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Animal events

Cool City Pets

SAT Adoption event highlighting small animals including rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, rats, birds, reptiles, ferrets, 1 p.m. Saturday, Seattle Animal Shelter, 2061 15th Ave. W., Seattle; adoption fees $15-$40 (206-386-7387 or

Salmon and Eagles

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SAT Information on the biology of salmon and eagles and local conservation strategies, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, North Cascades Institute, 810 Highway 20, Sedro-Wooley; $95 (360-854-2599 or

Woodland Park Zoo Winter Celebration

SAT-SUN Zoo animals get holiday-themed treats, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, Monday; zoo open 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, closed Dec. 25; Woodland Park Zoo, 5500 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle; $8.75-$12.75 (206-548-2500 or

Skagit River Bald Eagle Interpretive Center

SAT-SUN Information on bald eagles’ winter migration to the Upper Skagit, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays through January, daily Dec. 27 through Jan. 5, Howard Miller Steelhead County Park, Rockport (

Eagle-watcher Stations

SAT-SUN U.S. Forest Service hosts volunteers with spotting scopes and binoculars for views of bald eagles, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Jan. 26, Howard Miller Steelhead Park, Rockport; Sutter Creek Rest Area, milepost 100, Highway 20; and Mablemount Fish Hatchery (360-856-5700, ext. 515 or

Adopt a Cat or Critter

ONGOING Adoption fees waived on cats and rabbits a year old and older through December, Seattle Humane Society, 13212 S.E. Eastgate Way, Bellevue (425-649-7563 or


Spokespeople ride to Lake Forest Park

SAT Easy pace, mostly flat 15-mile ride on streets and Burke-Gilman Trail with shopping stop; steady rain cancels, 12:45 p.m. Saturday, Van Gogh Coffee Shop, 8210 35th Ave. N.E., Seattle (206-455-5810).

Tour de Poinsettias

SUN Cascade Bicycle Club 20 mile, leisurely paced ride with stop at Molbak’s; steady rain, ice, snow cancels, 11 a.m. Sunday, Sammamish River Park, 17995 102nd Ave NE, Bothell (

Day Before Christmas Ride

TUE Cascade Bicycle Club 20-30 mile, leisurely paced ride to Redmond for lunch stop; showers, ice, snow, frost cancel, 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Tracy Owen Station/Log Boom Park, Northeast 175th Street and 61st Avenue Northeast, Kenmore (206-522-3222 or


Skandia Dance

FRI Lesson and dance, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Cedar Valley Grange, 20526 52nd Ave. W., Lynnwood; $7-$10 (425-954-5262 or

Emerald City Contra Dance

FRI Beginners’ workshop, 7 p.m., dance with live music and caller, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle; $5-$8 (206-440-9839 or

Christmas Dance

SAT Waltz lesson, 7 p.m., dance, 8 p.m., Saturday, Rockin’ Horse Dance Barn, 11820 150th Ave. S.E., Renton; $12 (425-255-9211 or

Sno-King International Folk Dance Club

SAT Dance lesson, folk dancing; 7 p.m. Saturday, Cedar Valley Grange, 20526 52nd Ave. W., Lynnwood; $5-$7 (425-385-2088 or

Food events

Lutfisk Dinner

FRI Lutfisk and lutefisk Swedish style or Norwegian style; meatballs available, 6 p.m. Friday, Swedish Club, 1920 Dexter Ave. N., Seattle; $25 by reservation (206-283-1090 or

Pike Place Market Atrium Kitchen Chef Series

FRI Celebrating opening of new Atrium Kitchen with chef demos; John Neumark of Sur La Table, noon Friday, Pike Place Market, 1501 Pike Place, Seattle; free (

Camlann Medieval Yule Feast

SAT-SUN, TUES 14th century English Christmas banquet, with procession, carols of the season, 6 p.m. Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Dec. 28-29 and Jan. 4, Camlann Medieval Village, 10320 Kelly Road N.E., Carnation; $45 by reservation (425-788-8624 or


