Bellevue Design in Light Ongoing Features five light sculptures, including a Gingerbread Lane and origami-style crane, open nightly at dusk...

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Design in Light

Ongoing Features five light sculptures, including a Gingerbread Lane and 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)

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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, Bellevue Way Northeast and Northeast Eighth Street. (425-454-8096 or www.bellevuesquare.com)

Garden d’Lights

Ongoing The Bellevue Botanical Garden Society 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 )

Holiday Pottery Sale

Wed Ceramics made by student artists and alumni, including bowls, plates, teapots, vases and casseroles; proceeds benefit the BCC ceramics program, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 14, Bellevue Community College, room C-157, 3000 Landerholm Circle. (425-564-6177)

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”>www.magicseason.com/events/info.htm)

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)

“The Inner Nativity”

Thur A discussion hosted by the Northwest Theosophical Society, 7:30-8:45 p.m. Dec. 15, Bellevue Regional Library, 1111 110th Ave. N.E. (425-644-7725)

Nutcracker on Ice

Thur 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)

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)

P.F.L.A.G.

Thur 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. (425-483-6642 or www.bellevue-pflag.org)

Strategic Gaming Club

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

Late Night Music at Crossroads

Ongoing Live music, 7:30-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Crossroads Bellevue, 15600 N.E. Eighth St. Dec. 16: Jazz vocalist Greta Matassa. Dec. 17: Reilly & Maloney holiday concert. Dec. 23: Uptown Swing Jingle Jazz. Dec. 30: Joe Jencks and Wes Weddell perform. (425-644-1111 or www.crossroadsbellevue.com)

“The Mousecracker”

Sat 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”

Starts Sat 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), 2 p.m. Dec. 17-18, Meydenbauer Center, 11100 N.E. Sixth St. Tickets: $15-$35. (425-284-0444 or www.ticketwindowonline.com)

Nowell Sing We

Sun Bellevue Chamber Chorus performs holiday carols from medieval to modern, 3 p.m. Dec. 18, St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, 4228 Factoria Blvd. S.E. Tickets: $8.50-$15. (425-881-0445 or www.bellevuechamberchorus.net)

Magical Strings

Mon Annual Celtic Yuletide concert of music, dance, and storytelling, 7 p.m. Dec. 19, Theatre at Meydenbauer Center, 11100 N.E. Sixth St. Tickets: $10-$40 (206-325-6500 or www.ticketwindowonline.com)

Anime and Manga Appreciation Club

Plan Ahead Preview anime series and help plan manga and anime events for the library; for ages 12-18, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Dec. 21, Lake Hills Library, 15228 Lake Hills Blvd. (425-747-3350 or www.kcls.org/lh/programs.cfm)

Book Discussion

Plan Ahead “Peace Like a River,” by Leif Enger, 10 a.m.-noon Dec. 21, Bellevue Regional Library, 1111 110th Ave. N.E. Jan. 18: “When Jesus Came to Harvard: Making Moral Choices Today,” by Harvey Gallagher Cox. (425-450-1765)

Singer-Songwriter Showcase

Plan Ahead Folk guitarist Matt Price, 6:30-8 p.m. Dec. 22, Crossroads Bellevue, 15600 N.E. Eighth St. (425-644-1111 or www.crossroadsbellevue.com)

Birding the Hotspots

Plan Ahead A field trip to this month’s best birding location in King County, hosted by East Lake Washington Audubon Society, 9 a.m.-noon Dec. 26. Meet before 9 a.m. at the north end of the Newport Hills Park & Ride, Lake Washington Boulevard Southeast and 113th Place Southeast. Cost: $2. (425-746-6351 or www.elwas.org/events)

Teen Advisory Board

Plan Ahead Volunteers ages 12-18 are needed to help plan teen-related events; community service hours available, 3:30 p.m. Dec. 28, Lake Hills Library, 15228 Lake Hills Blvd. (425-747-3350 or www.kcls.org/lh/programs.cfm)

Bothell

Tales and Tea: Unplanned Holidays

Wed 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)

Book Review Group

Fri “Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress,” by Dal Sijie, 10-11:30 a.m. Dec. 16, Northshore Senior Center, 10201 E. Riverside Drive. Jan. 20: “Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bon’s,” by Lorna Landivik. (425-487-2441)

Pancake Breakfast

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

Christmas Dinner

Mon Ham dinner with family and friends, 3 p.m. Dec. 25, Northshore Senior Center, 10201 E. Riverside Drive. Cost: $6 per person. (reservations by Dec. 19: 425-487-2441)

Jingle Bell Rock

Plan Ahead Clay Martin’s Puppet Theatre presents holiday music classics; for ages 4 and older with an adult, 2 p.m. Dec. 28 with free tickets available starting at 1 p.m., Bothell Regional Library, 18215 98th Ave. N.E. (425-486-7811 or www.kcls.org/bothell/programs.cfm)

