A detailed, categorized calendar of events all over Seattle and Western Washington, Dec. 2-8, 2016.

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Animal events

Skagit River Bald Eagle Interpretive Center

SAT-SUN Nature store, information and displays about eagle migration, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays; speaker presentations, 1 p.m. Saturdays and some Sundays; Howard Miller Steelhead Park, 52809 Rockport Park Road, State Route 20, Rockport; free (skagiteagle.org).

Horse Rescue Holiday Open House

SUN Meet the horses, tour the barn, bazaar, kids’ crafts, bake sale, kids’ activities, photos with mini-horse “elves,” noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Save a Forgotten Equine (SAFE) horse rescue, 16509 164th Ave. N.E., Woodinville; free (safehorses.org).

Issaquah Reindeer Festival

ONGOING Meet Santa, photos available, elf story time, help feed reindeer and other animals, Snack Shop, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (or dusk) daily, Cougar Mountain Zoo, 19525 S.E. 54th St., Issaquah; $10.50-$14.50 (cougarmountainzoo.org).


Giving Marketplace

FRI-SAT Socially conscious gifts that support causes including clean water, health and education, make gifts from recycled materials, activities for all ages, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center, 440 Fifth Ave. N., Seattle; free (gatesvc.org).

Jefferson Community Center Ceramics Show and Sale

FRI-SAT Show and sale of work by ceramic artists working at the Jefferson Park Studio, 5-8:30 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Jefferson Park and Community Center, 3801 Beacon Ave. S., Seattle; free (206-684-7481).

Pacific NW Needle Arts Guild Holiday Sale

FRI-SAT Handmade gift items, toys, accessories, jewelry, baked goods, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N., Seattle (Pnnag.org).

Jewelry Trunk Show

FRI-SAT Alex Sepkus trunk show, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Fox’s Seattle, 405 University St., Seattle (206-623-2528 or foxseattle.com).

Bellevue Friends Holiday Sale

FRI-SAT Sale of books of all kinds, CDs, DVDs, games, collectible books, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Bellevue King County Library, 1111 110th Ave. N.E., Bellevue (425-450-1765 or kcls.org/locations/1492/).

Christmas Fair Craft Boutique

FRI-SAT Ornaments, wreaths, jewelry, quilts, vintage collectibles, noon-5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, ArtWorks, 201 Second Ave. S., Second Street and Dayton Avenue South, Edmonds (425-774-6049 or artworks-edmonds.org/).

Kent Commons Holiday Bazaar

FRI-SAT Arts and crafts by 100 vendors, jewelry, candles, soaps, pet novelties, photography, stained glass; musical performances, food trucks, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Kent Commons, 525 Fourth Ave. N., Kent (253-856-5000 or kentwa.gov/KentCommonsHolidayBazaar/).

Gifts & Greens Galore: Arboretum Holiday Sale

SAT Holiday sale and Arboretum fundraiser, locally produced, nature-inspired gifts and fresh-cut botanical decorations, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Graham Visitor Center, 2300 Arboretum Dr. East, Seattle (206-325-4510 or arboretumfoundation.org/events/gifts-greens-galore/).

Multicultural Holiday Arts & Craft Fair

SAT World/multicultural books, crafts, fashion accessories, glassware, holiday and home décor, bake sale, sushi, Japanese sweets, children’s crafts, raffle, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; ukulele band performance, 12:30 p.m. Saturday, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 1610 S. King St., Seattle (206-323-5250 or stpeterseattle.org).

Holiday Gift Bazaar

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

Seattle Audubon Nature Shop Holiday Open House

SAT Bird and nature merchandise, kids’ activities, free gift wrapping, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Seattle Audubon Nature Shop, 8050 35th Ave. N.E., Seattle (seattleaudubon.org).

DIY Holiday Fair

SAT Local record, tape, and CD labels, printing/small press, crafts, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, The Vera Project, 305 Harrison Street, Northwest Rooms, Seattle Center, Seattle; free (theveraproject.org/).

Moshier Holiday Pottery Sale

SAT Work by potters, mugs, bowls, serving dishes, garden art, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Moshier Community Art Center, 430 S. 156th St., Burien (206-988-3700 or burienwa.gov/index.aspx?NID=791).

Seattle Christian Christmas Bazaar

SAT Arts, crafts and commercial vendors, bake sale, entertainment, lunch available, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Seattle Christian School, 18301 Military Rd. S., Sea Tac (seattlechristian.tandem.co/index.php?type=view&action=event&id=10241).

Celebrate the Season

SAT Arts and craft vendors, Santa, holiday music, wreath making demo, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Sky Nursery, 18528 Aurora Ave. N., Shoreline (206-546-4851 or skynursery.com).

Holiday Craft Bazaar

SAT Handmade items, gift ideas, food, crafts, games, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; carolers welcome Santa, 2 p.m. Saturday, Aegis of Shoreline, 14900 First Avenue N.E., Shoreline (206-367-6700).

