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Gingerbread Village

Seattle Area Seattle architectural firms, trade associations and Sheraton Seattle culinary staff team up to design, bake and build fantastic gingerbread creations. 24 hours daily Nov. 25 through Jan. 5. FREE, donations accepted for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Pre-register: No. Phone: 206-621-9000. Friday, December 19, 2014. Sheraton Seattle Hotel lobby 1400 Sixth Ave. Seattle WA 98101. For more info visit www.gingerbreadvillage.org.

Salmon SEEson Salmon Watching

Eastside Don't miss this chance to see little red kokanee, a special salmon species that is a smaller relative of sockeye. Kokanee spend their whole lives in freshwater streams and lakes. These native fish can sometimes be seen near Lake Sammamish. Self-guided location are Ebright Creek at the East Lake Sammamish Trail in Sammamish or Lewis Creek at 185th Place S.E. in Issaquah. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Pre-register: No. Phone: 206-477-4746. Friday, December 19, 2014. Ebright Creek at East Lake Sammamish Trail Sammamish WA 98075. For more info visit www.govlink.org.

Free Trial French Language Class

Seattle Area Considering language classes for your child? Then come to Sponge to try a class for free - to register, email info@spongeschool.com. Our teachers are native speakers who use music, art, drama, and play to make learning a language fun! Age recommendation: Infant. Toddler. Cost: FREE. Pre-register: Yes. Email: info@spongeschool.com. Friday, December 19, 2014, 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM. Sponge 3107 S. Day St. Seattle WA 98144.

Reindeer Festival

Seattle Area Visit reindeer Dasher and Blitzen, and Curly the camel at Swanson’s Nursery, plus see a model train layout. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Dec. 24. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Phone: 206-782-2543. Friday, December 19, 2014, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM. Swanson's Nursery 9701 15th Ave. N.W. Seattle WA 98117. For more info visit swansonsnursery.com.

Free Trial French Language Class

Seattle Area Considering language classes for your child? Then come to Sponge to try a class for free - to register, email info@spongeschool.com. Our teachers are native speakers who use music, art, drama, and play to make learning a language fun! Age recommendation: Infant. Toddler. Preschool. Cost: FREE. Pre-register: Yes. Email: info@spongeschool.com. Friday, December 19, 2014, 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM. Sponge 3107 S. Day St. Seattle WA 98144.

Family Nature Class

Seattle Area The UWBG Fiddleheads Family Nature Classes are weekly outdoor classes for preschool age children (ages 2 to 5) and their caregivers. Each week's classes focus on a different science and nature related theme, and class time includes sensory exploration, hiking outdoors, a game, story time and art. $18 child/caregiver(s), discounted rate for registering for 6 or more classes. Pre-registration is required. Age recommendation: Toddler. Preschool. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: Yes. Phone: 206-685-8033. Email: uwbgeduc@uw.edu. Friday, December 19, 2014, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Washington Park Arboretum 2300 Arboretum Drive Seattle WA 98112. For more info visit depts.washington.edu.

Festivals of Light

Seattle Area Explore the food, traditions, music, books and crafts of different cultures at Seattle Children’s Museum. Diwali Nov. 28 through Dec. 4 Christmas Around the World Dec. 5-11 Hanukkah Dec. 12-18 Santa Lucia Dec. 19-23 Kwanzaa Dec. 26-30 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends. Included with admission. $8.25, $7.25 grandparents, $7 active military, free younger than age 1. Age recommendation: Infant. Toddler. Preschool. Elementary School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 206-441-1768. Friday, December 19, 2014, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Seattle Children's Museum 305 Harrison St. Seattle WA 98109. For more info visit www.thechildrensmuseum.org.

Seattle Center Winter Train & Entertainment

Seattle Area A Winterfest crowd favorite, a sprawling display exploring an enchanting turn-of-the-century village and train. Take a turn “conducting” the model train ($2 suggested donation) between 10:30 a.m. and noon, 1 and 2:30 p.m. or 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. daily.  Throughout the season, a variety of FREE music, dance, art or other performances will be held at the Armory: Nov. 28 Filipino Youth Activities Drill Team, 11 a.m. to noon Keith Highlanders Pipe Band, 2 to 3 p.m.​ Nov. 29 Hot Dog USA Jump Rope Team, 11 a.m. to noon Nov. 29-30 Winterfest Student Showcase (time varies, see online) The Dickens Carolers, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. The Cabiri and Radost Present Carpathian Dawn, 2 to 3 p.m. Nov. 30 Zaniac Comedy Show, 11 a.m. to noon Dec. 6 Northwest Boychoir Apprentices, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Dec. 7 Bailadores de Bronce, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Dec. 13 SANCA, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Dec. 14 Garfield High School Jazz Band, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Dec. 20 The Mood Swings, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Dec. 21… Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Pre-register: No. Phone: 206-684-7200. Friday, December 19, 2014, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM. Seattle Center Armory 305 Harrison St. Seattle WA 98109. For more info visit www.seattlecenter.com.

Teddy Bear Suite

Seattle Area Visit a festively decorated suite filled with teddy bears of all sizes. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays through Sundays, through Dec. 24. Admission by suggested donation, benefiting Seattle Children’s Hospital. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Phone: 206-621-1700. Friday, December 19, 2014, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM. Fairmont Olympic Hotel 411 University St. Seattle WA 98101. For more info visit www.fairmont.com.

Holiday Carousel and Ice Rink

Eastside Ride the carousel or enjoy outdoor ice skating during mall hours. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mon. through Sat. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sun. through Jan. 3. $3 carousel, $5 to $7 ice skating. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Phone: 425-869-2640. Friday, December 19, 2014, 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Redmond Town Center 7525 166th Ave. N.E. Redmond WA 98052. For more info visit redmondtowncenter.com.

Holiday Train

Eastside Ride the holiday train around the center. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 24. $3. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Phone: 425-869-2640. Friday, December 19, 2014, 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Redmond Town Center 7525 166th Ave. N.E. Redmond WA 98052. For more info visit redmondtowncenter.com.

Hora de cuentos! (Spanish Story Time)

The Seattle Public Library Where: Greenwood Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Event provided by: The Seattle Public Library. Audience: Children. Language: Español. Summary: ¡Es una hora de cuentos para los niños y sus familias! (It is Spanish story time for children and their families!). Description: Niños y sus familias están invitados a celebrar cuentos, canciones, y jugeos divertidos en español. Notes: Los programas de la biblioteca son gratuitos. Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Story times are some of our most popular events! Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Translation: Children and their families are invited to celebrate stories, songs, and fun in Spanish. All Library programs are free and everyone is welcome. More Children's Programs: http://www.spl.org/audiences/children/chi-calendar-of-events. Contact Info: Greenwood Branch 206-684-4086 or Ask a Librarian. Cost: FREE. Friday, December 19, 2014, 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM.

FREE Drop-in Playgroup

Seattle Area Join kids ages birth to 5 and their parents/caregivers every Wednesday and Friday for a drop-in playgroup! Have fun playing with other families, reading, and singing. First-time families will be asked to fill out a registration form. Age recommendation: Infant. Toddler. Preschool. Cost: FREE. Pre-register: No. Phone: 206-694-6849. Email: saraht@familyworksseattle.org. Friday, December 19, 2014, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM. FamilyWorks 1501 N. 45th St. Seattle WA 98103.

Free Music Together Demo Class

Seattle Area This fall, get your kiddos up, dancing, learning, and developing a passion for music! Music Together® provides a relaxed and non-threatening environment for children to begin experiencing their musical path. Traditional Music Together® provides children ages birth to 4 with the basic musical concepts through songs, rhythm rhymes, movement, and instrument play. Come try a class for free and see what we are all about! Pre-register. Age recommendation: Infant. Toddler. Preschool. Cost: FREE. Pre-register: Yes. Phone: 206-526-8443. Email: monica.musiccenter@gmail.com. Friday, December 19, 2014, 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM. Music Center of the Northwest 901 N. 96th St. Seattle WA 98103. For more info visit www.mcnw.org.

Free Trial French Language Class

Seattle Area Considering language classes for your child? Then come to Sponge to try a class for free - to register, email info@spongeschool.com. Our teachers are native speakers who use music, art, drama, and play to make learning a language fun! Age recommendation: Infant. Toddler. Preschool. Cost: FREE. Pre-register: Yes. Email: info@spongeschool.com. Friday, December 19, 2014, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM. Sponge 3107 S. Day St. Seattle WA 98144.

Issaquah Reindeer Festival

Eastside Meet Santa, his elves and his very own reindeer. Sit in his grand traveling sleigh while enjoying the music, a warm beverage and all the other seasonal activities. Take the opportunity to enjoy the unforgettable atmosphere and exciting holiday spirit! All proceeds support Santa’s Reindeer for the coming year. Included with admission. $14, $12 seniors, $10 ages 2 to 12, free younger than age 2. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: No. Phone: 425-391-5508. Email: info@cougarmountainzoo.org. Friday, December 19, 2014, 10:30 AM – 4:30 PM. Cougar Mountain Zoo 19525 S.E. 54th St. Issaquah WA 98027.

Holiday Carousel

Seattle Area Ride the Holiday Carousel at Westlake. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays through Jan. 1, plus 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Nov. 28, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 7, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 24, closed Dec. 25, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 31, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 1. Suggested donation $3, benefits Downtown Seattle Association and Treehouse. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: No. Friday, December 19, 2014, 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM. Westlake Center 400 Pine St. Seattle WA 98101. For more info visit www.treehouseforkids.org.

Seattle Center Winterfest Ice Rink

Seattle Area Glide into the season with the greatest of ease and excitement. For novice or Olympiad, Winterfest Ice Rink offers fun for all. Admission includes skate rental.  11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 28 through Jan. 4, 2015. Special hours: closes at 4 p.m. on Dec. 24; closed on Dec. 25; closes at 11:30 p.m. on Dec. 31. $7 for adults, $5 for children ages 6 to 12, and $2 children ages 5 and younger. Cash only. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: No. Phone: 206-684-7200. Friday, December 19, 2014, 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM. Fisher Pavilion 305 Harrison St. Seattle WA 98109. For more info visit www.seattlecenter.com.

Walking with Dinosaurs – The Arena Spectacular

South Sound Live show offers dinosaur facts and realistic, life-size, moving models. $27.50 to $85.50, free ages 2 and younger. Performance Type: Other Performances. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Friday, December 19, 2014, 11:00 AM. Tacoma Dome 2727 E. D St. Tacoma WA 98421. For more info visit www.ticketmaster.com.

Snap! Shows for Kids

Seattle Area Bring your kids ages 2 to 6 to the museum for a series of immersive and inspiring performances. Dancers and actors from throughout the Northwest present playful shows that ignite the imaginations of developing minds. Limited seating. Advanced tickets recommended. $5. Age recommendation: Toddler. Preschool. Elementary School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 206-432-8200. Email: tickets@fryemuseum.org. Friday, December 19, 2014, 11:15 AM – 11:45 AM. Frye Art Museum 704 Terry Ave. Seattle WA 98104. For more info visit fryemuseum.org.

Children's Discovery Corner

Seattle Area Step inside the Winter Village to enjoy the free Children’s Discovery Corner. Children’s Research will have 3 iPads available, equipped with educational games. Yummy snacks will also be provided by Luna Bar. Every weekday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. the Discovery Center will host special activities from Seattle favorites. Activities in the Discovery Corner will range from holiday fun with the Seattle Aquarium and Ride the Ducks of Seattle, arts & crafts with Seattle Art Museum, scientific experiments with Seattle Children's Hospital and Pacific Science Center, story time with The Seattle Public Library and more. See schedule online. Age recommendation: Toddler. Preschool. Elementary School. Cost: FREE. Pre-register: No. Friday, December 19, 2014, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM. Westlake Park 401 Pine St. Seattle WA 98101. For more info visit www.facebook.com.

Free Trial French Language Class

Seattle Area Considering language classes for your child? Then come to Sponge to try a class for free - to register, email info@spongeschool.com. Our teachers are native speakers who use music, art, drama, and play to make learning a language fun! Age recommendation: Infant. Toddler. Cost: FREE. Pre-register: Yes. Email: info@spongeschool.com. Friday, December 19, 2014, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM. Sponge 3107 S. Day St. Seattle WA 98144.

Free Trial French Language Class

Seattle Area Considering language classes for your child? Then come to Sponge to try a class for free - to register, email info@spongeschool.com. Our teachers are native speakers who use music, art, drama, and play to make learning a language fun! Age recommendation: Preschool. Elementary School. Cost: FREE. Pre-register: Yes. Email: info@spongeschool.com. Friday, December 19, 2014, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM. Sponge 3107 S. Day St. Seattle WA 98144.

Mommy and Me Nia

Seattle Area Bond with your baby while moving your body to music and the magic of the Nia technique - a blend of martial arts, dance arts and healing arts. Reconnect with your body wisdom and bliss as you dance with your baby and get a gentle workout that is centered on joy, awareness and pleasure. First class free, subsequent classes $15 drop-in. Discounted weekly passes and financial assistance available. Age recommendation: Infant. Cost: FREE. Pre-register: No. Phone: 206-407-7260. Email: vinajoybarham@gmail.com. Friday, December 19, 2014, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM. Dance Space 124 N. 103rd St. Seattle WA 98133. For more info visit theturnedonmama.com.

Nutcracker

Seattle Area Holiday tradition from Pacific Northwest Ballet. Wondrous sets and costumes by the late children’s author and illustrator Maurice Sendak; this is the last year for the Stowell-Sendak production. Best for school age and older. Various dates and times through Dec. 28. $32 to $136. Performance Type: Dance. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 206-441-2424. Friday, December 19, 2014, 2:00 PM. McCaw Hall 301 Mercer St. Seattle WA 98109. For more info visit www.pnb.org.

Winter Magic Ice Skating

Eastside Enjoy outdoor ice skating. Dec. 14 kickoff event includes visits with the Ice Queen and Ice Princess, music, hot chocolate, and horse-drawn carriage rides. Skating available various hours at Railroad Park Dec. 14-21, and at Ridge YMCA Dec. 23 through Jan. 1. $10 ages 10 and older, $5 ages 3 to 9, includes skate rental. Age recommendation: Preschool. Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Friday, December 19, 2014, 2:30 PM – 5:00 PM. Railroad Park 7971 Railroad Ave. Snoqualmie WA 98065. For more info visit business.snovalley.org.

