A visit to Winterfest at Seattle Center is a favorite local tradition. And just in time for the holidays, the Monorail is back in business to get you there. Winterfest features World StoryFest...

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A visit to Winterfest at Seattle Center is a favorite local tradition. And just in time for the holidays, the Monorail is back in business to get you there.

Winterfest features World StoryFest stories and music from around the world today and Friday, World Kwanzaa African-American holiday celebration Sunday, and “Sugar Snow: An Aerial Performance” by Circus Contraption Dec. 29 and 30, along with the ever-popular ornate model-train display and daily entertainment, all free.

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The Holiday Ice Rink at Fisher Pavilion continues through Jan. 2, 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. today, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Sunday-Dec. 30, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Dec. 31, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Jan. 1, 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Jan. 2. Cost is $7 for adults, $5 for ages 5 and younger (both prices including skate rental, or bring your own skates for $2 off admission). The Holiday Carousel outside Fisher Pavilion is open the same hours.

Winterfest hosts the biggest New Year’s Eve party in town, with a free, all-ages dance to 1980s-style music by Rocket Science from 8:15-11:55 p.m. Dec. 31, and the huge fireworks show at the Space Needle at midnight to ring in 2005.

The Monorail is back in operation, running between Seattle Center and Westlake Center, a convenient way to visit holiday sights and events downtown and at Winterfest. The Monorail departs every 10 minutes, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. today, 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Friday, closed Saturday and Jan. 1, regular hours 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday.

For more information: 206-684-7200 or www.seattlecenter.com.

— Madeline McKenzie, Seattle Times staff