Christmas is finally here which means it’s time for the present unwrapping hoopla to begin! We’re pretty sure you’ve got a busy weekend planned, but if you’re looking for a little extra excitement–we’ve put together some fun, family activities to get you through the holiday weekend. Consider: a tantrum-free shopping trip, a super-fun ride around Seward Park, a holiday breakfast fit for Santa, an annual holiday activity at Bellevue Downtown Park, a light show with dancing clams, and an all day skating event. Take a break from your holiday festivities and head to Tacoma’s Wright Park for the annual Jingle Bell Run or catch a family-friendly performance of A Medieval Christmas at Town Hall. Happy Holidays from all of us at Red Tricycle!

Seattle

Parent’s Night Out
Get your last minute holiday shopping done or spend an evening chillaxing with your spouse while the kiddos enjoy a special night at Moonpaper Tent. Activities include creative drama adventures, dress-up, crafts, and much more! Fri., 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm. Seattle. $30 per child. Reservations required. Ages 4 and older. Event details.

Horse Drawn Wagon Rides
Join a Seward Park naturalist for a fun and educational horse drawn wagon ride! Take in the sights and sounds of Seward Park, learn about the park’s history, and listen to stories about Pacific Northwest animals and plants. Sat., 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. Seattle. $15 (under 2 free). Advance reservations recommended. All ages. Event details.

Christmas Breakfast In The Garden
Start your Christmas morning with a delicious breakfast buffet in The Garden Room at the elegant Fairmont Olympic. This holiday-themed breakfast will include everything from a gingerbread waffle station to Eggs Benedict to your fav holiday dishes. Sun., 8:00 am – 12:00 pm. Seattle. $19 to $39 (under 6 free). All ages. Event details.

Eastside

Magic Season Ice Arena
Looking for a super-fun outdoor holiday activity? Put on your scarf and mittens and head over to our area’s only open-air ice skating rink in Bellevue Downtown Park. This is the perfect tradition and memory-making holiday activity for kiddos and parents alike. Bonus: The arena will be open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day!  Fri., 11:00 am – 11:00 pm; Sat. and Sun., 11:00 am – 6:00 pm (through January 8). Bellevue. $10 (includes skate rental). All ages. Event details.

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Ivar’s Clam Lights (pictured)
Bundle up the kiddos and head to the shores of Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park for this annual winter wonderland celebration (now in its 18th year!). See thousands of twinkling lights, holiday scenes, and those famous Ivar’s Dancing Clams! Fri. – Sun., 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm (through January 1). Renton. Free. All ages. Event details.

All Day Skate
Celebrate Christmas Eve (or at least part of it) at Highland Ice Arena. This is a great way to get some exercise with the fam and burn off some pre-Santa energy. Sat., 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Shoreline. $6 to $7 ($3 skate rental).  All ages. Event details.

–Kristina Moy