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Christmas Ship™ Festival

Seattle Area The Argosy Cruises Christmas Ship™ Festival is a ship-to-shore holiday celebration that has been a Northwest tradition since 1949. The Spirit of Seattle, the Official Christmas Ship™ is decorated with hundreds of shimmery white lights and sails to different Puget Sound waterfront communities – around 65 in all. Choirs on board the Christmas Ship™ perform to guests aboard as well as to Follow Boats and to those communities gathered on shore. Check the website for schedule and locations. Christmas Ship boat tickets: $48 adults, $43 seniors, $32 youths, free for children 3 and younger. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: Yes. Phone: 206-623-1445. Email: Cruises@ArgosyCruises.com. Wednesday, December 12, 2018. All across the Puget Sound region. For more info visit www.argosycruises.com.

Gingerbread Village

Seattle Area Seattle architectural firms, trade associations and Sheraton Seattle culinary staff team up to design, bake and build fantastic gingerbread creations. FREE, donations accepted for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Pre-register: No. Phone: 206-621-9000. Wednesday, December 12, 2018. Sheraton Seattle Hotel lobby 1400 Sixth Ave. Seattle WA 98101. For more info visit www.sheratonseattle.com.

Pioneer Square Holidays

Seattle Area Enjoy free horse-drawn carriage rides, Holiday Hooky Hour, a doggy costume contest, the Pioneer Square Neighborhood Holiday Market, and more. Age recommendation: All ages. Infant. Toddler. Preschool. Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: FREE. Wednesday, December 12, 2018. Pioneer Square Seattle, WA 98104. For more info visit www.pioneersquare.org.

Santa at Southcenter

Seattle Area Come and visit Santa Claus at Westfield Southcenter mall. Photos including customizable photo packages available for purchase. Santa will be located on the first level in Macy’s Court, near the Disney Store. Holiday hours vary. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Phone: 206-246-0423. Wednesday, December 12, 2018. Westfield Mall 2800 Southcenter Mall Seattle, WA 98188. For more info visit www.westfield.com.

Seattle Center Winterfest

Seattle Area Connect to the spirit of the season with activities and entertainment through Dec. 31 including the Winter Train and Village (10 a.m. to 6 p.m daily closes 4 p.m. on Dec. 24, and closed Dec. 25), performances, ice skating (through Jan. 6) and more. See online for schedule. Most activities free, small fee for ice skating rental. Visit website for full schedule and event times. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Wednesday, December 12, 2018. Seattle Center 305 Harrison St. Seattle WA 98109. For more info visit www.seattlecenter.com.

Bellevue Downtown Ice Rink

Eastside Skate, glide and slide into the holiday season at the region’s largest open-air ice skating experience.  $15 admission (includes skate rental), $10 admission for ages 8 years and younger. Times vary daily; check the website. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: No. Wednesday, December 12, 2018. Bellevue Downtown Park 10201 NE 4th Street Bellevue. For more info visit bellevueicerink.com.

The Polar Express™ Train - Mt. Rainier Railroad

South Sound Wear your pajamas and ride a historic train as you enjoy story time, treats and a gift from Santa. Various dates and times through Dec. 31. Please check website for schedule. $27 to $60; $4 parking. Free for lap children ages 2 and younger. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: Yes. Phone: 360-569-7959. Wednesday, December 12, 2018 – Monday, December 24, 2018. Mount Rainier Railroad and Logging Museum 54124 Mountain Hwy E. Elbe WA 98330. For more info visit mtrainierrailroad.com.

Reindeer Festival

Seattle Area Visit reindeer Dasher and Comet, plus see a model train layout, enjoy live music, visit santa and shop for the holidays. Learn more about the reindeer at special "Meet the Reindeer" presentations, offered Monday-Friday at 11a.m. and on weekends at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Phone: 206-782-2543. Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Swansons Nursery 9701 15th Ave. N.W. Seattle WA 98117. For more info visit www.swansonsnursery.com.

Toddler Gym Play Time

Seattle Area Little walkers, up to the age of 5, can play, learn and develop both motor and social skills at this drop-in play time. Meet new friends, bounce and play, ride scooters and tricycles, roll and throw balls, and much more. Children can also design their own inventions at the Imagination Playground, which includes bricks and cylinders, accented with chutes, channels, and parts that suggest motion or connectivity. Parents must accompany children. Times are subject to change, especially during public school closures. Please call ahead to check. No programs on Jan.1, Jan. 21 and Feb. 18. Age recommendation: Toddler. Preschool. Cost: FREE. Phone: (206) 684-4093. Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM. Ballard Community Center 6020 28th Ave NW Seattle, WA 98107. For more info visit www.seattle.gov.

Toddler Gym Play Time

Seattle Area Little walkers, up to the age of 5, can play, learn and develop both motor and social skills at this drop-in play time. Meet new friends, bounce and play, ride scooters and tricycles, roll and throw balls, and much more. Parents must accompany children. Times are subject to change, especially during public school closures. Please call ahead to check. No programs on Jan. 1, Jan. 21, and Feb. 18. Age recommendation: Toddler. Preschool. Cost: FREE. Pre-register: No. Phone: 206-684-7524. Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM. Bitter Lake Community Center 13035 Linden Ave N Seattle, WA 98133. For more info visit www.seattle.gov.

雙語"玩中學"樂園 / Bilingual Kaleidoscope Play & Learn

The Seattle Public Library Where: Beacon Hill Branch. Room Location: Friends of The Seattle Public Library Meeting Room. Audience: Kids & Families. Language: 中文. English. Summary: 幼兒樂園裡 孩子們可透過玩遊戲 英文兒歌敎唱 讀故事書 做簡易手工及玩各類玩具等不同的活動方式 達到啟蒙的目的並協助幼兒們提前適應將來入學的環境 且更可幚助幼兒學習到如何與別人分享及相處的經驗。而幼兒的照顧者更可藉此機會與社區內其他幼兒照顧者交換資訊及經驗並拓展人際關係. 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: Children listen to stories, sing songs and do simple arts and crafts with their caregivers during the group time. There is also play time for children to explore various toys and play activities. Through this group children are being prepared for preschool and kindergarten learning environments, as well as building relationship with other children. Caregivers also build and strengthen connection and communication with their children, and connect with other caregivers in the community. The Kaleidoscope… More Children's Programs: http://www.spl.org/audiences/children/chi-calendar-of-events. Contact Info: Beacon Hill Branch. 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. Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM.

Holiday Carousel

Seattle Area Dark winter days are no match for the lights and merriment of Downtown Seattle Association's iconic Holiday Carousel, spinning in Westlake Park for the 31st year. Give it a whirl for a suggested donation of $4. Also check out the nearby Holiday Market for hand-crafted gifts. View more events for the holidays at downtownseattle.org/holidays. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: No. Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Westlake Park 401 Pine St. Seattle, WA 98101. For more info visit downtownseattle.org.

Holiday Express Train and Poinsettia Display

Seattle Area The Holiday Express Train and Poinsettia Display will be set up in the Volunteer Park Conservatory’s Seasonal House Fri. Nov. 16 through Tues. Jan. 1. Watch the train's winding journey through the poinsettias and around the winter vintage display. The Express train will be open for viewing during regular Conservatory hours, Tuesday through Sunday, 10am-4pm. Regular Conservatory admission pricing applies. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Volunteer Park Conservatory 1400 E Galer St. Seattle, WA 98112. For more info visit www.facebook.com.

Toddler Gym Play Time

Seattle Area Ride tricycles, play house or blocks, and have fun on the slide. Toddlers can socialize with peers, develop motor skills and have non-stop fun during this drop-in toddler gym. Parents must accompany their child at all times. Held weekly on Monday and Wednesday. No program on Jan. 1, Jan. 21 and Feb. 18. Age recommendation: Toddler. Cost: FREE. Pre-register: No. Phone: 206-684-4788. Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Garfield Community Center 2323 E Cherry St. Seattle, WA 98122. For more info visit www.seattle.gov.

Toddler Gym Play Time

Seattle Area Ride tricycles, play house or blocks, and have fun on the slide. Toddlers can socialize with peers, develop motor skills and have non-stop fun during this drop-in toddler gym. Parents must accompany their child at all times. Held weekly on Monday and Wednesday. No program on Jan. 1, Jan. 21 and Feb. 18. Age recommendation: Toddler. Cost: FREE. Pre-register: No. Phone: 206-386-1919. Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Rainier Community Center 4600 38th Ave S. Seattle, WA 98118. For more info visit www.seattle.gov.

Winter Wonderland

Eastside Create smiles and joyful holiday traditions this season at Redmond Town Center’s annual Winter Wonderland holiday festival. Shop, dine and enjoy a myriad of magical activities and events, including spirited rides on the polar express train and Hyatt House horse carousel. Take a twirl on the synthetic skating rink. Visit Santa’s workshop for photos. Listen to the sounds of the season with over 25 live performances on Center Stage. Attend special events, including Redmond Lights. Schedule varies; check the website for special activity times and holiday early closures. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Pre-register: No. Phone: 425-869-2640. Email: guestservices@redmondtowncenter.com. Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Redmond Town Center 7525 166th Avenue NE Redmond, WA 98052. For more info visit redmondtowncenter.com.

Santa’s Workshop

North Sound A professional photographer will take a photo of your little ones with Santa. No reservations necessary. Santa is located between Keepsake Cottage and Omzappy. $15 to $65. Santa's hours are as follows: Nov.23 through Dec 13, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mon. through Sat.; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sun. , Dec. 14-22, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mon. through Sat.; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sun. , Dec. 23, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. , Dec. 24,10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  *Breaks from 3 to 4 p.m.*. Age recommendation: All ages. Infant. Toddler. Preschool. Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: No. Phone: 425-483-2250. Email: jennifer@countryvillagebothell.com. Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM. Country Village 23718 Bothell Everett Highway Bothell, WA.

Toddler Story Time

The Seattle Public Library Where: Greenwood Branch. Audience: Kids & Families. Language: English. Summary: It is Toddler Story Time at the Greenwood Branch! Bring your toddlers (ages 1-3) 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. Contact Info: Greenwood Branch. 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. Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 10:15 AM – 10:45 AM.

The Gingerbread Man

Seattle Area Come and see a crazy cast of characters try and catch a tricky cookie. He thinks he’s so clever, but little does he know that he soon will meet the animal that will out fox him. Presented by Sweet Pea Cottage. Free, though donations are welcome. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: Toddler. Preschool. Elementary School. Cost: FREE. Phone: 206-684-7524. Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 10:15 AM – 11:15 AM. Bitter Lake Community Center 13035 Linden Ave N Seattle, WA 98133. For more info visit parkways.seattle.gov.

¡Hora de cuentos! (Spanish Story Time)

The Seattle Public Library Where: Columbia Branch. Room Location: The Weiland Family Meeting Room. Audience: Kids & Families. 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. 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. Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM.

Children's Story Time

The Seattle Public Library Where: Ballard Branch. Room Location: Miriam Twitchell Alberg and Thomas A. Alberg Meeting Room. Audience: Kids & Families. Language: English. Summary: It is story time at the Ballard Branch Library! Join us to enjoy stories, rhymes, and songs with our children’s librarian. Stay afterward for a social playtime with other attendees. All ages welcome! 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: Ballard Branch. 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. Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM.

Children's Story Time

The Seattle Public Library Where: Douglass-Truth Branch. Room Location: The Gayton Family Meeting Room. Audience: Kids & Families. Language: English. Summary: It is Children's Story Time at the Douglass-Truth Branch! Bring your preschoolers and toddlers to enjoy stories, dancing, singing and parachute-play with our children's librarian, Ms. Lynn. 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: Quick Information. 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. Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM.

Family Story Time

The Seattle Public Library Where: Southwest Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Kids & Families. Language: English. Summary: It is family story time at the Southwest Branch! Bring the whole family 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. Contact Info: Southwest Branch. 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. Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM.

Kaleidoscope Play & Learn

The Seattle Public Library Where: Broadview Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Kids & Families. Language: English. Summary: Kaleidoscope play & learn offers a chance for children and their families to come play and have a good time. This group is open to children of all abilities, ages 18 months to 5 years old. Description: Children learn and explore through the use of art, music, toys and more. Families learn about their child's development and community resources available to them. 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: Broadview Branch. 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. Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM.

Preschool Story Time

The Seattle Public Library Where: West Seattle Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Kids & Families. Language: English. Summary: It's story time at the West Seattle Branch! Bring your preschoolers to enjoy stories, rhymes, songs and fun with our children's librarian. For children ages 3 - 5 years old. 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: West Seattle Branch. 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. Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM.

