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Best of This Weekend Around Seattle December 9 – 11

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There are lots of ongoing holiday activities around Seattle. Click HERE for a list! PLUS, there are some fun activities happening this weekend ONLY! Here are our favorites:

Green Lake Pathway Of Lights
Saturday, December 10
5:00pm – 8:00pm
7201 E Green Lake Drive N
Seattle, WA 98115
http://www.facebook.com/GreenLakePathwayofLights

This yearly FREE event brings neighbors, friends, families and Seattle together to light up the night in one of the darkest months of the year in a celebration of light and the many holidays of December. Volunteer music groups, and people setting up and taking down the candles and helping with the event wanted!

Family Gingerbread Workshop
Friday, December 9
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Saturday, December 10
10:00am – 11:30am
12:30pm – 2:00pm
2:30pm – 4:00pm
Hilton Hotel Bellevue
300 112th Avenue SE
Bellevue, WA 98004
425.637.8100
http://www.kidsquestmuseum.org

KidsQuest Children’s Museum invites families to work together to create a unique gingerbread house at the beautiful Hilton Hotel Bellevue. All the materials are there for you, including a candy buffet and lots of frosting…PLUS they clean up the mess! All you need is your imagination to enjoy the house of your dreams throughout the season. Snacks and cider are provided by Hilton Hotel Bellevue. $35/member family, $40/non-member family. Online pre-registration required and space is limited. All ages welcome.

Barnes and Noble’s Polar Express Party
Friday, December 9
7:00
http://www.bn.com

This national, free Barnes and Noble storytime event includes hot chocolate, cookies and lots of fun for kids and parents. From Woodinville to Olympia, the classic story of a child’s train ride to the North Pole will enchant your child this holiday season. Kids are encouraged to come dressed in their pajamas, just like the children aboard the Polar Express. The story, written by Chris Van Allsburg, has been a favorite of youngsters for over 25 years. Most recently, Warner Brothers made it into an animated movie by the same name. Check HERE for a participating Barnes and Noble bookstore near you.

Christmas Rush Fun Run 5K and 10K
Saturday, December 10
9:50am
Russell Road Park
24400 Russell Road
Kent, WA 98032
http://www.KentArts.com

Both the 10K and 5K are certified and chip timed by BuDu Racing. Highlights include live holiday music performed by the Kentwood High School band, random prizes and awards for the top five finishers in each age group. All ages welcome.

Polar Bear Birthday
Saturday, December 10
12:00pm
Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium
5400 N Pearl Street
Tacoma, WA 98407
253.591.5337
http://www.pdza.org

Help celebrate birthdays of the zoo’s four polar bears! See the bears receive special toys and treats and learn about their fascinating lives from their keepers. Two of the bears, Glacier and Blizzard, were found as orphans in the Arctic and will be 16 years old in December. The other two bears, Boris and Kenny, were rescued from a Mexican circus and will turn 26 and 27.

Make a Gingerbread House with American Girl
Sunday, December 13
3:00pm
American Girl Seattle – Alderwood Mall
3000 184th Street
Lynnwood, WA 98037
http://www.americangirl.com

Design and decorate your own gingerbread house! This festive activity includes everything your girl needs to make a one-of-a-kind holiday centerpiece — gingerbread pieces, frosting, and lots of candy decorations. She’ll also enjoy a delicious meal. Tickets are $40/person. Call for reservations 877.247.5223. For girls 8 and up.

Lucia Bal and Lucia Festival
Saturday and Sunday
December 10 and 11
Swedish Cultural Center
1920 Dexter Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98109
http://www.swedishculturalcenter.org

Saturday, December 10 is the Lucia Bal Celebration! Dress formally and come to the most festive night of the year Arrive at 6:00pm for an hour of delicious glögg and cocktails. The Lucia pageant begins at 7:00pm with music and the spirit of a Swedish Christmas. A full julbord with all the Julmiddag fixings will be served. $60/members and $70/guests. Call 206.283.1090 for reservations.

On Sunday, December 11 at 3:00pm it’s the kid-friendly Lucia Festival. Students studying Swedish at the UW will combine with the Swedish Women’s Chorus, the Svea Male Chorus and the Swedish Cultural Center’s best bakers to help you feel the Lucia love! After the concert, dancing around the tree. $5/adults, $3/ages 12 and younger.

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