From Turkey Trots to New Year’s Eve bashes, the holidays are upon us. Use this guide to parades, fairs, festivals and more to plan your season. And remember, one reindeer gets injured and all plans can change, so call or check details online before heading out into the cold.

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NOV. 18-19 Arts and crafts vendors, traditional Scandinavian Christmas food and drinks, music and dancing, Santa; 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Nordic Heritage Museum, 3014 N.W. 67th St., Seattle; $5, ages 5 and younger free (

Festival of Trees

NOV. 18-29 Display of designer-decorated trees, Nov. 18-29; Festival of Trees Celebration with cookies, storytelling, holiday sale, Santa photos, 1-4 p.m. Nov. 19, Fairmont Olympic Hotel, 411 University St., Seattle (

Reindeer Festival, Swansons

THRU DEC. 24 See Santa’s reindeer Dasher and Blitzen, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., “Meet the Reindeer” photo ops, 10 a.m. Mondays-Fridays, 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays; Swansons Nursery, 9701 15th Ave. N.W., Seattle (206-782-2543 or

Gingerbread Village

THRU JAN. 1 Sheraton Seattle 25th Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) benefit, “25 Years of Cheer: A Celebration of Seattle” gingerbread creations on the city’s history past and imagined future by local architecture firms, master builders and Sheraton culinary teams, in a new location this year; 6:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 6:30 a.m.-12:30 a.m. Fridays, 8 12:30 a.m. Saturdays, 8 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Sundays through Jan. 1, City Centre, 1420 Fifth Ave., Seattle; free, donations collected for JDRF Northwest Chapter (

Seattle Turkey Trot

NOV. 23 5K benefiting Ballard Food Bank, 9 a.m. from Northwest 85th Street 32nd Avenue Southwest to Golden Gardens Park, 8498 Seaview Place N.W., Seattle; $15-$40 (

Beat the Bird 5K Bellevue

NOV. 23 Benefit for Renewal Food Bank, Bellevue; Kids 1K, 8:45 a.m.; 5K 9 a.m., Shoes-n-Feet, 15015 Main St., Bellevue; $15-$35 (

Issaquah Turkey Trot

NOV. 23 Fun and casual 5K (3.12 miles) run to benefit Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank, 9 a.m., Issaquah Community Center, 301 Rainier Blvd. S., Issaquah; $30, $15/ages 10 and younger (

Teddy Bear Suite

NOV. 23-DEC. 26 Teddy-bear wonderland, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, Fairmont Olympic Hotel, 411 University St., Seattle; free, donations for Seattle Children’s Hospital suggested (

Macy’s Holiday Parade

NOV. 24 Marching bands, holiday-themed groups and displays, Santa, 9 a.m., Seventh Avenue and Pine Street to Fifth Avenue to University Street, to Fourth Avenue, ends at Macy’s on Pine Street, Seattle (

Macy’s Starlighting and Fireworks Show

NOV. 24 61st Annual starlighting followed by fireworks display, weather permitting, 5 p.m. Friday, Macy’s, 1601 Third Ave., Seattle (

Westlake Holiday Tree Lighting

NOV. 24 Tree-lighting celebration, dusk, Westlake Center, 400 Pine St., Seattle (

Holiday Carousel

NOV. 24-JAN. 1 Holiday carousel, proceeds benefit Treehouse for foster kids; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Nov. 24; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays through Jan. 1, closing 5 p.m. Dec. 24 and 31, closed Dec. 25, Westlake Park, 401 Pine St., Seattle; $3/suggested donation (

Seattle Center Winterfest

NOV. 24-JAN. 1 Winter train and village, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, closing 4 p.m. Dec. 24, closed Dec. 25; holiday music and other entertainment opening day and on weekends, including Keith Highlanders Pipe Band, 2 p.m. Nov. 24; Bailadores de Bonce Mexican folkloric dances, 11 a.m. Nov. 26; Klezkidz Jewish music and mirth, 12:30 p.m. Dec. 19; New Year’s Eve celebration, all ages dance to live music, 8-11:45 p.m. Dec. 31, plus DJ Dance Party with light show at International Fountain, 8-11:45 p.m. Dec. 31; Seattle Center, Seattle (206-684-7200 or

