A detailed, categorized calendar of events all over Seattle and Western Washington, Dec. 11-17, 2015.

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Animal events

Caturday Saturdays/Whiskers in Wonderland

FRI-SUN Adoption fee specials, $50/one kitten, $90/two kittens, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday; adoption fees waived for cats ages one year and older Saturdays in December, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturdays, Seattle Humane Society, 13212 S.E. Eastgate Way, Bellevue (425-641-0080 or seattlehumane.org).

Pioneer Square Howlidays

SAT Entertainment, activities and treats for people of all ages and dogs, dog costume contest, Barket Market vendors, dog agility course and pop-up pooch park, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Occidental Park, Occidental Avenue South and South Main Street, Seattle (pioneersquare.org).

Holiday Adoption Event

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

Snow Geese of the Skagit

SAT Learn about geese that migrate to Skagit Valley, 11 a.m. Saturday, Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon; $8, reservations required (800-585-8200 or christiansonsnursery.com).

Home for the Holidays Cat and Kitten Adoption Event

SAT-SUN Cat and kitten adoption event by local rescues, all spayed/neutered, microchipped, up to date on vaccinations; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Paddywack, 15415 Main St., Mill Creek Town Center, Mill Creek (communitycatcoalitionwa.org).

Skagit River Bald Eagle Interpretive Center

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

U.S. Forest Service Eagle Watcher Sites

SAT-SUN Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest and North Cascades Institute staff sites with volunteers to provide information and help spot bald eagles through their spotting scopes and binoculars, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays through Jan. 31, Howard Miller Steelhead Park, 52809 Rockport Park Road, Rockport; Milepost 100 Rest Area at Sutter Creek, State Route 20; and Marblemount Fish Hatchery (skagiteaglewatchers.wordpress.com).

Cold Noses Sanctuary Tour

PLAN AHEAD Self-guided visit with animal residents and caretakers, supports animals and programs of Pasado’s Safe Haven, noon Dec. 19, Pasado’s Safe Haven, Monroe; $25/person or $75/family of up to 5 people (360-793-9393 or pasadosafehaven.org).


Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis

SUN 5K competitive and noncompetitive run and walk, Elf Village with Santa, costume contest, 7 a.m.-noon Sunday; Run With the Elves kids 1K fun run, 8 a.m.; runners and walkers start 8:20-8:35 a.m.; Holiday Cheery Garden, race fees include one free beer, 8:45 a.m.-11:35 a.m. Sunday, Westlake Center, 400 Pine St., Seattle; $40-$45, fundraising/donations suggested; Kids’ Run $10 (jbr.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1138396).

Building a House of Hope

SUN Documentary film showing, appetizers, silent auction to benefit women and children in Nepal, 3 p.m. Sunday, Taproot Theatre, 204 N. 85th St., Seattle; $15-$20 (salsa4.salsalabs.com/o/51420/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=4902).


Sno-King International Folk Dance Club

SAT Folk dancing, dance lesson; holiday party with live band, potluck snacks, 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 Garfield Jazz Band, 12:30 p.m. Saturday; KlezKids, 2 p.m. Sunday; Seattle Center Armory Seattle (206-684-7200 or seattlecenter.com/winterfest).

Food events

Holiday Open Tasting Hours

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

Holiday Cookie Decorating Class, Salty’s on Alki

MON Holiday cookie decorating for all ages, 6 p.m. Monday, Salty’s on Alki, 1936 Harbor Ave. S.W., Seattle; $20, by reservation (206-937-1600 or saltys.com).

Lutfisk and meatball dinner

PLAN AHEAD Scandinavian dinner, lutfisk Swedish style with white sauce, or Norwegian style with bacon and peas, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 18, Swedish Club, Seattle; $25-$30 (206-283-1090 or swedishclubnw.org).

Holiday events

PhinneyWood Monkey Troll Tour and Art Walk

FRI Unlimited off and on trolley to see holiday monkey light sculptures around the neighborhood, art walk, 6-10 p.m. Friday, designated stops on Phinney and Greenwood Avenues North between Woodland Park Zoo (North 55th Street) and North 87th Street, Seattle (monkeywood.org).

