Santa Paws courtesy of the Seattle Humane Society

The holidays are all around us, so it’s time to take a step back and take a day off to enjoy the delightful festive mayhem.  This weekend highlights all kinds of fun events, including several holiday-themed plays, a dazzling luminary walk, a donut-filled concert, and a chance to let Fido get his ho-ho-ho on.  Feel in the mood to nibble on some gingerbread? Check out the super-cool display at the Sheraton Seattle or pop over to Planet Happy Toys for their daily drop-in gingerbread decorating class – the cookies are huge, but that’s balanced by their organic, gluten-free quality.

Seattle

Snow White’s Winter Wonderland
Join the clever folks at The Moonpaper Tent for a fun fairy tale experience exploring the connection between moonfairies, Snow White, and Old Man Winter. Thurs. – Sat., 5, 6 and 7 p.m., Seattle, $10. Event details.

Red Riding Hood and Three Little Pigs at Hales Palladium
The Fremont Players turn two all-time kiddie tales into a festive musical comedy encouraging the crowd to boo at the villains and cheer on the heroes. Sun, 1 p.m., Fremont, $12. Event details.

Green Lake Pathway of Lights
Gather the family and set out to enjoy this annual tradition of strolling around the lake and drinking down delightful holiday light decorations; enjoy live music, holiday carols, hot bevvies and baked goods. Sat., 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., Green Lake, Free. Event details.

Eastside

Harmonic Pocket at Top Pot
What’s better on a cold day than a big donut crammed full of sugary goodness at the Top Pot? Double the delight by snacking out on delightful delicacies while jamming to a live concert by celebrated kid’s band Harmonica Pocket. Sat., 11 a.m., Bellevue, Free. Event details.

Santa Paws
Head out to the Humane Society’s winter bash to take a holiday photo (perfect for cards and calendars!) of your pet and a certain jolly old elf. Get a digital image of the furry duo in return for a small donation, and enjoy the chance to contribute to a good cause!  Sat., noon to 4 p.m., Bellevue, $20 donation suggested. Event details.

The Magical Mrs. Claus
Bellevue Youth Theater’s holiday show explains why so many kids are getting coal in their stockings this year – a story line sure to keep young minds attentive! Enjoy the original holiday musical, complete with Santa, song and dance, and a healthy helping of Christmas magic. Thurs – Sun. 7 p.m. and 2 p.m., Bellevue, $10 (reserved seating) Event details.

—Kavita Varma-White