Fun Friday: Activity Medley!

The Seattle Public Library Where: Lake City Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Event provided by: The Seattle Public Library. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Children, tweens and their grownups are invited to enjoy a medley of fun activities to kick off the Winter Break. Description: Join our children's librarian, Nancy, for an afternoon of surprises! Activities include a candle-making project, led by the Children’s Home Society’s North Seattle Family Center. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. This event is co-sponsored by the Children’s Home Society’s North Seattle Family Center. Contact Info: Lake City Branch 206-684-7518 or Ask a Librarian. Cost: FREE. Friday, December 19, 2014, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM.

Bellevue Magic Season: Ice Skating

Eastside Covered open-air ice arena in Bellevue Downtown Park with food and beverage concessions and music. Various times daily Nov. 28 through Jan. 11. $12 includes skates, $9 military with ID, Bellevue College students with ID, ages 8 and younger, and admission without rental. Stroller skating schedule: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 4 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 11 and 18 9 to 10 a.m. Jan. 1 1 to 3 p.m. Jan. 8. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Phone: 425-453-3110. Friday, December 19, 2014, 3:00 PM – 11:00 PM. Bellevue Downtown Park N.E. First Street and 102nd Avenue N.E. Bellevue WA 98004. For more info visit www.bellevuedowntown.com.

Polar Plaza

South Sound Tacoma’s only covered, open-air ice rink. Various dates and times through Jan. 11. $4 to $8, $2 skate rental. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Phone: 253-272-4258. Friday, December 19, 2014, 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Tollefson Plaza 1701 Pacific Ave. Tacoma WA 98402. For more info visit www.polarplaza.com.

Solstice Stroll

Seattle Area Enjoy an illuminated garden with unique art, plus caroling and refreshments. 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. through Sun. Reserve your time slot online. FREE, donations welcomed. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Pre-register: Yes. Phone: 206-801-7296. Friday, December 19, 2014, 4:30 PM – 8:30 PM. Kruckeberg Botanic Garden 20312 15th Ave. N.W. Shoreline WA 98177. For more info visit www.kruckeberg.org.

Garden D'Lights

Eastside Bellevue Botanical Garden creates a winter garden with hundreds of thousands of mini-lights in three-dimensional plant and critter shapes. No pets. 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. through Jan. 3 (last entry at 9 p.m.). $5, free ages 10 and younger, tickets available online (pre-purchase recommended). Free parking nearby. FREE nights are Dec. 1-4 and 8-11 (first come, first served). Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Phone: 425-452-6844. Friday, December 19, 2014, 4:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Bellevue Botanical Garden 12001 Main St. Bellevue WA 98005. For more info visit www.gardendlights.com.

Ivar’s Clam Lights

Seattle Area Renton’s holiday light display shines 5 to 9 p.m. nightly through Jan. 1. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Phone: 425-430-6700. Friday, December 19, 2014, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Gene Coulon Beach Park 1201 Lake Washington Blvd. N. Renton WA 98056. For more info visit www.rentonwa.gov.

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory in Smell-O-Vision

Seattle Area Watch the 1971 classic, made all the more fun with singing and fragrant sweet treats. Rated G. Various dates and times through Jan. 1. $15, $14 seniors and youth, $10 SIFF members. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Friday, December 19, 2014, 5:00 PM. SIFF Film Center Warren Avenue N. and Republican Street Seattle WA 98109. For more info visit www.siff.net.

The Lights of Christmas

North Sound Jaw-dropping light displays, live music and drama, pony rides, nativity, Bruce the (talking) Spruce and more. Lodging available (reservations required). 5 to 10 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays through Dec. 14, nightly Dec. 18-30 (closed Dec. 24-25). $15, $12 seniors and military, $10 ages 4 to 12, free ages 3 and younger, pay-what-you-can Dec. 4, 11, 29 and 30. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Phone: 360-652-7575. Friday, December 19, 2014, 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Warm Beach Camp 20800 Marine Drive Stanwood WA 98292. For more info visit www.thelightsofchristmas.com.

Wild Waves Holiday with Lights

South Sound Enjoy more than one million dazzling lights, more than 25 amusement rides, Toyland for children ages 12 and younger, Santa at the North Pole and more. Schedule, hours and tickets online. $12.99, $9.99 seniors, military, and those 48" and shorter, free ages 2 and younger, discount tickets available. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Phone: 253-661-8000. Friday, December 19, 2014, 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Wild Waves Theme Park 36201 Enchanted Pkwy. S. Federal Way WA 98003. For more info visit www.wildwaves.com.

Zoolights

South Sound Nearly 600,000 holiday lights brighten Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium with depictions of animals and local landmarks. Warm up in the steamy aquarium, ride a camel ($6) or the antique carousel ($1.50). 5 to 9 p.m. through Jan. 4 (closed Dec. 24). $9, $7.50 online, $4.50 members, free ages 2 and younger. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: No. Phone: 253-404-3822. Friday, December 19, 2014, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium 5400 N. Pearl St. Tacoma WA 98407. For more info visit www.pdza.org.

WildLights

Seattle Area Winter lights festival at Woodland Park Zoo, featuring wild animals and places recreated in thousands of LED lights. Indoor and outdoor displays, some animals on view (including reindeer) and more. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. nightly through Jan. 4 (closed Dec. 24-25). $9.75, $6.50 ages 3 to 12, free ages 2 and younger. $2 discount for members purchasing tickets through Dec. 14. Free parking. Entry at West Gate only. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Phone: 206-548-2500. Friday, December 19, 2014, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM. Woodland Park Zoo 5500 Phinney Ave. N. Seattle WA 98103. For more info visit www.zoo.org.

FREE Friday Night Live

North Sound Imagine Children's Museum offers FREE admission on the third Friday of each month, 5:30 to 9 p.m. Age recommendation: Infant. Toddler. Preschool. Elementary School. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: No. Phone: 425-258-1006. Friday, December 19, 2014, 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM. Imagine Children's Museum 1502 Wall St. Everett WA 98201. For more info visit www.imaginecm.org.

Fantasy Lights

South Sound Drive through 2.5 miles of animated displays at Spanaway Park. Tune your radio to FM 93.7 to hear holiday music performed by a local high school. 5:30 to 9 p.m. Nov. 27 through Jan. 1. $14 per car or van, half-price on Dec. 1-3 and 8-10. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: No. Phone: 253-798-4177. Friday, December 19, 2014, 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM. Spanaway Park 14905 Gus G. Bresemann Road S. Spanaway WA. For more info visit www.co.pierce.wa.us.

A Christmas Carol

Seattle Area A Seattle tradition, Charles Dickens’ classic returns to ACT Theatre. Backstage tours ($10) available one hour prior to Sat. matinees. Ages 5 and older (no babes in arms). $27 to $90. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 206-292-7676. Friday, December 19, 2014, 6:00 PM. ACT’s Allen Theatre 700 Union St. Seattle WA 98101. For more info visit www.acttheatre.org.

Snow Show

Seattle Area It snows nightly in the four-story atrium of Pacific Place. 6 p.m. through Dec. 31 (no show Dec. 25). See Santa on the second level. Free musical performances. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Pre-register: No. Phone: 206-405-2655. Friday, December 19, 2014, 6:00 PM. Pacific Place Sixth Avenue and Pine Street Seattle WA 98101. For more info visit www.pacificplaceseattle.com.

Family Adventures in Claymation

Eastside Explore the ins and outs of claymation! Sculpt your own clay figures and learn how to create a stop-motion animated film. Patience and attention to small details are a plus for this workshop. Ideal for ages 6 and older (adult registration required). $11, $8 members. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: Yes. Phone: 425-637-8100. Email: info@kidsquestmuseum.org. Friday, December 19, 2014, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM. KidsQuest Children’s Museum 4091 Factoria Square Mall S.E. Bellevue WA 98006. For more info visit kidsquestmuseum.org.

Winter Magic Ice Skating

Eastside Enjoy outdoor ice skating. Dec. 14 kickoff event includes visits with the Ice Queen and Ice Princess, music, hot chocolate, and horse-drawn carriage rides. Skating available various hours at Railroad Park Dec. 14-21, and at Ridge YMCA Dec. 23 through Jan. 1. $10 ages 10 and older, $5 ages 3 to 9, includes skate rental. Age recommendation: Preschool. Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Friday, December 19, 2014, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Railroad Park 7971 Railroad Ave. Snoqualmie WA 98065. For more info visit business.snovalley.org.

Holiday Tour of Lights

North Sound Hop aboard the 20-minute Merrysville Express Rotary Train and see 30 winter scenes done in lights. 6 to 9 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, Dec. 11-27 (closed Dec. 25). Suggested donation $5, $3 youth, $20 family. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Phone: 360-363-8400. Friday, December 19, 2014, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Cedarcrest Golf Course 6810 84th St. N.E. Marysville WA 98270. For more info visit www.marysvillewa.gov.

Kamiak High School Carolers at Mukilteo Landing

North Sound Returning to Mukilteo Landing for a holiday encore, the Kamiak High School carolers will perform a collection of treasured holiday tunes on the evenings of Dec.12, 13, 19 and 20. Join in and sing-along or simply lend an ear to the special weekend performances from the men’s "Unaccompanied Minors" ensemble and women’s "Starry Night" choral group. For more information and times, check Ivars.com. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Pre-register: No. Friday, December 19, 2014, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM. Ivar's Mukilteo Landing 710 Front St. Mukilteo WA 98275. For more info visit www.ivars.com.

Pizza and Picasso Night

Eastside Enjoy Pizza and Picasso night at Museo Art Academy's Issaquah and Redmond studios. Each month highlights a particular artist or school of art. We’ll kick off the evening with pizza while the instructor shares some interesting facts about the artist. Then, we unleash our independent creativity! Kids can choose to draw inspiration from the featured artist or put a completely new spin on their creations. Instructor-led activities include a variety of media such as clay, painting, drawing, printmaking and more. $29, pre-register. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 425-391-0244. Email: classes.museo@live.com. Friday, December 19, 2014, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM. Museo Art Academy 175 First Pl. N.W. #C Issaquah WA 98027. For more info visit museoart.com.

Pizza and Picasso Night

Eastside Enjoy Pizza and Picasso night at Museo Art Academy's Issaquah and Redmond studios. Each month highlights a particular artist or school of art. We’ll kick off the evening with pizza while the instructor shares some interesting facts about the artist. Then, we unleash our independent creativity! Kids can choose to draw inspiration from the featured artist or put a completely new spin on their creations. Instructor-led activities include a variety of media such as clay, painting, drawing, printmaking and more. $29, pre-register. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 425-391-0244. Email: classes.museo@live.com. Friday, December 19, 2014, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM. Museo Art Academy 17371 N.E. 67th Ct. #A7 Redmond WA 98052. For more info visit museoart.com.

Dick Whittington and His Cat

Seattle Area SCT presents Dick Whittington and His Cat, a new musical version of the beloved English story. With all the traditional charm of old London at the holidays, Dick Whittington's adventurous story begins with Dick's poor beginnings as an orphan who comes to the big city in hope of finding the streets paved with gold. From there he finds his way in the world, buoyed by the kindness of others and an alliance with the most remarkable cat. Together, they overcome many a rat, making their way through foreign lands, past pirates and back home to a good fortune and a better life. Various dates and times through Dec. 21. $25 to $36. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Phone: 206-441-3322. Email: tickets@sct.org. Friday, December 19, 2014, 7:00 PM. Seattle Children's Theatre 201 Thomas St. Seattle WA 98109. For more info visit www.sct.org.

Yes, Virginia & Under the Mistletoe: A Holiday Dance Revue

Seattle Area Yes, Virginia is the delightful story of a little girl who taught the world to believe in the magic of Santa Claus! Follow Virginia and her friends as they solve the mystery of Santa and melt the hearts of non-believers everywhere.  Under the Mistletoe: A Holiday Dance Revue features singing and dancing to familiar holiday tunes. Fun dance numbers, beautiful solos and a great, classic presentation. $15, $12 seniors and ages 11 and younger. Tickets available online. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Phone: 206-747-7380. Email: info@edgeartsanddance.com. Friday, December 19, 2014, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Shoreline Conference Center 18560 First Ave. N.E. Shoreline WA 98155.

'Twas The Night...

Eastside From the talented team who create the musicals for StoryBook Theater, this hilarious spin on the familiar holiday poem is guaranteed to have the whole family laughing. Join the Big Family and their menagerie as they await the coming of St. Nick. Now in its 13th year, this Studio tradition includes new surprises each year. Run time: approx. 90 min. Recommended for ages 4 and older. 7 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m. Saturdays, 2 and 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through Dec. 21. $15. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: Preschool. Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 425-820-1800. Email: info@studio-east.org. Friday, December 19, 2014, 7:00 PM. Studio East 11730 118th Ave. N.E. Suite 100 Kirkland WA 98034. For more info visit studio-east.org.

Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Jr.

Eastside Be Our Guest! The Academy Award-winning film comes to life in this romantic and beloved take on the classic fairytale. Youth actors (elementary to high school) from the Redmond Adademy of Theatre Arts perform all the roles. Rated G. 7 p.m. Dec. 18-19, 2 p.m. Dec. 20-21. $12. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: Preschool. Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: No. Phone: 425-881-2773. Friday, December 19, 2014, 7:00 PM – 8:45 PM. Redmond High School Performing Arts Center 17272 N.E. 104th St. Redmond WA 98052. For more info visit www.redmondacademy.org.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Eastside Young actors with Youth Theatre Northwest perform this hilarious Christmas classic, in which a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids--probably the most inventively “awful” kids in history. Recommended for ages 6 and older. 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Dec. 5-21. $15, $13 seniors and youth. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 206-232-4145 ext. 109. Friday, December 19, 2014, 7:00 PM. Emmanual Episcopal Church 4400 86th Ave. S.E. Mercer Island WA 98040. For more info visit youththeatre.org.

The Snow Queen

Eastside Delightful musical adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen tale. All ages. 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 21, plus 2 p.m. Dec. 20. $5 to $12. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Phone: 425-452-7155. Friday, December 19, 2014, 7:00 PM. Bellevue Youth Theatre 16661 Northup Way Bellevue WA. For more info visit www.ci.bellevue.wa.us.

