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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 in this year's wizarding worlds theme. Open 24 hours daily Nov. 22 through Jan. 1. FREE, donations accepted for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Pre-register: No. Phone: 206-621-9000. Friday, December 2, 2016. Sheraton Seattle Hotel lobby 1400 Sixth Ave. Seattle WA 98101. For more info visit www.sheratonseattle.com.

Reindeer Festival

Seattle Area Visit reindeer Dasher and Blitzen, and Curly the camel, plus see a model train layout. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Phone: 206-782-2543. Friday, December 2, 2016, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM. Swansons Nursery 9701 15th Ave. N.W. Seattle WA 98117. For more info visit www.swansonsnursery.com.

Festival of Trees

South Sound Professionally decorated trees on view before being sold to benefit Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital. Live entertainment, gift shop and Santa. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 2 (sensory friendly), 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 3, 9 am to 4 pm Dec. 4. $6, $2 students, free ages 12 and younger. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: No. Phone: 253-403-3095. Friday, December 2, 2016, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center 1500 Broadway Tacoma WA 98402. For more info visit www.multicare.org.

Storytime with Rabbi Kate

Seattle Area Join Rabbi Kate from PJ Library for music, movement, and stories on Fridays before Playpark. PJ Library Seattle is a program of the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle. Age recommendation: Toddler. Preschool. Cost: FREE. Pre-register: No. Phone: 206-684-7026. Friday, December 2, 2016, 9:30 AM – 10:00 AM. Magnuson Community Center 7110 62nd Ave. NE Seattle WA 98115. For more info visit www.seattle.gov.

Giving Marketplace

Seattle Area Find unique, socially conscious gifts for your family and friends at dozens of pop-up shops that support a variety of causes. Make your own gifts from recycled materials, enjoy kids activities and interactive exhibits. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Pre-register: Yes. Phone: 206-709-3100. Email: visitorcenterstaff@gatesfoundation.org. Friday, December 2, 2016, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center 440 Fifth Ave. N. Seattle WA 98109. For more info visit www.facebook.com.

Nativity Exhibit

Seattle Area Celebrate the beginning of advent and enjoy our exhibit of more than 500 nativities from over 100 countries and territories around the world. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 2-3, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 4. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Phone: 206-383-5718. Email: nativityexhibitnw@gmail.com. Friday, December 2, 2016, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM. Lamb of God Lutheran Church 12509 27th Ave. N.E. Seattle WA 98125.

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. Train runs 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through Dec. 31 except for closing at 4 p.m. on Dec. 24 and remaining closed all day Dec. 25. Throughout the season, a variety of FREE music, dance, art or other performances will be held at the Armory as well; see schedule online. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Pre-register: No. Phone: 206-684-7200. Friday, December 2, 2016, 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. 10 am to 6 pm daily through Dec. 26. Admission by suggested donation, benefiting Seattle Children’s Hospital. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Phone: 206-621-1700. Friday, December 2, 2016, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM. Fairmont Olympic Hotel 411 University St. Seattle WA 98101. For more info visit www.fairmont.com.

Holiday Fun at Redmond Town Center

Eastside Enjoy holiday activities for the entire family, extended shopping hours, and special events all season. Hyatt House Horse Carousel Open during mall hours ($4 sugg. donation benefits Hopelink) Synthetic Skating Rink ($7 with or without skates, credit/debit only) Nov. 25 through Dec. 16: 3 to 8 pm weekdays, 10 am to 8 pm Saturdays, 11 am to 7 pm Sundays , Dec. 17 through Jan. 1: 10 am to 8 pm Mondays through Saturdays, 11 am to 7 pm Sundays (closed Dec. 25) Holiday Train ($4, credit/debit only, engineer break 3 to 4 pm daily) Noon to 8 pm Dec. 15-23, 26-30 and Jan. 1 , 10 am to 4 pm Dec. 24 , Closed Dec. 25 , Noon to 6 pm Dec. 31. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: No. Phone: 425-869-2640. Email: GuestServices@redmondtowncenter.com. Friday, December 2, 2016, 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Redmond Town Center 7525 166th Ave. NE Redmond WA 98052. For more info visit redmondtowncenter.com.

A Victorian Country Christmas Festival

South Sound Puyallup Fairgrounds transforms into a Victorian village marketplace, with live entertainment, a living nativity, food, kids’ activities and more. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 30 through Dec. 1, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 2-3, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 4. $12, $10 students and seniors, $9 military, free ages 5 and younger, free parking. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Phone: 253-770-0777. Friday, December 2, 2016, 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM. Puyallup Fairgrounds 110 Ninth Ave. S.W. Puyallup WA 98371. For more info visit www.avictoriancountrychristmas.com.

Toddler Story Time

The Seattle Public Library Where: Northgate Branch. Audience: Children. Language: English. Summary: It is toddler story time at the Northgate Branch! Join us to enjoy stories, rhymes, and songs with our children's librarian. Stay afterward for a social playtime with other toddlers. Description: This program is a repeat of Thursday’s 10:15 Toddler Story Time: please choose only one to attend, as our room capacity is limited. Story Time 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. More Children's Programs: http://www.spl.org/audiences/children/chi-calendar-of-events. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library 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. Cost: FREE. Event provided by: The Seattle Public Library. Friday, December 2, 2016, 10:15 AM – 10:45 AM.

Small Frye: Storytelling + Art

Seattle Area Small Frye is expanding to emphasize skills for early learners. Now presented in two parts: storytelling and art, you can register for both parts or just storytelling. For children ages 3 to 5 and their caregivers, activities include counting, identifying size, shape, and color, recognizing weather patterns and basic animal biology. Play with the storytellers from Seattle Children's Theatre as they weave together an imaginative narrative and a dramatic book reading. Then sculpt, draw, collage, and paint with Frye art educators. Each art activity is connected to content and themes in the stories. Book selection and art activity changes with each new exhibition. 10:30 to 11 a.m. storytelling, 11:15 to 11:45 a.m. art. first Friday of every month. Space is limited and pre-registration is recommended; must attend storytelling time to participate in the art-making. Age recommendation: Preschool. Cost: FREE. Phone: 206-622-9250. Friday, December 2, 2016, 10:30 AM – 11:45 AM. Frye Art Museum 704 Terry Ave. Seattle WA 98104. For more info visit fryemuseum.org.

Issaquah Reindeer Festival

Eastside Meet Santa, his elves and his very own reindeer, plus enjoy story time with an elf, watch candy canes being made, get your face painted and more. All proceeds support Santa’s Reindeer for the coming year. Included with admission.10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily through Dec. 23. $14.50, $12.50 seniors, $10.50 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 2, 2016, 10:30 AM – 4:30 PM. Cougar Mountain Zoo 19525 S.E. 54th St. Issaquah WA 98027. For more info visit www.cougarmountainzoo.org.

Spanish Story Time

The Seattle Public Library Where: Greenwood Branch. Audience: Children. Language: Español. Summary: It is Spanish Story Time at the Greenwood Branch! Bring your children to enjoy rhymes, songs and fun with our children's librarian. Story Time 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. 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. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library 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. Cost: FREE. Event provided by: The Seattle Public Library. Friday, December 2, 2016, 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM.

Holiday Carousel

Seattle Area The whirling tradition of the Holiday Carousel returns to Westlake Park. Kids (and adults!) of all ages are welcome to take a spin. Proceeds benefit the work of Treehouse, providing foster kids a childhood and a future. Holiday Carousel Hours Nov. 26 through Jan. 2: Sunday-Thursday: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Special Hours: Nov. 25: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Dec. 24: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Dec. 25: Closed Dec. 31: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: No. Friday, December 2, 2016, 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM. Westlake Park 401 Pine St. Seattle WA 98101. For more info visit www.downtownseattle.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. 25 through Jan. 2, 2017. Special hours: closes at 4 p.m. on Dec. 24; closed on Dec. 25; closes at 11:30 p.m. on Dec. 31. $8 for adults, $6 for children ages 6 to 12, and $2 children ages 5 and younger. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: No. Phone: 206-684-7200. Friday, December 2, 2016, 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM. Fisher Pavilion 305 Harrison St. Seattle WA 98109. For more info visit www.seattlecenter.com.

Seattle Kids Tour

Seattle Area We are offering a private family walking tour for young ages in Downtown Seattle. Though every tour varies a little, our typical rout includes Pike Place Market, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Central Library and a few fun stops in between. We have more tour times available and are flexible with schedules. Shoot us an email or call, we would love to book you a tour! $100 for a private tour for 2 to 5 people, $150 for 6 to 10 people. Age recommendation: Toddler. Preschool. Elementary School. Middle School. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: Yes. Phone: 206-553-9024. Email: kidsbookings@seattlebyfoot.com. Friday, December 2, 2016, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Pike Place Market First Avenue and Pine Street Seattle WA 98101.

Story Time with PJ Library

Seattle Area Every Friday, come enjoy stories and songs with PJ Library. Age recommendation: Toddler. Preschool. Cost: FREE. Phone: 206-937-8732. Friday, December 2, 2016, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Chaco Canyon Organic Cafe 3770 SW Alaska St. Seattle WA 98126. For more info visit chacocanyoncafe.com.

FREE Bellevue Arts Museum

Eastside Bellevue Arts Museum offers free admission the first Friday of each month, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Phone: 425-519-0770. Friday, December 2, 2016, 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Bellevue Arts Museum 510 Bellevue Way N.E. Bellevue WA 98004. For more info visit www.bellevuearts.org.

Santa’s Workshop

North Sound Santa’s Workshop opens Friday, November 25th at 11am at Country Village, featuring photos with Santa by Arthur & Associates. You’ll love the cozy atmosphere and quality photography done on the spot – NO reservations necessary. Santa's hours are as follows: November 25th through December 15th: 11 am to 7 pm Monday through Saturday & noon to 5 pm Sunday December 16th through December 23rd: 10 am to 8 pm Monday through Saturday & 11 am to 6 pm Sunday December 24th: 10 am to 5 pm While you're visiting Santa, don’t forget to vote for your favorite whimsical gingerbread house – houses are on display in Santa's Workshop. Drop some change in the milk bottle next to your favorite house to decide who gets the coveted People’s Choice award. All funds go to benefit the Northshore Schools Foundation. Visit two of Santa’s live reindeer throughout the season in their vacation home here at the Village while strolling the grounds filled with twinkling lights and wonderful lit displays. The reindeer are located betw… Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Pre-register: No. Phone: 425-483-2250. Email: katie@countryvillagebothell.com. Friday, December 2, 2016, 11:00 AM. Country Village 23718 Bothell-Everett Hwy Bothell WA 98021. For more info visit www.countryvillagebothell.com.

中文故事会 (Mandarin Chinese Story Time)

The Seattle Public Library Where: Lake City Branch. Room Location: Children's Area. Audience: Children. Language: 中文. Summary: 开心享受国语儿歌、故事及歌曲!(Enjoy rhymes, stories, and songs in Mandarin Chinese!). Story Time 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. More Children's Programs: http://www.spl.org/audiences/children/chi-calendar-of-events. Contact Info: Lake City Branch 206-684-7518 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library 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. Cost: FREE. Event provided by: The Seattle Public Library. Friday, December 2, 2016, 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM.

Polar Plaza

South Sound Tacoma’s only covered, open-air ice rink. Various days and times through Jan. 1. $11, $10 youth, $8 bring-your-own skates, $5 ages 5 and younger, $3 admission without skating. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Phone: 253-272-4258. Friday, December 2, 2016, 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Tollefson Plaza 1701 Pacific Ave. Tacoma WA 98402. For more info visit www.polarplaza.com.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Seattle Area See the C.S. Lewis classic come to life on the stage. Ages 6 and older. Various dates and times through Nov. 29. $18 to $45. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 206-441-3322. Friday, December 2, 2016, 2:00 PM. Seattle Children's Theatre 201 Thomas St. Seattle WA 98109. For more info visit www.sct.org.

Cocoa with Santa: Ages birth to 3

Eastside Enjoy holiday-themed games, activities and take photos with Santa! Enjoy hot cocoa with cookies afterwards. RSVP is required. Hurry and sign up. Space is limited and this event will fill up quickly. Please note this is a parent-supervised event. The time slots are: 2:30 - 3:30 pm, ages 0-3 years 3:45 - 4:45 pm, ages 3.5 yrs and up/siblings $15 ($12 siblings); members $10 ($8 siblings). Age recommendation: Infant. Toddler. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: Yes. Phone: 425-451-1393. Email: info@mygymbellevue.com. Friday, December 2, 2016, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM. My Gym Bellevue 13800 Bel-Red Road #3 Bellevue, WA 98005. For more info visit www.mygym.com.

Bellevue Magic Season Ice Arena

Eastside Visit the Bellevue Magic Season Ice Arena, the region’s largest open-air ice skating experience. Rain, shine or snow, stop on by to the all-weather sheltered covered festive arena. Food and beverage concessions available. Various hours daily, Nov. 25 through Jan. 8. $12, $9 ages 8 and younger, includes skate rental. Library Appreciation Days – November 29 & December 9. Limit of one admission per person per KCLS card and limited to skate availability Free Skate Mondays’ compliments of Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® card and Bank of America. Show your Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® card or Bank of America credit or debit card to receive two free skate admissions on Mondays. Limit of two admissions per person and limited to skate availability. Free skate lessons 6:30 to 8:30 pm with paid admission on the following nights:  -November 29-30 -December 1, 6-8 & 13-15 -January 3-5 Stroller skating: -11 am to 3 pm Dec. 1 -1 to 3 pm Dec. 8 and 15, and Jan. 5 -9 to 10 am Dec. 22 and 29. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Phone: 425-453-3111. Email: Tyler@bellevuedowntown.org. Friday, December 2, 2016, 3:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Ashwood Park 10820 NE 10th St. Bellevue WA 98004. For more info visit www.bellevuedowntown.com.

First Friday Gaming

The Seattle Public Library Where: Ballard Branch. Room Location: Miriam Twitchell Alberg and Thomas A. Alberg Meeting Room. Audience: Teens. Language: English. Summary: First Friday Gaming for teens (6th - 12th graders) happens every month at the Ballard Library. Along with Wii and Xbox there are board games, art supplies, snacks and conversation. Description: First Friday Gaming for teens (6th - 12th graders) happens every month at the Ballard Library. Along with Wii and Xbox there are board games, art supplies, snacks and conversation. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library 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. Cost: FREE. Event provided by: The Seattle Public Library. Friday, December 2, 2016, 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM.