MEOW Holiday Craft Bazaar

SAT Arts and crafts including seasonal décor, pet items, apparel, toys, proceeds benefit MEOW Cat Rescue, noon-5 p.m. Saturday, Northlake Unitarian Universalist Church, 308 Fourth Ave. S., Kirkland (meowcatrescue.org).

Yappy Holidays Craft Bazaar and Bake Sale

SAT Vendors, arts and crafts, bake sale to benefit Motley Zoo Animal Rescue, adoptable animals, holiday pet photos available, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Motley Zoo Animal Rescue, 16715 Cleveland St., Redmond (facebook.com/events/1719067248340549/).

Hawks Holiday Happening Gift & Craft Fair

SAT Arts and crafts by 165 vendors, entertainment, photos with Frosty, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, River Ridge High School, 350 River Ridge Dr. S.E., Lacey (nthurston.k12.wa.us/HawksHolidayHappening).

PNA Winter Festival & Crafts Fair

SAT-SUN Arts and crafts by 115 vendors, entertainment, treats; PNA’s nonprofit programs, 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).

Soulumination’s Artists’ Sale

SAT-SUN Arts and crafts by 35 local artists, benefits Soulumination’s mission to celebrate the lives of children and parents facing life-limiting conditions through life-affirming photography; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Soulumination, 5201 11th Ave. N.W., Seattle (facebook.com/events/1038683106229297/).

Celebrate the Season, Anacortes

SAT-SUN Cocoa, cookies, photos with Santa, crafts and unique gifts vendors, noon-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday; live local entertainment Saturday; proceeds benefit Anacortes Schools Foundation programs, Port of Anacortes Event Center, 102 Commercial Ave., Anacortes; $5 (anacortesschoolsfoundation.org/events).

Home for the Holidays Winter Bazaar

SUN Fair trade items, handmade gifts, music, noon-3 p.m. Sunday, Saltwater Unitarian Universalist Church, 25701 14th Pl. S.E., Des Moines (saltwaterchurch.org/).

Cookbook Social and Holiday Bazaar

MON Chef Tom Douglas hosts local cookbook authors sale, signing, food samples, 4:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, Palace Ballroom, 2100 Fifth Ave., Seattle; $15 includes drink, snacks (tomdouglas.com).

Nova Craft Fair

WED Buy homemade gifts or make crafts including candles, ugly Christmas sweaters, swords, cards; art auction, 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nova High School, 2410 E. Cherry St., Seattle (206-252-3500).


Victorian Holiday Tea Party

PLAN AHEAD British hat contest, door prizes, swag bags, tea reception, one-hour preview screening of “Victoria, Episode One,” proceeds support KCTS 9, 3:30 p.m. Dec. 10, KCTS Television, Seattle; $60, by reservation (kcts9.org/events/victorian-holiday-tea-party-victoria-masterpiece-pbs).

Seattle Mariners Women’s Club Holiday Party

PLAN AHEAD Dinner buffet, theme “Salute to Ken Griffey, Jr.,” Mariners style traditional Christmas carols, auction to raise funds for the Bev and Wes Stock Scholarship, 4 p.m. Dec. 11, Holiday Inn of Issaquah; $40 (smwclub.wixsite.com/smwc/events).


Explore Seattle Center and Downtown holiday decorations

FRI Cascade Bicycle Club 20 mile, leisurely paced ride with lunch stop; showers cancel, 10 a.m. Friday, Gas Works Park, 2101 N. Northlake Way, Seattle (cascade.org/node/39122).


Bird Focus Walk: Winter Water Fowl

SAT Walk to learn about water fowl that migrate here, for ages 10 and older, 8 a.m. Saturday, Seward Park Audubon Center, 5902 Lake Washington Boulevard S., Seattle; $5 (206-652-2444 or sewardpark.audubon.org/events/bird-focus-winter-water-fowl-0).

Swans of the Skagit

PLAN AHEAD Northwest Swan Conservation Association information about native and migrating swans and where to see them in Skagit Valley in December, January and February, 11 a.m. Dec. 10, Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon; $8, reservations required, space limited (360-466-3821 or christiansonsnursery.com).


Glittering Christmas Ball

SAT Dance to waltzes, jigs, swing and more with live music, dance performances, dessert buffet, no-host bar; festive semiformal to formal holiday wear, 8 p.m. Saturday, Polish Cultural Center, 1714 18th Ave., Seattle; $65 (206-264-5646 or danceforjoy.biz/glitteringchristmasball.html).


Seattle Center Winterfest

ONGOING Winter Train and Village display, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily; take a turn running the model train 10:30 a.m.-noon, 1-2:30 p.m. and 3:30-5:30 p.m. daily, $2 suggested donation; entertainment on weekends; Seattle Center Armory, Seattle (206-684-7200 or seattlecenter.com/winterfest).

Food events

West Seattle Community Pancake Breakfast

SAT Breakfast to benefit local youth programs and cancer research at Seattle Children’s Hospital; free photo with Santa for ages 9 and younger, 7-11 a.m. Saturday, Alki Masonic Hall, 4736 40th Ave. S.W., Seattle; $8/advance, $10/at the door, ages 9 and younger free; new, unwrapped toy donation for Toys for Tots requested (kiwaniswestseattle.org).

