This weekend, ease into the holiday season by enjoying some good ol’ family fun. Consider: a holiday feast at the zoo, a thrilling magic show with plenty of audience participation, a race for big and little turkeys and a sweet activity for the whole fam. Looking for a fun way to kick off the Christmas season? Take your crew to Julefest at the Nordic Museum and read on to see what else is happening around the city.

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Turkey Toss
Watch as the jaguars, snow leopards, lions, bears and other animals devour their holiday turkey treats. While you’re there, learn how these enrichments promote natural animal behaviors and keep the animals mentally and physically stimulated. Sat. Event details.

Family Magic Show
Take the whole family to the Seattle Center for this one-hour interactive stage magic show. Watch as Magician Raymond combines comedy magic, thrilling stage illusions, mind reading and lots of audience participation into one jam-packed hour of entertainment. Psst! After the show, kids will get to learn a magic trick. Sat. Event details.

Festival of Trees
Whether you’re looking for ideas for your own tree this year or just want to gawk at some amazing showstoppers, start your 2018 holiday season off with this time-honored tradition (now in its 41st year!). See the display of 24 beautifully decorated Christmas trees, each with its own unique theme and style and read inspiring stories of courageous Seattle Children’s Hospital patients. Sat.-Sun. (through Dec. 2). Event details.


Wendy and Peter: Into Neverland
This is your last chance to catch The Bellevue Youth Theatre’s latest production of Wendy and Peter: Into Neverland. You’ve heard the story of Peter Pan, but now it’s time to hear from Wendy. In an original twist of the classic tale, Wendy and Peter: Into Neverland explores the world of fairies, pirates and children who never grow up, all through the eyes of Wendy. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Gingerbread House Day
We know this event isn’t exactly on the Eastside, but it’s too good not to include. Take your crew to Country Village for the fifth annual Gingerbread House Weekend. Create a unique and festive house to take home or enter it into the Village’s Gingerbread House contest. Psst…the first-place winner takes home a $200 Country Village gift certificate. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

Turkey Trot
Grab your jogging stroller, lace up your tennies and join other Seattle families for this three-mile walk/run benefiting Hopelink. After the race, enjoy goodies from participating vendors along with food trucks, music, photos, balloon and caricature art, face painting and more. Sun. Event details.

—Kristina Moy


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