Winterfest Ice Rink

NOV. 24-JAN. 1 Indoor ice skating, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays, closing 4 p.m. Dec. 24, closed Dec. 25, closing 11:30 p.m. Dec. 31, Fisher Pavilion, Seattle Center, Seattle; $2-$8 includes skate rental; $2 off with your own skates (206-684-7200 or

Woodland Park Zoo WildLights

NOV. 24-JAN. 1 Holiday-lights festival, select indoor animal exhibits open, Winter Warm-Up covered food and drink vendors, indoor snow at Snowmazium, Santa photos, carousel, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Nov. 24-Dec. 23 and Dec. 26-Jan. 1; Super Hero Night, come dressed as your favorite, Dec. 2; Galactic Lights out-of-this-world night with lightsaber performance, Dec. 12; Harlem Globetrotters Night, meet a player in Snowmazium performing with faux snow balls and mini basketballs, Dec. 13; Woodland Park Zoo, 5500 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle; $7.95-$11.95 (

Snowflake Lane

NOV. 24-DEC. 24 Live toy-soldier drummers, music, winter wonderland characters, lights, snowfall, Santa, 7 p.m. daily, Bellevue Way between Northeast Eighth Street and Northeast Fourth Street, Bellevue (

Bellevue Ice Skating Arena

NOV. 24-JAN. 15 Outdoor ice-skating rink, food concessions, hours vary daily, including holidays, through Jan. 15; free skating lesson included with admission, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Nov. 28-30, Dec. 5-7, 12-14, Jan. 2-4, 9-11, Bellevue Downtown Park, 10201 N.E. Fourth St., Bellevue; $10-$14 including skate rental; $9/with your own skates (

Winter Wonderland, Redmond Town Center

NOV. 24-JAN. 1 Special activities and entertainment Nov. 24; holiday carousel, proceeds support Hopelink, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sundays, $4 suggested donation; Holiday Train, noon-8 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays through Dec. 15; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 2; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 16-Jan. 1, $4/person; covered, synthetic ice rink for ages 3 and older, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Nov 24; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturdays, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sundays, 3-8 p.m. Mondays-Fridays through Dec. 14; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sundays Dec. 15-Jan. 1; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 24 and 31, $7/person includes skates; closed Dec. 25, Redmond Town Center, 16495 N.E. 74th St., Redmond (

Point Defiance ZooLights

NOV. 24-JAN. 1 Winter wonderland with 3-D animal light displays, camel rides, food vendors, carousel, aquarium; most zoo exhibits closed; 5-9 p.m. through Jan. 1, closed Dec. 24, Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma; $5-$10 (253-591-5337 or /

Lantern Light Festival

NOV. 24-JAN. 7 Celebration of Chinese tradition with unique, large lanterns crafted by Chinese artists, inflatables, mini-golf, maze and other activities, 5-11 p.m. daily, Washington State Fair Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave. S.W., Puyallup; $18-$49 (

Magic in the Market

NOV. 25 Cookie decorating, Market Atrium Kitchen, noon-2 p.m.; photos with Santa, noon-5 p.m.; musical performances, 1-5:30 p.m.; Santa leads countdown to light holiday tree and lights throughout the Market, 5 p.m. Pike Place Market, 1501 Pike Place, Seattle (

Greet the Season: Celebrating Community

NOV. 25 Kick off the holiday season with MOHAI, Center for Wooden Boats and Historic Ships Wharf, with music, dance workshops, and craft activities for all ages, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Lake Union Park, 860 Terry Ave. N., Seattle; MOHAI admission $13.95-$19.95, ages 14 and younger free, $2 off admission with donation of new socks for local homeless shelter (

