We’re kicking off the first weekend of December with lots of holiday-themed excitement! For starters, we have a unique puppet show, a rockin’ dance party, and a circus performance with some popular bedtime characters. We also have a super-fun song and dance-along, a show with some peculiar penguins, and a sparkly winter celebration. If the kiddos need to burn off some energy, sign them up for the Red Stocking Run benefiting Children’s Home Society of Washington. This super-fun event will include a 5K run/walk and kids dash plus a hot chocolate garden and a fruitcake toss (yes, we said fruitcake!). Or pop over to Factoria Mall and teach the Littles about giving. Donate gently used clothing, toys, pet food, or non-perishable food items at Radio Disney’s Festival of Giving. Then, stay and enjoy free hot chocolate, holiday cookie decorating, make-and-take arts and crafts, and appearances by the Radio Disney Road Crew.

Seattle

Merry Chris Mouse (pictured)
No one puts on a holiday puppet show better than the Thistle Theatre. Take the kiddos to an opening weekend performance and see what happens when the brown mouse family find a new home, meet a tiny white mouse, and start plotting a rescue. Fri., 7:30 pm; Sat. and Sun., 1:00 pm & 3:00 pm (also December 10 & 11 and 17 & 18). Seattle. $8 to $9. Tickets required. Ages 3 and up. Event details.

Kid Pop Family Dance Party
Get ready to dance your socks off at this fab family dance party! Put on your favorite boa or sequin jacket and boogie to kid-appropriate dance and pop music. Plus, enjoy pizza, a limbo contest, and games. And don’t forget to sign up for the parent/kiddo dance-off contest! All proceeds from this event will benefit Art with Heart, a local non-profit helping at-risk kids and teens. Sat., 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Seattle. $10 to $50. Tickets required. All ages. Event details.

Once Upon A Circus
Get ready to be wowed at this annual winter performance by the SANCA Youth Performance Company. See your favorite bedtime stories reenacted with a bit of a twist! One thing is for sure—this show will feature acrobatics, tightwire, unicycle, aerial arts, and lotsa juggling! Sat., 3:00 pm & 7:00 pm; Sun., 3:00 pm. Seattle. $14 to $22. Advance tickets recommended. All ages. Event details.

Eastside

A Season For Singing!
Kick off your weekend with a free Nancy Stewart concert! Celebrate the change of seasons with this fav Northwest  children’s performer and get your daily fix of singing and dancing all in one place. Fri., 5:00 pm. Bellevue. Free. All ages. Event details.

How The Penguins Saved Santa Claus 
Get ready for lots of LOL moments at this performance by the Bellevue Youth Theatre. Watch as this hilarious plot unfolds with a group of misfit penguins racing against the clock to save Ole’ Saint Nick. Fri. and Sat., 7:00 pm; Sun., 2:00 pm (also Dec 9-11). Bellevue. $10 to $12. Tickets required. All ages. Event details.

Redmond Lights
Put on your winter duds and make sure to hit this winter celebration (now in its 13th year!). Start your evening off with a festive tree lighting ceremony, holiday activities, music, and refreshments at City Hall Plaza. Then, participate in a fab luminary walk to RTC and enjoy a festive holiday party complete with holiday treats, kids crafts, and entertainment. Sat., 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Redmond. Free. All ages. Event details.

Kristina Moy