Breakfast with Santa

SAT Eggs Benedict, waffles, pastries, includes one photo with Santa; 7:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Four Seasons Hotel Seattle, 99 Union St., Seattle; $50/adults, $25/ages 3-12, by reservation (206-749-7000).

St. Nicholas Breakfast, St. Thomas Medina

SAT Family-friendly breakfast, Christmas carols, craft-making, visit with St. Nicholas, 9 a.m. Saturday, St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 8398 N.E. 12th St., Medina; $5 by reservation (425-454-9541 or stthomasmedina.org).

Breakfast with Santa, Shoreline

SAT Breakfast with Santa, games, activities, picture with Santa, two seatings, 9 and 10:45 a.m. Saturday, Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Senior Center, 18560 First Ave. N.E., Shoreline; $15, preregistration required (206-801-2600 or shorelinewa.gov/specialevents).

At the Table

SAT Culinary tips by local chefs; gourmet gifts, 11 a.m. Saturday, Pike Place Market Atrium Kitchen, First Avenue and Pike Street, Seattle; $35, preregister (pikeplacemarket.org/atthetable).

Champagne Showcase

SAT Taste Champagne and more from around the world, 3-5 p.m. Saturday, Downtown Spirits, 2300 Seventh Ave., Seattle; $15 (206-812-6591 or downtownspirits.com/products/champagne-showcase-2016-3-00-5-00-pm).

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).

Lutefisk and Meatball Dinner

SAT Norwegian dinner served family style, lutefisk, meatballs, potatoes, lefse, ice cream, noon-6 p.m. Saturday, Bothell Sons of Norway, 23905 Bothell-Everett Highway, Bothell; $10-$25, cash or checks only; no reservations required (bothellsonsofnorway.org).

Washington State AVA Tasting: Woodinville Wine Country

MON Taste wines from Woodinville wineries and tasting rooms, 4:30 p.m. Monday, World Trade Center, 2200 Alaskan Way, Seattle; $25 (206-269-4148 or wtcseattle.com/ava-series-12).

Red Chile Pork Tamale Making Class

PLAN AHEAD Learn how to make tamales, 10 a.m. Dec. 10, El Centro de la Raza, 2524 16th Ave. S., Seattle; $75 (206-957-4649 or elcentrodelaraza.org/events/event/tamale-making-classes/).

Santa Breakfast Mini Nutcracker

PLAN AHEAD DASSdance professionals and kids perform the story of The Nutcracker, continental breakfast, door prizes, pictures with Santa and Nutcracker characters; 11 a.m. Dec. 10-11, 9:30 a.m. and noon Dec. 17-18, Washington Hall, 153 14th Ave., Seattle; $20-$25 (206-860-6020 or dassdance.org/mini-nutcracker.html).


Unified Robotics High School Championship

SAT Unified Robotics sport of robotics to high school students with and without disabilities, students design, build, and program robots to compete in tournament, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Pacific Science Center, 200 Second Ave. N, Seattle (unifiedrobotics.org).

Green Lake Public Star Party

SAT Seattle Astronomical Society share telescopes for public in star gazing and observing the Moon, the planets and other objects of the night sky, 6-10 p.m. Saturday, on the trail east of Bathhouse Theater, Green Lake Park, 7201 E. Green Lake Drive N., Seattle; and at Paramount School Park, 835 N.E. 155th St., Shoreline; free (seattleastro.org).

Comic Book and Collectible Show

SAT-SUN Sports card show, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday; comic book and collectible vendors, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Meridian Park Elementary School, 17077 Meridian Ave. N., Shoreline; free (twinoaksshows.com/).

Holiday events

Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition

FRI Dozens of caroling teams sing on street corners in and around Westlake Center to raise money for Pike Market Senior Center & Food Bank, top teams compete in a sing-off on the Figgy Main Stage, 6-8:30 p.m. Friday, Westlake Park, 401 Pine St., Seattle and surrounding area (pikemarketseniorcenter.org/figgy-pudding/).

Light Up the Beach Holiday

FRI Open house, dance performances, ethnic food bites, crafts, games, ukulele jam, luminaria labyrinth, caroling, pop-up shops, free photos with Asian/Filipino Santa, Caucasian Santa and African-American Santa, 5-8 p.m. Friday, Rainier Beach Safeway, 9262 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle and other locations around the neighborhood (rainierbeachmerchants.com).

Christmas Tree Lighting, Lakewood

FRI Display of City’s “Inspiring Young Creators” Competition with Legos, Christmas music and carols from the Clover Park High marching band, Lakes High Studio Choir, Mann Middle School Choir, arts and crafts, Christmas parade in front of City Hall and Santa Claus, 5:30 p.m. Friday, Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main St. S.W., Lakewood (cityoflakewood.us/communications/blog/1486-20th-annual-christmas-tree-lighting-on-dec-2).