Carnation

Yuletide Feasts

Ongoing Three-course 14th-century winter banquet and entertainment; medieval attire encouraged, 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through Dec. 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)

Duvall

Poetry Reading and Open Mike

Mon Anne Coray reads from her work followed by open mike readings, 6 p.m. sign-up; 7 p.m. reading, Dec. 19, P&G Speakeasy Café, 15614 Main St. (425-844-2766 or www.poetswest.com/venues.htm)

Issaquah

“Snapshots: A Musical Mosaic”

Ongoing A box of old photos causes a middle-age couple to re-examine their 30-year relationship; a Village Originals production. 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays; 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 23, First Stage Theatre, 120 Front St. N. Tickets: $20-$25. (425-392-2202 or www.villagetheatre.org)

“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

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

Wintertime in Issaquah

Ongoing 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)

Game On!

Tues GameCube, PS2 and Xbox multi-player video gaming arcade; for ages 12 through high school, 5-6:30 p.m. Dec. 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)

Strategy Games Club

Plan Ahead For students in grades 6-12; refreshments, 2:30-4:30 p.m. Dec. 30, Issaquah Library, 10 W. Sunset Way. (425-392-5430 or www.kcls.org/iss/event.cfm)

Kenmore

The Noiseguy’s Christmas Program

Sat Noiseguy Charlie William 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

Sat 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

Holiday Arts Sale

Ongoing 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, through Dec. 21, Kirkland Arts Center, 620 Market St. (425-822-7161 or www.kirklandartscenter.org)

“Sister’s Christmas Catechism”

Wed-Sun 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)

Christmas Tree Sale

Ends Sun 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)

Mother-Daughter Book Club

Thur “The Thief,” by Megan Whalen Turner; for daughters age 12-15, 7 p.m. Dec. 15, Kingsgate Library, 12315 N.E. 143rd St. Jan. 17: “Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy” by Gary Schmidt. (425-821-7686 or www.kcls.org/kings/programs.cfm)

“‘Twas the Night”

Ends Sun 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)

Socrates Café

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

Teen Concerts

Ongoing All-ages venue, with local performers, 7 p.m., Kirkland Teen Union Building, 348 Kirkland Ave. Cost: $5. 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 Mousecracker”

Fri Snapdragon Puppet Productions adaptation of the traditional Nutcracker story, 1 p.m. Dec. 17, with free tickets available starting at 12:30 p.m., Kirkland Library, 308 Kirkland Ave. (425-822-2459 or www.kcls.org/kirk/programs.cfm)

12Ks of Christmas Holiday Run

Sun 12K or 5K run/walk followed by music, food, and 1K Kids Dash and holiday costume contest; benefits Kirkland Interfaith Transitions in Housing, 8 a.m. registration, 9:30 a.m. start, Dec. 18, Marina Park, 25 Lake Shore Plaza. Cost: $25-$35. (206-729-9972 or www.promotionevents.com)

French Conversation Club

Mon Year-end potluck; all ages and language skill levels welcome, 7-9 p.m. Dec. 19, Kirkland Library, 308 Kirkland Ave. (425-822-2459 or ww.kcls.org/kirk/programs.cfm)

Knit In

Tues Bring your own yarn and needles; all levels welcome, 7 p.m. Dec. 20, Kirkland Library, 308 Kirkland Ave. (425-822-2459)

Teen Science Fiction/Fantasy Book Club

Plan Ahead “Summers at Castle Auburn,” by Sharon Shinn, 5:30 p.m. Dec. 21, Kingsgate Library, 12315 N.E. 143rd St. (425-821-7686 or www.kcls.org/kings/programs.cfm)

Best of the Comedy Underground

Plan Ahead Features top stand-up performers from Seattle’s longest-running comedy club, 8 p.m. Dec. 31, Kirkland Performance Center, 350 Kirkland Ave. Tickets: $15-$20. (425-893-9900 or www.kpcenter.org)

Medina

Christmas in Olde England

Sun Tudor Choir performs carols and songs of holidays past, 3 p.m. Dec. 18, St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 8398 N.E. 12th St., Tickets: $15-$25. (206-323-9415 or www.tudorchoir.org)

A Festival of Lessons & Carols

Tues Northwest Boychoir presents sacred readings and carols, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20, St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 8398 N.E. 12th St. Tickets: $10-$25. (206-528-0250 or www.nwchoirs.org)

Mercer Island

Holiday Art Show

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

“One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”

Sun Screening and discussion of the movie, 1:30-4 p.m. Dec. 18, Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Ave. S.E. (206-236-3545)

Community Hanukkah Celebration

Sun Live entertainment, traditional latke lunch, candle lighting ceremony, games and activities, noon-3 p.m. Dec. 18, Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 E. Mercer Way. (206-232-7115, ext. 269 or www.sjcc.org)

