A detailed, categorized calendar of events all over Seattle and Western Washington, Dec. 9-15, 2016.

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Animal events

Pet adoption discounts

FRI-SUN Adoption fees waived on cats over a year old, half off fees for dogs ages 5 and older, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Seattle Humane, 13212 S.E. Eastgate Way, Bellevue (425-641-0080 or seattlehumane.org/).

Pied Piper Presents The Reptile Man

SAT Live reptile show, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Mount Baker Community Club, 2811 Mount Rainier Drive S., Seattle; $3 (206-722-7209 or mountbaker.org/pied-piper).

Howlidays in the Square

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

Merry Mutts & Meows Holiday Adoption Event

SAT Meet 200 adoptable cats and dogs, staff and volunteers help make the right match, vendors, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Hanger 30, Magnuson Park, 6310 N.E. 74th St., Seattle (pawsitivealliance.org/).

Skagit River Bald Eagle Interpretive Center

SAT-SUN Nature store, information and displays about eagle migration, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays; guided hikes, 11 a.m. Saturday-Sunday; speaker presentations, 1 p.m. Saturdays and some Sundays; Howard Miller Steelhead Park, 52809 Rockport Park Road, State Route 20, Rockport; free (skagiteagle.org).

Woodland Park Zoo Winter Celebration

SAT-MON Zoo animals get wreaths or trees adorned with fruit or gift wrapped treats, including lions, otters, tamarins, penguins and wolves, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday; tigers, orangutans, jaguar, penguins, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday; wolves, meerkats, wallaroos, sloth bears, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday; and Dec. 17-19, Woodland Park Zoo, 5500 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle; $9.25-$13.75 (206-548-2500 or zoo.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).



SAT Cookies by local bakeries sold by the dozen to benefit Seattle Milk Fund for child care and family support; $1.50 each or $15/dozen while supplies last, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Seattle Center Armory, Seattle (seattlemilkfund.org/event/cookiefest-2016/).

Ballard Art Walk – Monster Fundraiser

SAT Raffle for prizes, art display, wine, Champagne, snacks, 6 p.m. Saturday, Monster Art and Clothing, 5000 20th Ave. N.W., Seattle (facebook.com/events/720327661453076/).

Victorian Holiday Tea Party

SAT British hat contest, door prizes, swag bags, tea reception, preview screening of “Victoria, Episode One,” proceeds support KCTS 9, 3:30 p.m. Saturday, KCTS Television, 401 Mercer St., Seattle; $60 by reservation (kcts9.org/events/victorian-holiday-tea-party-victoria-masterpiece-pbs).

St. Nicholas Faire

SUN Auction of beer, wine, gift cards, books, Seahawks and Mariners gear; snacks, wine tasting; benefits West Seattle Food Bank and Helpline, 4:30-7:30 p.m. Sunday, First Lutheran Church of West Seattle, 4105 California Ave. S.W., Seattle; $5/person or $15/family with nonperishable food donation, or $10/person, $25/family (206-935-6530 or flcws.org).

The Tar Sands Valve Turners: Civil Disobedience Today

MON Forum and fundraiser, all proceeds to #shutitdown legal fund, 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sole Repair, 1001 E. Pike St., Seattle; $20 suggested donation (206-380-2265 or facebook.com/events/772434626227891/).


Swans of the Skagit

SAT 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. Saturday, Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon; $8 reservations required, space limited; also, presentation on snow geese that migrate to the Skagit Valley, 11 a.m. Dec. 17, $8, reservations required (360-466-3821 or christiansonsnursery.com).

Morning Treats and Tweets Bird Walk

PLAN AHEAD Morning treats and guided bird walk for ages 10 and older, binoculars provided, 10 a.m. Dec. 17, Seward Park Audubon Center, 5902 Lake Washington Boulevard S., Seattle; $7 (206-652-2444 or sewardpark.audubon.org/events/morning-treats-and-tweets-0).


Harry Potter Magical Holiday Ball

FRI Dress like your favorite Harry Potter character, wear your holiday best or come as you are for dancing, music, activities, 7 p.m. Friday, Barnes & Noble, 401 N.E. Northgate Way, Seattle; free (206-361-3757 or stores.barnesandnoble.com/store/2280).