Bethlehem in Bothell

FRI Children’s crafts, inflatable bouncers, petting zoo (including a camel), Live Nativity, cookies, all welcome, 7 p.m. Friday, Eastside Foursquare Church, 14520 100th Ave. N.E., Bothell; free (425-488-2500 or bethleheminbothell.com).

Bellevue Festival of The Nativity

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

Holiday With Lights

FRI-SUN Holiday light and sound displays, amusement rides, Santa, Toyland for ages 12 and younger, food vendors, 5-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 5-9 p.m. Sunday; Sleep Train Foster Kids Day Saturday, half off park admission with donation of new, unwrapped toy, gift card, sporting equipment, art supplies and electronics, Wild Waves Theme Park, 36201 Enchanted Parkway S., Federal Way; $9.99-$14.99, parking $10-$20 (253-661-8000 or wildwaves.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. 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 (800-228-6724 or warmbeachlights.com).


SAT Local pastry artists provide thousands of holiday-inspired treats, $15/dozen or $1.50 each, all proceeds benefit Seattle Milk Fund’s Child Care & Family Support Program; 10 a.m. Saturday while supplies last, usually 2-3 hours, Seattle Center Armory, Seattle (seattlemilkfund.org).


SAT Games, snacks, Santa visits, noon Saturday, South Park Community Center, 8319 Eighth Ave. S., Seattle; $2, ages 2 and younger free (206-684-7451).

Green Lake Pathway of Lights

SAT Path around the lake lit by luminaria, music on four stages, 4:30-7:30 p.m. Saturday, Green Lake Community Center, 7201 E. Green Lake Dr. N., Seattle; free, canned food bank donations suggested (206-684-0780 or seattle.gov/parks).

Santa’s Lights Tour

SAT Metro Employees Historic Vehicle Association 3-hour tour on historic buses to see Christmas lights, 7 p.m. Saturday, Second Avenue South and South Main Street, Seattle; $5, no ORCA, Metro tickets or passes accepted (206-684-1816 or mehva.org).

Hanukkah Under The Stars

SAT Entertainment including SANCA Circus, Shul of Rock, Pacific Science Center science activities, Museum of Flight planetarium, food trucks, Hanukkah community candle lighting, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Saturday, Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 E. Mercer Way, Mercer Island; free with donation of new pair of socks; online preregistration requested (206-232-7115 or sjcc.org).

Holiday Boat Parade, La Conner

SAT Decorated yacht and boat parade in Swinomish Channel from La Conner Marina, past the Boardwalk and under Rainbow Bridge to Shelter Bay, 6 p.m. Saturday, La Conner (360-466-4778 or lovelaconner.com).

Cookies with Mrs. Claus

SAT-SUN Mrs. Claus giving out cookies to children, noon-3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, live reindeer and Gingerbread House display, Santa’s Workshop, pony and train rides (weather permitting), Country Village, 23718 Bothell-Everett Highway, Bothell (425-483-2250 or countryvillagebothell.com).

Drive-Thru Christmas Story

SAT-SUN Full-size sets and volunteers depict angels, shepherds, animals, Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus, 6-8:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Normandy Christian Church, 908 S. 200th St., Des Moines; free (206-878-4740 or normandychristian.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. 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).

Sleigh Rides & Santa

SAT-SUN Country Cafe serving breakfast and lunch, 7 a.m.-5 p.m.; Santa visits, 1-5 p.m.; horse-drawn trolley rides, 1-4 p.m., $7-$10; community caroling, 1-4 p.m.; kids’ cookie decorating, bonfire, sale of trees, wreaths, 1 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, BelleWood Acres & Distillery, 6140 Guide Meridian, Lynden (360-318-7720 or bellewoodfarms.com).