Ballard Holidayfest

NOV. 25 Holiday entertainment for all ages, snacks, Santa visits, 3-5 p.m., Bergen Place Park, 5420 22nd Ave. N.W., Seattle (206-784-9705 or

Phinney Center GloCone Holiday Lighting

NOV. 25 Phinney Center tower set aglow with lights and monkeys; refreshments, activities, caroling, 5 p.m., Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle (206-783-2244 or

Kirkland Winterfest

NOV. 25 Entertainment, tree lighting, Santa, Small Business Saturday shopping events, 3 p.m., Peter Kirk Park, 202 Third St., Kirkland (

Edmonds Tree Lighting Ceremony

NOV. 25 Welcome Santa and the holiday season with music, caroling, cookies, 3 p.m. Saturday, Centennial Plaza, Fifth Avenue and Bell Street, Edmonds (425-776-6711 or

Father and Mother Christmas

NOV. 25 Father and Mother Christmas greet children, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Holiday Tea, noon, 1:15, 2:30 and 3:45 p.m. by reservation, donations to benefit La Conner Regional Library Foundation requested; Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon (360-466-3821 or

Garden d’Lights, Bellevue Botanical Garden

NOV. 25-DEC. 31 Sparkling lights in shapes of plants, flowers, birds, animals, waterfalls, 4:30-9 p.m. daily, including holidays, lights go off 9:30 p.m.; Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St., Bellevue; $5; free nights Nov 27-30, Dec. 4-7; ages 10 and younger free daily; free parking at Wilburton Hill Park, $5/premium parking, cash only, as space permits, limited number of free disabled parking spots available (425-452-6844 or

Santa Train

NOV. 25- DEC. 16 Holiday train excursion to visit Santa Claus at historic Snoqualmie Depot, music, cookies, small gift for each child; two-hour events leave on the hour, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 25-26, Dec. 2-3, 9-10, 15-16; special Victorian Santa Train Dec. 15; Northwest Railway Museum, 38625 S.E. King St., Snoqualmie; $26, advance purchase recommended, some times sold out (425-888-3030 or

Providence O’Christmas Trees

NOV. 27-29 Display of designer Christmas trees, benefits Providence senior and community services; Christmas Carnival with Santa, crafts, snacks, games, performer Caspar Babypants, 3-7 p.m. Nov. 27, free admission; Silver Bells Luncheon, 11 a.m. Nov. 28, $75-$125; Gala Dinner and Auction, 5 p.m. Nov. 29, $250; The Westin Seattle, 1900 Fifth Ave., Seattle (206-938-4925 or

Victorian Country Christmas Festival

NOV. 29-DEC. 3 Christmas displays, 500 vendors, children’s activities, concerts, Singing Nativity, Winter Wine Garden, Santa’s Village, stage shows, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 29-30, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Dec. 1-2, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 3; tree lighting with cider, holiday cookies, live reindeer, 6 p.m. Nov. 29; Washington State Fair Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave. S.W., Puyallup; $8-$12, ages 5 and younger free; admission $2/person with new toy donation 3-7 p.m. Nov. 29 only (

The Lights of Christmas

NOV. 30-DEC. 30 Displays of 1 million lights, children’s activities, entertainment, food, 5-10 p.m. Nov. 30-Dec. 3, Dec. 7-10, 14-17, 19-23, 26-30, Warm Beach Camp & Conference Center, 20800 Marine Drive, Stanwood; $12-$16 (800-228-6724 or

The Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition

DEC. 1 Dozens of caroling teams sing in and around Westlake Center, 6 p.m., top teams compete in sing-off on Main Stage, 7:30-8:30 p.m.; benefits Pike Market Senior Center & Food Bank, Westlake Park, 401 Pine St., Seattle (

Twinkle Twinkle Freeway Park

DEC. 1 Celebrate Freeway Park illuminations with hot chocolate, bonfire, Dickens Carolers, 4:30 p.m., parade to Figgy Pudding event at Westlake Park at 6 p.m.; Freeway Park, 700 Seneca St., Seattle (

Des Moines Holiday Tree Lighting

DEC. 1 Entertainment, Santa, holiday tree lighting; donations of nonperishable food or new pajamas for children encouraged, 6 p.m., Big Catch Plaza, South 216th Street and Marine View Drive, Des Moines (

Nativity Exhibit

DEC. 1-3 26th annual exhibit of hundreds of Nativities from 100 countries and territories around the world, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Dec. 1-2, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 3, Messiah Lutheran Church, 7050 35th Ave. N.E., Seattle; free (206-524-0024).