Dickens Festival at Stadium

SAT Circus tent with entertainment including aerialists and live music, vendors, Dickens costume contest, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., 111 N. G St., Tacoma (dickensfestival.net).

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 including Garfield Jazz Band, 12:30 p.m. Saturday; Sanca Cirrus Circus, 12:30 p.m. Sunday; Seattle Center Armory, Seattle (206-684-7200 or seattlecenter.com/winterfest).

Food events

Julbord Lunch/Dinner

FRI Traditional Swedish smorgasbord, noon Friday, $45; and dinner, 6 p.m. Friday, $65; Swedish Club, 1920 Dexter Ave. N., Seattle; by reservation (206-283-1090 or swedishclubnw.org).

Red Chile Pork Tamale Making Class

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

At the Table

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

Santa Breakfast Mini Nutcracker

SAT-SUN DASSdance professionals and kids perform the story of The Nutcracker, continental breakfast, pictures with Santa and Nutcracker characters; 11 a.m. Saturday-Sunday and 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).

Sephardic Delicacies: Cheesy Potato Fritters

SUN Sephardic cooking tradition for Hanukkah, make cheesy potato fritters with Rachel Almaleh, author of “A Legacy of Sephardic, Mediterranean, and American Recipes,” 2 p.m. Sunday, Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 E. Mercer Way, Mercer Island; $15-$20 (206-232-7115 or sjcc.org/cultural-arts/culinary-arts-chefs/).

Holiday traditions

ONGOING Holiday tea, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. daily, $19-$37, reservations required; holiday music by the Beaconettes, 6-7:30 p.m. Dec. 15; Hotel Sorrento, 900 Madison St., Seattle (206-693-3767 or hotelsorrento.com).


Yama, Washington: 19th and early 20th Century Japanese Community

FRI Presentation on Olympic College archaeological field school at the historic site of Yama and Nagaya, Bainbridge Island, 7 p.m. Friday, Mountaineers Club, 7700 Sand Point Way N.E., Seattle; $5-$10, preregister (pnwas.org).

Fantagraphic Books 40th Anniversary

FRI-SAT Panel discussion with Fantagraphics co-founder Gary Groth and local cartoonists, reception, 6-8 p.m. Friday, Folio, 314 Marion St., Seattle; exhibition of art and artifacts, book signing with artists including Peter Bagge, 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Fantagraphics, Bookstore and Gallery, 1201 S. Vale St., Seattle (fantagraphics.com/).

Kent Valley Coin Show

SAT Displays and vendors, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Kent Commons, 525 Fourth Ave. N., Kent (pnna.org/calendar.html).

Family history success stories

MON Family History Center genealogical resources open, 6:30 p.m.; Jewish Genealogical Society presentations on family history projects successes, followed by holiday treats, 7:15 p.m. Monday, LDS Factoria Building, 4200 124th Ave. S.E., Bellevue; free (jgsws.org).

Ugly Sweater Holiday Party and VR Arcade

DEC. 15 General Assembly, Seattle Entrepreneurs and Tomorrow Today Labs host event to mingle with Seattle’s tech community, ugly holiday sweaters encouraged, not required, 6 p.m. Dec. 15, General Assembly, 1218 Third Ave., Seattle; free, by reservation (generalassemb.ly/education/ugly-sweater-holiday-party-and-vr-arcade/seattle/30708?utm_medium=partner_content_local&utm_source=seattle-times&utm_campaign=q4-link-building-test).

Northwest Flower and Garden Show

PLAN AHEAD Early bird tickets available online and at 60 nurseries and other retail outlets for “Taste of Spring” show Feb 22-26, Seattle; $17-$22 (gardenshow.com/).

Holiday events

PhinneyWood Phestivus

FRI Neighborhood holiday party, art, live music, at more than 30 venues; wear an ugly Christmas sweater for discounts at participating pubs and restaurants; ride free Emerald City Trolley at designated stops along Phinney and Greenwood Avenues North between 59th and North 87th Streets, 6 p.m.-midnight Friday, Greenwood, Greenwood, Seattle; free (monkeywood.org).