CANCELED - Toddler Story Time

The Seattle Public Library Where: Capitol Hill Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Kids & Families. Language: English. Summary: It is story time at the Capitol Hill branch! Bring your toddlers to enjoy stories, rhymes, songs, crafts 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: Capitol Hill Branch. 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. Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM.

Infant/Toddler Playgroup

Seattle Area Parents and caregivers of young children (birth to 5 years of age) are invited to bring their youngsters and join together to play, read, create, sing, and have snacks. A FamilyWorks staff member or volunteer facilitates our playgroups. Participation in all playgroups is free and requires no prior registration – you can drop in. The playroom is also available for use by children accompanied by an adult when there is no playgroup/organized activity in session. Schedules are subject to change. Age recommendation: Infant. Toddler. Preschool. Cost: FREE. Pre-register: No. Phone: 206-694-6727. Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM. FamilyWorks Family Resource Center 1501 N. 45th St. Seattle WA 98103. For more info visit www.familyworksseattle.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, face painting 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. $15.50, $14.50 seniors, $12.50 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. Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 10:30 AM – 4:30 PM. Cougar Mountain Zoo 19525 S.E. 54th St. Issaquah WA 98027. For more info visit www.cougarmountainzoo.org.

Children's Story Time

The Seattle Public Library Where: Fremont Branch. Audience: Kids & Families. Language: English. Summary: It is story time at the Fremont Branch! Bring your preschoolers and toddlers 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. Contact Info: Fremont Branch. 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. Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Toddler Story Time

The Seattle Public Library Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Faye G. Allen Children’s Center. Audience: Kids & Families. Language: English. Summary: It is story time at the Central Library! Bring your toddlers 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. Contact Info: *Central Library Children's Desk. 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. Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM.

Santa Photo Experience

Seattle Area It's Santa Photo time! Skip the line to see Santa by reserving a Santa FastPass. Photo packages for a fee. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 11:00 AM. Northgate Mall 401 NE Northgate Way Seattle, WA 98125. For more info visit www.simon.com.

Toddler Gym Play Time

Seattle Area Little walkers, up to the age of 5, can play, learn and develop both motor and social skills at this drop-in play time. Meet new friends, bounce and play, ride scooters and tricycles, roll and throw balls, and much more. Children can design their own inventions at the Magnolia CC Imagination Playground, which includes bricks and cylinders, accented with chutes, channels, and parts that suggest motion or connectivity. Parents must accompany children. Times are subject to change, especially during public school closures. Please call ahead to check. No program Jan. 1, Jan. 21 and Feb. 18. Age recommendation: Toddler. Preschool. Cost: FREE. Pre-register: No. Phone: 206-386-4235. Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Magnolia Community Center 2550 34th Ave W. Seattle, WA 98199. For more info visit www.seattle.gov.

Student Wednesday

Eastside Explore the Bellevue Arts Museum after school. Students of all ages. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. second Wednesdays. FREE with downloadable coupon. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Pre-register: Yes. Phone: 425-519-0770. Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM. Bellevue Arts Museum 510 Bellevue Way N.E. Bellevue WA 98004. For more info visit www.bellevuearts.org.

Story Hour at the Conservatory

South Sound Join Bonnie Beaudoin among the beautiful flowers for monthly storytelling along with a short hands-on art project. The theme and book changes monthly, see schedule online. $3 suggested donation. Age recommendation: Toddler. Preschool. Elementary School. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: No. Phone: 253-591-5330. Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM. W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory 316 S. G St. Tacoma WA 98405. For more info visit www.metroparkstacoma.org.

Children's Story Time

The Seattle Public Library Where: Montlake Branch. Room Location: Don G. and Jane Markham Abel Meeting Room. Audience: Kids & Families. Language: English. Summary: It is story time at the Montlake Library! Bring your preschoolers and toddlers 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. Contact Info: Montlake Branch. 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. Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 11:05 AM – 11:35 AM.

Preschool Story Time

The Seattle Public Library Where: South Park Branch. Room Location: The Satterberg Foundation Children's Area. Audience: Kids & Families. Language: English. Summary: It is preschool story time at the South Park Branch! Bring your preschoolers to enjoy stories, rhymes, songs and fun with our children's librarian, Miss Bea. 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: South Park Branch. 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. Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 11:15 AM – 11:45 AM.

CANCELED - Preschool Story Time

The Seattle Public Library Where: University Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Kids & Families. Language: English. Summary: It is story time at the University Branch! Bring your families and preschoolers to enjoy stories, rhymes, songs and fun with our children's librarian, Ms. Kristin. 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: University Branch. 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. Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 11:15 AM – 11:45 AM.

Toddler Story Time

The Seattle Public Library Where: Greenwood Branch. Audience: Kids & Families. Language: English. Summary: It is Toddler Story Time at the Greenwood Branch! Bring your toddlers (ages 1-3) 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. Contact Info: Greenwood Branch. 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. Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 11:15 AM – 11:45 AM.

Toddler Story Time

The Seattle Public Library Where: Green Lake Branch. Room Location: Mary Alice Cooley Meeting Room. Audience: Kids & Families. Language: English. Summary: It is story time at the Green Lake branch! Bring your toddlers 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. Contact Info: Green Lake Branch. 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. Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM.

Baby Story Time

The Seattle Public Library Where: High Point Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Kids & Families. Language: English. Summary: It is story time at the High Point Branch! Bring your babies 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. Contact Info: High Point Branch. 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. Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM.

PJ Library Song & Story Time

Seattle Area Tots and toddlers can enjoy fun activities and exploration of language, movement and rhythm. Held every Wednesday in the children’s section by the castle. Check website to confirm schedule. Age recommendation: Infant. Toddler. Preschool. Cost: FREE. Pre-register: No. Phone: 206-624-6600. Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM. Elliot Bay Book Company 1521 10th Ave Seattle, WA 98122. For more info visit www.elliottbaybook.com.

Baby Story Time

The Seattle Public Library Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Faye G. Allen Children’s Center. Audience: Kids & Families. Language: English. Summary: It is story time at the Central Library! Bring your babies to enjoy stories, rhymes, songs and fun with our children's librarian. Suggested age: birth - 1 year. 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: *Central Library Children's Desk. 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. Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM.

Baby Story Time

The Seattle Public Library Where: Northeast Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Kids & Families. Language: English. Summary: It is baby story time at the Northeast Branch! Bring your infants 0-12 months 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. Contact Info: Northeast Branch. 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. Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM.

Baby Story Time

The Seattle Public Library Where: Douglass-Truth Branch. Room Location: The Gayton Family Meeting Room. Audience: Kids & Families. Language: English. Summary: It is Baby story time at the Douglass-Truth Branch! Bring your infants to enjoy stories, rhymes, songs and fun with our children's librarian, Ms. Mynique! 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: Quick Information. 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. Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM.

Kids Cafe Afterschool Meals

The Seattle Public Library Where: Broadview Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Kids & Families. Teens. Language: English. Summary: Kids Café Afterschool Meals - Kids & Teens Eat Free! Description: Kids and teens ages 1-18 are invited to stop by for free afterschool meals before heading on to other activities. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. This program is co-sponsored by The Seattle Public Library, City of Seattle Human Services, and United Way of King County, with additional support from USDA. Contact Info: Broadview Branch. 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. Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM.

Baby Story Time

The Seattle Public Library Where: Beacon Hill Branch. Audience: Kids & Families. Language: English. Summary: It is Baby Story Time at the Beacon Hill branch! Babies 0-14 months enjoy rhymes, songs and parachute fun with our children's librarian (older sister and brother "helpers" are welcome). 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. 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. Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM.

Native Family Play and Learn

Seattle Area Come meet other Native Families with young children. Play on beach and in the woods. Learn Southern Puget Salish and practicing the Native Language. Age recommendation: Infant. Toddler. Cost: FREE. Phone: 206-694-1082. Email: eir@wccda.org. Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM. Seahurst Park 2220 S.W. Seahurst Park Road Burien, WA 98166. For more info visit www.wccda.org.

Teen Time

The Seattle Public Library Where: NewHolly Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Kids & Families. Teens. Language: English. Summary: Play games, hang out, and make new friends at the NewHolly Branch. Description: Drop in for fun activities, including board and video games. Bring a friend and we'll bring the games! Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: NewHolly Branch. 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. Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM.

Kids Cafe Afterschool Meals

The Seattle Public Library Where: High Point Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Kids & Families. Teens. Language: English. Summary: Kids Café Afterschool Meals - Kids & Teens Eat Free! Description: Kids and teens ages 1-18 are invited to stop by for free afterschool meals before heading on to other activities. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. This program is co-sponsored by The Seattle Public Library, City of Seattle Human Services, and United Way of King County, with additional support from USDA. Contact Info: High Point Branch. 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. Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 2:45 PM – 3:45 PM.

Open Play at The PlayGarden

Seattle Area Drop by this beautiful, inclusive park for a fun afternoon of play with kids of all abilities. Expert staff are on site to lead activities and offer support as needed. Wednesdays 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Open Play times are subject to occasional changes, so check the link below. Age recommendation: Toddler. Preschool. Elementary School. Cost: FREE. Pre-register: No. Phone: 206-325-5576. Email: info@childrensplaygarden.org. Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM. 1745 24th Ave. South Seattle, WA 98144. For more info visit www.childrensplaygarden.org.

Teen Space

The Seattle Public Library Where: Rainier Beach Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Teens. Language: English. Summary: Nothing to do after school? Got a little time on your hands? Well, come to the Rainier Beach Branch and hang out with your friends and other teens your age. Description: Nothing to do after school? Got a little time on your hands? Well, come to the Rainier Beach Branch and hang out with your friends and other teens your age. Play video games, board games, listen to music, talk and laugh out loud, and eat until the food runs out. This program is intended for middle and high school students between ages 12 and 18. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Rainier Beach Branch. 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. Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM.

Homework Help

The Seattle Public Library Where: Northgate Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Kids & Families. Teens. Language: English. Summary: Homework Help volunteers will be at this branch to assist students on a drop-in basis throughout the school year, with the exception of school holidays. Description: These super volunteers provide support and encouragement to students and are especially good at helping new English speakers. , Please note that, while Homework Help is available to students from kindergarten through 12th grade, volunteers are not responsible for children, who should not be left unsupervised. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. More Options: Homework Help for Children, Homework Help for Teens. Contact Info: Northgate Branch. 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. Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 3:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

Homework Help

The Seattle Public Library Where: Douglass-Truth Branch. Audience: Kids & Families. Teens. Language: English. Summary: Homework Help volunteers will be at this branch to assist students on a drop-in basis throughout the school year, with the exception of school holidays. Description: These super volunteers provide support and encouragement to students and are especially good at helping new English speakers. , Please note that, while Homework Help is available to students from kindergarten through 12th grade, volunteers are not responsible for children, who should not be left unsupervised. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. More Options: Homework Help for Children, Homework Help for Teens. Contact Info: Douglass-Truth Branch. 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. Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 3:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

Homework Help

The Seattle Public Library Where: Rainier Beach Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Kids & Families. Teens. Language: English. Summary: Homework Help volunteers will be at this branch to assist students on a drop-in basis throughout the school year, with the exception of school holidays. Description: These super volunteers provide support and encouragement to students and are especially good at helping new English speakers. , Please note that, while Homework Help is available to students from kindergarten through 12th grade, volunteers are not responsible for children, who should not be left unsupervised. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. More Options: Homework Help for Children, Homework Help for Teens. Contact Info: Rainier Beach Branch. 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. Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM.

Kids Cafe Afterschool Meals

The Seattle Public Library Where: South Park Branch. Room Location: The Satterberg Foundation Children's Area. Audience: Kids & Families. Teens. Language: English. Summary: Kids Café Afterschool Meals - Kids & Teens Eat Free! Description: Kids and teens ages 1-18 are invited to stop by for free afterschool meals before heading on to other activities. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. This program is co-sponsored by The Seattle Public Library, City of Seattle Human Services, and United Way of King County, with additional support from USDA. Contact Info: South Park Branch. 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. Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 3:45 PM – 4:15 PM.

Homework Help

The Seattle Public Library Where: High Point Branch. Room Location: Study Room. Audience: Kids & Families. Teens. Language: English. Summary: Homework Help volunteers will be at this branch to assist students on a drop-in basis throughout the school year, with the exception of school holidays. Description: These super volunteers provide support and encouragement to students and are especially good at helping new English speakers. , Please note that, while Homework Help is available to students from kindergarten through 12th grade, volunteers are not responsible for children, who should not be left unsupervised. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. More Options: Homework Help for Children, Homework Help for Teens. Contact Info: High Point Branch. 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. Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 4:00 PM – 5:45 PM.

