Bellevue Magic Season Ice Arena Ongoing Covered open-air skating rink with a view of the park's lighted waterfall, open daily through Jan...

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Magic Season Ice Arena

Ongoing Covered open-air skating rink with a view of the park’s lighted waterfall, open daily through Jan 1, hours vary (closed Dec. 25), Bellevue Downtown Park, 10201 N.E. Fourth St. Cost: $6-$8. (425-451-2455 or www.magicseason.com/events/info.htm)

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Ongoing Five light sculptures designed by regional architects and engineers, including a Gingerbread Lane and an enormous origami-style crane, open nightly at dusk through Jan. 1, along the Northeast Sixth Street pedestrian corridor in downtown Bellevue. (425-451-2455 or www.magicseason.com)

Garden d’Lights

Ongoing Bellevue Botanical Garden Society presents its annual flower garden of light sculpture, 5-9:30 p.m. daily, through Jan. 1, with live entertainment at 7 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays through Dec. 15, Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St. (425-451-3755 or www.bellevuebotanical.org )

Santa’s Snowman Village

Ongoing Visits and photos with Santa in his holiday village, through Dec. 24 during regular mall hours, Bellevue Square, Northeast Eighth Street and Bellevue Way Northeast. (425-454-8096 or www.bellevuesquare.com)

Snowflake Lane

Ongoing Live toy soldiers perform precision synchronized drumming, with music and light show, 7 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays; 5 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 23, with a farewell performance at 4 p.m. Dec. 24, outside Bellevue Square, Bellevue Place and Lincoln Square, along Bellevue Way Northeast and Northeast Eighth Street. (425-454-8096 or www.bellevuesquare.com)

Open Mike Night

Ongoing Opportunity for acoustic musicians to perform, 6-9 p.m., with 5:30 p.m. sign-up, first and third Thursdays, Crossroads Bellevue, 15600 N.E. Eighth St. (425-644-1111 or www.victorymusic.org)

Strategic Gaming Club

Thur Play and discuss role-playing games with other teens, for ages 12-19; 3-6:45 p.m. Dec. 1 and 15, Lake Hills Library, 15228 Lake Hills Blvd. (425-747-3350 or www.kcls.org/lh/programs.cfm)

Fun, Easy Fridays

Fri Free community dinner followed by a parent workshop on putting family first during the holiday season, starting new traditions and making gifts; supervised swimming and activities for children 12 and under; 5:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 2, Bellevue YMCA, 14230 Bel-Red Road. (register: 425-746-9900)

Late Night Music at Crossroads

Ongoing Live music, 7:30-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Crossroads Bellevue, 15600 N.E. Eighth St. Dec. 2: Melodic pop by The Side Project. Dec. 3: First Saturday Big Band Dance featuring Moonlight Swing USO Holiday Show. Dec. 9: Mercer Island High School Jazz Bands & Choir. Dec. 10: Interlake High School Jazz Band. (425-644-1111 or www.crossroadsbellevue.com)

Walking Tour: “Two Hands, Twenty Years and a Billion Beads”

Fri In-depth, guided tour of David Chatt’s exhibit of beadwork jewelry, vessels and sculpture, 6 p.m. Dec. 2, Bellevue Arts Museum, 510 Bellevue Way N.E. (425-519-0770 or www.bellevuearts.org)

“Happy Holly Day”

Ends Sun Thistle Theatre puppet show of holiday stories from around the world, 2 and 4 p.m. Dec. 3-4, Factoria Mall, 4092 Factoria Mall S.E. Tickets: $7-$9. (206-524-3388 or www.thistletheatre.org)

“Messiah”

Sat-Sun Bellevue Philharmonic Orchestra and Bellevue Chamber Chorus perform Handel’s masterwork for the holidays; 7 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3-4, Theatre at Meydenbauer Center, 11100 N.E. Sixth St. Tickets: $10-$30. (206-325-6500 or www.ticketwindowonline.com)

A Festive Celebration

Sat Lake Washington Singers perform, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3, Unity of Bellevue Church, 16330 N.E. Fourth St. Tickets: $5-$8. (425-458-4521 or www.lakewashingtonsingers.com)

Buddhism and Modern Science

Sat Abbot Ven. Jian Hu of the Chung Tai Zen Center of Sunnyvale, CA, discusses connections between Buddhist philosophy and modern science, 2-4 p.m. Dec. 3, Bellevue Regional Library, 1111 110th Ave. N.E. (425-401-9025 or www.ibctvf.org)

Fun with Beads for Kids!