Clam Lights

FRI-JAN. 1 Official Lighting, visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, 6:15-8 p.m. Friday; first lighting of park displays, 7 p.m.; Rainier Yacht Club Parade of Boats, 7:30 p.m.; Argosy Christmas Ship, 8 p.m. Friday; several dozen trees and shrubs decorated with thousands of lights along paved trail loop approximately one mile in distance, 5-9 p.m. daily, Friday-Jan. 1, Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park, 1201 Lake Washington Blvd. N., Renton (425-430-6700 or rentonwa.gov/living/default.aspx?id=28995&printfriendly=1&sdate=11/2/2016&edate=12/2/2016).

Celebrate The Nativity

FRI-SAT Display of 600 nativity sets, musical performances, live nativity, artwork, children’s activities, family nativity photos, 2-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday, LDS Church, Maple Valley, 26800 236th Place S.E., Maple Valley; free (CelebrateTheNativity.com).

Bethlehem Experience

FRI-SAT Drive-through living nativity, first-century Bethlehem village, Magi, Roman soldiers, live animals, manger scene, 6-8:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Rolling Bay Presbyterian Church, 11042 Sunrise Drive N.E., Bainbridge Island; free (206-842-3098 or rbpres.org).

Nativity Exhibit

FRI-SUN Exhibit of 500 ethnic and traditional nativities from 109 different countries and territories 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).

Victorian Country Christmas

FRI-SUN Victorian village themed shops, stage shows, concerts, Living Nativity, Santa’s Village, food, 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 (253-770-0777 or avictoriancountrychristmas.com).

Bellevue Festival of The Nativity

FRI-MON Display of 500 Nativities from around the world, noon-9 p.m. Friday-Monday and Dec. 9-11, Bellevue South LDS Stake Center, 15205 S.E. 28th St., Bellevue; free (bellevuenativity.com).

West Seattle Hometown Holidays Tree Lighting

SAT Tree community event for all ages, Night Market, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Saturday, Junction Plaza Park, 42nd Avenue Southwest and Southwest Alaska Street, Seattle (wsjunction.org/).

Meadowbrook Pond Luminaria Walk

SAT Walk around lit pathway, 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Meadowbrook Pond, 35th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 107th Street, Seattle (206-684-7522).

Holiday Parade of Lights Dining Cruise

SAT Yacht joins parade of dozens of decorated boats on Lake Union and Lake Washington, buffet, 7 p.m. Saturday, Waterways Cruises & Events, 100 Kirkland Ave., Kirkland; $48-$81 (206-223-2060 or waterwayscruises.com).

Redmond Lights

SAT Holiday Market, noon-6 p.m., Redmond Senior Center; celebration of the city’s diverse holiday traditions and cultures, tree lighting, activities for all ages, entertainment, Luminary Walk along the Redmond Central Connector to activities at Redmond Town Center, 4 p.m. Saturday, Redmond City Hall Campus, 15670 N.E. 85th St., Redmond (redmondlights.com).

Mill Creek Santa Parade

SAT Santa parade, 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Mill Creek Town Center, 153rd Street Southwest and Main Street, Mill Creek, followed by tree lighting event at Mill Creek City Hall, 15728 Main St. (425-551-7254 or cityofmillcreek.com).

Santa Arrival and Tree Lighting, Bothell

SAT Holiday wonderland with live reindeer, caroling, gingerbread house display, visit by the Grinch, animated light display, 10 a.m.; complimentary hot roasted chestnuts, 4 p.m. while supplies last; Santa arrives to light the tree, 7 p.m. Saturday, Country Village, 23718 Bothell-Everett Highway, Bothell (425-483-2250 or countryvillagebothell.com).

Holiday on the Bay at Port of Everett

SAT Toys for Tots Toy Drive, holiday music and movies, City of Everett Fire Truck rides, tree lighting, visit from Santa, Mukilteo Yacht Club Lighted Boat Parade, noon Saturday, Port of Everett, 404 14th St., Everett (portofeverett.com).

Santa Parade, Auburn

SAT Festive children’s parade, followed by a community caroling and lighting of the City Hall Christmas tree and City Hall lighting show, 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Auburn City Hall, 25 W. Main St., Auburn (253-931-3043 or auburnwa.gov/things_to_do/special_events.htm).

City of DuPont Tree Lighting Ceremony

SAT School choirs, Santa, tree lighting, 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Ross Plaza, 1500 Ross Loop, DuPont (dupontwa.gov/DocumentCenter/View/1837).

Gig Harbor Tree Lighting

SAT Kickoff to the holidays with Christmas music, entertainment, welcome Santa on the fire truck, 5 p.m. Saturday, Donkey Creek Park, 8714 N. Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor (gigharborguide.com/event/gig-harbor-annual-tree-lighting-arrival-of-santa/).

Poulsbo Bazaar and Jule Fest

SAT Bazaar with Scandinavian vendors, food entertainment, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Poulsbo Sons of Norway, 18891 Front St., Poulsbo; Jule Fest, Lucia Bride arrives escorted by Vikings, Yule Log lighting, dancing around the tree, music, Santa’s arrival, 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Waterfront Park, Liberty Bay, Poulsbo (poulsbosonsofnorway.com/calendar/julefest-2016b.pdf).

