With the holiday season in full swing, it’s easy to keep everyone in your crew happy and entertained. On our weekend radar: a lively competition in the streets of Seattle, a new family production, a rockin’ holiday concert with sea creatures, a festival with Santa’s biggest helpers, a holiday event with some popular clams and a sweet puppet production. If that’s not enough excitement, A Victorian Country Christmas returns to the Washington State Fair Events Center with tons of holiday-themed shops, stage shows and concerts, plus gourmet food, activities for the kids and photos with Mr. and Mrs. Claus.

Diving Santa

photo: Seattle Aquarium 


A nocturnal adventure awaits you this holiday season at the Seattle Children’s Theatre. This luminous adaptation tells the story of a baby fruit bat, Stellaluna, who is separated from her mother and adopted by a family of birds who teach her their boisterous, baby-bird ways. Young audiences will delight in the music, artistic puppetry and dance, empathizing with Stellaluna as she swoops and crashes through the forest trying to be just like her feathered friends. Thurs.-Sun. Event details.

Great Figgy Pudding Competition
Now in its 30th year, this annual caroling competition is not to be missed. Bundle up the kids and head downtown to see dozens of caroling teams sing throughout the streets of Seattle, competing for the number one spot while raising money for the Pike Market Senior Center & Food Bank. Fri. Event details.


Diving Santa  (pictured)
Did you know that when Santa isn’t supervising elves and delivering toys, he loves to scuba dive? Come see for yourself when he dives in the Seattle Aquarium’s Window on Washington Waters exhibit. Plus, enjoy a rockin’ performance by The Not-Its! on Saturday and lots of merriment with Sol Quartet on Sunday. Sat.-Sun. Event details.


Issaquah Reindeer Festival
At this annual holiday extravaganza, visit with Santa and drop a letter in his personal mailbox, feed his reindeer, hear a story from an elf, visit with the zoo’s animals and enjoy holiday music, activities and yummy treats. Thurs.-Sun. Event details.

Ivar’s Clam Lights
Take your lil’ elves to Gene Coulon Beach Park to see thousands of twinkling lights, holiday scenes and Ivar’s famous Dancing Clams. After the official tree lighting on Friday, enjoy live holiday entertainment, a bonfire, community sing-a-long and the Argosy Cruises Christmas Ship and Parade of Boats. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

The Gingerbread Boy
You don’t want to miss this Bunraku puppetry production set in a magical world of candy, cookies and ice cream. See what happens when the mischievous gingerbread boy adds too much spice to the batter and stops the production of holiday goodies. Then, follow him to the giant gingerbread house on Candy Cane Lane, the Snowman in the Icicle Alps and the Gummy Gator at the Soda Swamp. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

Will you be enjoying some holiday fun this weekend or shopping ‘til you drop? Tell us in the Comments below.

— Kristina Moy