Sat Children ages 9-13 learn to make beaded bracelets, noon-2 p.m. Dec. 3, Bellevue Arts Museum, 510 Bellevue Way N.E. Cost: $3. (register: 425-519-0770 or www.bellevuearts.org)

Many Cultures, One Voice

Sat Cascadian Chorale celebrates the season with folk, aboriginal and sacred music from around the world, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3, St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, 4228 Factoria Blvd. S.E. Tickets: $12-$17. (206-286-6028 or www.cascadianchorale.org)

“Rover’s: Recipes from Seattle’s Chef in the Hat”

Sun Author/chefs Thierry Rautureau and Cynthia Nims discuss and sign their new cookbook, 2-4 p.m. Dec. 4, Barnes & Noble, 626 106th Ave. N.E. (425-541-8463)

“Miracle on 34th Street”

Plan ahead Bellevue Youth Theatre presents this classic holiday tale, 7 p.m. Thursday-Friday; 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8-10, Theatre at Meydenbauer Center, 11100 N.E. Sixth St. Tickets: $8. (425-452-7155 or www.ticketwindowonline.com)

Singer-Songwriter Showcase

Plan ahead Live music, 6:30-8 p.m. second and fourth Thursdays, Crossroads Bellevue, 15600 N.E. Eighth St. Dec. 8: Reggie Garrett. (425-644-1111 or www.crossroadsbellevue.com)

The Noiseguy’s Christmas Program

Plan Ahead Noiseguy Charlie Williams tells fractured holiday tales with a noisy twist, 4 p.m. Dec. 9, Lake Hills Library, 15228 Lake Hills Blvd. (425-747-3350 or www.kcls.org/lh/programs.cfm)

Family Fireside Storytelling

Plan Ahead Storytelling, historic tour and music hosted by the Eastside Heritage Center, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 10, Winters House, 2102 Bellevue Way S.E. (425-450-1049)

The Art of Jewish Reading

Plan Ahead Rabbi Dov Gartenberg facilitates a discussion of rabbinical biblical commentary, Talmudic stories and more, 11 a.m. Dec. 11, Barnes & Noble, 626 106th Ave. N.E. (425-541-8463)

The White House Collection of American Crafts

Plan Ahead Michael Monroe, executive director and chief curator of the Bellevue Arts Museum, lectures on his experiences while curating a collection of American crafts for the White House celebration of the handmade in America, 2 p.m. Dec. 11, Bellevue Arts Museum, 510 Bellevue Way N.E. (425-519-0770 or www.bellevuearts.org)

Crossroads Youth Holiday Party

Plan Ahead Bellevue children, infant through high school, of families in need can visit with Santa, receive a gift and enjoy treats and entertainment, 4:30-6 p.m. Dec. 13, Highland Community Center, 14224 N.E. Bel-Red Road. (425-452-4874)

Holiday Dance

Plan Ahead Live music with the Sound of Swing Big Band, 2-4 p.m., Dec. 13 North Bellevue Community and Senior Center, 4063 148th Ave N.E. Cost: $3. (425-452-7681)

Nutcracker on Ice

Plan Ahead Pacific Northwest Ice Theater presents selections from Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic, 7 p.m. Dec. 15, Magic Season Ice Arena, Bellevue Downtown Park, 10201 N.E. Fourth St. (425-478-3711)

P.F.L.A.G.

Plan Ahead Festive holiday gathering and support for those planning to come out over the holidays, 7 p.m. Dec. 15, First United Methodist Church, 1934 108th Ave N.E. 206-325-7724 or 425-483-6642 (425-483-6642 or www.bellevue-pflag.org)

“The Mousecracker”

Plan Ahead Snapdragon Puppet Productions’ adaptation of the traditional Nutcracker story, 10:30 a.m. Dec. 17, Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 14230 S.E. Newport Way. (425-747-2390 or www.kcls.org/npw/programs.cfm)

“The Nutcracker”

Plan Ahead International Ballet Theatre presents Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic, featuring Russian principal dancer Evgeny Lushkin of the St. Petersburg Ballet and American Ballet Theatre, 7 p.m. Dec. 17-23 (except Dec. 19), and 2 p.m. Dec. 17-18, Meydenbauer Center, 11100 N.E. Sixth St. Tickets: $15-$35. (425-284-0444 or www.ticketwindowonline.com)

Bothell

Winterfest

Fri Children’s hay rides at 5:30 p.m., tree-lighting, Santa’s arrival and holiday caroling, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 2, Park at Bothell Landing, 9919 N.E. 180th St. Bring a camera for photos with Santa. (425-486-7430 or www.ci.bothell.wa.us)

Gifts from the Kitchen

Sat Local author and home economist Judy Rainwater offers recipes and creative food gift ideas, 3 p.m. Dec. 3, Bothell Regional Library, 18215 98th Ave. N.E. (425-486-7811 or www.kcls.org/bothell/programs.cfm)

Pancake Breakfast

Sat 8-11:30 a.m. Dec. 3 and 17, Northshore Senior Center, 10201 E. Riverside Drive. Cost: $4-$5. (425-487-2441)

