A detailed, categorized calendar of events all over Seattle and Western Washington, Dec. 25-31, 2016.

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Animal events

Caturday Saturdays

SAT Adoption fees waived for cats ages one year and older Saturdays in Dec., 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, Seattle Humane Society, 13212 S.E. Eastgate Way, Bellevue (425-641-0080 or seattlehumane.org).

Seattle Animal Shelter Home for the Holidays

SAT-DEC. 31 Adoption special, $15 adoption fee for pets at least 6 months old, plus license fees, noon-6 p.m. Saturday-Dec. 31, Seattle Animal Shelter, 2061 15th Ave. W., Seattle (206-386-7387 or seattleanimalshelter.org).

Winter Fishtival

SAT-JAN. 3 Diver shows, activities, programs highlighting a different sea animal 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Jan. 3; plankton, Saturday; jellies, Sunday; rockfish, Monday; puffins, Tuesday; corals, Wednesday; otters, Dec. 31; sculpins (bottom-dwelling fish), Jan. 1; octopus and friends, Jan. 2; wolf eels, Jan. 3; open 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily (closed Dec. 25), Seattle Aquarium, 1483 Alaskan Way, Pier 59, Seattle; $15.95-$22.95, ages 3 and younger free (206-386-4300 or seattleaquarium.org/fishtival).

Northwest Trek

SAT-DEC. 31 Winter Wonderland, see animals get winter-themed treats as an enrichment activity, Saturday-Sunday; Discovery Tram tour through free-roaming area to see moose, deer, elk, bighorn sheep, trumpeter swans; animal exhibits, nature trails, cafe; up to four children ages 12 and younger free per paying adult, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday-Dec. 31, Northwest Trek Wildlife Park, 11610 Trek Dr. E., Eatonville; $8.25-$19.75 (360-832-6117 or nwtrek.org).

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., 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, State Route 20, Rockport; Milepost 100 Rest Area at Sutter Creek, State Route 20; and Marblemount Fish Hatchery (skagiteaglewatchers.wordpress.com).


Christmas Night Dance

FRI Dance to country, swing, ballroom, Top 40, Latin, line dance music with DJ; singles and couples ages 18 and older, 7 p.m. Friday, Rockin’ Horse Dance Barn, 11820 150th Ave. S.E., Renton; $10 (learn2dance4fun.com).

Night Without Words

SAT Dance to rock, swing, disco, ballroom, Latin and country instrumental music only, for all ages, singles and couples, bring dessert to share, 7 p.m. Saturday, The Hayloft Dance Hall, 15320 35th Ave. W., Lynnwood; $12 (425-743-6180 or hayloftdance.com).

New Year’s Eve Tango Ball

DEC. 31 Beginners’ tango lesson, dancing, tango performance, dessert bar, 9 p.m. Dec. 31, Ballard Odd Fellows Hall, 1706 N.W. Market St., Seattle; $35-$45 (206-781-9553 or seattletango.com/event/event.htm#nyetb).

The Joint is Jumping New Year’s Eve Dance Party

DEC. 31 Live music by Casey MacGill, dance performances, dancing, midnight toast, 9 p.m. Dec. 31, Leif Erikson Lodge, 2245 N.W. 57th St., Seattle; $45-$55 (206-781-1238 or NWDance.net).

New Year’s Eve Dance Party

DEC. 31 Jitterbug dance lesson, no partner or experience needed, 8 p.m.; dance to DJ with country, swing, nightclub, Top 40, Latin and line dancing music; for ages 18 and older, 8:30 p.m. Dec. 31, Rockin’ Horse Dance Barn, 11820 150th Ave. S.E., Renton; $35 by Dec. 25/$45 at the door (425-255-9211 or learn2dance4fun.com).

Rockin’ New Year’s Eve

DEC. 31 Jitterbug lesson, no partner or experience needed, 7:30 p.m.; dance to DJ with rock, Top 40, swing, ballroom, country and Latin music for singles and couples of all ages, 8:30 p.m. Dec. 31, Hayloft Dance Hall, 15320 35th Ave. W., Lynnwood; $35-$40 (seattledanceinfo.com/support.shtml).


