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Pet Santa Photos

SAT Pet Santa photos to benefit Doney Memorial Pet Clinic, 1 p.m. Saturday, The Puppy Perfectors , 3730 S. Dawson St., Seattle; $25 (


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SAT Santa pet photos, dog games, vendors, auction to benefit Summit Assistance Dogs, noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Smiley Dog, 23303 Highway 99, Edmonds; free (206-903-9631 or

Santa Paws

SAT-SUN Pet photos with Santa, proceeds benefit Seattle Humane Society, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Woodmark Hotel, Kirkland; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Crossroads, 15600 N.E. Eighth St., Bellevue; noon-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Rex, 1402 12th Ave., Seattle; $20 (425-483-5000 or

Skagit River Bald Eagle Interpretive Center

SAT-SUN Eagle-viewing information, educational displays on eagles, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays through January, guided walks, 11 a.m., speakers, 1 p.m. most Saturdays-Sundays, Skagit River Bald Eagle Interpretive Center , 52809 Rockport Park Road, Rockport; free, donations appreciated (360-853-7626 or

A Home for the Holidays: Dog Adoption Event

SUN Dogs of all ages/sizes, spayed/neutered, noon Sunday, Academy of Canine Behavior , 4705 240th St. S.E., Bothell; adoption fees $150-$250 (

Issaquah Reindeer Festival

ONGOING Meet Santa and his reindeer, story times, animal exhibits, Wild Treasures Gift Shop, Snack Shop, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily, Cougar Mountain Zoo, 19525 S.E. 54th St., Issaquah; $10.50-$12.50 (


Humane Society Holiday Dinner Auction

SUN Dickens Carolers, auction, dinner, 3 p.m. Sunday, Embassy Suites , 20610 44th Ave. W., Lynnwood; $60 (360-652-5844 or

St. Nicholas Faire

SUN Appetizers, wine tasting, bake sale, silent auction, benefits West Seattle Food Bank, 4 p.m. Sunday, First Lutheran Church of West Seattle , 4105 California Ave. S.W., Seattle; $10/person, $25/family or $5/person or $15/family with canned food donation (206-935-6530).


Poinsettias and Pastries

FRI Cascade Bicycle Club 30-mile, leisurely paced ride to see poinsettias at Molbak’s; rain, snow or ice cancels, 10 a.m. Friday, Gas Works Park , 2101 N. Northlake Way, Seattle; free (

Breakfast ride

SUN Cascade Bicycle Club 25- to 30-mile, leisurely paced ride with some hills, Swedish pancake breakfast stop, rain, freezing or snow cancels, 10 a.m. Sunday, Gas Works Park , 2101 N. Northlake Way, Seattle; breakfast $9 (


Birding Basics

SAT Short lesson, walk through the park learning to spot and ID birds, minimum age 10, 8 a.m. Saturday, Seward Park Audubon Center , 5902 Lake Washington Boulevard S., Seattle; $3-$5 (206-652-2444 or

Trumpeter Swans of the Skagit

SAT Trumpeter Swan Society information on places to view swans in Skagit Valley in December, January and February, 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon; free, reservations required, space limited (360-466-3821 or


Emerald City Contra Dance

FRI Beginners’ workshop, 7 p.m., dancing with live music and caller, no partner necessary, don’t wear scented products, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle; $5-$8 (206-440-9839 or

Sno-King International Folk Dance Club

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


Burien Winterfest

SAT Shopping, entertainment, horse-and-carriage rides, holiday crafts for kids, photos with Saint Nick for dogs and people, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Southwest 152nd Street and Sixth Avenue Southwest, Burien (

Christmas Market at the French Alliance

SAT Fencing show, choir performances, vendors, activities for children including Santa visits, French pastries, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Alliance Francaise de Seattle, Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N., Seattle; free (206-632-5433 or

Redmond Lights

SAT Celebrate the Centennial, festivities, food, entertainment, kids activities, holiday craft market, historical display, noon-4 p.m.; Redmond Lights celebration of Redmond’s diverse cultural traditions of the winter season with tree lighting, luminary walk, 4-8 p.m. Saturday, City Hall Plaza, 15670 N.E. 85th St., Redmond (425-556-2395 or