Tree Lighting and Santa’s Arrival

Sat Live holiday music, light display, pony and train rides and roasted chestnuts; 10 a.m.-8 p.m., with pony rides noon-4 p.m., chestnuts at 5 p.m. and Santa’s arrival at 7 p.m. Saturday; music and rides noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3-4, Country Village, 23732 Bothell-Everett Highway. (425-483-2250 or www.countryvillagebothell.com)

“Music for Tonight”

Plan Ahead Woodinville Repertory Theatre production, 8 p.m. Dec. 9-10, Northshore Performing Arts Center, 18125 92nd Ave. N.E. Tickets: $12-$15. (425-481-8502 or www.woodinvillerep.org)

Santa for Special Children

Plan Ahead Santa visits and poses for photos with special-needs children and their siblings, “no-wait” line, activities, games and crafts, 10:30.a.m.-2.p.m. and by appointment 9-10:30.a.m. or 2:30-4.p.m., Dec. 10, Northshore Family Center, 18315 Bothell Way. Cost: $1 suggested donation; bring camera for Santa photos. (425-485-2582)

Holiday Pops and Dessert

Plan Ahead Boeing Employees Concert Band plays holiday music; bring cookies or brownies to share, 7:30-9 p.m. Dec. 13, Northshore Senior Center, 10201 E. Riverside Drive. (425-487-2441)

Tales and Tea: Unplanned Holidays

Plan Ahead Short stories for the season read aloud over a cup of tea, 2 p.m. Dec. 14, Bothell Regional Library, 18215 98th Ave. N.E. (425-486-7811 or www.kcls.org/bothell/programs.cfm)

Carnation

Holiday Bazaar

Sat Crafts by local artists, bake sale and live music, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 3, Sno-Valley Senior Activity Center, 4610 Stephens Ave. (425-333-4152)

Swil Kanim

Sat Storytelling interwoven with violin, poetry and audience participation, 8-10 p.m. Dec. 3, Miller’s Community & Arts Center, 4597 Tolt Ave. (425-333-5007 or www.millersarts.com)

Yuletide Feasts

Starts Sat Three-course 14th-century winter banquet and entertainment; medieval attire encouraged, 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Dec. 3-24, Dec. 30 and Jan 7, Camlann Medieval Village, 10320 Kelly Road N.E. Tickets: $40 per person; costume rentals available. (reservations: 425-788-8624 or www.camlann.org)

Issaquah

“Cats”

Ongoing Village Theatre presents Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic Broadway musical, through Dec. 31, 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays (except Dec. 31), 2 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, 7 p.m. Sundays, no shows Dec. 24-25, Francis Gaudette Theatre, 303 Front St. N. Tickets: $24-$48. (425-392-2202 or www.villagetheatre.org)

Reindeer Festival

Starts Thur Santa photos, stories read by elves, arts and crafts and visits with the reindeer, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. daily, Dec. 1-23, Cougar Mountain Zoo, 19525 S.E. 54th. Santa hours: 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4:30-7 p.m. daily. Cost: $6.50-$9.50. (425-391-5508 or www.cougarmountainzoo.org)

Wintertime in Issaquah

Ongoing Issaquah Historical Society exhibit features antique skis, sleds, ice skates, winter apparel, vintage holiday decorations and the 1910 Peltola sleigh, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and by appointment, through Mar. 31, Gilman Town Hall, 165 S.E. Andrews St. (425-392-3500 or www.issaquahhistory.org)

District-wide Middle School Dance

Fri DJ music and dancing for youths grades 6-8; refreshments available, 7-10 p.m. Dec. 2, Issaquah Community Center, 301 Rainier Blvd. S. Dress code enforced; unescorted youths not permitted to leave before 10 p.m. Cost: $5; photo ID required. (425-837-3317)

Holiday Open House

Sat Issaquah Historical Society hosts visits and photos with Santa, craft fair, refreshments and children’s historical art activities, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. with Santa noon-2 p.m., Dec. 3, Issaquah Train Depot, 50 Rainier Blvd. N. (register for art activities: 425-392-3500)

Painted Ladies Studio Open House

Sat Paintings, drawings, prints, photography and Judaica by three local artists, noon-6 p.m. Dec. 3, historic Mercantile Building, 485 Front St. N. (206-769-9008 or www.bvdart.com)

“Three Little Pigs”

Plan Ahead Snapdragon Puppet Productions’ adaptation of the classic story, 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Dec. 7, with free tickets available starting at 10 a.m., Issaquah Library, 10 W. Sunset Way. (425-392-5430 or www.kcls.org/iss/event.cfm)

¡Fiesta!