Seattle Center Winterfest/New Year’s at The Needle

SAT-DEC. 31 Winter village and model train display, food vendors, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Wednesday; Mexican folkloric dancing with Bailadores De Bronce, 12:30 p.m. Saturday; traditional music and dance of Romania with Datina Folkloric Ensemble, 12:30 p.m. Sunday; extended hours including New Year’s Eve Celebration all-ages dance with rock dance music by The Machine, 8-11:45 p.m. Dec. 31: New Year’s at The Needle fireworks show at the Space Needle, midnight Dec. 31, Seattle Center, Seattle (206-684-7200 or seattlecenter.com/winterfest).

First Night, Tacoma

DEC. 31 All-ages New Year experience with fire, ice, music and dance; admission includes free daytime admission to Museum of Glass, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma Children’s Museum; evening entertainment on 10 stages, artists’ demonstrations and activities, food trucks, downtown Tacoma; $10/advance, $14/at the door for all activities, ages 10 and younger free (firstnighttacoma.org/index/#home-1)

Food events

New Year’s Eve at Dragonfish Asian Cafe

DEC. 31 All you can eat, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Dec. 31, Dragonfish Asian Cafe, 722 Pine St., Seattle; $32, reservation recommended (DragonfishCafe.com).


New Year’s Celebration Walks

DEC. 31-JAN. 1 Volkssport 10K (6.2 miles) or 5K scenic walk, start anytime 4-7 p.m., finish by 10 p.m. Dec. 31; or start anytime 9 a.m.-noon, finish by 3 p.m. Jan. 1; St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church, 3050 California Ave. S.W., Seattle; free (esva.org).

State Parks First Day Hikes

PLAN AHEAD All ages hikes at most venues in case noted otherwise; including nature walk, 10 a.m., beach walk, noon Jan. 1, Saltwater State Park, Des Moines; nature walk, 10 a.m., beach walk, noon Jan. 1, Dash Point State Park, Federal Way; hike, 10:30 a.m. Jan. 1, Flaming Geyser State Park, Auburn; Cedar Butte 3-mile hike, 10 a.m. Jan. 1, Cedar Falls Trailhead, Iron Horse State Park, North Bend; hike around Deep Lake, 10:30 a.m. Jan. 1, Nolte State Park, Enumclaw; 2-mile hike to Middle Falls, 10 a.m. Jan. 1, Wallace Falls State Park, Gold Bar; short hike, noon, brisk hike, 2 p.m. Jan. 1, Cama Beach State Park, Camano Island; 3-mile, strenuous hike, noon, leisurely nature trail hike, 2 p.m. Jan. 1, Camano Island State Park; easy 2-mile hike, 10 a.m. Jan. 1, Deception Pass State Park; 3.5 mile hike, 11 a.m. Jan. 1, Dosewallips State park, Hood Canal; 3-mile hike, 11 a.m. Jan. 1, Fort Flagler Historical State Park, near Port Townsend; 1 p.m. hike, Fort Worden Historical State Park, Port Townsend; other hikes available around the state; Jan. 1 is a State Parks free day, Discover Pass not required for parking (adventureawaits.com/2015/12/adventure-first-day-hikes-2016/).

Adventure Hike

PLAN AHEAD Join a naturalist for a 2-mile hike exploring the shores of Rattlesnake and Christmas Lakes, for all ages; 1:30 p.m. Jan. 2-3, Cedar River Watershed Education Center, North Bend; free (206-733-9421).

Holiday events

Teddy Bear Suite

FRI-SUN Decorated teddy bear wonderland room, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Fairmont Olympic Hotel, 411 University St., Seattle; free, donations collected for Seattle Children’s Hospital (fairmont.com/seattle/activities-services/events-calendar/).

Gingerbread Village

FRI-JAN. 3 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 (206-621-9000 or sheratonseattle.com/gingerbread-village).

Candy Cane Lane

FRI-JAN. 1 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.

Garden d’Lights

FRI-JAN. 2 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

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


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

Holiday Carousel

SAT-JAN. 1 Holiday carousel, proceeds benefit Treehouse for foster kids, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Wednesday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 31; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Jan. 1, Westlake Park, 401 Pine St., Seattle; $3/suggested donation (holidaysinseattle.com).

Woodland Park Zoo WildLights

SAT-JAN. 3 Wild animals and wild places light displays, reindeer, music, activities, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday through Jan. 3, Woodland Park Zoo, 5500 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle; $6.95-$9.95 (206-548-2500 or zoo.org).