The Nutcracker by Olympic Ballet Theatre

North Sound Olympic Ballet Theatre will present the popular family favorite, The Nutcracker, with its traditional holiday-themed story of Clara's enchanting dream on Christmas Eve. Delightful for all ages! $37.50, $32.50 students and seniors, $25 ages 10 and younger. Performance Type: Dance. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Phone: 425-774-7570. Email: dance@olympicballet.com. Friday, December 19, 2014, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Edmonds Center for the Arts 410 Fourth Ave. N. Edmonds WA 98020.

A Christmas Carol

South Sound Enjoy this classic holiday musical. Ages 4 and older. 7 p.m. today, various dates and times through Dec. 20. $11 to $20. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: Preschool. Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 253-447-7645. Friday, December 19, 2014, 7:00 PM. ManeStage Theatre Company 1707 Main St. Sumner WA 98390. For more info visit manestagetheatre.com.

A Year with Frog and Toad

South Sound Charming musical for the whole family, based on the characters in Arnold Lobel’s books. Various dates and times through Dec. 21. $20, $15 kids. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Phone: 253-588-0042. Friday, December 19, 2014, 7:00 PM. Lakewood Playhouse 5729 Lakewood Towne Center Blvd. S.W. Lakewood WA 98499. For more info visit www.lakewoodplayhouse.org.

How the Slug Stole Solstice

South Sound This rhyming tale of a slug who’s scared of the dark is an imaginative alternative to traditional holiday fare. Recommended for ages 5 and older. 7 p.m. Fridays, 2 p.m. weekends through Dec. 21. $13 to $19. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 360-753-8585. Friday, December 19, 2014, 7:00 PM. Olympia Family Theater 612 Fourth Ave. E. Olympia WA 98501. For more info visit olyft.org.

Jack and the Beanstalk

South Sound Holiday production by Centerstage Theatre, done in the English Holiday Panto style. Ages 5 and older. 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. weekends, through Dec. 21. $30, $25 students, seniors and military, $10 ages 18 and younger. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 253-661-1444. Friday, December 19, 2014, 7:00 PM. Knutzen Family Theatre 3200 S.W. Dash Point Road Federal Way WA 98023. For more info visit www.centerstagetheatre.com.

Oliver!

South Sound Oliver! is an award-winning musical that vividly brings to life Charles Dickens' timeless characters with its ever-popular story of the orphaned boy who asked for more. Ages 6 and older. No babes in arms. $10 advance, $12 at the door. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 253-833-9111 ext. 2400. Friday, December 19, 2014, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Green River Community College, Performing Arts Building 12401 S.E. 320th St. Auburn WA 98092.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

South Sound Charming tale about the notorious Herdsman kids, who threaten to ruin the annual church Christmas pageant. 7 p.m. Dec. 11-13 and 19-20, 3 p.m. Dec. 14 and 21. $20, $5 ages 18 and younger. Age recommendation: Preschool. Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 253-677-0531. Friday, December 19, 2014, 7:00 PM. Tacoma Youth Theatre 924B Broadway Tacoma WA 98402. For more info visit www.brownpapertickets.com.

Walking with Dinosaurs – The Arena Spectacular

South Sound Live show offers dinosaur facts and realistic, life-size, moving models. $27.50 to $85.50, free ages 2 and younger. Performance Type: Other Performances. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Friday, December 19, 2014, 7:00 PM. Tacoma Dome 2727 E. D St. Tacoma WA 98421. For more info visit www.ticketmaster.com.

A Child's Christmas in Wales & The Long Christmas Dinner

Seattle Area Come experience a slice of Dylan Thomas’s memories and find your own in the colorful characters, family dynamics, and live Christmas music in Stone Soup’s new version of this holiday classic, performed by both youth conservatory graduates and seasoned professionals. Plus, The Long Christmas Dinner is a human, tender play that journeys the lives of several generations of the Bayard family, and some of their Christmas dinners. Best for ages 5 and older. Various dates and times through Dec. 24. $20 to $25. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 206-633-1883. Email: office@stonesouptheatre.org. Friday, December 19, 2014, 7:30 PM. Stone Soup Theatre 4029 Stone Way N. Seattle WA 98103. For more info visit www.stonesouptheatre.org.

A Festival of Lessons and Carols

Seattle Area Northwest Boychoir's concert includes holiday readings, carols and sing-alongs. Ages 5 and older, no babes in arms. $20 to $25, $15 to $20 seniors, $10 to $15 students with ID. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 206-524-3234. Friday, December 19, 2014, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM. Holy Rosary Church 4210 S.W. Genesee St. Seattle WA 98116. For more info visit www.nwchoirs.org.

Nutcracker

Seattle Area Holiday tradition from Pacific Northwest Ballet. Wondrous sets and costumes by the late children’s author and illustrator Maurice Sendak; this is the last year for the Stowell-Sendak production. Best for school age and older. Various dates and times through Dec. 28. $32 to $136. Performance Type: Dance. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 206-441-2424. Friday, December 19, 2014, 7:30 PM. McCaw Hall 301 Mercer St. Seattle WA 98109. For more info visit www.pnb.org.

On Christmas Night: From Darkness Into Light

Seattle Area Seattle Choral Company performs holiday songs. Arrive at 7:30 p.m. for a carol sing-along and a handbell choir performance. 8 p.m. Dec. 13 and 19. Ages 5 and older. $25, free students with ID. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 800-838-3006. Friday, December 19, 2014, 7:30 PM. St. Mark's Cathedral 1245 10th Ave. E. Seattle WA 98102. For more info visit www.seattlechoralcompany.org.

Pride and Prejudice

Seattle Area Book-It Repertory brings Jane Austen’s beloved comedy of manners and courtship to the stage. Various dates and times through Dec. 28. $25 to $60. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 206-216-0833. Friday, December 19, 2014, 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM. Center Theatre at Seattle Center Armory 305 Harrison St. Seattle WA 98109. For more info visit book-it.secure.force.com.

The Princess Bride Quote-Along

Seattle Area The swashbuckling fairy tale to end all swashbuckling fairy tales returns to the big screen complete with quote along subtitles, free inflatable sword props, and Rodents of Unusual Size. Rated PG. Various dates and times through Jan. 1. $15, $14 seniors and youth, $10 SIFF members. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Friday, December 19, 2014, 7:30 PM. SIFF Film Center Warren Avenue N. and Republican Street Seattle WA 98109. For more info visit www.siff.net.

Hibernation Pajama Party

Eastside Come learn about animals that hibernate, as well as other ways of surviving the winter. Make sure to bring your PJ’s and a blanket or pillow as we settle in for the winter! *Parents must register and attend with their child* Ages 5 and older. $2 resident, $3 non-resident. Pre-registration required. To Register at 425-452-6885, course # 86697. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: Yes. Phone: 425-452-6885. Friday, December 19, 2014, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM. Lewis Creek Park Visitor Center 5808 Lakemont Blvd. S.E. Bellevue WA 98006.

Mary Poppins

Eastside Musical about a magical nanny, based on the books by P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney film. Family room available. Various dates and times through Jan. 5. $40 to $72. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 425-392-2202. Friday, December 19, 2014, 7:30 PM. Francis J. Gaudette Theatre 303 Front St. N. Issaquah WA 98027. For more info visit www.villagetheatre.org.

The Nutcracker by International Ballet Theatre

Eastside See the ballet performed in the traditional Russian style. 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Dec. 12-21, plus 2 p.m. Dec. 22-23. $50, $25 youth. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 425-284-0444. Friday, December 19, 2014, 7:30 PM. Meydenbauer Center 11100 N.E. Sixth St. Bellevue WA 98004. For more info visit www.brownpapertickets.com.

Scrooge! The Musical

South Sound Musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. All ages. 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 5-28. $15 to $25. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Phone: 253-272-2281. Friday, December 19, 2014, 7:30 PM. Tacoma Little Theatre 210 N. I St. Tacoma WA 98403. For more info visit www.tacomalittletheatre.com.

The Nutcracker by Ballet Northwest

South Sound Annual production of the holiday classic. 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 21. $14 to $33. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Phone: 360-753-8566. Friday, December 19, 2014, 7:30 PM. Washington Center for the Performing Arts 512 Washington St. S.E. Olympia WA 98501. For more info visit www.balletnorthwest.org.

Peter Pan

Farther Afield Ovation! Musical Theatre Bainbridge presents the beloved Broadway musical about a boy who refused to grow up. 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 21. $20, $15 seniors, students and military, $12 ages 12 and younger. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Friday, December 19, 2014, 7:30 PM. Bainbridge High School Theatre 9330 High School Road Bainbridge Island WA 98110. For more info visit www.brownpapertickets.com.

A Christmas Story: The Musical

Seattle Area Young Ralphie wants nothing more than a BB gun for Christmas in this charming, funny show based on the 1983 film. Rated PG. Various dates and times through Dec. 30. $29 to $130. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 206-625-1900. Friday, December 19, 2014, 8:00 PM. 5th Avenue Theatre 1308 Fifth Ave. Seattle WA 98101. For more info visit www.5thavenue.org.

Appalachian Christmas Homecoming

Seattle Area Listen to the story of three generations told through music and memories during a family-friendly evening at Taproot Theatre. Featuring guitar, mandolin, fiddle, banjo and mountain dulcimer, Taproot’s Jewell Mainstage Theatre will be filled with American Roots Music and traditional carols. 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 27. $20 to $40. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 206-781-9707. Friday, December 19, 2014, 8:00 PM. Taproot Theatre 204 N. 85th St. Seattle WA 98103. For more info visit taproottheatre.org.

A Christmas Carol

Eastside Original adaptation of the Dickens classic, full of music and holiday cheer. 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, through Dec. 20. $22 to $27. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 425-881-6777. Friday, December 19, 2014, 8:00 PM. Second Story Repertory 16587 N.E. 74th St. Redmond WA 98052. For more info visit www.secondstoryrep.org.

Miracle on 34th Street

North Sound Family-oriented tale of a department store Santa who claims to be the real deal, performed by the Driftwood Players. 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 21. $25, $22 seniors, military and youth. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 425-774-9600. Friday, December 19, 2014, 8:00 PM. Wade James Theatre 950 Main St. Edmonds WA 98020. For more info visit www.driftwoodplayers.com.

A Little Princess

South Sound Musical based on the story by Frances Hodgson Burnett about a girl who uses her imagination to overcome her bleak surroundings. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. weekends through Dec. 21. $29, $27 students, seniors and military, $20 ages 12 and younger. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 253-565-6867. Friday, December 19, 2014, 8:00 PM. Tacoma Musical Playhouse 7116 Sixth Ave. Tacoma WA 98406. For more info visit tmp.org.

A Christmas Carol

Seattle Area A Seattle tradition, Charles Dickens’ classic returns to ACT Theatre. Backstage tours ($10) available one hour prior to Sat. matinees. Ages 5 and older (no babes in arms). $27 to $90. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 206-292-7676. Friday, December 19, 2014, 8:30 PM. ACT’s Allen Theatre 700 Union St. Seattle WA 98101. For more info visit www.acttheatre.org.

An Improvised Christmas Carol

Seattle Area Charles Dickens' Christmas classic with a twist. Improvisers from Unexpected Productions use audience suggestions to tell the tale. All ages. 8:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, 7 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 27. $12 to $15. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Phone: 206-587-2414. Friday, December 19, 2014, 8:30 PM. Market Theater 1428 Post Alley Seattle WA 98101. For more info visit www.unexpectedproductions.org.

Gingerbread Village

Seattle Area Seattle architectural firms, trade associations and Sheraton Seattle culinary staff team up to design, bake and build fantastic gingerbread creations. 24 hours daily Nov. 25 through Jan. 5. FREE, donations accepted for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Pre-register: No. Phone: 206-621-9000. Saturday, December 20, 2014. Sheraton Seattle Hotel lobby 1400 Sixth Ave. Seattle WA 98101. For more info visit www.gingerbreadvillage.org.

Salmon SEEson Salmon Watching

Eastside Don't miss this chance to see little red kokanee, a special salmon species that is a smaller relative of sockeye. Kokanee spend their whole lives in freshwater streams and lakes. These native fish can sometimes be seen near Lake Sammamish. Self-guided location are Ebright Creek at the East Lake Sammamish Trail in Sammamish or Lewis Creek at 185th Place S.E. in Issaquah. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Pre-register: No. Phone: 206-477-4746. Saturday, December 20, 2014. Ebright Creek at East Lake Sammamish Trail Sammamish WA 98075. For more info visit www.govlink.org.

Reindeer Festival

Seattle Area Visit reindeer Dasher and Blitzen, and Curly the camel at Swanson’s Nursery, plus see a model train layout. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Dec. 24. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Phone: 206-782-2543. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM. Swanson's Nursery 9701 15th Ave. N.W. Seattle WA 98117. For more info visit swansonsnursery.com.

Seattle's Traditional Santa Breakfast

Seattle Area Breakfast benefit for juvenile arthritis programs of the Arthritis Foundation. Holiday entertainment including Leo the Clown, the Internationally Unknown Juggler, mini-Nutcracker Ballet and Santa. 9 a.m. Dec. 20-21. $55, $30 ages 12 and younger. Preregister. Age recommendation: Toddler. Preschool. Elementary School. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: Yes. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM. Sheraton Seattle Hotel 1400 Sixth Avenue Seattle WA 98101. For more info visit santabreakfasts.kintera.org.

Santa Train

Eastside Create special memories with a train excursion to visit Santa! For over 40 years, Northwest families have made Santa Train, at the Northwest Railway Museum in Snoqualmie, a highlight of their holiday season. For eight days beginning November 29, families can board a holiday Santa Train in North Bend to visit Santa Claus at the historic Snoqualmie Depot. During each two-hour holiday excursion, children and their families will enjoy music, fresh-baked cookies from the coal-fired ovens of the museum’s historic Kitchen Car, hot cocoa and fresh coffee, a small gift for each child and of course a visit with jolly old Saint Nick. Santa Train excursions are available weekends through Dec. 20. There are seven hourly departures to choose from between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Santa Train tickets sell out, so don’t miss out. Tickets may be purchased online, in person or over the phone. $20 ages 2 and older. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: Yes. Phone: 425-888-3030. Email: info@trainmuseum.org. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Northwest Railway Museum 38625 S.E. King St. Snoqualmie WA 98065.

