What’s happening? Your weekly events post

What’s everybody up to this weekend? Need a few suggestions? Read on for a list of fun and festive local events:

The Leavenworth Christmas Lighting Festival happens again this weekend and next.

Santa is hanging out in downtown Wenatchee this weekend!  Stop by for free photos, pizza, and crafts with Santa on Saturday or Sunday from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. at the Wenatchee Convention Center.

Or catch up with Santa at Pybus Market. He’ll be there Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 23, as well as an appearance on Friday, Dec. 22. He will also  attend a breakfast celebration on Saturday, Dec. 16, and will be available for photos with pets on Sunday, Dec. 17.

Santa is also at the Wenatchee Valley Mall this month.

Icicle Creek Center for the Arts in Leavenworth does Christmas right, with tons of festive offerings, including a a family Christmas show this Friday, and a festive Celtic concert on Dec. 15.

FREE holiday movies on Saturdays in December at the Ruby Theatre in Chelan. This Saturday, it’s “Home Alone.” On Dec.16, it’s “Rise of the Guardians.” On Dec. 23, it’s “The Polar Express.”

The Wenatchee Valley Symphony Orchestra will once again join with the Fabulous Feet Academy of Ballet to present “The Nutcracker,” at the Numerica PAC on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

WHS DECA is hosting a Father-Daughter Dance on Friday. The night will include games, photos, dancing, face painting and more. This year’s theme is “A Winter Wonderland”, so be sure to dress for the weather! All elementary-aged (and younger) girls are welcome to attend.

On Saturday, Sage Hills Church is hosting Oh What Fun! — a Christmas event for the whole family at Pybus.

The Wenatchee Figure Skating Club’s annual holiday show is Saturday and Sunday at the TTC rink.

Kids and families are invited to the Pybus events room to build their own gingerbread houses from 1-2 p.m. or 2:30-3:30 p.m. this Sunday.

Celebrate a Small Town Christmas in Chelan, with festive events happening all December long.

Looking ahead:

The Wenatchee Wild are home at the Town Toyota Center next weekend.

Holiday Movies on the Big Screen at the Numerica PAC: “Polar Express” on Dec. 18, “Die Hard” on Dec. 19 and “Holiday Inn” on Dec. 20. Just $3 each!

The Numerica PAC is screening a few classic Christmas movies later in December. On Dec. 17, it’s “Miracle on 34th Street”. On Dec. 18, it’s “Dr. Suess’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas”. On Dec. 19, it’s “Scrooged”.

On Dec. 21 on the PAC stage, it’s the “Old Time Radio Show” version of “It’s a Wonderful Life”.

Every Week:

The popular Indoor Playground for toddlers and their parents is up and running again at Pybus Public Market. This program is a cooperative effort of Pybus and the Wenatchee Parks and Recreation Department – cost is $1.25 per child, or just $1 for Wenatchee City residents. It is a great way to get take the little ones to the Park on those mornings when it is too cold to be outside.

The Wenatchee Valley Farmers Market is open (and indoors) Saturdays at Pybus Public Market.

Catholic Family and Child Service hosts several play-and-learn events each week for children up to age 5 and their caregivers. The Kaleidoscope Play and Learn group meets Wednesdays at the First Methodist Church at 10 a.m., Thursdays at the Wenatchee Public Library at 10 a.m., and Fridays at the Hope Center at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. The play sessions are free and no registration is required. For more information call 664-7350 ext. 3093.

The Wenatchee Mother-Baby Support Group at the Wenatchee Public Library meets from 1-2:30 p.m. Mondays. And there’s a Toddler Group, too! The toddler group meets Mondays at noon at the library. This play-time focuses on movement, exploration, and learning to play together. It’s also a time for parents to visit, connect, and find ongoing support.

Indoor Park Play Time at Apple Valley Gymnastics, 9:30-11 a.m. Mondays and 8:30-10 a.m. Saturdays.

For kids 6 and younger, head to the play gym at Sport Gymnastics, open Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Story times at the Wenatchee Public Library. (Preschool Story Time: Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.; Bilingual Story Time: Mondays at 6 p.m..; Pajama Story Time: Tuesdays at 7 p.m.; Baby/Toddler Story Time: Fridays at 10 a.m.; NEW Family Story Time: Saturdays at 11 a.m.)

You’ll find a hands-on children’s activity and craft room upstairs at the Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center. Kids and their grown-ups get in free and it’s open during regular museum hours.

The Wenatchee Valley Mall Kids Club gets together for adventures the third Saturday of every month.

Bring the whole family out for RunWenatchee’s club run/walks on the Loop Trail every Thursday evening. (Club run check-ins have moved to Pybus.)

For more events, this week and every week, go to ncwcalendar.com.

(Photo credit: Wenatchee World /Don Seabrook. A crowd estimated at over 15,000 people gather on Front Street in Leavenworth in 2016 for the Christmas Lighting Festival.)

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