Teen Space

The Seattle Public Library Where: Douglass-Truth Branch. Room Location: Louise Jones McKinney Reading Area. Audience: Teens. Language: English. Summary: Play games, hang out, eat snacks and make new friends after school at the Douglass-Truth Branch. Description: Drop in to the Teen Space for a new activity every week, including board and video games, crafts, and learning activities in a space reserved just for ages 12-19. Bring a friend; we'll bring the snacks and supplies. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Douglass-Truth Branch 206-684-4704 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library 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. Cost: FREE. Event provided by: The Seattle Public Library. Friday, December 2, 2016, 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM.

The Polar Express™ Train

South Sound Two-hour train ride with a visit from Santa. Various dates and times through Dec. 30. $34 to $59, $14 to $39 ages 2 to 12. Pre-purchase recommended. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: Yes. Phone: 888-783-2611. Friday, December 2, 2016, 3:30 PM. Mount Rainier Railroad and Logging Museum 349 Mineral Creek Road Mineral WA. For more info visit mtrainierrailroad.com.

Cocoa with Santa: Ages 3 1/2 and Older

Eastside Enjoy holiday-themed games, activities and take photos with Santa! Enjoy hot cocoa with cookies afterwards. RSVP is required. Hurry and sign up. Space is limited and this event will fill up quickly! Please note this is a parent-supervised event. The time slots are: 2:30 - 3:30 pm, ages 0-3 years 3:45 - 4:45 pm, ages 3.5 yrs and up/siblings $15 ($12 siblings); members $10 ($8 siblings). Age recommendation: Toddler. Preschool. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: Yes. Phone: 425-451-1393. Email: info@mygymbellevue.com. Friday, December 2, 2016, 3:45 PM – 4:45 PM. My Gym Bellevue 13800 Bel-Red Road#3 Bellevue, WA 98005. For more info visit www.mygym.com.

STEM Project (Learning Intelligent Techniques)

The Seattle Public Library Where: Southwest Branch. Audience: Teens. Language: English. Summary: Interested in construction? Enjoy competition? Love winning prizes? Join us for STEM Project L.I.T.! Description: Join the library for this super L.I.T. Project where we test your creativity and architecture skills. STEM Project Learning Intelligent Techniques (L.I.T.) is your chance to Tinker with our builder kits to create the best structure to win a fabulous prize. We'll have snacks, prizes, and all the supplies you need. This program is for teens 6-12th grade and is presented by the Southwest Teen Service Learners. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Southwest Branch 206-684-7455 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library 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. Cost: FREE. Event provided by: The Seattle Public Library. Friday, December 2, 2016, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM.

Les Petits Ateliers: Arts & Crafts in French

Eastside Every week, with your little one(s) , we will explore different thematics through arts and crafts. This class is open to children ages 3 to 6. Children love art because it's fun and provides them with authentic self-expression: the freedom of choice, thought, and feeling. Using different materials, the child will guided by the teacher and supported to achieve their own creations. Parent participation is optional. After the class, a light snack will be offered to you and your child. $25, pre-register. Age recommendation: Toddler. Preschool. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: Yes. Phone: 415-275-4092. Email: care@petitefrance.xyz. Friday, December 2, 2016, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Petite France Preschool 10416 NE 16th Pl. Bellevue, WA 98004.

Twinkle, Twinkle, Freeway Park

Seattle Area Help us light up Freeway Park for the holidays with fairy lights, carol singers, bonfires, s'mores, hot chocolate and cider and community! Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Pre-register: No. Email: info@freewayparkassociation.org. Friday, December 2, 2016, 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM. Freeway Park 700 Seneca St. Seattle WA 98101.

Garden D'Lights

Eastside Stroll a winter garden with more than 500,000 mini-lights in three-dimensional plant and critter shapes. No pets. 4:30 to 9 p.m. through Dec. 31. $5, free ages 10 and younger, tickets available online (pre-purchase recommended). FREE nights are Nov. 28 through Dec. 1 and Dec. 5-8 (first come, first served). Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Phone: 425-452-6844. Friday, December 2, 2016, 4:30 PM – 9:00 PM. Bellevue Botanical Garden 12001 Main St. Bellevue WA 98005. For more info visit www.gardendlights.com.

Wakhtiyo Sheeko oo Soomali ah (Somali Story Time)

The Seattle Public Library Where: Rainier Beach Branch. Room Location: Children's Area. Audience: Children. Language: Soomaali. Summary: Fadlan Keen Caruurtaada Si Ay U Qaataan Waqti Xiiso leh, Iyo Sheeko Xariiro Ku Bixi Doonta Afka Soomaaliaga. Story Time 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: It is Somali story time at Rainier Beach! Bring your children to enjoy stories, rhymes and fun.). More Children's Programs: http://www.spl.org/audiences/children/chi-calendar-of-events. Contact Info: Rainier Beach Branch 206-386-1906 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library 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. Cost: FREE. Event provided by: The Seattle Public Library. Friday, December 2, 2016, 5:00 PM – 5:30 PM.

Fremont Festivus and Lenin Lighting

Seattle Area The 20-foot-tall Fremont statue of Lenin is lit for the season, plus enjoy a visit from Santa, live music, refreshments and giveaways. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Pre-register: No. Phone: 206-632-1500. Friday, December 2, 2016, 5:00 PM. Fremont Place N. and N. 36th Street Seattle WA 98103. For more info visit www.fremocentrist.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 2, 2016, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Gene Coulon Beach Park 1201 Lake Washington Blvd. N. Renton WA 98056. For more info visit rentonwa.gov.

Make a Gingerbread House

Seattle Area Join us for an ooey-gooey night full of gumdrop rooftops and peppermint paths! This event is sure to get you and your family into the holiday spirit! Decorate your own house with all kinds of candy and take it home to display with your holiday decorations. $8 per house, pre-register. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: Yes. Phone: 206-386-4283. Friday, December 2, 2016, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM. Northgate Community Center 10510 Fifth Ave. NE Seattle WA 98125. For more info visit www.seattle.gov.

The Lights of Christmas

North Sound Jaw-dropping light displays, live music and drama, pony and train rides, nativity, Bruce the (talking) Spruce and more. Lodging available (reservations required). 5 to 10 pm Thursdays through Sundays through Dec. 18, and nightly Dec. 20-28 (closed Dec. 24-25). $16, $12 seniors and military, $11 ages 4 to 12, free ages 3 and younger, pay-what-you-can Dec. 1, 8 and 27-28. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Phone: 360-652-7575. Friday, December 2, 2016, 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Warm Beach Camp 20800 Marine Drive Stanwood WA 98292. For more info visit www.thelightsofchristmas.com.

FREE Hands On Children’s Museum

South Sound Hands On Children’s Museum is FREE 5 to 9 p.m. first Fridays. Age recommendation: Infant. Toddler. Preschool. Elementary School. Cost: FREE. Pre-register: No. Phone: 360-956-0818. Friday, December 2, 2016, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Hands On Children’s Museum 414 Jefferson St. N.E. Olympia WA 98501. For more info visit www.hocm.org.

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 ($7) or the antique carousel ($1.50). 5 to 9 p.m. through Jan. 1 (closed Dec. 24). $10, $8.50 online, $5 members, free ages 2 and younger. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: No. Phone: 253-404-3822. Friday, December 2, 2016, 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. 1 (closed Dec. 24-25). $9.95, $7.95 ages 3 to 12, free ages 2 and younger. $2 discount for members purchasing tickets through Dec. 9, which can be used anytime during WildLights. Free parking. Entry at West Gate only. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Phone: 206-548-2500. Friday, December 2, 2016, 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 95.3 to hear holiday music performed by a local high school. 5:30 to 9 p.m. Nov. 24 through Jan. 1. $14 per car or van, half-price Nov. 28-30 and Dec. 5-7. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: No. Phone: 253-798-4177. Friday, December 2, 2016, 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM. Spanaway Park 15320 Bresemann Blvd. SW Spanaway, WA 98387. For more info visit www.co.pierce.wa.us.

The Polar Express™ Train

South Sound Two-hour train ride with a visit from Santa. Various dates and times through Dec. 30. $34 to $59, $14 to $39 ages 2 to 12. Pre-purchase recommended. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: Yes. Phone: 888-783-2611. Friday, December 2, 2016, 5:30 PM. Mount Rainier Railroad and Logging Museum 349 Mineral Creek Road Mineral WA. For more info visit mtrainierrailroad.com.

Great Figgy Pudding Street Corner Caroling Competition

Seattle Area Dozens of caroling teams will sing on downtown Seattle street corners and Westlake Center beginning at 6 p.m. Top caroling teams will compete for crowd favor and prizes for the most donations raised, best choral performance, most creative team and people’s choice. Those nominated will compete in a sing-off on the Figgy Main Stage at Westlake Center. Donations benefit Pike Market Senior Center & Food Bank. Age recommendation: All ages. Pre-register: No. Friday, December 2, 2016, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM. Pine Street between Fourth Avenue and Seventh Avenue Seattle WA 98101. For more info visit www.pikemarketseniorcenter.org.

Snow Show

Seattle Area It snows nightly in the four-story atrium of Pacific Place. Enjoy live music Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. 6 and 7 pm Mondays through Saturdays, 5 and 6 pm Sundays, through Dec. 24. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Pre-register: No. Phone: 206-405-2655. Friday, December 2, 2016, 6:00 PM. Pacific Place Sixth Avenue and Pine Street Seattle WA 98101. For more info visit www.pacificplaceseattle.com.

War of the Worlds: Live Radio Play

Eastside Don’t believe everything you hear on the radio. But what if it was about an alien invasion and sounded exactly like a breaking news story? In 1938, Mercury Theatre on the Air, led by Orson Welles, adapted War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells as a radio newscast. The listening public believed the alien attack was real which spiraled into a nationwide panic. Youth Theater Northwest actors, in period clothing, will recreate the radio adaptation complete with live sound effects. The drama, in partnership with Jack Straw Cultural Center in Seattle, will be performed in front of a live audience, as well as broadcast on local radio. Recommended for ages 10 and older. Tonight's show includes dinner. $60, $45 children, pre-register. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: Yes. Friday, December 2, 2016, 6:00 PM. Mercer Island Beach Club 8326 Avalon Drive Mercer Island WA 98040. For more info visit youththeatre.org.

Des Moines Holiday Tree Lighting

South Sound Cookies, hot cocoa, face painting, music and caroling, Santa, and the lighting of the holiday tree. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Friday, December 2, 2016, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM. Big Catch Plaza 21634 Marine View Drive S Des Moines WA. For more info visit www.destinationdesmoines.org.

Friday Family Skate Night

Seattle Area Join us for this popular Bitter Lake Community Center family tradition! We have great music and play fun games. Bring your own skates or blades or borrow a pair of ours. No toy skates, please. Family Skate Night takes place every Friday night except on holidays and in the summer. $4 per skater. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: No. Phone: 206-684-7524. Friday, December 2, 2016, 6:30 PM – 8:15 PM. Bitter Lake Community Center Annex at Broadview Thomson Elementary 13040 Greenwood Ave. N Seattle WA 98133. For more info visit www.seattle.gov.

Mercer Island Holiday Tree Lighting and Firehouse Munch

Eastside Gather with your family, friends & neighbors for an evening of holiday merriment at the community tree lighting ceremony and caroling at Mercerdale Park. Arts & crafts, Santa photos, treats and musical entertainment will follow at the Firehouse. Bring an unwrapped toy for the Toys for Tots drive to help a child in need have a better holiday season. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Pre-register: No. Phone: 206-275-7609. Email: miparks@mercergov.org. Friday, December 2, 2016, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM. Mercerdale Park 77th Avenue S.E. and SE 32nd Street Mercer Island WA 98040. For more info visit mercergov.org.

Tree Lighting

North Sound The Mountlake Terrace ‘tree’ sits atop the city’s water tower. Includes music, refreshments and Santa. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Pre-register: No. Phone: 425-776-9173. Friday, December 2, 2016, 6:30 PM. Evergreen Playfield 22205 56th Ave. W. Mountlake Terrace WA 98043. For more info visit cityofmlt.com.

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Seattle Area Charlie Brown is depressed by the never-ending commercialism surrounding the holidays. Thankfully, Linus is there to help him find the true meaning of Christmas in this musical adaptation of the cartoon classic. Ages 5 and older evening shows, all ages matinees. Various dates and times through Dec. 28. $25, $15 ages 12 and younger. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 206-781-9707. Friday, December 2, 2016, 7:00 PM. Taproot Theatre 204 N. 85th St. Seattle WA 98103. For more info visit taproottheatre.org.

Elf

Seattle Area Musical comedy about one of Santa’s elves who discovers he’s really a human. Performed by young actors with Broadway Bound. Various dates and times through Dec. 18. $13.50 to $17.50. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Phone: 206-526-5437. Friday, December 2, 2016, 7:00 PM. Theatre 47 at Magnuson Park 7400 Sand Point Way N.E. Seattle WA 98115. For more info visit broadwaybound.org.

Ensemble Ballet Theatre presents The Nutcracker

Seattle Area Ensemble Ballet Theatre's popular Nutcracker is back to lift your spirits and jump-start the holiday season! Clara and her beloved Nutcracker will transport young and old into a magical far-away land where toys come to life and snowflakes dance. Celebrate Clara's defeat of the terrifying mouse king along with the exotic Kingdom of Sweets. Shows sell out, so buy tickets early! All ticket sales are final. No refunds or exchanges. Please email us if you need wheelchair seating. Dates: Friday, December 2nd at 7 pm Saturday, December 3rd at 2:30 and 7 pm Sunday, December 4th at 1:30 pm $25 premium reserved, $20 general reserved, $15 seniors, students and youth. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: Yes. Phone: 877-328-8771. Email: ebtinfo@ebtballet.org. Friday, December 2, 2016, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center 400 S Second St. Renton, WA 98057.

Polar Express Pajama Storytime

Seattle Area This annual holiday storytime has become a tradition at Barnes & Noble, during which our young customers will be asked to come "All Aboard!" for a fun celebration. Age recommendation: Toddler. Preschool. Elementary School. Cost: FREE. Pre-register: No. Phone: 206-417-2967. Email: crm2280@bn.com. Friday, December 2, 2016, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Barnes & Noble Northgate 401 NE Northgate Way #1100 Seattle WA 98125. For more info visit stores.barnesandnoble.com.

