In between all of the shopping-trimming-decorating madness, there’s lots of family fun to be had around the city. For starters, we have a party with Mr. and Mrs. Claus, a smash hit Broadway musical and a delicious holiday event under the Needle. We also have a special evening for dads and daughters, a holiday show with lots of LOL moments and a wildly popular Hanukkah party. If you’re looking for an event with tons of rides, lights and holiday-themed excitement, head to Holiday with Lights. In addition to more than 25 rides and attractions, kids can visit with Santa and get their picture taken in his shiny red sleigh and enjoy falling snow, holiday crafts and a festive sing-a-long.

Disney's Beauty and the Beast

photo: Matthew Murphy

Seattle

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (pictured)
You don’t want to miss this smash hit Broadway musical playing this weekend only at The Paramount Theatre. Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature film, this eye-popping spectacle will tell the classic story of Belle and the Beast and will feature all of your favorite songs. Fri., 8 p.m. Sat., 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Sun., 1 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. Seattle. $35 & up. Tickets required. Ages 4 & older. Event details.

CookieFest
This year’s Cookiefest (in its new location at the Seattle Center Armory Loft) will feature thousands of cookies baked by more than 20 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 milk. Proceeds benefit Seattle Milk Fund’s Child Care & Family Support Program. Sat., 10 a.m.-noon. Seattle. Free admission. $15/dozen or $1.50 each (while supplies last). All ages. Event details.

Santa’s Landing Party
At this annual holiday party, see Santa and Mrs. Claus touch down at the Museum of Flight, tell the jolly ol’ couple your Christmas wishes, enjoy holiday music from the The Boeing Concert Orchestra and the Boeing Band and take in lots of holiday-themed fun throughout the Museum’s galleries. Sun., 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Seattle. Outside activities Free; inside activities included with admission or membership. All ages. Event details.

Eastside

Father/Daughter Snowflake Ball
Put on your finest princess gown (sparkles and glitter are encouraged) and celebrate the arrival of winter with princess crafts, snacks, photo opps and plenty of dancing. Fri., 6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m. Kirkland. $27.38 to $32.85 per child. Pre-registration required. Ages 3-10. Event details.

The Elves & the Toymaker
In true StoryBook Theater fashion, this holiday musical will delight audiences young and old and remind everyone that the spirit of giving is truly the greatest gift of all. Sat., 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.; Sun.,11 a.m., 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. (also Dec. 19-20). Kirkland. $11/person. Tickets required. Ages 3 & older. Event details.

Hanukkah Under the Stars
This festive and fun Hanukkah party will feature tons of family fun! Enjoy a high-flying performance by SANCA, a musical performance by Shul of Rock and science experiment demonstrations from Pacific Science Center. There will also be games, crafts and face painting for the younger set and The Museum of Flight will host a planetarium experience for older kids. Sat., 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Mercer Island. Free (RSVP required online). All ages. Event details.

Are you celebrating the holiday season at one of these fun events this weekend? Tell us in the Comment below.

— Kristina Moy