The holiday season is in full swing and whether you’re just starting your holiday to-do list or you’re just about done, one thing is for sure–little ones still need to be entertained! Good thing we’ve put together a healthy dose of holiday magic to keep everyone happy and amused this weekend. For starters, we’ve got a unique sing-along on Puget Sound’s only steam powered passenger ship, a stellar music show by the best kid-music-bands in Seattle, and the biggest bake sale you’ve ever seen! We also have a spectacular winter ball, a super-fun (and very interactive!) family concert, and a one-of-a-kind holiday event inside BAM. This weekend, you can get your jingle on. Put on your reindeer antlers and your running shoes and hit the streets of downtown Seattle with thousands of runners and walkers for the annual Jingle Bell Run/Walk (pictured). Or take the fam to Lake Union Park for Cookies, Crafts & Carols. This fun event will include everything from cookie decorating, card-making, and caroling to hot coca, ship tours and holiday lights.


NW Seaport Chantey Sing
Here’s your chance to shine! Hop aboard the historic Steamship Virginia V and share easy-to-learn maritime songs of the season. This Chantey Sing will use a traditional song circle format so be prepared to lead a song, request a song, or simply join in the chorus. And don’t forget to bring along a little cash because there will be plenty of refreshments and baked goods for sale along with Pacific Northwest maritime CDs. Fri., 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm. Seattle. Free (donations accepted). All ages Event details.

Kindiependent Hootenanny Kick-off
Kick off the Kids Rock Series at the Mount Baker Community Center with this high-energy kindie rock party!  See performances by Caspar Babypants, Recess Monkey, The Not-Its!, The Board of Education, The Harmonica Pocket, and Johnny Bregar! Sat., 10:30 am – 11:30 am. Seattle. $4 to $10 (season pass $85). Tickets required. All ages. Event details.

Take the fam to downtown Macy’s for this super-sweet event! This year’s Cookiefest will feature more than 10,000 cookies baked by 25 of Seattle’s best bakeries and culinary schools. Choose a baker’s dozen (or two or three!) while the kiddos enjoy free arts and crafts and activities. All proceeds from this event will benefit the Seattle Milk Fund. Sat., 9:00 am – 1:00 pm (while supplies last). Seattle. Free admission. All ages. Event details.


Father/Daughter Snowflake Ball
Calling all princesses! Celebrate the arrival of winter and spend a magical evening with dear ol’ Dad at this annual father/daughter event. Enjoy plenty of music and dancing plus princess crafts, beverages, goodies, and photo opps. Princess gowns, sparkles, and glitter are encouraged! Fri., 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm. Kirkland. $23 to $28 (extra siblings $12 to $15). Registration required. Ages 3-10. Event details.

Family Concert with Charlie Hope
The Woodinville Friends of the Library invite you to join this award-winning musician for a fun, interactive concert. Sing and dance to songs that incorporate elements of rhyme and storytelling, while developing language skills. Sat., 10:30 am. Woodinville. Free. Ages 2 and older. Event details.

Jingle Bell-evue Blvd.
If Snowflake Lane is on your to-do list this Sunday, make sure to stop by BAM for this one-of-a-kind event put on by the Junior League of Seattle. This hands-on, family event will feature private performances from the Snowflake Lane toy soldier drum line, hot cocoa, cider and a snack bar. Plus, enjoy a photo booth, holiday crafts, and face painting. Donations will be accepted and will benefit the Junior League of Seattle’s nonprofit community partners. Sun., 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm (also December 18). Bellevue. Free (donations accepted). All ages. Event details.

–Kristina Moy