Westin Hotel parking garage, accessible from 105th Avenue Northeast.

Other Magic Season activities include: Garden d’Lights at the Bellevue Botanical Garden; the Bellevue Downtown Ice Rink, presented by Alaska Mileage Plan, at Downtown Park; holiday productions at the Meydenbauer Center Theatre; and Gingerbread Workshops at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue. More information is available on Magic Season.

Please drive carefully this holiday season, take a little extra travel time to reach your destination safely and watch for pedestrians in crosswalks and driveways.

Also, consider using other modes of transportation to avoid getting caught in traffic. Tools and resources are available at

Keep up to date on traffic impacts by checking the city’s traffic advisories, updated weekly, the real-time Bellevue traffic map and cameras on Twitter.

Bellevue Police Arrest Two After String of Crimes

Bellevue Police arrested two suspects in an early morning crime spree that occurred early Friday. This morning at 4:52 a.m., police received a report of a hit and run crash in the 4000 block of 181st Place SE in Issaquah. The homeowner called to report that a suspicious vehicle that had been parked in the driveway and struck their garage door, causing damage. The vehicle fled the area before the police arrived, however the homeowner was able to provide the license plate number of the vehicle. Police learned that the vehicle had been reported stolen from Snohomish. Continue reading “Bellevue Police Arrest Two After String of Crimes”