A detailed, categorized calendar of events all over Seattle and Western Washington, Dec. 4-10, 2015.

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Animal events

Seattle Humane Home for the Holidays

FRI-SUN Festivities for all ages, hundreds of adoptable animals, reduced adoption fees including $50 for kittens, half off for dogs ages 5 and older, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday; photo of your pet with Santa Paws available, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday; Seattle Humane Society, 13212 S.E. Eastgate Way, Bellevue (425-641-0080 or seattlehumane.org).

Swans of the Skagit

SAT Northwest Swan Conservation Association information on trumpeter and tundra swans in the Skagit Valley in December, January and February and the best places to view them, 11 a.m. Saturday, Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon; $8, reservations required (800-585-8200 or christiansonsnursery.com).

Skagit River Bald Eagle Interpretive Center

SAT-SUN Information on local bald eagles, souvenirs, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays in Dec.-Jan., with guided hikes along the Skagit River, 11 a.m., presentations, 1 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, Skagit River Bald Eagle Interpretive Center, 52809 Rockport Park Road, Rockport (360-853-7626 or skagiteagle.org/wordpress).

Holiday Hoedown Adoption Event

PLAN AHEAD Pawsitive Alliance adoption event, dogs and cats from 15 rescue groups, pet supply vendors, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 12, Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W., Issaquah (206-486-4738 or pawsitivealliance.org).


Dinner/Auction to benefit the Humane Society

SUN Holiday festivities to benefit the Humane Society, silent and live auction, holiday songs by the Dickens Carolers, 3 p.m. Sunday, Hilton Garden Inn, 22600 Bothell Everett Hwy., Bothell; $55 (360-652-5844 or dogscats.org).

St. Nicholas Faire

SUN Appetizers, cider, wine tasting, silent auction of gift baskets, proceeds benefit West Seattle Food Bank and Helpline; 4-7 p.m. Sunday, First Lutheran Church of West Seattle, 4105 California Ave. S.W., Seattle; $5/with nonperishable food donation or $10 (206-935-6530 or flcws.org).

Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis

PLAN AHEAD 5K competitive and noncompetitive run and walk, Elf Village with Santa, costume contest, Run With the Elves kids 1K fun run, 8 a.m. Dec. 13, Westlake Center, Seattle; $40-$45, fundraising/donations suggested (arthritis.org).


Skandia Dance

FRI Jullekstuga party, coffee and treats, 7:30 p.m., dance, 8:30-11 p.m. Friday, Cedar Valley Grange, 20526 52nd Ave. W., Lynnwood; $15, kids free (425-954-5262 or skandia-folkdance.org).

Sno-King International Folk Dance Club

SAT Folk dancing, dance lesson; 7 p.m. Saturday, Cedar Valley Grange, 20526 52nd Ave. W., Lynnwood; $7 (206-524-7360 or sno-king.org).


Seattle Center Winterfest

ONGOING Winter village and model train display, food vendors, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, Seattle Center Armory; with entertainment including Global Heat, 12:30 p.m. Saturday; Seattle Center, Seattle (206-684-7200 or seattlecenter.com/winterfest).

Food events

Multi-Cultural Dinner

FRI Community dinner celebrating food from around the world, 5:30 p.m. Friday, Bitter Lake Community Center, 13035 Linden Ave. N., Seattle; $3/person or $10/family of four (206-684-7524).

Winter Beer Festival

FRI-SAT Winter seasonal beers from 50 Washington Brewers Guild member breweries, fundraiser for the Washington Brewers Guild, 21+ only; 5-9 p.m. Friday, noon-4 p.m. and 5:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday, Hanger 30, Magnuson Park, 6310 N.E. 74th St., Seattle; $30-$35, designated driver $5 at the door only (washingtonbrewersguild.org).

Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast

SAT Breakfast to support scholarships and youth activities, free photos with Santa for kids under age 10, Toys For Tots collection, 7-11 a.m. Saturday, Alki Masonic Hall, 4736 40th Ave. S.W., Seattle; $8-$10 (206-601-4136 or kiwaniswestseattle.org).

Cooking Demo: “Frugal and Fabulous Holiday”

SAT Erica Strauss, founder of Northwest Edible Life urban-homesteading and gardening blogs, shares perspective on garden-to-table eating, noon Saturday, Pike Place Market Atrium Kitchen, First Avenue and Pike Street, Seattle; free (pikeplacemarket.org).

Holiday Open Tasting Hours

SAT Tasting room Champagne tasting event, 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Fat Cork, 111 W. John St., Seattle; free (206-257-1730 or fatcork.com/events).

Pancake Breakfast

SAT Pancakes, eggs, ham, all ages welcome, proceeds support services at Northshore Senior Center; 8-11 a.m. Saturday, Northshore Senior Center, 10201 E. Riverside Drive, Bothell; $5 (425-487-2441 or northshoreseniorcenter.org).