Stellaluna

Seattle Area Adaptation of the picture book about a baby fruit bat adopted by birds who feels different from her family. Ages 3 and older. Various dates and times through Jan. 15. $22 to $40. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: Preschool. Elementary School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 206-441-3322. Friday, December 2, 2016, 7:00 PM. Seattle Children's Theatre 201 Thomas St. Seattle WA 98109. For more info visit www.sct.org.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Seattle Area See the C.S. Lewis classic come to life on the stage. Ages 6 and older. Various dates and times through Nov. 29. $18 to $45. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 206-441-3322. Friday, December 2, 2016, 7:00 PM. Seattle Children's Theatre 201 Thomas St. Seattle WA 98109. For more info visit www.sct.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. 2. $15, $14 seniors and youth, $10 SIFF members. No passes or vouchers. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Friday, December 2, 2016, 7:00 PM. SIFF Film Center Warren Avenue N. and Republican Street Seattle WA 98109. For more info visit www.siff.net.

How the Penguins Saved Santa

Eastside Quirky tale about a group of misfit penguins and their race against the clock to save Santa. 7 pm Fridays and Saturdays, 2 pm Sundays (and Dec. 3), through Dec. 4. $12 to $15, $8 for the Nov. 26 show and 2 p.m. Dec. 3 show. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Phone: 425-452-7155. Friday, December 2, 2016, 7:00 PM. Bellevue Youth Theatre – Crossroads 16051 N.E. 10th St. Bellevue WA 98008. For more info visit www.bellevuewa.gov.

Snowflake Lane

Eastside It snows nightly on a parade of live toy soldiers and other characters, music and a light show. Tonight is Santa's arrival and a tree lighting, with music, cocoa and cookies. 7 p.m. daily through Dec. 24. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Friday, December 2, 2016, 7:00 PM. Bellevue Way N.E. between N.E. Eighth St. and N.E. Fourth St. Bellevue WA 98004. For more info visit snowflakelane.com.

Irving Berlin's White Christmas

South Sound Musical based on the classic holiday film. Various dates and times through Dec. 17. $22, $18 students, seniors and military, $12 kids. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: Preschool. Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 253-447-7645. Friday, December 2, 2016, 7:00 PM. ManeStage Theatre Company 1707 Main St. Sumner WA 98390. For more info visit manestagetheatre.com.

Little Red Riding Hood

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. 18. $35, $30 seniors and military, $15 ages 25 and younger. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 253-661-1444. Friday, December 2, 2016, 7:00 PM. Knutzen Family Theatre 3200 S.W. Dash Point Road Federal Way WA 98023. For more info visit www.centerstagetheatre.com.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

South Sound Funny, charming play tells the tale of the infamous Herdman kids, who threaten to ruin the annual Christmas pageant. 7 pm Fridays, 2 pm weekends, through Dec. 18. $13 to $19. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Phone: 360-753-8585. Friday, December 2, 2016, 7:00 PM. Olympia Family Theater 612 Fourth Ave. E. Olympia WA 98501. For more info visit olyft.org.

The Polar Express™ Train

South Sound Wear your pajamas and ride a historic train as you enjoy story time, treats and a gift from Santa. Train cars are unheated, so dress warmly. Various dates and times through Dec. 18. $35, $25 ages 3 to 15, free ages 2 and younger in an adult’s lap. Pre-register. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: Yes. Phone: 360-748-9593. Friday, December 2, 2016, 7:00 PM. Chehalis-Centralia Railroad 1101 S.W. Sylvenus St. Chehalis WA 98532. For more info visit steamtrainride.com.

A Christmas Carol

Seattle Area A Seattle tradition, Charles Dickens’ classic returns to ACT Theatre. Ages 5 and older (no babes in arms). 90 minute show with no intermission. Various dates and times through Dec. 28. $22 to $90. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 206-292-7676. Friday, December 2, 2016, 7:30 PM. ACT’s Allen Theatre 700 Union St. Seattle WA 98101. For more info visit www.acttheatre.org.

Disney's The Little Mermaid

Seattle Area Broadway musical based on the popular animated film. No children younger than age 4 will be admitted, including babes in arms. Various dates and times through Dec. 31. $36 to $180. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 206-625-1900. Friday, December 2, 2016, 7:30 PM. 5th Avenue Theatre 1308 Fifth Ave. Seattle WA 98101. For more info visit www.5thavenue.org.

George Balanchine's The Nutcracker

Seattle Area Pacific Northwest Ballet presents this new production of the Tchaikovsky classic, featuring costumes and sets designed by author/illustrator Ian Falconer (Olivia the Pig). Best for school age and older. Various dates and times through Dec. 28. $25 to $170. Performance Type: Dance. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 206-441-2424. Friday, December 2, 2016, 7:30 PM. McCaw Hall 301 Mercer St. Seattle WA 98109. For more info visit www.pnb.org.

Peter and the Starcatcher

Seattle Area When starcatcher-in-training Molly meets an orphan boy longing for a home, they embark on the adventure of a lifetime to protect a precious cargo. In this Tony Award-winning play with music, a dozen brilliant actors play more than 100 unforgettable characters. Peter and the Starcatcher uses ingenious stagecraft and the limitless possibilities of imagination to finally reveal the origins of Peter Pan, Wendy, the Lost Boys, their piratical nemesis, Captain Hook – and a far-off place known as Neverland. Recommended for ages 10 and older. 7:30 pm Thursdays through Saturdays, 3 pm Sundays, through Dec. 23. $39.50, $35 seniors, $19 students with ID. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Friday, December 2, 2016, 7:30 PM. ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery 4711 California Ave. SW Seattle WA 98116. For more info visit www.artswest.org.

Treasure Island

Seattle Area Book-It Repertory Theatre continues its 27th season with the gripping classic Treasure Island. Full of enthralling characters and one of literature’s most beloved villains, Treasure Island explores the complex relationship between the morally ambiguous Long John Silver and the young Jim Hawkins. Throughout this thrilling tale, Hawkins learns hard lessons of balancing the lure of adventure with the desire for stability and confronting the dilemma of liking a person, but not their behavior. The most popular pirate story ever written in English, Treasure Island is sure to delight audiences this holiday season! Age recommendation: 12+. Various dates and times through Dec. 24. $25 to $50. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 206-216-0833. Friday, December 2, 2016, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Center House Theatre 305 Harrison St. Seattle, WA 98109. For more info visit book-it.org.

Evergreen City Ballet's The Nutcracker

Eastside Magical production with 25-foot tree and falling snow. Full-length show 7:30 p.m.Dec. 2-3, hour-long version 1:30 p.m. Dec. 3-4, plus 5:30 p.m. Dec. 4. $36, $20 seniors, $17 students and youth. Performance Type: Dance. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Friday, December 2, 2016, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. The Theatre at Meydenbauer Center 11100 N.E. Sixth St. Bellevue WA 98004. For more info visit evergreencityballet.org.

A Christmas Story

South Sound Play based on the popular movie about a boy named Ralphie who wants nothing more than a BB gun for Christmas. 7:30 pm Fridays and Saturdays, 2 pm Saturdays, though Dec. 10. $10 to $27. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 253-851-7529. Friday, December 2, 2016, 7:30 PM. Paradise Theatre 3114 Judson St. Gig Harbor WA 98335. For more info visit paradisetheatre.thundertix.com.

Meet Me in St. Louis

South Sound Musical about the Smith family’s trip to the 1904 World’s Fair. 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. weekends through Dec. 18. $31, $29 students, seniors and military, $22 ages 12 and younger. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 253-565-6867. Friday, December 2, 2016, 7:30 PM. Tacoma Musical Playhouse 7116 Sixth Ave. Tacoma WA 98406. For more info visit tmp.org.

Miracle on 34th Street

South Sound Christmas classic about a girl who doubts the existence of Santa Claus. Various dates and times through Dec. 24. $24, $22 students, seniors and military, $20 ages 12 and younger. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 253-272-2281. Friday, December 2, 2016, 7:30 PM. Tacoma Little Theatre 201 N. I St. Tacoma WA 98403. For more info visit www.tix4.centerstageticketing.com.

The Polar Express™ Train

South Sound Two-hour train ride with a visit from Santa. Various dates and times through Dec. 30. $34 to $59, $14 to $39 ages 2 to 12. Pre-purchase recommended. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: Yes. Phone: 888-783-2611. Friday, December 2, 2016, 7:30 PM. Mount Rainier Railroad and Logging Museum 349 Mineral Creek Road Mineral WA 98355. For more info visit mtrainierrailroad.com.

A Christmas Story: The Musical

Farther Afield The beloved tale of Ralphie, who wants nothing more than a BB gun for Christmas, comes to the stage. Every show will feature an Ugly Sweater Contest for the audience. Various dates and times through Dec. 18. $29, $24 seniors, $21 students, military and teachers. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 206-842-8569. Friday, December 2, 2016, 7:30 PM. Bainbridge Performing Arts 200 Madison Ave. N Bainbridge Island WA 98110. For more info visit www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org.

Mr. Scrooge

North Sound A lilting Christmas show based on the well-known Charles Dickens’ classic. Lighthearted music makes this a wonderful way for the entire family to see the grand story of hardhearted Ebenezer Scrooge. Various dates and times through Dec. 18. $22 to $25. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 425-774-9600. Friday, December 2, 2016, 8:00 PM. Wade James Theatre 950 Main St. Edmonds WA 98020. For more info visit edmondsdriftwoodplayers.org.

A(n 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. Various dates and times through Dec. 24. $12 to $15. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Phone: 206-587-2414. Friday, December 2, 2016, 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 in this year's wizarding worlds theme. Open 24 hours daily Nov. 22 through Jan. 1. FREE, donations accepted for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Pre-register: No. Phone: 206-621-9000. Saturday, December 3, 2016. Sheraton Seattle Hotel lobby 1400 Sixth Ave. Seattle WA 98101. For more info visit www.sheratonseattle.com.

Breakfast with Santa

Seattle Area Bring your family to a relaxing breakfast with Santa overlooking Elliott Bay. The breakfast includes an eggs Benedict station; waffles; biscuits and gravy; pastries; fresh smoothie shooters; and a hot chocolate and cider station. Enjoy bottomless bloody marys or mimosas for $15 per adult. One complimentary photo with Santa included, with options to purchase photo packages. $50, $25 ages 3 to 12, plus tax and service charge. Pre-register. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: Yes. Phone: 206-749-7000. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 7:30 AM – 11:30 AM. Four Seasons Hotel 99 Union St. Seattle WA 98101. For more info visit www.fourseasons.com.

Santa Breakfast

North Sound Join the fun with Santa and tell him all your wishes for the holidays, eat a delicious breakfast, decorate cookies, make your own ornaments, enjoy the singing of carolers and more. Proceeds from each ticket will be donated to the Mukilteo Family YMCA. $20, $5 kids. Space is limited, pre-register. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: Yes. Phone: 425-771-4665. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 8:00 AM – 10:30 AM. Anthony's Seafood Grill 3000 184th St. SW Lynnwood, WA 98037. For more info visit www.anthonys.com.

Teddy Bear Breakfast

North Sound Breakfast, entertainment from Tim Noah, pictures with Santa, a teddy bear shop and more. $30 per person, pre-register. Proceeds benefit Providence General Children's Association. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: Yes. Phone: 425-317-9825. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM. Orca Ballroom at the Tulalip Resort 10200 Quil Ceda Blvd. Marysville WA 98271. For more info visit washington.providence.org.

Breakfast with Santa

Seattle Area Bring the whole family for a delicious breakfast with Santa. There will be games, prizes and activities, plus a gift bag and photo with Santa. Seatings at 9 and 10:45 am. $17, $12 children, free ages 18 months and younger. Pre-register. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: Yes. Phone: 206-801-2600. Email: pks@shorelinewa.gov. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 9:00 AM. Shoreline/LFP Senior Center Dining Room 18560 First Ave. NE Shoreline, WA 98155. For more info visit www.shorelinewa.gov.

Drawing Jam

Seattle Area Gage Academy of Art’s annual event features figure, portrait and gesture models, food, music, and art activities for the whole family. $12, free ages 15 and younger, includes art supplies. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: No. Phone: 206-323-4243. Email: info@gageacademy.org. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM. Gage Academy of Art 1501 10th Ave. E. Seattle WA 98102. For more info visit www.gageacademy.org.

Reindeer Festival

Seattle Area Visit reindeer Dasher and Blitzen, and Curly the camel, plus see a model train layout. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Phone: 206-782-2543. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM. Swansons Nursery 9701 15th Ave. N.W. Seattle WA 98117. For more info visit www.swansonsnursery.com.

North Pole Party

North Sound Santa, crafts, carpet skating, tree lighting and more. See schedule online. 9 am to 4 pm. Included with admission. $10.20, free younger than 12 months. Age recommendation: Toddler. Preschool. Elementary School. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: No. Phone: 425-258-1006. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Imagine Children’s Museum 1502 Wall St. Everett WA 98201. For more info visit www.imaginecm.org.

Breakfast with Santa

South Sound Pancake breakfast, crafts and activities, music, and a downloadable photo with Santa. $8, free younger than age 2. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: Yes. Phone: 253-530-0833. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM. Boys & Girls Club 502 Skansie Ave. Gig Harbor WA 98335. For more info visit www.penmetparks.org.

Rogers Reindeer Run

South Sound Annual 1K, 5K and 10K event benefiting Rogers High School performing arts music program. Holiday costumes encouraged. 9 a.m. $10 to $30. Toys for Tots donations welcomed. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: Yes. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 9:00 AM. Heritage Recreation Center 9010 128th St. Puyallup WA 98373. For more info visit rogersreindeerrun.vpweb.com.

Saint Martin's Jingle Bell Run

South Sound 5K run/walk with cookies, cocoa and Santa. 9 am. $40, $30 military, $10 student with ID, free ages 11 and younger. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 9:00 AM. Saint Martin's University 5300 Pacific Ave. SE Lacey, WA 98503. For more info visit www.stmartin.edu.

Santa Train

Eastside It’s time to begin thinking about that “ho, ho, ho” season and Santa Train tickets sell out fast! Tickets go on sale at the beginning of August. Don’t miss your chance to experience this unique holiday tradition that has been going on in Snoqualmie for 47 years. For eight days, beginning November 26, families can take a holiday train excursion aboard Santa Train to visit Santa Claus at the historic Snoqualmie Depot. Children and their families will enjoy music, fresh-baked cookies from coal-fired ovens, hot cocoa and fresh coffee, and a small gift for each child. The two-hour holiday celebration takes place November 26-27, December 3-4, December 10-11, and December 16-17. Tickets may be purchased online (www.trainmuseum.org); in person at the Snoqualmie Depot (38625 SE King Street, Snoqualmie, WA 98065); or by phone at 425-888-3030 x7202. Tickets are $24 per person for everyone ages 2 & older. There are seven hourly departures to choose from 9am to 3pm. Steam Santa Train will be running on Friday, Decemb… Age recommendation: All ages. Infant. Toddler. Preschool. Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: Yes. Phone: 4258883030. Email: info@trainmuseum.org. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM. 38625 SE King St.

