If you want to get a jump-start on your holiday season, this weekend offers plenty of merriment. Consider: a holiday feast at the zoo, a spectacular Christmas tree display, a race for little turkeys and a sweet village inside the Sheraton Grand Seattle. If you’re looking for even more excitement, shake your tail feathers at this weekend’s Kindiependent Kids Rock Concert with Caspar Babypants or hit the annual Julefest celebration at the Nordic Museum. Scroll down to learn more!

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Seattle

Turkey Toss
Take your little monkeys to Woodland Park Zoo to watch the jaguars, snow leopards, lions, bears and other animals devour their holiday turkey treats. While you’re there, learn how these enrichments promote natural animal behaviors and keep the animals mentally and physically stimulated. Sat. Event details.

Seattle Festival of Trees
Whether you’re looking for ideas for your own tree this year or just want to gawk at some amazing showstoppers, start your 2019 holiday season off with this time-honored tradition. See the display of 21 beautifully decorated Christmas trees, each with its own unique theme and style, read inspiring stories of courageous Seattle Children’s Hospital patients and enjoy a host of family activities on Sunday during the Seattle Festival of Trees Celebration. Sat.-Sun. (through Dec. 4). Event details.

Gingerbread Village
One of the most beloved Seattle holiday traditions is the Gingerbread Village inside the Sheraton Grand Seattle. Starting on Saturday, you and your crew can marvel at this year’s larger-than-life gingerbread creations made by a talented team of local architects, chefs from the Sheraton Grand Seattle and children and help raise funds in support of JDRF. Psst! Don’t forget to vote for your favorite. Sat.-Sun. (through Jan. 1). Event details.

Eastside

Madagascar, Jr
Take a walk on the wild side with the Bellevue Youth Theatre. In this latest production, join four friends who find themselves shipwrecked in Madagascar. This lively musical will be loaded with plenty of song and dance for the whole family. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

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Springfree Trampoline Pirate Party
Take your little pirate wannabes to Springfree Trampoline for this special Pirate Party. Take a photo with Tinker Bell, decorate your own treasure chest, find gold coins and exchange them for a prize and enjoy Pirate Booty and other treats. Psst! There will also be pirate gifts for each child and of course, plenty of time to jump! Sat. Event details.

Turkey Trot
Grab your jogging stroller, lace up your tennies and join other Seattle families for this three-mile walk/run benefiting Hopelink. After the race, enjoy goodies from participating vendors along with food trucks, music, photos, balloon and caricature art, face painting and more. Sun. Event details.

—Kristina Moy

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