Chet Gibson Lighted Boat Parade

FRI-SAT 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. Friday-Saturday, Queen City Yacht Club, 2608 Boyer Ave. E., Seattle (queencity.org).

Bellevue Festival of The Nativity

FRI-SUN Display of 500 Nativities from around the world, 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 Display of more than a million lights illuminating 25 amusement rides and attractions, Toyland and falling snow tent, make holiday crafts, Santa photos, 5-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 5-9 p.m. Sunday; and 5-10 p.m. Dec. 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).

Holiday Party, Museum of Flight

SAT Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive by vintage propeller plane, 11:45 a.m., to visit with children until 4 p.m. Saturday; holiday music by Boeing Concert Orchestra, 12:30 p.m., Boeing Band, 2 p.m.; theater show “Home for the Holidays-the USO Story,” 2 p.m. Saturday, Museum of Flight, 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle; $13-$23/museum admission, outdoor events free (206-764-5720 or museumofflight.org).

Green Lake Pathway of Lights

SAT 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. Saturday, Green Lake Park, 7201 E. Green Lake Drive N., Seattle; food bank donations requested (206-684-0780 or parkways.seattle.gov/2016/11/15/pathway-lights-returns-green-lake-saturday-dec-10/).

Seattle Secular Solstice

SAT Activities, singing, music, celebrate humanity, warmth, knowledge, progress, 4 p.m. Saturday, Flutter Studios, 114 Alaskan Way S., Seattle; $15 suggested donation (brownpapertickets.com/event/2718430).

Santa Arrgh-rival Pirate X-Mas

SAT Pirates of Treasure Island arrive with Santa, 7 p.m. Saturday, Country Village, 23718 Bothell-Everett Highway, Bothell; free (425-483-2250 or countryvillagebothell.com).

Gig Harbor Lighted Boat Parade

SAT Gig Harbor Yacht Club decorated boat parade, 5 p.m. Saturday, Arabella’s Landing Marina, 3323 Harborview Dr., Gig Harbor (gigharboryc.com/).

Hometown Christmas, Black Diamond

SAT Christmas celebration hay rides, wreath making, visit from Santa, storytelling, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, downtown Black Diamond (360-886-2142 or ci.blackdiamond.wa.us/community_event_calendar.html).

Cookies with Mrs. Claus

SAT-SUN Mrs. Claus gives cookies to children, cookie recipes, live reindeer, noon-3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Country Village, 23718 Bothell-Everett Highway, Bothell (425-483-2250 or countryvillagebothell.com).

Drive-Thru Christmas Story

SAT-SUN Full-size sets bring the Nativity story to life, 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 Holiday train excursion to visit Santa Claus at 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. 16-17, Northwest Railway Museum, 38625 S.E. King St., Snoqualmie; $22, space limited, advance purchase suggested (425-888-3030 or trainmuseum.org).

Leavenworth Christmas Tree Lighting Getaway

SAT-SUN Bus trip to Leavenworth’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, free time, 10 a.m. Saturday-Sunday, Sound Excursions, Seattle; $60 (206-286-6002 or soundexcursions.com/leavenworth-tree-lighting-getaway).

Hands-On Hanukkah

SUN Make edible dreidels, decorate Hanukkah place mats, spin a giant dreidel, make a photo book; families of all backgrounds welcome, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, Northgate Mall, 401 N.E. Northgate Way, Seattle; free (206-232-7115 or sjcc.org/kids-adults-families/community-celebrations/).


SUN Northwest Danish Christmas celebration for kids and adults, dancing and singing around the Christmas tree, Danish Christmas crafts, stories, Santa, refreshments, 2 p.m. Sunday, Seattle Danish Center, 1833 N. 105th St., Seattle; $5-$15 (206-523-3263 or northwestdanish.org/julestue/).

Santa Lunch Cruise

SUN Two hour cruise on Lake Union and Lake Washington, lunch buffet of kids’ favorites, visit with Santa, holiday crafts and activities for kids, noon Saturday, Waterways Cruises, 2441 N. Northlake Way, Seattle; $28-$48 (206-223-2060 or waterwayscruises.com/santa_holiday_lunch_cruise).