South Bellevue Green Spaces Ranger Hike

SAT Three-mile hike to explore trails, parks, open space, 10 a.m. Saturday, Lattawood Park, 4530 155th Place S.E., Bellevue; free (425-452-4195 or

Issaquah Alps Trails Club

SUN May Creek Trail easy, slow-pace three miles, 9:30 a.m. Sunday; dogs welcome easy three-four miles, 10 a.m. Dec. 27; food, water, daypack, hiking shoes/boots required, Issaquah Alps Trail Club clubhouse, 175 Rainier Blvd. S., Issaquah (

Holiday events

udkins Park Festival of Lights

FRI Lantern parade festive procession to Judkins Park, meet at 23rd Avenue South and South Jackson Street, 6 p.m.; community celebration, a mile of illuminated paths, carols, music, hot chocoate, 6-8:30 p.m. Friday, Judkins Park, 2150 S. Norman St., Seattle (

Holiday Cruise

FRI Dinner cruise on Lake Washington and Lake Union, meet up with the Christmas ships, 7 p.m. Friday, Virginia V Steamer, 860 Terry Ave. N., Suite 223, Seattle; $65-$75 (206-624-9119 or

Holiday Singalong

FRI Singalong, songbooks available for sale ($5); 7 p.m. Friday, Wade James Theatre, 950 Main St., Edmonds; free, nonperishable food bank donations requested (425-774-9600 or

Seattle Christmas Ship Festival

FRI-MON Holiday-music performances by local choirs, 8:50 p.m. Friday, Magnuson Park; 3:40 p.m. Saturday, Kirkland Marina Park; 4:40 p.m. Saturday, Madison Park; 9:45 p.m. Saturday, Madrona Beach Park; 4 p.m. Sunday, Denny Park; 9 p.m. Sunday, Log Boom Park; 10 a.m. Sunday, Juanita Beach Park; 3:50 p.m. Monday, Yarrow Point Park, 4:30 p.m. Monday, Waverly Beach Park; 8:45 p.m. Monday, Portage Bay (West Montlake Park); 9:45 p.m. Monday, Gas Works Park (206-623-1445 or

Teddy Bear Suite

FRI-TUE Teddy bear display for all ages, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday, Fairmont Olympic Hotel, 411 University St., Seattle; free donations collected for uncompensated care at Seattle Children’s Hospital (

Reindeer Festival

FRI-TUES Two of Santa’s reindeer and a camel on display, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday through Monday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday; Santa available for photos, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Swansons Nursery, 9701 15th Ave. N.W., Seattle (206-782-2543 or

Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman

SAT-SUN See live reindeer, meet Frosty the Snowman, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday; ornament making craft activity, noon-4 p.m. Saturday; pony and train available, weather permitting, Country Village, 23732 Bothell-Everett Highway, Bothell (425-483-2250 or

Gingerbread Village

ONGOING Gingerbread displays with “Nursery Rhymes” theme, daily through Jan. 5, Sheraton Seattle Hotel, 1400 Sixth Ave., Seattle; free, donations to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation suggested (

Holiday Carousel

ONGOING Ride the carousel, benefits Treehouse for foster kids, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Dec. 26; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Dec. 27; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Dec. 28; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Dec. 29; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Dec. 30-31; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Jan. 1, Westlake Park, 401 Pine St., Seattle; $3 suggested donation (

Pacific Place Holiday Season

ONGOING Snow flurry, 6 p.m. daily through Dec. 31, closed Dec. 25, Pacific Place, 600 Pine St., Seattle (206-405-2655 or

Seattle Center Winterfest/Free Skate Day

ONGOING Winter train and village, holiday decorations, entertainment on weekends, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily through Dec. 31, SANCA Youth Performance Company aerial arts, juggling, clowning, acrobatics, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Saturday; Captain Smartypants and Sensible Shoes, 12:30 p.m. Sunday; Seattle Center Armory, Seattle, free; Winterfest Ice Rink, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday-Monday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 26, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Dec. 27-28, through Jan. 5, Fisher Pavilion, Seattle Center; $2-$7 includes skate rental, cash only; Coca-Cola Holiday Caravan hosts free skate day with Santa visits, Coca-Cola plush polar bears and other holiday keepsakes, beverage samples, Winterfest photo booth, five Coca-Cola trucks decorated with more than 18,000 red and white lights touring the country for the holidays, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday (206-684-7200 or

