Ring in the holidays this weekend with some festive events, activities and drinks.

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1. Ring in the holidays with good cheer

Holiday cheer is in full swing in local city centers. In downtown Seattle, find a caroling competition, an (extremely impressive) magical, wizarding world gingerbread village and a carousel. Downtown Bellevue is hosting its 12th annual Snowflake Lane, along with light displays and a skating rink.

If you prefer smaller crowds, check out the annual Magnolia Holiday Home Tour this Saturday, which opens up some Magnolia neighborhood homes to the public — complete with decked halls and other holiday fun. Here’s a peek at one of the houses you can see this weekend.


2. Venture into snow sports season

With lots of snowfall this week, head for the hills — with snowshoes. Here are 5 great Cascade Mountains snowshoeing walks for kids or first-timers. And here’s where to hit the slopes this weekend.


3. Make a list, check it twice

Start your holiday shopping. Here’s our gift guide for teens, tots, techies and more.


4. Taste some seasonal beers

The popular Winter Beer Festival returns this year for another round of holiday tastings. The event brings together more than 50 local breweries tomorrow and Saturday at Magnuson Park.


5. See some live music

Father John Misty, Naked Giants, The New Pornographers and others are performing at The Showbox on Saturday for SMooCH, a concert benefiting Seattle Children’s Hospital.


Need more suggestions? Check out our 2016 Fall Arts Guide, a curated list of arts and entertainment around the city this season, and subscribe to our Weekender newsletter. Have a great weekend!