Enchant: A World of Christmas Wonder

Seattle Area Safeco Field is transformed into a holiday wonderland. Light maze, ice skating trail, holiday market, Santa visits and nightly entertainment. 4 to 10 pm; ticketed arrival windows vary – check website. Today through Dec. 30 (closed November 26 and December 3 & 10). Tickets start at $20; free children 3 and younger. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: Yes. Email: seattle@enchantchristmas.com. Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Safeco Field 1250 1st Ave S. Seattle, WA 98134. For more info visit enchantchristmas.com.

LibraryLab

The Seattle Public Library Where: South Park Branch. Audience: Kids & Families. Language: English. Summary: LibraryLab is a weekly all-ages program that introduces science, technology, engineering, and math concepts through play, experimentation, and discovery. Description: Drop in for weekly self-directed challenges and create and do amazing things. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: South Park Branch. 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. Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM.

Homework Help

The Seattle Public Library Where: Columbia Branch. Room Location: Study Room. Audience: Kids & Families. Teens. Language: English. Summary: Homework Help volunteers will be at this branch to assist students on a drop-in basis throughout the school year, with the exception of school holidays. Description: These super volunteers provide support and encouragement to students and are especially good at helping new English speakers. , Please note that, while Homework Help is available to students from kindergarten through 12th grade, volunteers are not responsible for children, who should not be left unsupervised. Homework Help is available for K-12 students when Seattle’s public schools are in session. For the safety and comfort of children, a responsible parent or caregiver should accompany children… Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. More Options: Learning Buddies for Children, Homework Help for Teens. Contact Info: Columbia Branch. 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. Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

Homework Help

The Seattle Public Library Where: Broadview Branch. Audience: Kids & Families. Teens. Language: English. Summary: Homework Help volunteers will be at this branch to assist students on a drop-in basis throughout the school year, with the exception of school holidays. Description: These super volunteers provide support and encouragement to students and are especially good at helping new English speakers. , Please note that, while Homework Help is available to students from kindergarten through 12th grade, volunteers are not responsible for children, who should not be left unsupervised. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. More Options: Homework Help for Children, Homework Help for Teens. Contact Info: Broadview Branch. 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. Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM.

Homework Help

The Seattle Public Library Where: Beacon Hill Branch. Room Location: Teen Area. Audience: Kids & Families. Teens. Language: English. Summary: Homework Help volunteers will be at this branch to assist students on a drop-in basis throughout the school year, with the exception of school holidays. Description: These super volunteers provide support and encouragement to students and are especially good at helping new English speakers. , Please note that, while Homework Help is available to students from kindergarten through 12th grade, volunteers are not responsible for children, who should not be left unsupervised. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. More Options: Homework Help for Children, Homework Help for Teens. Contact Info: Beacon Hill Branch. 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. Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM.

Homework Help

The Seattle Public Library Where: Greenwood Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Kids & Families. Language: English. Summary: Homework Help volunteers will be at this branch to assist students on a drop-in basis throughout the school year, with the exception of school holidays. Description: These super volunteers provide support and encouragement to students and are especially good at helping new English speakers. Please note that, while Homework Help is available to students from kindergarten through 12th grade, volunteers are not responsible for children, who should not be left unsupervised. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. More Options: Student Success. Contact Info: Greenwood Branch. 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. Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM.

Story Time at Secret Garden books

Seattle Area Enjoy story time in the book store. Every once in awhile, the reader will be a local author/illustrator, or an author or illustrator on a national tour. Held Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. Cost: FREE. Phone: 206-789-5006. Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 4:30 PM. Secret Garden Books 2214 N.W. Market St. Seattle WA 98107. For more info visit www.secretgardenbooks.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. daily through Dec. 30. $5, free ages 10 and younger. Free nights are Nov. 24-29 (first come, first served). Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Phone: 425-452-6844. Email: gardendlights@bellevuebotanical.org. Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 4:30 PM – 9:00 PM. Bellevue Botanical Garden 12001 Main St. Bellevue WA 98005.

Diamond Street Lights

Farther Afield A holiday light show runs daily from 4:45 to 11 p.m. Tune your radio to FM 88.7 to hear synchronized music. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Pre-register: No. Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 4:45 PM – 11:55 PM. 214 N Diamond St Centralia, WA 98531. For more info visit www.facebook.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. Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Gene Coulon Beach Park 1201 Lake Washington Blvd. N. Renton WA 98056. For more info visit rentonwa.gov.

Zoolights

South Sound See the Zoo transformed into a colorful winter wonderland with more than a half-million lights. The holiday spirit comes aglow in this magical world of dazzling 3-D animal light displays. 5 to 9 p.m. Nov. 24 through Jan. 6. Closed on Dec. 24. $6-$12. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: No. Phone: 253-591-5337. Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium 5400 N .Pearl St. Tacoma WA 98407. For more info visit www.pdza.org.

Holiday Tour of Lights

North Sound Hop aboard the 20-minute Merrysville Express Rotary Train and see winter scenes done in lights. Dec. 7-8, 12-15 and 19-22. Suggested donation of $5, $3 youth, $20 family. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Phone: 360-363-8400. Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM. Cedarcrest Golf Course 6810 84th St. N.E. Marysville WA 98270. For more info visit marysvillewa.gov.

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. through Jan. 1. Half-price on Nov. 26-28 and Dec. 3-5. $14 per vehicle. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: No. Phone: 253-798-4177. Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM. Spanaway Park 15320 Bresemann Blvd. SW Spanaway, WA 98387. For more info visit www.piercecountywa.gov.

Paws with Claus

Seattle Area Bring your furry friends for a visit with Santa. Pets must be leashed or crated until their visit takes place. A photographer will take keepsake pictures which will be available for sale. Age recommendation: Infant. Toddler. Preschool. Elementary School. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: No. Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Pacific Place Mall (Level 2) 600 Pine St. Seattle, WA 98101. For more info visit www.pacificplaceseattle.com.

Snowflake Lane

Eastside It "snows" nightly on a parade of live toy soldiers and other characters, music and a light show. Nov. 23 is Santa's arrival and a tree lighting, with music, cocoa and cookies. 7 p.m. daily through Dec. 24. Park in any of the free parking garages and pick your favorite spot on the sidewalk to view the show. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Phone: 425-646-3660. Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 7:00 PM. Bellevue Way N.E. between N.E. Eighth Street and N.E. Fourth Street Bellevue WA 98004. For more info visit snowflakelane.com.

Christmas Ship Visit

Seattle Area It’s a tradition on Richmond Beach! Come and listen to local school choirs sing while waiting for the Argosy Christmas Ship to arrive. Enjoy simple refreshments while staying warm near the beach fires. Dress for the weather. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Pre-register: No. Phone: 206-801-2600. Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM. Richmond Beach Saltwater Park 2021 NW 190th Shoreline, WA 98270. For more info visit www.shorelinewa.gov.

Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley

Seattle Area Merry Christmas from Mr. and Mrs. Darcy! Seizing the opportunity to be the heroine of her own story, middle-sister Mary pursues her equal. $27-$52. Nov. 21 performance is a pay-what-you-can preview. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Taproot Theatre 204 N 85th St. Seattle, WA 98103. For more info visit www.taproottheatre.org.

Matilda

Eastside Roald Dahl’s beloved magical misfit comes to Village Theatre’s stage in this hit musical. Matilda is the story of an extraordinary girl genius armed with a sharp mind and a vivid imagination who dares to take a stand and change her destiny.  Ticket prices vary by seat location. Visit the website for details. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: Yes. Phone: 425-392-2202. Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM. Francis J. Gaudette Theatre 303 Front Street North Issaquah, WA 98027. For more info visit villagetheatre.org.

Christmas Ship™ Festival

Seattle Area The Argosy Cruises Christmas Ship™ Festival is a ship-to-shore holiday celebration that has been a Northwest tradition since 1949. The Spirit of Seattle, the Official Christmas Ship™ is decorated with hundreds of shimmery white lights and sails to different Puget Sound waterfront communities – around 65 in all. Choirs on board the Christmas Ship™ perform to guests aboard as well as to Follow Boats and to those communities gathered on shore. Check the website for schedule and locations. Christmas Ship boat tickets: $48 adults, $43 seniors, $32 youths, free for children 3 and younger. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: Yes. Phone: 206-623-1445. Email: Cruises@ArgosyCruises.com. Thursday, December 13, 2018. All across the Puget Sound region. For more info visit www.argosycruises.com.

Gingerbread Village

Seattle Area Seattle architectural firms, trade associations and Sheraton Seattle culinary staff team up to design, bake and build fantastic gingerbread creations. FREE, donations accepted for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Pre-register: No. Phone: 206-621-9000. Thursday, December 13, 2018. Sheraton Seattle Hotel lobby 1400 Sixth Ave. Seattle WA 98101. For more info visit www.sheratonseattle.com.

Pioneer Square Holidays

Seattle Area Enjoy free horse-drawn carriage rides, Holiday Hooky Hour, a doggy costume contest, the Pioneer Square Neighborhood Holiday Market, and more. Age recommendation: All ages. Infant. Toddler. Preschool. Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: FREE. Thursday, December 13, 2018. Pioneer Square Seattle, WA 98104. For more info visit www.pioneersquare.org.

Santa at Southcenter

Seattle Area Come and visit Santa Claus at Westfield Southcenter mall. Photos including customizable photo packages available for purchase. Santa will be located on the first level in Macy’s Court, near the Disney Store. Holiday hours vary. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Phone: 206-246-0423. Thursday, December 13, 2018. Westfield Mall 2800 Southcenter Mall Seattle, WA 98188. For more info visit www.westfield.com.

Seattle Center Winterfest

Seattle Area Connect to the spirit of the season with activities and entertainment through Dec. 31 including the Winter Train and Village (10 a.m. to 6 p.m daily closes 4 p.m. on Dec. 24, and closed Dec. 25), performances, ice skating (through Jan. 6) and more. See online for schedule. Most activities free, small fee for ice skating rental. Visit website for full schedule and event times. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Thursday, December 13, 2018. Seattle Center 305 Harrison St. Seattle WA 98109. For more info visit www.seattlecenter.com.

Bellevue Downtown Ice Rink

Eastside Skate, glide and slide into the holiday season at the region’s largest open-air ice skating experience.  $15 admission (includes skate rental), $10 admission for ages 8 years and younger. Times vary daily; check the website. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: No. Thursday, December 13, 2018. Bellevue Downtown Park 10201 NE 4th Street Bellevue. For more info visit bellevueicerink.com.

Reindeer Festival

Seattle Area Visit reindeer Dasher and Comet, plus see a model train layout, enjoy live music, visit santa and shop for the holidays. Learn more about the reindeer at special "Meet the Reindeer" presentations, offered Monday-Friday at 11a.m. and on weekends at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Phone: 206-782-2543. Thursday, December 13, 2018, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Swansons Nursery 9701 15th Ave. N.W. Seattle WA 98117. For more info visit www.swansonsnursery.com.

Holiday Carousel

Seattle Area Dark winter days are no match for the lights and merriment of Downtown Seattle Association's iconic Holiday Carousel, spinning in Westlake Park for the 31st year. Give it a whirl for a suggested donation of $4. Also check out the nearby Holiday Market for hand-crafted gifts. View more events for the holidays at downtownseattle.org/holidays. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: No. Thursday, December 13, 2018, 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Westlake Park 401 Pine St. Seattle, WA 98101. For more info visit downtownseattle.org.

Holiday Express Train and Poinsettia Display

Seattle Area The Holiday Express Train and Poinsettia Display will be set up in the Volunteer Park Conservatory’s Seasonal House Fri. Nov. 16 through Tues. Jan. 1. Watch the train's winding journey through the poinsettias and around the winter vintage display. The Express train will be open for viewing during regular Conservatory hours, Tuesday through Sunday, 10am-4pm. Regular Conservatory admission pricing applies. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Thursday, December 13, 2018, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Volunteer Park Conservatory 1400 E Galer St. Seattle, WA 98112. For more info visit www.facebook.com.

The Gingerbread Man

Seattle Area Come and see a crazy cast of characters try and catch a tricky cookie. He thinks he’s so clever, but little does he know that he soon will meet the animal that will out fox him. Presented by Sweet Pea Cottage. Free, though donations are welcome. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: Toddler. Preschool. Elementary School. Cost: FREE. Phone: 206-684-7245. Thursday, December 13, 2018, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM. Belltown Community Center 415 Bell St Seattle, WA 98121. For more info visit parkways.seattle.gov.

