In between all the shopping-trimming-decorating madness, there’s lots of family fun to be had around the Emerald City. Consider: a party with Mr. and Mrs. Claus, a holiday musical with lots of LOL moments or a sweet event under the Needle. If you’re looking for a fun activity that involves rides, lights and lots of holiday-themed excitement, head to Wild Waves Holiday with Lights and take in more than 25 rides and holiday-themed attractions. Scroll down to learn more about these fun events (and other activities) taking place this weekend.

photo: Jeremy Daniel

Seattle

Elf: The Musical (pictured)
Based on the beloved 2003 movie Elf, this hilarious Broadway production tells the tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. When Santa grants Buddy permission to embark on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, he discovers his true identity and helps New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. Tues.-Sun. Event details.

Santa’s Landing Party
At this annual holiday party, see Santa and Mrs. Claus touch down at the Museum of Flight, tell the jolly ol’ couple your Christmas wishes and enjoy holiday music from the The Boeing Concert Orchestra and the Boeing Band. Plus, take in lots of holiday-themed fun throughout the Museum’s galleries and rock out with Seattle’s favorite kindie rocker: Caspar Babypants! Sat. Event details.

CookieFest 2017 
Take the fam to the Seattle Center for this sweet holiday event. This year’s CookieFest will feature thousands (and thousands!) of holiday-inspired treats baked by Seattle’s best pastry artisans. Choose a baker’s dozen (or two or three!) while the kiddos enjoy free arts and crafts and activities. All proceeds from this event benefit the Seattle Milk Fund’s Child Care & Family Support Program. Sat. Event details.

Eastside

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. Mon.-Sun. (through Dec. 23). Event details.

‘Twas the Night…
This hilarious spin on the familiar holiday poem is guaranteed to leave the whole fam in stitches. Join the Big Family and their menagerie as they await the coming of St. Nick. Psst…this Studio East tradition includes new surprises each year, so get ready to expect the unexpected. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

The Elves and the Toymaker
This holiday musical will delight audiences young and old and remind everyone that the spirit of giving is truly the greatest gift of all. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

Are you celebrating the holiday season at one of these fun events this weekend? Tell us in the comment below.

— Kristina Moy