Home for the Holidays Adoption Event
FRI-SUN Dogs, cats and kittens from several animal rescues available for adoption, 4-8 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday; pet photos with Santa available 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Paddywack Pet Supply, 15407 Main St., Mill Creek (communitycatcoalitionwa.org).
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SAT Santa visits with pets for $5 donation to benefit local animal-welfare groups, bring your camera, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at all PetSmart locations in the Seattle area (www.petsmart.com).
SAT Pet photos with Santa Paws, kids, birds, dogs and cats welcome, all proceeds benefit Old Dog Haven senior-pet rescue, 1 p.m. Saturday, Cascade Kennels, 20005 178th Ave. N.E., Woodinville; $15 and up (425-483-9333 or www.cascadekennels.com/santa-paws-coming-town).
Cat-Stravaganza Adoption Event
SAT-SUN Cats and kittens of all ages, colors and sizes for adoption, $50 if younger than 6 months, others free, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Petco, 17200 Southcenter Parkway, Seattle (www.petco.com/Content/StoreEventsCalendar.aspx?storenum=1236).
Pet photos with Santa
SAT-MON Pet-friendly Santa, portion of proceeds benefit Seattle Humane Society; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Crossoads, 15600 N.E. Eighth St, Bellevue; 1-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Rex Seattle, 1402 12th Ave., Seattle; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday and Dec. 9, 16, 23, University Village, 25th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 45th Street, Seattle; $20 (425-641-0080 or seattlehumane.org
Canine Christmas Extravaganza Adoption Event
SUN Adoptable dogs and puppies by 15 rescue groups, adoption fees $100-$350; Santa Paws photos with pets available, noon-3 p.m. Sunday, Paws-Abilities Total Dog Center, 7338 26th St. E., Fife (206-486-4738 or www.pawsitivealliance.org/a-canine-christmas-extraganza-adoption-event1.html
Seattle Milk Fund CookieFest
SAT Sale of cookies by bakeries and culinary schools to benefit charity for children and families, 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Macy’s, 1601 Third Ave., Seattle (www.seattlemilkfund.org).
St. Nicholas Faire
SUN Fundraiser for West Seattle Food Bank and West Seattle Helpline, silent auction, bake sale, wine tasting, appetizers/beverages, 4 p.m. Sunday, First Lutheran Church of West Seattle, 4105 California Ave. S.W., Seattle; $5 per person w/canned food item, $15/family with one canned-food item per person, $10/person, $25/family without food donation (206-935-6530 or www.flcws.org
Jingle Belles: A Holiday Party for Mommy & Me
SUN Carolers, crafts, treats, entertainment, visit from Mrs. Claus, for ages 4 to 10, open to all, all proceeds benefit Treehouse for children in foster care, noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Westfield Southcenter, 633 Southcenter Parkway, Tukwila; $5/per child, adults free, by reservation (mommyandmeholidayparty.eventbrite.com).
WED Twenty-percent discount at participating mall retailers with donation to Seattle Ronald McDonald House, Wednesday, University Village Mall, 25th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 45th Street, Seattle; $25 (www.uvillage.com/holidate2013
Swansons/Carkeek Park/Golden Gardens
FRI Cascade Bicycle Club 20-mile, leisurely paced ride with some hills on streets and Burke-Gilman Trail with stops to see reindeer at Swansons, new riders welcome; steady rain cancels, 10 a.m. Friday, Gas Works Park, 2101 N. Northlake Way, Seattle; (www.cascade.org).
Swans of the Skagit
SAT Wildlife biologist hosts program on white swans and best places to view them, 1 p.m. Saturday, Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon; $5, reservations required (360-466-3821 or www.christiansonsnursery.com).
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 seattledance.org/contra/emerald.city.html).
FRI Jullekstuga dance with old and new favorites by Hale Bill & the Bopps, 8 p.m. Friday, Cedar Valley Grange, 20526 52nd Ave. W., Lynnwood; $7-$10 (425-954-5262 or www.skandia-folkdance.org).
Big Band Night
SAT Swing dance lesson, no experience or partner needed, 7 p.m., dance to classic big-band music with DJ, 8 p.m. Saturday, Rockin’ Horse Dance Barn, 11820 150th Ave. S.E., Renton; $12 (www.learn2dance4fun.com).
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 sno-king.org).