Woodland Park Zoo WildLights

ONGOING Winter holiday-lights festival with wild animals and wild-places light displays, reindeer, carolers, carousel, ZooStore, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday through Monday and Dec. 26-Jan. 4, Woodland Park Zoo, 5500 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle; $6.50-$9.50 (206-548-2500 or

Candy Cane Lane

ONGOING Holiday lights on homes on Park Road, 4-11 p.m. daily through Jan. 1, until midnight Tuesday, Wednesday and Dec. 31, Northeast Park Road and Ravenna Boulevard, Seattle; free, food-bank donations suggested.

Snowflake Lane

ONGOING Music, light show, drummers, live toy soldiers, magical snowstorm, 7 p.m. daily through Tuesday; Celebration Lane, 7 p.m. Dec. 26-31, Bellevue Way and Northeast Eighth Street, Bellevue (

Bellevue Magic Season Ice Arena

ONGOING Open-air ice-skating rink, food concessions, 3-11 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, Monday; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Dec. 26-Jan. 4; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Jan. 5; 3-9 p.m. Jan. 6-7; 1-9 p.m. Jan. 8; 3-9 p.m. Jan. 9; 3-11 p.m. Jan. 10; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Jan. 11; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Jan. 12, Bellevue Downtown Park, 10201 N.E. Fourth St., Bellevue; $12 or $8/ages 6 and younger, includes skate rental; $9 if you bring your own skates (

Garden d’ Lights Construction Edition

ONGOING Winter light sculptures, shorter route since the garden is undergoing construction, 5-10 p.m. daily through Jan. 4, Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St., Bellevue; $5, ages 10 and younger free (425-452-6844 or

Issaquah Reindeer Festival

ONGOING Santa, reindeer, story times, animal feeding, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Friday through Monday and Dec. 26-30, Cougar Mountain Zoo, 19525 S.E. 54th St., Issaquah; $10.50-$12.50, ages 2 and younger free (

Clam Lights

ONGOING Light-sculpture dancing clams and decorated park, 5-9 p.m. nightly through Jan. 1, Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park, 1201 Lake Washington Blvd., Renton (

Bloedel Reserve Holiday Village

FRI-WED Intricate miniature village with electric trains, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday through Tuesday and Dec. 26 through Jan. 5, The Bloedel Reserve, 7571 Dolphin Drive N.E., Bainbridge Island; $5-$13 (206-842-7631 or

Holiday with Lights at Wild Waves Theme Park

ONGOING Rides, light displays, Santa, entertainment, 5-10 p.m. Friday-Monday and Dec. 26-31; Toyland activities for ages 12 and younger, 5-9 p.m., Wild Waves Theme Park, 36201 Enchanted Parkway S., Federal Way; $9.99-$12.99 (206-388-1452 or

Polar Plaza, Tacoma

ONGOING Ice skating, 4-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-through Dec. 28, hours vary through Jan. 9, Tollefson Plaza, South 17th Street and Pacific Avenue, Tacoma; $4-$8, skate rental $2 (

Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium Zoolights

ONGOING Winter-, holiday- and animal-themed light displays, camel rides, aquarium, 5-9 p.m. Friday through Monday and Wednesday through Jan. 1; Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma; $4.25-$8.75 (

The Lights of Christmas

ONGOING Light displays, music, theater, petting farm, pony rides, train rides, vendors, food, nativity, Santa Claus. 5-10 p.m. Friday through Monday and Dec. 26-29; Warm Beach Christian Camps & Conference Center, 20800 Marine Drive, Stanwood; $10-$15 (800-228-6724 or

Cut your own Christmas tree in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest

ONGOING Permits and maps available to cut Christmas trees on National Forest land in Pierce, King, Snohomish, Skagit and Whatcom counties, sold at ranger stations, hours vary, and at REI stores in Alderwood mall and Seattle; $10/tree or $20/tree taller than 12 feet, by cash only at ranger stations (