Ivar’s Clam Lights

DEC. 1-JAN. 1 Opening-day holiday entertainment, Santa Clam, 5:30-7:30 p.m.; official park lighting, 6:15 p.m.; Rainier Yacht Club Parade of Boats, 6:30 p.m.; Argosy Christmas Ships, 7 p.m. Dec. 1; light display, 5-9 p.m. daily through Jan. 1, Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park, 1201 Lake Washington Blvd. N., Renton (

Issaquah Reindeer Festival

DEC. 1-23 Holiday celebration, Santa visits, Santa’s reindeer, elf story times, feed treats to zoo animals, hot drinks and snacks available, donations of new, unwrapped toys for kids in need collected; 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily through Dec. 23, Cougar Mountain Zoo, 19525 S.E. 54th St., Issaquah; minimum donation $14.50, $12.50/ages 62+, $10.50/ages 2-12 (

Winter Festival and Crafts Fair

DEC. 2 37th annual fair, arts and crafts by 115 vendors, entertainment, food vendors; supports PNA’s programs for kids, seniors and community; 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle (206-783-2244 or

Winter’s Eve Celebration

DEC. 2 Decorate cookies, make winter crafts, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; guided nature walks at noon, 1 and 2 p.m., preregister; Christmas Ship arrives at the park at 3:10 p.m., Seward Park Audubon Center, 5902 Lake Washington Boulevard S., Seattle (

West Seattle Hometown Holidays Tree Lighting

DEC. 2 Tree lighting, eggnog, festivities, 5 p.m., California Avenue Southwest and Southwest Alaska Street, Seattle (

Redmond Lights

DEC. 2 Celebration of Redmond’s diverse holiday traditions, cultures and faiths at three-part event, starting at the City Hall Campus Tree Lighting, Redmond City Hall Campus, 15670 N.E. 85th St., Redmond; Redmond Central Connector Luminary Walk; evening at Redmond Town Center with music, refreshments, activities for all ages, 4-8 p.m.; light displays only all day Dec. 3 (425-556-2352 or

Mukilteo Yacht Club Lighted Boat Parade

DEC. 2 Lighted boats from area yacht clubs, some hosting adults with developmental disabilities; 5:30 p.m. from Port of Everett North Marina (12th Street) to Anthony’s Restaurant in Everett Marina Village, through the main marina, and back; weather permitting, may be canceled in the event of unsafe boating conditions; boaters welcome to participate, preregister (425-218-3359 or

Santa Arrival and Tree Lighting, Country Village

DEC. 2 Live reindeer, caroling, gingerbread house display, 10 a.m., animated light display, free hot roasted chestnuts at 4 p.m. while they last; Santa arrives on his new float to light the tree, 7 p.m., Country Village, 23718 Bothell-Everett Highway, Bothell (425-483-2250 or

Santa Parade and Tree Lighting, Auburn

DEC. 2 Festive children’s parade, 4:30 p.m., East Main Street, followed by community caroling, lighting of the City Hall Christmas tree, lighting show; City Hall, Auburn (253-931-3043 or

Mill Creek Tree Lighting

DEC. 2 Performances by Jackson High School drum line, Voices of Northwest Chorus, carriage and wagon rides, cookie decorating, photos with Santa and elves, 4 p.m., Mill Creek City Hall, 15728 Main St., Mill Creek (