Festivals of Light Around the World

SAT, WED Learn about St. Lucia Day, Winter Solstice, Loi Krathong, Diwali and other festivals, for ages 3 and older with adult, 2 p.m. Saturday, Covington Library, 27100 164th AV. S.E., Covington (253-630-8761); 7 p.m. Wednesday, Carnation Library, 4804 Tolt Ave., Carnation (425-333-4398 or kcls.org).

Community Caroling, Cocoa and Coat Drive

SUN Junction Association and West Seattle Kiwanis host holiday activities at the Farmers Market; donations collected of coats, blankets and warm items for people in need, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, West Seattle Farmers Market, Southwest Alaska Street and California Avenue Southwest, Seattle (wsjunction.org).

Traditional Santa Lucia Celebration

SUN Swedish pageant, candlelight procession with singing and costumes followed by a smorgasbord and dancing around the tree, for all ages, 5 p.m. Sunday, Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 2400 N.W. 85th St., Seattle; free (206-783-7900 or ourredeemers.net).

Holiday Season at Sea-Tac Airport

WED-DEC. 24 Music, Santa, parade 9:30 a.m. daily in Central Terminal, free gift wrapping, donations to USO suggested, 6 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday-Dec. 24, post-security area, Sea-Tac Airport, 17801 International Blvd., SeaTac (portseattle.org/about/contact).

SAM Lights

DEC. 17 Connecting art and the environment, pathways lit by hundreds of lights and luminaria, art activities, music, food vendors, 6-9 p.m. Dec. 17, Olympic Sculpture Park, Broad Street and Elliott Avenue, Seattle; free (seattleartmuseum.org/lights).

Christmas caroling

DEC. 17 Sing-along for all ages, 6 p.m. Dec. 17, Issaquah Depot, 150 First Ave. N.E., Issaquah (downtownissaquah.com).

Seattle’s Traditional Santa Breakfasts

PLAN AHEAD Santa, entertainment, benefits the Arthritis Foundation, 9:30 a.m. Dec. 19, Sheraton Seattle Hotel, 1400 Sixth Ave., Seattle; $30-$55, by reservation (arthgwr.ejoinme.org/santabreakfast).

Candy Cane Lane

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

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 (ivars.com).

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, 7:15 p.m. Friday, Shilshole Bay; 8:35 p.m. Friday, Carkeek Park; 4:20 p.m. Saturday, Lowman Beach Park; 5:10 p.m. Saturday, Alki Beach Park; 8:15 p.m. Saturday, Seattle Aquarium/Great Wheel; 9:35 p.m., Winslow Waterfront; 5 p.m. Sunday, Museum of Glass, Tacoma; 6:35 p.m. Sunday, Gig Harbor; 7 p.m. Tuesday, Poulsbo; 7:45 p.m. Tuesday, Keyport; 8:20 p.m. Tuesday, Lemolo; 8:10 p.m. Wednesday, Chittenden Locks; 9:05 p.m. Wednesday, Golden Gardens Park; 8 p.m. Dec. 17, Brown’s Point; 9 p.m. Dec. 17, Redondo Beach; 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, 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. Tuesday-Dec. 18; 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).

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. 17; 3-11 p.m. Dec. 18; hours vary through Jan. 10; free skating lessons with admission, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 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. 17, 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).


Planetarium “Silly Star Wars Christmas Special”

SAT Astronomer journey to places that could have inspired scenes in Star Wars, 7:30 p.m. Saturday; Special Kids Show, 6 p.m.; if the sky is clear, astronomers will be on hand with telescopes for public star and planet gazing afterward, Battle Point Astronomical Association Edwin E. Ritchie Observatory and John H. Rudolph Planetarium, Battle Point Park, 11299 Arrow Point Drive N.E., Bainbridge Island; $2-$5 suggested donation (206-842-9152 or bpastro.org).

Washington State Political Items Collectors

SAT Show and sale, buy/sell/trade political and nonpolitical buttons, free appraisals, 1 p.m. Saturday, Bellevue Fire Station #9, 12412 Newcastle Way, Bellevue; free (washingtonstatepoliticalitemscollectors.yolasite.com).

