We’re pretty sure you’ve got a busy weekend planned, but if you’re looking for a little extra excitement we’ve rounded up some fantastic ways to celebrate the long weekend. Consider: a “beary” special event at the Fairmont Olympic, a magical display in the heart of the Emerald City, a festival with Santa’s biggest helpers and two dazzling light displays. If you’re looking for even more excitement, consider the Lantern Light Festival at the Washington State Fair Events Center and scroll down for the scoop on these events (and more!) taking place this weekend. Happy holidays from all of us at Red Tricycle.

photo: Global Winter Wonderland Santa

Seattle

Winter Celebration Animal Enrichment
Bundle up your kid crew and head to Woodland Park Zoo to watch the lions, jaguars, gorillas and other animals munch on holiday-themed treats such as wreaths, evergreen trees with ornamental fruit, boughs and gift-wrapped boxes filled with goodies. Plus, learn how these treats help enrich the lives of the zoo’s animals, promote natural animal behavior and keep the animals mentally stimulated. Thurs.-Sat. Event details.

Teddy Bear Suite
Big bears, lil’ bears, brown bears, white bears! This “beary” special holiday event is a must-see for kiddos of all ages. Located inside the elegant Fairmont Olympic Hotel, the Teddy Bear Suite is exactly that and much more. See teddy bears galore along with beautiful holiday decorations, a life-size gingerbread house and gorgeous Christmas trees. Mon.-Sun. (through Dec. 27). Event details.

25th Annual Gingerbread Village
One of the most beloved Seattle holiday traditions is the Gingerbread Village, and this year you can find it inside City Centre—across the street from the Sheraton Seattle Hotel. The larger-than-life gingerbread creations each follow the theme, 25 Years of Cheer: A Celebration of Seattle, and will give you the opportunity to stroll through Seattle’s cobblestone past and glimpse into its future, reflecting on what makes the Emerald City so special. Psst…don’t forget to vote for your favorite. Mon.-Sun. (through Jan. 1). Event details.

Eastside

Issaquah Reindeer Festival
This is your last chance to visit with Santa and drop a letter in his personal mailbox before he flies to the North Pole to pick up packages for good little boys and girls. While you’re at Santa’s post at Cougar Mountain Zoo, feed some of his reindeer, hear a story from an elf, visit with the zoo’s animals and enjoy holiday music, holiday-themed activities and yummy treats. Mon.-Sat. Event details.

Garden d’Lights
After the sun goes down, the Bellevue Botanical Garden is transformed into a dazzling winter wonderland of twinkling lights. Grab the stroller and take the Littles on a holiday journey filled with three-dimensional flowers, shrubs and animal characters. Insider Tip: Avoid the lines at the gate by purchasing your tickets online. Mon.-Sun. (through Dec. 31). Event details.

Ivar’s Clam Lights
Before the presents are opened and the treats consumed, bundle up your little elves and head to Gene Coulon Beach Park to see thousands of twinkling lights, holiday scenes and Ivar’s famous Dancing Clams along the shores of Lake Washington. Mon.-Sun. (through Jan. 1). Event details.

What fun holiday activities do you have planned this weekend? Tell us in the comments below!

Kristina Moy