Holiday With Lights

SAT-SUN Display of more than a million lights illuminating 25 amusement rides and attractions, Toyland, make holiday crafts, 5-9 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, 11; 5-10 p.m. Dec. 9-10, 16-23, 26-31, Wild Waves & Enchanted Village, 36201 Enchanted Parkway S., Federal Way; $9.99-$14.99 (253-661-8000 or /wildwaves.com/index.php).

Santa Train

SAT-SUN Holiday train excursion to visit Santa Claus at the historic Snoqualmie Depot with music, cookies, hot cocoa and coffee, small gift for each child; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. hourly Saturday-Sunday and Dec. 10-11, 16-17; Northwest Railway Museum, 38625 S.E. King St., Snoqualmie; $22 space limited, advance purchase suggested (425-888-3030 or trainmuseum.org).

Children’s Festival in Scandinavia

SUN Santa Lucia Pageant by the children of the Swedish School, Christmas crafts, music, dancing for children of all ages, 1-2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nordic Heritage Museum, 3014 N.W. 67th Street, Seattle; $6-$8 museum admission, ages 4 and younger free (206-789-5707 or nordicmuseum.org/events/132265).

Seafair Holiday Cruise

SUN Queen City Yacht Club cruise for adults with developmental disabilities and chaperones, 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Queen City Yacht Club, 2608 Boyer Ave. E., Seattle (queencity.org).

Bothell Tree Lighting Festival

SUN Santa arrival, tree lighting, holiday music and activities, 5-7 p.m. Sunday, Main Street, downtown Bothell (bothelltreelightingfestival.com).

Holiday in the Park

DEC. 8 Carolers, cookies and cocoa, children’s activities, luminaria, entertainment including Total Experience Gospel Choir and The Beaconettes, 6 p.m. Dec. 8, Volunteer Park, 1247 15th Ave. E., Seattle (volunteerparktrust.org).

Westlake Park Holiday Carousel

ONGOING Holiday carousel, proceeds benefit Treehouse charity helping foster kids, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays through Jan. 1; Westlake Park, 401 Pine St., Seattle; $3 suggested donation (holidaysinseattle.com/holidays).

Gingerbread Village

ONGOING Display of ornate holiday gingerbread creations by culinary and architecture designers with “Celebrate the Magic of the Holidays” theme, daily through Jan. 1, Sheraton Seattle Hotel, 1400 Sixth Ave., Seattle; free, donations to JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) requested (206-621-9000 or sheratonseattle.com/).

Pacific Place Light Up the Night and Snow Show

ONGOING Light Up the Night 3D Light Show, dusk daily outside the mall on the Sixth Avenue side; magical snow show inside the Atrium, 6 and 7 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, 5 and 6 p.m. Sundays; Pacific Place Mall, 600 Pine St., Seattle (206-402-2655 or pacificplaceseattle.com).

Teddy Bear Suite

ONGOING Suite in historic hotel as a Teddy Bear wonderland, open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily through Dec. 26; Fairmont Olympic Hotel, 411 University St., Seattle; free, donations for Seattle Children’s Hospital requested (206-621-1700 or fairmont.com/seattle/activities-services/events-calendar/).

Woodland Park Zoo WildLights

ONGOING Holiday light displays, faux snow and stories in Snowmazium, Santa visits, reindeer, Day Exhibit of reptiles and amphibians and north portion of the Adaptations Building with meerkats, sloths and Indian flying foxes open, carousel, food vendors, beer and wine garden, 5:30-8:30 p.m. daily, Woodland Park Zoo, 5500 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle; $7.95-$9.95, free parking in zoo lots (206-548-2500 or zoo.org).

Candy Cane Lane

ONGOING Seattle holiday tradition since 1949, festive decorations and lights, 4-11 p.m. daily, Candy Cane Lane, north of Ravenna Boulevard at 21st Avenue Northeast, Seattle.

Christmas Ship Festival

ONGOING Decorating ship with onboard choir stops at Puget Sound waterfront communities, including Gene Coulon Park, Renton, 8 p.m. Friday; Medina Beach Park, 2 p.m. Saturday; Houghton Beach Park, Kirkland, 3:50 p.m. Saturday; Matthews Beach Park, 8:45 p.m. Saturday; Pritchard Beach, 3:20 p.m. Sunday; Seward Park, 3:55 p.m. Sunday; Ferdinand Street Boat Launch, 7:40 p.m. Sunday; Stan Sayres Park, 8:15 p.m. Sunday; Mt. Baker Park, 8:45 p.m. Sunday; Des Moines Beach Park, 7:20 p.m. Wednesday; Dash Point Park, 8:20 p.m. Wednesday; Poulsbo Marina, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 8; Suquamish Dock, 7:45 p.m. Dec. 8; Pomeroy Park, Manchester, 8:05 p.m. Dec. 9; Myrtle Edwards Park, 9:25 p.m. Dec. 8; rides aboard lead boat and follow boat available, $21-$62 by reservation (206-623-1445 or argosycruises.com).

