With Christmas just a few days away, we’ve put together some fun ideas to get you through the weekend and burn off some pre-Santa excitement! Consider: a whimsical winter solstice celebration, a nature-inspired family party, a sweet holiday puppet show, a theatre performance with ninja moves, a super-fun Christmas carnival, and a holiday concert inside a decked out garden center. If your kiddo hasn’t shared his wish list with Santa yet, there’s still time to catch the jolly ol’ fella at the top of the Space Needle. After getting your picture taken in Santa’s shiny ride, decorate holiday cookies on the observation deck. Happy Holidays from all of us at Red Tricycle!

Seattle

Moonlights Winter Solstice Fundraiser
Welcome the winter solstice with moon fairies, lantern making, and a moonlit auction. Plus, see a one-of-a-kind traveling Fairy Circus troupe! Fri., 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Seattle. $10 to $15. Registration required. All ages. Event details.

Winter Wonderland Family Party
At this family-friendly party, make nature-inspired holiday arts, crafts, and gifts, learn how plants, animals, and birds survive during the winter months, and enjoy hot cocoa and cider. Sat., 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. Seattle. Free. All ages. Event details.

The Gingerbread Boy
In this Bunraku puppetry production, see what happens when a naughty gingerbread boy adds too much spice to the batter and stops the production of holiday goodies. Sat. & Sun., 1:00 pm & 3:00 pm. Seattle. $8 to $10. Tickets required. All ages. Event details.

Eastside

NANDA: The Jacket
This family-friendly, holiday kung-faux performance will combine comedy, juggling, acrobatics, martial arts and video projection with original music, dance and pop-culture satire! Fri., 7:30 pm; Sat., 8:00 pm. Kirkland. $20 to $65. Ages 5 and older. Event details.

SAMBICA Christmas Carnvial
Take the family to this first-ever Christmas carnival to enjoy carnival games and prizes, a free picture with Santa, a complimentary espresso bar drink, and an inflatable joust! Fri., 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm. Issaquah. Free. All ages. Event details.

Live Holiday Music @ Molbak’s
After you enjoy a free holiday concert by the Emerald City Voices, get your last-minute Christmas shopping done and see dozens of magical holiday displays throughout the nursery. Sun., 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Woodinville. Free. All ages. Event details.

Are you ready for Christmas or do you still have shopping to do? Do you open presents on Christmas Eve or do you wait until Christmas morning? What kind of treats do you leave out for Santa? We would love to hear your Christmas traditions in the comments below. 

— Kristina Moy