Bothell Sons of Norway Lutefisk & Meatball Dinner

SAT Family style dinner, lutefisk, meatballs, potatoes, lefse, dessert, noon-6 p.m. Saturday, Bothell Sons of Norway, 23905 Bothell-Everett Highway, Bothell; $8-$23 (425-485-9085 or bothellsonsofnorway.org).

Swedish Pancake Breakfast

SUN Swedish pancakes, ham, live music, dancing, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, Swedish Club, 1920 Dexter Ave. N., Seattle; $5-$9 (206-283-1090 or swedishclubnw.org).


Plant Pressing Workshop

SAT Explore pressed plants and flowers, make gifts and cards, tour the Hyde Herbarium and learn about how plants are preserved, 1 p.m. Saturday, Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 N.E. 41st St., Seattle; $50 (206-685-8033).

Attracting birds in winter

SAT How to make your garden a haven for birds, 11 a.m. Saturday, Li’l Sprout Nursery and Garden Center, 17414 Bothell Everett Highway, Mill Creek; free (425-482-5276 or lilsproutnursery.com).

Magic and Miracle: the Plants at Heronswood

SUN Dan Hinkley lecture “Magic and Miracle: The Subtle and Profound Beauty of the Plants at Heronswood,” 2 p.m. Sunday, Port Gamble S’Klallam House of Knowledge, 31964 Little Boston Road N.E., Kingston; $5-$20 (206-842-8922 or heronswoodgarden.org/events).


“Star Wars” Movie Release Party

SAT “Star Wars” activities for all ages, photo booth with “Star Wars” characters, costumes welcome, 1 p.m. Saturday, Redmond Library, 15990 N.E. 85th St., Redmond (425-885-1861 or kcls.org).

Holiday events

Twinkle, Twinkle Freeway Park

FRI Bonfire, s’mores making, holiday crafts, hot chocolate, singing with Dickens Carolers, parade to Westlake Park for the Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition, 4:30-6 p.m. Friday, Freeway Park, 700 Seneca St., Seattle (parkways.seattle.gov/#sthash.Tn87s9Q2.dpbs).

Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition

FRI Dozens of caroling teams perform, proceeds benefit Pike Market Senior Center and Food Bank; teams compete on surrounding streets, 6:15-7:15 p.m.; Blue Thunder leads parade to Main Stage, 7:15 p.m.; Main Stage sing-off and awards presentation, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Westlake Center, 400 Pine St., Seattle (pikemarketseniorcenter.org/figgy-pudding).

Light Up the Beach Holiday Challenge

FRI Rainier Beach Merchants community open house, 15 local businesses to decorate their storefront to celebrate the holidays and compete for prizes; entertainment and activities in shops, vote for favorite display, carolers, food, crafts, dance and music performances, luminaria, SPD Mobile Unit tours, free Santa photos, 5-8 p.m. Friday, Rainier Beach Safeway, 9262 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle (rainierbeachmerchants.com/event/light-up-the-beach-holiday-challenge-open-house).

Bethlehem Experience

FRI-SAT Drive-through living Nativity scene, 6-8:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Rolling Bay Presbyterian Church, 11042 Sunrise Drive N.E., Bainbridge Island; free (206-780-2161 or rbpres.org).

Nativity Exhibit

FRI-SUN Advent exhibit of 600 Nativities created in 100 countries around the world, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, Lamb of God Lutheran Church, 12509 27th Ave. N.E., Seattle; free (206-383-5718 or nativityexhibitnw.org).

Bellevue Festival of The Nativity

FRI-MON Display of 550 nativities and crèches from 85 countries, performing arts, family activities, noon-9 p.m. Friday-Monday and Dec. 11-13, Bellevue South LDS Stake Center, 15205 S.E. 28th St., Bellevue; free (bellevuenativity.com).

Celebrate The Nativity, Maple Valley

FRI-SUN Display of 600 nativities, artwork, children’s activities, live nativity, music performances, 2-9 p.m. Friday-Sunday, LDS Church, Maple Valley, 26800 236th Place S.E., Maple Valley; free, food bank donations collected (celebratethenativity.com).

Victorian Country Christmas Festival

FRI-SUN Stage shows, concerts, activities, wine garden, singing nativity, 500 stores, Santa visits in Victorian Village, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Washington State Fair Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave. S.W., Puyallup; $8-$12, ages 5 and younger free (253-841-5045 or avictoriancountrychristmas.com).

The Lights of Christmas

FRI-SUN Holiday festival with 1 million lights, five entertainment stages, children’s activities, food vendors, 5-10 p.m. Friday-Sunday and Dec. 10-13, 17-23, 26-29; overnight packages and holiday theater tickets available, Warm Beach Christian Camps & Conference Center, 20800 Marine Drive, Stanwood; $11-$16, ages 3 and younger free; pay what you can, at the gate only, Dec. 10, 28, 29 (800-228-6724 or warmbeachlights.com).