Star Wars Day

SAT Star Wars-related games, activities, giveaways, for all ages, 1 p.m. Saturday, Federal Way Library, 34200 First Way S., Federal Way (253-838-3668).

Museum events

Northwest Seaport Chantey Sing

FRI Sea songs celebrate connections to the sea, ships, skippers, and sailors, easy to sing for all ages, 8 p.m. Friday, Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1215 Thomas Street, Seattle; free (206-447-9800 or nwseaport.org).

Seattle Children’s Museum

FRI-SAT Blue Fridays special admission rate, $12/adult and child pair, with wearing any clothing or homemade craft supporting the Seahawks, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday; explore activities of winter solstice celebrations from around the world, including performances exploring African-American Kwanzaa, 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Saturday; Santa/St. Nicholas, Dec. 17-19; Seattle Children’s Museum, Seattle Center Armory, Seattle; $7.25-$8.25 (206-441-1768 or thechildrensmuseum.org).

Santa’s Landing Party

SAT Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive by airplane at 11:45 a.m. Saturday; holiday-themed family workshops, musical program featuring the Boeing Concert Orchesta and Boeing Concert Band, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Museum of Flight, 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle; $12-$20, outdoor events free (206-764-5700 or museumofflight.org).

Legacy of Seattle Hip-Hop

SAT Local DJ spins live at “The Legacy of Seattle Hip-Hop” exhibit, 1-4 p.m. Saturday; Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI), 860 Terry Ave. N., Seattle; $14-$17, ages 14 and younger free (206-324-1126 or mohai.org).

Greet Santa at Historic Flight

SAT Vintage plane display, Santa visit and activities for kids, treats, for all ages, noon Saturday, Historic Flight Foundation, 10719 Bernie Webber Drive, Mukilteo; $10-$15, ages 10 and younger free; unwrapped, new toy for “Toys for Tots” collected (425-348-3200 or historicflight.org).

Winter Wargaming at FHC

SAT Love World of Tanks tactics, strategies and teamwork, play array of tanks, compete in stournaments, 2 p.m. Saturday, Flying Heritage Collection, 3407 109th St. S.W., Everett; $10-$35 (877-342-4257 or facebook.com/events/202219586777080).

Christmas of 1857 Candlelight Re-enactment

SAT Tour of historic buildings lit by candles and lanterns, Christmas merrymaking, gift shop with Father Christmas, 4 p.m. Saturday, Fort Steilacoom, 9601 Steilacoom Blvd. S.W., Lakewood; $3-$5 (253-582-5838 or historicfortsteilacoom.org).

Fire & Ice Festival, Museum of Glass

SAT Family Day winter luminaries craft, 1-4 p.m. Saturday: Snow Queen Spectacular “Frozen” sing-along, 5-8 p.m. Dec. 17, free Third Thursday; Christmas in Arendelle Scandinavian and “Frozen” crafts, 1-4 p.m. Dec. 19; Museum of Glass, 1801 E. Dock St., Tacoma; $5-$15 (253-284-2130 or museumofglass.org).

Holiday Village at Bloedel Reserve

SAT-SUN Holiday Village display, opening day Saturday, then 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays through Jan. 3, Bloedel Reserve, 7571 Dolphin Drive N.E., Bainbridge Island; $5-$15, ages 12 and younger free opening day Saturday (206-842-7631 or bloedelreserve.org).

Duwamish Winter Songs and Stories

SUN Share in ancient teachings and culture, all ages invited to join in song and dance, 2 p.m. Sunday; Art Gallery and exhibits open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center, 4705 W. Marginal Way S.W., Seattle; free (206-431-1582 or duwamishtribe.org).

Chihuly Garden and Glass

SUN Seasonal musical performances, local artists, children’s activities, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 20, $17-$22; 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 (206-753-4984 or chihulygardenandglass.com).

Burke’s Maker-Market

ONGING 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 burkemuseum.org).

