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Free weekend fun around Seattle, Dec. 8-9

Head to Tacoma for some Victorian revelry at the Dickens Festival.

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Fa-la-la-la-la! Time for the Deck the Dock Kids Dance Party with KEXP this Sunday. Also free this weekend: holiday music, museum play, a Dickens Festival, story times, and a pathway of lights around Green Lake.

All Weekend Long, All Around the Sound

There are light shows and holiday events happening all over the place this weekend and ongoing throughout the month. Many events are free!



Go birding while strolling around Green Lake. Meet behind the Bathhouse Theater. 8 a.m. to noon. Green Lake.

Play bean bag toss and sip apple cider. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Ballard Commons Park.

Ride in a horse-drawn carriage through Pioneer Square. 1 to 5 p.m. Occidental Park, Seattle.

Listen to the Northwest Youth Harp Ensemble play holiday favorites. 2 to 3 p.m. Ballard Library.

Meet reindeer and make holiday crafts at the The Neighborhood Holiday Advent Festival. 1 to 3 p.m. St. Stephens Episcopal Church, Laurelhurst.

Tour the MaST Center – the marine biology aquarium and facility at Highline College and watch a live dive. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Marine Science and Technology Center, Des Moines.

Celebrate the holidays with community friends and neighbors at Yesler. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Yesler Community Center.

Read about bicycles and do bike-related crafts. 10:30 to 11 a.m. G&O Family Cyclery, Greenwood.

Learn Afro-Brazilian dance. 2 to 4 p.m. Seward Park Amphitheater, Seattle.

Take an evening stroll during Green Lake Pathway of Lights and listen to acoustic music along the way. 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Green Lake Park.

Hear local musicians play at Fremont Festivus. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fremont.

Look for laughter in a special holiday story time filled with giggles. 11 a.m. Elliot Bay Book Company, Capitol Hill.


Rock out with KEXP, The Not-Its and Mikey Mike the Rad Scientist at the Deck the Dock Kids Dance Party. 2 to 4 p.m. Pier 66 at Bell Harbor.

Sail around Lake Union and see how magical the lake can be in wintertime. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Center for Wooden Boats, South Lake Union

Create sculptural self-portraits with found objects and modeling clay. 1 to 3 p.m. Henry Art Gallery, U-District.

Find unique gifts and people watching at the holiday bazar and market during Fremont Festivus. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fremont.



Put on ballet slippers for Nutcracker story time. 1 to 2 p.m. Sammamish Library.

Watch Santa’s arrrgh-rival for a pirate-themed Christmas celebration. 7 to 8 p.m. Country Village, Bothell.



Hop aboard the Dinosaur Train for a special children’s museum play day with activities themed around the popular PBS Kids show. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Children’s Museum of Tacoma.

Celebrate with Victorian revelry at the Dickens Festival. There will be costumed characters, caroling, and carriage rides. Noon to 4 p.m. Stadium District, Tacoma

Prepare for the New Year by create a honeycomb-themed book to record 2019 goals at the Museum of Glass’ “Buzzing Into the New Year” Family Day. 1 to 4 p.m. Museum of Glass, Tacoma.

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