In between all of the shopping-trimming-decorating madness, there’s lots of family fun to be had around the Emerald City. On our weekend radar: a unique musical spectacular, a sweet competition on the streets of Seattle, a brand-new light festival and an event with Santa’s biggest helpers. Keep reading to learn more.

photo: STOMP


STOMP (pictured)
The international percussion sensation, STOMP, is returning to the Moore Theatre. Designed for audiences of all ages, the eight-member troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments (think: matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, hubcaps) to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms. It’s an explosive, inventive, witty, utterly unique and truly unforgettable experience you don’t want to miss. Tues.-Sun. Event details.

Great Figgy Pudding Competition
Now in its 33rd year, this annual caroling competition is not to be missed. Bundle up the kids and head downtown to see dozens of caroling teams sing throughout the streets of Seattle, competing for the number one spot, while raising money for the Pike Market Senior Center & Food Bank. Fri. Event details.

Lumaze: Lost in Lights
Take your crew of elves to Pier 91 to experience this brand-new indoor light festival. Laugh, stroll and play under the twinkle of a million lights as you explore Lumaze’s dazzling light garden and illuminated structures. Then, enjoy seasonal beverages, delish food and live music while the kiddies play on the Gingerbread-themed playground. Psst! Be sure to shop the vendor market, showcasing the best local artisans and boutique businesses. Thurs.-Sun. Event details.


Issaquah Reindeer Festival
At this annual holiday extravaganza, visit with Santa and drop a letter in his personal mailbox, feed his reindeer, hear a story from an elf, visit with the Zoo’s animals and enjoy holiday music, activities and yummy treats. Mon.-Sun. (through Dec. 30). Event details.


Holiday Lights & Firehouse Munch
This annual community event will include lots of caroling and holiday merriment at Mercerdale Park as well as food, musical entertainment and more at the Firehouse. Psst! Don’t forget to bring cash to help “Fill the Boot” to support muscular dystrophy. Fri. Event details.

The Twelve Days of Christmas
This delightful tale has all the joy of a holiday treasure. A prince longs for a new world within his kingdom and finds a town fallen to bad times. With true love and Christmas joy, the town is brought back to life. Fri.-Sun. (also Dec. 13-15). Event details.

—Kristina Moy


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