Port Orchard Festival of Chimes and Lights

SAT Sales and store events, art walk, entertainment, hayrides, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday; Pooch and Purr Pet Parade and Costume Contest, 5:15 p.m. Saturday, Port Orchard (

PNA Winter Festival & Crafts Fair

SAT-SUN Entertainment of two stages, arts and crafts from 115 vendors, quilt raffle, bake sale, lunch, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle; $2-$4 (206-783-2244 or

Seattle Center Winterfest

ONGOING Winter Train and Village display, entertainment, 10 am.-6 p.m. daily, Seattle Center Armory, free; indoor ice skating, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays, Fisher Pavilion, Seattle Center; $7/adults, $5/ages 6-12, $2/ages 5 and younger, includes skate rental, cash only (206-684-7200 or

Bellevue Magic Season

ONGOING Snowflake Lane snowfall, live toy soldiers and winter characters, music, light show, 7 p.m. daily on Northeast Eighth Street at Bellevue Place, then on Bellevue Way to Macy’s, Bellevue; Bellevue; open-air ice skating, 3-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, 3-9 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, 1-9 p.m. Wednesday, 3-9 p.m. Dec. 6, hours vary through Jan. 13; $10 with skate rental, $7 with your own skates(

Food events

Community Pancake Breakfast

SAT Breakfast to benefit local high schools, craft sale, Toys For Tots collection, free photos with Santa for kids, 7-11 a.m. Saturday, Alki Masonic Temple, 4736 40th Ave. S.W., Seattle; $3-$7 (206-938-8032 or

Lutefisk and Meatball Dinner

SAT Dinner, noon-6 p.m. Saturday, Sons of Norway, 23905 Bothell-Everett Highway, Bothell; $20, $5/children, ages 4 and younger free; no reservations required (425-485-9085 or

Pancake breakfast, Bothell

SAT Pancakes, eggs, 8-11 a.m. Saturday, Northshore Senior Center, 10201 E. Riverside Drive, Bothell; $4-$5 (425-487-2441 or

Salish Holiday Tea

SAT-SUN Scones, tea sandwiches, pastries, 2 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, Salish Lodge, Snoqualmie; $15-$30, reservations required (800-272-5474 or

Swedish Pancake Breakfast

SUN Pancakes, ham, beverages, music and folk dancing, 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sunday, Swedish Cultural Center, 1920 Dexter Ave. N., Seattle; $5-$9, ages 4 and younger free (206-283-1090 or

Chocolate Holiday Buffet

SUN Chocolate cake, cheesecake, tiramisu, candy, 3 p.m. Sundays, ART Restaurant & Lounge, Four Seasons Hotel, Seattle; $12-$20, reservations required (206-749-7070 or

Northwest Winter Beer Tasting

DEC. 6 Sample winter brews from Northwest breweries , 6 p.m. Dec. 6, Ivar’s Acres of Clams, Pier 54, Seattle; $35 by reservation (206-624-6852).

The Georgian Holiday Tea

ONGOING Tea, sweets, sandwiches, noon daily, Fairmont Olympic Hotel, Seattle; $25-$55 by reservation (206-621-7889 or

Nutcracker Brunch

PLAN AHEAD Pacific Northwest Ballet brunch, Nutcracker characters and mini-performance, 10:30 a.m. Dec. 8, McCaw Hall, Seattle; $45-$65 (206.441.2424 or


Pioneer Park walk

SAT Guided 10K walk in groups of various walking speeds, 9:30 a.m. Saturday, QFC , 8421 S.E. 68th St., Mercer Island; (

Issaquah Alps Trails Club

SAT Preston/Fall City Trail easy 5.5-mile hike to overlook, 9 a.m. Saturday, meet at Trails Center, First and Bush Streets, Issaquah (

Museum events

Christimas Open House and Toy Exhibit

SAT Vintage toy exhibit, refreshments, noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Kent Historical Museum, 855 E. Smith St., Kent; free (253-785-4433 or

Fort Nisqually 19th Century Christmas

SAT Living history day, Christmas in 1855, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, Point Defiance Park, 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma; $4-$6 (253-591-5339 or