Tree Lighting, Bonney Lake

DEC. 2 Music, activities, Santa, tree-lighting ceremony, 6 p.m., Public Safety Building, 18421 Veterans Memorial Drive E., Bonney Lake; nonperishable food-bank donations requested (

Poulsbo Sons of Norway Julefest

DEC. 2 Bazaar, Scandinavian vendors, arts and crafts, food, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sons of Norway, 18891 Front St. N.E., Poulsbo; Julefest, Santa arrives, dancing around the tree, Lucia Bride lights bonfire escorted by Vikings, 6 p.m., Waterfront Park, Poulsbo (

Holiday on the Bay, Port of Everett

DEC. 2-3 Holiday tree lighting, Santa visit, 5 p.m., light boat parade 5:30 p.m. Dec. 2; Everett Farmers Market Holiday Festival with 40 vendors, Toys for Tots toy drive, kids’ activities, holiday music, 1-5 p.m. Dec. 2, noon-5 p.m. Dec. 3; Port of Everett Waterfront Center, 1205 Craftsman Way, Everett (

Hands-on Hanukkah

DEC. 3 Make edible dreidels and other Hanukkah crafts, spin a giant dreidel, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Northgate Mall, Seattle and Crossroads Mall, Bellevue; free, preregister (

Holiday With Lights

DEC. 3-31 Light displays, 25 rides, “Toy Time Fun” and “Joy! A Sweet Candy Adventure” shows, laser light shows, Toyland for kids, Santa visits, holiday singalongs and shows, 5-9 p.m. Dec. 3 and 10; 5-10 p.m. Dec. 8-9, 15-23, 26-31; Opening Day tree lighting with Santa, carolers, 6 p.m. Dec. 3; Wild Waves & Enchanted Village, 36201 Enchanted Parkway S., Federal Way; $14.99-$19.99, $7/parking (

Traditional Christmas Celebration, Historic Flight Foundation

DEC. 3 Christmas activities, refreshments, donations of new, unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots suggested, noon, Santa arrives, 1:30 p.m., Historic Flight Foundation, 10719 Bernie Webber Drive, Mukilteo; $10-$15, ages 10 and younger free (425-384-3200 or

Holiday in the Park

DEC. 7 Five choral groups, free cookies and hot chocolate, kids’ activities, holiday lighting including hundreds of luminaria, 6-8 p.m., Volunteer Park, 1247 15th Ave. E., Seattle (

Pioneer Square Holiday Kick Off

DEC. 7 Ice sculpting, carolers at First Thursday Art Walk, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Occidental Square, Occidental Avenue South and South Main Street, Seattle (

PhinneyWood Phestivus

DEC. 8 Free trolley rides, art walk, specials at participating businesses, pub crawl; 6-10 p.m., Phinney Avenue North and Greenwood Avenue North, from the Zoo to North 87th Street, Seattle (


DEC. 9 Cookies by local bakeries sold by the dozen to benefit Seattle Milk Fund child care and family support programs, open 11 a.m. while supplies last, Seattle Center Armory, Seattle (206-526-7944 or

Pioneer Square Howlidays

DEC. 9 Entertainment, activities and treats for dogs and people, dog costume contest, dog park, “Barket Market” vendors, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Occidental Square, Occidental Avenue South and South Main Street, Seattle (

Green Lake Pathway of Lights

DEC. 9 Luminaria, music performances around the lake, bring your own lights to add to the ambience, 4:30-7:30 p.m., Green Lake Park, 7201 E. Green Lake Drive N., Seattle; nonperishable food bank donations requested (206-784-0780 or

Santa’s Lights Tour

DEC. 9 Excursion to see holiday lights in fleet of historic trolley and motorbuses; 7 p.m., Second Avenue South and South Main Street, Seattle; $5, children age 5 and younger free; ORCA, Metro transfers, tickets, or passes not accepted (

Breakfast with Santa

DEC. 9 Breakfast, games, activities, picture with Santa, 9 a.m. or 10:45 a.m., Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Senior Center, 18560 First Ave. N.E., Shoreline; $12-$17, preregistration required (206-801-2600 or

