We made it through Thanksgiving Zooms and a downsized dinner with the kids (bring on the leftovers!) Now it’s time to flip the switch from fall to winter activities. This weekend is all about wattage. Between local holiday light displays and festive tree lighting ceremonies (downtown and in Bellevue) things are looking bright. We also can’t wait for: a classic tale told old school style, an international food walk and a scenic holiday train ride.

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Don’t be a Scrooge
It’s opening weekend of the ACT Theatre’s A Christmas Carol. Gather ‘round the radio with your little elves to enjoy the magic of this Charles Dickens’ classic. You can listen in your pajamas or in your holiday best—anytime and anywhere you like. Nov. 27- Dec. 27. Event details. 

Shop small
If you’ve got Shop Small Saturday on the brain, we’re right there with you. Support small businesses at the Handmade Holiday Brigade pop-up in Fremont or find the perfect gift at the Duwamish Native Gift Fair.

Hop on board the Yuletide Express
Join Santa and his elves on the Yuletide Express, a 25-minute holiday excursion aboard seasonally decorated, antique coaches, that brings families from the depot in Snoqualmie just past the falls before returning home. Each child receives a small gift from Santa. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Eat globally
If 30 different restaurants and small plates for $6 sounds temping, bring the kids to the ID to sample international favorites all day long. Sat. Event details.

Color your world
The weekend is a great time to download the Seattle Aquarium’s new (free!) Sea Color app and learn about our local marine life, their habitat and how to support them both.

Will crawl for cookies
Who doesn’t love a fresh batch of holiday cookies? Join in the Burien Cookie Crawl this weekend to enjoy some with the kids! Sat. Event details. 

Gaze at the stars
Take a family star gazing expedition from home when you join Troy Carpenter from Washington State Parks at the Goldendale Observatory Center. He’ll be tackling the question on every space-loving kiddo’s mind: It’s very cold in space—or is it? Sun. Event details.

—Allison Sutcliffe