Junction Tree Lighting and Holiday Party

SAT Progressive party at Junction businesses staying open late, with snacks, drinks, games, sales, 4 p.m.; tree lights at 5 p.m. Saturday, Junction Plaza Park, 42nd Avenue Southwest and Southwest Alaska Street, Seattle (wsjunction.org).

Redmond Lights

SAT Highlighting the city’s diverse holiday traditions with market, noon-6 p.m. Saturday; entertainment, campus tree lighting, 5 p.m., City Hall Plaza, 15670 N.E. 85th St., Redmond; walk along Redmond Central Connection to Redmond Town Center with luminaries, light displays, music, warm beverages, 5-7 p.m.; celebration with skating rink, entertainment, kids’ crafts, carousel, 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Redmond Town Center, Redmond (redmondlights.com).

Photos with Bad Santa

SAT Get your picture taken with the Man in Red at holiday party for ages 21+, 9 p.m. Saturday, Rhein Haus, 912 12th Ave., Seattle; $10-$45 (theworldisfun.org/events/2015/12/5/photos-with-bad-santa).

Breakfast with Santa

SAT Breakfast and photos with Santa, activities, photo included, seatings 9-10:15 a.m. or 10:45-11:45 a.m. Saturday, Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Senior Center, 18560 First Ave. N.E., Shoreline; $10-$15 (206-801-2600 or shorelinewa.gov/Home).

Holiday Tree Lighting and Santa Arrival, Renton

SAT Community celebration of the season, 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Renton Downtown Piazza, South Third Street and Burnett Avenue South, Renton (piazzarenton.com).

Lighted Boat Parade, Lake Sammamish State Park

SAT Holiday caroling, bonfire, hot chocolate, lighted boat parade, 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Tibbets Beach, Lake Sammamish State Park, 20606 S.E. 56th St., Issaquah (425-577-3657 or lakesammamishfriends.org).

Santa Arrival and Tree Lighting, Country Village

SAT Live reindeer, caroling, gingerbread house display, visit by the Grinch, decorations, pony rides, Santa’s Workshop, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; arrival of Santa on Christmas float followed by traditional tree lighting, 7 p.m. Saturday, Country Village, 23718 Bothell-Everett Highway, Bothell (425-483-2250 or countryvillagebothell.com).

19th Century Christmas

SAT Christmas in the 1800s with arrival of the yule log, games, ornament making, visit by Father Christmas, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma; $5-$8, ages 4 and younger free (253-591-5339 or metroparkstacoma.org/fort-nisqually-living-history-museum).

Christmas in Eatonville

SAT Santa, cookies, 3 p.m., Visitors Center; caroling, tree lighting, parade, 5 p.m. Saturday, Eatonville (eatonvillechamber.com).

Enumclaw Christmas Parade

SAT Bands, Santa, 6 p.m. Saturday, downtown Enumclaw (enumclawchamber.com).

Festival of Chimes and Lights, Port Orchard

SAT Craft activities, entertainment, hay rides, Santa arrives on vintage fire engine, decorated boats in the harbor, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Pooch ’n Purr Pet Parade, 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Port Orchard (cityofportorchard.us).

Scandinavian Bazaar and Jule Fest

SAT Scandinavian arts, crafts, gifts, food, entertainment, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Sons of Norway, 18891 Front St. N.E., Poulsbo; Jule Fest, Lucia Bride escorted by Vikings, Yule log, dancing around the tree, music, Santa, 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Waterfront Park, Poulsbo (poulsbosonsofnorway.com).

Candy Cane Lane

SAT-JAN. 1 Walk or drive through decorated houses and displays, 4-11 p.m. daily Saturday-Jan. 1, north of Ravenna Boulevard at 21st Avenue Northeast, Seattle; free, food bank donations appreciated.

Neely Mansion’s Farmhouse Christmas Celebration

SAT-SUN Tour the mansion decorated for the holidays, refreshments, gift shop, history room, 12:30, 2 and 3:30 p.m. Saturday; 12:30 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Neely Mansion, 12303 Auburn-Black Diamond Road, Auburn; $10-$18, reservations required (253-850-2777 or neelymansion.org).

Santa Train

SAT-SUN Vintage train excursion with snacks, visit with Santa in historic depot, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on the hour Saturday-Sunday and Dec. 12-13, 18-19, Northwest Railway Museum, 38625 S.E. King St, Snoqualmie; $22, advance purchase recommended, space limited (425-888-3030 or trainmuseum.org).

Santa Express Train

SAT-SUN Historic train through scenic foothills, Santa visits, Saturdays-Sundays through Dec. 20, Mount Rainier Scenic Railroad, 54124 Mountain Highway E., Elbe; $18-$32, reservations strongly recommended (360-569-7959 or mrsr.com).