Port & Chocolate Tasting
FRI Free tastes of Port and artisan chocolates, 5 p.m. Friday, The Barrel Thief, 3417 Evanston Ave. N. #102, Seattle; (206-402-5492 or bthief.com/events).
Winter Beer Fest
FRI-SAT Washington Beer Commission holiday tasting event features local breweries seasonal beers, 5-9 p.m. Friday; noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way N.E., Seattle; $25-$30 (206-787-1989 or www.washingtonbeer.com/winter-fest
Malbecs from around the world
FRI-SUN Taste Malbec wines, noon-7 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Fremont Wine Bar, 3601 Fremont Ave. N., Seattle; $5 (206-632-1110 or www.fremontwine.net).
St. Nick’s Holiday Wine Tasting and Open House Weekend
FRI-SUN Holiday tasting of reds and whites, festivities, 7-9:30 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday at 30 wineries in Woodinville; $60-$150 (425-205-4394 or woodinvillewinecountry.com/st-nicks).
Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast
SAT Proceeds benefit community-service activities for kids, 7-11 a.m. Saturday, Alki Masonic Hall, 4736 40th Ave. S.W., Seattle; $8-$10, ages 9 and younger free; donation to Toys for Tots suggested (kiwaniswestseattle.org
How to Make Healthy Holiday Snacks
SAT Tricks to create festive, nutritious snacks, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Bastyr Center for Natural Health, 3670 Stone Way N., Seattle; free (206-834-4100 or bastyrcenter.org/content/view/2757).
21 Acres: Holiday Treat Makeover
SAT How to make healthy holiday treats, 1 p.m. Saturday, 21 Acres Farm, 13701 N.E. 171st St., Woodinville; $39-$49 (425-481-1500 or holidaytreat.eventbrite.com).
Lutefisk and meatball dinner
SAT Family style meal, noon-6 p.m. Saturday, Bothell Sons of Norway, 23905 Bothell-Everett Highway, Bothell; $6-$22, no reservations required, tickets at the door (425-485-9085 or www.bothellsonsofnorway.org
Camlann Medieval Yule Feast
SAT-JAN. 4 14th century English Christmas banquet, with procession, carols of the season, medieval-style food and beverages, 6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday and Dec. 14-15, 22-24, 28-29, Jan. 4, Camlann Medieval Village, 10320 Kelly Road N.E., Carnation; $45, by reservation (425-788-8624 or www.camlann.org
All About Pie
TUE Pie-making demonstration and samples, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Kirkland Library, 308 Kirkland Ave., Kirkland; free, preregistration required; nonperishable food-bank donations requested (425-822-2459).
SUN Learn about growing winter-blooming hellebores, 11 a.m. Sunday, Swansons Nursery, 9701 15th Ave. N.W., Seattle; free (206-782-2543 or swansonsnursery.com).
Christmas walk, Olympia
SAT Capitol Volkssport Club 10K (6.2 miles) and 5K walk along the waterfront and through Capitol Campus, start 3-6 p.m., finish 9 p.m. Saturday, United Churches of Olympia, 110 11th Ave. S.E., Olympia; free (capitolvolkssportclub.org
Issaquah Alps Trails Club
SUN Cougar Cap easy 4.3 miles, food, water, daypack, hiking shoes/boots required, 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Issaquah Alps Trail Club clubhouse, 175 Rainier Blvd. S., Issaquah (www.issaquahalps.org
Great Figgy Pudding Street Corner Caroling Competition
FRI Caroling teams compete, proceeds benefit Pike Market Senior Center and Food Bank; caroling teams perform in the streets, Figgy Main Stage preshow, songs performed by 5th Avenue Theatre’s “Oliver,” 5-6 p.m.; caroling competition, 6:15-7:15 p.m.; Seahawks Blue Thunder Drum Line, 7:30 p.m.; caroling competition finals and award ceremony, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Westlake Center, 400 Pine St. and surrounding area, Seattle; free, $10 suggested donation (www.pikemarketseniorcenter.org/figgy-pudding).
Holiday Tree Lighting and Firehouse Munch, Mercer Island
FRI Kids’ activities, 5:30-6:30 p.m., tree lighting, caroling, 6:30-7 p.m., Mercerdale Park, 77th Avenue Southeast and Southeast 32nd Street, Mercer Island; snacks and activities at North Firestation, 7-8:30 p.m. Friday, Mercer Island (www.mercergov.org
FRI Activities, 6:15-8:30 p.m., official lighting of holiday scenes, dancing clams and decorated park, 7 p.m. Friday, lighted boat parade; Clam Lights 5-9 p.m. nightly through Jan. 1, Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park, 1201 Lake Washington Blvd., Renton (www.ivars.com).