Traditional Santa Lucia Celebration

SUN Swedish pageant, candlelight procession, smorgasbord, dancing around the tree, for all ages, 5-8 p.m. Sunday, Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 2400 N.W. 85th St., Seattle (206-783-7900 or ourredeemers.net).

SAM Lights

DEC. 15 Park path illuminated with lights and luminarias, art-making activities for all ages, music, food and drinks, 6-9 p.m. Dec. 15, Olympic Sculpture Park, Broad Street and Elliott Avenue, Seattle; free, reservations requested (seattleartmuseum.org/lights).

Caroling at Historic Issaquah Depot

DEC. 15 All ages welcome to join in singing “Rudolph,” “Jingle Bells,” “White Christmas” and more, ukuleles and tambourines welcome, 6 p.m. Dec. 15, Issaquah Depot, 150 First Ave. N.E., Issaquah (downtownissaquah.com).

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, 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 Pomeroy Park, Manchester, 8:05 p.m. Friday; Myrtle Edwards Park, 9:25 p.m. Friday; Lowman Beach Park, 3:25 p.m. Saturday; Alki Beach Park, 4:10 p.m. Saturday; Duwamish Waterway Park, 8 p.m. Saturday; Salty’s on Alki, 9:05 p.m. Saturday; Museum of Glass, Tacoma, 12:30 p.m. Sunday; Owen Beach, Tacoma, 1:30 p.m. Sunday; Maritime Pier, Gig Harbor, 6:15 p.m. Sunday; Jack Hyde Park, 7:15 p.m. Sunday; Edmonds Fishing Pier, 7:20 p.m. Tuesday; Richmond Beach Saltwater Park, 8:20 p.m. Tuesday; Winslow Waterfront Beach Park, 8:15 p.m. Wednesday; Seattle Great Wheel, 9:35 p.m. Wednesday; Browns Point, 8 p.m. Dec. 15; Redondo Park, 9 p.m. Dec. 15; Parade of Boats, Westward and Little Gull, 7:40 p.m. Dec. 16; Fremont Cut, 8:40-9 p.m. Dec. 16; 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 (425-452-6844 or gardendlights.com).

Clam Lights

ONGOING Several dozen trees and shrubs decorated with thousands of lights along paved trail loop, 5-9 p.m. daily, 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).

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; 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday; 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. 15-18, 20-23, 26-28, Warm Beach Camp & Conference Center, 20800 Marine Drive, Stanwood; $11-$16 (800-228-6724 or warmbeachlights.com).

Menorah Mania

PLAN AHEAD Community Hanukkah celebration, make your own Hanukkah menorah to take home, concert with the Klezmatics, food trucks, 5:30 p.m. Dec. 17, Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 E. Mercer Way, Mercer Island; free, donations for care kits for the homeless requested including nonperishable snacks, new socks, see website for complete list (206-232-7115 or sjcc.org/kids-adults-families/community-celebrations/).

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. 14; 3-9 p.m. Dec. 15; 3-10 p.m. Dec. 16; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Dec. 17-23; 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. 14-15; noon-10 p.m. Dec. 16; 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

Northwest Seaport Chantey Sing

FRI Fun and easy to sing for all ages, lead a song, request a song, join in on the chorus, 8 p.m. Friday, Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1215 Thomas Street, Seattle; free (206-447-9800 or nwseaport.org).

NAAM Soul Christmas

SAT-SUN Visits with Black Santa, food, arts and crafts, storytelling, noon-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Northwest African American Museum, 2300 S. Massachusetts St., Seattle; $4-$7/admission, ages 4 and younger free (206-518-6000 or naamnw.org/events).

Diving Santa

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

Santa at ACM

SAT-SUN Santa and Mrs. Claus family photo op in a 1906 Cadillac Model K Tulip Touring Car, photos included with admission as digital download, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, LeMay–America’s Car Museum, 2702 East D St., Tacoma; $10-$18 (253-779-8490 or americascarmuseum.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).

Festivals of Light

ONGOING Activities and performances celebrating winter holidays around the world, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, Seattle Children’s Museum, Seattle Center Armory, Seattle; $9.50-$10.50; special events include Snacks with Santa, hours vary Dec. 17-20, $6-$8, register by Dec. 15 (206-441-1768 or thechildrensmuseum.org/).

