The holidays are all around us, so best to enjoy rather than try to escape it (Jan. 2 will be here soon enough).  This weekend brings all kinds of festive fun, from a 5K that supports healthy girls, to a huge Hanukkah fete, to holiday lights, shopping,  and a reindeer-filled outing.  For more action, check out the annual Seattle Jingle Bell Run & Walk, or have a meal with your favorite characters of the season: meet Santa for breakfast or do lunch with the Grinch.


Better Than TV
New Balance Girls on the Run at Seward Park Dress up in your fave superhero costume, strap on your running sneaks and bring the whole fam (including babies and pets!) to put in a 5k in honor of strong, confident girls everywhere.  Sun., Register from 8 to 9:45 a.m.; race starts at 10, Seattle, $30. Register in advance and Read more

Community Communing
The Big Spin at MOHAI Dubbed as Seattle’s best throw-down, blow-out family Hanukkah party, The Big Spin has it all: arts and crafts, a magic show, fabulous food, a very large spinning dreidel, plus Chris Ballew, aka Caspar Babypants, singing holiday tunes. Sun., noon to 3 p.m., Seattle,  $18, kids under 1 free. Read more

‘Tis The Season
Pathway of Lights at Green Lake Get your holiday light fix (plus holiday carols, hot beverages and fresh baked cookies) at this annual tradition where Seattleites  hold candles and walk around the luminary-lined-loop of Green Lake. Sat., 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Seattle, Free. Read more


Sweet Savings
Holiday Shopping Bazaar at Katan Is there a better complement for under the tree than real, “green” gifts? Find an awesome selection of eco-friendly toys and art supplies at this shopping event, which also features guest artists, refreshments and free gift wrapping.  Thurs., 4 to 9 p.m., Mercer Island. Read more

Follow That Reindeer!
Issaquah Reindeer Festival The kiddos will get some serious holiday joy at Cougar Mountain Zoo’s annual winter celebration. Meet Santa, sit in his sleigh, listen to storytime by an elf and then check out the reindeer.  10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Dec. 23, Issaquah, $9.50 for kids 2-12, $11.50 for 13 and over; free for kids under 2. Read more

Nibbles & Sips

Tea Party at CF Kids Get ready to lift some pinkies while toasting teacups and sharing treats with your Littles at this fun affair. Girls (and boys) can come dressed in party attire and bring along their favorite baby dolls.  Sun., 11:30 – 12 Tea Party, Noon to 2, Corelle Toy Demo. Bellevue, Free. For info, call 425-653-5555. Read more.