Very Merry Sammamish
FRI Holiday-celebration lighting events, music performances, kids’ activities, food, 6 p.m. Friday, Sammamish City Hall, 801 228th Pl. S.E., Sammamish (425-295-0556 or www.sammamish.us).
Christmas Tree Lighting Festival, Lakewood
FRI Kiddie Parade, Christmas-tree lighting, children’s crafts, holiday music, Santa, 4 p.m. Friday, Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main St. S.W., Lakewood (www.cityoflakewood.us
Holiday with Lights, Wild Waves Theme Park
FRI-SAT Rides, light displays, Santa, entertainment, 5-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 5-10 p.m. Dec. 13-14, 20-23, 26-31; 5-9 p.m. Dec. 15; Toyland activities for ages 12 and younger, 5-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Wild Waves Theme Park, 36201 Enchanted Parkway S., Federal Way; $9.99-$12.99 (206-388-1452 or www.wildwaves.com).
FRI-SUN Celebrate Advent, exhibit of 600 nativities from 90 countries, wheelchair accessible; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, Lamb of God Lutheran Church, 12509 27th Ave. N.E., Seattle; free (www.nativityexhibitnw.org).
Celebrate the Nativity
FRI-SUN Maple Valley Christmas event, display of 600 nativity sets, musical performances, children’s activities, 2-9 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 26800 236th Pl. S.E., Maple Valley; free (celebratethenativity.com).
Victorian Country Christmas Festival
FRI-SUN Victorian village with 560 stores including jewelry, art, tools, ornaments, home décor, toys, food vendors, wine garden, entertainment, Santa visits, carousel, horse-drawn carriage rides, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Washington State Fair Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave. S.W., Puyallup; $8-$11 (253-841-5045 or www.avictoriancountrychristmas.com).
Vashon Island’s Winterfest
FRI-SUN Holiday shopping and activities, First Friday Gallery Tour, Saturday and Sunday Holiday Art Studio Tour, Merchant Open House and Gingerbread House Tour Saturday, Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting Saturday, Vashon (www.vashonchamber.com).
Lights of Christmas
FRI-SUN One million lights, five entertainment stages, children’s activities, vendors, food, overnight packages available, 5-10 p.m. Friday-Sunday and Thursdays-Sundays through Dec. 29, Warm Beach Christian Camps & Conference Center, 20800 Marine Drive, Stanwood; $10-$15 (800-228-6724 or www.warmbeachlights.com
Olde Fashioned Christmas, Ferndale
FRI-SUN Ferndale Heritage Society members in pioneer costumes greet visitors in historic log cabins with crafts and games for children, music, general store, horse-drawn carriage rides, Santa and Mrs. Claus, 5-9 p.m. Friday, 1-9 p.m. Saturday, 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Pioneer Park, 2004 Cherry St., Ferndale; $3-$4 (ferndaleheritagesociety.com/events.php).
Hometown Holidays, West Seattle
SAT Tree lighting, 5 p.m. Saturday, Junction Plaza Park, 42nd Avenue Southwest and Southwest Alaska Street, Seattle; (206-935-0904 or wsjunction.org/blog/hometown-holidays-2013-2).
Holiday at Sky Nursery
SAT Craft vendors, Santa visit, free holiday family photos, music, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., free; wreath-decorating class, 11 a.m. Saturday, $35, preregister; Sky Nursery, 18528 Aurora Ave. N., Shoreline (206-546-4851 or www.skynursery.com).
Santa Train to the Zoolights
SAT Cascades Train and motor coach to Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium Zoolights, 5 p.m. Saturday, King Street Station, 303 S. Jackson, Seattle; $69-$89 (206-935-6848 or www.alkitours.com).
SAT Holiday lights, music, kids’ activities, City Hall Plaza; luminary walk to Redmond Town Center for treats, kids’ crafts, entertainment, 4 p.m. Saturday, Redmond City Hall Plaza, 15670 N.E. 85th St., Redmond (redmondlights.com).