Holiday With Lights

SAT-JAN. 2 Holiday light and sound displays, 20 amusement rides, Toyland for ages 12 and younger, food vendors, 5-10 p.m. Saturday through Jan. 2, 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

SAT-TUE Holiday festival with one million lights, five entertainment stages, children’s activities, food vendors, 5-10 p.m. Saturday-Tuesday, 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, Monday-Tuesday (800-228-6724 or warmbeachlights.com).

Happy Noon Year’s Eve Party

DEC. 31 New Year celebration for families, all ages welcome with adult, songs, stories, crafts, resolutions, balloons, 11 a.m. Dec. 31, Kent Library, 212 Second Ave. N., Kent (253-859-3330 or kcls.org).

Ice skating

Magic Season Ice Arena

FRI-JAN. 10 Covered, open-air ice arena, food concessions, 3-11 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday-Wednesday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday-Jan. 2; hours vary through Jan. 10, 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

FRI-JAN. 10 Ice skating rink, 4-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday, noon-10 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, 10 a.m.-midnight Dec. 31, 4-10 p.m. Jan. 1, 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).

Winterfest Ice Rink

SAT-JAN. 3 Ice skating, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday-Dec. 30, 11 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Dec. 31, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Jan. 1-2, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Jan. 3, Fisher Pavilion, Seattle Center; $2-$7 includes skate rental (206-684-7200 or seattlecenter.com/winterfest).

Redmond Synthetic Skating Rink

SAT-JAN. 3 Skate on synthetic ice, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and mall hours through Jan. 3, Redmond Town Center, 7525 166th Ave. N.E., Redmond; $7/ages 5 and older, includes skates or bring your own (redmondtowncenter.com/events).

Museum events

Festivals of Light, Seattle Children’s Museum

SAT-SUN Children and families explore the food, decorations, games, activities and music associated with winter solstice celebrations from around the world, including performances exploring Mexican Las Posadas, 2:30 p.m. Saturday; Hanukkah, 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).

Celebrate the Holidays with the Flying Heritage Collection

SAT-JAN. 1 Aviation attraction for visitors of all ages, experience history that changed the world, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Jan. 1, Flying Heritage Collection, 3407 109th St. S.W., Everett; $10-$14, ages 5 and younger free (877-342-3404 or flyingheritage.com).

EMP Museum extended hours

SAT-WED Exhibits include “Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty,” “Wild Blue Angel: Hendrix Abroad 1966-1970,” “Infinite Worlds of Science Fiction,” “Indie Game Revolution,” “We Are 12” and “Fantasy: Worlds of Myth and Magic;” extended hours, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday-Wednesday; open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 31-Jan. 1, EMP Museum, 325 Fifth Ave. N., Seattle; $16-$25, ages 4 and younger free (206-770-2700 or empmuseum.org).

Spacecraft artifact

SAT-JAN. 5 First look at part of the rocket engine that helped boost Apollo 12 to the Moon in 1969, recently recovered from the bottom of the ocean and acquired by the museum, that will be stored after Jan. 5 until the future opening of a new, permanent Apollo exhibit; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday through Jan. 5; Family Workshops aerospace and aviation activities, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday through Dec. 31, Museum of Flight, 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle; $12-$20, admission specials include half-price after 3 p.m. weekdays, Triumphant $12 adult admission the day following a Seahawks win, buy one get one free Tuesdays (206-764-5720 or museumofflight.org/).

Seattle’s Gold Rush Past

SUN Gold panning demonstrations and stories of Klondike adventurers, 11 a.m. Sunday-Dec. 31 and Jan. 2; performances of “Klondike: The Last Adventure,” the story of one woman during the 19th century Klondike Gold Rush, 1:30 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday; exhibits and films telling the story of the Klondike Gold Rush and its effect on Seattle, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily (closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1), Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, 319 Second Ave. S., Seattle; free (206-220-4240 or nps.gov/klse).

New Year’s Eve Countdown, Seattle Children’s Museum

DEC. 31 Apple juice toasts, craft and activities to celebrate the New Year in India, 11 a.m.; Russia, noon; Ethiopia, 1 p.m.; Romania, 2 p.m.; France, 3 p.m.; Morocco, 4 p.m. Dec. 31; museum open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 31, Seattle Children’s Museum, Seattle Center Armory, Seattle; $7.25-$8.25 (206-441-1768 or thechildrensmuseum.org).