Toys and Games at the Burke

SAT-SUN Activities, explore toys and games, crafts, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays through Dec., guided exhibit tours 1 p.m. Saturdays, Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, University of Washington, Seattle; $7.50-$10 (206-543-5590 or

Neely Mansion Victorian Famhouse Christmas

SUN Tour historic Victorian farmhouse decorated for the holidays, gift shop, proceeds benefit continuing restoration, 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Sunday, Neely Mansion, 12303 Auburn-Black Diamond Road, Auburn; $15 (253-850-2777 or

Santa Welcome

SUN Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive by helicopter, entertainment, 1 p.m. Sunday, Olympic Flight Museum, 7637 Old Hwy. 99 S.E., Olympia; $5-$7 (360-705-3925 or

EMP Museum

ONGOING Exhibits include “Hear My Train a Comin’: Hendrix Hits London,” “Worn to Be Wild: The Black Leather Jacket,” “Icons of Science Fiction,” “Can’t Look Away: The Lure of Horror Film” and “Nirvana: Taking Punk to The Masses;” 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, EMP Museum, 325 Fifth Ave. N., Seattle; $14-$20 (206-770-2700 or

Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs

ONGOING Display of 100 objects from King Tut’s tomb and treasures from 2,000 years of ancient Egyptian history, hours vary through Jan. 6, 2013, Pacific Science Center, 200 Second Ave. N, Seattle; $15.50-$32.50, timed ticket entry, reservations recommended (800-664-8775 or

Park events

Volunteer Park Conservatory

SAT Wreath-making classes, 10 a.m.-noon and 1:30-3:30 p.m. Saturday, $30, preregister; holiday harp music, 1-2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, 16, 23; Holiday Open House opening celebration of seasonal display, poinsettias, holiday train, 5-8 p.m. Dec. 7; open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays, Volunteer Park Conservatory , 1400 E Galer St., inside Volunteer Park, Seattle; free, donations suggested (206-322-4112 or

Salmon in Piper’s Creek

SAT-SUN See salmon returning to spawn, activities 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays through Dec. 9, 11 a.m. Saturday-Sunday, Carkeek Park, 950 N.W. Carkeek Park Road, Seattle; free (206-684-5999 or

Hollyday decorations

PLAN AHEAD Create holiday wreaths and garlands with holly, ivy and other invasive plants in the park, 1 p.m. Dec. 8, Discovery Park (206-386-4236) and 2 p.m. Dec. 8, Camp Long (206-684-7434), Seattle; $9 (


Living History Series

SAT Historian Clay Jenkinson as President Thomas Jefferson and President Theodore Roosevelt, noon Saturday, Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., Seattle; free (206-386-4636 or

Russian Extravaganza

SAT Russian poetry, dancing, singing, 2 p.m. Saturday, Seattle Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Seattle; free (206-684-0849 or

Norwegian Ladies Chorus of Seattle Holiday Concert

SUN Norwegian Ladies Chorus of Scandinavian and American songs, dessert reception, 3 p.m. Sunday, Our Redeemer Lutheran Church , 2400 N.W. 85th St., Seattle; $12 suggested donation (206-498-9693 or

Sounds of the Season Christmas Concert

SUN Rain City Women’s Chorus and Rainbow City Orchestra concert, dessert reception, 4 p.m. Sunday, Wedgwood Community Church , 8201 30th Ave. N.E., Seattle; free (206-522-5778 or


Candy Cane Dash

SAT 5K run/walk, benefits Shorecrest Cross Country team and Senior Project Fund, 9 a.m. Saturday, registration 8 a.m., Shoreline Stadium, 18560 First Ave. N.E., Shoreline; $20-$25 (

Port Orchard Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis

SAT Raising funds for preventing and curing arthritis, 5K run/walk, kids 1K Run with the Elves, costume contest, noon Saturday, Port Orchard City Hall, 216 Prospect St., Port Orchard; $25 (206-547-2707 or