Seattle Public Library Museum Pass

ONGOING Seattle Public Theater and Seattle Architecture Foundation Tours have joined Seattle Public Library’s program for free admission for Library cardholders by reservation; passes good for free admission for two people available on the Library’s website, Library card number and personal ID number (PIN) required, for The Burke Museum, Center for Wooden Boats, Museum of Pop Culture, Henry Art Gallery, Living Computer Museum, Log House Museum, Museum of Flight, MOHAI, Nordic Heritage Museum, NW African American Museum, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Aquarium, Seattle Art Museum and Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience (206-386-4636 or spl.org/museumpass).

Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds

ONGOING Celebration of the 50th anniversary of the franchise with artifacts, set pieces and props to showcase the impact of Star Trek on culture, society, arts, technology and fashion, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through Feb. 27, 2017, Museum of Pop Culture (formerly EMP Museum), 325 Fifth Ave. N., Seattle; $21-$30 includes entrance to all museum exhibits (206-770-2700 or mopop.org/).

The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes

ONGOING Use your powers of observation to look for hidden clues in the world of Sherlock Holmes, science with history; display of collection of all things “Sherlockian,” 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, Pacific Science Center, 200 Second Ave. N, Seattle; $7-$9 in addition to museum admission, $11.75-19.75 (206-443-2001 or pacificsciencecenter.org/the-sherlock-holmes-exhibition/).

A Day in the Life of Bruce Lee Exhibit

ONGOING How Bruce Lee approached his personal habits, routines, work-out strategies, to encourage visitors to find their own inspiration, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays, until 8 p.m. first Thursdays, Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, 719 S. King St., Seattle; $9.95-$14.95 (206-623-5124 or wingluke.org).

Model Train Festival

PLAN AHEAD Elaborate layouts, hands-on train activities, tour exhibits, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays, Dec. 17-23, Dec. 26-Jan. 1; Washington State History Museum, Tacoma; $8-$12, ages 5 and younger free (888-238-4373 or washingtonhistory.org/events.aspx?eid=481).

Park events

Moon Walk, Lincoln Park

FRI Listen and hoot for owls, learn about nature at night, see the moon and stars if the clouds break, 7 p.m. Friday, Lincoln Park, 8011 Fauntleroy Way S.W., Seattle; $10-$15, preregister (206-932-7225 or stewardshipadventures.com/event/big-moon-walk-with-the-stars-and-owls-lincoln-park/).

Mercer Slough Night Walk

FRI Explore nature and wildlife adaptations, for families and groups with children ages 6 and older, 7 p.m. Friday, Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center, 1625 118th Ave. S.E., Bellevue; $15 preregister (206-443-2925 or pacificsciencecenter.org/mercer-slough/night-walks/).

Deep Forest Experience

FRI-SUN Guided hikes through ancient forest, 11 a.m., noon, 1 and 2 p.m. Fridays-Sundays; Discovery Center with displays, refreshments, nature videos, books, craft making, 11 a.m. Friday-Sunday, Rockport State Park, Milepost 96.5, Highway 20, Rockport; free, Discover Pass ($10/day or $30/year) required for parking (parks.state.wa.us/574/Rockport).

Planting redwoods, Jefferson Park

SAT Planting celebration for redwood saplings, 10 a.m. Saturday, southwest corner of Jefferson Park, South Spokane Street and Beacon Avenue South, Seattle (facebook.com/MovingTheGiantsToPugetSound/).

A Winter Wander

SAT Walk to explore mosses and lichens of the park, deciduous and evergreen trees, wildlife preparations for winter, 10 a.m. Saturday, Lewis Creek Park, 5808 Lakemont Blvd., Bellevue; free (425-452-4195 or bellevuewa.gov/pdf/Parks/natural_resource_programs_fall_2016-2.pdf).

Winter Arts Extravaganza, Brightwater Center

SAT Seasonal art projects using recycled materials and natural objects to create winter decorations, holiday ornaments, table centerpieces, for all ages, 10 a.m. Saturday, Brightwater Education & Community Center, 22505 State Route 9 Southeast, Woodinville; free, preregister (206-263-9524 or islandwood.org/event/winter-art-extravaganza-2016-brightwater-center).