Santa’s arrival, Country Village
SAT Tree lighting, Santa’s arrival from the sky, 7 p.m. Saturday, Country Village, 23732 Bothell-Everett Highway, Bothell (425-483-2250 or (countryvillagebothell.com/santas-arrival
Renton Tree Lighting
SAT Entertainment, Santa, tree lighting, 5-7 p.m.; caroling, beverages, 3-5 p.m. Saturday, Renton Downtown Piazza, South Third Street and Burnett Avenue South, Renton (rentonwa.gov/calendar.aspx).
SAT Activities, 3:30-9 p.m., parade, tree- and town-lighting ceremony, 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Town Square Plaza Park, Smith Street and Second Avenue, Kent (kcdays.com/winterfest
Auburn Santa Parade
SAT Children’s parade on Main Street, community caroling, lighting of the City Hall Christmas tree, 4:30 p.m. Saturday, downtown Auburn (253-931-3043 or auburnwa.gov/events).
Christmas caroling, Issaquah
SAT All ages join in singing “Rudolph,” “Jingle Bells” and more, 6 p.m. Saturday, Issaquah Train Depot, 50 Rainier Blvd. N., Issaquah (www.downtownissaquah.com
Snoqualmie Tree Lighting
SAT Santa lights the tree, music, horse-drawn carriage rides, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Railroad Park, 7971 Railroad Ave. S.E., Snoqualmie (www.ci.snoqualmie.wa.us
Victorian Holiday Celebration, Tacoma
SAT Santa visit, photos, stories, staff in Victorian costumes, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Seymour Conservatory, Wright Park, 501 S. I St., Tacoma; $3, ages 11 and younger free; Santa photos $15 (253-591-5330 or www.metroparkstacoma.org/calendar/index.pht?cid=2595).
Festival of Chimes and Lights, Port Orchard
SAT Jingle Bell Run/Walk benefit for the Arthritis Foundation, Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive by fire truck, hay rides, music, Pooch n’ Purr pet parade, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, Port Orchard (www.cityofportorchard.us).
SAT Ninety-minute vintage-train ride, Santa, 9:30 a.m., noon and 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 14, 21, Lake Whatcom Railway, State Highway 9, Wickersham; $12.50-$25 by mail reservation only (360-595-2218 or lakewhatcomrailway.com).
Victorian Farmhouse Christmas
SAT-SUN Tours of historic Victorian farmhouse decorated for the holidays, 12:30, 2 and 3:30 p.m. Saturday; 1 and 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Neely Mansion, 12303 Auburn-Black Diamond Road, Auburn; $15, reservations required (253-850-2777 or neelymansion.org).
KidsQuest Children’s Museum Gingerbread Lane
SAT-DEC. 20 Display of gingerbread creations by local architecture firms and bakeries, Saturday-Dec. 20; family gingerbread-house workshops, 4 and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 12-13, 9:30 a.m., noon and 2:30-4 p.m. Dec. 14; 10:30 a.m. Dec. 15, $40-$45/family, by reservation; holiday concert and gingerbread-house awards, 11 a.m. Dec. 14, Bellevue Hilton, 300 112th Ave. S.E., Bellevue (magicseason.com
Candy Cane Lane
SAT-JAN. 1 View lighted homes on Park Road, 4-11 p.m. daily, Northeast Park Road and Ravenna Boulevard, Seattle; free, food-bank donations suggested.
Bloedel Reserve Holiday Village
SAT-JAN. 5 Miniature village display with electric trains, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays, The Bloedel Reserve, 7571 Dolphin Drive N.E., Bainbridge Island; $5-$13 (206-842-7631 or bloedelreserve.org).
SUN UW students studying Swedish perform, music, treats, dancing around the tree, for all ages, 3 p.m. Sunday, Swedish Club, 1920 Dexter Ave. N., Seattle; $3 (206-283-1090 or www.swedishclubnw.org
Julfest Swedish Christmas Festival
SUN Christmas music, traditional Lucia pageant, candlelight reception with Swedish treats, 4 p.m. Sunday, First Covenant Church, 400 E. Pike St., Seattle; free will offering collected (firstcovenantseattle.org/julfest).
A Holiday in Volunteer Park
DEC. 12 Holiday music, singalong, treats, luminaria, 6 p.m., Volunteer Park, 1247 15th Ave. E., Seattle (on.fb.me/H0kovh).
ONGOING Gingerbread displays with “Nursery Rhymes” theme, daily through Jan. 5, Sheraton Seattle Hotel, 1400 Sixth Ave., Seattle; free, donations to JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) suggested (gingerbreadvillage.myevent.com).