U-cut tree farms

ONGOING Information on U-cut Christmas-tree farms (

Museum events

12 Days of Christmas, LeMay Car Museum

FRI-TUE Family holiday activities including Santa photos, crafts, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through Tuesday, LeMay — America’s Car Museum, 2702 East D St., Tacoma; $8-$14 (253-779-8490 or

‘Drawn to Seattle: The Work of Seattle Sketcher Gabriel Campanario’

SAT-SUN Opening Saturday, sketches by Seattle Times “Seattle Sketcher” Gabriel Campanario; other exhibits include “Civil Engineers that Built Seattle,” “True Northwest: The Seattle Journey,” “Bezos Center for Innovation,” “Maritime Seattle;” 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, closing 2 p.m. Dec. 24 and 31; closed Dec. 25; atrium tours, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays; Museum of History & Industry, 860 Terry Ave N., Seattle; $12-$14, ages 14 and younger free (206-324-1126 or

EMP Museum

FRI-TUES Movie “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, “ 11 a.m., 12:30, 2 and 3:30 p.m. Saturday; “Martin Schoeller Close Up” photo exhibit; other exhibits include “Hear My Train a Comin’: Hendrix Hits London,” “Icons of Science Fiction,” Nirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses,” “Fantasy: World of Myth and Magic” (closing Jan. 5) and “Can’t Look Away: The Lure of Horror Film,” 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday through Monday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 24, holiday hours, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Dec. 26-30, EMP Museum, 325 Fifth Ave. N., Seattle; $12-$20, discount for online advance purchase (206-770-2700 or

Race: Are We So Different?

FRI-JAN. 5 Exhibit on the everyday experience of living with race, its history as an idea, the role of science in that history, and the findings of contemporary science with historical artifacts, iconic objects, photographs, multimedia presentations, displays, regular hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday (closed Dec. 25), Thursday, Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Pacific Science Center, 200 Second Ave. N, Seattle; $10-$18 (206-443-2001 or

Family Fun Day, the Wing

SAT Create paper tops, 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, 719 S. King St., Seattle; free third Saturday admission (206-623-4559 or

Model Train Festival

SAT-JAN. 1 Model train displays, kids’ activities, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, Monday with Santa visits 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 26-Jan. 1, Washington State History Museum, 1911 Pacific Ave., Tacoma; $7-$9.50, ages 5 and younger free (253-272-9747 or

Weekend Activities @ The Burke: Fish and Shells

SAT-SUN Special display of fish and some of the 100,000 shells recently donated to the Burke, craft activity, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, University of Washington, Seattle; $7.50-$10 (206-543-5590 or

Festivals of Light

ONGOING Exploration of winter celebration traditions, Christmas around the world, Friday through Tuesday; Kwanzaa, Dec. 26-31, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, closed Tuesday-Wednesday and Jan. 1, Seattle Children’s Museum, Seattle Center Armory, Seattle; $7.25-$8.25 (206-441-1768 or

Museum of Flight Winter Family Fun

DEC. 26-31 Winter-themed aerospace and aviation activities, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 26-31, Museum of Flight, 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle; $10-$18 (206-764-5720 or

Winter Fishtival

DEC. 26-JAN. 5 Activities and talks highlighting a different marine animals each day, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 26-Jan. 5, The Seattle Aquarium, 1483 Alaskan Way, Pier 59, Seattle; $14.95-$21.95 (206-386-4300 or

Spectra New Year’s Eve Under the Arches

PLAN AHEAD Outdoor metal/fire sculptures, science stage shows, four dance spaces with bars, laser and planetarium shows, 8:30 p.m.-2 a.m., champagne toast and close-up view of Space Needle fireworks at midnight, 8:30 p.m. Dec. 31, Pacific Science Center, Seattle; $100 (

Park events

Full Moon Trek

FRI Hike to explore the world like a nocturnal animal, for adults and families with children ages 8 and older, 7 p.m. Friday, Lincoln Park, 8011 Fauntleroy Way S.W., Seattle; $5, preregistration required (206-386-4237 or