Bellevue Magic Season Snowflake Lane

ONGOING Live toy soldier drummers, dancing snow characters, music, lights, snow, 7 p.m. nightly between Bellevue Square, Lincoln Square and Bellevue Place, Bellevue (SnowflakeLane.com).

Garden d’Lights

ONGOING Half a million lights transform the garden into a blossoming winter wonderland, 4:30-9 p.m. daily through Dec. 31, including holidays, Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St., Bellevue; $5, ages 10 and younger free; free nights Dec 5-8 (425-452-6844 or gardendlights.com).

Point Defiance ZooLights

ONGOING Animal-themed light displays, camel rides, carousel, reindeer, Kids’ Zone animal encounters, Aquarium open, 5-9 p.m. daily; Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma; $5-$10 (253-591-5337 or pdza.org).

Fantasy Lights

ONGOING Two-mile, drive-through display of 300 light displays, 5:30-9 p.m. daily, Spanaway Park, 14905 Bresemann Blvd. S., Spanaway; $14/vehicle, $7/half-price Dec. 5-7 (253-798-4177 or co.pierce.wa.us/index.aspx?NID=1253).

North Pole at the Fair

ONGOING Santa visits and photos, Elf Village activities, visit Santa’s office, library, workshop, media den and Mrs. Claus Candy Store and Kitchen, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday-Sunday; 4-8 p.m. Monday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 7; 4-8 p.m. Dec. 8; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 9; 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Dec. 10; 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 11; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 12 and 14; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 15-16; 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Dec. 17-18; 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 19-23, Washington State Fair Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave. S.W., Puyallup; $5;/admission, photo reservations recommended (253-841-5045 or thefair.com/fun/details/north-pole-at-the-fair).

The Polar Express Train Ride

ONGOING Train trip to the “North Pole,” reading of “The Polar Express,” Santa, caroling and holiday entertainment; 3:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Dec. 7-11, 14-24, 26-30, Mount Rainier Scenic Railroad, 54124 Mountain Highway E., Elbe; $39.99-$59.99, reservations recommended (888-783-2611 or mtrainierrailroad.com/).

The Lights of Christmas

ONGOING Displays with a million lights, children’s activities, entertainment, food, 5-10 p.m. Friday-Sunday and Dec. 8-11, 15-18, 20-23, 26-28, Warm Beach Camp & Conference Center, 20800 Marine Drive, Stanwood; $11-$16 pay what you can Dec. 1, 8, 27-28 (800-228-6724 or warmbeachlights.com).

PhinneyWood Phestivus

PLAN AHEAD Neighborhood holiday party includes a variety of “phestive” activities, art, live music, at more than 30 venues; wear an ugly Christmas sweater for discounts at participating pubs and restaurants; Emerald City Trolley along Phinney and Greenwood Avenues North, 6 p.m. Dec. 9, Seattle (monkeywood.org).

Chet Gibson Lighted Boat Parade

PLAN AHEAD Boaters invited, any boat capable of maintaining parade speed of six knots invited to participate in Lighted Boat Parade on Lake Union and Lake Washington, 6 p.m. Dec. 9, Queen City Yacht Club, Seattle (queencity.org).

Howlidays in the Square

PLAN AHEAD Entertainment, activities, treats for dogs and people, pop-up pooch park, doggy costume parade, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 10, Occidental Park, Occidental Avenue South and South Main Street, Seattle (pioneersquare.org).

Green Lake Pathway of Lights

PLAN AHEAD Luminaria, music by local artists and school groups along the path around Green Lake, bring a light or candle to add to the ambience, 4:30-7:30 p.m. Dec. 10, Green Lake Park, 7201 E. Green Lake Drive N., Seattle; food bank donations requested (206-684-0780).


PLAN AHEAD Northwest Danish Christmas celebration for kids and adults, dancing and singing around the Christmas tree, making Danish Christmas crafts, Santa, refreshments, 2 p.m. Dec. 11, Seattle Danish Center; $5-$15, register by Monday (206-523-3263 or northwestdanish.org/julestue/).

Ice Skating

Seattle Center Winterfest

ONGOING Winterfest Ice Rink, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays, Fisher Pavilion, Seattle Center, Seattle; $8/adults, $6/ages 6-12, $2/ages 5 and younger, includes skate rental (206-684-7200 or seattlecenter.com/winterfest).

Bellevue Magic Season Ice Arena

ONGOING Outdoor skating, shelter for all-weather skating, concessions, special events including free lessons, discount days, family skate days; 3-10 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday; 3-9 p.m. Monday-Tuesday; 1-9 p.m. Dec. 7; 3-9 p.m. Dec. 8; 3-10 p.m. Dec. 9; hours vary through Jan. 8, Ashwood Park, 10820 N.E. 10th St., Bellevue; $9-$12 includes skate rental (425-453-1223 or bellevuedowntown.com).

Synthetic Skate Rink at Redmond Town Center

ONGOING Take a twirl on covered, synthetic skate rink, for ages 5+, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Fridays; 3-8 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturdays, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sundays, Redmond Town Center, 16495 N.E. 74th St., Redmond; $7 includes skates or bring your own; 50 percent off rink admission Sundays when wearing your favorite team’s jersey, 2-for-1 admission Wednesdays (425-869-2640 or redmondtowncenter.com/custom/winterwonderland.php).

