With the holiday season in full swing, we have a healthy dose of holiday magic to keep everyone happy and entertained this weekend. Consider: a magical puppet show, a party with lots of latkes, a super-fun holiday race, a festive party with firefighters, a holiday lighting with some popular clams, and a Christmas production with a jolly ol’ fella. Other fun happenings going on around the city include a kid-friendly Nutcracker performance, a Winter Wonderland celebration for Swedish Pediatric patients, families and friends, and a diving Santa at the Seattle Aquarium.

Jingle Bell Run


Pixie and the Grocer
In this Hans Christian Andersen story (brought to life through puppets) see what happens when Pixie observes a poor Poet give up food in exchange for an old book. What’s so magical about the book? You’ll have to see the show to find out. Sat.-Sun., 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. (also Dec. 21-22 & Dec. 28-29). Seattle. $8 to $10. Ages 3 and older. Event details.

Chanukah Party
Bring your menorah and celebrate Chanukah with your friends and family. This awesome party will include freshly-made latkes, candle lighting, and songs plus a potluck meal and tons of children’s activities. Sat., 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Seattle. Suggested donation of $10/individual or $20/family. All ages. Event details.

Jingle Bell Run/Walk (pictured)
Put on your reindeer antlers, tie some jingle bells to your running shoes, and hit the streets of downtown Seattle with hundreds of runners and walkers to raise funds for the Arthritis Foundation. Sun., 7:45 a.m. Seattle. $10 to $40 (1K Kids Run Free). All ages. Event details.


Tree Lighting & Firehouse Munch
This annual tree lighting ceremony at Mercerdale Park will include lots of caroling as well as activities and music with Radio Disney. After the tree lighting, head over to the firehouse to get your picture taken with Santa and to enjoy holiday treats, arts and crafts, and musical entertainment. Fri., 5:30 p.m.– 8:30 p.m. Mercer Island. Free. All ages. Event details.

Ivar’s Clam Lights Ceremony
Take the kiddos to Gene Coulon Beach Park to see thousands of twinkling lights, holiday scenes, and Ivar’s famous Dancing Clams. After the official lighting, enjoy live holiday entertainment, the Rainier Yacht Club’s Parade of Boats, and the Argosy Christmas Ship. Fri., 6 p.m.-9 p.m (through Jan. 1). Renton. Free. All ages. Event details.

‘Twas The Night Before Christmas
The Bellevue Youth Theatre is getting in on the holiday action with this all ages performance. Expect lots of LOL moments as the story behind this classic poem comes to life on stage. Fri.-Sat., 7 p.m., Sun., 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. (also Dec. 13-15). Bellevue. $10 to $12. Tickets required. All ages. Event details.

Will you be enjoying some holiday fun this weekend or shopping ‘til you drop? Let us know in a comment below.

–Kristina Moy

photo credit: The Arthritis Foundation-Great West Region