Ho! Ho! Home on a Houseboat, courtesy of DLR Group.

The countdown is over… Christmas is almost here and your Little Ones are sure to be antsy. We’ve got some fun ideas to quell pre-present excitement, as well as a few things to get you through the rest of the holiday weekend in Seattle. Consider gazing at gorgeous gingerbread houses, listening to story time on a tugboat, watching some fine musical performances or walking through a lit-up winter garden wonderland. Whatever you do, be joyous, merry, and enjoy your kids. Happy Holidays from all of us at Red Tricycle!


Black Nativity at The Moore Theatre
This fantastic Langston Hughes show (described as a hand-clapping, roof-raising musical) has dancers, gospel singers and such uplifting music you’ll be adequately amped for Christmas Eve festivities. Fri., 2 p.m, Seattle, $15 to $55 (for ages 5 and up). Event details

Gingerbread Village at Sheraton Seattle
If you’ve got plans to make gingerbread houses this Christmas weekend, get inspired by perusing the fantastic creations designed by top Seattle architects and chefs. Through Jan. 2, Seattle, Free. Event details

Tugboat Storytime
Need to distract your restless little sailors who are giddy with anticipation over Santa’s impending arrival? Enjoy stories about boats and the sea aboard the historic Arthur Foss tugboat. Thurs., 11 a.m. to noon, Ages 2 to 5, Free. Event details


Anne of Green Gables
What better way to recover from the hectic holiday weekend than with this heartwarming musical at Village Theatre. Hint: Got little ones? Check out the theater’s awesome Family Room seating. Sun., 2 p.m., (and other shows through Jan. 2), Issaquah, $20 to $60. Event details

Garden D’Lights
If you’ve got out-of-town visitors, this outstanding light display, a veritable winter wonderland, is a great, festive diversion (not to mention a good way to burn off some holiday calories). Make sure you download the Critter Hunt map for the kids before you go. 5 to 10 p.m. through Jan. 1, $5 (Free for ages 10 and younger), Bellevue. Event details

Model Train Festival at Washington State History Museum
This fabulous display of elaborate model trains is well worth the half hour drive to Tacoma. (Did ya know: the museum houses the largest permanent model train layout in the state.) Sun. through Jan. 1, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., $25 per family, Tacoma. Event details