We’re ushering December in with a healthy dose of holiday hoopla! This weekend, be sure to stop by community light celebrations to take in the seasonal splendor; sit back and enjoy performances by everyone’s fave dough boy, rock out to kiddie tunes sung by the best kid-music-bands Seattle has to offer, or take in a show about a funny fox! The ongoing seasonal outings available this month aren’t to be missed; make time for events like the thousands of dazzling holiday decorations at Bellevue Botanical Gardens – the kids will love to hunt for “critters”!


Holiday Fairy Fair at Moonpaper Tent
You gotta love the chance to multitask and make everyone happy.  Get some of your holiday shopping done – buy some cool, locally-made gifts complete with wrapping paper while the little ones play with friends and fairies! Face painting, snacks, gift wrapping, holiday tunes and other fun activities – this fair has something for everyone. Fri., 6 to 9 p.m., Seattle, Free. Event details.

Kindiependent Kids Rock Concert at Mount Baker Community Clubhouse
An amazing collection of musicians band together this weekend to provide audiences with a stellar music show. Seriously, when was the last time you saw Caspar Babypants, Recess Monkey, The Not-Its, Johnny Bregar, the Board of Education and Harmonica Pocket perform on a single stage?  Sat., 10:30 – 11:30 a.m., Seattle, $4 to $10. Event details.

The Gingerbread Boy by Thistle Theatre

The classic children’s fairytale comes to life on stage this weekend; the puppet show re-interprets the story with an original twist. Step into a world of candy, cookies, and ice cream; stop and stare as the mischievous Ginger Bread Boy runs amuck in the bakery, hotly pursued by the lovely Pepper Mint! Sat.-Sun., 1 and 3 p.m., Seattle, $7 to $9. Event details.


Redmond Lights
Make sure to visit the town’s 12th annual holiday celebration, which includes everything from cookie decorating and craft-making to bell-ringing, caroling and a fab luminary walk.  Sat., 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., various locations in Redmond, Free. Event details,Further Information.

Woodinville Light Festival
This annual fete features spectacular lighting displays in addition to live music, a mini-Nutcracker ballet performance, gingerbread house decorating, and other holiday happenings. Make sure to say hi to Santa; carolers, choirs, and photo ops abound!  Sat., 5 to 8 p.m., Woodinville, Free. Event details,Further Information.

Fantastic Mr. Fox at Youth Theatre Northwest
The opening weekend of this fun musical retelling of the Roald Dahl classic isn’t to be missed. The performance features a talented teen cast of super-colorful characters; take some time out of your busy schedule to drink down one of the shows! Thurs.-Fri., 7 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 2 p.m.  through Dec. 12, Mercer Island, $10. Event details.