Today-Dec. 27 Gingerbread Village display of gingerbread houses and holiday creations by local architectural firms and Sheraton Hotel chefs, on display through Dec. 27 in the lobby...

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Nov. 23-Dec. 27

Gingerbread Village

Display of gingerbread houses and holiday creations by local architectural firms and Sheraton Hotel chefs, on display through Dec. 27 in the lobby of Sheraton Seattle Hotel and Towers, 1400 Sixth Ave., Seattle; FREE, donations for the Northwest Chapter of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation requested (206-621-9000).

Nov. 23-Jan. 9

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The 33 and 1/3 Days

of Christmas at MOHAI, a celebration of holiday music with displays of vintage LP covers and home-audio equipment, a small display of Bing Crosby artifacts and special events, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day, closing at 3 p.m. Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, 2700 24th Ave. E., Seattle; $5-$7 (206-324-1126 or

Nov. 26

Holiday Parade

With floats, marching bands and Santa, 8:45 a.m., west on Pine Street from Seventh Avenue, south on Fifth Avenue to University Street, west to Fourth Avenue, ending at Bon-Macy’s, Seattle (206-506-4FUN).

Holiday Star Lighting

Illuminates the traditional star at Bon-Macy’s with fireworks display, weather permitting, 5 p.m., Fourth Avenue and Pine Street, Seattle (206-506-4FUN).

Santa’s Toyland Parade

Welcome Santa, 5:30 p.m., Bellevue Square, Bellevue (425-453-5634 or

Nov. 26-Dec. 17

Home for the Holidays

Holiday entertainment and in-store events, 2-8 p.m. Nov. 26, 6-8 p.m. Dec. 3, 10 and 17, historic downtown Snohomish (360-563-9800 or 800-568-1031).


Seattle welcomes Santa with the annual Bon-Macy’s Holiday Parade Nov. 26 with floats, dogs and cars in jolly finery, holiday tunes from marching bands and the ever-popular Frango candy tossed to spectators.

The parade through downtown starts at 8:45 a.m. and is broadcast live (KING-TV) and again at 6 p.m. (KONG-TV). At 5 p.m. the traditional Bon-Macy’s holiday star and Westlake Center tree will be lit, celebrated with fireworks.

Not to be outdone, Bellevue’s got its own Santa’s Toyland Parade, 5:30 p.m. Nov. 26 at Bellevue Square, kicking off Bellevue’s Magic Season. Other top Bellevue holiday attractions: Wells Fargo Ice Arena, opening the same day at Downtown Park; Garden d’Lights at Bellevue Botanical Garden opening Nov. 27; and Bellevue Square’s display of holiday traditions from around the world and Santa’s Snowman Village, through Dec. 24.

Madeline McKenzie, Times staff

Nov. 26-Dec. 19

Wells Fargo Pony Express Trolley

provides free rides through the downtown Seattle with stops at Westlake Park, Pike Place Market and Pioneer Square and “elves” on board to guide visitors through downtown, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Nov. 26 and Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 19, FREE (206-623-0340 or

Nov. 26-Dec. 31

Holiday Carousel

in downtown Seattle, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Nov. 26, then 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday through Dec. 30, 10a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 24, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 31; $2 minimum donation suggested (206-613-3203 or

Nov. 27

Port Townsend Holiday Open House

with entertainment and shopping events, most shops open until 7 p.m., and horse and carriage rides, 1-4 p.m., $1-$2, downtown Port Townsend (360-385-7911 or

Nov. 29-Dec. 1

O’Christmas Trees display

of elegantly designed Christmas trees, with Family Affair entertainment, pictures with Santa and kids’ crafts, 3:30-8 p.m. Nov. 29, FREE; Silver Bells Brunch with tree display, food and entertainment, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 30, $40, reservations required; gala dinner and auction of Christmas trees, 5:30 Dec. 1, $275, reservations required; proceeds support Providence Senior and Community Services; Westin Hotel, 1900 Fifth Ave., Seattle (206-938-4925 or

Dec. 1-23

Issaquah Reindeer Festival

with reindeer herd in their year-round home, Santa, stories, zoo displays, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. daily through Dec. 23, Cougar Mountain Zoo, 19525 S.E. 54th St., Issaquah; $6.50-$9.50 (206-391-5508).

