Today-Dec. 12 Festival of Poinsettias display of 40 varieties of poinsettias in an array of color, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday through Dec. 12...

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Nov. 23-Dec. 12



Festival of Poinsettias


display of 40 varieties of poinsettias in an array of color, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday through Dec. 12, Molbak’s, 13625 N.E. 175th St., Woodinville, FREE (425-483-5000).


Nov. 27-Jan. 2

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Winterfest at Seattle Center


includes Opening Ceremony, 1 p.m. Saturday; Holiday Train display, sharing gift box, holiday entertainment, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. daily, Friday-Dec. 30, Seattle Center House, Seattle; Holiday Big Band dance, 8-11 p.m. Nov. 27, donation requested, dance lesson available 7-8 p.m., $3; Washington Mutual Ice Rink, 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, this Friday through Jan. 2, Fisher Pavilion, $7/adults, $5/ages 5 and younger, bring your own skates, $2 off; Holiday Carousel, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, this Friday through Jan. 2; WorldFest music and dance from around the world, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Seattle Center House; World DessertFest chef demonstrations of holiday
desserts with flavors from African-American, Philippines, Middle Eastern and English cultures, 1-2 p.m. Dec. 5, 12, 19 and 26, Seattle Center House; Senior Holiday Ball with music by Seattle Swing Band, 2-4 p.m. Dec. 6, Seattle Center House, cash or food donations for Food Lifeline requested; Mariachi Ayutla Holiday Concert, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Dec. 10, Seattle Center House, FREE; Holiday Band Concert from Navy Brass Band and Choir, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 15, Seattle Center House, FREE; Seattle’s Best Jazz, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Dec. 17, Seattle Center House, FREE; Sugar Snow: An Aerial Performance with Circus Contraption, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 29 and 30, Seattle Center House, FREE (206-684-7200 or www.seattlecenter.com).


Nov. 26-Jan. 2



Bellevue’s Magic Season


includes the Wells Fargo Ice Arena, open air with heated viewing areas, open daily Friday-Jan. 2, Downtown Bellevue Park, 10201 N.E. Fourth St., Bellevue, $8, cash only, includes skate rental, call for hours (425-453-1223); Santa’s Toyland Parade, 5:30 p.m. Friday, Bellevue Square (425-453-8096); Downtown Bellevue Glitters! light display, Friday-Dec. 31 through the Bellevue downtown area (425-453-1223 or www.magicseason.com).


Highlights

Winterfest, Seattle Center’s nonstop whirlwind of holiday events through Jan. 2, kicks off Nov. 26 with the opening of the Holiday Ice Rink and the three-day Winter Worldfest: hundreds of costumed musicians and dancers from around the world.

New Winterfest events this year include: World DessertFest chef demonstrations of holiday treats from African-American, Filipino, Middle Eastern and English cultures, Sundays in December; and fairies flying in the heights of the Center House at Sugar Snow: An Aerial Performance with Circus Contraption, Dec. 29 and 30, both free.

Popular fest events include Winter Solstice Celebration by the International Fountain Dec. 18-19 and celebration of the African-American holiday of Kwanzaa Dec. 26.

Madeline McKenzie, Times staff



Dec. 1-5



A Victorian Country Christmas


with 530 Victorian stores, food pavilion, carriage rides, entertainment, Living Nativity and Santa, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Dec. 1-4, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 5, Western Washington Fairgrounds, Puyallup; $9/adults, $7.50/senior citizens and students through 12th grade (253-845-1771 or www.avictoriancountrychristmas.com).


Dec. 1-23



Issaquah Reindeer Festival


with Santa visits, stories, reindeer in their year-round home, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Cougar Mountain Zoo, 19525 S.E. 54th St., Issaquah; $9.50/adults, $8/ages 62 and older, $6.50/ages 2-12 (425-392-6272 or www.cougarmountainzoo.org).


Dec. 5



Pasko: Christmas in the Philippines


holiday song, dance, crafts and music, 1-7 p.m., Seattle Center House, Seattle, FREE (206-684-7200 or www.seattlecenter.com).

Julfest Scandinavian Christmas Festival


with traditional Lucia pageant with music and bell choirs, followed by candlelight reception with Swedish treats and decorations, 4 p.m., First Covenant Church, 400 E. Pike St., Seattle (206-322-7411).


Dec. 12



Lucia Fest


pageant with Swedish dances around the Christmas tree, 5 p.m. Dec. 12, Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church, 2400 N.W. 85th St., Seattle (206-783-7900).


Dec. 18-19



Winter Solstice Celebration at International Fountain


the ages-old custom of honoring light during the darkest point of the year with storytelling, craft activities, outdoor-art installation and performances, 4 p.m., Seattle Center, Seattle (206-684-7200 or www.seattlecenter.com).

Classic Nursery Holiday Festival


with old-fashioned Santa, holiday trees and greens, gift, cider and cookies, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Classic Nursery and Landscape, 12526 Avondale Road N.E., Redmond (425-885-5678 or www.classicnursery.com).


Dec. 21-24



World StoryFest


tales of China, Mexico, Africa and Native Americans, followed by performance of world music, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Seattle Center House, Seattle; FREE (206-684-7200 or www.seattlecenter.com).


Dec. 26



Kwanzaa: An African-American Holiday Celebration


festival of the harvest celebrated with entertainment by the Adefua African Music and Dance Company, cultural exhibitions and crafts, 2-4 p.m., Seattle Center House, Seattle; FREE (206-684-7200 or www.seattlecenter.com).