We’re wrapping up November and kickin’ off December with lots of merriment! For starters, we have a theatrical activity for the Littles, a free giveaway for snow bunnies, and a workshop for aviation buffs. We also have a sweet family tradition, the story behind the Nutcracker, and a fab holiday party. If that’s not enough excitement, take the kiddos to the opening of Ivar’s Clam Lights to see thousands of twinkling lights, the Argosy Christmas Ship, and Ivar’s famous Dancing Clams or make galactic gingerbread houses and play Star Wars themed games at a special Jedi Gingerbread Workshop.

Seattle

String: Theatre and Dance Performance
Join actor Mary Margaret Moore as she leads lil’ ones on a super-fun exploration of creativity and wonder inside the Frye Art Museum. Fri., 11:15 am – 11:45 am (also January 25 and February 22). Seattle. $5/person. Tickets required. Ages 2 to 6. Event details.

Free Ski Helmet Fitting & Giveaway
Hooray! Ski season is finally here! If your kiddo is in need of a new ski helmet, be sure to hit this free ski and snowboard helmet fitting and giveaway! Sat., 10:30 am – 12:30 pm. Seattle. Free. Ages 4 to 18. Event details.

Family Workshop: Great Gallery
Looking for a family-friendly indoor activity? Get to know some of the Museum of Flight’s most celebrated planes in the Great Gallery and make your own miniature exhibit to take home! Sat. & Sun., 11:00 am & 1:00 pm. Seattle. Free with admission. All ages. Event details.

Eastside

Gingerbread Lane
O-o-h and a-w-w at one-of-a-kind gingerbread creations designed, built, and decorated by local chefs, architects, and businesses. Plus, vote for your fave and bid on one to take home! Fri. – Sun., 8:00 am – 8:00 pm. Bellevue. Free. All ages. Event details.

Evergreen City Ballet: Nutcracker
This special, one-hour performance designed for lil’ Nutcracker fans will feature Clara, the Nutcracker Prince, and some behind-the-scenes tricks! Sat. & Sun., 11:00 am & 3:00 pm. Kirkland. $12 to $19 (under 2 free). Tickets required. All ages. Event details.

Redmond Lights
At this annual event, enjoy holiday activities, music and refreshments and watch the tree lighting ceremony at City Hall Plaza. Then, participate in a luminary walk to RTC and a festive holiday party complete with holiday treats, kid’s crafts, and entertainment. Sat., 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Redmond. Free. All ages. Event details.

How is your family gearing up for the holidays? Are you getting your tree this weekend? Decorating the house? Making cookies? Let us know in a comment below.

— Kristina Moy