Plan Ahead Holiday party for all ages, with dancers, music and refreshments; una fiesta para celebrar nuestra comunidad y las pascuas, habrá bailarines, música y muchas bocadillos para todos. 7 p.m. Dec. 8, King County Library Service Center, 960 Newport Way N.W. (425-392-5430 or www.kcls.org/iss/event.cfm)

Garden in Winter

Plan Ahead Volunteers will dead-head, weed and mulch open garden beds to prepare for winter, 9 a.m.-noon Dec. 10, Pickering Farm Community Garden, 1730 10th Ave. N.W. (register by Dec. 5: 425-837-3400 or rco@ci.issaquah.wa.us)

Issaquah Creek Tree Planting

Plan ahead Volunteers plant trees along Issaquah Creek to improve habitat for salmon and other wildlife, control flooding and improve water quality, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 10, near Pickering Barn, 10th Avenue Northwest and Lake Drive. (directions provided upon registration: 206-812-0122 or www.mtsgreenway.org/Volunteer/volunteer.htm)

Game On!

Plan Ahead GameCube, PS2 and Xbox multi-player video gaming arcade; for ages 12 through high school, 5-6:30 p.m. Dec. 13 and 20, with free tickets available starting at 4 p.m. both days, Issaquah Library, 10 W. Sunset Way. (425-392-5430 or www.kcls.org/iss/event.cfm)

Kenmore

Celtic Holiday Concert

Sat Irish and Scottish music and dance for the holidays, 7 p.m. Dec. 3, Bastyr University, 14500 Juanita Drive N.E. Tickets: $12-$15. (425-602-3272 or www.bastyr.edu)

Daytime Book Discussion Group

Mon “Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson and the Opening of the American West,” by Stephen Ambrose, 1 p.m. Dec. 5, Kenmore Library, 18138 73rd Ave. N.E. Jan. 2: “Blue Flower,” by Penelope Fitzgerald. (425-486-8747 or www.kcls.org/kenm/programs.cfm)

Lux: Winter Lights

Plan Ahead Seattle Pro Musica performs music from around the world to celebrate the holiday season of light, 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10, Bastyr University, 14500 Juanita Drive N.E. Tickets: $15-$20. (206-781-2766 or www.seattlepromusica.org)

The Noiseguy’s Christmas Program

Plan Ahead Noiseguy Charlie Williams tells fractured holiday tales with a noisy twist, 7 p.m. Dec. 14, Kenmore Library, 18138 73rd Ave. N.E. (425-486-8747 or www.kcls.org/kenm/programs.cfm)

Our Heart’s Joy

Plan Ahead The Columbia Choir children’s and adult choirs perform, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17, Bastyr University, 14500 Juanita Drive N.E. Tickets: $8-$10. (425-466-7525 or www.columbiachoirs.com)

Kirkland

Bronn Journey’s Christmas Concert

Thur Bronn and Katherine Journey perform music from the British Isles for harp and voice, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1, Kirkland Performance Center, 350 Kirkland Ave. Tickets: $12-$15. (425-893-9900)

Christmas Ship Festival and Magical Night of Shopping

Thur Parade of lighted ships, tree-lighting, caroling, Santa visit and bonfire, 6-7 p.m., with outdoor music and downtown shops open until 9 p.m., Dec. 1, Marina Park, 25 Lake Shore Plaza. (425-893-8766)

“‘Twas the Night”

Ongoing Musical comedy based on the classic holiday poem, 7 p.m. Fridays; 10 a.m., 1, 4 and 7 p.m. Saturdays; 1 and 4 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 18, Studio East, 402 Sixth St. S. Tickets: $11. (425-827-3123 or www.studio-east.org)

Christmas Tree Sale

Ongoing Proceeds help send local youths to build houses in Tijuana, 3-9 p.m. Fridays; 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturdays; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 18, St. John Vianney Church, 12600 84th Ave. N.E. (425-823-6840)

Parkplace Books Holiday Celebration

Fri An evening of music, desserts and wassail features book signings by authors Greg Atkinson (“Entertaining in the Northwest Style”) and Bob Neir (“A City Comes of Age”); benefits Kirkland Interfaith Transitional Housing, 7 p.m. Dec. 2, Parkplace Books, 348 Parkplace Center. (425-828-6546)

Winter Holiday Skate

Fri Family ice-skating sessions, 6-7 p.m. Dec. 2 and 9, Kingsgate Ice Arena, 14326 124th Ave. N.E. Cost: $3; skates included. (425-823-1242 or www.kingsgateskatingclub.org)

Gifts from the Kitchen

Sat Local author and home economist Judy Rainwater offers recipes and creative food gift ideas, 1 p.m. Dec. 3, Kingsgate Library, 12315 N.E. 143rd St. (425-821-7686 or www.kcls.org/kings/programs.cfm)

Holiday Arts Sale

Starts Sat Features ceramics, sculpture, glass work, prints, jewelry, paintings, photography, toys and candles created by instructors, resident artists and members; 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 3-21, Kirkland Arts Center, 620 Market St. (425-822-7161 or www.kirklandartscenter.org)

Lights! Camera! Eggnog?