Toddler Gym Play Time

Seattle Area Little walkers, up to the age of 5, can play, learn and develop both motor and social skills at this drop-in play time. Meet new friends, bounce and play, ride scooters and tricycles, roll and throw balls, and much more. Parents must accompany children. Times are subject to change, especially during public school closures. Please call ahead to check. No programs on Jan. 1, Jan. 21, and Feb. 18. Age recommendation: Toddler. Preschool. Cost: FREE. Pre-register: No. Phone: (206) 684-4052. Thursday, December 13, 2018, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Loyal Heights Community Center 2101 NW 77th St. Seattle, WA 98117. For more info visit www.seattle.gov.

Toddler Gym Play Time

Seattle Area Ride tricycles, play house or blocks, and have fun on the slide. Toddlers can socialize with peers, develop motor skills and have non-stop fun during this drop-in toddler gym. Parents must accompany their child at all times. Held weekly on Monday and Wednesday. No program on Jan. 1, Jan. 21 and Feb. 18. Age recommendation: Toddler. Cost: FREE. Pre-register: No. Phone: 206-684-7481. Thursday, December 13, 2018, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Jefferson Community Center 3801 Beacon Ave S. Seattle, WA 98108. For more info visit www.seattle.gov.

Toddler Gym Play Time

Seattle Area Little walkers, up to the age of 5, can play, learn and develop both motor and social skills at this drop-in play time. Meet new friends, bounce and play, ride scooters and tricycles, roll and throw balls, and much more. Parents must accompany children. Times are subject to change, especially during public school closures. Please call ahead to check. No programs on Jan. 1, Jan. 21, and Feb. 18. Age recommendation: Toddler. Preschool. Cost: FREE. Pre-register: No. Phone: 206-386-4240. Thursday, December 13, 2018, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Queen Anne Community Center 1901 1st Ave W Seattle, WA 98119. For more info visit www.seattle.gov.

Winter Wonderland

Eastside Create smiles and joyful holiday traditions this season at Redmond Town Center’s annual Winter Wonderland holiday festival. Shop, dine and enjoy a myriad of magical activities and events, including spirited rides on the polar express train and Hyatt House horse carousel. Take a twirl on the synthetic skating rink. Visit Santa’s workshop for photos. Listen to the sounds of the season with over 25 live performances on Center Stage. Attend special events, including Redmond Lights. Schedule varies; check the website for special activity times and holiday early closures. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Pre-register: No. Phone: 425-869-2640. Email: guestservices@redmondtowncenter.com. Thursday, December 13, 2018, 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Redmond Town Center 7525 166th Avenue NE Redmond, WA 98052. For more info visit redmondtowncenter.com.

Santa’s Workshop

North Sound A professional photographer will take a photo of your little ones with Santa. No reservations necessary. Santa is located between Keepsake Cottage and Omzappy. $15 to $65. Santa's hours are as follows: Nov.23 through Dec 13, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mon. through Sat.; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sun. , Dec. 14-22, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mon. through Sat.; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sun. , Dec. 23, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. , Dec. 24,10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  *Breaks from 3 to 4 p.m.*. Age recommendation: All ages. Infant. Toddler. Preschool. Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: No. Phone: 425-483-2250. Email: jennifer@countryvillagebothell.com. Thursday, December 13, 2018, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM. Country Village 23718 Bothell Everett Highway Bothell, WA.

Toddler Story Time

The Seattle Public Library Where: Northgate Branch. Audience: Kids & Families. 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. For children ages 1-3. 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: Northgate Branch. 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. Thursday, December 13, 2018, 10:15 AM – 10:45 AM.

Toddler Story Time

The Seattle Public Library Where: Northeast Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Kids & Families. Language: English. Summary: It is story time at the Northeast Branch! Bring your toddlers 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. Contact Info: Northeast Branch. 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. Thursday, December 13, 2018, 10:15 AM – 10:35 AM.

Children's Story Time

The Seattle Public Library Where: Douglass-Truth Branch. Room Location: The Gayton Family Meeting Room. Audience: Kids & Families. Language: English. Summary: It is Children's story time at the Douglass-Truth Branch! Bring your preschoolers and toddlers to enjoy stories, rhymes, songs and fun with our children's librarian, Ms. Mynique! 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: Quick Information. 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. Thursday, December 13, 2018, 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM.

Family Story Time

The Seattle Public Library Where: Greenwood Branch. Audience: Kids & Families. Language: English. Summary: It is Family Story Time at the Greenwood Branch! Bring your children (ages 0-5) 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. 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. Thursday, December 13, 2018, 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM.

Grupo Bilingüe De Juegos / Bilingual Kaleidoscope Play & Learn

The Seattle Public Library Where: Columbia Branch. Room Location: The Weiland Family Meeting Room. Audience: Kids & Families. Language: English. Español. Summary: The Kaleidoscope play & learn group provides a fun and age-appropriate learning environment for children ages birth to 5. Description: Niños escuchan cuentos, cantan y participan en actividades de artes con sus padres o cuidador durante la hora de grupo. Tambien hay tiempo para que los niños exploran varios juguetes y actividades. El hora de Juego Libre y Tiempo de Círculo de 10:30 a 11:30 a.m. Les animamos a los padres y cuidadores traer una comida para comer con su niño/a y compartir en grupo. A traves de este grupo, los niños reciben preparacion para el ambiente de aprendizaje que se encuentra en el prescolar y kinder, ademas de for… 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: Children listen to stories, sing songs and do simple arts and crafts with their caregivers during the group time. There is also play time for children to explore various toys and play activities. Free play and circle time from 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Caregivers are encouraged to bring a lunch or snack and eat together from 11:30 - noon. Through this group children are being prepared for preschool and kindergarten learning environments as well as building relationship with others. Caregivers also build up… More Children's Programs: http://www.spl.org/audiences/children/chi-calendar-of-events. Contact Info: Columbia Branch. 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. Thursday, December 13, 2018, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM.

Preschool Story Time

The Seattle Public Library Where: Beacon Hill Branch. Room Location: Friends of The Seattle Public Library Meeting Room. Audience: Kids & Families. Language: English. Summary: It is story time at the Beacon Hill Branch! Bring your preschoolers 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. Contact Info: Beacon Hill Branch. 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. Thursday, December 13, 2018, 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM.

Toddler Story Time

The Seattle Public Library Where: Southwest Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Kids & Families. Language: English. Summary: It is story time at the Southwest Library! Bring your toddlers, ages 18 months - 3 years old, 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. Contact Info: Southwest Branch. 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. Thursday, December 13, 2018, 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM.

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, face painting 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. $15.50, $14.50 seniors, $12.50 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. Thursday, December 13, 2018, 10:30 AM – 4:30 PM. Cougar Mountain Zoo 19525 S.E. 54th St. Issaquah WA 98027. For more info visit www.cougarmountainzoo.org.

Children's Story Time

The Seattle Public Library Where: Queen Anne Branch. Audience: Kids & Families. Language: English. Summary: It is story time at the Queen Anne Branch! Bring your preschoolers and toddlers 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. Contact Info: Queen Anne Branch. 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. Thursday, December 13, 2018, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

CANCELED - Children's Story Time

The Seattle Public Library Where: Madrona/Sally Goldmark Branch. Audience: Kids & Families. Language: English. Summary: It is story time at the Madrona-Sally Goldmark Library! Bring your preschoolers and toddlers 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. Contact Info: Madrona/Sally Goldmark Branch. 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. Thursday, December 13, 2018, 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM.

Preschool Story Time

The Seattle Public Library Where: Central Library. Room Location: Level 1 - Faye G. Allen Children’s Center. Audience: Kids & Families. Language: English. Summary: It is story time at the Central Library! Bring your preschoolers 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. Contact Info: *Central Library Children's Desk. 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. Thursday, December 13, 2018, 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM.

Santa Photo Experience

Seattle Area It's Santa Photo time! Skip the line to see Santa by reserving a Santa FastPass. Photo packages for a fee. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Thursday, December 13, 2018, 11:00 AM. Northgate Mall 401 NE Northgate Way Seattle, WA 98125. For more info visit www.simon.com.

Family Story Time

The Seattle Public Library Where: Wallingford Branch. Room Location: Community meeting room. Audience: Kids & Families. Language: English. Summary: It is story time at the Wallingford branch! Bring your preschoolers, toddlers, and babies 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. Contact Info: Wallingford Branch. 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. Thursday, December 13, 2018, 11:15 AM – 11:45 AM.

Preschool Story Time

The Seattle Public Library Where: Northgate Branch. Audience: Kids & Families. Language: English. Summary: It's preschool story time at the Northgate Branch! Bring your preschoolers to enjoy stories, rhymes, songs and fun with our children's librarian. For children ages 3 - 5. 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: Northgate Branch. 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. Thursday, December 13, 2018, 11:15 AM – 11:45 AM.

Toddler Story Time

The Seattle Public Library Where: Northeast Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Kids & Families. Language: English. Summary: It is story time at the Northeast Branch! Bring your toddlers 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. Contact Info: Northeast Branch. 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. Thursday, December 13, 2018, 11:15 AM – 11:35 AM.

Winter Story Time: Snow Sisters

Seattle Area West Seattle-based author Kerri Kokias will read her picture book, Snow Sisters, as well as some of her other favorite winter stories and provide a snow-themed craft. Age recommendation: Infant. Toddler. Preschool. Cost: FREE. Pre-register: No. Thursday, December 13, 2018, 11:15 AM – 12:00 PM. Delridge Branch Library 5423 Delridge Way SW Seattle, WA 98106. For more info visit www.spl.org.

Meet Kerri Kokias, author of 'Snow Sisters!'

The Seattle Public Library Where: Delridge Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Kids & Families. Language: English. Summary: Families are invited to meet West Seattle author Kerri Kokias. She will read her new picture book “Snow Sisters!” followed by a fun winter craft inspired by the story! For ages 2 and up. View in Catalog: "Snow Sisters!" by Kerri Kokias. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Delridge Branch. 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. Thursday, December 13, 2018, 11:15 AM – 11:45 AM.

Toddler Indoor Gym

Seattle Area Let your energetic toddler burn off some energy while learning social skills, developing hand-eye coordination and making new friends. A parent or responsible caregiver (18 or older) must be present at all times. Times and days are subject to change; please call to check. Age recommendation: Toddler. Preschool. Cost: FREE. Pre-register: No. Phone: 206-684-7430. Thursday, December 13, 2018, 11:20 AM – 1:20 PM. Alki Community Center 5817 SW Stevens St. Seattle, WA 98116. For more info visit www.seattle.gov.

中文故事会 (Mandarin Chinese Story Time)

The Seattle Public Library Where: Beacon Hill Branch. Room Location: Friends of The Seattle Public Library Meeting Room. Audience: Kids & Families. 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!). Description: 所有活动均为免费。在各分馆设有限额免费停车位. 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. 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. Thursday, December 13, 2018, 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM.

Baby Story Time

The Seattle Public Library Where: Greenwood Branch. Audience: Kids & Families. Language: English. Summary: It is Baby Story Time at the Greenwood Branch! Bring your babies 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. Contact Info: Greenwood Branch. 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. Thursday, December 13, 2018, 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM.

Baby Story Time

The Seattle Public Library Where: Columbia Branch. Audience: Kids & Families. Language: English. Summary: It is Baby Story Time at the Beacon Hill branch! Babies 0-14 months enjoy rhymes, songs and parachute fun with our children's librarian (older sister and brother "helpers" are welcome). 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. 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. Thursday, December 13, 2018, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM.

Kids Cafe Afterschool Meals

The Seattle Public Library Where: High Point Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Kids & Families. Teens. Language: English. Summary: Kids Café Afterschool Meals - Kids & Teens Eat Free! Description: Kids and teens ages 1-18 are invited to stop by for free afterschool meals before heading on to other activities. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. This program is co-sponsored by The Seattle Public Library, City of Seattle Human Services, and United Way of King County, with additional support from USDA. Contact Info: High Point Branch. 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. Thursday, December 13, 2018, 2:45 PM – 3:45 PM.