Anacortes Celebrate the Season/Parade

SAT-SUN Lions Club Parade, 11 a.m. Saturday, downtown Anacortes; Celebrate the Season marketplace, photos with Santa, games, craft projects, noon-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, entertainment Saturday; proceeds benefit Anacortes School District programs, Port of Anacortes Event Center, 102 Commercial Ave., Anacortes; $5 person or $20/family (celebratetheseason.brownpapertickets.com).

Ballard Holiday Festival

SUN Music, free Santa photos, popcorn and hot chocolate, torchlight caroling, merchant events, activities for all ages, 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Marvin’s Garden Park, 22nd Avenue Northwest and Ballard Avenue Northwest, Seattle (facebook.com/Ballard-Holiday-Festival-511668408936650).


SUN Scandinavian Advent lessons and carols in English and Swedish, St. Lucia procession, reception with Swedish Christmas treats, 4 p.m. Sunday, First Covenant Church, 400 E. Pike St., Seattle; freewill offering collected (206-322-7411 or FirstCovenantSeattle.org).

Bothell Tree Lighting Festival

SUN Living Christmas tree lighting, holiday festival of music, activities, refreshments, appearance by Santa and holiday characters, 5-7 p.m. Sunday, Main Street, Bothell (facebook.com/events/1494636617498163).

Point Robinson Light Station Open House

SUN Lighthouse tours, food, music, noon-4 p.m., Lighthouse Santa, 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Point Robinson Light Station, End of Point Robinson Road, Vashon; free (206-463-6672 or vashonparkdistrict.org).

The Big Chanukah Show

MON Musical variety show featuring Jewish Chanukah-related music and other entertainment during the winter holiday season, lighting of the Chanukah candles, 7 p.m. Monday, Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 E. Mercer Way, Mercer Island; free (206-234-7600 or jewishsound.org/event/the-big-chanukah-show).

Story Time with Mrs. Claus

TUE-DEC. 10 Meet Mrs. Claus for interactive story time, cookies, proceeds benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital; preschool story time, 11 a.m. Tuesday; family story time, 6 p.m. Dec. 10, Westfield Sky Terrace Level 3, Westfield Southcenter, 633 Southcenter Parkway, Tukwila; $5/child (eventbrite.com/e/story-time-with-mrs-claus-tickets-19453683491?aff=ebapi).

Holiday Carousel

ONGOING Holiday carousel, proceeds benefit Treehouse for foster kids, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturdays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sundays, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, $3 suggested donation; Winter Village with music performances, food trucks, children’s activities daily, Westlake Park, 401 Pine St., Seattle (holidaysinseattle.com).

Teddy Bear Suite

ONGOING Decorated teddy bear wonderland room, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Dec. 25, Fairmont Olympic Hotel, 411 University St., Seattle; free, donations collected for Seattle Children’s Hospital (fairmont.com/seattle/activities-services/events-calendar).

Gingerbread Village

ONGOING Display of creations made of candies and treats with “May The Holidays Be With You” theme inspired by scenes from Star Wars movies, on display 24 hours a day through Jan. 3, Sheraton Seattle Hotel, 1400 Sixth Ave., Seattle; free donations collected for JDRF Northwest Chapter for research for a cure for type 1 diabetes (gingerbreadvillage.myevent.com).

Woodland Park Zoo WildLights

ONGOING Light displays of wild animals and wild places, reindeer, music, activities, 5:30-8:30 p.m. daily through Dec. 23 and Dec. 26-Jan. 3, Woodland Park Zoo, 5500 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle, west entrance on Phinney only; $6.95-$9.95 (206-548-2500 or zoo.org).

Swanson’s Reindeer Festival

ONGOING Reindeer Dasher, Blitzen and Curley the camel on display, feedings at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily, model train village, music on weekends, sale of Christmas trees, seasonal plants, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. through Dec. 24, Swansons Nursery, 9701 15th Ave. N.W., Seattle (206-782-2543 or swansonsnursery.com).

Garden d’Lights

ONGOING Garden and holiday themed light sculptures, 4:30-9:30 p.m. daily through Jan. 2, Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St., Bellevue; $5, ages 10 and younger free; advance tickets available (425-452-6844 or gardendlights.org).

Clam Lights

ONGOING Clam Lights display, 5-9 p.m. nightly through Jan. 1, Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park, 1201 Lake Washington Blvd. N., Renton (rentonwa.gov).

Issaquah Reindeer Festival

ONGOING See Santa and his reindeer, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily through Dec. 23, proceeds benefit zoo animals and education programs, Cougar Mountain Zoo, 19525 S.E. 54th St., Issaquah; $10-$14 (425-391-5508 or cougarmountainzoo.org).