Polar Plaza

ONGOING Ice skating, noon-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday; 4-9 p.m. Dec. 7-8; noon-10 p.m. Dec. 9; hours vary through Jan. 1, Tollefson Plaza, South 17th Street and Pacific Avenue, Tacoma; $5-$11 includes skates, $3/non-skater guests (polarplaza.com/).

Museum events

Meet a Scientist

SAT Local scientists share their work through activities and conversation, for all ages, 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Pacific Science Center, 200 Second Ave. N, Seattle; $11.75-$28.75 (206-443-2001 or pacificsciencecenter.org).

Neely Mansion Farmhouse Christmas Celebration

SAT Tour the mansion decorated for the holidays, holiday music, history room, refreshments, gift show; 12:30, 2 and 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Neely Mansion, 12303 Auburn-Black Diamond Road, Auburn; $10-$15 (253-850-2777 or neelymansion.org).

Santa Visits Historic Flight

SAT Holiday activities for aspiring pilots, noon-2 p.m. Saturday, Historic Flight Foundation, 10719 Bernie Webber Drive, Mukilteo; $10-$15 unwrapped, new toy donation for “Toys for Tots” suggested (425-348-3200 or facebook.com/events/344070932612967/).

North Pole Party

SAT Visit with Santa, 9:30-11 a.m. and 2:30-4 p.m.; holiday crafts, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; tree lighting, 12:45 p.m.; carpet skating, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Imagine Children’s Museum, 1502 Wall St., Everett; $10.20 (425-258-1006 or imagineCM.org).

Tanks Giving

SAT Workshop with candy canes, new tanks, guest appearance by Santa Claus, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Flying Heritage Collection, 3407 109th St. S.W., Everett; $10-$14, free admission with donation to Teen Feed to help local youth, list of donation items needed on website (877-342-3404 or flyingheritage.com).

A 19th Century Christmas

SAT Old-fashioned Christmas, arrival of the yule log, carols, games for all ages, make ornaments; 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/calendar/index.php?cid=4349&fac[]=129).

Diving Santa

SAT-SUN See Santa diving in the Window on Washington Waters exhibit, noon and 3 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays through Dec. 24; The Seattle Aquarium, 1483 Alaskan Way, Pier 59, Seattle; $16.95-$24.95 ages 3 and younger free (206- 386-4300 of seattleaquarium.org).

Chihuly Seasonal Sundays

SUN Art activity, noon-2:30 p.m., music performance, 1 p.m. Sunday, Chihuly Garden and Glass, 305 Harrison St., Seattle; $14-$22 (206-753-4940 or chihulygardenandglass.com).

Eating Up Seattle: How A City Found Its Own Cuisine

MON How do Seattle foods compare from earlier years to today, panel discussion with Rebekah Denn, and panel of the city’s prominent chefs, restaurateurs, and producers, 7 p.m. Monday, Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI), 860 Terry Ave. N., Seattle; $15-$25 (bit.ly/2ebaETv).

Park events

Twinkle, Twinkle Freeway Park

FRI Fairy lights, carol singers, bonfires, s’mores, hot chocolate and cider, 4:30 p.m. Friday, Freeway Park, 700 Seneca St., Seattle (facebook.com/events/546326298892958/).

Holly Day Decorations

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

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, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Lewis Creek Park, 5808 Lakemont Blvd., Bellevue; free (425-452-4195).

Pacifying the Dragon

SAT Inspired by Hakka Chinese traditions from New Territories, Hong Kong, Shoreline Public Art Program hosts community arts event featuring Nightingale Dance Troupe, noon Saturday, Hamlin Park, 16006 15th Ave. N.E., Shoreline (206-801-2661 or shorelinewa.gov/art).

Lake Sammamish State Park rings in the holidays

SAT Caroling, hot chocolate, bonfire, lighted boat parade, 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Lake Sammamish State Park, 20606 S.E. 56th St., Issaquah; free, Discover Pass required for parking (lakesammamishfriends.org/).

Seward Park Winter’s Eve Celebration and Guided Nature Walks

SUN Decorate cookies and make holiday crafts, noon-5 p.m.; guided nature walks, 1, 2 and 3 p.m., free; Nature Store; follow luminaria lit path to see Christmas Ship Choir Performance, 3:55-4:15 p.m. Sunday, Seward Park Audubon Center, 5902 Lake Washington Boulevard S., Seattle; free (206-652-2444 or sewardpark.audubon.org/events/seward-park-winters-eve-celebration-and-guided-nature-walks).

Nature Walk

SUN Guided hike through the woods, 1 p.m. Sunday, IslandWood, 4450 Blakely Ave. N.E., Bainbridge Island; $5, preregistration required (islandwood.org/event/good-ole-fashioned-nature-walk).

Point Robinson Light Station Open House

SUN Refreshments including chili, music of the season, see the Keepers’ Quarters available to rent out, tours of the lighthouse, noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Point Robinson Lighthouse, S.W. Point Robinson Road, Vashon Island; free (206-463-6672 or vashonparks.org).