Dec. 3

The Great Figgy Pudding Street Corner Caroling Competition

Teams of carolers entertains holiday shoppers and raises money for Pike Place Market Senior Center and Downtown Food Bank, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Westlake Center, Seattle (206-728-2773 or

Dec. 3, 4, 5

Christmas in the Country tour

of historic homes, farms and art studios, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 3, 4, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 5, Bainbridge Island (206-842-3700 or

Dec. 3-18

Candy Cane tours

to see the making of hand-pulled candy canes and other candy, with retail store, available by reservation Fridays and Saturdays in Dec., Elegant Gourmet, Woodinville; FREE (425-814-2500).

Dec. 4

Reindeer Games

on the waterfront, kids and families search for hidden reindeer in businesses on the waterfront to win prizes, 2-5 p.m. between Piers 54 to 70, Seattle (206-613-3203 or

Fort Nisqually 19th Century Christmas

historical re-enactment of daily life and Christmas time in the 1855, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, Point Defiance Park, Tacoma; $1-$3 (253-591-5339 or

Victorian Holiday Celebration

with Santa, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory in Wright Park, Sixth Avenue and I Street, Tacoma (253-591-5330 or

Dec. 5

Children’s Christmas

in Scandinavia crafts, stories, entertainment and Santa Lucia pageant, 1-3:30 p.m., Nordic Heritage Museum, 3014 N.W. 67th St., Seattle (206-789-5707 or

Community-Wide Hanukkah Celebration

with latke lunch, games, candle-lighting ceremony and gently used toy sale, noon-3 p.m., Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 E. Mercer Way, Mercer Island (206-232-7115 or

Dec. 10

Holiday Open Parlor

with inns decorated for the season with snacks and music, 5-7:30 p.m., Port Townsend; $2-$10 (360-385-7911 or

Dec. 10, 18, 23

Steamer Virginia V holiday cruises

on a restored 1922 historic steamer to see decorated homes, 6-9 p.m. Dec. 10, $25-$50, and dinner cruises along with the Christmas Ships parade, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Dec. 18, 6-9 p.m. Dec. 23, $30-$70, from south Lake Union, Seattle (206-624-9119 or

Dec. 11

CookieFest bake sale

with treats from more than 25 of the area’s best bakeries and restaurants and gingerbread-house building activities, proceeds benefit Seattle Milk Fund, from 10 a.m. while supplies last, Bon-Macy’s, Fourth Avenue and Pine Street, Seattle (206-506-4FUN).

Christmas in the Cascades

with Santa breakfast, holiday bazaar and bake sale, music, tree lighting, 8 p.m.-8 p.m. at Mt. Si Senior Center and other locations in North Bend (206-499-2022).

Sedro-Woolley Holiday Home Tour

of vintage homes with “A Christmas Carol” theme, 5-9 p.m., Sedro-Woolley Museum, 725 Murcock St., Sedro-Woolley; $5 (360-855-0137).

Dec. 12

Jingle Bell Run 5K run,

5K walk and 1K children’s Run with the Elves with holiday costume contest, proceeds benefit the Arthritis Foundation, 8 a.m., Westlake Center, Fifth Avenue and Pine Street, Seattle; $10-$35 (206-547-2707 or

Dec. 11-23

Oak Harbor Christmas Village

with children’s zoo animal display, music, Santa, 2-8 p.m. Dec. 11, 12, 18, 5-8 p.m. Dec. 17, 20-23, City Beach Park, Oak Harbor, Whidbey Island (360-675-3755).

Dec. 18

Kwanzaa Celebration

Black Achievers Program and Family Fun Night with candle-lighting ceremonies, storyteller, food and performances, 4-6 p.m., Meredith Mathews East Madison YMCA, 1700 23rd Ave., Seattle; $10/family, reservations required by Dec. 13 (206-322-6969).

Dec. 19

12K’s of Christmas Holiday Run

Or 2-mile walk with food, music and holiday costume contest, proceeds benefit Kirkland Interfaith Transitions in Housing, 9 a.m., Marina Park, Kirkland; $25-$30 (