Opening weekend of new exhibit that explores how material culture was changed by plastics, what life was like before plastics, how they’re made and what happens when we throw them away, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, University of Washington, Seattle; $7.50-$10 (206-543-5590 or www.burkemuseum.org).
Model Train Festival: Elaborate model-train layouts throughout the museum, interactive activities, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 26-Jan. 1; Santa visits 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday; Washington State History Museum, 1911 Pacific Ave., Tacoma; $7-$9.50 (253-272-3500 or www.washingtonhistory.org).
Daybreak Star Indian Fine Arts Mart: Indian arts and crafts vendors, salmon lunch, Indian tacos, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Daybreak Star Cultural Center, 3801 W. Government Way, Discovery Park, Seattle; free (206-228-1410 or www.unitedindians.org/events003.html).
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Teddy Bear Suite: Last weekend to visit holiday suite with teddy bears, festive décor, storybooks, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday, Fairmont Olympic Hotel, 411 University St., Seattle; free, donations to Seattle Children’s Hospital suggested (www.holidaysinseattle.com).
Reindeer Festival: See 2 of Santa’s live reindeer, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, feeding times 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.; Santa visits, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday; Seattle Philharmonic Cello Choir, noon-1 p.m. and 1:30-2:30 p.m. Saturday; Children’s Choir, 2 p.m. Sunday, Swanson’s Nursery, 9701 15th Ave. N.W., Seattle; free (206-782-2543 or www.swansonsnursery.com).
Bellevue Ice Arena: Open-air ice-skating rink, food concessions, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, hours vary through Jan. 13; Bellevue Downtown Park, 10201 N.E. Fourth St., Bellevue; $10 includes skate rental (www.magicseason.com).
Volunteer Park Conservatory: Holiday display including poinsettias, holiday train, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays and Dec. 24 and 31, Volunteer Park Conservatory, 1400 E. Galer St., Seattle; free, donations suggested (206-322-4112 or www.volunteerparkconservatory.org).
Clam Lights: Light display including Santa’s sleigh, dancing clams, 5-9 p.m. daily through Dec. 31, Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park, 1201 Lake Washington Blvd., Renton (www.ivars.com).
Santa’s reindeer: See two live reindeer, free; tree sale, including flocked trees, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Carpinito Brothers Garden Center, 1148 Central Ave. N., Kent (253-854-5692 or www.facebook.com/carpinitobros).
Compiled by Madeline McKenzie.
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