A Dusting of Holiday Magic

It’s hard not to feel like the holidays will be different this year, but there are still plenty of opportunities for family fun, whether you’re at home or out on the town.

Out and About

700,000 Glittering Lights, Nov. 27 through Jan. 3

You know what we’re talking about! Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium’s Zoolights in Tacoma is one in a million, and they’ve got a special setup this year to ensure the health and safety of everyone who visits. The staff have set up timed online tickets, and the one-way paths outside will help with the flow of traffic. When you go, keep an eye out for the baby tapir and the elusive Sasquatch hidden among the bevy of other characters. For tickets and information, visit pdza.org.

Snowflake Lane Reimagined, Nov. 27 through Dec. 24

Come November, there will be a little dose of magic along Bellevue Way between Bellevue Square and Lincoln Square. Though The Bellevue Collection won’t be hosting its beloved Snowflake Lane parade due to coronavirus concerns, you know the Kemper family couldn’t let the season go by without spreading holiday cheer. Every night, from 5 to 9 p.m., twinkling lights will illuminate the street, and holiday music will play. And who knows … it just might snow (wink)! snowflakelane.com.

At-Home Activities

The Thankful Turkey

Thanksgiving is all about expressing gratitude, but why limit that to just one day? This Turkey on the Table Kit comes with a handful of blank turkey feathers that allow your family to write what they’re grateful for leading up to Thanksgiving. What’s even better is that for every kit sold, 10 meals are donated to people in need. swoozies.com.

Movie Night Nostalgia

Is it just us, or did your family have holiday movies baked into your annual activities too? You know the drill: Whip up a batch of hot cocoa (with extra marshmallows, of course), get your popcorn ready, and pop in an old VHS. Does anyone still have those? Just us? Our favorites include the 1982 animated film The Snowman (a breathtaking silent film that is truly special), Annabelle’s Wish (an animated tale about a mute boy and his friendship with a sweet calf), and the 1964 version of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. These classics have a way of transcending time.

Courtesy Amazon

Gingerbread Cookie Kit

Sure, your everyday, run-of-the-mill gingerbread man is fun and all, but this one has ninjas. Ninjas! Resign yourself to the fact that this will probably make a gigantic mess, and embrace the art of character making. The kit comes with gingerbread cookie mix, four ninja cookie cutters, royal icing, and candy beads. In total, the kit makes 20 gingerbread ninjas. You can find the Ninjabread Gingerbread Cookie Kit at amazon.com.

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