Free Trial Spanish Language Class

Eastside Considering language classes for your child? Then come to Sponge to try a class for free - to register, email info@spongeschool.com. Our teachers are native speakers who use music, art, drama, and play to make learning a language fun! Age recommendation: Infant. Toddler. Preschool. Cost: FREE. Pre-register: Yes. Email: info@spongeschool.com. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM. The Nest 17530 132nd Ave. N.E. Suite B Woodinville WA 98072.

Family Nature Class

Seattle Area The UWBG Fiddleheads Family Nature Classes are weekly outdoor classes for preschool age children (ages 2 to 5) and their caregivers. Each week's classes focus on a different science and nature related theme, and class time includes sensory exploration, hiking outdoors, a game, story time and art. $18 child/caregiver(s), discounted rate for registering for 6 or more classes. Pre-registration is required. Age recommendation: Toddler. Preschool. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: Yes. Phone: 206-685-8033. Email: uwbgeduc@uw.edu. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Washington Park Arboretum 2300 Arboretum Drive Seattle WA 98112. For more info visit depts.washington.edu.

Festivals of Light

Seattle Area Explore the food, traditions, music, books and crafts of different cultures at Seattle Children’s Museum. Diwali Nov. 28 through Dec. 4 Christmas Around the World Dec. 5-11 Hanukkah Dec. 12-18 Santa Lucia Dec. 19-23 Kwanzaa Dec. 26-30 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends. Included with admission. $8.25, $7.25 grandparents, $7 active military, free younger than age 1. Age recommendation: Infant. Toddler. Preschool. Elementary School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 206-441-1768. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM. Seattle Children's Museum 305 Harrison St. Seattle WA 98109. For more info visit www.thechildrensmuseum.org.

Fiddleheads Family Nature Class

Seattle Area Join us for a Fiddleheads Family Nature Class this winter, and make connections with the natural world that will last a lifetime. Through science-based exploration and outdoor play preschoolers and their caregivers will experience the UW Botanic Gardens using their senses. Class will begin with an opportunity to explore several learning stations based on the week's theme where your child can practice fine motor skills, sensory investigation, creativity, and pre-math and literacy skills. Then the group will gather together to do a name rhyme and topic introduction before heading out on a hike. Along the way, we will play a game and listen to a story related to the theme. Above all, we will explore and let the natural curiosity of the young ones direct our adventures. $18 adult/child pair, $9 additional child, additional adult free. Age recommendation: Toddler. Preschool. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: Yes. Phone: 206-685-8033. Email: uwbgeduc@uw.edu. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Washington Park Arboretum 2300 Arboretum Drive E. Seattle WA 98112. For more info visit depts.washington.edu.

FREE Wing Luke Museum

Seattle Area The Wing is FREE 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. first Thursdays and third Saturdays. Families can enjoy themed craft activities 1 to 3 p.m. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Pre-register: No. Phone: 206-623-5124. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Wing Luke Museum 719 S. King St. Seattle WA 98104. For more info visit www.wingluke.org.

Fun with Board Games

Seattle Area Bring in the family and enjoy some coffee, tea or juice from our cafe while our Game Valets pick out the perfect game for you. We'll teach everyone how to play the game so no one has to read rules. We've got games for kids as young as 3, and all kinds of games that older kids, mom and dad will love too. Best of all, the games are free to play from Uptown's Gameporium library! Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: FREE. Pre-register: No. Phone: 206-933-9497. Email: alex@velvetfoam.com. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM. Uptown Espresso 3845 Delridge Way S.W. Seattle WA 98106. For more info visit www.facebook.com.

Holiday Carousel

Seattle Area Ride the Holiday Carousel at Westlake. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays through Jan. 1, plus 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Nov. 28, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 7, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 24, closed Dec. 25, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 31, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 1. Suggested donation $3, benefits Downtown Seattle Association and Treehouse. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: No. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM. Westlake Center 400 Pine St. Seattle WA 98101. For more info visit www.treehouseforkids.org.

Holiday Fun Run

Seattle Area Magnuson Series fun runs including 5K, 10K, 15K and Kids Dash. Prizes for top finishers. Kids Dash at 10 a.m. 5K, 10K and 15K at 10:15 a.m. $3 to $28, $10 more day of race (except Kids Dash). Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: Yes. Email: contact@magnusonseries.org. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 10:00 AM. Magnuson Park Sand Point Way N.E. and N.E. 65th Street Seattle WA 98115. For more info visit magnusonseries.org.

Seattle Center Winter Train & Entertainment

Seattle Area A Winterfest crowd favorite, a sprawling display exploring an enchanting turn-of-the-century village and train. Take a turn “conducting” the model train ($2 suggested donation) between 10:30 a.m. and noon, 1 and 2:30 p.m. or 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. daily.  Throughout the season, a variety of FREE music, dance, art or other performances will be held at the Armory: Nov. 28 Filipino Youth Activities Drill Team, 11 a.m. to noon Keith Highlanders Pipe Band, 2 to 3 p.m.​ Nov. 29 Hot Dog USA Jump Rope Team, 11 a.m. to noon Nov. 29-30 Winterfest Student Showcase (time varies, see online) The Dickens Carolers, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. The Cabiri and Radost Present Carpathian Dawn, 2 to 3 p.m. Nov. 30 Zaniac Comedy Show, 11 a.m. to noon Dec. 6 Northwest Boychoir Apprentices, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Dec. 7 Bailadores de Bronce, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Dec. 13 SANCA, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Dec. 14 Garfield High School Jazz Band, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Dec. 20 The Mood Swings, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Dec. 21… Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Pre-register: No. Phone: 206-684-7200. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM. Seattle Center Armory 305 Harrison St. Seattle WA 98109. For more info visit www.seattlecenter.com.

Teddy Bear Suite

Seattle Area Visit a festively decorated suite filled with teddy bears of all sizes. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays through Sundays, through Dec. 24. Admission by suggested donation, benefiting Seattle Children’s Hospital. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Phone: 206-621-1700. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM. Fairmont Olympic Hotel 411 University St. Seattle WA 98101. For more info visit www.fairmont.com.

Winter Wonderland Hayrides & Holiday Crafts

Seattle Area Nothing says the holidays like a truck-drawn hay wagon ride around Seward Park! Look at Seward Park through an Audubon naturalist’s eyes as you learn about the magnificent old growth forest and our beautiful Lake Washington. Guided hayrides leave from the front of the Center hourly, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dress for the weather. Please check in 10 minutes prior to departure. Hayrides depart on time and rides fill early! $5. For Hayride tickets, go to: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/897388 Take a break from your outdoor adventures to warm up inside the center and make some holiday crafts. Sip hot cocoa or cider while you indulge in snowflakes and sparkles, and learn about the birds, native plants and animals of the Pacific Flyway. FREE. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Phone: 206-652-2444. Email: mgonzales@audubon.org. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Seward Park Audubon Center 5902 Lake Washington Blvd. S. Seattle WA 98118. For more info visit www.brownpapertickets.com.

Bellevue Magic Season: Ice Skating

Eastside Covered open-air ice arena in Bellevue Downtown Park with food and beverage concessions and music. Various times daily Nov. 28 through Jan. 11. $12 includes skates, $9 military with ID, Bellevue College students with ID, ages 8 and younger, and admission without rental. Stroller skating schedule: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 4 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 11 and 18 9 to 10 a.m. Jan. 1 1 to 3 p.m. Jan. 8. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Phone: 425-453-3110. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM. Bellevue Downtown Park N.E. First Street and 102nd Avenue N.E. Bellevue WA 98004. For more info visit www.bellevuedowntown.com.

Holiday Carousel and Ice Rink

Eastside Ride the carousel or enjoy outdoor ice skating during mall hours. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mon. through Sat. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sun. through Jan. 3. $3 carousel, $5 to $7 ice skating. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Phone: 425-869-2640. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Redmond Town Center 7525 166th Ave. N.E. Redmond WA 98052. For more info visit redmondtowncenter.com.

Holiday Train

Eastside Ride the holiday train around the center. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 24. $3. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Phone: 425-869-2640. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Redmond Town Center 7525 166th Ave. N.E. Redmond WA 98052. For more info visit redmondtowncenter.com.

Winter Magic Ice Skating

Eastside Enjoy outdoor ice skating. Dec. 14 kickoff event includes visits with the Ice Queen and Ice Princess, music, hot chocolate, and horse-drawn carriage rides. Skating available various hours at Railroad Park Dec. 14-21, and at Ridge YMCA Dec. 23 through Jan. 1. $10 ages 10 and older, $5 ages 3 to 9, includes skate rental. Age recommendation: Preschool. Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM. Railroad Park 7971 Railroad Ave. Snoqualmie WA 98065. For more info visit business.snovalley.org.

Polar Plaza

South Sound Tacoma’s only covered, open-air ice rink. Various dates and times through Jan. 11. $4 to $8, $2 skate rental. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Phone: 253-272-4258. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM. Tollefson Plaza 1701 Pacific Ave. Tacoma WA 98402. For more info visit www.polarplaza.com.

Santa Express

South Sound Two-hour train ride with a visit from Santa. 10 a.m. 12:45 and 3:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 21, plus Dec. 22. $31, $27 seniors and military, $24 ages 5 to 12, $15 ages 3 and 4, free ages 2 and younger. Pre-purchase recommended. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: Yes. Phone: 888-783-2611. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 10:00 AM. Mount Rainier Scenic Railroad 349 Mineral Creek Road Mineral WA. For more info visit www.mrsr.com.

Holiday Village

Farther Afield See a miniature village hand-made and decorated by a local artisan. Electric trains complete the scene, plus enjoy hot cocoa and cider. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Jan. 4 (closed Mondays, Dec. 25 and Jan. 1). Included with admission. $15, $10 seniors and military, $8 students with ID and ages 13 to 18, $5 ages 5 to 12,  free ages 4 and younger. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: No. Phone: 206-842-7631. Email: email@bloedelreserve.org. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Bloedel Reserve 7571 N.E. Dolphin Drive Bainbridge Island WA 98110. For more info visit www.bloedelreserve.org.

Sensory Story Time

The Seattle Public Library Where: Ballard Branch. Room Location: Miriam Twitchell Alberg and Thomas A. Alberg Meeting Room. Event provided by: The Seattle Public Library. Audience: Children. Language: English. Summary: Sensory Story Time is geared for children who have a hard time in large groups, are on the autism spectrum, or are sensitive to sensory overload. For ages 10 and under. Description: Our librarians will use preschool-level books, songs and movement during story times. Registration is not required. Sensory story times are first come, first served and limited to 12 families. These story times are not appropriate for day cares. More Children's Programs: http://www.spl.org/audiences/children/chi-calendar-of-events. Contact Info: Ballard Branch 206-684-4089 or Ask a Librarian. Cost: FREE. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 10:15 AM – 10:45 AM.

Free Music Together Demo Class

Seattle Area This fall, get your kiddos up, dancing, learning, and developing a passion for music! Music Together® provides a relaxed and non-threatening environment for children to begin experiencing their musical path. Traditional Music Together® provides children ages birth to 4 with the basic musical concepts through songs, rhythm rhymes, movement, and instrument play. Come try a class for free and see what we are all about! Pre-register. Age recommendation: Infant. Toddler. Preschool. Cost: FREE. Pre-register: Yes. Phone: 206-526-8443. Email: monica.musiccenter@gmail.com. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM. Music Center of the Northwest 901 N. 96th St. Seattle WA 98103. For more info visit www.mcnw.org.

Free Trial Japanese Language Class

Seattle Area Considering language classes for your child? Then come to Sponge to try a class for free - to register, email info@spongeschool.com. Our teachers are native speakers who use music, art, drama, and play to make learning a language fun! Age recommendation: Infant. Toddler. Cost: FREE. Pre-register: Yes. Email: info@spongeschool.com. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM. Sponge 3107 S. Day St. Seattle WA 98144.

Free Trial Spanish Language Class

Eastside Considering language classes for your child? Then come to Sponge to try a class for free - to register, email info@spongeschool.com. Our teachers are native speakers who use music, art, drama, and play to make learning a language fun! Age recommendation: Preschool. Elementary School. Cost: FREE. Pre-register: Yes. Email: info@spongeschool.com. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM. The Nest 17530 132nd Ave. N.E. Suite B Woodinville WA 98072.

Issaquah Reindeer Festival

Eastside Meet Santa, his elves and his very own reindeer. Sit in his grand traveling sleigh while enjoying the music, a warm beverage and all the other seasonal activities. Take the opportunity to enjoy the unforgettable atmosphere and exciting holiday spirit! All proceeds support Santa’s Reindeer for the coming year. Included with admission. $14, $12 seniors, $10 ages 2 to 12, free younger than age 2. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: No. Phone: 425-391-5508. Email: info@cougarmountainzoo.org. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 10:30 AM – 4:30 PM. Cougar Mountain Zoo 19525 S.E. 54th St. Issaquah WA 98027.

Free Trial Spanish Language Class

North Sound Considering language classes for your child? Then come to Sponge to try a class for free - to register, email info@spongeschool.com. Our teachers are native speakers who use music, art, drama, and play to make learning a language fun! Age recommendation: Preschool. Elementary School. Cost: FREE. Pre-register: Yes. Email: info@spongeschool.com. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM. Playdate Café 4114 198th St. S.W. Suite 3 Lynnwood WA 98036.

Family Story Time

The Seattle Public Library Where: West Seattle Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Event provided by: The Seattle Public Library. Audience: Children. Language: English. Summary: It's Family Story Time at the West Seattle Branch! Families are invited to bring their children to our special Saturday story time to enjoy stories, rhymes, songs and fun with our children's librarian. More Children's Programs: http://www.spl.org/audiences/children/chi-calendar-of-events. Contact Info: West Seattle Branch 206-684-7444 or Ask a Librarian. Cost: FREE. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM.

Big Top Rock: Curious Circus

Seattle Area New show for families features live music from Recess Monkey, plus aerialists, acrobats and more. $19 booth seating, $22 chair seating, babes in arms free. Concessions available. Doors open 10 a.m. show at 11 a.m. Performance Type: Music. Age recommendation: Infant. Toddler. Preschool. Elementary School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 206-802-0015. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 11:00 AM. Teatro Zinzanni 222 Mercer St. Seattle WA 98109. For more info visit zinzanni.com.