Planetarium Show “Navigating by the Stars”

SAT Stellar DNA Kids Shows, 5 and 6 p.m.; planetarium show, how mariners, airmen, explorers, and surveyors found their position by the sun, moon, planets, and stars; if the sky is clear, astronomers will be on hand with telescopes for star gazing afterward, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Edwin E. Ritchie Observatory, Battle Point Park, 11299 Arrow Point Dr. N.E., Battle Point Park, Bainbridge Island; $2 (206-842-9152 or bpastro.org).

Light Up the Holidays, Fort Casey

SAT-SUN Historic Admirality Head Lighthouse hosts children’s crafts, holiday music, Santa visits, campfire, nature talks, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Fort Casey State Park, Whidbey Island; Discover Pass required for parking (parks.state.wa.us/Calendar.aspx).

Bowman Bay Holiday

PLAN AHEAD Music, vendors, Santa, crafts for kids, benefits Deception Pass Park Foundation education programs; 4-7 p.m. Dec. 16-17, Deception Pass State Park, Whidbey Island; $5/family (parks.state.wa.us/Calendar.aspx).


A Trip Down Broadway Lane

FRI Northshore Wranglers Theatre, 7 p.m. Friday, Northshore Senior Center, 10201 E. Riverside Drive, Bothell; free entry with new unwrapped toy donation supporting Hopelink (425-488-4821 or inclusion.org).

A Scandinavian Christmas

SAT-SUN Seattle Children’s Chorus celebrates Seattle’s Scandinavian heritage with Advent performance, 2 p.m. Saturday, Denny Park Lutheran Church, 766 John St., Seattle; and 6 p.m. Sunday, Trinity Lutheran Church, 6215 196th Street Southwest, Lynnwood; $10-$20 (206-542-5998 or seattlechildrenschorus.org/events/concerts/).


SUN Students studying Swedish at the UW join Swedish Women’s Chorus and the Svea Male Chorus, followed by dancing around the tree, 3 p.m. Sunday, Swedish Club, 1920 Dexter Ave. N., Seattle; $3-$5 (206-283-1090 or swedishclubnw.org).


Christmas Rush Fun Run

SAT 10K run and 5k run/walk, 10 a.m. Saturday, Hogan Park at Russell Road, 24400 Russell Road, Kent; $10-$35 (253-856-5050 or kentwa.gov/arts/funruns/).

Jingle Bell Rock 5K and 1 Mile Kids Run

SAT 5K run, holiday costume contest for humans and dogs, kids’ run, 10 a.m. Saturday, Fort Steilacoom Park, 8714 87th Ave. S.W., Lakewood; $15, kids’ run free (active.com/lakewood-wa/running/distance-running-races/jingle-bell-rock-5k-and-1-mile-kids-run-2016).

Jolly Holiday Fun Run

SAT Run 5k (or less), 10 a.m. Saturday, registration 9 a.m., Cedarcrest High School, 29000 N.E. 150th St., Duvall; entry by gift card or new, unwrapped gift for a child (facebook.com/pages/Cedarcrest-DECA/201040498935).

Jingle Bell Run

SUN Arthritis Foundation national events to raise funds and awareness; 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., warm up 7:15 a.m., racing waves start at 8 a.m. Sunday, Westlake Center, 400 Pine St., Seattle; $15-$40 (jbr.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1159817).

12K’s of Christmas Holiday Run

PLAN AHEAD Holiday themed 12k or 5k run/walk, kids’ dash for ages 10 and younger, food, music, holiday costume contest, 9:30 a.m. Dec. 18, Heritage Park, Kirkland; $40-$50 (promotionevents.com/12ks).


Gilt Sample Sale: Seattle Debut

FRI-SAT Handbags, shoes, apparel and more from designers like Jimmy Choo, Valentino, Helmut Lang, Tom Ford and John Varvatos at up to 80 percent off retail, candles, travel bags, wallets, accessories; 8-10 p.m. Friday, admission $15; 9-11 a.m. or 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, $5/session, Washington State Convention Center, 800 Convention Place, Seattle; by reservation (gilt.com/city/seattle/offer/gcwarehouseseattlenov16).