Christmas Ships Festival

ONGOING Choir performances, 8 p.m. Friday, Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park, Renton; 4:10 p.m. Saturday, Medina Beach Park; 5:20 p.m. Saturday, Houghton Beach Park, Kirkland; 9:45 p.m. Saturday, Matthews Beach Park, Seattle; 5:40 p.m. Sunday, Ferdinand Street Park, 6:15 p.m. Sunday, Stan Sayres Memorial Park, 6:45 p.m. Sunday, Mt. Baker Beach Park, Seattle; various locations through Dec. 23; rides on lead and follow ship available by reservation (206-623-1445 or argosycruises.com).

North Pole at the Fair

ONGOING Santa’s house with office, library of Christmas books, Mrs. Claus Candy Store and Kitchen, workshop, toy museum, media den showing Christmas movies, Elf Village activities, Santa photos available by reservation or day of visit; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Wednesday; hours vary through Dec. 24, Washington State Fair Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave. S.W., Puyallup; $5/admission, under age 2 free; additional charge for Santa photos, Santa’s workshop craft and food (253-841-5045 or northpoleatthefair.com).


ONGOING Light displays with featuring animal themes; camel rides, carousel, gift shop, aquarium, 5-9 p.m. daily through Jan. 3 (closed Dec. 24), Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma; $8.50-$10, ages 2 and younger free (253-591-5337 or pdza.org).

Green Lake Pathway of Lights

PLAN AHEAD Path around the lake lit by luminaria, music on four stages, 4:30-7:30 p.m. Dec. 12, Green Lake, Seattle; free, canned food bank donations suggested (206-684-0780 or seattle.gov/parks).

Julestue, Seattle Danish Center

PLAN AHEAD Danish Christmas celebration, dance around the Christmas tree, stories, make Danish Christmas decorations, refreshments, Santa visit, all welcome, 2-5 p.m. Dec. 13, Harmony Hall, 1833 N. 105th St., Seattle; $5-$10, reservations requested by Dec. 9 (206-523-3263 or northwestdanish.org).

Ice skating

Winterfest Ice Rink

ONGOING Ice skating, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays through Jan. 3, Fisher Pavilion, Seattle Center; $2-$7 includes skate rental (206-684-7200 or seattlecenter.com/winterfest).

Magic Season Ice Arena

ONGOING Covered, open-air ice arena, food concessions, 3-11 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday; 3-9 p.m. Monday-Tuesday; 1-9 p.m. Wednesday; 3-9 p.m. Dec. 10; 3-11 p.m. Dec. 11; hours vary through Jan. 10; free skating lessons with admission, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 8-10, 15-17; Bellevue Downtown Park, 10201 N.E. Fourth St., Bellevue; $9-$12 includes skate rental; $3 off if bringing your own skates (bellevuedowntown.com).

Polar Plaza

ONGOING Ice skating rink, live music, 4-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday, 4-10 p.m. Wednesday-Dec. 11, hours vary through Jan. 10, Tollefson Plaza, South 17th Street and Pacific Avenue, Tacoma; $4-$8, skate rental $2 (253-305-1022 or polarplaza.com).

Museum events

Giving Marketplace

SAT Connect with organizations making a difference here and around the world, purchase gifts that support causes like clean water, health, and education, with hands-on activities and exhibit, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center, 440 Fifth Ave. N., Seattle; free, preregistration requested (206-709-3100 or on.fb.me/1L1HgnF).

Holiday Tea

SAT Festive holiday tea in the Museum’s Town Square exhibit, seatings at 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, White River Valley Museum, 918 H St. S.E., Auburn; $15, by reservation (253-288-7433 or wrvmuseum.org).

19th Century Christmas

SAT Experience Christmas in the 1800s with arrival of the yule log, games, ornament making, visit by Father Christmas, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma; $5-$8, ages 4 and younger free (253-591-5339 or metroparkstacoma.org/fort-nisqually-living-history-museum).

Burke’s Maker-Market

SAT-DEC. 19 Saturday through Dec. 19, watch construction of an Angyaaq traditional Alaskan Native boat; gift sale, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, University of Washington, Seattle; $7.50-$10 (206-543-7907 or www.burkemuseum.org).

Chihuly Garden and Glass

SUN Seasonal musical performances, local artists, children’s activities, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 20; Walk with The Gardener tour of winter and spring plantings and gardening tips, 9:30 a.m. Dec. 17, $22 by reservation; Chihuly Through the Lens photography class, 9 a.m. Dec. 19, $22 by reservation; Chihuly Garden and Glass, 305 Harrison St., Seattle; $17-$22 (206-753-4984 or chihulygardenandglass.com).

Festivals of Light, Seattle Children’s Museum

SUN Children and families explore the food, decorations, games, activities and music associated with winter solstice celebrations from around the world, including performances exploring Scandinavian Santa Lucia, 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Seattle Children’s Museum, Seattle Center Armory, Seattle; $7.25-$8.25, infants under 12 months old free (206-441-1768 or thechildrensmuseum.org).