Little Makers Story Time

The Seattle Public Library Where: Broadview Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Kids & Families. Language: English. Summary: Enjoy science stories, activities and experiments designed just for preschoolers! For ages 3-6. Younger siblings welcome. No reservations required but attendance will be capped at 15 families per session. 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: Broadview Branch. 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. Thursday, December 13, 2018, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Kids Cafe Afterschool Meals

The Seattle Public Library Where: South Park Branch. Room Location: The Satterberg Foundation Children's Area. Audience: Kids & Families. Teens. Language: English. Summary: Kids Café Afterschool Meals - Kids & Teens Eat Free! Description: Kids and teens ages 1-18 are invited to stop by for free afterschool meals before heading on to other activities. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. This program is co-sponsored by The Seattle Public Library, City of Seattle Human Services, and United Way of King County, with additional support from USDA. Contact Info: South Park Branch. 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. Thursday, December 13, 2018, 3:45 PM – 4:15 PM.

Homework Help

The Seattle Public Library Where: High Point Branch. Room Location: Study Room. Audience: Kids & Families. Teens. Language: English. Summary: Homework Help volunteers will be at this branch to assist students on a drop-in basis throughout the school year, with the exception of school holidays. Description: These super volunteers provide support and encouragement to students and are especially good at helping new English speakers. , Please note that, while Homework Help is available to students from kindergarten through 12th grade, volunteers are not responsible for children, who should not be left unsupervised. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. More Options: Homework Help for Children, Homework Help for Teens. Contact Info: High Point Branch. 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. Thursday, December 13, 2018, 4:00 PM – 5:45 PM.

Enchant: A World of Christmas Wonder

Seattle Area Safeco Field is transformed into a holiday wonderland. Light maze, ice skating trail, holiday market, Santa visits and nightly entertainment. 4 to 10 pm; ticketed arrival windows vary – check website. Today through Dec. 30 (closed November 26 and December 3 & 10). Tickets start at $20; free children 3 and younger. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: Yes. Email: seattle@enchantchristmas.com. Thursday, December 13, 2018, 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Safeco Field 1250 1st Ave S. Seattle, WA 98134. For more info visit enchantchristmas.com.

Girls Who Code

Seattle Area Girls 6th through 12th grade explore the world of coding in a fun and friendly environment. Use computer science to create programs and solve problems you care about. Age recommendation: Middle School. High School. Cost: FREE. Phone: 206-684-7423. Thursday, December 13, 2018, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM. Delridge Community Center 4501 Delridge Way SW Seattle, WA 98106. For more info visit www.seattle.gov.

Homework Help

The Seattle Public Library Where: Beacon Hill Branch. Room Location: Teen Area. Audience: Kids & Families. Teens. Language: English. Summary: Homework Help volunteers will be at this branch to assist students on a drop-in basis throughout the school year, with the exception of school holidays. Description: These super volunteers provide support and encouragement to students and are especially good at helping new English speakers. , Please note that, while Homework Help is available to students from kindergarten through 12th grade, volunteers are not responsible for children, who should not be left unsupervised. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. More Options: Homework Help for Children, Homework Help for Teens. Contact Info: Beacon Hill Branch. 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. Thursday, December 13, 2018, 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM.

Homework Help

The Seattle Public Library Where: Columbia Branch. Room Location: Study Room. Audience: Kids & Families. Teens. Language: English. Summary: Homework Help volunteers will be at this branch to assist students on a drop-in basis throughout the school year, with the exception of school holidays. Description: These super volunteers provide support and encouragement to students and are especially good at helping new English speakers. , Please note that, while Homework Help is available to students from kindergarten through 12th grade, volunteers are not responsible for children, who should not be left unsupervised. Homework Help is available for K-12 students when Seattle’s public schools are in session. For the safety and comfort of children, a responsible parent or caregiver should accompany children… Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. More Options: Learning Buddies for Children, Homework Help for Teens. Contact Info: Columbia Branch. 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. Thursday, December 13, 2018, 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

Homework Help

The Seattle Public Library Where: Douglass-Truth Branch. Audience: Kids & Families. Teens. Language: English. Summary: Homework Help volunteers will be at this branch to assist students on a drop-in basis throughout the school year, with the exception of school holidays. Description: These super volunteers provide support and encouragement to students and are especially good at helping new English speakers. , Please note that, while Homework Help is available to students from kindergarten through 12th grade, volunteers are not responsible for children, who should not be left unsupervised. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. More Options: Homework Help for Children, Homework Help for Teens. Contact Info: Douglass-Truth Branch. 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. Thursday, December 13, 2018, 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

Homework Help

The Seattle Public Library Where: Northgate Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Kids & Families. Teens. Language: English. Summary: Homework Help volunteers will be at this branch to assist students on a drop-in basis throughout the school year, with the exception of school holidays. Description: These super volunteers provide support and encouragement to students and are especially good at helping new English speakers. Please note that, while Homework Help is available to students from kindergarten through 12th grade, volunteers are not responsible for children, who should not be left unsupervised. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. More Options: Student Success. Contact Info: Northgate Branch. 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. Thursday, December 13, 2018, 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

Homework Help

The Seattle Public Library Where: Greenwood Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Kids & Families. Language: English. Summary: Homework Help volunteers will be at this branch to assist students on a drop-in basis throughout the school year, with the exception of school holidays. Description: These super volunteers provide support and encouragement to students and are especially good at helping new English speakers. Please note that, while Homework Help is available to students from kindergarten through 12th grade, volunteers are not responsible for children, who should not be left unsupervised. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. More Options: Student Success. Contact Info: Greenwood Branch. 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. Thursday, December 13, 2018, 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM.

Solstice Stroll

Seattle Area Enjoy exploring gardens adorned with lights and art pieces. $10 suggested donation. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Phone: 206-801-7296. Thursday, December 13, 2018, 4:30 PM – 8:00 PM. Kruckeberg Botanic Garden 20312 15th Ave. N.W. Shoreline WA 98177. For more info visit www.kruckeberg.org.

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. daily through Dec. 30. $5, free ages 10 and younger. Free nights are Nov. 24-29 (first come, first served). Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Phone: 425-452-6844. Email: gardendlights@bellevuebotanical.org. Thursday, December 13, 2018, 4:30 PM – 9:00 PM. Bellevue Botanical Garden 12001 Main St. Bellevue WA 98005.

Learning Buddies

The Seattle Public Library Where: Columbia Branch. Room Location: The Weiland Family Meeting Room. Audience: Kids & Families. Language: English. Summary: Play math and reading games! Get better at math and reading with a high school buddy. Description: Learning Buddies is a program that pairs elementary school students with a high school mentor. This is a first come-first served, drop in program for children in grades K-5. Each buddy session will last up to one hour. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. More...: https://www.spl.org/teenservicelearning. Contact Info: Columbia Branch. 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. Thursday, December 13, 2018, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM.

Diamond Street Lights

Farther Afield A holiday light show runs daily from 4:45 to 11 p.m. Tune your radio to FM 88.7 to hear synchronized music. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Pre-register: No. Thursday, December 13, 2018, 4:45 PM – 11:55 PM. 214 N Diamond St Centralia, WA 98531. For more info visit www.facebook.com.

Cartoon Happy Hour

Seattle Area Introduce your kids to the classic splats and konks of your childhood during Central Cinema's happy hour for the whole family. Two hours of classic cartoons take over the screen every Thursday. FREE show; food and drink specials for purchase. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: FREE. Phone: 206-328-3230. Email: info@central-cinema.com. Thursday, December 13, 2018, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM. Central Cinema 1411 21st Ave. Seattle, WA 98122. For more info visit www.central-cinema.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. Thursday, December 13, 2018, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Gene Coulon Beach Park 1201 Lake Washington Blvd. N. Renton WA 98056. For more info visit rentonwa.gov.

Zoolights

South Sound See the Zoo transformed into a colorful winter wonderland with more than a half-million lights. The holiday spirit comes aglow in this magical world of dazzling 3-D animal light displays. 5 to 9 p.m. Nov. 24 through Jan. 6. Closed on Dec. 24. $6-$12. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: No. Phone: 253-591-5337. Thursday, December 13, 2018, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium 5400 N .Pearl St. Tacoma WA 98407. For more info visit www.pdza.org.

Chess Club

The Seattle Public Library Where: Northeast Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Kids & Families. Teens. Adults. Language: English. Summary: Come play a game of chess! Children, teens and adults - people of all ages are invited to drop by for fun and casual games of chess. Chess puzzles and basic chess instruction also available. Description: All skill levels are welcome. Chess sets and guidance by an adult chess coach will be available. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Contact Info: Northeast Branch. 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. Thursday, December 13, 2018, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

Central District Holiday Party

Seattle Area It's the annual good time party for the Central District neighborhood. Come by, meet the owners and staff of Central Cinema, and enjoy some snacks and big screen fun. Bring the family and wear a festive hat if you'd like. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Pre-register: No. Thursday, December 13, 2018, 5:30 PM. Central Cinema 1411 21st Ave Seattle, WA 98122. For more info visit www.central-cinema.com.

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. 5 (closed Dec. 12 and 24-25). $15 adults, $12 children. Free parking. Entry at West and South gates. Free parking after 4:30 p.m. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Phone: 206-548-2500. Thursday, December 13, 2018, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM. Woodland Park Zoo 5500 Phinney Ave. N. Seattle WA 98103. For more info visit www.zoo.org.

Holiday Tour of Lights

North Sound Hop aboard the 20-minute Merrysville Express Rotary Train and see winter scenes done in lights. Dec. 7-8, 12-15 and 19-22. Suggested donation of $5, $3 youth, $20 family. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Phone: 360-363-8400. Thursday, December 13, 2018, 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM. Cedarcrest Golf Course 6810 84th St. N.E. Marysville WA 98270. For more info visit marysvillewa.gov.

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. through Jan. 1. Half-price on Nov. 26-28 and Dec. 3-5. $14 per vehicle. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: No. Phone: 253-798-4177. Thursday, December 13, 2018, 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM. Spanaway Park 15320 Bresemann Blvd. SW Spanaway, WA 98387. For more info visit www.piercecountywa.gov.

The Polar Express™ Train - Mt. Rainier Railroad

South Sound Wear your pajamas and ride a historic train as you enjoy story time, treats and a gift from Santa. Various dates and times through Dec. 31. $27 to $60; $4 parking. Free for lap children ages 2 and younger. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: Yes. Phone: 360-569-7959. Thursday, December 13, 2018, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM. Mount Rainier Railroad and Logging Museum 54124 Mountain Hwy E. Elbe WA 98330. For more info visit mtrainierrailroad.com.

Holiday in the Park

Seattle Area This annual holiday event features carolers, free cookies and hot cocoa, and a special children’s activity booth where kids can make glow-in-the-dark headwear. Hundreds of luminarias will light the pathways of Volunteer Park creating a magical holiday wonderland. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Pre-register: No. Email: info@volunteerparktrust.org. Thursday, December 13, 2018, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Volunteer Park 1247 15th Ave. E. Seattle WA 98112. For more info visit volunteerparktrust.org.

SAM Lights

Seattle Area Light up your winter with SAM’s free program connecting all ages to art and the environment. Lit by temporary light installations and hundreds of luminarias, follow the path through the park and see the sculptures from a new perspective. Art making, live music, hot beverages, and sweet treats will offer everyone a way to enjoy the glow of the park. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Pre-register: No. Phone: 206-344-5273. Thursday, December 13, 2018, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Olympic Sculpture Park 2901 Western Ave. Seattle WA 98121. For more info visit www.seattleartmuseum.org.

Teen Night

North Sound These free, after hours events are just for teens. Each event includes up to four different hands-on art project stations where teens get to meet and work with local artists, as well as enjoy refreshments and glass blowing demonstrations. For ages 13 to 18. Age recommendation: High School. Cost: FREE. Phone: 425-259-5050. Thursday, December 13, 2018, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Schack Art Center 2921 Hoyt Ave. Everett WA 98201. For more info visit www.schack.org.

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Seattle Area See a live-action 40-minute adaptation of the classic Peanuts holiday movie. Various dates through Dec. 27. Nov. 29 is a pay-what-you-can preview. Sensory friendly performances on Dec. 1 at 4 p.m. and Dec. 8 at 11 a.m. $25, $15 ages 12 and younger, $5 lap children 2 and younger. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Phone: 206-781-9707. Thursday, December 13, 2018, 7:00 PM – 7:40 PM. Taproot Theatre 204 N. 85th St. Seattle WA 98103. For more info visit taproottheatre.org.

Broadway's Best by Stone Soup's Youth Conservatory

Seattle Area Stone Soup's Youth Conservatory performs in this play featuring music from Hamilton, Rent, Chicago, and more. 7 p.m. through Dec. 14. 2 p.m. Dec. 15. $10. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: All ages. Infant. Toddler. Preschool. Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: No. Phone: 206-388-9212. Email: stonesoup.marketing@gmail.com. Thursday, December 13, 2018, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Wallingford Presbyterian Church 1414 N. 42nd St. Seattle WA 98103. For more info visit www.stonesouptheatre.org.