Park events

Birds of Winter

SAT Ninety-minute walk highlighting bird species visiting for the winter, for ages 10 and older, binoculars provided, 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Seward Park Audubon Center, 5902 Lake Washington Boulevard S., Seattle; $5, no preregistration required (206-652-2444 or sewardpark.audubon.org).

Seward Park Scavenger Hunt

SAT Follow clues for nature discovery in the park, prize for visiting six sites, all ages welcome, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 19, Seward Park Audubon Center, 5902 Lake Washington Boulevard S., Seattle; $5/team (206-652-2444 or brownpapertickets.com/event/2469582).

Salmon Saturday

SAT Friends of the Swan Creek Watershed host information on local salmon and their habitat, conservation; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Swan Creek Park, 2820 Pioneer Way E., Tacoma (253-472-7264 or metroparkstacoma.org).

Nature walk, Islandwood

SUN Guided hike on trail in the woods, adults only, 1 p.m. Sunday, IslandWood, 4450 Blakely Ave. N.E., Bainbridge Island; $5, preregistration required (206-855-4300 or islandwood.org).

Mount Rainier in Winter

ONGOING Snowplay area at Paradise open weekends and holidays when there is at least 5 feet of snowpack, soft sliding devices only; limited supply of snowshoes available for rental at Longmire General Store, conditions permitting; Longmire Museum, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily; Longmire General Store, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily; National Park Inn Dining Room, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays; Henry M. Jackson Memorial Visitor Center at Paradise, 10 a.m.-4:15 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays; all vehicles entering the park required to carry tire chains; call to confirm road and facility status and weather conditions; $20/vehicle fee (360-569-2211 or nps.gov/mora).

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 Stickshift Annie with Kimball and the Fugitives blues, 7:30 Friday; Swingy holiday swing band music, 4-5:30 p.m. Saturday; Little Bill & The Bluenotes blues, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Third Place Commons, 17171 Bothell Way N.E., Lake Forest Park (thirdplacecommons.org).

CD release party, Seattle Labor Chorus

SAT Celebration of new CD by the Labor Chorus, refreshments, prizes, party games, live performance of songs from the CD, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Keystone Congregational Church, 5019 Keystone Place N., Seattle; free (206-524-7753).

Northwest Youth Harp Ensemble

SAT Holiday favorites, 3 p.m. Saturday, Ballard Library, 5614 22nd Ave. N.W., Seattle (206-684-4089).


Holiday Fun Run

PLAN AHEAD Magnuson Series 5K, 10K, 15K, team run, Kids’ Dash, 10 a.m. Dec. 19, Magnuson Park, Seattle; $3-$29 (magnusonseries.org).

12K’s of Christmas Holiday Run

PLAN AHEAD Holiday-themed 12K and 5K run/walk, finish line festival, holiday costume contest, kids’ dash, 9:30 a.m. Dec. 20, Heritage Park, Kirkland; $35-$50 (206-729-9972 or promotionevents.com/12Ks/12K_Info.htm).


Purple Friday Weekend

FRI-SUN Contemporary holiday gift show featuring 21 local artists, noon-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Ryan James Fine Arts, 11905 124th Ave. N.E., Kirkland; free (425-814-9500 or ryanjamesfinearts.com).

Market Sasquatch Saturdays

SAT Sasquatch photo booth, cooking demos, music performances, noon-2 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 19, Pike Place Market Atrium, 1433 First Ave., Seattle (pikeplacemarket.org).

African-made Crafts Sale

SAT Sale of African-made crafts to support Peace Through Pieces-Trauma Healing Through Quilt Making work in Burundi; quilts, kids and adult clothing, table linens, hand bags, tote bags, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, North Seattle Friends Church, 7740 24th Ave. N.E., Seattle (206-525-8800 or northseattlefriends.org).

Fall Supply Sale & Designer Disaster Show

SAT Craft products and supplies at marked down prices, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, I.U.O.E. Union Hall, 18701 120th Ave. N.E., Bothell; free (206-909-4051).