Santa Breakfast and Mini Nutcracker Performance

Seattle Area Enjoy a continental breakfast (bagels, muffins, fruit, orange juice, coffee and tea), door prizes, balloon artistry, pictures with Santa and Nutcracker characters, and watch a mini performance of The Nutcracker by DASSdance professionals and kids. $20, $15 students and seniors, discounts for a table of 8. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: Yes. Phone: 206-860-6020. Email: info@dassdance.org. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Washington Hall 153 14th Ave. Seattle WA 98122. For more info visit www.brownpapertickets.com.

Seattle Center Winterfest Ice Rink

Seattle Area Glide into the season with the greatest of ease and excitement. For novice or Olympiad, Winterfest Ice Rink offers fun for all. Admission includes skate rental.  11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 28 through Jan. 4, 2015. Special hours: closes at 4 p.m. on Dec. 24; closed on Dec. 25; closes at 11:30 p.m. on Dec. 31. $7 for adults, $5 for children ages 6 to 12, and $2 children ages 5 and younger. Cash only. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: No. Phone: 206-684-7200. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM. Fisher Pavilion 305 Harrison St. Seattle WA 98109. For more info visit www.seattlecenter.com.

Winter Celebration

Seattle Area Animals at Woodland Park Zoo receive holiday-themed enrichment treats such as wreaths and evergreens with fruit and wrapped boxes. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 13-15 and 20-22. Included with admission. $12.75, $8.75 ages 3 to 12, free ages 2 and younger. Type of Animal Event: Zoo Events. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: No. Phone: 206-548-2500. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Woodland Park Zoo 5500 Phinney Ave. N. Seattle WA 98103. For more info visit www.zoo.org.

'Twas The Night...

Eastside From the talented team who create the musicals for StoryBook Theater, this hilarious spin on the familiar holiday poem is guaranteed to have the whole family laughing. Join the Big Family and their menagerie as they await the coming of St. Nick. Now in its 13th year, this Studio tradition includes new surprises each year. Run time: approx. 90 min. Recommended for ages 4 and older. 7 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m. Saturdays, 2 and 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through Dec. 21. $15. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: Preschool. Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 425-820-1800. Email: info@studio-east.org. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 11:00 AM. Studio East 11730 118th Ave. N.E. Suite 100 Kirkland WA 98034. For more info visit studio-east.org.

KPC's Olde Time Holiday Show

Eastside Family variety show with a holiday theme, featuring singers, dancers, circus performers and illusionists. 11 a.m. 1 and 3 p.m. through Sun. $15. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Phone: 425-893-9900. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 11:00 AM. Kirkland Performance Center 350 Kirkland Ave. Kirkland WA 98033. For more info visit www.kpcenter.org.

A Charlie Brown Christmas

South Sound Heartwarming musical based on the 1965 television special featuring the Peanuts characters. $10. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Phone: 253-565-6867. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 11:00 AM. Tacoma Musical Playhouse 7116 Sixth Ave. Tacoma WA 98406. For more info visit tmp.org.

Santa Visit

South Sound Bring your camera for photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus in a 1906 Cadillac, plus receive a free slot car voucher. 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dec. 13 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 14, 20 and 21. Included with admission. $16, $14 seniors and military, $12 students, $8 ages 6 to 12, free ages 5 and younger. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Phone: 253-683-3964. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM. LeMay America’s Car Museum 2702 E. D St. Tacoma WA 98421. For more info visit www.lemaymuseum.org.

Walking with Dinosaurs – The Arena Spectacular

South Sound Live show offers dinosaur facts and realistic, life-size, moving models. $27.50 to $85.50, free ages 2 and younger. Performance Type: Other Performances. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 11:00 AM. Tacoma Dome 2727 E. D St. Tacoma WA 98421. For more info visit www.ticketmaster.com.

Museum Playtime with Santa

Farther Afield Explore KiDiMu’s hands-on exhibits with a very special docent. Santa will volunteer at the Museum to guide kids and their families in exploration. Parents, don’t forget your camera for a casual photo op! Included with admission. $6, free younger than 12 months. Age recommendation: Infant. Toddler. Preschool. Elementary School. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: No. Phone: 206-855-4650. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Kids Discovery Museum 301 Ravine Lane NE Bainbridge Island, WA 98110. For more info visit www.kidimu.org.

Children's Discovery Corner

Seattle Area Step inside the Winter Village to enjoy the free Children’s Discovery Corner. Children’s Research will have 3 iPads available, equipped with educational games. Yummy snacks will also be provided by Luna Bar. Every weekday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. the Discovery Center will host special activities from Seattle favorites. Activities in the Discovery Corner will range from holiday fun with the Seattle Aquarium and Ride the Ducks of Seattle, arts & crafts with Seattle Art Museum, scientific experiments with Seattle Children's Hospital and Pacific Science Center, story time with The Seattle Public Library and more. See schedule online. Age recommendation: Toddler. Preschool. Elementary School. Cost: FREE. Pre-register: No. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM. Westlake Park 401 Pine St. Seattle WA 98101. For more info visit www.facebook.com.

Free Trial Japanese Language Class

Seattle Area Considering language classes for your child? Then come to Sponge to try a class for free - to register, email info@spongeschool.com. Our teachers are native speakers who use music, art, drama, and play to make learning a language fun! Age recommendation: Elementary School. Cost: FREE. Pre-register: Yes. Email: info@spongeschool.com. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM. Sponge 3107 S. Day St. Seattle WA 98144.

Polar Bear Birthday Party

South Sound Slip and slide down to the Arctic Tundra to wish a happy birthday to the Zoo's polar bears! Enjoy a cold treat just like our polar bear pals. Included with admission. $17, $16 seniors, $13 ages 5 to 12, $8.75 ages 3 and 4, free ages 2 and younger, discounts for military and Pierce County residents. Type of Animal Event: Zoo Events. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: No. Phone: 253-591-5337. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM. Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium 5400 N. Pearl St. Tacoma WA 98407. For more info visit www.pdza.org.

Winter Break Crafts

The Seattle Public Library Where: Madrona/Sally Goldmark Branch. Event provided by: The Seattle Public Library. Audience: Children. Teens. Language: English. Summary: Kick off Winter Break with some DIY crafts. We will be making 3D snowflakes and mini snow globes (while supplies last). Description: Bring in a mini toy if you would to add it to your snow globe (small enough to fit into a baby food jar or you can bring your own jar). For ages 5 and up. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Madrona/Sally Goldmark Branch 206-684-4705 or Ask a Librarian. Cost: FREE. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM.

Diving Santa

Seattle Area See Santa diving in the Window on Washington Waters exhibit, plus enjoy live musical performances at 1:30 p.m. Noon and 3 p.m. weekends through Dec. 21. Included with admission. $21.95, $14.95 ages 4 to 12, free ages 3 and younger. Live musical performances at 1:30 p.m. on: November 29—Leonard the Large Elf and Holiday Kiddie-oke November 30—Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra, quartet December 6—Caspar Babypants December 7—Northwest Girlchoir December 13—Johnny Bregar and the Country Dawgs December 14—Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra, quartet December 20—The Not-Its December 21—No Love for Fire. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: No. Phone: 206-386-4300. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 12:00 PM. Seattle Aquarium 1483 Alaskan Way, Pier 59 Seattle WA 98101. For more info visit www.seattleaquarium.org.

Kids Traditional Holiday Baking Class

Seattle Area Kids ages 8 to 12 are invited to join Nancy Hash and Gay Lee, both veteran teachers and lifelong bakers, for a warm and wonderful holiday baking class. They'll be making original, flavorful and historical recipes while also learning about the basics of weights, measurements and baking science. Learn to bake a wide variety of holiday themed treats and goodies during this two hour baking class. Dec. 20 is a traditional baking class for ages 8 to 12, and Dec. 27 is gluten-free baking for ages 8 to 12. $55, preregister. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: Yes. Phone: 425-654-1007. Email: nancy@oldschooltreats.com. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM. Pike Place Market Atrium Classroom Kitchen 85 Pike St. Seattle WA 98101. For more info visit oldschooltreats.com.

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory in Smell-O-Vision

Seattle Area Watch the 1971 classic, made all the more fun with singing and fragrant sweet treats. Rated G. Various dates and times through Jan. 1. $15, $14 seniors and youth, $10 SIFF members. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 12:00 PM. SIFF Film Center Warren Avenue N. and Republican Street Seattle WA 98109. For more info visit www.siff.net.

Yes, Virginia & Under the Mistletoe: A Holiday Dance Revue

Seattle Area Yes, Virginia is the delightful story of a little girl who taught the world to believe in the magic of Santa Claus! Follow Virginia and her friends as they solve the mystery of Santa and melt the hearts of non-believers everywhere.  Under the Mistletoe: A Holiday Dance Revue features singing and dancing to familiar holiday tunes. Fun dance numbers, beautiful solos and a great, classic presentation. $15, $12 seniors and ages 11 and younger. Tickets available online. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Phone: 206-747-7380. Email: info@edgeartsanddance.com. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM. Shoreline Conference Center 18560 First Ave. N.E. Shoreline WA 98155.

Fun with Frosty

North Sound Meet Frosty the Snowman and his friend, Hippity Hop the rabbit from noon to 3 p.m. Dec. 20-21. Enjoy a magic show at noon, participate in fun and games at 1 p.m. and make a winter craft project with Frosty at 2 p.m. This is a free event for children of all ages!  Visit Santa’s Workshop featuring Santa photos by Arthur & Associates. Live reindeer on site, pony and train rides (weather permitting) are open for a nominal fee, Christmas tree sales by local Boy Scout Troop 420. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Pre-register: No. Phone: 425-483-2250. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM. Country Village 23730 Bothell-Everett Hwy. Bothell WA 98021. For more info visit www.countryvillagebothell.com.

Santa Express

South Sound Two-hour train ride with a visit from Santa. 10 a.m. 12:45 and 3:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 21, plus Dec. 22. $31, $27 seniors and military, $24 ages 5 to 12, $15 ages 3 and 4, free ages 2 and younger. Pre-purchase recommended. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: Yes. Phone: 888-783-2611. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 12:45 PM. Mount Rainier Scenic Railroad 349 Mineral Creek Road Mineral WA. For more info visit www.mrsr.com.

Free Trial Spanish Language Class

Seattle Area Considering language classes for your child? Then come to Sponge to try a class for free - to register, email info@spongeschool.com. Our teachers are native speakers who use music, art, drama, and play to make learning a language fun! Age recommendation: Preschool. Elementary School. Cost: FREE. Pre-register: Yes. Email: info@spongeschool.com. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM. Sponge 3107 S. Day St. Seattle WA 98144.

Little Red Riding Bug

Seattle Area Parasol Puppets stages an original adaptation of the classic story. Little Red takes a basket to Granny who is recuperating after flying a little too close to a bug light. On the way to Granny's house, who do you think Little Red encounters? None other than the Big, Bad Frog! Don't miss this goofy performance featuring handcrafted puppets accompanied by a soundtrack of vintage honky tonk piano tunes. 1 and 3 p.m. weekends through Dec. 21. $11, $9 seniors and ages 16 and younger. Performance Type: Puppet. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Phone: 206-523-2579. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 1:00 PM. Northwest Puppet Center 9123 15th Ave. N.E. Seattle WA 98115. For more info visit littlered.brownpapertickets.com.

Living Voices

Seattle Area Living Voices presents dynamic solo performances uniquely combined with archival film that turns history into a moving personal journey. Saturdays in December at 1 and 3 p.m. Included with admission. $17, $15 seniors, $14 students and military, free ages 14 and younger with an adult.  Dec. 6: While her brother fights in the Great War, Jessie fights for her right to vote. Dec. 13: Hear from a Japanese-American family interned during WWII. Dec. 20: Share the story of America's families confronted by the stock market crash of 1929 and the Dust Bowl.   Dec. 27: Witness the dynamically changing Northwest at the turn of the century through the eyes of a young Swedish immigrant and her diverse community. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Phone: 206-324-1126. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 1:00 PM. MOHAI 860 Terry Ave. N. Seattle WA 98109. For more info visit www.mohai.org.

Thistle Theatre's Gingerbread Boy

Seattle Area When too much spice is poured into the batter, out pops a mischievous Gingerbread Boy who stops the production of holiday goodies. Pepper Mint, a shipping clerk, runs after the Gingerbread Boy on a chase though Candyland. The chase takes them through Candy Cane Lane, past a Snow Man in the Icicle Alps and into the Soda Swamp inhabited by the Gummi Gator. The traditional story told with an original twist. Thistle Theatre specializes in the Bunraku-style of puppetry, an ancient Japanese art form. Although the style has been modified for modern audiences and performers, the basic idea remains the same: puppeteers who dress entirely in black to symbolize their invisibility operate the puppets. 1 and 3 p.m. Dec. 20-21. $10. Performance Type: Puppet. Age recommendation: Preschool. Elementary School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 206-524-3388. Email: info@thistletheatre.org. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM. Magnuson Park Theatre 7110 62nd Ave NE Seattle, WA 98115.

A Christmas Carol Jr.

Eastside Join us for story time at the North Pole as Mrs. Claus and the elves bring the story of the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge to life in this original adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Meet all of your favorite characters as we journey through time discovering the true meaning of Christmas. Afraid of ghosts? No problem. The ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future are all portrayed by the zaniest elves in Santa's workshop - and who could possibly be afraid of a silly little elf? Show is one hour in length. 1 and 3 p.m. weekends through Dec. 21. $10, $5 kids younger than age 4 on Sundays. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Phone: 425-881-6777. Email: exec@secondstoryrep.org. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 1:00 PM. SecondStory Repertory 16587 N.E. 74th St. Redmond WA 98052. For more info visit www.secondstoryrep.org.

Get Crafty Saturdays!

Eastside Come make a gingerbread house Saturdays in December. Ages 4 to 12. 1 to 3 p.m. $7 materials fee. Admission $10, $7 students and seniors, free ages 5 and younger, $25 family. Age recommendation: Preschool. Elementary School. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: No. Phone: 425-519-0770. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM. Bellevue Arts Museum 510 Bellevue Way N.E. Bellevue WA 98004. For more info visit www.bellevuearts.org.

KPC's Olde Time Holiday Show

Eastside Family variety show with a holiday theme, featuring singers, dancers, circus performers and illusionists. 11 a.m. 1 and 3 p.m. through Sun. $15. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Phone: 425-893-9900. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 1:00 PM. Kirkland Performance Center 350 Kirkland Ave. Kirkland WA 98033. For more info visit www.kpcenter.org.

