We have a healthy dose of holiday magic to keep you and the Littles happy and entertained this weekend! Consider: a top-notch show, a ginormous bake sale, a super-fun holiday race, a holiday party with firefighters, a Charles Dickens classic, and a yummy affair with St. Nick! Also on tap: the Great Figgy Pudding Competition, opening weekend of the PNB Nutcracker, and the 4th Annual Santa Tea!


Kindiependent Hootenanny Kickoff
This high-energy rock party will feature your fave kindie musicians including Caspar Babypants, Recess Monkey, The Not-Its!, The Board of Education, The Harmonica Pocket, and Johnny Bregar! Sat., 10:30 am. Seattle. $5 to $20 (family season pass $95). Tickets required. All ages. Event details.

This year’s cookie extravaganza will showcase thousands (and thousands!) of cookies baked by more than 20 of Seattle’s best bakeries and culinary schools. Choose a dozen (or two!) while the kiddos enjoy free arts and crafts and activities. Sat., 9:00 am – 1:00 pm (while supplies last). Seattle. Free admission ($15 per dozen). All ages. Event details.

Jingle Bell Run/Walk (pictured)
Put on your reindeer antlers and your running shoes and hit the streets of Seattle with hundreds of runners and walkers to raise funds for the Arthritis Foundation! Sun., 8:00 am. Seattle. $10 to $40 (1K Kids Run Free). All ages. Event details.


Tree Lighting & Firehouse Munch
Kick off your TGIF evening with a festive tree lighting ceremony, caroling, and a rockin’ holiday performance by Radio Disney. Then, enjoy Santa photos, holiday treats, and children’s entertainment at the firehouse! Fri., 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm. Mercer Island. Free. All ages. Event details.

A Christmas Carol Jr.
With lots of music, color, and movement, this shortened version of the holiday classic will appeal to the smallest theater-goers. Sat., 1:00 pm & 3:00 pm (also December 15 & 22). Redmond. $10/person. All ages. Event details.

Breakfast with Santa
Celebrate the holiday season with Santa and his elves at this annual breakfast! Insider Tip: Bring your camera and get your kiddo’s pic with Santa or a family photo for your holiday cards! Sat., 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Mercer Island. $7 to $9. Reservations required. Ages 0-18. Event details.

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

— Kristina Moy