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Unique Seattle-area holiday fun for families

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If your family is looking for a more unique holiday experience, switch up your usual seasonal plans and check out one of these sweet local events.


Watch Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory in Smell-O-Vision

Watch this 70s classic in smell-o-vision at the SIFF Film Center. All ages.

Various days and times from Dec. 11 to Jan. 3; see schedule here.  

$15, $14 seniors and youth, $10 SIFF members

SIFF FIlm Center, Warren Ave N and Republican, Seattle, 98109


A Kwanzaa celebration at NAAM

Head to the Northwest African-American Museum for Kwanzaa crafts, storytime and the chance to take photos with an African-American Santa.

Saturday, Dec. 12, 12 to 3 pm; $7, $5 students and seniors, free 4 and under

2300 S Massachusetts St, Seattle, 98144


Eat cookies with Mrs. Claus

Celebrate the season with Mrs. Claus, who will hand out cookies this weekend; also, scope live reindeer at their Gingerbread House display and take a photo with Santa.

Saturday, Dec. 12 and Sunday, Dec. 13, 12 to 3 pm; free

Country Village Shops, 23718 Bothell-Everett Hwy, Bothell, 98021


Home for the Holidays at Imagine Children’s Museum

Santa will visit kids in the museum’s lodge, the Quilceda Carvers will facilitate wood ornament decoration for families and kids, kids can participate in “carpet skating,” and everyone can make ornament cards to take home in the Art Studio during this Home for the Holidays event.

Saturday, Dec. 12, 10 am to 4 pm; included with admission ($10, kids under 1 year free)

Imagine Children’s Museum, 1502 Wall St, Everett, 98201


Santa’s Landing Party

Santa arrives via airplane to the Museum of Flight at 11:45 am, and he’ll host family activities, holiday music and other indoor activities.

Saturday, Dec. 12, 11 am to 4 pm; $20, $17 seniors and military, $12 kids 5 to 17, free kids 4 and under.

9404 E Marginal Way S, Seattle, 98108


A winter Celebration at Woodland Park Zoo

Watch the animals at WPZ as they receive holiday-themed treats, like wreaths and evergreens with fruit and wrapped boxes.

Dec. 12-14 and 19-21, 11 am to 2 pm; included with admission ($13.75, $9.25 ages 3 to 12, free ages 2 and under)

5500 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, 98103


caspar babypants performs live

Watch everyone’s favorite local kindie rocker perform.

Saturday, Dec. 12, 10:30 am; free – Top Pot Doughnuts, 15311 Main St, Mill Creek, 98012

Saturday, Dec. 19, 10:30 am; free –  Top Pot Doughnuts, 1416 NW 46th St, Seattle, 98107


Diving Santa at the Seattle Aquarium

See Santa dive at the Seattle Aquarium while you listen to awesome live music at 1:30 pm.

Weekends through Dec. 20, 12 and 3 pm; included with admission ($22.95, $15.95 ages 4 to 12, free ages 3 and under)

December 12, caspar babypants

December 13, Red Octopus

December 19, Johnny Bregar

1483 Alaskan Way, Pier 59, Seattle, 98101


Snacks with Santa at Seattle Children’s Museum

Sit down to work on a gingerbread project while your kiddo waits to visit Santa. Hurry, because this event sells out every year!

Dec. 17, 11 am, 11:40 am, 12:20 pm

Dec. 18, 12 pm, 12:40 pm, 1:20 pm

Dec. 19, 11 am, 11:40 am, 12:20 pm, 1 pm

$7 per person for members and non-members 1 year and up, plus admission ($8.25, $7.25 grandparents, free younger than 1 year)

Seattle Children’s Museum, 305 Harrison St, Seattle, 98109


Illuminated Traditions: Christmas in Arendelle at the Museum of Glass

Head to the Museum of Glass in Tacoma for Scandinavian Christmas giftmaking. In addition to crafting, the museum will feature the Rainier Ringers bell choir at 1 pm. All ages.

Saturday, Dec. 19, 1 to 4 pm;  Included with admission ($15, $12 seniors, students and military, $5 for kids 6 to 12, free 5 and under)

1801 Dock Street, Tacoma, 98402


Joyeuses Fetes at Northwest Film Forum

Join the Northwest Film Forum as they preview the Children’s Film Festival. They’ll show French language films and other short children’s films about winter in addition to offering kids’ crafts.

Saturday, Dec. 19, 3 pm; $11, $8 seniors, students and youth, $6 NWFF members.

1515 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122


Fun with Frosty

Meet Frosty the Snowman and Hippity Hop the rabbit from 12 to 3 pm on Dec. 19 and 20  at Country Village in Bothell, and don’t miss the magic show, crafts and games.

Dec. 19 and 20, 12 to 3 pm; free

Country Village, 23730 Bothell-Everett Highway, Bothell, 98021

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