Shrek The Musical Jr

Eastside It's a "big bright beautiful world" as everyone's favorite ogre, Shrek, leads a cast of fairytale misfits on an adventure to rescue a princess and find true acceptance. Part romance and part twisted fairy tale, Shrek JR. is an irreverently fun show with a powerful message for the whole family. Performance Dates: December 1315, 7 p.m. December 15-16, 2 p.m. ​Rated: G General Admission seating. $15 adults, $12 seniors and children. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Thursday, December 13, 2018, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Redmond High School's Performing Arts Center 17272 NE 104th St. Redmond, WA 98052. For more info visit www.redmondacademy.org.

Snowflake Lane

Eastside It "snows" nightly on a parade of live toy soldiers and other characters, music and a light show. Nov. 23 is Santa's arrival and a tree lighting, with music, cocoa and cookies. 7 p.m. daily through Dec. 24. Park in any of the free parking garages and pick your favorite spot on the sidewalk to view the show. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Phone: 425-646-3660. Thursday, December 13, 2018, 7:00 PM. Bellevue Way N.E. between N.E. Eighth Street and N.E. Fourth Street Bellevue WA 98004. For more info visit snowflakelane.com.

Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley

Seattle Area Merry Christmas from Mr. and Mrs. Darcy! Seizing the opportunity to be the heroine of her own story, middle-sister Mary pursues her equal. $27-$52. Nov. 21 performance is a pay-what-you-can preview. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Thursday, December 13, 2018, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Taproot Theatre 204 N 85th St. Seattle, WA 98103. For more info visit www.taproottheatre.org.

Matilda

Eastside Roald Dahl’s beloved magical misfit comes to Village Theatre’s stage in this hit musical. Matilda is the story of an extraordinary girl genius armed with a sharp mind and a vivid imagination who dares to take a stand and change her destiny.  Ticket prices vary by seat location. Visit the website for details. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: Yes. Phone: (425) 392-2202. Thursday, December 13, 2018, 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM. Francis J. Gaudette Theatre 303 Front Street North Issaquah, WA 98027. For more info visit villagetheatre.org.

The Polar Express™ Train - Mt. Rainier Railroad

South Sound Wear your pajamas and ride a historic train as you enjoy story time, treats and a gift from Santa. Various dates and times through Dec. 31. $27 to $60; $4 parking. Free for lap children ages 2 and younger. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: Yes. Phone: 360-569-7959. Thursday, December 13, 2018, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Mount Rainier Railroad and Logging Museum 54124 Mountain Hwy E. Elbe WA 98330. For more info visit mtrainierrailroad.com.

Christmas Ships Festival

South Sound The Argosy Cruises Christmas Ship Festival is a beloved holiday celebration that has been a Pacific Northwest tradition since 1949. Every year, the Argosy Christmas Ship sails to different Puget Sound waterfront communities, over 45 in total. Bundle up and watch the Christmas Ships sail past Des Moines Shore with a bonfire at Redondo Beach. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Thursday, December 13, 2018, 8:10 PM. Redondo Beach Des Moines, WA. For more info visit www.argosycruises.com.

Family Story Time

The Seattle Public Library Where: NewHolly Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Kids & Families. Language: English. Summary: It is story time at the NewHolly Library! Bring your preschoolers and toddlers 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. Contact Info: NewHolly Branch. 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. Thursday, December 13, 2018, 11:00 PM – 11:30 PM.

Christmas Ship™ Festival

Seattle Area The Argosy Cruises Christmas Ship™ Festival is a ship-to-shore holiday celebration that has been a Northwest tradition since 1949. The Spirit of Seattle, the Official Christmas Ship™ is decorated with hundreds of shimmery white lights and sails to different Puget Sound waterfront communities – around 65 in all. Choirs on board the Christmas Ship™ perform to guests aboard as well as to Follow Boats and to those communities gathered on shore. Check the website for schedule and locations. Christmas Ship boat tickets: $48 adults, $43 seniors, $32 youths, free for children 3 and younger. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: Yes. Phone: 206-623-1445. Email: Cruises@ArgosyCruises.com. Friday, December 14, 2018. All across the Puget Sound region. For more info visit www.argosycruises.com.

Gingerbread Village

Seattle Area Seattle architectural firms, trade associations and Sheraton Seattle culinary staff team up to design, bake and build fantastic gingerbread creations. FREE, donations accepted for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Pre-register: No. Phone: 206-621-9000. Friday, December 14, 2018. Sheraton Seattle Hotel lobby 1400 Sixth Ave. Seattle WA 98101. For more info visit www.sheratonseattle.com.

Pioneer Square Holidays

Seattle Area Enjoy free horse-drawn carriage rides, Holiday Hooky Hour, a doggy costume contest, the Pioneer Square Neighborhood Holiday Market, and more. Age recommendation: All ages. Infant. Toddler. Preschool. Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: FREE. Friday, December 14, 2018. Pioneer Square Seattle, WA 98104. For more info visit www.pioneersquare.org.

Santa at Southcenter

Seattle Area Come and visit Santa Claus at Westfield Southcenter mall. Photos including customizable photo packages available for purchase. Santa will be located on the first level in Macy’s Court, near the Disney Store. Holiday hours vary. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Phone: 206-246-0423. Friday, December 14, 2018. Westfield Mall 2800 Southcenter Mall Seattle, WA 98188. For more info visit www.westfield.com.

Seattle Center Winterfest

Seattle Area Connect to the spirit of the season with activities and entertainment through Dec. 31 including the Winter Train and Village (10 a.m. to 6 p.m daily closes 4 p.m. on Dec. 24, and closed Dec. 25), performances, ice skating (through Jan. 6) and more. See online for schedule. Most activities free, small fee for ice skating rental. Visit website for full schedule and event times. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Friday, December 14, 2018. Seattle Center 305 Harrison St. Seattle WA 98109. For more info visit www.seattlecenter.com.

Bellevue Downtown Ice Rink

Eastside Skate, glide and slide into the holiday season at the region’s largest open-air ice skating experience.  $15 admission (includes skate rental), $10 admission for ages 8 years and younger. Times vary daily; check the website. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: No. Friday, December 14, 2018. Bellevue Downtown Park 10201 NE 4th Street Bellevue. For more info visit bellevueicerink.com.

Reindeer Festival

Seattle Area Visit reindeer Dasher and Comet, plus see a model train layout, enjoy live music, visit santa and shop for the holidays. Learn more about the reindeer at special "Meet the Reindeer" presentations, offered Monday-Friday at 11a.m. and on weekends at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Phone: 206-782-2543. Friday, December 14, 2018, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Swansons Nursery 9701 15th Ave. N.W. Seattle WA 98117. For more info visit www.swansonsnursery.com.

Toddler Gym Play Time

Seattle Area Little walkers, up to the age of 5, can play, learn and develop both motor and social skills at this drop-in play time. Meet new friends, bounce and play, ride scooters and tricycles, roll and throw balls, and much more. Children can also design their own inventions at the Imagination Playground, which includes bricks and cylinders, accented with chutes, channels, and parts that suggest motion or connectivity. Parents must accompany children. Times are subject to change, especially during public school closures. Please call ahead to check. No programs on Jan.1, Jan. 21 and Feb. 18. Age recommendation: Toddler. Preschool. Cost: FREE. Phone: (206) 684-4093. Friday, December 14, 2018, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM. Ballard Community Center 6020 28th Ave NW Seattle, WA 98107. For more info visit www.seattle.gov.

Holiday Carousel

Seattle Area Dark winter days are no match for the lights and merriment of Downtown Seattle Association's iconic Holiday Carousel, spinning in Westlake Park for the 31st year. Give it a whirl for a suggested donation of $4. Also check out the nearby Holiday Market for hand-crafted gifts. View more events for the holidays at downtownseattle.org/holidays. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: No. Friday, December 14, 2018, 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Westlake Park 401 Pine St. Seattle, WA 98101. For more info visit downtownseattle.org.

Holiday Express Train and Poinsettia Display

Seattle Area The Holiday Express Train and Poinsettia Display will be set up in the Volunteer Park Conservatory’s Seasonal House Fri. Nov. 16 through Tues. Jan. 1. Watch the train's winding journey through the poinsettias and around the winter vintage display. The Express train will be open for viewing during regular Conservatory hours, Tuesday through Sunday, 10am-4pm. Regular Conservatory admission pricing applies. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Friday, December 14, 2018, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Volunteer Park Conservatory 1400 E Galer St. Seattle, WA 98112. For more info visit www.facebook.com.

Mommy Matinees at the Admiral

Seattle Area Every Friday, the Admiral Theater will feature first run matinees for parents, nannies, grandparents, and caregivers. Usually around 10 a.m. The sound will be turned down, lights up and you’re welcome to bring a stroller, feed your baby, let your baby fuss, cry or coo, and no one will mind!  Please note these movies are the regularly featured movies. The schedule is updated weekly.  Children under five are free, valid for immediate family only. Adults tickets are matinee priced. Although these screenings are open to everyone, this program is designed for new parents to get out of the house and enjoy a movie with their infants. Age recommendation: Infant. Toddler. Cost: Fee. Phone: 206-938-3456. Friday, December 14, 2018, 10:00 AM. Admiral Theater 2343 California Ave. S.W. Seattle WA 98116. For more info visit farawayentertainment.com.

Tiny Tot Story Time

Eastside Bright Horizons teachers will sing, dance and laugh with your child during this energetic story time. Adults, please remain with children during the event. Age recommendation: Infant. Toddler. Cost: FREE. Pre-register: No. Phone: 425-429-7314. Email: springdistrict@brighthorizons.com. Friday, December 14, 2018, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM. Bright Horizons 1227 121st Place NE Bellevue, WA 98005. For more info visit child-care-preschool.brighthorizons.com.

Winter Wonderland

Eastside Create smiles and joyful holiday traditions this season at Redmond Town Center’s annual Winter Wonderland holiday festival. Shop, dine and enjoy a myriad of magical activities and events, including spirited rides on the polar express train and Hyatt House horse carousel. Take a twirl on the synthetic skating rink. Visit Santa’s workshop for photos. Listen to the sounds of the season with over 25 live performances on Center Stage. Attend special events, including Redmond Lights. Schedule varies; check the website for special activity times and holiday early closures. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Pre-register: No. Phone: 425-869-2640. Email: guestservices@redmondtowncenter.com. Friday, December 14, 2018, 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Redmond Town Center 7525 166th Avenue NE Redmond, WA 98052. For more info visit redmondtowncenter.com.

Santa’s Workshop

North Sound A professional photographer will take a photo of your little ones with Santa. No reservations necessary. Santa is located between Keepsake Cottage and Omzappy. $15 to $65. Santa's hours are as follows: Nov.23 through Dec 13, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mon. through Sat.; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sun. , Dec. 14-22, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mon. through Sat.; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sun. , Dec. 23, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. , Dec. 24,10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  *Breaks from 3 to 4 p.m.*. Age recommendation: All ages. Infant. Toddler. Preschool. Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: No. Phone: 425-483-2250. Email: jennifer@countryvillagebothell.com. Friday, December 14, 2018, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM. Country Village 23718 Bothell Everett Highway Bothell, WA.

Baby Story Time

The Seattle Public Library Where: Northgate Branch. Audience: Kids & Families. Language: English. Summary: It is baby story time at the Northgate Branch! Bring your infants age 0-12 months to enjoy music and fun with our children's librarian. Stay afterward for a social playtime with other families. 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: Northgate Branch. 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 14, 2018, 10:15 AM – 10:45 AM.

Infant/Toddler Playgroup

Seattle Area Parents and caregivers of young children (birth to 5 years of age) are invited to bring their youngsters and join together to play, read, create, sing, and have snacks. A FamilyWorks staff member or volunteer facilitates our playgroups. Participation in all playgroups is free and requires no prior registration – you can drop in. The playroom is also available for use by children accompanied by an adult when there is no playgroup/organized activity in session. Schedules are subject to change. Age recommendation: Infant. Toddler. Preschool. Cost: FREE. Pre-register: No. Phone: 206-694-6727. Friday, December 14, 2018, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM. FamilyWorks Family Resource Center 1501 N. 45th St. Seattle WA 98103. For more info visit www.familyworksseattle.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, face painting 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. $15.50, $14.50 seniors, $12.50 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 14, 2018, 10:30 AM – 4:30 PM. Cougar Mountain Zoo 19525 S.E. 54th St. Issaquah WA 98027. For more info visit www.cougarmountainzoo.org.

