December Play List: 30-plus Outings for Seattle Kids and Families
Trying to get shopping done, entertain the kids and get in the holiday spirit? Here's a 30-plus-ingredient recipe for great family outings this weekend.
Weekend events, Dec. 6–8
- On Friday night, Dec. 6, head to downtown Seattle to see the annual Figgy Pudding caroling competition, where dozens of choirs go song to song on different street corners. (Don't miss the carousel and Pacific Place "snow," too!)
- Also on Friday, celebrate the opening of Clam Lights at Coulon Beach in Renton, with a Christmas Ship stop.
- On Saturday, Dec. 7 at 5 p.m., West Seattle Junction's Christmas tree lighting features music from several choral groups.
- On Saturday, Dec. 7, Bothell's Country Village holiday fun includes a roaming Grinch, train and pony rides, lights, and of course, Santa arriving at 7 p.m.
- Also on Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., drop by the Gage Academy Drawing Jam in Seattle for an all-ages art blast ($10; kids and teens FREE).
- And get in the giving spirit at Wellspring Family Services with a rockin' family concert by Caspar Babypants and a chance to help Wellspring, on Saturday, Dec. 7, 1–3:30 p.m.
- Redmond Lights Festival on Saturday, Dec. 7, features a festive campus lighting at City Hall, then a luminary walk fro City Hall to Town Center, with ice-sculpting, reindeer, music and more. .(On Friday, kids can get their pic taken with Blitz, the Seahawks mascot.)
- Many more tree lightings and Santa arrivals abound this weekend.
Take in a show or concert
- ArtsWest in West Seattle explores courage, friendship and loss in Little Women: The Broadway Musical.
- Get a dose of holiday hilarity at Seattlle Public Theater's The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.
- Get inspired by young voices at kids' choral concerts, including Northwest Boychoir's beloved "A Festival of Lessons and & Carols" (Saturday at 8 p.m. and other performances) and Bellevue GirlChoir's "Good Cheer' concert, also Saturday at 7 p.m.
- On Sunday, Dec. 8, the all-volunteer Lake Union Civic Orchestra leads a joyful sing-along at Town Hall Seattle.
- Many of the big holiday shows are in full swing, including ACT's chain-rattling A Christmas Carol; Oliver!' at the 5th Avenue Theatre, and — of course — Pacific Northwest Ballet's Nutcracker.
- Speaking of The Nutcracker, see our guide to find the show right for you, including several tot-friendly one-hour versions.
- For a zany Christmas show truly geared to all ages, try 'Twas the Night at Studio East at Kirkland, with multiple shows a day.
- See our calendar listings for a full list of shows, holiday and otherwise.
Ongoing holiday fun
- Catch a Christmas Ship! Gather for bonfires and singalongs at one of the Argosy Christmas Ships 20-something stops around the Sound.
- In northeast Seattle, stop by the Lamb of God Lutheran Church for its locally famous Nativity exhibit, with nativity scenes from more than 96 countries.
- Wander through downtown Seattle's holiday best includes the Sheraton's Gingerbread Village, the Teddy Bear Suite at the Fairmont Olympic, and the Westlake Carousel and Pacific Place snow flurries.
- Combine science fun and Santa with a trip to the Seattle Aquarium on weekends through December 22, where Diving Santa will be hanging out in the Washington Waters exhibit.
- Snowflake Lane has lavish music and light shows at the Bellevue Collection, starring real-life tin soldiers and more, nightly at 7 p.m. through Dec. 24.
- Seattle Center's Winterfest is a one-stop-shop for holiday fun, from ice skating to amazing performances (Dickens Carolers on Friday) to a magical holiday train set-up.
- Go ice skating: The outdoor holiday rinks are opening; and our area's terrific indoor rinks are open all the time.
- For more holiday-fun ideas, check out our holiday magic on a budget guide.