Holiday Arts and Crafts Gift Show and Sale

FRI-SAT Jewelry, hats, paintings by local artists; preview show with refreshments, 6-8 p.m. Friday, sale 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Westside Unitarian Universalist Congregation Social Hall, 7141 California Ave. S.W., Seattle (wsuu.org).

Art Under $100

SAT Show and sale of art for under $100, 2-8 p.m. Saturday, Seattle Design Center, 5701 Sixth Ave. S., Seattle (southparkarts.org).

Book Sale and Holiday Bazaar

SAT Holiday arts and crafts, thousands of books, bake sale, music, lunch available, benefits Lifetime Learning Center; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Lake City Presbyterian Church, 3841 N.E. 123rd St., Seattle (206-949-8882).

Peace Through Pieces Sale

SAT Sale of African-make crafts by Peace Through Pieces: Trauma Healing Through Quilt Making ministry of North Seattle Friends Church, 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 and Designer Disaster Show

SAT Crafts, supplies, displays marked down to low prices, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, I.U.O.E. Union Hall, 18701 120th Ave. N.E., Bothell (206-909-4051).

Holiday Bazaar and Craft Fair, Monroe

SAT Handmade items by 30 artists, bake sale, lunch available, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, East County Senior Center, 276 Sky River Parkway, Monroe (360-794-6359 or eastcountyseniorcenter.org).

GeekCraft Expo Seattle

SAT-SUN Arts and crafts including jewelry, artwork inspired by comics and pop culture, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Seattle Center Pavilion, 305 Harrison St., Seattle (geekcraftexpo.com/).

Holiday Hooky, Pioneer Square

WED Special offers, treats at Pioneer Square area businesses, Wednesday, Pioneer Square neighborhood, Seattle (pioneersquare.org/calendar/holiday-hooky-hour).


Seattle Mariners Women’s Club Holiday Party

SUN Dinner buffet, theme will be a “Salute to Ken Griffey, Jr.,” Mariners style Christmas carols, auction to raise funds for the Bev and Wes Stock Scholarship, 4 p.m. Sunday, Holiday Inn of Issaquah, 1801 12th Ave. N.W., Issaquah; $40 (720-772-7692 or smwclub.wixsite.com/smwc/events).

Watch Seahawks game at the library

SUN See the game on the big screen, all ages welcome, 1:15 p.m. Sunday, Shoreline Library, 345 N.E. 175th St., Shoreline (206-362-7550 or kcls.org).

Special interest

Service of Remembrance

SAT For people to share for support for the first holiday following the death of a loved one, 4 p.m. Saturday, Mountain View Memorial Park, 4100 Steilacoom Boulevard S.W., Lakewood; free (415-561-0888 or mountainviewtacoma.com).

Wreaths Across America to honor Veterans

PLAN AHEAD Keynote speaker, military organizations, veterans, Gold Star Mothers at holiday wreath-laying ceremony to honor military veterans, 9 a.m. Dec. 17, Tahoma National Cemetery, 18600 S.E. 240th St., Kent (425-413-9614 or wreathsacrossamerica.org).


Santa’s Lights Tour

SAT Metro Employees Historic Vehicle Association excursions using King County Metro’s fleet of historic motor buses; 3-hour tour of some of Seattle’s best Christmas lights, 7 p.m. Saturday, Second Avenue South and South Main Street, Seattle; $5, cash only, no ORCA cards or Metro passes accepted (206-684-1816 or mehva.org).

Travel events

Travel seminars

SAT Southern Spain and Morocco, 10 a.m.; Greek islands and Turkish coast, 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 with planting, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Taylor Mountain Forest, Hobart; preregister (content.govdelivery.com/bulletins/gd/WAKING-1710df3).



Punk Rock Aerobics class preview

MON Unique group fitness class, adaptable cardio, strength training, flexibility, classic punk rock soundtrack, all fitness levels encouraged, regular classes start in January, 7:15 p.m. Monday, Studio Blue, 912 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle; free (facebook.com/seattlepunkrockaerobics/).