Sat Northwest Sound Barbershop Chorus presents music for the season, with quartets, sing-alongs, a visit from Santa and door prizes, 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 3, Kirkland Performance Center, 350 Kirkland Ave. Tickets: $15. (425-893-9900 or www.kpcenter.org)

Rita Coolidge

Sun Singer/songwriter Rita Coolidge, accompanied by the Kirkland Choral Society, performs holiday favorites, pop classics and music from her latest album, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4, Kirkland Performance Center, 350 Kirkland Ave. Tickets: $29-$44. (425-893-9900 or www.kpcenter.org)

Santa Skate

Sun Santa Claus invites the community to ice skate with him, 1-4 p.m. Dec. 4, Kingsgate Ice Arena, 14326 124th Ave. N.E. Free with donation of canned goods to benefit Hopelink. (425-823-1242)

Mother-Daughter Book Club

Tues “A Christmas Carol,” by Charles Dickens; for daughters ages 10-12, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 6, Kingsgate Library, 12315 N.E. 143rd St. (425-821-7686 or www.kcls.org/kings/programs.cfm)

“Ho Chi Minh’s Motorbike”

Plan Ahead Author Sybil James discusses and signs her new book, 7 p.m. Dec. 7, Parkplace Books, 348 Parkplace Center. (425-828-6546)

Kirkland Art Walk

Plan ahead 18 downtown Kirkland galleries in walking distance of each other have extended hours, with artists’ receptions at some galleries, 6-9 p.m. Dec. 8. Maps available at the galleries. (425-889-8212)

“The Nutcracker”

Plan Ahead International Ballet Theatre presents Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic, featuring Russian principal dancer Evgeny Lushkin of the St. Petersburg Ballet and American Ballet Theatre, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9-10, 2 p.m. Dec. 10-11, Kirkland Performance Center, 350 Kirkland Ave. Tickets: $10-$25. (425-893-9900 or www.kpcenter.com)

Teen Concerts

Ongoing All-ages venue, with local performers, 7 p.m., Kirkland Teen Union Building, 348 Kirkland Ave. Cost: $5. Dec. 10: This Providence. Dec. 16: Primacy Effect, The Jimmy Captains, Venice, Lizzie Huffman. Dec. 17: Bartleby & Loki, Affair With A Bear, Sicily Crypt, The Young Bozos, Under Par. (425-822-3088 or www.ktub.org)

The Dickens Carolers

Plan Ahead Traditional and contemporary seasonal favorites sung in a-cappella four-part harmony by a quartet dressed in elegant Victorian attire, 1 p.m. Dec. 10, Kingsgate Library, 12315 N.E. 143rd St. (425-821-7686 or www.kcls.org/kings/programs.cfm)

Book Discussion Group

Plan Ahead “The Photograph,” by Penelope Lively, 7 p.m. Dec. 12, Kirkland Library, 308 Kirkland Ave. (425-822-2459 or www.kcls.org/kirk/programs.cfm)

Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra

Plan Ahead Big band jazz holiday concert with guest vocalist Greta Matassa, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13, Kirkland Performance Center, 350 Kirkland Ave. Tickets: $10-$21. (425-893-9900 or www.kpcenter.org)

“Sister’s Christmas Catechism”

Plan Ahead The infamous nun from “Late Nite Catechism” solves “The Mystery of the Magi’s Gold,” 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15; 8 p.m. Dec. 16-17; 7 p.m. Dec. 18, Kirkland Performance Center, 350 Kirkland Ave. Tickets: $10-$24. (425-893-9900 or www.kpcenter.org)

Mother-Daughter Book Club

Plan Ahead “The Thief,” by Megan Whalen Turner; for daughters age 12-15, 7 p.m. Dec. 15, Kingsgate Library, 12315 N.E. 143rd St. (425-821-7686 or www.kcls.org/kings/programs.cfm)

Socrates Café

Plan Ahead Monthly philosophical discussion group, 7 p.m. Dec. 16, Parkplace Books, 348 Parkplace Center. (425-828-6546)

Medina

December Starlight

Sat Seattle Choral Company sings carols for the Christmas season, 8 p.m. Dec. 3, St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 8398 N.E. 12th St. Tickets: $10-$22. (800-838-3006 or www.seattlechoralcompany.org)

Oh, Great Mystery

Plan Ahead Northwest Chamber Chorus performs classical selections exploring the great mystery of Christmas, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10, St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 8398 N.E. 12th St. Tickets: $14-$18. (206-523-1196 or www.ticketwindowonline.com)

