Since Thanksgiving falls a little later this year, you have extra time to ease into the holiday season and enjoy some good ol’ family fun. On our weekend radar: a movie with some popular tunes, a turkey feast for the animals, a show with creepy, crawly critters, an all ages production, a festive event for tykes and a walk for big and little turkeys. If you’re looking for a fun way to kick off the Christmas season, take your crew to an authentic Nordic Christmas celebration. Yulefest will feature hand-crafted gifts, live music, traditional Nordic cuisine, holiday-themed crafts and visits with the big guy in red.

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Family Movie Night
Take the fam to the Mount Baker Community Club for this community movie night. Bring your comfy pillows and blankets and sing along to one of the most popular animated films ever—Frozen. There will be a concession bar with snacks and popcorn, plus beer and wine for mom and dad. Elsa and Anna costumes are encouraged. Fri. 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. (movie starts at 7 p.m.). Seattle. $3/person. All ages. Event details.

Turkey Toss
Watch as the jaguars, snow leopards, lions, bears and other animals devour their turkey holiday treats and learn how these enrichments promote natural animal behaviors and keep the animals mentally and physically stimulated. Sat., 10 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Seattle. Free with admission or membership. All ages. Event details.

Pied Piper Presents the Reptile Man
Leaping lizards! The Reptile Man, aka Scott Petersen, is returning to the Pied Piper series and you don’t want to miss his fantastic show. See all sorts of cool, creepy, crawly reptiles and stick around ‘til the end of the performance and maybe, just maybe, you’ll get to hold a baby alligator or ride on a real live tortoise. Sat., 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Seattle. $3/person. All ages. Event details.


The Mitten
This latest Bellevue Youth Theatre production, based on a Ukrainian folk tale, will be filled with music, dance and fun for everyone. Watch what happens when a child loses a mitten in the snow, where it’s inhabited by the animals. It’s a tale of sharing and giving. Fri. & Sat., 7 p.m. Sun., 2 p.m. Bellevue. $5 to $10. Tickets required. All ages. Event details.

Visions of Sugarplums
Dress in your party clothes and join the folks at Northwest Arts Center for a sweet beginning to the holiday season. During this special event, kids will get to make gingerbread houses, sing songs, dance and eat lots of delicious treats. Sat., 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Bellevue. $20 to $25. Pre-registration is required. Ages 2-5. Event details.

Turkey Trot
Grab your jogging stroller, lace up your tennies and join other Seattle families for this 3-mile walk/run benefiting Hopelink. After the race, enjoy goodies from participating vendors, music, hot chocolate, photos, prize drawings and other fun activities. Sun., 9 a.m. (race starts at 10 a.m.). Kirkland. $30 to $40. Registration required. All ages. Event details.

Will you be enjoying any of these fun activities this weekend? Tell us in the Comments below.

— Kristina Moy