ONGOING Ride the carousel, benefits Treehouse for foster kids, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday; 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Dec. 9-12; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Dec. 13; hours vary through Jan. 1, Westlake Park, 401 Pine St., Seattle; $3 suggested donation (holidaysinseattle.com
Pacific Place Holiday Season
ONGOING Snow flurry, 6 p.m. daily, Santa, weekend music performances, Pacific Place Mall, 600 Pine St., Seattle (206-405-2655 or www.pacificplaceseattle.com).
Teddy Bear Suite
ONGOING Visit a room full of holiday teddy bears, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, Fairmont Olympic Hotel, 411 University St., Seattle; free, donations collected for uncompensated care at Seattle Children’s Hospital (fairmont.com/seattle
Seattle Center Winterfest
ONGOING Winter train and village, holiday decorations, entertainment on weekends, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily through Dec. 31, Seattle Center Armory, Seattle, free; Winterfest Ice Rink, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays through Jan. 5, Fisher Pavilion, Seattle Center; $2-$7 includes skate rental, cash only (206-684-7200 or www.seattlecenter.com/winterfest).
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. through Dec. 23 and Dec. 26-Jan. 4, Woodland Park Zoo, 5500 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle; $6.50-$9.50 (206-548-2500 or www.zoo.org/wildlights).
Reindeer Festival, Swansons Nursery
ONGOING Two of Santa’s reindeer and a camel on display, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily through Dec. 24; Santa available for photos, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, Swansons Nursery, 9701 15th Ave. N.W., Seattle (206-782-2543 or swansonsnursery.com).
ONGOING Music, light show, drummers, live toy soldiers, magical snowstorm, 7 p.m. daily through Dec. 24; with arrival of Santa Friday; Bellevue Way and Northeast Eighth Street, Bellevue (www.magicseason.com/events/snowflake.html
Bellevue Magic Season Ice Arena
ONGOING Open-air ice-skating rink, food concessions, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday; 3-9 p.m. Monday-Tuesday; 1-9 p.m. Wednesday; 3-9 p.m. Dec. 5; 3-11 p.m. Dec. 6; hours vary through 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 (www.magicseason.com).
Garden d’ Lights Construction Edition
ONGOING Winter wonderland.of light sculptures, shorter route since the garden is undergoing major construction of new facilities, 5-10 p.m. through Jan. 4, Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St., Bellevue; $5, ages 10 and younger free; free admission Dec. 9, 10, 11, 12 (425-452-6844 or www.gardendlights.org).
Issaquah Reindeer Festival
ONGOING Santa, reindeer, story times, animal feeding, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Dec. 1-23 and Dec. 26-30, Cougar Mountain Zoo, 19525 S.E. 54th St., Issaquah; $10.50-$12.50, ages 2 and younger free (cougarmountainzoo.org
Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium Zoolights
ONGOING Winter-, holiday- and animal-themed light displays, camel rides, aquarium, 5-9 p.m. Friday-Dec. 23 and Dec. 25-Jan. 1; Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma; $4.25-$8.75 (www.pdza.org/zoolights).
Cut your own Christmas tree in the Mt. 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 (www.fs.usda.gov/mbs).
U-cut tree farms
ONGOING Information on U-cut Christmas tree farms (www.nwchristmastrees.org).
Green Lake Pathway of Lights
PLAN AHEAD Holiday music, luminaria along the 2.8-mile path around the lake, 5 p.m. Dec. 14, Green Lake Park, Seattle (www.facebook.com/GreenLakePathwayofLights).
Bellevue Arts Museum First Friday
FRI Free admission, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, Bellevue Arts Museum, 510 Bellevue Way N.E., Bellevue (www.bellevuearts.org).
19th Century Christmas
SAT Re-enactors celebrate an 19th century Christmas with stories, music, games, craft, yule log, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma; $5-$7.50 (253-591-5339 or www.fortnisqually.org).
Exceptionally Plane People
SAT Historian describes little-known accomplishments of Grumman employees behind the scenes at the Bethpage factory before and during WWII, noon Saturday, Historic Flight Foundation, 10719 Bernie Webber Drive, Mukilteo; $8-$12 (425-348-3200 or www.historicflight.org
Under the Cowl Tour
DEC. 12 FHC Military Aviation Curator tour through the hangars, learn about the planes and artifacts in the Collection, 7 p.m. Dec. 12, Flying Heritage Collection, 3407 109th St. S.W., Everett; $15-$20 (877-342-3404 or www.flyingheritage.com
Northwest African American Museum free day
DEC. 12 Free admission, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Dec. 12, Northwest African American Museum, 2300 S. Massachusetts St., Seattle (206-518-6000 or 015ada3.netsolhost.com/index.html).