SIFF Crash Student: One-Day Filmmaking Workshop

Seattle Area Crash Student is based on the Crash Cinema filmmaking challenge fine tuned for teens (age 13 and up) and college students. Can you create a compelling, cohesive film in just eight hours? Find out at SIFF and National Film Festival for Talented Youth's (NFFTY) Crash Student. Schedule for Crash Student 9:30 am | Teams assemble 10 am - 5 pm | Crash Filmmaking on the Seattle Center Campus 5:30 - 6 pm | Crash Film Screening Crash Rules Films must be no longer than three-minutes and must include the four Crash elements. The four elements include a genre, a type of action, a character's name, and a line of dialogue. Team Needs Each team must provide their own equipment including a video camera (can be a cell phone), a way to transfer footage to an editing system, computer with editing software, burnable dvd or flash drive. If you don't have any of these, no worries. Show up and we will find a group that has equipment that you can join. There is some equipment at SIFF as well, but is great to have stude… Age recommendation: Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: Yes. Phone: 206-464-5830. Email: education@siff.net. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM. SIFF Film Center 305 Harrison St. Seattle WA 98109. For more info visit www.siff.net.

Burien Winterfest

Seattle Area Free horse-drawn carriage rides, treats, and photos with Santa. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. SW 152nd Street Burien WA. For more info visit www.discoverburien.org.

Celebrate the Season with Santa, Music, and More!

Seattle Area Santa will be stopping by Sky Nursery from 11 am to 1 pm to hear your wish list and let you take photos. Festivities include a wreath-making demo, holiday music, artisan & craft vendors, hot cider and cookies to warm you up, plus special visits by Sarah Taylor from Spirit 105.3, and Corine McKenzie from Star 101.5. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Pre-register: No. Phone: 206-546-4851. Email: sky@skynursery.com. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Sky Nursery 18528 Aurora Ave. N Shoreline WA 98133.

Giving Marketplace

Seattle Area Find unique, socially conscious gifts for your family and friends at dozens of pop-up shops that support a variety of causes. Make your own gifts from recycled materials, enjoy kids activities and interactive exhibits. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Pre-register: Yes. Phone: 206-709-3100. Email: visitorcenterstaff@gatesfoundation.org. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center 440 Fifth Ave. N. Seattle WA 98109. For more info visit www.facebook.com.

Nativity Exhibit

Seattle Area Celebrate the beginning of advent and enjoy our exhibit of more than 500 nativities from over 100 countries and territories around the world. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 2-3, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 4. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Phone: 206-383-5718. Email: nativityexhibitnw@gmail.com. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM. Lamb of God Lutheran Church 12509 27th Ave. N.E. Seattle WA 98125.

Santa Brunch

Seattle Area Enjoy an elaborate brunch buffet that includes a visit with Santa. Reservations highly recommended. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekends through Dec. 18, plus Dec. 23-24. $52.50, $46.50 ages 65 and older, $26.50 ages 9 to 13, $18.50 ages 5 to 8, free ages 4 and younger. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: Yes. Phone: 206-937-1600. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Salty's 1936 Harbor Ave. S.W. Seattle WA 98126. For more info visit saltys.com.

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. Train runs 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through Dec. 31 except for closing at 4 p.m. on Dec. 24 and remaining closed all day Dec. 25. Throughout the season, a variety of FREE music, dance, art or other performances will be held at the Armory as well; see schedule online. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Pre-register: No. Phone: 206-684-7200. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM. Seattle Center Armory 305 Harrison St. Seattle WA 98109. For more info visit www.seattlecenter.com.

Special Olympics Unified Robotics Championship

Seattle Area The 2016 Special Olympics Unified Robotics Championship is a culminating celebration of over 30 Unified Robotics teams’ hard work during their 6 weeks of building a robot. Teams from around the greater Seattle area come together in a tournament-style competition. Included with admission. $19.75, $17.75 seniors, $14.75 ages 6 to 15, $11.75 ages 3 to 5, IMAX shows extra. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: No. Phone: 206-443-2937. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Pacific Science Center 200 Second Ave. N. Seattle WA 98109. For more info visit unifiedrobotics.org.

Super Fun Party Time!

Seattle Area New show for families features singing, dancing and circus acts, with music from Recess Monkey. Doors open 10 am, show at 11 am select weekend days through Dec. 17. $20 to $25. Performance Type: Music. Age recommendation: Preschool. Elementary School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 206-802-0015. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 10:00 AM. Teatro Zinzanni 222 Mercer St. Seattle WA 98109. For more info visit zinzanni.com.

Teddy Bear Suite

Seattle Area Visit a festively decorated suite filled with teddy bears of all sizes. 10 am to 6 pm daily through Dec. 26. Admission by suggested donation, benefiting Seattle Children’s Hospital. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Phone: 206-621-1700. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM. Fairmont Olympic Hotel 411 University St. Seattle WA 98101. For more info visit www.fairmont.com.

Urban Craft Uprising

Seattle Area Seattle’s largest indie craft show. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 3, 10 a.m to 5 p.m. Dec. 4. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Pre-register: No. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM. Seattle Center Exhibition Hall 305 Harrison St. Seattle WA 98109. For more info visit www.urbancraftuprising.com.

Winter Festival and Crafts Fair

Seattle Area More than 100 artist and craft booths, food, entertainment and more at Phinney Neighborhood Center. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 3-4. $2 to $4 plus a can of food. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: No. Phone: 206-783-2244. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Phinney Neighborhood Center 6532 Phinney Ave. N. Seattle WA 98103. For more info visit phinneycenter.org.

Holiday Fun at Redmond Town Center

Eastside Enjoy holiday activities for the entire family, extended shopping hours, and special events all season. Hyatt House Horse Carousel Open during mall hours ($4 sugg. donation benefits Hopelink) Synthetic Skating Rink ($7 with or without skates, credit/debit only) Nov. 25 through Dec. 16: 3 to 8 pm weekdays, 10 am to 8 pm Saturdays, 11 am to 7 pm Sundays , Dec. 17 through Jan. 1: 10 am to 8 pm Mondays through Saturdays, 11 am to 7 pm Sundays (closed Dec. 25) Holiday Train ($4, credit/debit only, engineer break 3 to 4 pm daily) Noon to 8 pm Dec. 15-23, 26-30 and Jan. 1 , 10 am to 4 pm Dec. 24 , Closed Dec. 25 , Noon to 6 pm Dec. 31. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: No. Phone: 425-869-2640. Email: GuestServices@redmondtowncenter.com. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Redmond Town Center 7525 166th Ave. NE Redmond WA 98052. For more info visit redmondtowncenter.com.

Santa Arrival and Tree Lighting

North Sound It’s a holiday wonderland at Country Village with live reindeer, caroling by local quartets all day long, a whimsical gingerbread house display, surprise visit by the Grinch, and 40 local shops and restaurants all decked out in their best with thousands of twinkling lights. See an animated light display featuring a 40’ sea serpent, fiddling pig, giant dragonfly, marching ducks and more! Be sure to visit Santa’s Workshop featuring on the spot Santa Photos by Arthur & Associates. Complimentary hot roasted chestnuts begin at 4 pm ‘til they last. Santa will arrive on his brand new dazzling float at 7 pm. He will light our sparkling traditional tree and greet the crowds. Everyone will get a chance to greet Santa and receive a candy cane. The gingerbread house contest winners will be announced just before Santa arrives. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Pre-register: No. Phone: 425-483-2250. Email: katie@countryvillagebothell.com. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Country Village 23718 Bothell-Everett Hwy Bothell WA 98021.

Tanks Giving

North Sound Santa village, cookie decorating, food, crafts, gaming, face painting, snow feature, scavenger hunt, tank displays, holiday movies and more. Included with admission. $14, $12 seniors and military, $10 ages 6 to 17, free ages 5 and younger. Free admission with donation to Teen Feed drive (see details online). Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: No. Phone: 877-342-3404. Email: info@flyingheritage.com. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Flying Heritage Collection 3407 109th St. SW Everett, WA 98204. For more info visit www.flyingheritage.com.

A Victorian Country Christmas Festival

South Sound Puyallup Fairgrounds transforms into a Victorian village marketplace, with live entertainment, a living nativity, food, kids’ activities and more. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 30 through Dec. 1, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 2-3, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 4. $12, $10 students and seniors, $9 military, free ages 5 and younger, free parking. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Phone: 253-770-0777. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM. Puyallup Fairgrounds 110 Ninth Ave. S.W. Puyallup WA 98371. For more info visit www.avictoriancountrychristmas.com.

College Planning Talk for Medical/Dental Careers

South Sound Middle and High School students and their parents can come hear more about careers in the medical and dental fields, and what they can be doing now to prepare for college. Speakers will include an oral/maxillofacial surgeon, a dentist, a college consultant, and a UW admissions counselor. FREE, register online. Age recommendation: Middle School. High School. Cost: FREE. Pre-register: Yes. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM. William C. Warren Building 405 E Street NE Auburn, WA 98002. For more info visit pnwoms.com.

Festival of Trees

South Sound Professionally decorated trees on view before being sold to benefit Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital. Live entertainment, gift shop and Santa. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 2 (sensory friendly), 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 3, 9 am to 4 pm Dec. 4. $6, $2 students, free ages 12 and younger. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: No. Phone: 253-403-3095. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center 1500 Broadway Tacoma WA 98402. For more info visit www.multicare.org.

Jingle Bell Brunch

South Sound Brunch, crafts, entertainment and visits with Santa, Mrs. Claus, Elsa and a snowman. $15, $12 kids, pre-registration required. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: Yes. Phone: 253-835-6916. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Federal Way Community Center 876 S. 333rd St. Federal Way WA 98003. For more info visit itallhappenshere.org.

Polar Plaza

South Sound Tacoma’s only covered, open-air ice rink. Various days and times through Jan. 1. $11, $10 youth, $8 bring-your-own skates, $5 ages 5 and younger, $3 admission without skating. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Phone: 253-272-4258. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM. Tollefson Plaza 1701 Pacific Ave. Tacoma WA 98402. For more info visit www.polarplaza.com.

Santa Brunch

South Sound Enjoy an elaborate brunch buffet that includes a visit with Santa. Reservations highly recommended. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 3-4, 11, 17-18, and 24. $38 to $43, $26.50 ages 9 to 13, $18.50 ages 5 to 8, free ages 4 and younger. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: Yes. Phone: 253-946-0636. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Salty's 28201 Redondo Beach Drive S. Des Moines WA. For more info visit saltys.com.

Santa Visits the Conservatory

South Sound Enjoy crafts, refreshments, and a professional photo with Santa. $3 sugg. donation for admission, $15 for Santa photo. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Phone: 253-591-5330. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM. W.W. Seymour Conservatory 316 S. G St. Tacoma WA 98405. For more info visit www.metroparkstacoma.org.

Sing-Along with Santa

South Sound Enjoy carol singing, prizes and photos with Santa. Photo packages available or take pictures with your own camera. $10. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Phone: 253-565-6867. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 10:00 AM. Tacoma Musical Playhouse 7116 Sixth Ave. Tacoma WA 98406. For more info visit tmp.org.

Jule Fest

Farther Afield Market with crafts, Scandinavian food and entertainment, followed by the lighting of the yule log, procession of Vikings and Lucia, and a visit from Santa. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Waterfront Park 18809 Anderson Pkwy. Poulsbo WA 98370. For more info visit www.poulsbosonsofnorway.com.

Baby Story Time

The Seattle Public Library Where: Northgate Branch. Audience: Children. Language: English. Summary: It is baby story time at the Northgate Branch! Bring your infants age 0-12 months to enjoy stories, rhymes, and songs with our children's librarian. Description: Stay afterward for a relaxed social playtime with other babies. Story Time 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. More Children's Programs: http://www.spl.org/audiences/children/chi-calendar-of-events. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library 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. Cost: FREE. Event provided by: The Seattle Public Library. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 10:15 AM – 10:45 AM.

Art Exploration

Seattle Area Ms. Arni will lead an exploration of art with kids ages 3 to 5 from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. and ages 6 and older from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $10, scholarships available. Age recommendation: Preschool. Elementary School. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: Yes. Phone: 206-325-5576. Email: Adana@childrensplaygarden.org. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM. Seattle Children's PlayGarden 1745 24th Ave. S. Seattle WA 98144. For more info visit www.childrensplaygarden.org.

Caspar Babypants Performance

Eastside Take in a Caspar Babypants performance while enjoying your breakfast treats. Performance Type: Music. Age recommendation: Infant. Toddler. Preschool. Elementary School. Cost: FREE. Phone: 425-457-7440. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 10:30 AM. Top Pot Doughnuts 10600 N.E. Ninth Pl. Bellevue WA 98004. For more info visit www.babypantsmusic.com.

Issaquah Reindeer Festival

Eastside Meet Santa, his elves and his very own reindeer, plus enjoy story time with an elf, watch candy canes being made, get your face painted and more. All proceeds support Santa’s Reindeer for the coming year. Included with admission.10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily through Dec. 23. $14.50, $12.50 seniors, $10.50 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 3, 2016, 10:30 AM – 4:30 PM. Cougar Mountain Zoo 19525 S.E. 54th St. Issaquah WA 98027. For more info visit www.cougarmountainzoo.org.

Parents' Day Out: Water Water Everywhere

Eastside Earth might not be the only planet in the universe with water, but its the most important to us! Explore water in all its forms during your water filled day. Watch water flow in pipes and gutters, paint pictures of clouds, and look for life in the pond. It will probably be raining, so put on those rain boots and dance the water cycle boogie. $55, $45 members. Pre-register. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: Yes. Phone: 206-443-2925. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 10:30 AM – 4:00 PM. Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center 1625 118th Ave. S.E. Bellevue WA 98005. For more info visit www.pacificsciencecenter.org.

Family Story Time

The Seattle Public Library Where: West Seattle Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. 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. Story Time 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. More Children's Programs: http://www.spl.org/audiences/children/chi-calendar-of-events. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library 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. Cost: FREE. Event provided by: The Seattle Public Library. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM.