K9 Candy Cane 5K Fun Run and Walk

SUN Run or walk on Cedar River Trail, dogs welcome, benefits Cedar River Dog Park, 9:15 a.m. Sunday, registration 8 a.m., Renton Community Center, 1715 Maple Valley Highway, Renton; $33; canned pet food donations for Seattle Humane Society suggested (

Seattle Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis

PLAN AHEAD Festive 5K run/walk to raise funds for preventing, curing arthritis, holiday themed costumes encouraged, 8:50 a.m. Dec. 9, Westlake Center, Seattle; $25 (206-547-2707 or


Holiday Fundraiser

FRI-SAT Handmade hats, jewelry, cards, purses, clothing, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N., Seattle (206-954-8915 or

Ten Thousand Villages

FRI-SAT Arts and crafts from around the world, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave. S.E., Mercer Island (206-236-0067).

Hilltop Holiday Craft Show

FRI-SAT Crafts from 80 artists, 10 am.-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Northwest Arts Center, 9825 N.E. 24th St., Bellevue (

Nature Book and Gift Fair

FRI-SUN Field guides, books, calendars, toys, nature gifts, bird feeders and seed, proceeds support the Center’s education programs, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a. m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Seward Park Audubon Center, 5902 Lake Washington Blvd. S., Seattle (206-652-2444 or

Holiday Gift Show

SAT Jewelry, watercolor paintings, hats, handbags, cards, candles, glass art by local artists, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Saturday, West Seattle Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 7141 California Ave. S.W., Seattle (

Lakewood Seward Park Holiday Bazaar

SAT Local vendors, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Lakewood Seward Park Community Club, 4916 S. Angeline St., Seattle (206-722-9696 or

Moshier Holiday Sale

SAT Handmade pottery, dishes, garden art, cash or checks accepted, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Moshier Community Art Center, 430 S. 156th St., Burien (206-988-3700 or

Edmonds-Woodway High School Music Boosters Craft Fair

SAT Crafts, art and holiday food from 50 vendors, music by EWHS music ensembles, proceeds support school music programs, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Edmonds-Woodway High School, 7600 212th St. S.W., Edmonds (

Happy Valley Arts & Crafts Fair

SAT Crafts fair with 22 vendors, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Happy Valley Grange, 19720 N.E. 50th St., Redmond (

Tyee Bazaar

SAT Shopping with 125 artists and commercial vendors, food, Christmas tree sale, Santa photos, kids’ activities, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Tyee Educational Complex, 4424 S. 188th St., SeaTac (206-631-6460).

Holiday bazaar, Normandy Park

SAT Crafts by local artists, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Normandy Park Cove Building, 1500 S.W. Shorebrook Drive, Normandy Park (

Issaquah History Museums Holiday Open House

SAT Holiday craft fair vendors, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., visits with Santa, entertainment, children’s craft table, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Issaquah Depot, 50 Rainier Boulevard N., Issaquah (425-392-3500 or

Advent Festival and Bazaar

SAT-SUN Vendors supporting charitable organizations, crafts, pies, holiday wreaths and poinsettias. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, St. Catherine School, 8524 Eighth Ave. N.E., Seattle (206-524-8800 or

Ballard Landmark Craft Fair

SUN Craft vendors, quilt raffle to benefit Ballard Food Bank, 1 p.m. Sunday, Ballard Landmark, 5433 Leary Avenue N.W., Seattle; free (206-782-4000).

Fair Trade Christmas Market

SUN Market of items from around the world, children’s activities, noon-3 p.m. Sunday, Bethany Presbyterian Church, 4420 N. 41st St., Tacoma; free (253-752-1123 or

Hanukkah Art Sale

SUN Holiday art sale, Judaic and secular art including jewelry, ceramics, glass and fiber art, scrolls, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, Kadima House, 12353 Eighth Ave. N.E., Seattle (206-547-3914 or


WED Shopping perks and discounts around the Village all day Wednesday, University Village, Seattle; $25 to benefit Seattle Ronald McDonald House (206-523-0622 or

Holiday Toy-Cycle Bazaar

DEC. 6 Sale of gently-used toys and books for all ages, 6-8 p.m. Dec. 6, Lakewood Seward Park Community Club, 4916 S. Angeline St., Seattle; $1 and/or canned food bank donation for Rainier Valley Food Bank (