“Grit: Asian Pacific Pioneers Across the Northwest”
DEC. 12 Exhibit highlights early Asian-Pacific trailblazers and the Pacific Northwest sites important to this history, opening 7-8 p.m. Dec. 12; regular hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays, Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, 719 S. King St., Seattle; $8.95-$12.95 (206-623-5124 or wingluke.org).
Deception Pass Dash
SUN Six-mile paddle through Deception Pass for human-powered vessels; kayaks, canoes and SUPs, open to all paddlers ages 16 and older, 7 a.m. Sunday, Deception Pass State Park, Oak Harbor; $55 (425-883-9039 or outdooradventurecenter.com/adventure/deception-pass-dash-2013).
Winter Wonderland December Saturdays
SAT Holiday crafts, nature activities, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 14, 21, free; truck-drawn hay-wagon ride around Seward Park with an Audubon naturalist, hourly 10 a.m.-2 p.m., $5/person, reservations available, Seward Park Audubon Center, 5902 Lake Washington Boulevard S., Seattle (206-652-2444 or www.brownpapertickets.com/producer/17346
SAT Seattle Astronomical Society star parties to view the night sky through telescopes, all ages and skill levels welcome; inclement weather may cancel, 6 p.m. Saturday, Green Lake Park, 7201 E. Green Lake Drive N., Seattle and Paramount Park, Eighth Avenue Northeast and Northeast 155th Street, Shoreline; free (www.seattleastro.org
Lewis Creek Ranger Hike
SAT Explore park’s natural history with a park ranger, look for signs of local wildlife, all ages welcome, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Lewis Creek Park, 5808 Lakemont Blvd., Bellevue; free, no registration required (425-452-4195 or www.bellevuewa.gov/lewis_creek_park.htm
SAT-SUN Drop-in stations with guides providing information on salmon returning to Piper’s Creek, 11 a.m. Saturday-Sunday, Carkeek Park, 950 N.W. Carkeek Park Road, Seattle (206-386-4237 or www.seattle.gov/parks
SUN Create wreaths and garlands using invasive plants from the park, for adults and families with children ages 5 and older accompanied by adult, 1 p.m. Sunday, Carkeek Park, 950 N.W. Carkeek Park Road, Seattle; $9, preregister; also offered 1 p.m. Dec. 14, Discovery Park, Seattle (206-386-4237).
Blue Jay Brings Back the Moon
FRI Tierra Madre Fund Seattle-based Native traditional native foods, music, performance, visual and media arts, 6 p.m. Friday, Impact HUB Seattle, 220 Second Ave. S., Seattle; $50 (206-784-0818 or www.tierramadrefund.org).
“Return to Narnia”
SAT Hampstead Stage Company performance, 2 p.m. Saturday, Seattle Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Seattle; free (206-386-4636 or www.spl.org
Washington Old Time Fiddlers
SAT Concert for all ages, 2 p.m. Saturday, Maple Valley Library, 21844 S.E. 248th St., Maple Valley (425-432-4620 or www.kcls.org
Puget Brass holiday concert
SUN Brass band, 2 p.m. Sunday, Redmond Library, 15990 N.E. 85th St., Redmond (425-885-1861 or www.kcls.org
Old Time Radio Show — Puget Sound Radio Enthusiasts
WED Classic radio script performed live, 2 p.m. Wednesday, Hope in Hard Times Exhibit — Highline Pop-Up Museum, 216 S.W. 153rd St., Burien; free (www.wahopeinhardtimes.net
Kent Christmas Rush Fun Run
SAT Holiday 10K run and 5K run/walk, 8 a.m. Saturday, Russell Road Park, Russell Road and James Street, Kent; $5-$35 (253-856-5050 or www.kentwa.gov/content.aspx?id=19763&terms=christmas%20rush).
Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis
SUN Race, run, walk, costume contest, benefits the Arthritis Foundation, 7:30 a.m. Sunday, Westlake Center, 400 Pine St., Seattle; $10-$45, minimum $150 fundraising suggested (www.seattlejinglebellrun.org).