FREE First Saturdays for Families

Seattle Area Create art that connects with the world cultures featured in exhibitions​ at the Asian Art Museum in Volunteer Park. Each Free First Saturday has an exciting new theme and drop-in workshops guided by teaching artists. Model traditional costumes, enjoy a special performance, watch a family-friendly movie, discover a new book, and embark on a sketching tour of the galleries. Today, take a tour of the exhibition Terratopia: The Chinese Landscape in Painting and Film and create your own landscape inspired by traditional Chinese paintings and Pacific Northwest landscapes. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Pre-register: Yes. Phone: 206-654-3100. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Seattle Asian Art Museum 1400 E. Prospect St. Seattle WA 98112. For more info visit seattleartmuseum.org.

Holiday Carousel

Seattle Area The whirling tradition of the Holiday Carousel returns to Westlake Park. Kids (and adults!) of all ages are welcome to take a spin. Proceeds benefit the work of Treehouse, providing foster kids a childhood and a future. Holiday Carousel Hours Nov. 26 through Jan. 2: Sunday-Thursday: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Special Hours: Nov. 25: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Dec. 24: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Dec. 25: Closed Dec. 31: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: No. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM. Westlake Park 401 Pine St. Seattle WA 98101. For more info visit www.downtownseattle.com.

How The Grinch Stole Christmas Storytime

Seattle Area Join us to "Grow Your Heart 3 Sizes!" and celebrate all things Grinch with a reading of the classic Dr. Seuss story plus activities. We will have good deed badges and tracking booklets for kids to log all the good things they do this holiday season. Age recommendation: Toddler. Preschool. Elementary School. Cost: FREE. Pre-register: No. Phone: 206-417-2967. Email: crm2280@bn.com. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Barnes & Noble Northgate 401 NE Northgate Way #1100 Seattle WA 98125. For more info visit stores.barnesandnoble.com.

Musical Story Time with Mr. Ryan

Seattle Area Enjoy a Musical story time with local music teacher and author Mr. Ryan, Saturdays through Dec. 17. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Phone: 206-328-0636. Email: info@bootylandkids.com. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Wallingford Center 1815 N 45th St. Seattle WA 98103. For more info visit wallingfordcenter.com.

Rob Kapilow's The Polar Express

Seattle Area Holiday concert for families features Rob Kapilow’s orchestration of The Polar Express along with Seattle Symphony and Northwest Boychoir. Pre-concert activities an hour before show time. Part of the Classical KING FM family concert series. $15 to $20. Performance Type: Music. Age recommendation: Preschool. Elementary School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 206-215-4747. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Benaroya Hall 200 University St. Seattle WA 98101. For more info visit www.seattlesymphony.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. 25 through Jan. 2, 2017. Special hours: closes at 4 p.m. on Dec. 24; closed on Dec. 25; closes at 11:30 p.m. on Dec. 31. $8 for adults, $6 for children ages 6 to 12, and $2 children ages 5 and younger. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: No. Phone: 206-684-7200. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM. Fisher Pavilion 305 Harrison St. Seattle WA 98109. For more info visit www.seattlecenter.com.

Seattle Kids Tour

Seattle Area We are offering a private family walking tour for young ages in Downtown Seattle. Though every tour varies a little, our typical rout includes Pike Place Market, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Central Library and a few fun stops in between. We have more tour times available and are flexible with schedules. Shoot us an email or call, we would love to book you a tour! $100 for a private tour for 2 to 5 people, $150 for 6 to 10 people. Age recommendation: Toddler. Preschool. Elementary School. Middle School. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: Yes. Phone: 206-553-9024. Email: kidsbookings@seattlebyfoot.com. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Pike Place Market First Avenue and Pine Street Seattle WA 98101.

StoryTime for Kids

Seattle Area Join us at our U District store for dramatic readings of the best in new and classic kids books. You bring the kids, and we'll provide the activities and entertainment. StoryTime for Kids is ideal for ages 3 to 7. Age recommendation: Toddler. Preschool. Elementary School. Cost: FREE. Phone: 206-634-3400. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM. University Book Store 4326 University Way N.E. Seattle WA 98105. For more info visit www.bookstore.washington.edu.

The Elves & the Toymaker

Seattle Area It’s the holiday season and a toymaker and his wife have been working day and night to get toys ready to give to boys and girls everywhere, but the elves discover that all the toys have disappeared! In true StoryBook Theater fashion, this holiday musical will delight audiences young and old, and remind everyone that the spirit of giving is truly the greatest gift of all. Presented by StoryBook Theater. 11 am and 1 pm Nov. 27 and Dec. 3. $15. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: Toddler. Preschool. Elementary School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 425-820-1800. Email: info@studio-east.org. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Renton Carco Theater 1717 Maple Valley Hwy Renton WA 98057. For more info visit storybooktheater.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 16th year, this Studio tradition includes new surprises each year. Run time: approx. 90 min. Recommended for ages 4 and older. 11 a.m. 2 and 5 p.m. weekends through Dec. 18. $19. 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 3, 2016, 11:00 AM. Studio East 11730 118th Ave. N.E. Suite 100 Kirkland WA 98034. For more info visit studio-east.org.

Bellevue Magic Season Ice Arena

Eastside Visit the Bellevue Magic Season Ice Arena, the region’s largest open-air ice skating experience. Rain, shine or snow, stop on by to the all-weather sheltered covered festive arena. Food and beverage concessions available. Various hours daily, Nov. 25 through Jan. 8. $12, $9 ages 8 and younger, includes skate rental. Library Appreciation Days – November 29 & December 9. Limit of one admission per person per KCLS card and limited to skate availability Free Skate Mondays’ compliments of Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® card and Bank of America. Show your Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® card or Bank of America credit or debit card to receive two free skate admissions on Mondays. Limit of two admissions per person and limited to skate availability. Free skate lessons 6:30 to 8:30 pm with paid admission on the following nights:  -November 29-30 -December 1, 6-8 & 13-15 -January 3-5 Stroller skating: -11 am to 3 pm Dec. 1 -1 to 3 pm Dec. 8 and 15, and Jan. 5 -9 to 10 am Dec. 22 and 29. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Phone: 425-453-3111. Email: Tyler@bellevuedowntown.org. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM. Ashwood Park 10820 NE 10th St. Bellevue WA 98004. For more info visit www.bellevuedowntown.com.

Holiday Art Market and Open House

Eastside Artisan marketplace, music, arts and crafts activities, refreshments and more. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Pre-register: No. Phone: 425-822-7161. Email: gallery@kirklandartscenter.org. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM. Kirkland Arts Center 620 Market St. Kirkland WA 98033. For more info visit kirklandartscenter.org.

The Ugly Sweater Run

Eastside Wear an ugly sweater to this 5K fun run/walk with hot cocoa and post-run festivities. $45, free ages 5 and younger. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: Yes. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 11:00 AM. Marymoor Park 6046 W. Lake Sammamish Pkwy. N.E. Redmond WA 98052. For more info visit theuglysweaterrun.com.

Santa’s Workshop

North Sound Santa’s Workshop opens Friday, November 25th at 11am at Country Village, featuring photos with Santa by Arthur & Associates. You’ll love the cozy atmosphere and quality photography done on the spot – NO reservations necessary. Santa's hours are as follows: November 25th through December 15th: 11 am to 7 pm Monday through Saturday & noon to 5 pm Sunday December 16th through December 23rd: 10 am to 8 pm Monday through Saturday & 11 am to 6 pm Sunday December 24th: 10 am to 5 pm While you're visiting Santa, don’t forget to vote for your favorite whimsical gingerbread house – houses are on display in Santa's Workshop. Drop some change in the milk bottle next to your favorite house to decide who gets the coveted People’s Choice award. All funds go to benefit the Northshore Schools Foundation. Visit two of Santa’s live reindeer throughout the season in their vacation home here at the Village while strolling the grounds filled with twinkling lights and wonderful lit displays. The reindeer are located betw… Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Pre-register: No. Phone: 425-483-2250. Email: katie@countryvillagebothell.com. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 11:00 AM. Country Village 23718 Bothell-Everett Hwy Bothell WA 98021. For more info visit www.countryvillagebothell.com.

Story Time

North Sound Come enjoy stories and activities. Age recommendation: Toddler. Preschool. Elementary School. Cost: FREE. Phone: 425-771-2220. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Barnes & Noble 19401 Alderwood Mall Pkwy Lynnwood WA 98036. For more info visit stores.barnesandnoble.com.

A 19th Century Christmas

South Sound Take a break from the hustle and bustle of modern holidays and experience a real old-fashioned Christmas. A highlight of the event is the arrival of the yule log, towed in by young visitors at 1 pm. Everyone can join in greeting the yule log with toasts and Christmas Carols. Guests will have a chance to take home a piece of the log for their own holiday fire. Throughout the day, guests of all ages can join in parlor games, make ornaments, and create pomanders. Father Christmas will be available for visits and photos. Event admission is $5 to $8, and children 4 and younger are free. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Phone: 253-591-5339. Email: fortnisqually@tacomaparks.com. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Fort Nisqually Living History Museum 5400 N. Pearl St. #11 Tacoma WA 98407. For more info visit www.metroparkstacoma.org.

Model Railroad Operators' Hours

South Sound Volunteers with the Puget Sound Model Railroad Engineers will be on hand to answer questions and operate the trains of the museum's permanent model railroad layout. Included with admission. $12, $8 seniors, military and ages 6 to 17, free ages 5 and younger. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Phone: 888-238-4373. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Washington State History Museum 1911 Pacific Ave. Tacoma WA 98402. For more info visit www.wshs.org.

Pictures with Santa

South Sound Refreshments, free access to Treetops Playground, and $5 Santa photos. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Phone: 253-404-393. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM. STAR Center 3873 S. 66th St. Tacoma WA 98409. For more info visit www.metroparkstacoma.org.

Picture Book Author Saturday Series with Jessixa Bagley

The Seattle Public Library Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Anne Marie Gault Story Hour Room. Audience: Children. Language: English. Summary: Join us for a special story time featuring guest star, picture book author Jessixa Bagley! Description: Jessixa Bagley is a Seattle based artist and children's book author/illustrator. She is also a practicing fine artist and comics maker. She currently has two published picture books, the critically acclaimed Boats for Papa and Before I Leave. Her upcoming picture books include Laundry Day (February 2017) and Vincent Comes Home (Winter 2018). Vincent Comes Home is a collaboration with her husband Aaron Bagley. She lives with her husband son surrounded by books, fake food, and miniature toys. View in Catalog: Works by Jessixa Bagley. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: *Central Library Children's Desk 206-386-4675 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library 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. Cost: FREE. Event provided by: The Seattle Public Library. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Family Story Time

The Seattle Public Library Where: Magnolia Branch. Room Location: Jim Thixton and Carol Bennett Thixton Meeting Room. Audience: Children. Language: English. Summary: It is story time at the Magnolia Branch! Bring your preschoolers and toddlers to enjoy stories, rhymes, songs and fun with our children's librarian. View in Catalog: "BOOK TITLE" by AUTHOR NAME. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Magnolia Branch 206-386-4225 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library 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. Cost: FREE. Event provided by: The Seattle Public Library. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 11:15 AM – 11:45 AM.

Giờ đọc truyện tiếng Việt! (Vietnamese Story Time)

The Seattle Public Library Where: Delridge Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Children. Language: Tiểng Việt. Summary: Thư viện công cộng Seattle tổ chức giờ đọc truyện bằng tiếng việt cho trẻ em! (The Seattle Public Library is hosting Vietnamese story times for young children!). Description: Hãy đem con em quý vị đến thư viện để theo dõi các câu chuyện, các bài hát và thơ ca. Story Time 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: Các sự kiện và chương trình của thư viện hoàn toàn miễn phí. Không bắt buộc phải ghi danh trước. More Children's Programs: http://www.spl.org/audiences/children/chi-calendar-of-events. Contact Info: Delridge Branch 206-733-9125 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library 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. Cost: FREE. Event provided by: The Seattle Public Library. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM.

¡Hora de cuentos! (Spanish Story Time)

The Seattle Public Library Where: Columbia Branch. Room Location: The Weiland Family Meeting Room. Audience: Children. Language: Español. Summary: Es una hora de cuentos para los niños en la biblioteca de Columbia Branch! (It is Spanish story time at the Columbia Branch!). Description: Traiga a sus niños a la biblioteca de Columbia Branch para que disfruten escuchando cuentos, rimas y canciones en inglés y español. Story Time 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. More Children's Programs: http://www.spl.org/audiences/children/chi-calendar-of-events. Contact Info: Columbia Branch 206-386-1908 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library 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. Cost: FREE. Event provided by: The Seattle Public Library. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM.

¡Hora de cuentos! (Spanish Story Time)

The Seattle Public Library Where: Columbia Branch. Room Location: The Weiland Family Meeting Room. Audience: Children. Language: Español. Summary: It is story time at the Columbia Branch! Bring your preschoolers and toddlers to enjoy stories, rhymes, songs and fun with our children's librarian. Description: Traiga a sus niños a la biblioteca de Columbia para que disfruten escuchando cuentos, rimas y canciones en inglés y español. Story Time 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. More Children's Programs: http://www.spl.org/audiences/children/chi-calendar-of-events. Contact Info: Columbia Branch 206-386-1908 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library 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. Cost: FREE. Event provided by: The Seattle Public Library. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM.

Black Santa

Seattle Area Come visit and take photos with Black Santa, plus enjoy crafts, refreshments and storytelling. Admission is $7, $5 students and seniors, free ages 4 and younger. Photo packages available. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM. Northwest African American Museum 2300 S. Massachusetts St. Seattle WA 98144. For more info visit www.naamnw.org.

Diving Santa

Seattle Area See Santa diving in the Window on Washington Waters exhibit at noon and 3 p.m. plus enjoy live musical performances at 1 p.m. on selected days. Weekends through Dec. 24 (noon only on Dec. 24). Included with admission. $24.95, $16.95 ages 4 to 12, free ages 3 and younger. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: No. Phone: 206-386-4300. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 12:00 PM. Seattle Aquarium 1483 Alaskan Way, Pier 59 Seattle WA 98101. For more info visit www.seattleaquarium.org.

Goodnight Moon & The Runaway Bunny: Sensory Friendly Performance

North Sound Mermaid Theatre of Novia Scotia presents a charming adaptation of the books by Margaret Wise Brown. Part of Village Theatre’s Pied Piper series. Noon (sensory friendly) and 2 pm. $15. Age recommendation: Preschool. Elementary School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 425-740-5035 ext. 106. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 12:00 PM. Everett Performing Arts Center 2710 Wetmore Ave. Everett WA 98201. For more info visit www.villagepiedpiper.org.