GKHS Holiday Open House

SUN Party with museum decorated for the holiday season, refreshments, live music, 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Kent Historical Museum, 855 E. Smith St., Kent; free (253-854-4330 or gkhs.org).

Park events

Night Walk at Mercer Slough

FRI Learn about nocturnal creatures, walk in the forest, for families with children ages 6 and older, 7 p.m. Friday, Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center, 1625 118th Ave. S.E., Bellevue; $10, preregister (206-443-2925).

Lewis Creek Ranger Hike

SAT Join a Ranger in exploring natural history, look for signs of local wildlife and learn what to do when encountering animals in the wild, all ages welcome, no registration required, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Lewis Creek Park and Visitor Center, 5808 Lakemont Blvd. S.E., Bellevue; free (425-452-4195).

Holly Day Decorations

SAT Create wreaths, garlands and sprays using holly and English ivy from the park, 2 p.m. Saturday, Discovery Park, 3801 W. Government Way, Seattle; $9, preregistration required (206-386-4236).

Luminaria Walk

SAT Hot chocolate, walk around Meadowbrook Pond, 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Meadowbrook Community Center, 10517 35th Ave. N.E., Seattle (206-684-7522).

Cold Climate Creatures

SUN Learn how Northwest animals adapt to survive winter months, story time, make a pinecone bird feeder, 2 p.m. Sunday, Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center, 1625 118th Ave. S.E., Bellevue; free (425-452-2565 or myparksandrecreation.com).

Hurricane Ridge in Winter

ONGOING Hurricane Ridge Road open 9 a.m.-sunset Fridays-Sundays and holiday Mondays, weather permitting; cars required to carry tire chains; Visitors Center open when road is open Hurricane Ridge Visitors Center, off Highway 101, 18 miles outside Port Angeles, Port Angeles (360-565-3131 or nps.gov/olym).


Music at Third Place Commons

FRI-SAT Ian McFeron Band, 7:30 p.m. Friday; Purple Passion Big Band, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Third Place Commons, 17171 Bothell Way N.E., Lake Forest Park (thirdplacecommons.org).

Dickens Festival

SAT Music and theatrical entertainment with English music-hall theme, Victorian costume contest, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Titus Will Showroom, 633 Division Ave., Tacoma; free (dickensfestival.net).

Springfree Holiday Party + Kids Concert

SAT Dance, sing along and jump to the music with Recess Monkey; guests encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy or book for children in need to help Eastside Baby Corner, 2 p.m. Saturday, Springfree Trampoline, 1875 N.W. Poplar Way, Issaquah; free (425-949-4707 or springfreetrampoline.com/store/issaquah-seattle-washington).

Puget Brass for the Holidays

SUN Local British brass band’s songs for the holidays, 2 p.m. Sunday, Redmond Library, 15990 N.E. 85th St., Redmond (425-885-1861 or kcls.org).


Holiday Dash & Dine 5K run

SAT Edmond Police Foundation dash with fun holiday hats or crazy socks, treats, to support law enforcement; well-behaved dogs welcome, 9 a.m. Saturday, registration open 8 a.m., Boys & Girls Civic Center Playfield, 310 Sixth Ave. N., Edmonds; $20-$35 (206-335-9665 or edmondspolicefoundation.org).

K-9 Candy Cane 5K Fun Run/Walk

SUN Cedar River Trail course for competitive runners, fun runners, walkers of all ages with or without dog; refreshments, pictures with Santa, pet food drive, bring a can/bag of pet food to benefit Seattle Humane Society, 9 a.m. Sunday, Renton Community Center, 1715 Maple Valley Highway, Renton; $35-$40 (signmeup.com/site/online-event-registration/109786)


Black Dog Forge Holiday Open House

FRI-SAT Hand-forged holiday gifts, snacks, wine, entertainment, 5-9 Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Black Dog Forge, 2316 Second Ave., Seattle (facebook.com/search/top/?q=black%20dog%20forge).

Northwest Holiday Handmade

FRI-SAT Local artists’ ceramics, handwoven textiles, mosaics, art yarns, paintings, etchings, sculpture, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Pioneer Hall, 1642 43rd Ave. E., Seattle (206-618-5767).

Pacific NW Needle Arts Fundraiser Holiday Sale

FRI-SAT Gift items, holiday decorations, ornaments, bake sale, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N., Seattle (pnnag.org).

Bellevue Friends of the Library Holiday Book Sale

FRI-SAT Book bargains, proceeds benefit library programs, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Bellevue Library, 1111 110th Ave. N.E., Bellevue (425-450-1765 or kcls.org).

Holiday Craft Bazaar

FRI-SUN Local, handmade, affordable gifts by 12 makers, 5-7 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Tin Umbrella Coffee, 5600 Rainier Ave. S. Unit A, Seattle (206-743-8802 or tinumbrella.com/holiday).

