We’re moving into holiday high gear, and in between all the shopping-trimming-baking hoopla, there are Little Ones to amuse. Consider a singalong classical music concert, a puppet show, a meet-and-greet with some real reindeer or a good ole’ fashioned Christmas variety show. (Oh, and if you need a little kid-free shopping time, we’ve got a Parents Night Out for you, too.) If that’s not enough to get your jingle on, head to the Space Needle for crafts with Santa or head to Bellevue Way for some fake snow and caroling nutcrackers on Snowflake Lane. After all, ‘tis the season.


Parent’s Night Out at Moonpaper Tent
Need some time for a bit of kid-free holiday shopping? Take advantage of MT’s Parent’s Night Out, where kids ages 4 and up can do dress-up, crafts and creative drama adventures. Fri., 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., Seattle, $30. Reservations required. Event details

Elves and the Shoemaker
The kiddos are sure to be mesmerized by these magical marionettes who tell the famed Brothers Grimm tale about a clever cobbler. Sun., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., Seattle, $7 to $9. Event details

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
It’s the 10th anniversary of Seattle Public Theater’s good-natured holiday performance of the infamous Herdman clan and how they take over the church pageant. Fri., 7p.m.; Sat., 4 and 7p.m.; Sun., 2 and 4 p.m., Green Lake, $15 to $25. Event details


Old Time Holiday Show at Kirkland Performance Center
An annual holiday classic, this old-fashioned variety show (think Prairie Home Companion meets Andy Williams Christmas Special!) includes dancing, singalongs and fabulous music. Fri., 7 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 7 p.m.; Sun. 2 p.m., Kirkland, $15 to $25. Event details

The Gingerbread Boy at Bellevue Youth Theatre
This super-fun puppet show by Thistle Theater comes to the Eastside with its hilarious plot about the gingerbread boy’s mischievous antics, a result of too much spice being mixed into his dough. Sat.-Sun., 2 and 4 p.m., Bellevue, $7 to $9. Event details

Issaquah Reindeer Festival
With activities such as: Sitting in Santa’s sleigh…stopping at the post office to write your Santa letter…hearing a story from an elf.. and of course feeding treats to some real-live reindeer, this is obviously one of the most unique and entertaining holiday festivals around. Fri., Sat., Sun., 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Issaquah, $9.50 to $11.50. Event details

—Kavita Varma-White