¡Hora de cuentos! (Spanish Story Time)

The Seattle Public Library Where: Greenwood Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Kids & Families. Language: Español. Summary: Es una hora de cuentos para los niños en la biblioteca de Greenwood! (It is Spanish story time at the Greenwood Branch!). Description: Traiga a sus niños a la biblioteca de Greenwood 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: Greenwood Branch. 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 14, 2018, 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM.

Santa Photo Experience

Seattle Area It's Santa Photo time! Skip the line to see Santa by reserving a Santa FastPass. Photo packages for a fee. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Friday, December 14, 2018, 11:00 AM. Northgate Mall 401 NE Northgate Way Seattle, WA 98125. For more info visit www.simon.com.

Toddler Gym Play Time

Seattle Area Little walkers, up to the age of 5, can play, learn and develop both motor and social skills at this drop-in play time. Meet new friends, bounce and play, ride scooters and tricycles, roll and throw balls, and much more. Children can design their own inventions at the Magnolia CC Imagination Playground, which includes bricks and cylinders, accented with chutes, channels, and parts that suggest motion or connectivity. Parents must accompany children. Times are subject to change, especially during public school closures. Please call ahead to check. No program Jan. 1, Jan. 21 and Feb. 18. Age recommendation: Toddler. Preschool. Cost: FREE. Pre-register: No. Phone: 206-386-4235. Friday, December 14, 2018, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Magnolia Community Center 2550 34th Ave W. Seattle, WA 98199. For more info visit www.seattle.gov.

The Gingerbread Man

Seattle Area Come and see a crazy cast of characters try and catch a tricky cookie. He thinks he’s so clever, but little does he know that he soon will meet the animal that will out fox him. Presented by Sweet Pea Cottage. Free, though donations are welcome. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: Toddler. Preschool. Elementary School. Cost: FREE. Phone: 206-684-0780. Friday, December 14, 2018, 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM. Green Lake Community Center 7201 East Green Lake Dr N Seattle, WA 98115. For more info visit parkways.seattle.gov.

中文故事会 (Mandarin Chinese Story Time)

The Seattle Public Library Where: Northgate Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Kids & Families. 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: Northgate Branch. 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 14, 2018, 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM.

Baby Story Time

The Seattle Public Library Where: Broadview Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Kids & Families. Language: English. Summary: It is story time at the Broadview Branch! Bring your young babies (pre-walkers!) to enjoy rhymes, songs and baby fun with Miss Louisa. Stay after to play and meet other neighborhood families. 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: Broadview Branch. 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 14, 2018, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM.

Diving Santa

Seattle Area See Santa diving in the Window on Washington Waters exhibit at noon and 3 p.m. Also enjoy live musical performances at 1 p.m. (on weekends), story time and pictures with Santa. Dives at noon and 3 p.m. on weekends; noon on Fridays and Saturdays. Through Dec. 24. Included with admission. $29.95, $19.95 ages 4 to 12, free ages 3 and younger. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: No. Phone: 206-386-4300. Friday, December 14, 2018, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM. Seattle Aquarium 1483 Alaskan Way, Pier 59 Seattle WA 98101. For more info visit www.seattleaquarium.org.

Holiday Craft Market

Seattle Area Gift-seekers can browse the handcrafted offerings of Urban Craft Uprising artisans in a unique setting. The Holiday Market is open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from Nov. 23 to Dec. 23. Fridays and Saturdays, Noon to 7 p.m. Sundays, Noon to 5 p.m. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Friday, December 14, 2018, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Westlake Park 401 Pine St. Seattle, WA 98101. For more info visit downtownseattle.org.

Pioneer Square Neighborhood Holiday Market

Seattle Area Numerous vendors local to Pioneer Square are coming together for a Holiday Market in Occidental Square. Carolers will be singing holiday classics, and you can enjoy prizes and free hot cocoa. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Friday, December 14, 2018, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM. Pioneer Square 117 S. Washington St. Seattle, WA 98101. For more info visit downtownseattle.org.

Kids Cafe Afterschool Meals

The Seattle Public Library Where: High Point Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Kids & Families. Teens. Language: English. Summary: Kids Café Afterschool Meals - Kids & Teens Eat Free! Description: Kids and teens ages 1-18 are invited to stop by for free afterschool meals before heading on to other activities. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. This program is co-sponsored by The Seattle Public Library, City of Seattle Human Services, and United Way of King County, with additional support from USDA. Contact Info: High Point Branch. 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 14, 2018, 2:45 PM – 3:45 PM.

Kids Cafe Afterschool Meals

The Seattle Public Library Where: Broadview Branch. Room Location: Meeting Room. Audience: Kids & Families. Teens. Language: English. Summary: Kids Café Afterschool Meals - Kids & Teens Eat Free! Description: Kids and teens ages 1-18 are invited to stop by for free afterschool meals before heading on to other activities. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. This program is co-sponsored by The Seattle Public Library, City of Seattle Human Services, and United Way of King County, with additional support from USDA. Contact Info: Broadview Branch. 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 14, 2018, 2:45 PM – 3:45 PM.

The Polar Express™ Train - Mt. Rainier Railroad

South Sound Wear your pajamas and ride a historic train as you enjoy story time, treats and a gift from Santa. Various dates and times through Dec. 31. $27 to $60; $4 parking. Free for lap children ages 2 and younger. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: Yes. Phone: 360-569-7959. Friday, December 14, 2018, 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM. Mount Rainier Railroad and Logging Museum 54124 Mountain Hwy E. Elbe WA 98330. For more info visit mtrainierrailroad.com.

Kids Cafe Afterschool Meals

The Seattle Public Library Where: South Park Branch. Room Location: The Satterberg Foundation Children's Area. Audience: Kids & Families. Teens. Language: English. Summary: Kids Café Afterschool Meals - Kids & Teens Eat Free! Description: Kids and teens ages 1-18 are invited to stop by for free afterschool meals before heading on to other activities. Notes: Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. This program is co-sponsored by The Seattle Public Library, City of Seattle Human Services, and United Way of King County, with additional support from USDA. Contact Info: South Park Branch. 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 14, 2018, 3:45 PM – 4:15 PM.

Enchant: A World of Christmas Wonder

Seattle Area Safeco Field is transformed into a holiday wonderland. Light maze, ice skating trail, holiday market, Santa visits and nightly entertainment. 4 to 10 pm; ticketed arrival windows vary – check website. Today through Dec. 30 (closed November 26 and December 3 & 10). Tickets start at $20; free children 3 and younger. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: Yes. Email: seattle@enchantchristmas.com. Friday, December 14, 2018, 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Safeco Field 1250 1st Ave S. Seattle, WA 98134. For more info visit enchantchristmas.com.

Snow Day in Denny Park

Seattle Area Enjoy a whimsical, festive stroll through through Denny Park while it's illuminated with festival holiday lights. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Pre-register: No. Friday, December 14, 2018, 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Denny Park 100 Dexter Ave N Seattle, WA 98109. For more info visit www.facebook.com.

Snow Day in Denny Park Grand Opening Party

Seattle Area A winter lighting display in Denny Park with holiday-themed entertainment, interactive crafts, food trucks, beer garden, giant snow globe photo booth, mini holiday market and more. Live acoustic holiday music from local artists, plus a festive playlist curated by a KEXP DJ. The lights display will continue to be displayed every night from 4 p.m to 9 p.m. through Jan 20. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Pre-register: No. Friday, December 14, 2018, 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Denny Park 100 Dexter Ave N Seattle, WA 98109. For more info visit www.facebook.com.

Solstice Stroll

Seattle Area Enjoy exploring gardens adorned with lights and art pieces. $10 suggested donation. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Phone: 206-801-7296. Friday, December 14, 2018, 4:30 PM – 8:00 PM. Kruckeberg Botanic Garden 20312 15th Ave. N.W. Shoreline WA 98177. For more info visit www.kruckeberg.org.

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. daily through Dec. 30. $5, free ages 10 and younger. Free nights are Nov. 24-29 (first come, first served). Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Phone: 425-452-6844. Email: gardendlights@bellevuebotanical.org. Friday, December 14, 2018, 4:30 PM – 9:00 PM. Bellevue Botanical Garden 12001 Main St. Bellevue WA 98005.

Diamond Street Lights

Farther Afield A holiday light show runs daily from 4:45 to 11 p.m. Tune your radio to FM 88.7 to hear synchronized music. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Pre-register: No. Friday, December 14, 2018, 4:45 PM – 11:55 PM. 214 N Diamond St Centralia, WA 98531. For more info visit www.facebook.com.

Gingerbread Jubilee

Seattle Area Celebrate the holidays with family fun at Ballard Community Center. There will be all sorts of holiday crafts, music, and a gingerbread house construction zone. $5. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Phone: 206-684-4093. Friday, December 14, 2018, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM. Ballard Community Center 6020 28th Ave. N.W. Seattle WA 98107. For more info visit parkways.seattle.gov.

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 14, 2018, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Gene Coulon Beach Park 1201 Lake Washington Blvd. N. Renton WA 98056. For more info visit rentonwa.gov.

The Lights of Christmas Festival

North Sound Head out of town -- just one hour north of Seattle -- for the largest Christmas festival in the Pacific Northwest. More than ONE MILLION lights in dazzling displays, live entertainment, children’s activities, food, gift shops and more.  $16; special discounts for children, youth, seniors and military (see website). Free parking. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: No. Phone: 800-228-6724. Email: enews@warmbeach.com. Friday, December 14, 2018, 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Warm Beach Camp & Conference Center 20800 Marine Drive Stanwood, WA 98292.

St. Lucia Day Festival

South Sound Holiday crafts, Scandinavian treats and games. $2. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Phone: 253-858-6722 ext. 6. Friday, December 14, 2018, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM. Harbor History Museum 4121 Harborview Drive Gig Harbor WA 98332. For more info visit harborhistorymuseum.org.

Wild Waves Holiday with Lights

South Sound Light displays, rides, Santa photos, entertainment and more. See online for schedule. $14.99, $9.99 seniors, military, AAA, kids under 48" tall, free ages 3 and younger, discount tickets available. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Phone: 253-661-8000. Friday, December 14, 2018, 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Wild Waves Theme Park 36201 Enchanted Pkwy. S. Federal Way WA 98003. For more info visit www.wildwaves.com.

Zoolights

South Sound See the Zoo transformed into a colorful winter wonderland with more than a half-million lights. The holiday spirit comes aglow in this magical world of dazzling 3-D animal light displays. 5 to 9 p.m. Nov. 24 through Jan. 6. Closed on Dec. 24. $6-$12. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: No. Phone: 253-591-5337. Friday, December 14, 2018, 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. 5 (closed Dec. 12 and 24-25). $15 adults, $12 children. Free parking. Entry at West and South gates. Free parking after 4:30 p.m. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Phone: 206-548-2500. Friday, December 14, 2018, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM. Woodland Park Zoo 5500 Phinney Ave. N. Seattle WA 98103. For more info visit www.zoo.org.

Holiday Tour of Lights

North Sound Hop aboard the 20-minute Merrysville Express Rotary Train and see winter scenes done in lights. Dec. 7-8, 12-15 and 19-22. Suggested donation of $5, $3 youth, $20 family. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Phone: 360-363-8400. Friday, December 14, 2018, 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM. Cedarcrest Golf Course 6810 84th St. N.E. Marysville WA 98270. For more info visit marysvillewa.gov.

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. through Jan. 1. Half-price on Nov. 26-28 and Dec. 3-5. $14 per vehicle. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: No. Phone: 253-798-4177. Friday, December 14, 2018, 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM. Spanaway Park 15320 Bresemann Blvd. SW Spanaway, WA 98387. For more info visit www.piercecountywa.gov.

The Polar Express™ Train - Mt. Rainier Railroad

South Sound Wear your pajamas and ride a historic train as you enjoy story time, treats and a gift from Santa. Various dates and times through Dec. 31. $27 to $60; $4 parking. Free for lap children ages 2 and younger. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: Yes. Phone: 360-569-7959. Friday, December 14, 2018, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM. Mount Rainier Railroad and Logging Museum 54124 Mountain Hwy E. Elbe WA 98330. For more info visit mtrainierrailroad.com.