Kent Commons Holiday Bazaar

FRI-SAT Handicrafts by 100 vendors, jewelry, candles, pet novelties, photography, cards, glass, musical entertainment, food trucks, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Kent Commons, 525 Fourth Ave. N., Kent (253-856-5000 or kentwa.gov/KentCommonsHolidayBazaar).

Holiday Antique Show & Sale

FRI-SUN Antique show and sale benefits community center programs, 5-8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Queen Anne Community Center, 1901 First Ave. W, Seattle; $10/Friday, $2/Saturday, free admission Sunday (206-372-0224).

Arboretum Holiday Sale: Gifts & Greens Galore

SAT Arboretum Foundation selection of nature-inspired gifts, botanical decorations including fresh greens and wreaths, proceeds support maintenance and children’s education programs at Washington Park Arboretum; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Graham Visitor Center, 2300 Arboretum Dr. East, Seattle (206-325-4510 or arboretumfoundation.org).

Holiday Arts and Crafts Gift Show

SAT Show and sale of paintings, jewelry, hats, handbags, cards, by local artists, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Westside Unitarian Universalist Congregation Social Hall, 7141 California Ave. S.W., Seattle (206-932-3886 or wsuu.org).

Holiday Huge, Quality Book Sale

SAT Book sale, recommendations available, bake sale, music, lunch, holiday crafts; proceeds support educational classes for new retirees and older adults; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Lifetime Learning Center, 6208 60th Ave. N.E., Seattle (206-949-8882 or Lifetimelearningseattle.org).

Multicultural Holiday Arts & Craft Fair

SAT Ethnic crafts, multicultural books, jewelry, fashion accessories, holiday items, bake sale, sushi, craft activities for kids, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 1610 S. King St., Seattle (stpeterseattle.org).

Ravenna Holiday Art and Craft Sale

SAT Arts and crafts, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center, 6535 Ravenna Ave. N.E., Seattle (206-915-2648 or facebook.com/events/1484663761841673).

TomboyX Sample Sale & Party

SAT Cocktails, bites, DJ, shopping, signature undies, noon-4 p.m. Saturday, TomboyX, 3421 Thorndyke Ave. W., Seattle (facebook.com/events/516340638529529).

Holiday Bazaar, Rainier Beach

SAT Marketplace, proceeds benefit recreation scholarships, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday, Rainier Beach Community Center, 8825 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle (206-386-1925).

Holiday Gift Bazaar

SAT Arts and crafts by local vendors, raffle, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Lakewood Seward Park Community Club, 4916 S. Angeline St., Seattle (lspcc.org).

Holiday Craft Bazaar Benefiting MEOW Cat Rescue

SAT Crafts and bake sale, proceeds benefit MEOW Cat Rescue, noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Northlake Unitarian Universalist Church, 308 Fourth Ave. S., Kirkland (meowcatrescue.org).

Moshier Holiday Pottery Sale

SAT Potters sell handmade mugs, bowls, garden art, jewelry, cash or checks accepted, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Moshier Community Art Center, 430 S. 156th St., Burien (206-988-3700 or MoshierArtCenter.org).

Edmonds-Woodway Music Boosters Craft Fair

SAT Crafts by 65 local artists, cooks and photographers selling garden art, jewelry, woodcraft, fine chocolates, glass, Seahawks logo items, holiday décor, with raffle, food vendors, music provided by EWHS musicians; proceeds benefit the Edmonds-Woodway High School music program; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Edmonds-Woodway High School, 7600 212th St. S.W., Edmonds (425-640-9375).

Serenity Equine Rescue & Rehabilitation Holiday Bazaar

SAT Help support our horses at day of shopping, horse stuff, books, jewelry, art glass, arts and crafts, bake sale, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Serenity Equine Rescue and Rehabilitation, 28818 S.E. 216th Way, Maple Valley (serenityequinerescue.com).

Scandinavian Bazaar and Jule Fest

SAT Scandinavian arts, crafts, gifts, food, entertainment, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sons of Norway, 18891 Front St. N.E., Poulsbo; Jule Fest, Lucia Bride escorted by Vikings, Yule log, dancing around the tree, music, Santa, 4:30 p.m., Waterfront Park, Poulsbo (poulsbosonsofnorway.com).

Artisans Gallery Sale

SAT-SUN Collage, metal, jewelry, textiles, ceramics, basketry, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Artisans’ Gallery, 7525 41st Ave. N.E., Seattle (360-659-4938 or studioz3.com/artisans).

Winter Festival and Crafts Fair

SAT-SUN Crafts by 115 local vendors, entertainment, food and baked goods; supports Phinney Neighborhood Association and community projects for neighbors in need; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle; $2-$4 (206-783-2244 or phinneycenter.org/winterfestival).

Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair

SAT-SUN Locally made jewelry, fiber arts, cards, doll clothes, photography, holiday greenery, décor, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, Unity of Bellevue Church, 16330 N.E. Fourth St., Bellevue (425-747-5950 or unityofbellevue.org).