Clam Lights celebration

FRI Opening celebration with entertainment, Ivar’s Dancing Clam, covered wagon rides, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday; official lighting ceremony, 7 p.m.; bonfire and community sing-along, 7:15 p.m.; Rainier Yacht Club Parade of Boats, 7:30 p.m.; Argosy Christmas Ships, 8 p.m. Friday; light display continues nightly through Dec. 31, Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park, 1201 Lake Washington Blvd., Renton (

Nativity Exhibit

FRI-SUN Exhibit of 700 nativities from 80 countries, 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 (206-363-0110 or

Saint Nick’s Winter in Woodinville

FRI-SUN Holiday tree lighting event for all ages with music, hot cider, 5:30 p.m. Friday, Chateau St. Michelle Winery, 14111 N.E. 145th St., Woodinville; Wine Tasting for ages 21 and older, 7-9:30 p.m. Friday, $50; Winery Open House Weekend, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Woodinville Wine Country, $65/two days, $50/Sunday only, Woodinville (

Vashon Winterfest Weekend

FRI-SUN Art Gallery Tour, Friday; art studio tour, Saturday-Sunday; merchant open house, gingerbread house contest, holiday parade and tree lighting, 5 p.m. Saturday, Vashon (206-463-6217 or

A Victorian Country Christmas

FRI-SUN Holiday entertainment, vendors, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Puyallup Fair and Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave. S.W., Puyallup; $8-$10 (253-841-5045 or

Christmas in the Country

FRI-SUN Self guided tour of arts and crafts, food and music in historical homes, farms and studios, Santa photos and pony rides for kids, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Bainbridge Island (

The Lights of Christmas

FRI-SUN Lights displays, entertainment on five stages, Polar Express train rides, pony rides, nativity, petting farm, vendors, 5-10 p.m. Friday-Sunday and Dec. 6-9, 13-16, 18-23, 26-29; overnight accommodations available, Warm Beach Christian Camps & Conference Center, Stanwood; $9-$15, pay what you can Dec. 13, 29 (

Columbia City Holiday Festival

SAT Caroling, treats, photos with Father Solstice, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, South Hudson Street and Rainier Avenue South, Seattle (

Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting, Renton

SAT Holiday celebration, 3 p.m., tree lighting, 5 p.m. Saturday, Renton Downtown Piazza, South Third Street and Burnett Avenue South, Renton (

Radio Disney Festival of Giving

SAT Music, games and prizes, holiday activities for kids and families; families encouraged to bring new gifts for non-profit agencies, noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Marketplace at Factoria, 4055 Factoria Mall, Bellevue; free (

Santa’s Coming to Town, Mill Creek

SAT Santa parade on Main Street, 3:30 p.m.; community tree lighting, 4:30 p.m., City Hall; Santa visits, entertainment, horse-drawn carriage rides, music, live reindeer, Mill Creek Town Center, Saturday, Mill Creek City Hall, 15728 Main St., Mill Creek (

Santa’s arrival, Bothell

SAT Holiday activities, shopping, entertainment, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Santa arrives and lights the Christmas tree, 7 p.m. Saturday, Country Village, 23732 Bothell-Everett Highway, Bothell (425-483-2250 or

Brier Tree Lighting

SAT Carols, snacks, arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus, lighting of community holiday tree, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Brier Park, 2903 228th St. S.W., Brier; food bank donations suggested (

Auburn Santa Parade

SAT Children’s parade, caroling and lighting of the City Hall Christmas tree; 4 p.m. Saturday, Auburn (253-931-3043 or

Salish Lodge Tree Lighting Ceremony

SAT Tree lighting, entertainment, 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Salish Lodge, 6501 Railroad Ave. S.E., Snoqualmie (

Poulsbo Julefest

SAT Scandinavian Bazaar crafts, food, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sons of Norway; Miss Poulsbo lights the Christmas tree followed by dancing around the Christmas tree, Lucia arrives with a Viking escort to light the bonfire, special guest direct from the North Pole arrives, 4 p.m., Poulsbo waterfront (360-779-5209 or