Mastercraft Madness: Winter Pop-up Cards

The Seattle Public Library Where: Delridge Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Event provided by: The Seattle Public Library. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Learn the various techniques of cutting and bending to create and personalize winter themed pop-up greeting cards. For ages 8 and up. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Delridge Branch 206-733-9125 or Ask a Librarian. Cost: FREE. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM.

The Nutcracker by Evergreen City Ballet

Seattle Area The Nutcracker captures the holiday spirit through the beauty of dance and music. Enjoy the swirling, dancing Snowflakes, twirling patterns of Flowers and the elegant Sugar Plum Fairy. Take a journey with Clara and her prince to an enchanting far away land. This full-length magical classic is perfect for the whole family to enjoy. $32, $18.50 seniors, $14 ages 2 to 18. Performance Type: Dance. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Phone: 425-228-6800. Email: info@evergreencityballet.org. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM. Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center 400 S. Second St. Renton WA 98057. For more info visit evergreencityballet.org.

Hora de cuentos! (Spanish Story Time)

The Seattle Public Library Where: Beacon Hill Branch. Room Location: Friends of The Seattle Public Library Meeting Room. Event provided by: The Seattle Public Library. Audience: Children. Language: Español. Summary: Es una hora de cuentos para los niños en la biblioteca de Beacon Hill Branch! (It is Spanish story time at the Beacon Hill Branch!). Description: Traiga a sus niños a la biblioteca de Beacon Hill Branch para que disfruten escuchando cuentos, rimas y canciones en inglés y español. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Story times are some of our most popular events! Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms. Translation: Bring your children to the Beacon Hill Branch to enjoy stories, rhymes, and songs in Spanish. More Children's Programs: http://www.spl.org/audiences/children/chi-calendar-of-events. Contact Info: Beacon Hill Branch 206-684-4711 or Ask a Librarian. Cost: FREE. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 2:00 PM – 2:30 PM.

A Christmas Carol

Seattle Area A Seattle tradition, Charles Dickens’ classic returns to ACT Theatre. Backstage tours ($10) available one hour prior to Sat. matinees. Ages 5 and older (no babes in arms). $27 to $90. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 206-292-7676. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 2:00 PM. ACT’s Allen Theatre 700 Union St. Seattle WA 98101. For more info visit www.acttheatre.org.

A Christmas Story: The Musical

Seattle Area Young Ralphie wants nothing more than a BB gun for Christmas in this charming, funny show based on the 1983 film. Rated PG. Various dates and times through Dec. 30. $29 to $130. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 206-625-1900. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 2:00 PM. 5th Avenue Theatre 1308 Fifth Ave. Seattle WA 98101. For more info visit www.5thavenue.org.

Appalachian Christmas Homecoming

Seattle Area Listen to the story of three generations told through music and memories during a family-friendly evening at Taproot Theatre. Featuring guitar, mandolin, fiddle, banjo and mountain dulcimer, Taproot’s Jewell Mainstage Theatre will be filled with American Roots Music and traditional carols. 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 27. $20 to $40. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 206-781-9707. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 2:00 PM. Taproot Theatre 204 N. 85th St. Seattle WA 98103. For more info visit taproottheatre.org.

Dick Whittington and His Cat

Seattle Area SCT presents Dick Whittington and His Cat, a new musical version of the beloved English story. With all the traditional charm of old London at the holidays, Dick Whittington's adventurous story begins with Dick's poor beginnings as an orphan who comes to the big city in hope of finding the streets paved with gold. From there he finds his way in the world, buoyed by the kindness of others and an alliance with the most remarkable cat. Together, they overcome many a rat, making their way through foreign lands, past pirates and back home to a good fortune and a better life. Various dates and times through Dec. 21. $25 to $36. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Phone: 206-441-3322. Email: tickets@sct.org. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 2:00 PM. Seattle Children's Theatre 201 Thomas St. Seattle WA 98109. For more info visit www.sct.org.

Nutcracker

Seattle Area Holiday tradition from Pacific Northwest Ballet. Wondrous sets and costumes by the late children’s author and illustrator Maurice Sendak; this is the last year for the Stowell-Sendak production. Best for school age and older. Various dates and times through Dec. 28. $32 to $136. Performance Type: Dance. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 206-441-2424. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 2:00 PM. McCaw Hall 301 Mercer St. Seattle WA 98109. For more info visit www.pnb.org.

Pride and Prejudice

Seattle Area Book-It Repertory brings Jane Austen’s beloved comedy of manners and courtship to the stage. Various dates and times through Dec. 28. $25 to $60. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 206-216-0833. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM. Center Theatre at Seattle Center Armory 305 Harrison St. Seattle WA 98109. For more info visit book-it.secure.force.com.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Seattle Area The notorious Herdman kids take over the church pageant. All ages. 2 and 4 p.m. weekends, Dec. 13-21, plus Dec. 22-24. $32, $30 seniors, $5 ages 11 and younger. Age recommendation: Preschool. Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 206-524-1300. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 2:00 PM. Seattle Public Theater at the Bathhouse 7312 W. Green Lake Drive N. Seattle WA 98103. For more info visit www.seattlepublictheater.org.

'Twas The Night...

Eastside From the talented team who create the musicals for StoryBook Theater, this hilarious spin on the familiar holiday poem is guaranteed to have the whole family laughing. Join the Big Family and their menagerie as they await the coming of St. Nick. Now in its 13th year, this Studio tradition includes new surprises each year. Run time: approx. 90 min. Recommended for ages 4 and older. 7 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m. Saturdays, 2 and 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through Dec. 21. $15. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: Preschool. Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 425-820-1800. Email: info@studio-east.org. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 2:00 PM. Studio East 11730 118th Ave. N.E. Suite 100 Kirkland WA 98034. For more info visit studio-east.org.

Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Jr.

Eastside Be Our Guest! The Academy Award-winning film comes to life in this romantic and beloved take on the classic fairytale. Youth actors (elementary to high school) from the Redmond Adademy of Theatre Arts perform all the roles. Rated G. 7 p.m. Dec. 18-19, 2 p.m. Dec. 20-21. $12. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: Preschool. Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: No. Phone: 425-881-2773. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 2:00 PM – 3:45 PM. Redmond High School Performing Arts Center 17272 N.E. 104th St. Redmond WA 98052. For more info visit www.redmondacademy.org.

Excerpts from The Nutcracker

Eastside Island Youth Ballet presents a family friendly performance featuring favorite dances from The Nutcracker. 2 p.m. Saturdays, 1 and 5 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 13-21. $22 to $35. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM. Stroum Jewish Community Center 3801 E. Mercer Way Mercer Island WA 98040. For more info visit www.iybnutcracker.com.

Mary Poppins

Eastside Musical about a magical nanny, based on the books by P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney film. Family room available. Various dates and times through Jan. 5. $40 to $72. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 425-392-2202. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 2:00 PM. Francis J. Gaudette Theatre 303 Front St. N. Issaquah WA 98027. For more info visit www.villagetheatre.org.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Eastside Young actors with Youth Theatre Northwest perform this hilarious Christmas classic, in which a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids--probably the most inventively “awful” kids in history. Recommended for ages 6 and older. 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Dec. 5-21. $15, $13 seniors and youth. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 206-232-4145 ext. 109. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 2:00 PM. Emmanual Episcopal Church 4400 86th Ave. S.E. Mercer Island WA 98040. For more info visit youththeatre.org.

The Nutcracker by International Ballet Theatre

Eastside See the ballet performed in the traditional Russian style. 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Dec. 12-21, plus 2 p.m. Dec. 22-23. $50, $25 youth. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 425-284-0444. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 2:00 PM. Meydenbauer Center 11100 N.E. Sixth St. Bellevue WA 98004. For more info visit www.brownpapertickets.com.

The Snow Queen

Eastside Delightful musical adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen tale. All ages. 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 21, plus 2 p.m. Dec. 20. $5 to $12. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Phone: 425-452-7155. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 2:00 PM. Bellevue Youth Theatre 16661 Northup Way Bellevue WA. For more info visit www.ci.bellevue.wa.us.

The Nutcracker by Olympic Ballet Theatre

North Sound Olympic Ballet Theatre will present the popular family favorite, The Nutcracker, with its traditional holiday-themed story of Clara's enchanting dream on Christmas Eve. Delightful for all ages! $37.50, $32.50 students and seniors, $25 ages 10 and younger. Performance Type: Dance. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Phone: 425-774-7570. Email: dance@olympicballet.com. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM. Edmonds Center for the Arts 410 Fourth Ave. N. Edmonds WA 98020.

A Christmas Carol

South Sound Enjoy this classic holiday musical. Ages 4 and older. 7 p.m. today, various dates and times through Dec. 20. $11 to $20. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: Preschool. Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 253-447-7645. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 2:00 PM. ManeStage Theatre Company 1707 Main St. Sumner WA 98390. For more info visit manestagetheatre.com.

A Little Princess

South Sound Musical based on the story by Frances Hodgson Burnett about a girl who uses her imagination to overcome her bleak surroundings. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. weekends through Dec. 21. $29, $27 students, seniors and military, $20 ages 12 and younger. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 253-565-6867. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 2:00 PM. Tacoma Musical Playhouse 7116 Sixth Ave. Tacoma WA 98406. For more info visit tmp.org.

How the Slug Stole Solstice

South Sound This rhyming tale of a slug who’s scared of the dark is an imaginative alternative to traditional holiday fare. Recommended for ages 5 and older. 7 p.m. Fridays, 2 p.m. weekends through Dec. 21. $13 to $19. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 360-753-8585. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 2:00 PM. Olympia Family Theater 612 Fourth Ave. E. Olympia WA 98501. For more info visit olyft.org.

Jack and the Beanstalk

South Sound Holiday production by Centerstage Theatre, done in the English Holiday Panto style. Ages 5 and older. 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. weekends, through Dec. 21. $30, $25 students, seniors and military, $10 ages 18 and younger. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 253-661-1444. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 2:00 PM. Knutzen Family Theatre 3200 S.W. Dash Point Road Federal Way WA 98023. For more info visit www.centerstagetheatre.com.

The Nutcracker by Ballet Northwest

South Sound Annual production of the holiday classic. 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 21. $14 to $33. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Phone: 360-753-8566. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 2:00 PM. Washington Center for the Performing Arts 512 Washington St. S.E. Olympia WA 98501. For more info visit www.balletnorthwest.org.

The Nutcracker by Tacoma Performing Dance Company

South Sound New choreography and staging of the classic from Tacoma Performing Dance Company. 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 20, 2 and 6 p.m. Dec. 21. $20 to $25. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Phone: 253-752-8530. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 2:00 PM. Stadium High School Performing Arts Center 111 N. E St. Tacoma WA 98403. For more info visit www.tacomaperformingdance.org.

Visiting Vet: Plush Pet Clinic

Farther Afield Bring your favorite plush animal to KiDiMu for a well-check exam with veterinarian Dr. Lisa Barfield. Learn how to become a responsible pet owner and help your (real or toy) pet stay healthy and happy. Dr. Barfield will answer questions and even help fix minor plush pet injuries. Included with admission. $6, free younger than 12 months. Type of Animal Event: Pet Events. Age recommendation: Toddler. Preschool. Elementary School. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: No. Phone: 206-855-4650. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 2:00 PM – 2:30 PM. Kids Discovery Museum 301 Ravine Lane N.E. Bainbridge Island WA 98110. For more info visit www.kidimu.org.

ArtBreak with Erin Bailey

Seattle Area ArtBreaks are facilitated gallery experiences led by a variety of artists, scholars, and community members. Join Erin Bailey, Interim Coordinator of Special Gallery Programs + Research, as she leads an in-gallery exploration of Ann Hamilton: the common S E N S E. Meet on the North Landing near the exhibit entrance. Included with admission. $10, $6 seniors (62+), free children. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: No. Phone: 206-543-2280. Email: contact-education@henryart.org. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 2:30 PM – 3:00 PM. Henry Art Gallery 4100 15th Avenue Northeast Seattle, WA 98105. For more info visit henryart.org.

Free Trial Spanish Language Class

Seattle Area Considering language classes for your child? Then come to Sponge to try a class for free - to register, email info@spongeschool.com. Our teachers are native speakers who use music, art, drama, and play to make learning a language fun! Age recommendation: Elementary School. Cost: FREE. Pre-register: Yes. Email: info@spongeschool.com. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM. Sponge 3107 S. Day St. Seattle WA 98144.

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory in Smell-O-Vision

Seattle Area Watch the 1971 classic, made all the more fun with singing and fragrant sweet treats. Rated G. Various dates and times through Jan. 1. $15, $14 seniors and youth, $10 SIFF members. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 2:30 PM. SIFF Film Center Warren Avenue N. and Republican Street Seattle WA 98109. For more info visit www.siff.net.

Free Trial Mandarin Language Class

North Sound Considering language classes for your child? Then come to Sponge to try a class for free - to register, email info@spongeschool.com. Our teachers are native speakers who use music, art, drama, and play to make learning a language fun! Age recommendation: Preschool. Elementary School. Cost: FREE. Pre-register: Yes. Email: info@spongeschool.com. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM. Playdate Café 4114 198th St. S.W. Suite 3 Lynnwood WA 98036.

Lego Mania!

The Seattle Public Library Where: West Seattle Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Event provided by: The Seattle Public Library. Audience: Children. Language: English. Summary: Take our Lego-building challenge or create something super-fantastic from your own imagination! For ages 5-12 (children ages 5-7 should be accompanied by an adult). Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: West Seattle Branch 206-684-7444 or Ask a Librarian. Cost: FREE. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM.

Little Red Riding Bug

Seattle Area Parasol Puppets stages an original adaptation of the classic story. Little Red takes a basket to Granny who is recuperating after flying a little too close to a bug light. On the way to Granny's house, who do you think Little Red encounters? None other than the Big, Bad Frog! Don't miss this goofy performance featuring handcrafted puppets accompanied by a soundtrack of vintage honky tonk piano tunes. 1 and 3 p.m. weekends through Dec. 21. $11, $9 seniors and ages 16 and younger. Performance Type: Puppet. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Phone: 206-523-2579. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 3:00 PM. Northwest Puppet Center 9123 15th Ave. N.E. Seattle WA 98115. For more info visit littlered.brownpapertickets.com.