Holiday on the Bay

North Sound Cookie decorating, ornament making, face painting, crafts market, live music, Santa, fire truck rides, tree lighting and lighted boat parade. See schedule online. FREE, Toys for Tots donations accepted. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Waterfront Center 1205 Craftsman Way Everett WA 98201. For more info visit www.portofeverett.com.

Hometown Holidays

North Sound Santa parade followed by tree lighting, caroling, crafts, marketplace, wagon and train rides, treats and a festive sweater contest. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Pre-register: No. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Downtown Arlington WA. For more info visit www.arlingtonwa.gov.

Light Up Monroe

North Sound Enjoy a bonfire with s’mores, cocoa, caroling, Santa and Mrs. Claus, and a 5 pm tree lighting at Traveler’s Park. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM. Traveler's Park State Route 2 and Main Street Monroe, WA 98272. For more info visit www.facebook.com.

Santa's Test Flight

North Sound Kids’ activities, Santa photos, and watch Santa choose a plane to take on a test flight. $15, $10 ages 11 to 17, free ages 10 and younger. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Phone: 425-348-3200. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM. Historic Flight at Kilo-7 10719 Bernie Webber Drive Mukilteo WA 98275. For more info visit www.snohomish.org.

Gingerbread House Program

Seattle Area Come decorate your own gingerbread house. $20, $15 museum members. One per family. Space is limited, pre-register. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: Yes. Phone: 206-789-5707 ext. 19. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM. Nordic Heritage Museum 3014 N.W. 67th St. Seattle WA 98117. For more info visit nordicmuseum.org.

Giờ đọc truyện tiếng Việt! (Vietnamese Story Time)

The Seattle Public Library Where: Columbia Branch. Room Location: The Weiland Family Meeting Room. Audience: Children. Language: Tiểng Việt. Summary: Thư viện công cộng Seattle tổ chức giờ đọc truyện bằng tiếng việt cho trẻ em! (The Seattle Public Library is hosting Vietnamese story times for young children!). Description: Hãy đem con em quý vị đến thư viện để theo dõi các câu chuyện, các bài hát và thơ ca. Story Time 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. More Children's Programs: http://www.spl.org/audiences/children/chi-calendar-of-events. Contact Info: Columbia Branch 206-386-1908 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library 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. Cost: FREE. Event provided by: The Seattle Public Library. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM.

A Charlie Brown Christmas: Sensory Friendly Performance

Seattle Area Charlie Brown is depressed by the never-ending commercialism surrounding the holidays. Thankfully, Linus is there to help him find the true meaning of Christmas in this musical adaptation of the cartoon classic. Ages 5 and older evening shows, all ages matinees. Various dates and times through Dec. 28. $25, $15 ages 12 and younger. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 206-781-9707. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 1:00 PM. Taproot Theatre 204 N. 85th St. Seattle WA 98103. For more info visit taproottheatre.org.

Asian American Santa

Seattle Area Named one of the best Alternative Santas in Seattle, beat the crowd and take a photo with Asian American Santa! He's ready to listen to all your holiday wishes. Create decorative frames, sip some free cider, and shop our Marketplace while you wait for your photos to print! Marketplace will also be hosting a trunk show, featuring local artist Phyllis Lui of Sweet & Sour Jewelry. Members, receive additional discounts and enjoy refreshments in the Member Lounge from 12:30-3:30 pm. $12 first photo, $6 each additional, $3 for members. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: No. Phone: 206-623-5124. Email: pr@wingluke.org. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM. Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience 719 S King St. Seattle WA 98104. For more info visit www.wingluke.org.

The Elves & the Toymaker

Seattle Area It’s the holiday season and a toymaker and his wife have been working day and night to get toys ready to give to boys and girls everywhere, but the elves discover that all the toys have disappeared! In true StoryBook Theater fashion, this holiday musical will delight audiences young and old, and remind everyone that the spirit of giving is truly the greatest gift of all. Presented by StoryBook Theater. 11 am and 1 pm Nov. 27 and Dec. 3. $15. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: Toddler. Preschool. Elementary School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 425-820-1800. Email: info@studio-east.org. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM. Renton Carco Theater 1717 Maple Valley Hwy Renton WA 98057. For more info visit storybooktheater.org.

YuleFest

Seattle Area Columbia Choirs brings together all levels of their Children’s Choir and Cantabile Vocal Ensemble to perform festive favorites from around the world. $15 to $20, $10 kids and seniors. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 1:00 PM. Town Hall Seattle 1119 Eighth Ave. Seattle WA 98101. For more info visit townhallseattle.org.

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Eastside The classic TV special comes to the stage. 1 and 3 pm weekends through Dec. 18, plus 7 pm Dec. 16-17 and 20-22. $10, $5 kids ages 1 to 3 on Sundays. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Phone: 425-881-6777. Email: exec@secondstoryrep.org. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 1:00 PM. SecondStory Repertory 16587 N.E. 74th St. Redmond WA 98052. For more info visit www.secondstoryrep.org.

Get Crafty Saturdays!

Eastside Join us for a fun arts activity every Saturday in the Museum Forum. These drop-in art activities are directly connected to exhibitions, and are carefully planned to inspire creativity, and promote cooperation and learning. Ages 4 to 10. $4 material fee per child. Supplies may be limited. First come first serve. Admission $12, $10 students and seniors, $5 TeenTix, free ages 5 and younger, $30 family. Age recommendation: Preschool. Elementary School. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: No. Phone: 425-519-0770. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM. Bellevue Arts Museum 510 Bellevue Way N.E. Bellevue WA 98004. For more info visit www.bellevuearts.org.

Gingerbread House Workshop

North Sound Decorate a freshly baked gingerbread house. Bring a platter and the candy of your choice. Instructions are provided by the Gingerbread Lady, Alice Blandin. Call 360-387-1550 and leave a message to reserve your spot at least one week in advance (required). $15, proceeds benefit the Cama Beach Foundation.  You will need a Discover Pass or day pass for this event. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: Yes. Phone: 360-387-1550. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Cama Center at Cama Beach 1880 S.W. Camano Drive Camano Island WA 98282. For more info visit www.camabeachfoundation.org.

Santa Train

South Sound Enjoy a 30-min. train ride and a visit with Santa. 1 and 3 pm weekends through Dec. 11. $10, free ages 2 and younger in an adult’s lap. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Phone: 360-748-9593. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 1:00 PM. Chehalis-Centralia Railroad 1101 S.W. Sylvenus St. Chehalis WA 98532. For more info visit steamtrainride.com.

Santa Visits Old Town

South Sound Holiday fun and photos with Santa and his reindeer. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Pre-register: No. Phone: 253-627-5405. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM. Job Carr Cabin Museum in Old Town Park 2350 N. 30th St. Tacoma WA 98407. For more info visit www.facebook.com.

中文故事会 (Mandarin Chinese Story Time)

The Seattle Public Library Where: International District/Chinatown Branch. Room Location: Children's Area. Audience: Children. Language: 中文. Summary: 开心享受国语儿歌、故事及歌曲!(Enjoy rhymes, stories and songs in Mandarin Chinese!). Story Time 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: Parking is available on the streets around the branch. Patrons may pay to park in the garage beneath International District Village Square II. Enter the garage from the two-way alley behind the building via South Lane or South Dearborn. Garage Rates 0 - 1 hour: $2 1 - 2 hours: $4 Saturday - all day: $4. More Children's Programs: http://www.spl.org/audiences/children/chi-calendar-of-events. Contact Info: International District/Chinatown Branch 206-386-1300 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library 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. Cost: FREE. Event provided by: The Seattle Public Library. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 1:30 PM – 2:00 PM.

Evergreen City Ballet's The Nutcracker

Eastside Magical production with 25-foot tree and falling snow. Full-length show 7:30 p.m.Dec. 2-3, hour-long version 1:30 p.m. Dec. 3-4, plus 5:30 p.m. Dec. 4. $28, $17 students and youth. Performance Type: Dance. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM. The Theatre at Meydenbauer Center 11100 N.E. Sixth St. Bellevue WA 98004. For more info visit evergreencityballet.org.

Unplug and Play

The Seattle Public Library Where: Fremont Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Children. Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: An afternoon of board games, coloring pages and snacks. Description: Calling all board gamers! The Fremont Branch invites all ages, young and old and everyone in between, to turn off your electronic devices and enjoy an afternoon of unplugged fun. Meet other gamers and enjoy our assortment of board games including Netrunners, Chess, Scrabble, UNO, Mille Bournes, Battleship, Munchkin Treasure Hunt and more. Or bring your own favorite board game. There will be coloring pages for all ages as well. We'll provide snacks too. Game on! View in Catalog: "BOOK TITLE" by AUTHOR NAME. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Fremont Branch 206-684-4084 or Ask a Librarian. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library 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. Cost: FREE. Event provided by: The Seattle Public Library. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM.

¡Hora de cuentos! (Spanish Story Time)

The Seattle Public Library Where: Beacon Hill Branch. Room Location: Friends of The Seattle Public Library Meeting Room. 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. Story Time 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. 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. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library 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. Cost: FREE. Event provided by: The Seattle Public Library. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 2:00 PM – 2:30 PM.

A Christmas Carol

Seattle Area A Seattle tradition, Charles Dickens’ classic returns to ACT Theatre. Ages 5 and older (no babes in arms). 90 minute show with no intermission. Various dates and times through Dec. 28. $22 to $90. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 206-292-7676. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 2:00 PM. ACT’s Allen Theatre 700 Union St. Seattle WA 98101. For more info visit www.acttheatre.org.

Disney's The Little Mermaid

Seattle Area Broadway musical based on the popular animated film. No children younger than age 4 will be admitted, including babes in arms. Various dates and times through Dec. 31. $36 to $180. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 206-625-1900. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 2:00 PM. 5th Avenue Theatre 1308 Fifth Ave. Seattle WA 98101. For more info visit www.5thavenue.org.

Elf

Seattle Area Musical comedy about one of Santa’s elves who discovers he’s really a human. Performed by young actors with Broadway Bound. Various dates and times through Dec. 18. $13.50 to $17.50. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Phone: 206-526-5437. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 2:00 PM. Theatre 47 at Magnuson Park 7400 Sand Point Way N.E. Seattle WA 98115. For more info visit broadwaybound.org.

George Balanchine's The Nutcracker

Seattle Area Pacific Northwest Ballet presents this new production of the Tchaikovsky classic, featuring costumes and sets designed by author/illustrator Ian Falconer (Olivia the Pig). Best for school age and older. Various dates and times through Dec. 28. $25 to $170. Performance Type: Dance. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 206-441-2424. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 2:00 PM. McCaw Hall 301 Mercer St. Seattle WA 98109. For more info visit www.pnb.org.

HollyDay Decorations Workshop

Seattle Area Using invasive plants and other natural materials, make wreaths, garlands and swags. $9. Pre-register. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: Yes. Phone: 206-386-4237. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM. Discovery Park 3801 Discovery Park Blvd. Seattle WA 98199. For more info visit www.seattle.gov.

Stellaluna

Seattle Area Adaptation of the picture book about a baby fruit bat adopted by birds who feels different from her family. Ages 3 and older. Various dates and times through Jan. 15. $22 to $40. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: Preschool. Elementary School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 206-441-3322. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 2:00 PM. Seattle Children's Theatre 201 Thomas St. Seattle WA 98109. For more info visit www.sct.org.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Seattle Area See the C.S. Lewis classic come to life on the stage. Ages 6 and older. Various dates and times through Nov. 29. $18 to $45. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 206-441-3322. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 2:00 PM. Seattle Children's Theatre 201 Thomas St. Seattle WA 98109. For more info visit www.sct.org.

Treasure Island

Seattle Area Book-It Repertory Theatre continues its 27th season with the gripping classic Treasure Island. Full of enthralling characters and one of literature’s most beloved villains, Treasure Island explores the complex relationship between the morally ambiguous Long John Silver and the young Jim Hawkins. Throughout this thrilling tale, Hawkins learns hard lessons of balancing the lure of adventure with the desire for stability and confronting the dilemma of liking a person, but not their behavior. The most popular pirate story ever written in English, Treasure Island is sure to delight audiences this holiday season! Age recommendation: 12+. Various dates and times through Dec. 24. $25 to $50. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 206-216-0833. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM. Center House Theatre 305 Harrison St. Seattle, WA 98109. For more info visit book-it.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 16th year, this Studio tradition includes new surprises each year. Run time: approx. 90 min. Recommended for ages 4 and older. 11 a.m. 2 and 5 p.m. weekends through Dec. 18. $19. 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 3, 2016, 2:00 PM. Studio East 11730 118th Ave. N.E. Suite 100 Kirkland WA 98034. For more info visit studio-east.org.

Gingerbread Boy

Eastside Watch an extra-spicy gingerbread boy’s adventures in Candyland, presented using the Bunraku style of puppetry by Thistle Theatre. 2 and 4 pm Dec. 3-4. $10. Performance Type: Puppet. Age recommendation: Preschool. Elementary School. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: No. Phone: 206-524-3388. Email: info@thistletheatre.org. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM. BYT Ivanhoe Theatre 16661 Northup Way Bellevue, WA 98008.

How the Penguins Saved Santa

Eastside Quirky tale about a group of misfit penguins and their race against the clock to save Santa. 7 pm Fridays and Saturdays, 2 pm Sundays (and Dec. 3), through Dec. 4. $12 to $15, $8 for the Nov. 26 show and 2 p.m. Dec. 3 show. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Phone: 425-452-7155. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 2:00 PM. Bellevue Youth Theatre – Crossroads 16051 N.E. 10th St. Bellevue WA 98008. For more info visit www.bellevuewa.gov.

SAMBICA Christmas Carnival

Eastside Indoor carnival with games, treats, and Santa photos. 2 to 8 pm Saturdays, 2 to 5 pm Sundays through Dec. 11. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Pre-register: No. Phone: 425-746-9110. Email: sambica@sambica.com. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 2:00 PM – 8:00 PM. SAMBICA 4114 W. Lake Sammamish Pkwy S.E. Bellevue WA 98008. For more info visit www.sambica.com.