West Seattle Tree Lighting and Hometown Holidays

SAT-SUN Holiday tree lighting, 5 p.m. Saturday, Junction Plaza Park, 42nd Avenue Southwest and Southwest Alaska Street, Seattle; mule carriage rides, Santa visits, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 16, California Avenue Southwest and Southwest Alaska Street, Seattle (

Santa Train

SAT-SUN Train excursion to visit Santa Claus at the Snoqualmie Depot, hourly 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday and Dec. 8-9, 14-15, Northwest Railway Museum, 38625 S.E. King St., Snoqualmie; $20, advance purchase recommended (425-888-3030 or

Point Robinson Lighthouse Holiday Open House

SUN Food, music, tours of lighthouse and Keepers Quarters houses, Ship’s Store, noon-4 p.m., Santa arrives 1 p.m. Sunday, Point Robinson Lighthouse, S.W. Point Robinson Road, Vashon Island; free (

Santa Lucia Pageant

SUN Candle-lit traditional Nordic pageant, dancing and story telling, 2 p.m. Sunday, Grace Lutheran Church of Des Moines, 22975 24th Ave. S., Des Moines; free (206-878-2460).

Holidays In The Park

WED Caroling and holiday music, cookies, free photos with Santa, lighting of the park, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Lake City Mini-Park, 12359 Lake City Way N.E., Seattle; free (206-363-3287 or

Downtown Issaquah Holiday Open House

WED Music, Santa and one of his reindeer, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday Historic Shell Station, 232 Front St. N. and surrounding businesses, Issaquah (425-391-1112 or

Gingerbread Village

ONGOING Gingerbread castles by Seattle architecture firms and Sheraton culinary staff, daily through Jan. 1, Sheraton Seattle Hotel and Towers, 1400 Sixth Ave., Seattle; free, donations for Northwest Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation requested (206-621-9000 or

Holiday Carousel

ONGOING Holiday carousel, proceeds benefit Downtown Seattle Association and Treehouse for foster kids, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Dec. 6; times subject to change due to inclement weather and other conditions, Westlake Park, 401 Pine St., Seattle; $2 (

Pacific Place Winter Wonderland

ONGOING Musical performances and snow shows, 6 p.m. daily, Pacific Place Mall, 600 Pine St., Seattle (

Teddy Bear Suite

ONGOING Holiday teddy bears, festive decor, storybooks, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Fridays-Sundays, Fairmont Olympic Hotel, 411 University St., Seattle; free, donations to Seattle Children’s Hospital suggested (

WildLights at Woodland Park Zoo

ONGOING Light sculptures of wild animals and exotic destinations around the world, carousel, reindeer visits, 5:30-8:30 p.m. daily, Woodland Park Zoo, 5500 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle; $6.50-$9.50, online advance purchase, night of event sale if space available; ages 2 and younger free (

Reindeer Festival

ONGOING Dasher and Blitzen live reindeer on display, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, Swansons Nursery, 9701 15th Ave. N.W., Seattle; free (206-782-2543 or

Cut your own Christmas tree, Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest

ONGOING Permits available to cut a tree in national forest lands in Pierce, King, Snohomish, Skagit and Whatcom counties, maps, information and permits available at REI, Seattle and Lynnwood; and at Forest Service offices and Ranger Stations in Sedro-Woolley, Glacier, Darrington; Granite Falls; Skykomish; North Bend and Enumclaw, hours vary, weekends only at some locations; $10-$20, credit cards accepted at Alderwood REI only (

Garden d’Lights

ONGOING Three-dimensional light sculptures, flowers, shrubs, and vines, animal characters, 5-10 p.m. daily, last entry 9:30 p.m., through Dec. 31, 5 p.m. Friday-Monday, Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St., Bellevue; $5, ages 10 and younger free; advance ticket purchase recommended; free entry Dec. 3-6 (425

-452-6844 or

KidsQuest Children’s Museum Gingerbread Lane

ONGOING Gingerbread sculptures by local architecture firms, bakeries on display through Dec. 16; gingerbread house family workshops, 6 p.m. Dec. 7, 10 a.m., 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 8, $25/family, preregister, Bellevue Hilton, 300 112th Ave. S.E., Bellevue (