K9 Candy Cane 5K Fun Run
SUN Run/walk on the Cedar River Trail with or without your dog, portion of proceeds benefits Cedar River Dog Park, 9 a.m. Dec. 8, Renton Community Center, Renton; $33-$40 (425-430-6711 or (www.signmeup.com/site/online-event-registration/94886).
SESSC Holiday Brunch and Bazaar
FRI Brunch, crafts, bake sale, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, Southeast Seattle Senior Center, 4655 S. Holly St., Seattle (206-722-0317 or www.sessc.org
Gifts and Greens Galore
FRI-SAT Locally sourced greens, wreaths, swags and garlands, Arboretum Shop books, jewelry, holiday items, food, proceeds benefit the Arbotetum, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday-Saturday; wreath-making demonstration, noon Saturday; Graham Visitors Center, 2300 Arboretum Drive E., Washington Park Arboretum, Seattle (www.arboretumfoundation.org
Bite of Greece
FRI-SAT Greek food, music, Greek marketplace, 4-9 p.m. Friday, noon-7 p.m. Saturday, Greek Orthodox Church of the Assumption, 1804 13th Ave., Seattle; free (206-323-8557 or biteofgreeceseattle.com
Holiday book sale
FRI-SUN Mini-sale to benefit the library, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave. S.E., Mercer Island (425-236-3537 or www.kcls.org).
Art Under $100
SAT Painting, sculpture, neon, jewelry, clothing, photography, glass, letterpress and more by 50 artists, all $100 or less; kids’ art activities, wine tasting, DJ, food trucks, 2-9 p.m. Saturday, South Park Community Center, 8319 Eighth Ave. S., Seattle (www.southparkarts.org
Chef demo, Macy’s
SAT Macy’s Culinary Council Chef Johnny Iuzzini holiday-entertaining cooking demonstration, shopping bonuses, Iuzzini signs “Dessert Fourplay” cookbook, 11 a.m. Saturday, Macy’s, 1601 Third Ave., Seattle; free, reservations required (ChefJohnnySeattleMacys.eventbrite.com).
Holiday Arts + Crafts Open House
SAT Local and handmade gifts by 15 vendors, jewelry, art, toys, noon-6 p.m. Saturday, Red Square Yoga Studio, 1911 10th Ave. W, Seattle (artsandcraftsopenhouse.blogspot.com
Open House and Holiday Fair
SAT Cards, books, fine printing and pewter sundries sale by local artists, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Day Moon Press, 3320 Beacon Ave. S., Seattle (tinyurl.com/l9dq95h).
Peace Through Pieces Benefit Gift Sale
SAT Sale of African-made craft and gift items to benefit Peace Through Pieces ministry, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, North Seattle Friends Church, 7740 24th Ave. N.E., Seattle (206-525-8800 or www.northseattlefriends.org).
Holiday Arts and Crafts Gift Show
SAT Jewelry, hats, paintings, glass art and more by local artists, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Westside Unitarian Universalist Congregation Social Hall, 7141 California Ave. S.W., Seattle (www.wsuu.org).
Holiday Gift Bazaar
SAT Vendors, food, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Lakewood Seward Park Community Club, 4916 S. Angeline St., Seattle (206-722-9696 or www.lspcc.org/holiday.html
Multicultural Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair
SAT Multicultural/ethnic books, crafts, food, bake sale, sushi, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 1610 S. King St., Seattle (206-323-5250 or www.stpeterseattle.org
Holiday Open House and Art Market
SAT Arts and crafts by 25 local artists, art demonstrations, children’s activities, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, Kirkland Arts Center, 620 Market St., Kirkland (425-822-7161 or www.kirklandartscenter.org
Moshier Holiday Pottery Sale
SAT Handmade pottery. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Moshier Community Art Center, 430 S. 156th St., Burien (206-988-3700 or www.burienwa.gov/index.aspx?NID=791
Tyee Holiday Bazaar
SAT Arts, crafts, commercial items from 125 vendors, Christmas trees, breakfast and lunch available, pictures with Santa, kids’ activities, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Tyee Educational Complex, 4424 S. 188th St., SeaTac (www.highlineschools.org/site/default.aspx?PageID=1
Edmonds Woodway High School Craft Fair
SAT Jewelry, ornaments, wood crafts, photographs, candles from 70 vendors to support school music programs, performances by EWHS jazz bands, orchestra and choir, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Edmonds-Woodway High School, 7600 212th St. S.W., Edmonds (ewhsmusic.com
Holiday Alternative Gift Fair
SAT Fair-trade crafts from Ten Thousand Villages, donations to causes as gifts from 20 nonprofits, bake sale, music, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Northshore United Church of Christ, 18900 168th Ave. N.E., Woodinville (425-483-6557 or www.northshoreucc.org
SAT Arts and crafts from 90 vendors, many dressed in Dickens-era clothes, holiday music, proceeds support district’s Volunteer Celebration, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Cavelero Mid High School, 8220 24th St. S.E., Everett (www.lkstevens.wednet.edu/Page/2
Si View Holiday Bazaar
SAT Arts and crafts from 40 local vendors, entertainment, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Si View Community Center and Park, 400 S.E. Orchard Dr., North Bend (425-831-1900 or www.siviewpark.org/holiday.phtml
Handmade Holiday Indoor Gift Market
SAT Pottery, art, woodworking, body care, food, bake sale, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Arlington Farmers Market, 200 N. Olympic Ave., Arlington (www.redroosterroute.com).
