The holidays are hurtling toward us, and that means we’re starting to see twinkling lights and jolly-dudes-dressed-in-red at various events. This weekend’s holiday fix finds some really cool Christmas trees and teddy bears, a Nordic-style holiday celebration and the ultimate old-school celebration in the uber-Victorian Dickens Festival in Tacoma.  If you’re a mommy inventor (or have dreams of becoming one), hit up the Womentorz event on Saturday night. Other ways to keep busy include a kid-friendly rock concert, a super-fun glow-in-the-dark bounce party, and a really funny puppet show.

P.S. Book your tickets now for the Woodmark Hotel’s Holiday Tea on December 5. Spend a Saturday in Kirkland with the kids, get your Santa photos in a civilized setting, decorate some cookies and enjoy a day by the lake. Call 425-827-1986 to reserve a spot, tickets are $20 for kids and $40 for adults.

EXPLORE: Kenmore

FileNo matter when the urge for a ‘Sunday drive’ hits, the entire family will love a trek up to beautiful Saint Edward State Park, located on the shore of Lake Washington in Kenmore. This parent fave sits surrounded by majestic trees and quaint brick and stone buildings. Kids of all ages will race to the brilliant playground, constructed in 2003. You’ll discover two all-wood play areas, including a totally-fenced area for kids up to age five. Older siblings will enjoy neighboring climbing/hiding structures with a medieval castle theme. Read more.

Eastside

Music to our Ears

Save, Rock, Remember at Kibbn It’s a celebration that will have you dancing for joy at both the rockin’ guitar tunes of The Not Its and the kickin’ kid-store’s big anniversary sale.  When you’re done, check out Redmond Town Center’s newest sweetspot, Pinkalicious Cupcakes. Sat., 12:30 to 1:30 pm, Redmond, Free. Read more

Holiday Hoopla

Holiday Open House at Country Village Bothell’s shopping jewel gets all sparkly with thousands of twinkling lights at this annual kick-off-the-season event that includes cookie making, music and gorgeously-decorated shops. Don’t forget to take a ride on the CV train, feed the chickens and try out the new 17-hole putt putt course that’s shaped like the state of Washington! Sat., 10 am to 6 pm, Bothell, Free. Read more

Better Than TV

Glow in the Dark Night at Kidz Bounce What a perfect way to end the weekend:  a bouncing session that’s sure to get all the sillies out before bedtime. P.S.: Glow necklaces and bracelets add to the jumping fun. Sun., 5:30 to 7, Issaquah, $6. Read more

Seattle

Better Than TV

Puppet Show at High Point Community Center You’ll have a tough time deciding which part of this performance is better – the part where you get to watch humorous vignettes from The Zambini Bros. Puppet Showcase, or the part after the show where you get a behind-the-scenes peek at how the puppets work. Sat., 10:30 am, Seattle, $3 to $5. Read more

Festivus for the Rest of Us

Yulefest at Nordic Heritage Museum The Littles will dig the crafts, food and music while you’ll love the museum’s transformation into a holiday marketplace. And who knows, you just might get that first glimpse of The Guy in Red. Sat. and Sun., 10 am to 5 pm,  Seattle, $1 to $3. Read more

Community Communing

Opening of Festival Trees, Fairmont Olympic Hotel Get inspired for the light-stringing, ornament-hanging and tinsel-strewing that you’ll be doing soon by touring the lobby of the Fairmont to see 20 fabulously-decorated trees that make up this annual Seattle Children’s event.  Of course, the kiddos will want to make a beeline to the Teddy Bear Suite, which also opens this weekend. Sun., 3 to 5:30 pm, Seattle, Free. Read more