Now, I don’t want to alarm you, but if you haven’t realized it yet, it’s the last weekend before Christmas … Still with me? This can be an overwhelming and busy time, but it’s important to take a moment to breathe in the midst of the holiday rush. Luckily, in between last-minute planning, picking up relatives from the airport and other potentially stressful preholiday activities, there are plenty of ways for you to relax and do something fun this weekend!

Remember, many situations can cancel or cause schedule changes for events and outings, so always check before you go.

Get out


  • I’m not freaking out, you’re freaking out! “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” is here so go see it!
  • Greta Gerwig’s “Little Women” isn’t out just yet, but you could prepare for it by watching the three adaptations that came before it. Or, you could just read about what movie critic Moira Macdonald thought of them instead.
  • You could see “Cats” if you dare …
  • Watch the “beautifully cinematic” story of Franz Jägerstätter, an Austrian peasant farmer who was imprisoned for refusing to pledge loyalty to Hitler in “A Hidden Life.”
  • “Bombshell,” the based-on-fact story about a scandal at conservative media empire Fox News starring Charlize Theron, Margot Robbie and Nicole Kidman, is also out now.
  • For quick snapshots of these reviews, consult our movie roundup.

Food and drink

Stay in

  • Blast the best Seattle albums of 2019.
  • Perfect your eggnog with this recipe from Aaron Goldfarb, author of “Gather Around Cocktails.”
  • Stream it up with titles like “The Two Popes” and the “Downton Abbey” movie.
  • Whether you love cheesy holiday movies, or just love to hate them, we have a list of six new Netflix films, complete with a very official snowflake rating system, for you to consider.
  • Dive into an unlikely top seller from these local bookstores. Or, pick up more likely titles from this list of top local fiction bestsellers.
  • Get inspired by Naomi Klein’s “On Fire,” a book detailing the case for a Green New Deal.

Family event of the week

  • Watch your kiddos jump around on a LED hopscotch, meet Disney princesses and take a train ride at Lumaze.

Recommended date night

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