When the weather outside is frightful, do some festive things to feel better. Here are our picks for this weekend, Dec. 16-18, 2016.

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1. Get out on (or near) the water

It may not be Seafair weather out there, but ’tis the season of light-bedazzled ships. Hop on an Argosy Christmas Ship for a three-hour whirl around the Puget Sound. If you’d rather stay on shore, join the Parade of Boats Night viewing party Friday, where you can watch decorated boats from all over the region pass through the Fremont Cut.


2. Head for the mountains — for a mini road trip

Here’s how you can enjoy a leisurely trip to Mount Rainier on a $99 budget, complete with guided snowshoe walks, fun shops and pie. Just be sure to check road conditions before you go.


3. Say farewell to King Donuts

After nearly 30 years in Rainier Beach, King Donuts is shutting its doors for good later this month. Wish them well at their farewell party on Saturday, during their final weekend of business.


4. Celebrate the holidays at a local museum

The Northwest African American Museum in Seattle will host Kwanzaa festivities on Saturday; the Model Train Festival opens at the State History Museum in Tacoma on Saturday; and Santa and Mrs. Claus will pose for free photos Saturday and Sunday at LeMay — America’s Car Museum in Tacoma. More details on all that here.


5. Or wear your own red suit

Seattle SantaCon is this weekend, and you can join the fun at a number of restaurants, bars and public places in downtown Seattle. Let the Santa shenanigans begin.


Need more suggestions? Subscribe to our Weekender newsletter, and check out our guide to the holidays. Have a great weekend!