Family Game Night

Seattle Area Enjoy a fun evening with family, friends, and neighbors playing board games. Use games provided, or bring some from home. Adults must supervise children. Held on the second Friday of every month. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Friday, December 14, 2018, 6:00 PM – 7:45 PM. Miller Community Center 330 19th Ave E. Seattle, WA 98112. For more info visit www.seattle.gov.

Parents’ Night Out Drop ‘n Shop

Seattle Area Get those last minute and surprise gifts taken care of without the “help” of your little ones. Activities will keep them busy, along with cheese pizza, fruit and lots of fun. Children must be potty trained, and E-13’s are required. $25 (Second Child $20). Ages 3-10. Age recommendation: Preschool. Elementary School. Pre-register: Yes. Phone: 206-684-7534. Friday, December 14, 2018, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center 6535 Ravenna Ave NE Seattle, WA 98115. For more info visit parkways.seattle.gov.

PhinneyWood Phestivus

Seattle Area Ride the Emerald City Trolley and enjoy a light show and various holiday activities. Age recommendation: Toddler. Preschool. Elementary School. Cost: FREE. Pre-register: No. Phone: 206-783-2244. Email: biz@phinneycenter.org. Friday, December 14, 2018, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Greenwood Neighborhood N 65th St. & Phinney Ave N. For more info visit www.phinneycenter.org.

Winter Wonderland Party

Seattle Area This holiday party for kids has craft projects, holiday pictures, a bouncy house and treats. Santa will visit from a North Pole. Parents and grandparents are welcome, too. $1 per child. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: No. Phone: 206-233-0042. Friday, December 14, 2018, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM. International District/Chinatown Community Center 719 8th Ave S. Seattle, WA 98104. For more info visit www.seattle.gov.

Dinner Theater: A Christmas Carol...More or Less

North Sound This humorous twist on a Christmas favorite tells the story of a small theater group faced with the impossible, while “the show must go on.” What twists and turns are in store for the cast as they overcome one surprise after another? $59 Dinner Theater. $39 Sunday Dessert Matinee. Admission to The Lights of Christmas Festival is included in theater purchase. For ages 8 and older. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: Yes. Phone: 800-228-6724. Email: enews@warmbeach.com. Friday, December 14, 2018, 6:00 PM – 9:45 PM. Warm Beach Camp & Conference Center 20800 Marine Drive Stanwood, WA 98292. For more info visit www.thelightsofchristmas.com.

Family Game Night

Seattle Area Teens can invite family and friends for an evening of fun and games. Refreshments provided. Age recommendation: Middle School. High School. Cost: FREE. Pre-register: No. Phone: 206-386-1919. Friday, December 14, 2018, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM. Rainier Community Center 4600 38th Ave S. Seattle, WA 98118. For more info visit www.seattle.gov.

Family Skate Night

Seattle Area Skate along to music and play fun games. Bring your own skates or blades or borrow a pair. 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. Phone: 206-684-7524. Friday, December 14, 2018, 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.

Holiday Party

Seattle Area This celebration of the seasons' many wonders includes a need-based toy giveaway. Preregistration is required to receive a toy at the event. Call 206-684-4788 for details. Toy distribution will occur the week after the event. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Pre-register: No. Phone: 206-684-4788. Friday, December 14, 2018, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM. Garfield Community Center 2323 E Cherry St. Seattle, WA 98122. For more info visit www.seattle.gov.

The Bee Man of Orn

Seattle Area This original, interactive fairytale explores themes of transformation, change, and teamwork by weaving together obscure folk tales from all over the world. $10-$20. Pay-what-you-can tickets are available. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: Toddler. Preschool. Elementary School. Middle School. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: Yes. Email: dachatheatre@gmail.com. Friday, December 14, 2018, 6:30 PM – 7:40 PM. Phinney Neighborhood Association 6532 Phinney Ave N Seattle, WA 98103. For more info visit beeman.brownpapertickets.com.

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Seattle Area See a live-action 40-minute adaptation of the classic Peanuts holiday movie. Various dates through Dec. 27. Nov. 29 is a pay-what-you-can preview. Sensory friendly performances on Dec. 1 at 4 p.m. and Dec. 8 at 11 a.m. $25, $15 ages 12 and younger, $5 lap children 2 and younger. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Phone: 206-781-9707. Friday, December 14, 2018, 7:00 PM – 7:40 PM. Taproot Theatre 204 N. 85th St. Seattle WA 98103. For more info visit taproottheatre.org.

Broadway's Best by Stone Soup's Youth Conservatory

Seattle Area Stone Soup's Youth Conservatory performs in this play featuring music from Hamilton, Rent, Chicago, and more. 7 p.m. through Dec. 14. 2 p.m. Dec. 15. $10. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: All ages. Infant. Toddler. Preschool. Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: No. Phone: 206-388-9212. Email: stonesoup.marketing@gmail.com. Friday, December 14, 2018, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Wallingford Presbyterian Church 1414 N. 42nd St. Seattle WA 98103. For more info visit www.stonesouptheatre.org.

Skwim

Seattle Area Bring your family and friends and play a game that is a mix of water polo and Frisbee golf. You’ll play along with kids, teens, and adults. Must have swimming ability to swim independently of others. $3.75 for youth under age 18. $5.50 ages 18-64. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 206-684-0780. Friday, December 14, 2018, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Greenlake Community Center/Evans pool 7201 East Green Lake Dr. N. Seattle, WA 98115. For more info visit www.seattle.gov.

The Velveteen Rabbit

Seattle Area Welcome the holiday season with this heart-warming and much-loved classic story about a very shy toy rabbit who longs for nothing more than to become real. This bold and adventure-filled adaptation arrives at SCT following four successful runs at the Unicorn Theatre in London - the UK’s leading theatre for young audiences. Tickets start at $15; please check website or call for information. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: Preschool. Elementary School. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: Yes. Phone: 206-441-3322. Email: tickets@sct.org. Friday, December 14, 2018, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM. Seattle Children's Theatre 201 Thomas St. Seattle, WA 98109. For more info visit www.sct.org.

Shrek The Musical Jr

Eastside It's a "big bright beautiful world" as everyone's favorite ogre, Shrek, leads a cast of fairytale misfits on an adventure to rescue a princess and find true acceptance. Part romance and part twisted fairy tale, Shrek JR. is an irreverently fun show with a powerful message for the whole family. Performance Dates: December 1315, 7 p.m. December 15-16, 2 p.m. ​Rated: G General Admission seating. $15 adults, $12 seniors and children. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Friday, December 14, 2018, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Redmond High School's Performing Arts Center 17272 NE 104th St. Redmond, WA 98052. For more info visit www.redmondacademy.org.

Snowflake Lane

Eastside It "snows" nightly on a parade of live toy soldiers and other characters, music and a light show. Nov. 23 is Santa's arrival and a tree lighting, with music, cocoa and cookies. 7 p.m. daily through Dec. 24. Park in any of the free parking garages and pick your favorite spot on the sidewalk to view the show. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: FREE. Phone: 425-646-3660. Friday, December 14, 2018, 7:00 PM. Bellevue Way N.E. between N.E. Eighth Street and N.E. Fourth Street Bellevue WA 98004. For more info visit snowflakelane.com.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical

South Sound Auburn Community Players present the classic tale as a musical. Various times through December 16. $22, $19 seniors/students. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Phone: 253-931-3000. Friday, December 14, 2018, 7:00 PM. Auburn Avenue Theater 10 Auburn Ave. Auburn WA 98002. For more info visit app.arts-people.com.

Tiny Tim's Christmas Carol

South Sound This adaptation engages children of all ages into the fantastical Christmas tale. Tiny Tim is determined to have his father home for Christmas day even if it means teaching Ebenezer Scrooge a lesson in Christmas cheer. Can this clever boy and his best friend Charlotte save Christmas and change the heart of the greediest man in town? Adapted from the classic Charles Dickens’ novel, this is a heartwarming tale of compassion and forgiveness. $20, $16 student/senior/military, $15 youth. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: Yes. Phone: 360-570-1638. Friday, December 14, 2018, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Olympia Family Theater 612 4th Ave E Olympia, WA 98501. For more info visit olyft.org.

George Balanchine's The Nutcracker

Seattle Area Pacific Northwest Ballet presents the Tchaikovsky classic, featuring costumes and sets designed by author/illustrator Ian Falconer (Olivia the Pig).  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 14, 2018, 7:30 PM. McCaw Hall 301 Mercer St. Seattle WA 98109. For more info visit www.pnb.org.

Holiday Spectacular Ice Show

Seattle Area This annual holiday show features holiday skating routines from class skaters, competitive skaters, and more. Watch The Highlanders Synchronized Skating Team, the Washington Ice Emeralds Synchronized Skating Teams, the Seattle Ice Theatre, and the 2018 World Fancy Skating Bronze Champion and many more. Seating for this family-friendly event is rink side. Temperatures are about 35 degrees, so wear your winter clothes and feel free to bring a blanket. Age recommendation: All ages. Infant. Toddler. Preschool. Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: FREE. Pre-register: No. Phone: 206-546-2431. Email: info@highlandice.com. Friday, December 14, 2018, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM. Highland Ice 18005 Aurora Ave N Shoreline, WA 98133. For more info visit www.highlandice.com.

A Celtic Yuletide

South Sound Magical Strings' annual show features Celtic music and instruments, Irish step dancing and special guests. $25 to $32, $12 children. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Phone: 800-838-3006. Friday, December 14, 2018, 7:30 PM. Urban Grace Church 902 Market St. Tacoma WA 98402. For more info visit www.brownpapertickets.com.

Ballet Northwest's The Nutcracker

South Sound Annual production of the holiday classic features a cast of 200. 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. weekends, through Dec. 16. $14 to $35. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Phone: 360-753-8566. Friday, December 14, 2018, 7:30 PM. Washington Center for the Performing Arts 512 Washington St. S.E. Olympia WA 98501. For more info visit www.washingtoncenter.org.

Scrooge! The Musical

South Sound Watch a theater performance about the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge, who undergoes a profound experience of redemption over the course of a Christmas Eve night after being visited by the ghost of his former partner Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. December 7th - December 30th, 2018 Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm Sundays at 2:00pm SPECIAL ADDED PERFORMANCES: Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 2:00pm Saturday, December 22, 2018 at 2:00pm Wednesday, December 26, 2018 at 7:30pm Thursday, December 27, 2018 at 7:30pm Pay What You Can: Thursday, December 20th at 7:30pm. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Phone: 253-272-2281. Friday, December 14, 2018, 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM. Tacoma Little Theater 210 N I St. Tacoma, WA 98403. For more info visit www.tacomalittletheatre.com.

The Polar Express™ Train - Mt. Rainier Railroad

South Sound Wear your pajamas and ride a historic train as you enjoy story time, treats and a gift from Santa. Various dates and times through Dec. 31. $27 to $60; $4 parking. Free for lap children ages 2 and younger. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: Yes. Phone: 360-569-7959. Friday, December 14, 2018, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Mount Rainier Railroad and Logging Museum 54124 Mountain Hwy E. Elbe WA 98330. For more info visit mtrainierrailroad.com.

The Wizard of Oz

Farther Afield Dorothy thinks she is lost forever when a terrifying tornado crashes through Kansas and whisks her and her dog, Toto, far away to the magical land of Oz. This stage version of The Wizard of Oz was first presented by the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Barbican Centre in London in 1987. $24-$29. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: All ages. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: Yes. Friday, December 14, 2018, 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM. Bainbridge Performing Arts 200 Madison Ave N. Bainbridge Island, WA 98110. For more info visit www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org.

Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley

Seattle Area Merry Christmas from Mr. and Mrs. Darcy! Seizing the opportunity to be the heroine of her own story, middle-sister Mary pursues her equal. $27-$52. Nov. 21 performance is a pay-what-you-can preview. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Friday, December 14, 2018, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Taproot Theatre 204 N 85th St. Seattle, WA 98103. For more info visit www.taproottheatre.org.

Matilda

Eastside Roald Dahl’s beloved magical misfit comes to Village Theatre’s stage in this hit musical. Matilda is the story of an extraordinary girl genius armed with a sharp mind and a vivid imagination who dares to take a stand and change her destiny.  Ticket prices vary by seat location. Visit the website for details. Performance Type: Theater. Age recommendation: Elementary School. Middle School. High School. Cost: Fee. Pre-register: Yes. Phone: 425-392-2202. Friday, December 14, 2018, 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM. Francis J. Gaudette Theatre 303 Front Street North Issaquah, WA 98027. For more info visit villagetheatre.org.