Imagine Children’s Museum New Year’s Eve Party — Crazy Hair Night

DEC. 31 Party for families with entertainment, activities including Crazy Hair Station, Glow Bowling, Rocket Racing, Play-Doh Junction, Scavenger Hunt, bingo, food available for purchase, 7 p.m. Dec. 31, Imagine Children’s Museum, 1502 Wall St., Everett; $10-$15, advance purchase recommended (425-252-1006 or imaginecm.org).

Fire & Ice Festival, Museum of Glass

DEC. 31 New Year’s Eve Countdown Coneheads celebration and entertainment, noon-5 p.m. Dec. 31, Museum of Glass, 1801 E. Dock St., Tacoma; $5-$15 (253-284-2130 or museumofglass.org/).

Park events

Deep Forest Experience

FRI-SUN Guided 30-45 minute forest hikes, 10 and 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays through Feb. 14; ADA-accessible trail; Discovery Center refreshments, displays, nature videos, craft activities, information about viewing bald eagles in the area, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Fridays-Sundays, Rockport State Park, Milepost 96.5, Highway 20, Rockport; annual Discover Pass or $10 day pass required for parking (parks.wa.gov/574/Rockport).

Wondering About Wildlife

WED Learn about wildlife in the Cedar River Watershed with family nature walks, wildlife craft activities, exhibits, meet Karelian Bear Dogs who help keep wild animals in the wild, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, Cedar River Watershed Education Center, 19901 Cedar Falls Road S.E., North Bend; free (206-733-9421).

Polar Bear Plunge, Seattle

PLAN AHEAD Seattle Parks and Recreation hosts New Year plunge into Lake Washington, with Badges of Courage to all participants who immerse themselves neck-deep in the water; costumes welcome, open for registration with games, music, 10 a.m.; Polar Bear Cub Club plunge for children and anyone needing more room shortly before main plunge at noon Jan. 1, Matthews Beach Park, 9300 51st Ave. N.E., Seattle; free (seattle.gov/parks/).

Polar Bear Dip, Renton

PLAN AHEAD Start the New Year with a dip in Lake Washington, 11 a.m. Jan. 1, Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park, 1201 Lake Washington Blvd. N., Renton; free, no registration necessary (425-430-6700 or rentonwa.gov/calendar/).

Polar Bear Plunge, Kirkland

PLAN AHEAD Plunge into Lake Washington for all ages, 1 p.m. Jan. 1, Marina Park, 25 Lake Shore Plaza, Kirkland; free (kirklandcalendar.com/#/?i=5).

Polar Bear Plunge, Tacoma

PLAN AHEAD Cub Plunge for kids 9 and younger, 11:30 a.m.; Adult/Family plunge, noon Jan. 1; costumes welcome, heating and changing tents available, snack bar, free hot drinks, life jackets available, lifeguard on duty; Resolution Run, 1 mile run/walk, 11 a.m. Jan. 1, free, online preregistration by Dec. 30 required for run only; Point Defiance Park Marina boat launch, 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma; free (MetroParksTacoma.org).

State Parks Free Day

PLAN AHEAD Free admission, no Discover Pass required, at all Washington State Parks Jan. 1 (parks.wa.gov).


Music at Third Place Commons

SAT Smilin’ Scandinavians polka, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Third Place Commons, 17171 Bothell Way N.E., Lake Forest Park (thirdplacecommons.org).

Special interest

Seattle Great Wheel

SAT-JAN. 3 Holiday hours, closed Friday Dec. 25; 10 a.m. -11 p.m. Saturday-Dec. 30; 10 a.m.-1 a.m. Dec. 31, midnight New Year ride with photo, Champagne or sparkling cider, $55 in advance; 10 a.m.-midnight Jan. 1-2, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Jan. 3, Seattle Great Wheel, 1301 Alaskan Way, Seattle; $8.50-$13 (206-623-8607 or seattlegreatwheel.com).

Jamison Green

SUN Author discusses “Becoming a Visible Man” and the transgender movement, 6 p.m. Sunday, Capitol Hill Branch Library, 425 Harvard Ave. E., Seattle; free (206-684-4715).


Hour of Code computer science workshops

WED One hour introduction to computer science coding basics for all ages 4 and older, no experience needed, 2 p.m. Wednesday, Northgate Branch Library, 10548 Fifth Ave. N.E., Seattle (206-386-4636 or spl.org/hourofcode).