Seattle Kids Weekend Events: Dec. 3-5

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December events are serving up fantastic times for Seattle families and it all starts this weekend. While we know booking Santa photos and keeping an eye out for the Christmas Ship are on your list, we can’t wait for: returning reindeer, fanciful snow people and the chance to drink gas pump hot cocoa.

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Hands on Hanukkah
This winter, the Stroum Jewish Community Center is taking Hanukkah on the road and heading to the West Seattle Farmers Market. They’ll be bringing their Hands on Hanukkah program to communities across King County to share and celebrate the holiday with arts and crafts and tasty treats. Stop by the booth at the market to say “hi” and create your own Hanukkah artwork. This event will also be at the Garden d’Lights in Bellevue on Saturday. Sun. Event details.

Winter in the Woods
Ferry over to Bainbridge Island for a fanciful outdoor activity that opens this weekend. How many fanciful snow people and critters can you spot on the trail at Bloedel Reserve? These wooden creatures, all handcrafted and decorated by Bloedel staff, are made from fallen trees and other materials found on the grounds. When you arrive make a wish on the Wishing Tree, and if you’re able, please consider donating a new or gently used winter item to the winter clothing drive. Tickets are required. Dec. 4-Jan. 9, 2022. Event details.

Games & Photos at Kringle’s Filling Station
Bring the kids to the Kringle Filling Station, a special holiday experience that’s new this year. The Kringle’s are only opening the garage for the holidays and you’ll get to meet the whole gang when you visit. Expect games, photo ops (for an additional fee) and hot cocoa you can drink from a fuel pump. Get tickets online. Through Dec. 23. Event details.


Issaquah Reindeer Festival
This weekend marks the return of an Eastside favorite. A totally unique annual holiday celebration, the Issaquah Reindeer Festival at Cougar Mountain Zoo, gives kids a chance to see reindeer live an in-person while enjoying the sights and sounds of the holidays at the zoo. Santa’s also in the mix if that’s your thing. He’ll be on site and picture-ready from December 1-23 to hear winter wishes and stories from good kids of all ages. Tickets are required. Dec. 1-30. Event details.

Family Service Event: Compassion
Join Camp Kindness Counts as you and the kids practice compassion this month with your friends and other families by making cards of encouragement and snack bags for those experiencing homelessness this December. The goal is to make 200 snack packs and everyone is needed to reach this goal.  All snack packs will be made with donations provided. Make sure to stick around at the end for a short reflection time. Registration is required. Sun. Event details.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
It’s opening weekend for Eastside Studio’s in-theater holiday production. Kids of all ages will love watching The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, a charming one-hour play that follows the outrageous shenanigans of the Herdman siblings, a.k.a.“the worst kids in the history of the world.” The siblings take over the annual Christmas pageant in a hilarious yet heartwarming tale involving the Three Wise Men, a ham, scared shepherds and six rowdy kids. This year’s pageant is definitely like no other, but maybe that’s exactly what makes it so special. Tickets are required. Weekends, Dec. 4-19. Event details.

—Allison Sutcliffe


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