Mercer Island

Holiday Art Show

Ongoing Mixed-media works and gift items by island artists includes textiles, pottery, paintings, jewelry and paper art, through Jan. 6, Mercer Island Chamber Art Gallery, 7605 S.E. 27th St., suite 109. Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and by appointment. (206-232-3404)

“Time Was Soft There”

Fri Author Jeremy Mercer discusses his new book about the Shakespeare & Co. bookstore in Paris, 7 p.m. Dec. 2, Island Books, 3014 78th Ave. S.E. (206-232-6920 or www.mercerislandbooks.com)

Holiday Tree Lighting & Firehouse Munch

Fri Tree-lighting and sing-along caroling at 7 p.m. Dec. 2 in Mercerdale Park, Southeast 32nd Street and 77th Avenue Southeast, followed by the Mercer Island Fire Department chili feed, visits with Santa, live entertainment and information on King County Solid Waste Division’s “Waste Free Holidays” program, 7:30-9 p.m. at the North Fire Station, 3030 S.E. 78th St. Donations of new toys will be collected for Toys for Tots. (206-236-3545 or www.miparks.net )

Book Discussion

Tues “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” by Ken Kesey, 6 p.m. Dec. 6, Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave. S.E. (206-236-3545)

North Bend

Holiday Bazaar

Sat Unique and handcrafted items by 30 local and regional artists, entertainment, door prizes and refreshments, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 3, Si View Community Center, 400 S.E. Orchard Drive. (425-831-1900 or www.siviewpark.org)

First Tuesdays Book Group

Tues “The Conquerors: Roosevelt, Truman and the Destruction of Hitler’s Germany, 1941-1945,” by Michael Beschloss, 7 p.m. Dec. 6, North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St. (425-888-0554 or www.kcls.org/nbend/programs.cfm)

Redmond

Holiday Light Train

Ongoing Train ride to view light displays, through Dec. 24; hours vary, leaving from Kids Row, Redmond Town Center, 16495 N.E. 74th St. Cost: $2. (425-867-0808 or www.redmondtowncenter.com/calendar)

Santa Visits and Photos

Ongoing Through Dec. 24, Redmond Town Center, 16495 N.E. 74th St. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sundays. Cost: $19-$42 for photos. (425-867-0808 or www.redmondtowncenter.com)

Evening Book Discussion

Thur “The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency,” by Alexander McCall Smith, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1, Redmond Regional Library, 15990 N.E. 85th St. (425-885-1861 or www.kcls.org/red/redprog.cfm)

“Snow White and the Seven Dwarves”

Starts Fri Sprout’s Children’s Theatre’s musical adaptation, 7 p.m. Fridays; 1 and 3 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, Dec. 2-18, with “Small Sibling” shows for children under age 3, 1 p.m. Dec. 4 and 11 only, SecondStory Repertory, 16587 N.E. 74th St. Tickets: $8.50. (425-881-6777 or www.secondstoryrep.org)

Old Fire House Concerts

Ongoing All ages venue, with local performers, 8 p.m., Old Fire House Teen Center, 16510 N.E. 79th St. Cost: $6. Dec. 2: Sicily Crypt, Full Throttle, Cal Red and The Anne Rogers Quartet. Dec. 9: Minus the Bear and Heather Duby. Dec. 16: The Divorce, The Conversation Heart and The Lonely H. Dec. 17: Waxwing and Slender Means. (425-556-2389 or www.theoldfirehouse.org)

RedmondLights Celebration

Sun Music, refreshments starting at 4 p.m., tree-lighting and Santa’s arrival at 4:40 p.m. at City Hall, 15670 N.E. 85th St., followed by the Holiday RiverWalk along the Sammamish River to Redmond Town Center, 16495 N.E. 74th St., where there will be live entertainment, refreshments and craft activities from around the world, 5-8 p.m. Dec. 4. Free shuttle will run between City Hall and Redmond Town Center 3:30-8:30 p.m. (425-556-2299 or www.redmond.gov)

Mood Food: Why Women Eat Chocolate

Mon Discover why women crave chocolate and why some chocolates are better for you than others; an Evergreen Hospital workshop, 10:15-11:15 a.m. Dec. 5, Redmond Senior Center, 8703 160th Ave. N.E. (register: 425-556-2314)

“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever”

Plan Ahead Dessert theater performances, 7:30 Dec. 8-10; 2 p.m. Dec. 11, RedWood Family Church, 11500 Redmond-Woodinville Road, Redmond. Tickets: $5-$8. (425-885-5910 or www.redwoodfamily.org)

