Whether your family is looking for Christmas Day activities or you just want to wind down into a relaxing weekend, we’ve got lots of ways to make it happen. On our radar: star-gazing at the North Pole, gingerbread inspiration and two purr-fect story times. Scroll down to learn more and happy holidays from all of us at Red Tricycle.

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Welcome the whales
Join in the virtual celebration to welcome the southern resident orcas back to central Puget Sound. Write a poem, tell a story or create art to display at home. Daily, through December. Event details.

Reach for the stars
Join PacSci on a virtual trip to the North Pole and explore the sky from this wintry wonderland. Witness endless summer days and dark polar nights, and look for familiar constellations in this unfamiliar sky! Sat. Event details.

Stream the season
This weekend is your last to catch the season’s best productions streamed straight to your place. Don’t miss ‘Twas the Night Reimagined or the Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Nutcracker. You can also visit with Winterfests Past, when you sit down to enjoy demonstrations, music and dance from around the globe.

Open a purr-fectly good book
We’ve got two ways cat lovers can get their story time on this weekend. Start with StoryWalk’s Cat’s Colors if an in-person experience is your jam. Families can also log on to read with a kitten on Friday morning.

Get cookin’
Find inspiration for your winter baking when you visit a whimsical gingerbread village in Bothell. Or simply create your own inspiring sugar cookies when you pick up a decorating kit from a local bakery.

Walk the red carpet
Sunday kicks off the 15th annual Los Angeles International Film Festival and everyone’s invited to this year’s virtual event. 80 movies. All streamable. And all free to watch. Dec. 26-Jan. 3, 2021. Event details.

—Allison Sutcliffe