With Christmas just a few days away, we’ve put together some fun ideas to get you through the weekend and burn off some pre-Santa excitement. Consider: a whimsical winter solstice celebration, a ride inspired by nature, a meet and greet with the big guy in red, two holiday-themed train excursions, and a holiday festival with Rudolph, Dasher and Blitzen. If you’re looking for a fun outdoor activity, bundle up the kiddos and head to Woodland Park Zoo to watch the animals munch on holiday-themed treats during the zoo’s annual Winter Celebration Enrichment. Happy holidays from all of us at Red Tricycle!

Reindeer Festival


Moonlights Winter Solstice Celebration
Welcome the winter solstice with the moon fairies at Moonpaper Tent. In addition to a lantern procession, kiddos (and parents) can make their own lantern and enjoy warm cider, snacks, face painting, music, poetry and songs. Sat., 6 p.m.– 8 p.m. Seattle. $10 suggested donation per person. Pre-registration required. All ages. Event details.

Winter Wonderland Hay Rides
This is your last weekend to take a truck-drawn haywagon ride around Seward Park. Learn about the magnificent old growth forest and beautiful Lake Washington from a naturalist who will lead the guided tours. Sat., 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Seattle. $5/person. All ages. Event details.

Snacks with Santa
Have you ever wanted to ask Santa what Rudolph’s favorite snack is? Or what the elves like to eat? Spend some one-on-one time with Santa while you snack on some sweet and healthy treats. Then, construct your very own mini gingerbread house to take home.Sat., 1:30 p.m., 2 p.m. & 2:30 p.m (also Monday, Dec. 23). Seattle. $7/person (under 1 free). RSVP required. Ages 10 months to 10. Event details.


Santa Train
There’s still time left to take a festive journey aboard the Santa Train. In addition to a round trip excursion from North Bend to Snoqualmie, kiddos will get to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, sip on hot cocoa,  and nosh on yummy cookies baked in the kitchen car’s coal stoves. Fri. 12 p.m. & 1 p.m. Snoqualmie. Advance tickets recommended. $20/person (under 2 free). All ages. Event details.

Holiday Express Train
Jump aboard the Holiday Express and take a tour around Redmond Town Center. If you haven’t shared your Christmas wish list with Santa yet, be sure to stop by his headquarters and visit with him while you’re there. Fri.-Sun., 12 p.m.-9 p.m. (through Christmas Eve at 4 p.m.). Redmond. $3/person. All ages. Event details.

Issaquah Reindeer Festival (pictured)
Enjoy the sights and sounds of the holidays with family and friends at Cougar Mountain Zoo. Visit the North Pole and get your picture taken with Santa, feed Dasher, Dancer and Blitzen, enjoy holiday music and activities, and visit with the zoo’s animals. Fri.-Sun., 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Issaquah. $10 to $14 (under 2 free). All ages. Event details.

What fun holiday activities do you have planned this weekend? Let us know in a comment below.

–Kristina Moy

Photo credit: Cougar Mountain Zoo