Candlelight Dinner Dance

Plan Ahead Appetizer hour, holiday dinner and dance with music by the Sophisticated Swing Big Band, 5:30-9:30 p.m. Dec. 8, Redmond Senior Center, 8703 160th Ave. N.E. Tickets: $19. (reservations by Dec. 1: 425-556-2314)

Morning Book Group

Plan Ahead “The Transit of Venus,” by Shirley Hazzard, 10 a.m. Dec. 8, Redmond Regional Library, 15990 N.E. 85th St. (425-885-1861)

“Holly Days”

Plan Ahead Stories for the season; part of the NightStories spoken word series for adults, 8:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, Dec. 9-17, SecondStory Repertory, 16587 N.E. 74th St., Redmond; Tickets: $8. (425-881-6777 or www.secondstoryrep.org)

“Stanislaw”

Plan Ahead Author Graham Fitch discusses his novel set in the Pike Place Market and behind the Iron Curtain, noon Dec. 10, Borders Books, Redmond Town Center, 16495 N.E. 74th St. (425-869-1907)

Holiday Lunch

Plan Ahead Luncheon with old holiday favorites performed by the Ladies Piano Orchestra, 11:30 a.m. Dec. 14, Redmond Senior Center, 8703 160th Ave. N.E. Tickets: $3.50-$6.50. (reservations: 425-556-2314)

Sophisticated Swing Big Band

Plan Ahead Dancing to the music of the 1930’s, ’40s and ’50s, 1-3:30 p.m. Dec. 16, Redmond Senior Center, 8703 160th Ave. N.E. Cost. $3. (425-556-2314)

Renton

The Intrepid Victorian Traveler

Thur Historical actress Tames Alan uses period costumes to explore the clothing and life-style of Victorian-era women during the mid 1850s through the early 1860s; for ages 10 and older, 7 p.m. Dec. 1, Fairwood Library, 17009 140th Ave. S.E. (425-226-0522 or www.kcls.org/fair/programs.cfm)

“Fools”

Starts Fri Neil Simon’s comedy about a teacher charged with breaking a village’s 200-year curse of chronic stupidity, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 2-18, Renton Civic Theatre, 507 S. Third St. Tickets: $15-$20 (425-226-5529 or www.rentoncivictheater.org)

The Cemetery Club

Ends Sun Valley Community Players present a comedy about three widows whose friendship is tested when one meets a widower on a visit to their husbands’ graves, through Dec. 4. 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1; 2 p.m. Dec. 4, Carco Theatre, 1717 Maple Valley Highway, Renton. Tickets: $12-$14. (425-226-5190 or www.valleycommunityplayers.org)

Clam Lights

Starts Fri Carolers, bonfire, sing-along and illumination of the season’s colorful light displays, 6:30-8:30 p.m., with lighting at 7:30, Dec. 2; continues 6-8 p.m. daily through Jan. 1, Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park, 1201 Lake Washington Blvd. N (425-430-6600 or www.ci.renton.wa.us)

The Nutcracker Ballet

Sat-Sun Ensemble Ballet Theatre performs, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3, 2:30 p.m. Dec. 4, IKEA Performing Arts Center, 400 S. Second St. Tickets: $8-$10. (425-432-9685)

Festival of Lights

Sat Outdoor celebration features music, entertainment, public art dedication, tree-lighting and Santa’s arrival by firetruck, 5-7 p.m. Dec. 3, Piazza Park, South Third Street and Burnett Avenue South. (425-430-6600 or www.ci.renton.wa.us)

Master Gardeners at the Library

Ongoing King County master gardeners will be available for questions 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, Fairwood Library, 17009 140th Ave. S.E. (425-226-0522 or www.kcls.org/fair/programs.cfm)

The Dickens Carolers

Tues Traditional and contemporary seasonal favorites sung in a-cappella four-part harmony by a quartet dressed in elegant Victorian attire, 7 p.m. Dec. 6, Fairwood Library, 17009 140th Ave. S.E. (425-226-0522 or www.kcls.org/fair/programs.cfm)

Canine Candy Cane Fun Run & Walk

Plan Ahead 5K course along the paved Cedar River Trail for participants with or without a dog, followed by an awards ceremony, refreshments and pictures with Santa; 8 a.m. registration, 9:45 a.m. awards, Dec. 11, starting and ending at the Renton Community Center, 1715 S.E. Maple Valley Highway. Cost: $15-$20. Donations of pet food for the Renton Food Bank and contributions to the Budkis Charbonneau Fund for emergency veterinary bill assistance for low-income seniors will be collected. (425-430-6700 or www.ci.renton.wa.us/ftp/ccfunrun.pdf”>www.ci.renton.wa.us/ftp/ccfunrun.pdf )

“The Mousecracker”

Plan Ahead Snapdragon Puppet Productions’ adaptation of the traditional Nutcracker story, 7 p.m. Dec. 14, Fairwood Library, 17009 140th Ave. S.E. (425-226-0522 or www.kcls.org/fair/programs.cfm)