Urban Craft Uprising
SAT-SUN Indie-craft show and sale, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, 299 Mercer St., Seattle (www.urbancraftuprising.com
Vintage Fashion Event
SAT-SUN Estate and antique jewelry, vintage clothing, accessories, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Pacific Galleries Antique Mall & Auction House, 241 South Lander, Seattle (206-292-3999 or www.PacGal.com).
Arts of Snohomish Big Small Show
SUN Local art featuring paintings 12 inches or smaller and crafts, 3 p.m. Sunday, Arts of Snohomish, 1024 First St., Snohomish (360-568-8648 or www.artsofsnohomish.org).
Rainier Valley Historical Society Open House
SAT Displays, information on local history with coffee, treats, 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Rainier Valley Historical Society, 3710 S. Ferdinand St., Seattle (206-723-1663 or www.rainiervalleyhistory.org
SAT Snow brought in for sledding, bring snow gear; indoor activities including go kart track, stories, Santa, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 10 a.m. Saturday, Gold Creek Church, 4326 148th St. S.E., Mill Creek; free (www.goldcreek.org/snowday/#).
Seattle Architecture Foundation
FRI-SAT Walking tours, Design Details including the Smith Tower Chinese Room & Observation Deck, 10 a.m. Friday; Architecture 101, 10 a.m. Saturday; Seattle Architecture Foundation, 1333 Fifth Ave, Rainier Square Atrium, Seattle; $15-$25 (seattlearchitecture.org).
Mount Baker Home Tour
SAT Walk or ride shuttle to tour six homes built 1912-1926, arts-and-crafts fair at the clubhouse, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Mount Baker Community Club, 2811 Mount Rainier Drive S., Seattle; $20-$35, admission to arts-and-crafts fair free (206-722-7209 or www.mountbaker.org/2013-home-tour-faqs.html
SAT Informal meeting for travelers to learn from each other, 9 a.m. Saturday, Wide World Books & Maps, 4411 Wallingford Ave. N., Seattle (206-634-3453 or www.wideworldtravelstore.com).
Europe Through the Back Door
SAT Rick Steves Europe Through the Back Door travel classes; Sicily, 10 a.m. Saturday, Edmonds Theater, 415 Main St., Edmonds; free, reservations required (425-771-8303 or www.ricksteves.com/news/classes).
TUE Program on Thailand, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wide World Books & Maps, 4411 Wallingford Ave. N., Seattle; free (206-634-3453).
Wreath Decorating Workshop
FRI Materials supplied to decorate a 20-inch evergreen wreath, 6 p.m. today, McAuliffe Valley Nursery, 11910 Sprighetti Road, Snohomish; $30 reservation required (360-862-1323 or www.mcauliffesvalleynursery.com).
Make a Mosaic Frame Holiday Art Workshop
SAT Join artists Karen MacKenzie and Kathleen McHugh for art making and conversation, 1 p.m. Saturday, Fremont Abbey Arts Center, 4272 Fremont Ave. N., Seattle; $35 (206-852-3815 or abbeyart.yolasite.com).
SAT Learn how to craft holiday wreaths, basic materials provided, bring gloves and gardening shears, limited number available to borrow, for all ages, 10 a.m. Saturday, Snoqualmie Falls Forest Theater, 36800 S.E. David Powell Road, Fall City; $10-$20 (425-736-7252 or www.foresttheater.org).