Children’s Holiday Book Sale

SUN Like-new board and picture books, children’s and young adult novels, most $2-$4, bring your own bag(s) for purchases; proceeds benefit Library programs; 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Ballard Library, 5614 22nd Ave. N.W., Seattle; (206-682-7567 or friendsofspl.org/book-sales).

Solstice & Spirits Flea M[Art]ket

SUN Art, goods, wares, jewelry, 3-9 p.m. Sunday, Vermillion, 1508 11th Ave., Seattle (facebook.com/events/760182980793688).

Alive and Shine Center Holiday Bazaar

SUN Jewelry, candles, organic yoga clothing, cards and knitwear, henna artist, music, treats, 2-7 p.m. Sunday, Alive and Shine Center, 2255 140th Ave. N.E., Bellevue (aliveandshinecenter.com).

Preserve & Gather Holiday Pop-Up

WED Coffee, beer, wine for purchase, complimentary snacks, vendors including Krista’s Baking Co., Blackbird Tea Co., Handmade SamMade, Wallingford Co., Mustard and Co., The Homemade Kid, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Preserve & Gather, 358 N.W. 85th St., Seattle (facebook.com/events/1943614212529919).

Native Art Mart

PLAN AHEAD Clothing, jewelry, woodworking, drums, art prints by Native American artists representing many styles and tribes, salmon bake, Indian tacos available, Native American dance performance, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 12-13, Daybreak Star Cultural Center, 3801 W. Government Way, Discovery Park, Seattle (unitedindians.org/arts-culture/indian-art-mart).

Special interest

Rainier Valley Historical Society Holiday Open House

SAT Display of historical items, information, refreshments, 2-4 p.m. Saturday, 3710 S. Ferdinand St., Seattle (facebook.com/events/735340603267222).

Seattle Yoga Holiday party

SAT Seattle Yoga News celebration event with performances, music and dancing with DJ, door prizes, Seattle yoga teacher of the year 2015 and yoga studio of the year awards, 8 p.m. Saturday, Om Culture, 2210 N. Pacific St., Seattle; $39.99 (425-615-6968 or seattleyoganews.com/holiday-party-2015).


Celebrations Holiday Home Tour, Redmond

FRI Self-guided tour of six festively decorated homes in Redmond; proceeds benefit Assistance League of the Eastside programs for people in need; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, Redmond; $35 (425-556-5106 or eastside.assistanceleague.org).

Mount Baker Home Tour and Arts and Crafts Sale

SAT Tour inside historic homes within walking distance or ride shuttle, arts and crafts sale, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Mount Baker Community Club, 2811 Mount Rainier Drive S., Seattle; $30 (mountbaker.org/home-tour).

Architecture 101: Windows on Seattle’s Style

SAT Walking tour with focus on use of glass, stops include Financial Center, Plymouth Congregational Church and Fairmont Olympic Hotel, 10 a.m. Saturday; also, Art Deco Skyscrapers, 10 a.m. Dec. 11; Seattle Architecture Foundation, 1333 Fifth Ave, Rainier Square Atrium, Seattle; $15-$25 (seattlearchitecture.org).

Snow Train to Leavenworth Lighting Festival

SAT Train departing from King Street Station, Edmonds Station, and Everett with continental breakfast, entertainment, Santa visits, arriving in Leavenworth at 12:30 p.m. holiday festival, followed by train back with dinner and entertainment, 8 a.m. Saturday, King Street Station, 303 S. Jackson, Seattle; $169-$179 by reservation (206-935-6848 or alkitours.com).


Capitol Holiday Walk

SUN Volkssport 10K (6.2 miles) or 5K walk through downtown Olympia, the waterfront and Capitol Campus, start anytime 3-6 p.m., finish by 9 p.m. Sunday, United Churches, 110 11th Ave. S.E., Olympia; free (capitolvolkssportclub.org).


Gingerbread house decorating

FRI Supplies provided, 6 p.m. Friday, Northgate Community Center, 10510 Fifth Ave. N.E., Seattle; $8/per house (206-386-4283).

Winter Gifts: Making Herbal Products at Home

SAT How to make a variety of herbal gifts, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Bastyr Center for Natural Health, 3670 Stone Way N., Seattle; free (425-602-3107 or bastyrcenter.org/about/events/2015/12/winter-gifts-making-herbal-products-home).

Create greeting cards

SUN Instruction and supplies provided, for teens and adults, 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Seattle (206-386-4636).

Gingerbread house making

WED Decorate a gingerbread house, 6 p.m. Wednesday, Delridge Community Center, 4501 Delridge Way S.W., Seattle; free (206-684-7423).

Gingerbread Jubilee

DEC. 10 Gingerbread house making, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 10, Ballard Community Center, 6020 28th Ave. N.W., Seattle; $5 (206-684-4093).