Books at Lunch Bunch

Plan Ahead “Fahrenheit 451,” by Ray Bradbury; bring a sack lunch, 12:30 p.m. Dec. 14, Fairwood Library, 17009 140th Ave. S.E. (425-226-0522 or www.kcls.org/fair/programs.cfm)

Sammamish

Breakfast with Santa

Sat Pancake breakfast, Santa, Doug the Talking Fir, music and holiday crafts for kids, 9.a.m.-noon Dec. 3, Sammamish Presbyterian Church, 22522 N.E. Inglewood Hill Road. Cost: $5. (reservations: 425-392-8905)

Holiday Pops

Plan Ahead Sammamish Symphony performs classical favorites for the season as well as “Chanukah Glow,” a new arrangement by Symphony Principal Violist Scott Selfor, 8 p.m. Dec. 10; 2 p.m. Dec. 11, Eastlake Performing Arts Center, 400 228th Ave. N.E. Tickets: $7-$30. (206-517-7777 or www.sammamishsymphony.org)

Snoqualmie

Big Book and Craft and Bake Sale

Sat Friends of the Snoqualmie Library sale, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 3, St. Clare Episcopal Church, 8650 Railroad Ave. S.E. (425-888-1223 or www.fosl.net/events.htm)

B’Tween the Pages Book Group

Plan Ahead “Stormbreaker,” by Anthony Horowitz; for ages 10-14, 4 p.m. Dec. 7, Snoqualmie Library, 38530 S.E. River St. (425-888-1223 or www.kcls.org/snoq/programs.cfm)

Kimball Creek Tree Planting

Plan ahead Volunteers plant trees to improve water quality and wildlife habitat, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 10, Kimball Creek near Snoqualmie Parkway and Railroad Avenue Southeast (SR202) (directions provided upon registration: 206-812-0122 or www.mtsgreenway.org/Volunteer/volunteer.htm)

Teen Advisory Board

Plan Ahead An opportunity for youths ages 12-18 to help plan teen activities at the library, earn community service hours and gain leadership experience, 3 p.m. Dec. 14, Snoqualmie Library, 38530 S.E. River St. (425-888-1223 or www.kcls.org/snoq/programs.cfm)

Woodinville

Festival of Poinsettias

Ongoing Fifty varieties of poinsettias in many colors, Garden Cafe, trees, wreaths, decorations, holiday photo backdrops, plant seminars, children’s activities, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 24. Visits with Santa; bring camera for photos, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays through Dec. 11, Molbak’s, 13625 N.E. 175th St. (425-483-5000 or www.molbaks.com)

Poetry Reading and Open Mike

Wed PoetsWest featured readers David Horowitz, Jack McCarthy, R.D. Shadowbyrd and Griffith Williams, followed by open mike readings, 7 p.m. Nov. 30, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 18025 Garden Way N.E. (206-682-1268 or www.poetswest.com/venues.htm)

Woodinville Light Festival

Starts Fri Tree-lighting, Santa’s arrival, live music, children’s entertainment, teen art show and lighted Elf Express train, 5:30-9 p.m. Dec. 2, with light displays continuing 6-9 p.m. through Dec. 23, downtown Woodinville, 133rd Avenue Northeast, between Northeast 175th and 171st Streets. (425-984-2346 or www.ci.woodinville.wa.us)

“‘Tis the Season” Swing Dance

Sat Live music by Tim Casey and The Bluescats, 7-9 p.m. with a 6 p.m. dance lesson, Dec. 3, Woodinville Community Center, 17401 133rd Ave. N.E. Tickets: $5. (reservations: 425-398-9327 or www.ci.woodinville.wa.us )

Kingsgate/Woodinville Libraries Book Discussion Group

Sat “Blindness,” by Jose Saramago, 10 a.m.-noon Dec. 3, Woodinville Library, 17105 Avondale Rd. N.E. Jan. 28: “The Master,” by Colm Toibin at Kingsgate. (425-788-0733 or www.kcls.org/wood/programs.cfm#book)

Daddy-Daughter Holiday Dance

Plan Ahead Dancing for dressed-up dads, granddads and daughters, contests and prizes, 7-9 p.m. Dec. 9, Woodinville Community Center, 17401 133rd Ave. N.E. Tickets: $10 per couple; $2 each additional daughter. (425-398-9327 or www.ci.woodinville.wa.us )

“Messiah”

Plan Ahead Northwest Chorale performs Handel’s oratorio for the season; a free-will offering to benefit Northwest Harvest will be collected, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10, Woodinville Community United Methodist Church, 17110 140th Ave. N.E. (206-522-9853 or www.nwchorale.org)

Compiled by Nyssa Rogers

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