Bellevue Youth Symphony

SUN Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra beginning string orchestras holiday concert, 2 p.m. Sunday; advanced orchestras and Percussion Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Bellevue High School, 10416 Wolverine Way, Bellevue; $12-$15 (byso.org/events).

Seattle Buskers

SUN Casual, all-ages concert, 6 p.m. Sunday, Seattle First Baptist Church, 1111 Harvard Ave., Seattle; free, donations for musicians collected (seatlejazzvespers.org).


Edmonds Holiday Dash

SAT Edmonds Police Foundation 5k, 9 a.m. Saturday, Civic Field, Seventh Avenue and Bell Street, Edmonds; $30-$35 (edmondspolicefoundation.org/).

K9 Candy Cane Fun Run and Walk

SUN Run or walk with or without dog, photos with Santa, 9 a.m. Sunday, Renton Community Center, 1715 Maple Valley Highway, Renton; $33-$40, pet food donations for Seattle Humane Society requested (signmeup.com/site/online-event-registration/111948/).

Christmas Rush Fun Run/Walk

PLAN AHEAD 10K run and 5k run/walk, 10 a.m. Dec. 10, Hogan Park, Kent; $10-$35 (253-856-5050 or kentwa.gov/arts/funruns/).

Jingle Bell Rock 5K and 1 Mile Kids Run

PLAN AHEAD 5K run, holiday costume contest for humans and dogs, kids’ run, 10 a.m. Dec. 10, Fort Steilacoom Park, Lakewood; $15, kids’ run free (active.com/lakewood-wa/running/distance-running-races/jingle-bell-rock-5k-and-1-mile-kids-run-2016).

Jingle Bell Run

PLAN AHEAD Arthritis Foundation national events to raise funds and awareness to cure America’s #1 cause of disability; holiday-themed costume contest, jingle bells for shoelaces included, 5k timed and untimed runs and walk, 1k Kids Fun Run with the Elves; festivities and costume contest open 7 a.m., racing waves start at 8 a.m. Dec. 11, Westlake Center, Seattle; $15-$40 (jbr.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1159817&lis=1&kntae1159817=D6E98FA280BC40DB80805581B41F67E8).

Snow sports

Snoqualmie Nordic and Randonee Ski Swap

FRI Ski swap, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Friday, St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 111 N.E. 80th St., Seattle (snoqualmienordic.org).

Special interest

Changing the Way We See Native America

SUN Northwest photographer Matika Wilbur (Swinomish and Tulalip) discusses changing the way we see Native Americans, 2 p.m. Sunday, Auburn Library, 1102 Auburn Way S., Auburn (253-931-3018 or kcls.org).

Seattle Data for Good (PNW)

TUE Data for Good PNW (Pacific Northwest) community of data scientists, architects, data engineers/operators, students, tech geeks, community activists, and others discuss and tackle problems in our community, the nation, and the world; 6 p.m. Tuesday, General Assembly, 1218 Third Ave., Suite 300, Seattle; free, preregister (generalassemb.ly/education/seattle-data-for-good-pnw/seattle/31439?utm_medium=partner_content_local&utm_source=seattle-times&utm_campaign=q4-link-building-test).


Eastside Holiday Home Tour

FRI Self-guided tour of elegant homes decorated for the holidays, to benefit Assistance League of the Eastside, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, Woodinville; $35 (aleastside.org).

Leavenworth Christmas Tree Lighting Getaway

SAT-SUN Bus trip to Leavenworth’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, 10 a.m. Saturday-Sunday, Sound Excursions, Seattle; $70 (206-286-6002 or soundexcursions.com/leavenworth-tree-lighting-getaway).

Santa’s Lights Tour

PLAN AHEAD Metro Employees Historic Vehicle Association excursion using King County Metro historic motor buses; 3-hour tour of some of Seattle’s best Christmas lights, 7 p.m. Dec. 10, Second Avenue South and South Main Street, Seattle; $5 (206-684-1816 or mehva.org).

Travel events

Travel seminars

SAT Thailand and Angkor Wat, 10 a.m., India, 1 p.m. Saturday, Savvy Traveler, 112 Fifth Ave. S., Edmonds; free, reservations required (425-744-6076 or savvytravelerstore.com).


King County Parks

SAT Help plant native trees and shrubs, remove blackberries with Eastside Audubon Society, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Marymoor Park, Redmond; preregister (content.govdelivery.com/bulletins/gd/WAKING-1710df3).


Swag making event

SAT Evergreen cuttings and materials to make them into wreaths and boughs, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, University District Farmers Market, University Way & N.E. 50th Ave., Seattle (seattlefarmersmarkets.org).

Make It Merry Gingerbread House Event

SAT Purchase gingerbread house kit on-site, space provided for assembly, for ages 3 and older, 1 p.m. Saturday, Michaels, 9755 Juanita Dr. N.E., Kirkland and all Michaels stores; free (michaels.com/classes-and-events/classesandevents).