Emerald Ballet Theatre's The Nutcracker

North Sound Continue — or start — a holiday tradition with Emerald Ballet Theatre! EBT celebrates its 10th annual production of The Nutcracker with brand-new sets, gorgeous costumes, talented professional and youth performers, and the only live orchestra on the Eastside. $20 to $38. Performance Type: Dance. Age recommendation: Preschool. Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 2:00 PM. Northshore Performing Arts Center 18125 92nd Ave. NE Bothell, WA 98011. For more info visit www.npacf.org.

Goodnight Moon & The Runaway Bunny

North Sound Mermaid Theatre of Novia Scotia presents a charming adaptation of the books by Margaret Wise Brown. Part of Village Theatre’s Pied Piper series. Noon (sensory friendly) and 2 pm. $15. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: Preschool. Elementary School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 425-740-5035 ext. 106. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 2:00 PM. Everett Performing Arts Center 2710 Wetmore Ave. Everett WA 98201. For more info visit www.villagepiedpiper.org.

Mr. Scrooge

North Sound A lilting Christmas show based on the well-known Charles Dickens’ classic. Lighthearted music makes this a wonderful way for the entire family to see the grand story of hardhearted Ebenezer Scrooge. Various dates and times through Dec. 18. $22 to $25. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 425-774-9600. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 2:00 PM. Wade James Theatre 950 Main St. Edmonds WA 98020. For more info visit edmondsdriftwoodplayers.org.

A Christmas Story

South Sound Play based on the popular movie about a boy named Ralphie who wants nothing more than a BB gun for Christmas. 7:30 pm Fridays and Saturdays, 2 pm Saturdays, though Dec. 10. $10 to $27. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 253-851-7529. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 2:00 PM. Paradise Theatre 3114 Judson St. Gig Harbor WA 98335. For more info visit paradisetheatre.thundertix.com.

Auburn Holiday Events

South Sound Snacks and crafts (2 to 4 p.m. $3 to $5, Washington Elementary), Santa parade (4:30 p.m. FREE, W. Main Street), community caroling and tree lighting (5 p.m. FREE, City Hall Plaza). Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Pre-register: No. Phone: 253-931-3043. Email: events@auburnwa.gov. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 2:00 PM. Various locations Auburn, WA 98002. For more info visit www.auburnwa.gov.

Irving Berlin's White Christmas

South Sound Musical based on the classic holiday film. Various dates and times through Dec. 17. $22, $18 students, seniors and military, $12 kids. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: Preschool. Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 253-447-7645. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 2:00 PM. ManeStage Theatre Company 1707 Main St. Sumner WA 98390. For more info visit manestagetheatre.com.

Little Red Riding Hood

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. 18. $35, $30 seniors and military, $15 ages 25 and younger. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 253-661-1444. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 2:00 PM. Knutzen Family Theatre 3200 S.W. Dash Point Road Federal Way WA 98023. For more info visit www.centerstagetheatre.com.

Meet Me in St. Louis

South Sound Musical about the Smith family’s trip to the 1904 World’s Fair. 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. weekends through Dec. 18. $31, $29 students, seniors and military, $22 ages 12 and younger. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 253-565-6867. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 2:00 PM. Tacoma Musical Playhouse 7116 Sixth Ave. Tacoma WA 98406. For more info visit tmp.org.

A Christmas Story: The Musical

Farther Afield The beloved tale of Ralphie, who wants nothing more than a BB gun for Christmas, comes to the stage. Every show will feature an Ugly Sweater Contest for the audience. Various dates and times through Dec. 18. $29, $24 seniors, $21 students, military and teachers. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 206-842-8569. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 2:00 PM. Bainbridge Performing Arts 200 Madison Ave. N Bainbridge Island WA 98110. For more info visit www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org.

Ensemble Ballet Theatre presents The Nutcracker

Seattle Area Ensemble Ballet Theatre's popular Nutcracker is back to lift your spirits and jump-start the holiday season! Clara and her beloved Nutcracker will transport young and old into a magical far-away land where toys come to life and snowflakes dance. Celebrate Clara's defeat of the terrifying mouse king along with the exotic Kingdom of Sweets. Shows sell out, so buy tickets early! All ticket sales are final. No refunds or exchanges. Please email us if you need wheelchair seating. Dates: Friday, December 2nd at 7 pm Saturday, December 3rd at 2:30 and 7 pm Sunday, December 4th at 1:30 pm $25 premium reserved, $20 general reserved, $15 seniors, students and youth. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: Yes. Phone: 877-328-8771. Email: ebtinfo@ebtballet.org. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM. Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center 400 S Second St. Renton, WA 98057.

Lego Mania!

The Seattle Public Library Where: West Seattle Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Children. Language: English. Summary: Share your mad LEGO skills and create something super-fantastic out of your own imagination! We’ve got the bricks, plus free-play and lots of fun! For children ages 5 – 12. 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. Room Capacity: Space is limited at library 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. Cost: FREE. Event provided by: The Seattle Public Library. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM.

Diving Santa

Seattle Area See Santa diving in the Window on Washington Waters exhibit at noon and 3 p.m. plus enjoy live musical performances at 1 p.m. on selected days. Weekends through Dec. 24 (noon only on Dec. 24). Included with admission. $24.95, $16.95 ages 4 to 12, free ages 3 and younger. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: No. Phone: 206-386-4300. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 3:00 PM. Seattle Aquarium 1483 Alaskan Way, Pier 59 Seattle WA 98101. For more info visit www.seattleaquarium.org.

Through the Years: 40 Years of Holiday Memories

Seattle Area Choir of the Sound joyfully presents audience and choir favorites from our last forty years, and rings in the next forty with some new surprises! Join us for a festive show sure to put you in the holiday spirit. $20, $18 students, $10 ages 12 and younger. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 206-528-9990. Email: infor@choirofthesound.org. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Shorecrest Performing Arts Center 15343 25th Ave. NE Shoreline, WA 98155. For more info visit www.choirofthesound.org.

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Eastside The classic TV special comes to the stage. 1 and 3 pm weekends through Dec. 18, plus 7 pm Dec. 16-17 and 20-22. $10, $5 kids ages 1 to 3 on Sundays. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Phone: 425-881-6777. Email: exec@secondstoryrep.org. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 3:00 PM. SecondStory Repertory 16587 N.E. 74th St. Redmond WA 98052. For more info visit www.secondstoryrep.org.

Holiday Open House and Tree Lighting

North Sound Cookie decorating, crafts, Santa (bring a camera), entertainment and refreshments. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Pre-register: No. Phone: 425-347-1456. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Rosehill Community Center 804 Lincoln Ave. Mukilteo WA 98275. For more info visit mukilteowa.gov.

Holiday Open House and Tree Lighting

North Sound Cookie decorating, crafts, entertainment, Santa and refreshments. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Pre-register: No. Phone: 425-347-1456. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Rosehill Community Center 804 Lincoln Ave. Mukilteo WA 98275. For more info visit mukilteochamber.org.

Santa Train

South Sound Enjoy a 30-min. train ride and a visit with Santa. 1 and 3 pm weekends through Dec. 11. $10, free ages 2 and younger in an adult’s lap. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Phone: 360-748-9593. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 3:00 PM. Chehalis-Centralia Railroad 1101 S.W. Sylvenus St. Chehalis WA 98532. For more info visit steamtrainride.com.

Sunrise Village Festive Fun

South Sound Bring the family for lots of FREE festive fun this holiday season! December 3, 10 & 17 3 to 6 p.m. *Bring your camera for pictures with Santa who will be on a real sleigh *Hop on for a horse drawn wagon ride *Goats, sheep, even a camel! Pet the animals in an indoor living nativity Plus, each week will have additional fun: *December 3: Donner the Reindeer *December 10: The Dickens Carolers *December 17: Mrs. Claus and balloon twisting elves. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Pre-register: No. Phone: 253-904-8923. Email: ahill@tarragon.com. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Sunrise Village 10507 156th St. E. Suite 101 Puyallup WA 98374. For more info visit www.mysunrisevillage.com.

Mill Creek Santa Parade and Tree Lighting

North Sound See a parade along Main Street featuring Santa, followed tree lighting at City Hall. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Phone: 425-745-1891. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 3:30 PM. Mill Creek City Hall 15728 Main St. Mill Creek WA 98012. For more info visit www.cityofmillcreek.com.

Mill Creek Tree Lighting

North Sound Music, Santa, carriage rides and tree lighting. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Phone: 425-745-1891. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM. Mill Creek City Hall 15728 Main St. Mill Creek WA 98012. For more info visit cityofmillcreek.com.

The Polar Express™ Train

South Sound Two-hour train ride with a visit from Santa. Various dates and times through Dec. 30. $34 to $59, $14 to $39 ages 2 to 12. Pre-purchase recommended. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: Yes. Phone: 888-783-2611. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 3:30 PM. Mount Rainier Railroad and Logging Museum 349 Mineral Creek Road Mineral WA. For more info visit mtrainierrailroad.com.

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Seattle Area Charlie Brown is depressed by the never-ending commercialism surrounding the holidays. Thankfully, Linus is there to help him find the true meaning of Christmas in this musical adaptation of the cartoon classic. Ages 5 and older evening shows, all ages matinees. Various dates and times through Dec. 28. $25, $15 ages 12 and younger. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 206-781-9707. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 4:00 PM. Taproot Theatre 204 N. 85th St. Seattle WA 98103. For more info visit taproottheatre.org.

Gingerbread Boy

Eastside Watch an extra-spicy gingerbread boy’s adventures in Candyland, presented using the Bunraku style of puppetry by Thistle Theatre. 2 and 4 pm Dec. 3-4. $10. Performance Type: Puppet. Age recommendation: Preschool. Elementary School. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: No. Phone: 206-524-3388. Email: info@thistletheatre.org. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM. BYT Ivanhoe Theatre 16661 Northup Way Bellevue, WA 98008.

Les Petits Ateliers: Cooking in French

Eastside Every Saturday, Petite France Preschool is organizing a cooking class in French. We will cook a different recipe each week. The owner of Petite France Preschool grew up in a family-owned restaurant, so she knows that cooking together benefits children and their parents. Come and be part of this positive experience. The cooking class is open for ages 2 to 6 and their parents. If your child is younger than 2 years old and older than 6, they are invited too. We will mix French and English during the class; non-French speakers are more than welcome. We will cook for about 15 minutes; and let children play while the parents enjoy tea time. The owner of Petite France Preschool will lead the class. You can find more about her here http://ahedgehoginthefog.weebly.com/about-me $35, pre-register. Age recommendation: Toddler. Preschool. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: Yes. Phone: 415-275-4092. Email: care@petitefrance.info. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Petite France Preschool 10416 NE 16th Pl. Bellevue, WA 98004.

Redmond Lights

Eastside Holiday market (noon to 6 p.m.), tree lighting and entertainment at Redmond City Hall Plaza, followed by the Luminary Walk with entertainment and light displays along the Redmond Central Connector Trail, ending with ice sculpting, kids’ crafts and entertainment at Redmond Town Center. Shuttles available between City Hall and Redmond Town Center. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Pre-register: No. Phone: 425-556-2300. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM. City Hall Plaza 15670 N.E. 85th St. Redmond WA 98052. For more info visit www.redmondlights.com.

Garden D'Lights

Eastside Stroll a winter garden with more than 500,000 mini-lights in three-dimensional plant and critter shapes. No pets. 4:30 to 9 p.m. through Dec. 31. $5, free ages 10 and younger, tickets available online (pre-purchase recommended). FREE nights are Nov. 28 through Dec. 1 and Dec. 5-8 (first come, first served). Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Phone: 425-452-6844. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 4:30 PM – 9:00 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 3, 2016, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Gene Coulon Beach Park 1201 Lake Washington Blvd. N. Renton WA 98056. For more info visit rentonwa.gov.

'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 16th year, this Studio tradition includes new surprises each year. Run time: approx. 90 min. Recommended for ages 4 and older. 11 a.m. 2 and 5 p.m. weekends through Dec. 18. $19. 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 3, 2016, 5:00 PM. Studio East 11730 118th Ave. N.E. Suite 100 Kirkland WA 98034. For more info visit studio-east.org.

Merrysville for the Holidays

North Sound Craft show, family activities, Santa, Electric Light Parade (6:30 p.m.) followed by an outdoor concert and water tower lighting. FREE, food bank and unwrapped toy donations welcomed. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Pre-register: No. Phone: 360-363-8400. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Comeford Park 514 Delta Ave. Marysville WA 98270. For more info visit marysvillewa.gov.

The Lights of Christmas

North Sound Jaw-dropping light displays, live music and drama, pony and train rides, nativity, Bruce the (talking) Spruce and more. Lodging available (reservations required). 5 to 10 pm Thursdays through Sundays through Dec. 18, and nightly Dec. 20-28 (closed Dec. 24-25). $16, $12 seniors and military, $11 ages 4 to 12, free ages 3 and younger, pay-what-you-can Dec. 1, 8 and 27-28. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Phone: 360-652-7575. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Warm Beach Camp 20800 Marine Drive Stanwood WA 98292. For more info visit www.thelightsofchristmas.com.

Gig Harbor Tree Lighting

South Sound Santa arrives by fire truck, plus refreshments and entertainment. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Pre-register: No. Phone: 253-853-3554. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Donkey Creek Park 8714 N. Harborview Drive Gig Harbor WA 98335. For more info visit www.gigharborguide.com.

Lighted Santa Parade

South Sound Parade includes Santa arriving on a fire engine, followed by the tree lighting ceremony. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Pre-register: No. Phone: 253-840-2631. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 5:00 PM. Downtown Puyallup WA. For more info visit www.puyallupmainstreet.com.

The Polar Express™ Train

South Sound Wear your pajamas and ride a historic train as you enjoy story time, treats and a gift from Santa. Train cars are unheated, so dress warmly. Various dates and times through Dec. 18. $35, $25 ages 3 to 15, free ages 2 and younger in an adult’s lap. Pre-register. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: Yes. Phone: 360-748-9593. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 5:00 PM. Chehalis-Centralia Railroad 1101 S.W. Sylvenus St. Chehalis WA 98532. For more info visit steamtrainride.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 ($7) or the antique carousel ($1.50). 5 to 9 p.m. through Jan. 1 (closed Dec. 24). $10, $8.50 online, $5 members, free ages 2 and younger. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: No. Phone: 253-404-3822. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium 5400 N. Pearl St. Tacoma WA 98407. For more info visit www.pdza.org.

