Along with turkey dinner leftovers comes tons of holiday hoopla! Consider: an early morning parade, a winter celebration under the Needle, a popular holiday production and a magnificent light display. If shopping isn’t your thing this weekend, take your crew to South Lake Union for Greet the Season. This all day event will include festive holiday music, crafts and activities, plus an appearance by the Argosy Christmas Ship. Read on to get the scoop on all these (and even more) amazing weekend activities.

photo: Kristina Moy 


Macy’s Holiday Parade
Bundle up your kid crew and grab a curbside seat for this annual day after Thanksgiving parade. See giant inflatable floats, marching bands, drill teams, hundreds of costumed characters and of course, Santa Claus, make his way down Pine St. to the doorstep of Macy’s. Fri. Event details.

Seattle Center Winterfest
The Seattle Center is the place to be for lots of free, festive and affordable holiday activities and entertainment. Take a few laps around the Winterfest Ice Rink, drive a miniature locomotive inside the Armory, watch ice sculpting demonstrations and enjoy live music and entertainment all weekend long. Fri.-Sun. (through Jan. 1). Event details.

WildLights at the Zoo
Woodland Park Zoo’s spectacular winter lights festival returns this year with thousands of sparkling LED lights inspired by nature, wild animals and wild places. In addition to the festive displays, ride the zoo’s historic carousel, see a few animal friends (including Santa’s reindeer), and enjoy a faux snowball fight and festive snacks and entertainment. Fri.-Sun. (through Jan. 1). Event details.


Santa’s Grand Arrival Parade & Tree Lighting Event
Grab a curbside seat along Bellevue Way to watch Jingle Belle dancers, toy soldier drummers, princesses, holiday-themed floats and Santa Clause, make their way through the streets of downtown Bellevue. After the parade, gather for the festive tree lighting ceremony at Bellevue Place Wintergarden and enjoy a special meet and greet with the characters from Snowflake Lane as well as holiday music, cookies and cocoa. Fri. (parade only on Sat. & Sun. through Dec. 24). Event details.

‘Twas the Night… 
It’s opening weekend of this must-see musical comedy based on the famous holiday poem! Kick off your holiday season with plenty of LOL moments and a few new surprises. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Garden d’Lights
After the sun goes down, the Bellevue Botanical Garden is transformed into a dazzling winter wonderland with more than a half a million 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 long lines at the gate by purchasing your tickets onlineSat. and Sun. (through Dec. 31). Event details. 

How will you be kicking off the holiday season this weekend? Tell us in the comments below.

— Kristina Moy