Festival of Poinsettias

ONGOING Display and sale of 25 varieties of poinsettias, 14-foot-high poinsettia tree daily, live music and Santa visits Saturdays-Sundays; Danny Vernon “Illusion of Elvis” show 6:30 p.m. Friday, $10, Molbak’s, 13625 N.E. 175th St., Woodinville (425-483-5000 or

Zoolights at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

ONGOING Lights and light sculptures, South Pacific Aquarium, camel rides, antique carousel, 5-9 p.m. daily, Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma; $7.25-$15.75 (


Pacific Northwest Swimming Hall of Fame Induction

SAT Six individuals inducted into the PNS Hall of Fame, ceremony at 12:30 p.m. during the Husky Invitational Swim Meet, noon Saturday, King County Aquatic Center, 650 S.W. Campus Dr., Federal Way; free (253-852-0680).

Snow sports

Free Ski Helmet Fitting and Giveaway

SAT Free ski and snowboard helmet fitting and giveaway for children ages 4 to 18, wearers must be present and fitted to receive a helmet, supplies limited, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, Seattle Children’s Administration Building, 6901 Sand Point Way N.E., Seattle; free (206-987-5265 or

Celebrate Snow

SAT Learn about non-motorized winter recreation, cross-country skiing, dog sledding, snow shoeing., 2 p.m. Saturday, REI, 222 Yale Ave. N., Seattle; free (425-283-2744 or


Magnolia Holiday Tour of Homes

SAT Boutique and tea house, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., tour of five homes decorated for the holidays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Our Lady of Fatima Parish Center, 3218 W. Barrett St., Seattle; $25/advance, $30/day of show (

Holiday Train to Leavenworth’s Lighting Festival

SAT Alki Tours round-trip train transportation, shuttle to the Leavenworth Lighting Festival, Saturdays from King Street Station, Seattle; Edmonds Station, and Everett, 8 a.m. Saturday; $159-$239 (206-935-6848 or

Lake Whatcom Railway

SAT Vintage train ride with Santa, 9:30 a.m., noon and 2:30 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 22, Lake Whatcom Railway, State Highway 9, Wickersham; $10-$20 (360-441-0719 or

Governor’s Mansion holiday tours

WED Tours of governor’s mansion decorated for the holidays, 12 one-hour tours available mornings and afternoons Dec. 5, 12, 19, by reservation, space limited, Capitol Campus, Olympia; free (360-902-8880 or

Ducks of Seattle Holiday Lights Tour

ONGOING Land-only 40-minute narrated tour of downtown Seattle lights, tours depart starting 6 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 5 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, Westlake Park, 401 Pine St., Seattle; $15 $5/ages 3-12, $1/ages 2 and younger, reservations recommended, walk ups welcome if space available (206-441-3825 or 800-817-1116 or

Travel events

Solo travelers

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

Bike travel

SAT Travel adventure slide show, travels by tandem bicycle in India, Brazil, and Europe, 2 p.m. Saturday, Whistle Stop Co-op Cafe & Bike Shop, 7148 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, Seattle; free (206-721-5672 or

Travel seminar

SAT Vietnam, 10 a.m. Saturday, Savvy Traveler, 112 Fifth Ave. S., Edmonds; free (425-744-6076 or

Travel seminar

SAT Europe Through the Back Door on travel in Paris, 10 a.m. Saturday, Edmonds Theater, 415 Main St., Edmonds; free, preregistration required (425-771-8303, ext. 298 or


TUE Wonderful World Journeys presentation on travel in Turkey, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wide World Books & Maps, 4411 Wallingford Ave. N., Seattle; free (206-634-3453).

Workshops Herbal Gift-Making

SAT Make herbal lip balm, body butter, salves, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Bastyr Center for Natural Health , 3670 Stone Way N., Seattle; free (206-834-4100 or

Holiday Wreath Making

SAT Create a wreath of greens and natural elements, 10 a.m. Saturday, 21 Acres Farm, 13701 N.E. 171st St., Woodinville; $25-$30, preregister (425-481-1500 or

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