Thistle Theatre's Gingerbread Boy

Seattle Area When too much spice is poured into the batter, out pops a mischievous Gingerbread Boy who stops the production of holiday goodies. Pepper Mint, a shipping clerk, runs after the Gingerbread Boy on a chase though Candyland. The chase takes them through Candy Cane Lane, past a Snow Man in the Icicle Alps and into the Soda Swamp inhabited by the Gummi Gator. The traditional story told with an original twist. Thistle Theatre specializes in the Bunraku-style of puppetry, an ancient Japanese art form. Although the style has been modified for modern audiences and performers, the basic idea remains the same: puppeteers who dress entirely in black to symbolize their invisibility operate the puppets. 1 and 3 p.m. Dec. 20-21. $10. Performance Type: Puppet. Age recommendation: Preschool. Elementary School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 206-524-3388. Email: info@thistletheatre.org. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM. Magnuson Park Theatre 7110 62nd Ave NE Seattle, WA 98115.

A Christmas Carol Jr.

Eastside Join us for story time at the North Pole as Mrs. Claus and the elves bring the story of the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge to life in this original adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Meet all of your favorite characters as we journey through time discovering the true meaning of Christmas. Afraid of ghosts? No problem. The ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future are all portrayed by the zaniest elves in Santa's workshop - and who could possibly be afraid of a silly little elf? Show is one hour in length. 1 and 3 p.m. weekends through Dec. 21. $10, $5 kids younger than age 4 on Sundays. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Phone: 425-881-6777. Email: exec@secondstoryrep.org. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 3:00 PM. SecondStory Repertory 16587 N.E. 74th St. Redmond WA 98052. For more info visit www.secondstoryrep.org.

KPC's Olde Time Holiday Show

Eastside Family variety show with a holiday theme, featuring singers, dancers, circus performers and illusionists. 11 a.m. 1 and 3 p.m. through Sun. $15. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Phone: 425-893-9900. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 3:00 PM. Kirkland Performance Center 350 Kirkland Ave. Kirkland WA 98033. For more info visit www.kpcenter.org.

FREE Festive Fun

South Sound Bring the whole family for lots of FREE Festive Fun this holiday season! Bring your camera for pictures with Santa, who will be on a real sleigh. Hop on for a horse-drawn wagon ride, pet the animals in the Living Nativity, across from MOD Pizza, and listen to music from the Dickens Carolers. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Pre-register: No. Phone: 253-904-8923. Email: ctanis@tarragon.com. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Sunrise Village 156th Street E. and Meridian E. Puyallup WA 98374. For more info visit www.mysunrisevillage.com.

Oliver!

South Sound Oliver! is an award-winning musical that vividly brings to life Charles Dickens' timeless characters with its ever-popular story of the orphaned boy who asked for more. Ages 6 and older. No babes in arms. $10 advance, $12 at the door. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 253-833-9111 ext. 2400. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Green River Community College, Performing Arts Building 12401 S.E. 320th St. Auburn WA 98092.

The Nutcracker and The Tale of the Hard Nut

South Sound Tacoma City Ballet performs the familiar tale plus the prequel story, with music from Tacoma Symphony Orchestra. 3 p.m. weekends through Dec. 21, plus 3 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 23. $19 to $69. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 253-591-5894. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 3:00 PM. Pantages Theater 901 Broadway Tacoma WA 98402. For more info visit www.broadwaycenter.org.

Walking with Dinosaurs – The Arena Spectacular

South Sound Live show offers dinosaur facts and realistic, life-size, moving models. $27.50 to $85.50, free ages 2 and younger. Performance Type: Other Performances. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 3:00 PM. Tacoma Dome 2727 E. D St. Tacoma WA 98421. For more info visit www.ticketmaster.com.

Santa Express

South Sound Two-hour train ride with a visit from Santa. 10 a.m. 12:45 and 3:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 21, plus Dec. 22. $31, $27 seniors and military, $24 ages 5 to 12, $15 ages 3 and 4, free ages 2 and younger. Pre-purchase recommended. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: Yes. Phone: 888-783-2611. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 3:30 PM. Mount Rainier Scenic Railroad 349 Mineral Creek Road Mineral WA. For more info visit www.mrsr.com.

Beauty and the Beast – A British Panto

Seattle Area Fremont Players work their magic on this classic tale. The lovely Belle must save her family from ruin and defeat the nefarious Lord Malice, but how? Meet her outrageous sisters, her well-meaning father, and her charming aunt as they face the cursed and frightening Beast. Complete with sparkling fairies, a magic horse and all your favorite Panto surprises, Beauty and the Beast is sure to entertain audiences both young and old. 4 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays, 1 and 4 p.m. Sundays through Jan. 11. $13, $7 seniors and ages 12 and younger. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: Yes. Phone: 800-838-3006. Email: fremontplayers@gmail.com. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 4:00 PM. Hale's Palladium 4301 Leary Way N.W. Seattle WA 98107.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Seattle Area The notorious Herdman kids take over the church pageant. All ages. 2 and 4 p.m. weekends, Dec. 13-21, plus Dec. 22-24. $32, $30 seniors, $5 ages 11 and younger. Age recommendation: Preschool. Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 206-524-1300. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 4:00 PM. Seattle Public Theater at the Bathhouse 7312 W. Green Lake Drive N. Seattle WA 98103. For more info visit www.seattlepublictheater.org.

Yes, Virginia & Under the Mistletoe: A Holiday Dance Revue

Seattle Area Yes, Virginia is the delightful story of a little girl who taught the world to believe in the magic of Santa Claus! Follow Virginia and her friends as they solve the mystery of Santa and melt the hearts of non-believers everywhere.  Under the Mistletoe: A Holiday Dance Revue features singing and dancing to familiar holiday tunes. Fun dance numbers, beautiful solos and a great, classic presentation. $15, $12 seniors and ages 11 and younger. Tickets available online. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Phone: 206-747-7380. Email: info@edgeartsanddance.com. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Shoreline Conference Center 18560 First Ave. N.E. Shoreline WA 98155.

The Elves & the Toymaker

South Sound New musical from StoryBook Theater about the spirit of giving. Part of the Ave Kids entertainment series. $8. Age recommendation: Preschool. Elementary School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 253-931-3043. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 4:00 PM. Auburn Avenue Theater 10 Auburn Ave. Auburn WA 98002. For more info visit www.auburnwa.gov.

Solstice Stroll

Seattle Area Enjoy an illuminated garden with unique art, plus caroling and refreshments. 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. through Sun. Reserve your time slot online. FREE, donations welcomed. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Pre-register: Yes. Phone: 206-801-7296. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 4:30 PM – 8:30 PM. Kruckeberg Botanic Garden 20312 15th Ave. N.W. Shoreline WA 98177. For more info visit www.kruckeberg.org.

Garden D'Lights

Eastside Bellevue Botanical Garden creates a winter garden with hundreds of thousands of mini-lights in three-dimensional plant and critter shapes. No pets. 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. through Jan. 3 (last entry at 9 p.m.). $5, free ages 10 and younger, tickets available online (pre-purchase recommended). Free parking nearby. FREE nights are Dec. 1-4 and 8-11 (first come, first served). Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Phone: 425-452-6844. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 4:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Bellevue Botanical Garden 12001 Main St. Bellevue WA 98005. For more info visit www.gardendlights.com.

Ivar’s Clam Lights

Seattle Area Renton’s holiday light display shines 5 to 9 p.m. nightly through Jan. 1. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Phone: 425-430-6700. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Gene Coulon Beach Park 1201 Lake Washington Blvd. N. Renton WA 98056. For more info visit www.rentonwa.gov.

The Princess Bride Quote-Along

Seattle Area The swashbuckling fairy tale to end all swashbuckling fairy tales returns to the big screen complete with quote along subtitles, free inflatable sword props, and Rodents of Unusual Size. Rated PG. Various dates and times through Jan. 1. $15, $14 seniors and youth, $10 SIFF members. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 5:00 PM. SIFF Film Center Warren Avenue N. and Republican Street Seattle WA 98109. For more info visit www.siff.net.

'Twas The Night...

Eastside From the talented team who create the musicals for StoryBook Theater, this hilarious spin on the familiar holiday poem is guaranteed to have the whole family laughing. Join the Big Family and their menagerie as they await the coming of St. Nick. Now in its 13th year, this Studio tradition includes new surprises each year. Run time: approx. 90 min. Recommended for ages 4 and older. 7 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m. Saturdays, 2 and 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through Dec. 21. $15. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: Preschool. Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 425-820-1800. Email: info@studio-east.org. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 5:00 PM. Studio East 11730 118th Ave. N.E. Suite 100 Kirkland WA 98034. For more info visit studio-east.org.

The Lights of Christmas

North Sound Jaw-dropping light displays, live music and drama, pony rides, nativity, Bruce the (talking) Spruce and more. Lodging available (reservations required). 5 to 10 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays through Dec. 14, nightly Dec. 18-30 (closed Dec. 24-25). $15, $12 seniors and military, $10 ages 4 to 12, free ages 3 and younger, pay-what-you-can Dec. 4, 11, 29 and 30. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Phone: 360-652-7575. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Warm Beach Camp 20800 Marine Drive Stanwood WA 98292. For more info visit www.thelightsofchristmas.com.

Date Night with 3 Little Birds Music

South Sound Parents, here’s your chance to drop off the kids at our Tacoma studio for some quality alone time together. Use this time to have a nice dinner, watch a flick, or get your holiday shopping done! Once a month on Saturday nights from 5 to 9 p.m. we’ll entertain your little ones (ages 3 to 7) with music, dancing, movies, drinks and pizza. $25 per child, $15 per sibling. Preregister online. Age recommendation: Toddler. Preschool. Elementary School. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: Yes. Phone: 360-602-1168. Email: info@3LittleBirdsMusic.com. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM. 3 Little Birds Music 728 Pacific Ave, Suite 220 Tacoma WA 98402. For more info visit www.3littlebirdsmusic.com.

Wild Waves Holiday with Lights

South Sound Enjoy more than one million dazzling lights, more than 25 amusement rides, Toyland for children ages 12 and younger, Santa at the North Pole and more. Schedule, hours and tickets online. $12.99, $9.99 seniors, military, and those 48" and shorter, free ages 2 and younger, discount tickets available. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Phone: 253-661-8000. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Wild Waves Theme Park 36201 Enchanted Pkwy. S. Federal Way WA 98003. For more info visit www.wildwaves.com.

Zoolights

South Sound Nearly 600,000 holiday lights brighten Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium with depictions of animals and local landmarks. Warm up in the steamy aquarium, ride a camel ($6) or the antique carousel ($1.50). 5 to 9 p.m. through Jan. 4 (closed Dec. 24). $9, $7.50 online, $4.50 members, free ages 2 and younger. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: No. Phone: 253-404-3822. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium 5400 N. Pearl St. Tacoma WA 98407. For more info visit www.pdza.org.

Dick Whittington and His Cat

Seattle Area SCT presents Dick Whittington and His Cat, a new musical version of the beloved English story. With all the traditional charm of old London at the holidays, Dick Whittington's adventurous story begins with Dick's poor beginnings as an orphan who comes to the big city in hope of finding the streets paved with gold. From there he finds his way in the world, buoyed by the kindness of others and an alliance with the most remarkable cat. Together, they overcome many a rat, making their way through foreign lands, past pirates and back home to a good fortune and a better life. Various dates and times through Dec. 21. $25 to $36. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Phone: 206-441-3322. Email: tickets@sct.org. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 5:30 PM. Seattle Children's Theatre 201 Thomas St. Seattle WA 98109. For more info visit www.sct.org.

WildLights

Seattle Area Winter lights festival at Woodland Park Zoo, featuring wild animals and places recreated in thousands of LED lights. Indoor and outdoor displays, some animals on view (including reindeer) and more. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. nightly through Jan. 4 (closed Dec. 24-25). $9.75, $6.50 ages 3 to 12, free ages 2 and younger. $2 discount for members purchasing tickets through Dec. 14. Free parking. Entry at West Gate only. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Phone: 206-548-2500. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM. Woodland Park Zoo 5500 Phinney Ave. N. Seattle WA 98103. For more info visit www.zoo.org.

Fantasy Lights

South Sound Drive through 2.5 miles of animated displays at Spanaway Park. Tune your radio to FM 93.7 to hear holiday music performed by a local high school. 5:30 to 9 p.m. Nov. 27 through Jan. 1. $14 per car or van, half-price on Dec. 1-3 and 8-10. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: No. Phone: 253-798-4177. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM. Spanaway Park 14905 Gus G. Bresemann Road S. Spanaway WA. For more info visit www.co.pierce.wa.us.

Holiday Kids Night at the Museum (aka Parents Night Out)

Farther Afield Kids are invited to KiDiMu for an evening of museum playtime, season-inspired activities, and a pizza dinner, while their parents run holiday errands or enjoy a night out! Made possible by Port Madison Enterprises. Recommended for ages 3.5 to 9. Participants must be able to use bathroom independently. Registration required by noon on Friday. $40, $30 members, $10 discount for siblings. Age recommendation: Preschool. Elementary School. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: Yes. Phone: 206-855-4650. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Kids Discovery Museum 301 Ravine Lane N.E. Bainbridge Island WA 98110. For more info visit www.kidimu.org.

Snow Show

Seattle Area It snows nightly in the four-story atrium of Pacific Place. 6 p.m. through Dec. 31 (no show Dec. 25). See Santa on the second level. Free musical performances. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Pre-register: No. Phone: 206-405-2655. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 6:00 PM. Pacific Place Sixth Avenue and Pine Street Seattle WA 98101. For more info visit www.pacificplaceseattle.com.

Winter Magic Ice Skating

Eastside Enjoy outdoor ice skating. Dec. 14 kickoff event includes visits with the Ice Queen and Ice Princess, music, hot chocolate, and horse-drawn carriage rides. Skating available various hours at Railroad Park Dec. 14-21, and at Ridge YMCA Dec. 23 through Jan. 1. $10 ages 10 and older, $5 ages 3 to 9, includes skate rental. Age recommendation: Preschool. Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Railroad Park 7971 Railroad Ave. Snoqualmie WA 98065. For more info visit business.snovalley.org.