Holiday Bazaar and Craft Fair, Monroe

SAT Crafts by local artists and vendors, bake sale, raffle, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, East County Senior Center, 276 Sky River Parkway, Monroe (360-794-6359 or eastcountyseniorcenter.org).

Native Art Mart

SAT-SUN Clothing, jewelry, woodworking, drums, art prints by Native American artists representing many styles and tribes, salmon lunch available, Native American dance performance, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Daybreak Star Cultural Center, 5011 Bernie Whitebear Way, Discovery Park, Seattle; free (206-228-1410 or unitedindians.org).

Lake Forest Park Holiday Craft & Farmers Market

SUN Locally grown food, crafts fair, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Third Place Commons, 17171 Bothell Way N.E., Lake Forest Park (206-366-3302 or thirdplacecommons.org).

Special interest

Wreaths Across America Ceremony

SAT Short military ceremony, guest speaker; all welcome to help place wreaths on headstones of veterans, dating from World War I, 9 a.m. Saturday, Evergreen-Washelli Memorial Park, 11111 Aurora Ave. N., Seattle; free, contributions gratefully accepted (425-220-1766).

How to Build the Future of Space

SAT Seattle Futurist Society hosts CEO of Tethers Unlimited and Futurist from Finland, 4 p.m. Saturday, WeWork Holyoke Building, 107 Spring St., Seattle; $10 (meetup.com/Seattle-Futurist-Society/events/226760945).

100th Anniversary of Columbia Branch Seattle Public Library

SUN Guest speakers including Mayor Ed Murray, local author Georgia McDade, music and dance performances, poetry reading, fashion show with period costumes, Rainier Valley Historical Society information on local history, 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Columbia City Library, 4721 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle (206-386-1908).

International Day of Remembrance Candle-Lighting Service

SUN To unite family and friends to honor and remember children who have died, 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Providence Hospice of Seattle, 425 Pontius Ave. N., Suite 300, Seattle; free (206-749-7704 or washington.providence.org/in-home-services/hospice-of-seattle/programs-and-services/grief-support/events-and-group-calendar).

Winter Sport Helmet Fitting and Giveaway

SUN Free winter sport helmet fitting and giveaway for kids ages 4 to 18, wearers must be present and be properly fit to receive a helmet; supplies are limited, 10 a.m. Sunday, Seattle Children’s Bellevue Clinic, 1500 116th Ave. N.E., Bellevue (206-987-1569 or makesurethehelmetfits.org).


Art Deco Skyscrapers, Northwest Style

FRI Walking tour of some of Seattle’s most impressing buildings including Exchange Building, Seattle Tower and Washington Athletic Club, 10 a.m. Friday, Seattle Architecture Foundation, 1333 Fifth Ave., Seattle; $15-$25 (seattlearchitecture.org).

Victorian Open Parlor Tours

PLAN AHEAD Tour Port Townsend’s decorated 19th Century buildings and homes with historically costumed docents, seasonal music, holiday treats, 1 p.m. Dec. 19, Old Consulate Inn, Port Townsend; $15, reservations recommended (360-301-5884 or vicfest.org/yule).

Travel events


TUE Information about traveling in Turkey, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wide World Books & Maps, 4411 Wallingford Ave. N., Seattle; free (206-634-3453 or wideworldtravelstore.com).


Hour of Code computer science workshops

FRI-SUN One hour introduction to computer science coding basics, for ages 12 to 19, 3-5 p.m. Friday, Douglass-Truth Library, 2300 E. Yesler Way, Seattle, preregister (206-684-4704); for all ages 4 and older, no experience needed, 2-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Wallingford Library, 1501 N. 45th St., preregister (206-684-4088); 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., no registration required (206-386-4636 or spl.org/hourofcode).

Holiday Card Workshop

SAT Teaching artist facilitates card making workshop, all ages welcome, ages 6 and younger accompanied by adult, 3 p.m. Saturday, George Center for Community, 2212 N.E. 125th St., Seattle; $10-$20 (206-291-0886 or brownpapertickets.com/event/2019184).