Solstice Stroll

FRI-SAT Glowing stroll through the garden to bring light to the longest night of the year on the winter solstice with warm drinks, holiday carols, 4:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Kruckeberg Botanic Garden, 20312 15th Ave. N.W., Shoreline; free (206-546-1281 or

Winter Wonderland Saturday

SAT Holiday crafts, learn about local birds, native plants and animals, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, free; truck-drawn haywagon ride around Seward Park with an Audubon naturalist, hourly 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, $5/person, Seward Park Audubon Center, 5902 Lake Washington Boulevard S., Seattle (206-652-2444 or

Green Hour

SAT Observe and explore the park, creative, science-based ideas for children ages 5 and older and families, 1 p.m. Saturday, Lewis Creek Park and Visitor Center, 5808 Lakemont Blvd. S.E., Bellevue; free, no registration needed (425-452-4195 or


Performances at Third Place Commons

FRI-SAT Cascadia Big Band, 7:30 p.m. Friday; Smilin’ Scandinavians polka, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Third Place Commons, 17171 Bothell Way N.E., Lake Forest Park; free (206-366-3302 or

A Holiday Classic

SAT Woodinville Concert Band music, raffles, bake sale, 7 p.m. Saturday, Redmond High School, 17272 N.E. 104th St., Redmond; free (

Child of Peace Christmas Concert

SAT Seattle First Baptist Sanctuary choir and orchestra, Baroque cantata, works by Handel, Rachmaninov, Gjeilo, and Parry, carols with the audience; child care provided, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Seattle First Baptist Church, 1111 Harvard Ave., Seattle; free (206-325-6051 or

Cascade Brass Quintet Holiday Concert

SAT Holiday music in classical and jazz styles, 1 p.m. Saturday, Shoreline Library, 345 N.E. 175th St., Shoreline; (206-362-7550 or


Magnuson Series Holiday Fun Run

SAT 5K, 10k run/walk, 15K run and 400 meter kids dash, 10:15 a.m. Saturday, Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way N.E., Seattle; $17-$27, kids dash $3 (


A Very Vintage Market

SAT Food, tea, jewelry, clothing and lots of vintage, antique collectibles from several vendors, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Lake City Community Center, 12531 28th Ave. N.E., Seattle (

Native Art Mart

SAT-SUN Native American vendors featuring arts, crafts, jewelry; Native dancing and singing performances, salmon lunch and Indian tacos available, portion of proceeds benefit United Indians of All Tribes Foundation Elders program, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Daybreak Star Cultural Center, 3801 W. Government Way, Discovery Park, Seattle; free (206-228-1410 or

General Auction at Pacific Galleries

SUN Auction of a variety of holiday gifts, antiques, vintage, and contemporary items, noon Sunday; preview noon-5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Pacific Galleries, 241 S. Lander St., Seattle (206-441-9990 or


Archbishop Murphy High School Alumni 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament

FRI Tournament to support Alumni Association, spectators welcome, 6 p.m. Friday, Archbishop Murphy High School, 12911 39th Ave. S.E., Everett; free, nonperishable food bank donations encouraged (425-379-6363 or

Snow sports

Mount Rainier Snowshoe Walks

TUE-JAN. 1 Guided 1.5-mile, two hour walk to learn the art of snowshoeing and discover how plants, animals, and people adapt to winter conditions at Mount Rainier; for ages 8 and older, snowshoes provided or bring your own, 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. daily Tuesday through Jan. 1, then Saturdays-Sundays, Mount Rainier National Park; $4, sign up at Jackson Visitor Center starting an hour before each walk; reservations available for groups of 10-25 people only (360-569-6575 or

Special interest

AAUW Holiday Brunch

SAT Holiday brunch with “Sensible Shoes” choral entertainment with organization supporting equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research, 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Seattle Yacht Club, 1807 E. Hamlin Street, Seattle; $15 (206-390-8454 or

Travel events

Gutsy Women

SAT Informal gathering for women to learn from each others’ travel experiences, 9 a.m. Saturday, Wide World Books & Maps, 4411 Wallingford Ave. N., Seattle (206-634-3453 or

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