Stellaluna

Seattle Area Adaptation of the picture book about a baby fruit bat adopted by birds who feels different from her family. Ages 3 and older. Various dates and times through Jan. 15. $22 to $40. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: Preschool. Elementary School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 206-441-3322. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 5:30 PM. Seattle Children's Theatre 201 Thomas St. Seattle WA 98109. For more info visit www.sct.org.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Seattle Area See the C.S. Lewis classic come to life on the stage. Ages 6 and older. Various dates and times through Nov. 29. $18 to $45. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 206-441-3322. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 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. 1 (closed Dec. 24-25). $9.95, $7.95 ages 3 to 12, free ages 2 and younger. $2 discount for members purchasing tickets through Dec. 9, which can be used anytime during WildLights. Free parking. Entry at West Gate only. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Phone: 206-548-2500. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 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 95.3 to hear holiday music performed by a local high school. 5:30 to 9 p.m. Nov. 24 through Jan. 1. $14 per car or van, half-price Nov. 28-30 and Dec. 5-7. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: No. Phone: 253-798-4177. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM. Spanaway Park 15320 Bresemann Blvd. SW Spanaway, WA 98387. For more info visit www.co.pierce.wa.us.

The Polar Express™ Train

South Sound Two-hour train ride with a visit from Santa. Various dates and times through Dec. 30. $34 to $59, $14 to $39 ages 2 to 12. Pre-purchase recommended. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: Yes. Phone: 888-783-2611. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 5:30 PM. Mount Rainier Railroad and Logging Museum 349 Mineral Creek Road Mineral WA. For more info visit mtrainierrailroad.com.

Snow Show

Seattle Area It snows nightly in the four-story atrium of Pacific Place. Enjoy live music Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. 6 and 7 pm Mondays through Saturdays, 5 and 6 pm Sundays, through Dec. 24. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Pre-register: No. Phone: 206-405-2655. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 6:00 PM. Pacific Place Sixth Avenue and Pine Street Seattle WA 98101. For more info visit www.pacificplaceseattle.com.

Parent's Night Out - Kid's Christmas Dance Party

North Sound Take a break from the hustle and bustle and enjoy a night out, while your children enjoy a fun-filled night in a Winter Wonderland at Reflections School of Dance. The evening will include: - Dancing - Games - Movies - Costumes - Photo booth - Food Ages 4 to 12. $20. Space is limited, so sign up now! RSVP through our facebook event, or email us at dance@reflectionsschoolofdance.com. Age recommendation: Preschool. Elementary School. Middle School. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: Yes. Phone: 425-338-9056. Email: dance@reflectionsschoolofdance.com. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Reflections School of Dance 3922 148th St. SE, ste. 202 Mill Creek, WA 98012. For more info visit www.facebook.com.

Bonney Lake Tree Lighting and Gingerbread Contest

South Sound Activities and music, refreshments, candy, pictures with Santa, and the annual tree lighting ceremony. Drop food donations off at the Food Bank, which is adjacent to the Public Safety Building and the community Christmas Tree. Gingerbread house contest winners will be announced as well. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 6:00 PM. Public Safety Building 18421 Veterans Memorial Drive E Bonney Lake WA 98391. For more info visit www.ci.bonney-lake.wa.us.

Yule Be Rockin'

South Sound Holiday concert for families by Eric Herman and the Thunder Puppies. Part of the Ave Kids entertainment series. $8. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: Preschool. Elementary School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 253-931-3043. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 6:30 PM. Auburn Avenue Theater 10 Auburn Ave. Auburn WA 98002. For more info visit www.auburnwa.gov.

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Seattle Area Charlie Brown is depressed by the never-ending commercialism surrounding the holidays. Thankfully, Linus is there to help him find the true meaning of Christmas in this musical adaptation of the cartoon classic. Ages 5 and older evening shows, all ages matinees. Various dates and times through Dec. 28. $25, $15 ages 12 and younger. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 206-781-9707. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 7:00 PM. Taproot Theatre 204 N. 85th St. Seattle WA 98103. For more info visit taproottheatre.org.

Elf

Seattle Area Musical comedy about one of Santa’s elves who discovers he’s really a human. Performed by young actors with Broadway Bound. Various dates and times through Dec. 18. $13.50 to $17.50. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Phone: 206-526-5437. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 7:00 PM. Theatre 47 at Magnuson Park 7400 Sand Point Way N.E. Seattle WA 98115. For more info visit broadwaybound.org.

Ensemble Ballet Theatre presents The Nutcracker

Seattle Area Ensemble Ballet Theatre's popular Nutcracker is back to lift your spirits and jump-start the holiday season! Clara and her beloved Nutcracker will transport young and old into a magical far-away land where toys come to life and snowflakes dance. Celebrate Clara's defeat of the terrifying mouse king along with the exotic Kingdom of Sweets. Shows sell out, so buy tickets early! All ticket sales are final. No refunds or exchanges. Please email us if you need wheelchair seating. Dates: Friday, December 2nd at 7 pm Saturday, December 3rd at 2:30 and 7 pm Sunday, December 4th at 1:30 pm $25 premium reserved, $20 general reserved, $15 seniors, students and youth. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: Yes. Phone: 877-328-8771. Email: ebtinfo@ebtballet.org. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center 400 S Second St. Renton, WA 98057.

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. 2. $15, $14 seniors and youth, $10 SIFF members. No passes or vouchers. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 7:00 PM. SIFF Film Center Warren Avenue N. and Republican Street Seattle WA 98109. For more info visit www.siff.net.

Through the Years: 40 Years of Holiday Memories

Seattle Area Choir of the Sound joyfully presents audience and choir favorites from our last forty years, and rings in the next forty with some new surprises! Join us for a festive show sure to put you in the holiday spirit. $20, $18 students, $10 ages 12 and younger. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 206-528-9990. Email: infor@choirofthesound.org. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Shorecrest Performing Arts Center 15343 25th Ave. NE Shoreline, WA 98155. For more info visit www.choirofthesound.org.

How the Penguins Saved Santa

Eastside Quirky tale about a group of misfit penguins and their race against the clock to save Santa. 7 pm Fridays and Saturdays, 2 pm Sundays (and Dec. 3), through Dec. 4. $12 to $15, $8 for the Nov. 26 show and 2 p.m. Dec. 3 show. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Phone: 425-452-7155. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 7:00 PM. Bellevue Youth Theatre – Crossroads 16051 N.E. 10th St. Bellevue WA 98008. For more info visit www.bellevuewa.gov.

Snowflake Lane

Eastside It snows nightly on a parade of live toy soldiers and other characters, music and a light show. Tonight is Santa's arrival and a tree lighting, with music, cocoa and cookies. 7 p.m. daily through Dec. 24. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 7:00 PM. Bellevue Way N.E. between N.E. Eighth St. and N.E. Fourth St. Bellevue WA 98004. For more info visit snowflakelane.com.

War of the Worlds: Live Radio Play

Eastside Don’t believe everything you hear on the radio. But what if it was about an alien invasion and sounded exactly like a breaking news story? In 1938, Mercury Theatre on the Air, led by Orson Welles, adapted War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells as a radio newscast. The listening public believed the alien attack was real which spiraled into a nationwide panic. Youth Theatre Northwest actors, in period clothing, will recreate the radio adaptation complete with live sound effects. The drama, in partnership with Jack Straw Cultural Center in Seattle, will be performed in front of a live audience, as well as broadcast on local radio. Recommended for ages 10 and older. $15, $13 seniors and youth. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 206-232-4145 ext. 109. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 7:00 PM. Emmanuel Episcopal Church 4400 86th Ave. S.E. Mercer Island WA 98040. For more info visit youththeatre.org.

Irving Berlin's White Christmas

South Sound Musical based on the classic holiday film. Various dates and times through Dec. 17. $22, $18 students, seniors and military, $12 kids. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: Preschool. Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 253-447-7645. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 7:00 PM. ManeStage Theatre Company 1707 Main St. Sumner WA 98390. For more info visit manestagetheatre.com.

Little Red Riding Hood

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. 18. $35, $30 seniors and military, $15 ages 25 and younger. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 253-661-1444. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 7:00 PM. Knutzen Family Theatre 3200 S.W. Dash Point Road Federal Way WA 98023. For more info visit www.centerstagetheatre.com.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

South Sound Funny, charming play tells the tale of the infamous Herdman kids, who threaten to ruin the annual Christmas pageant. 7 pm Fridays, 2 pm weekends, through Dec. 18. $13 to $19. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Phone: 360-753-8585. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 7:00 PM. Olympia Family Theater 612 Fourth Ave. E. Olympia WA 98501. For more info visit olyft.org.

The Polar Express™ Train

South Sound Wear your pajamas and ride a historic train as you enjoy story time, treats and a gift from Santa. Train cars are unheated, so dress warmly. Various dates and times through Dec. 18. $35, $25 ages 3 to 15, free ages 2 and younger in an adult’s lap. Pre-register. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: Yes. Phone: 360-748-9593. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 7:00 PM. Chehalis-Centralia Railroad 1101 S.W. Sylvenus St. Chehalis WA 98532. For more info visit steamtrainride.com.

A Christmas Carol

Seattle Area A Seattle tradition, Charles Dickens’ classic returns to ACT Theatre. Ages 5 and older (no babes in arms). 90 minute show with no intermission. Various dates and times through Dec. 28. $22 to $90. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 206-292-7676. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 7:30 PM. ACT’s Allen Theatre 700 Union St. Seattle WA 98101. For more info visit www.acttheatre.org.

Disney's The Little Mermaid

Seattle Area Broadway musical based on the popular animated film. No children younger than age 4 will be admitted, including babes in arms. Various dates and times through Dec. 31. $36 to $180. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 206-625-1900. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 7:30 PM. 5th Avenue Theatre 1308 Fifth Ave. Seattle WA 98101. For more info visit www.5thavenue.org.

George Balanchine's The Nutcracker

Seattle Area Pacific Northwest Ballet presents this new production of the Tchaikovsky classic, featuring costumes and sets designed by author/illustrator Ian Falconer (Olivia the Pig). Best for school age and older. Various dates and times through Dec. 28. $25 to $170. Performance Type: Dance. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 206-441-2424. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 7:30 PM. McCaw Hall 301 Mercer St. Seattle WA 98109. For more info visit www.pnb.org.

Holiday Spectacular on Ice

Seattle Area Watch students from Highland Ice Arena perform. $5. Performance Type: Other Performances. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Phone: 206-546-2431. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 7:30 PM. Highland Ice Arena 18005 Aurora Ave. N. Shoreline WA 98133. For more info visit highlandice.com.

Peter and the Starcatcher

Seattle Area When starcatcher-in-training Molly meets an orphan boy longing for a home, they embark on the adventure of a lifetime to protect a precious cargo. In this Tony Award-winning play with music, a dozen brilliant actors play more than 100 unforgettable characters. Peter and the Starcatcher uses ingenious stagecraft and the limitless possibilities of imagination to finally reveal the origins of Peter Pan, Wendy, the Lost Boys, their piratical nemesis, Captain Hook – and a far-off place known as Neverland. Recommended for ages 10 and older. 7:30 pm Thursdays through Saturdays, 3 pm Sundays, through Dec. 23. $39.50, $35 seniors, $19 students with ID. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 7:30 PM. ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery 4711 California Ave. SW Seattle WA 98116. For more info visit www.artswest.org.

Treasure Island

Seattle Area Book-It Repertory Theatre continues its 27th season with the gripping classic Treasure Island. Full of enthralling characters and one of literature’s most beloved villains, Treasure Island explores the complex relationship between the morally ambiguous Long John Silver and the young Jim Hawkins. Throughout this thrilling tale, Hawkins learns hard lessons of balancing the lure of adventure with the desire for stability and confronting the dilemma of liking a person, but not their behavior. The most popular pirate story ever written in English, Treasure Island is sure to delight audiences this holiday season! Age recommendation: 12+. Various dates and times through Dec. 24. $25 to $50. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 206-216-0833. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Center House Theatre 305 Harrison St. Seattle, WA 98109. For more info visit book-it.org.

Evergreen City Ballet's The Nutcracker

Eastside Magical production with 25-foot tree and falling snow. Full-length show 7:30 p.m.Dec. 2-3, hour-long version 1:30 p.m. Dec. 3-4, plus 5:30 p.m. Dec. 4. $36, $20 seniors, $17 students and youth. Performance Type: Dance. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. The Theatre at Meydenbauer Center 11100 N.E. Sixth St. Bellevue WA 98004. For more info visit evergreencityballet.org.

A Christmas Story

South Sound Play based on the popular movie about a boy named Ralphie who wants nothing more than a BB gun for Christmas. 7:30 pm Fridays and Saturdays, 2 pm Saturdays, though Dec. 10. $10 to $27. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 253-851-7529. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 7:30 PM. Paradise Theatre 3114 Judson St. Gig Harbor WA 98335. For more info visit paradisetheatre.thundertix.com.

Meet Me in St. Louis

South Sound Musical about the Smith family’s trip to the 1904 World’s Fair. 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. weekends through Dec. 18. $31, $29 students, seniors and military, $22 ages 12 and younger. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 253-565-6867. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 7:30 PM. Tacoma Musical Playhouse 7116 Sixth Ave. Tacoma WA 98406. For more info visit tmp.org.

Miracle on 34th Street

South Sound Christmas classic about a girl who doubts the existence of Santa Claus. Various dates and times through Dec. 24. $24, $22 students, seniors and military, $20 ages 12 and younger. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 253-272-2281. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 7:30 PM. Tacoma Little Theatre 201 N. I St. Tacoma WA 98403. For more info visit www.tix4.centerstageticketing.com.

The Polar Express™ Train

South Sound Two-hour train ride with a visit from Santa. Various dates and times through Dec. 30. $34 to $59, $14 to $39 ages 2 to 12. Pre-purchase recommended. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: Yes. Phone: 888-783-2611. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 7:30 PM. Mount Rainier Railroad and Logging Museum 349 Mineral Creek Road Mineral WA 98355. For more info visit mtrainierrailroad.com.

Mr. Scrooge

North Sound A lilting Christmas show based on the well-known Charles Dickens’ classic. Lighthearted music makes this a wonderful way for the entire family to see the grand story of hardhearted Ebenezer Scrooge. Various dates and times through Dec. 18. $22 to $25. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 425-774-9600. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 8:00 PM. Wade James Theatre 950 Main St. Edmonds WA 98020. For more info visit edmondsdriftwoodplayers.org.

A(n 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. Various dates and times through Dec. 24. $12 to $15. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Phone: 206-587-2414. Saturday, December 3, 2016, 8:30 PM. Market Theater 1428 Post Alley Seattle WA 98101. For more info visit www.unexpectedproductions.org.