The holiday season is in full swing and we have a healthy dose of holiday magic to keep everyone in your brood happy and entertained. Consider: a lively competition in the streets of Seattle, a festive tree lighting ceremony, a rockin’ holiday concert, an event with Santa’s biggest helpers, an annual holiday party with firefighters and a kickoff event with some popular clams. If that’s not enough excitement, A Victorian Country Christmas returns to the Washington State Fair Events Center with 500 holiday-themed shops, stage shows and concerts, plus gourmet food, kids’ activities and photos with Santa.
photo: Seattle Aquarium
Great Figgy Pudding Competition
Now in its 29th year, this annual caroling competition is not to be missed. See more than 40 caroling teams sing throughout the streets of downtown Seattle, competing for the number one spot and raising money for the Pike Market Senior Center and Downtown Food Bank. Psst! We hear the Blue Thunder Drum line will be making an appearance, too. Fri., 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Seattle. Free. All ages. 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. Then, enjoy a rockin’ performance by The Not-Its! (on Saturday) and lots of merriment with the Seattle Youth Symphony Quartet (on Sunday). Sat.-Sun. at noon & 3 p.m. (concerts take place at 1:30 p.m.). Seattle. Free with admission or membership. All ages. Event details.
West Seattle Junction Holiday Party & Tree Lighting
Bundle up the kids and head to the West Seattle Junction for this annual holiday event. From 4 p.m.-8 p.m., enjoy nibbles, drinks, games and deals during the progressive party hosted by Junction businesses. At 5 p.m., take in the lighting of the community Christmas tree and enjoy hot cocoa, cookies and live entertainment. Sat., 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Seattle. Free. All ages. 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. Tues.-Sun., 10 a.m.-4:30 pm. (through Dec. 23). Issaquah. $10 to $14 (under 2 Free). All ages. Event details.
Tree Lighting & Firehouse Munch
This annual tree lighting ceremony at Mercerdale Park will include lots of caroling and holiday merriment as well as arts and crafts, Santa photos, treats and musical entertainment at the Firehouse. Psst! Don’t forget to bring an unwrapped toy for the Toys for Tots drive. Fri., 6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m. Mercer Island. Free. All ages. 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, enjoy live holiday entertainment, a bonfire, community sing-a-long and the Argosy Cruises Christmas Ship and Parade of Boats. Fri., 6 p.m.-9 p.m; Sat.-Sun., 5 p.m.-9 p.m. (through Jan. 1, 2016). Renton. Free. All ages. Event details.
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— Kristina Moy