Yuletide Feast

Eastside Enjoy a 14th-century-style Christmas feast, which includes 12 dishes over three courses, plus holiday traditions, music, magic and stories. Period dress encouraged. No cameras or cell phones, please. Recommended for ages 10 and older. 6 p.m. weekends through Jan. 3, plus Dec. 24. $45. Space is limited, reservations required. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: Yes. Phone: 425-788-8624. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Camlann Medieval Association 10320 Kelly Road N.E. Carnation WA 98014. For more info visit www.camlann.org.

Freestyle Christmas Lights Cruise

North Sound Classic cars, trucks and motorcycles all decked out in lights will cruise a loop around downtown Snohomish. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM. First Street and Avenue D Snohomish, WA 98290. For more info visit www.historicdowntownsnohomish.org.

Holiday Tour of Lights

North Sound Hop aboard the 20-minute Merrysville Express Rotary Train and see 30 winter scenes done in lights. 6 to 9 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, Dec. 11-27 (closed Dec. 25). Suggested donation $5, $3 youth, $20 family. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Phone: 360-363-8400. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Cedarcrest Golf Course 6810 84th St. N.E. Marysville WA 98270. For more info visit www.marysvillewa.gov.

A Christmas Carol

Seattle Area A Seattle tradition, Charles Dickens’ classic returns to ACT Theatre. Backstage tours ($10) available one hour prior to Sat. matinees. Ages 5 and older (no babes in arms). $27 to $90. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 206-292-7676. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 7:00 PM. ACT’s Allen Theatre 700 Union St. Seattle WA 98101. For more info visit www.acttheatre.org.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Eastside Young actors with Youth Theatre Northwest perform this hilarious Christmas classic, in which a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids--probably the most inventively “awful” kids in history. Recommended for ages 6 and older. 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Dec. 5-21. $15, $13 seniors and youth. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 206-232-4145 ext. 109. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 7:00 PM. Emmanual Episcopal Church 4400 86th Ave. S.E. Mercer Island WA 98040. For more info visit youththeatre.org.

The Big Chanukah Show

Eastside The entire Seattle community is invited to attend The Big Chanukah Show, a vaudeville-style show featuring Jewish Chanukah-related music, comedy, and other entertainment during the winter holiday season. This is the first event of its kind in Seattle, designed to create a fun and festive show to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Chanukah. The show is being organized by Seattle Rabbi James Mirel, who will be one of the featured entertainers with his Shalom Ensemble Klezmer band. The show will also include a performance by the Seattle Jewish Chorale, a recitation of the Chanukah story in different languages, a Menorah lighting ceremony, and - of course - a raucous sing-along. $10, $5 seniors and children. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Phone: 206-234-7600. Email: jamesmirel@earthlink.net. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Stroum Jewish Community Center 3801 E. Mercer Way Mercer Island WA 98040. For more info visit www.brownpapertickets.com.

The Snow Queen

Eastside Delightful musical adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen tale. All ages. 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 21, plus 2 p.m. Dec. 20. $5 to $12. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Phone: 425-452-7155. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 7:00 PM. Bellevue Youth Theatre 16661 Northup Way Bellevue WA. For more info visit www.ci.bellevue.wa.us.

The Nutcracker by Olympic Ballet Theatre

North Sound Olympic Ballet Theatre will present the popular family favorite, The Nutcracker, with its traditional holiday-themed story of Clara's enchanting dream on Christmas Eve. Delightful for all ages! $37.50, $32.50 students and seniors, $25 ages 10 and younger. Performance Type: Dance. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Phone: 425-774-7570. Email: dance@olympicballet.com. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Edmonds Center for the Arts 410 Fourth Ave. N. Edmonds WA 98020.

A Christmas Carol

South Sound Enjoy this classic holiday musical. Ages 4 and older. 7 p.m. today, various dates and times through Dec. 20. $11 to $20. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: Preschool. Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 253-447-7645. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 7:00 PM. ManeStage Theatre Company 1707 Main St. Sumner WA 98390. For more info visit manestagetheatre.com.

A Year with Frog and Toad

South Sound Charming musical for the whole family, based on the characters in Arnold Lobel’s books. Various dates and times through Dec. 21. $20, $15 kids. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Phone: 253-588-0042. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 7:00 PM. Lakewood Playhouse 5729 Lakewood Towne Center Blvd. S.W. Lakewood WA 98499. For more info visit www.lakewoodplayhouse.org.

Jack and the Beanstalk

South Sound Holiday production by Centerstage Theatre, done in the English Holiday Panto style. Ages 5 and older. 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. weekends, through Dec. 21. $30, $25 students, seniors and military, $10 ages 18 and younger. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 253-661-1444. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 7:00 PM. Knutzen Family Theatre 3200 S.W. Dash Point Road Federal Way WA 98023. For more info visit www.centerstagetheatre.com.

Oliver!

South Sound Oliver! is an award-winning musical that vividly brings to life Charles Dickens' timeless characters with its ever-popular story of the orphaned boy who asked for more. Ages 6 and older. No babes in arms. $10 advance, $12 at the door. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 253-833-9111 ext. 2400. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Green River Community College, Performing Arts Building 12401 S.E. 320th St. Auburn WA 98092.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

South Sound Charming tale about the notorious Herdsman kids, who threaten to ruin the annual church Christmas pageant. 7 p.m. Dec. 11-13 and 19-20, 3 p.m. Dec. 14 and 21. $20, $5 ages 18 and younger. Age recommendation: Preschool. Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 253-677-0531. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 7:00 PM. Tacoma Youth Theatre 924B Broadway Tacoma WA 98402. For more info visit www.brownpapertickets.com.

The Nutcracker by Tacoma Performing Dance Company

South Sound New choreography and staging of the classic from Tacoma Performing Dance Company. 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 20, 2 and 6 p.m. Dec. 21. $20 to $25. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Phone: 253-752-8530. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 7:00 PM. Stadium High School Performing Arts Center 111 N. E St. Tacoma WA 98403. For more info visit www.tacomaperformingdance.org.

Walking with Dinosaurs – The Arena Spectacular

South Sound Live show offers dinosaur facts and realistic, life-size, moving models. $27.50 to $85.50, free ages 2 and younger. Performance Type: Other Performances. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 7:00 PM. Tacoma Dome 2727 E. D St. Tacoma WA 98421. For more info visit www.ticketmaster.com.

A Child's Christmas in Wales & The Long Christmas Dinner

Seattle Area Come experience a slice of Dylan Thomas’s memories and find your own in the colorful characters, family dynamics, and live Christmas music in Stone Soup’s new version of this holiday classic, performed by both youth conservatory graduates and seasoned professionals. Plus, The Long Christmas Dinner is a human, tender play that journeys the lives of several generations of the Bayard family, and some of their Christmas dinners. Best for ages 5 and older. Various dates and times through Dec. 24. $20 to $25. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 206-633-1883. Email: office@stonesouptheatre.org. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 7:30 PM. Stone Soup Theatre 4029 Stone Way N. Seattle WA 98103. For more info visit www.stonesouptheatre.org.

A Festival of Lessons and Carols

Seattle Area Northwest Boychoir's concert includes holiday readings, carols and sing-alongs. Ages 5 and older, no babes in arms. $20 to $25, $15 to $20 seniors, $10 to $15 students with ID. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 206-524-3234. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM. Saint Mark's Cathedral 1245 10th Ave. E. Seattle WA 98102. For more info visit www.nwchoirs.org.

Beauty and the Beast – A British Panto

Seattle Area Fremont Players work their magic on this classic tale. The lovely Belle must save her family from ruin and defeat the nefarious Lord Malice, but how? Meet her outrageous sisters, her well-meaning father, and her charming aunt as they face the cursed and frightening Beast. Complete with sparkling fairies, a magic horse and all your favorite Panto surprises, Beauty and the Beast is sure to entertain audiences both young and old. 4 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays, 1 and 4 p.m. Sundays through Jan. 11. $13, $7 seniors and ages 12 and younger. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: Yes. Phone: 800-838-3006. Email: fremontplayers@gmail.com. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 7:30 PM. Hale's Palladium 4301 Leary Way N.W. Seattle WA 98107.

Nutcracker

Seattle Area Holiday tradition from Pacific Northwest Ballet. Wondrous sets and costumes by the late children’s author and illustrator Maurice Sendak; this is the last year for the Stowell-Sendak production. Best for school age and older. Various dates and times through Dec. 28. $32 to $136. Performance Type: Dance. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 206-441-2424. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 7:30 PM. McCaw Hall 301 Mercer St. Seattle WA 98109. For more info visit www.pnb.org.

Pride and Prejudice

Seattle Area Book-It Repertory brings Jane Austen’s beloved comedy of manners and courtship to the stage. Various dates and times through Dec. 28. $25 to $60. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 206-216-0833. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM. Center Theatre at Seattle Center Armory 305 Harrison St. Seattle WA 98109. For more info visit book-it.secure.force.com.

The Nutcracker by Evergreen City Ballet

Seattle Area The Nutcracker captures the holiday spirit through the beauty of dance and music. Enjoy the swirling, dancing Snowflakes, twirling patterns of Flowers and the elegant Sugar Plum Fairy. Take a journey with Clara and her prince to an enchanting far away land. This full-length magical classic is perfect for the whole family to enjoy. $32, $18.50 seniors, $14 ages 2 to 18. Performance Type: Dance. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Phone: 425-228-6800. Email: info@evergreencityballet.org. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center 400 S. Second St. Renton WA 98057. For more info visit evergreencityballet.org.

The Princess Bride Quote-Along

Seattle Area The swashbuckling fairy tale to end all swashbuckling fairy tales returns to the big screen complete with quote along subtitles, free inflatable sword props, and Rodents of Unusual Size. Rated PG. Various dates and times through Jan. 1. $15, $14 seniors and youth, $10 SIFF members. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 7:30 PM. SIFF Film Center Warren Avenue N. and Republican Street Seattle WA 98109. For more info visit www.siff.net.

Mary Poppins

Eastside Musical about a magical nanny, based on the books by P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney film. Family room available. Various dates and times through Jan. 5. $40 to $72. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 425-392-2202. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 7:30 PM. Francis J. Gaudette Theatre 303 Front St. N. Issaquah WA 98027. For more info visit www.villagetheatre.org.

The Nutcracker by International Ballet Theatre

Eastside See the ballet performed in the traditional Russian style. 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Dec. 12-21, plus 2 p.m. Dec. 22-23. $50, $25 youth. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 425-284-0444. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 7:30 PM. Meydenbauer Center 11100 N.E. Sixth St. Bellevue WA 98004. For more info visit www.brownpapertickets.com.

Scrooge! The Musical

South Sound Musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. All ages. 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 5-28. $15 to $25. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Phone: 253-272-2281. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 7:30 PM. Tacoma Little Theatre 210 N. I St. Tacoma WA 98403. For more info visit www.tacomalittletheatre.com.

The Nutcracker by Ballet Northwest

South Sound Annual production of the holiday classic. 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 21. $14 to $33. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Phone: 360-753-8566. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 7:30 PM. Washington Center for the Performing Arts 512 Washington St. S.E. Olympia WA 98501. For more info visit www.balletnorthwest.org.

Peter Pan

Farther Afield Ovation! Musical Theatre Bainbridge presents the beloved Broadway musical about a boy who refused to grow up. 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 21. $20, $15 seniors, students and military, $12 ages 12 and younger. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 7:30 PM. Bainbridge High School Theatre 9330 High School Road Bainbridge Island WA 98110. For more info visit www.brownpapertickets.com.

A Christmas Story: The Musical

Seattle Area Young Ralphie wants nothing more than a BB gun for Christmas in this charming, funny show based on the 1983 film. Rated PG. Various dates and times through Dec. 30. $29 to $130. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 206-625-1900. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 8:00 PM. 5th Avenue Theatre 1308 Fifth Ave. Seattle WA 98101. For more info visit www.5thavenue.org.

Appalachian Christmas Homecoming

Seattle Area Listen to the story of three generations told through music and memories during a family-friendly evening at Taproot Theatre. Featuring guitar, mandolin, fiddle, banjo and mountain dulcimer, Taproot’s Jewell Mainstage Theatre will be filled with American Roots Music and traditional carols. 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 27. $20 to $40. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 206-781-9707. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 8:00 PM. Taproot Theatre 204 N. 85th St. Seattle WA 98103. For more info visit taproottheatre.org.

A Christmas Carol

Eastside Original adaptation of the Dickens classic, full of music and holiday cheer. 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, through Dec. 20. $22 to $27. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 425-881-6777. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 8:00 PM. Second Story Repertory 16587 N.E. 74th St. Redmond WA 98052. For more info visit www.secondstoryrep.org.

KPC's Holiday Sing Along Featuring Groove for Thought

Eastside Sing along with a cappella performers Groove for Thought, plus musician Hanz Araki, who combines Scottish, Irish and Japanese musical traditions. $25. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Phone: 425-893-9900. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 8:00 PM. Kirkland Performance Center 350 Kirkland Ave. Kirkland WA 98033. For more info visit www.kpcenter.org.

Miracle on 34th Street

North Sound Family-oriented tale of a department store Santa who claims to be the real deal, performed by the Driftwood Players. 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 21. $25, $22 seniors, military and youth. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 425-774-9600. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 8:00 PM. Wade James Theatre 950 Main St. Edmonds WA 98020. For more info visit www.driftwoodplayers.com.

Seattle Men's Chorus: Our Gay Apparel

North Sound Hear festive songs that range from silly to solemn, plus enjoy skits, sing-alongs and more at this favorite annual event. $28 to $48. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Phone: 206-388-1400. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 8:00 PM. Everett Civic Auditorium 2415 Colby Ave. Everett WA 98201. For more info visit tickets.flyinghouse.org.

A Little Princess

South Sound Musical based on the story by Frances Hodgson Burnett about a girl who uses her imagination to overcome her bleak surroundings. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. weekends through Dec. 21. $29, $27 students, seniors and military, $20 ages 12 and younger. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 253-565-6867. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 8:00 PM. Tacoma Musical Playhouse 7116 Sixth Ave. Tacoma WA 98406. For more info visit tmp.org.

An Improvised Christmas Carol

Seattle Area Charles Dickens' Christmas classic with a twist. Improvisers from Unexpected Productions use audience suggestions to tell the tale. All ages. 8:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, 7 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 27. $12 to $15. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Phone: 206-587-2414. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 8:30 PM. Market Theater 1428 Post Alley Seattle WA 98101. For more info visit www.unexpectedproductions.org.