Open Book Club

Plan Ahead “Babbit” by Sinclair Lewis, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 22, Island Books, 3014 78th Ave. S.E. (206-232-6920 or www.mercerislandbooks.com)

North Bend

“A Christmas Carol”

Sat Charles Dickens’ classic holiday tale, 7 p.m. Dec. 17, Unity Theater, 119 1/2 North Bend Way. Tickets: $10-$15. (425-831-5667 or www.unitytheater.org)

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. Hours: 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)

Sounds of the Season

Ongoing Daily musical entertainment for the season by local and regional performers, hours vary, through Dec. 24, Center Street Plaza, Redmond Town Center, 16495 N.E. 74th St. (425-867-0808 or www.redmondtowncenter.com)

“Holly Days”

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

“Snow White and the Seven Dwarves”

Ends Sun Sprout’s Children’s Theatre’s musical adaptation, 7 p.m. Fridays; 1 and 3 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, through Dec. 18, SecondStory Repertory, 16587 N.E. 74th St. Tickets: $8.50. (425-881-6777 or www.secondstoryrep.org)

Old Fire House Concerts

Fri All-ages venue, with local performers, 8 p.m., Old Fire House Teen Center, 16510 N.E. 79th St. Cost: $6. Dec. 16: The Divorce, The Conversation Heart, The Lonely H. Dec. 17: Waxwing, Slender Means and Neon Blonde. Dec. 30: Akimbo and Schoolyard Heroes. (425-556-2370 or www.theoldfirehouse.org)

Sophisticated Swing Big Band

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

Coles Whalen

Sun Folk rock café performance by singer/guitarist Coles Whalen, 2 p.m. Dec. 18, Borders Books, Redmond Town Center, 16495 N.E. 74th St. (425-869-1907)

Community Carol Sing-Along

Sun Sing sacred and secular popular Christmas carols; refreshments, 7 p.m. Dec. 18, Redmond United Methodist Church, 16540 N.E. 80th St. (425-883-7553 or www.redmondumc.com)

Eastside Symphony Concert

Sun Classical and traditional holiday music, 2 p.m. Dec. 18, Redmond Senior Center, 8703 160th Ave. N.E. (425-462-5231 or www.eastsidesymphony.org)

Gray Gourmet

Mon Cooking demonstration and sampling of heart-healthy recipes, 11 a.m.-noon Dec. 19, Redmond Senior Center, 8703 160th Ave. N.E. (425-556-2314)

“Christmas Bursts into Beauty”

Starts Tues Christmas story pageant with inspirational music, dancers and live animals, 7 p.m. Dec. 20-22; 6 and 8 p.m. Dec. 23-24; 11:30 p.m. Dec. 24, Washington Cathedral, 12300 Red-Wood Road N.E. Free, tickets required. (425-869-5433 or www.wacathedral.org)

Renton

“The Mousecracker”

Wed 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)

Clam Lights

Ongoing Illumination of the season’s colorful light displays, 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)

“Fools”

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

“The Nutcracker”

Sat-Sun Eastside Dance Theater performs, 1 and 4 p.m. Dec. 17-18, Renton Ikea Performing Arts Center, 400 S. Second St. Tickets: $14. (206-325-6500 or www.ticketwindowonline.com)

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)

Lively Minds Book Group

Tues “Opening Skinner’s Box: Great Psychological Experiments of the Twentieth Century,” by Lauren Slater, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20, Fairwood Library, 17009 140th Ave. S.E. (425-226-0522 or www.kcls.org/fair/programs.cfm)

Sammamish

Sing We Now of Christmas

Sat Issaquah Chorale offers traditional popular carols and holiday music from around the world, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17, Eastlake High School Performing Arts Center, 400 228th Ave. N.E. Tickets: $7-$30. (425-392-8446 or www.issaquahchorale.org)

Sammamish Book Discussion Group

Plan Ahead Share the book of your choice, 7 p.m. Dec. 21, Sammamish Library, 825 228th Ave. N.E. Jan. 18: “Under the Banner of Heaven,” by Jon Krakauer. (425-836-8793 or www.kcls.org/samm/programs.cfm)

Snoqualmie

Teen Advisory Board

Wed An opportunity for youth 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, Molbak’s, 13625 N.E. 175th St. (425-483-5000 or www.molbaks.com)

Woodinville Light Festival

Ongoing Holiday light displays illuminated 6-9 p.m. daily through Dec. 23, in downtown Woodinville, 133rd Avenue Northeast, between Northeast 175th and 171st Streets. (425-984-2346 or www.ci.woodinville.wa.us)

Poetry Reading and Open Mike

Plan Ahead PoetsWest featured readers Joel Kabakov, Anna Otto, J. Andrew Rodriguez, followed by open mike readings, 7 p.m. Dec. 28, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 18025 Garden Way N.E. (206-682-1268 or www.poetswest.com/venues.htm)

Compiled by Nyssa Rogers

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