Santa Arrgh-rival — A Pirate X-Mas

DEC. 9 Pirates of Treasure Island “arrgh-rive” on their pirate ship, 7 p.m., festivities, Santa lights Jolly Rodney, The Country Village Pirate Ship in the center courtyard, 5-8 p.m., Country Village, 23718 Bothell-Everett Highway, Bothell (425-483-2250 or

Dickens Festival

DEC. 9 Victorian holiday revelry, entertainment, lights, Dickens Costume Contest, vendors, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Avenue G and Second Avenue, Tacoma (

Drive-Through Christmas Story

DEC. 9 Experience Bethlehem, 6-8:30 p.m., Normandy Christian Church, 908 S. 200th St., Des Moines (


DEC. 10 Danish Christmas traditions, singing and dancing around the Christmas tree, Danish Christmas crafts, stories about “nisser” (Danish Christmas elves), treats including kringle and glögg, Santa, 2 p.m. Dec. 10, Seattle Danish Center, 1833 N. 105th St., Seattle; $5-$15 (206-523-3263 or

Jingle Bell Run

DEC. 10 Run or walk to benefit The Arthritis Foundation, holiday themed costumes and tying jingle bells to running shoes encouraged; dogs welcome for the first time this year, 8 a.m., Westlake Park, 401 Pine St., Seattle; $40-$75, $20/Kids Run, $10/dog; additional fundraising suggested, incentives available (

SAM Lights

DEC. 14 Sculptures lit with luminarias, light installations, glowing inflatables, art-making with local artists, creative kids’ space, musical processions led by marching band, wear lights or make your own wearable light art on-site, TASTE Café in the PACCAR Pavilion, food trucks, all ages and pets welcome, 6-9 p.m., Olympic Sculpture Park, 2901 Western Ave., Seattle; free, preregister (

Community Hanukkah Pajama Jam

DEC. 16 Hanukkah celebration, wear your pjs, music, special Hanukkah story, food trucks; collecting donations of new and gently used pajamas (size 2T-12) for kids in foster care, 5:30 p.m., Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 E. Mercer Way, Mercer Island; preregister (

Santa’s Landing Party, Museum of Flight

DEC. 16 Music, festivities, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive in an airplane onto Museum parking lot, 9:45 a.m.; the Clauses hear children’s wishes in the Museum, with music by the Boeing Concert Orchestra, Boeing Band, Caspar Babypants, Museum of Flight, 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle; outdoor event free; museum admission $13-$23 (206-764-5700 or

Seattle Secular Solstice

DEC. 16 Empathy theme to brighten the world, celebrate humanity’s accomplishments, reflect on our past and consider the future with food, light, song, camaraderie, 4-9 p.m., University Christian Church, 4731 15th Ave. N.E., Seattle (

Woodland Park Zoo Winter Celebration

DEC. 16-23 Animals get holiday themed treats, wreaths, decorated trees, gift boxes, as an enrichment activity, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 16-18 and 21-23, Woodland Park Zoo, 5500 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle; $9.95-$14.95 (206-548-2500 or

Winter Feast and Holiday Bazaar

DEC. 17 Food-truck festival, food and craft vendors, holiday themed activities, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., North 34th Street and Evanston Avenue North, Seattle (

Model Train Festival

DEC. 22-JAN. 1 Dozens of trains and intricate model railroad layouts throughout the museum, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 22-23 and Dec. 26-Jan. 1; free pictures with Santa Dec 22-23, Washington State History Museum, 1911 Pacific Ave., Tacoma; $11-$14, ages 5 and younger free (253-272-9747 or

NW Trek Winter Wonderland

DEC. 29-30 Watch animals around the park get winter-themed enrichment fruit, trees decorated with treats, ice and snowmen, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Northwest Trek Wildlife Park, 11610 Trek Dr. E., Eatonville; $8.25-$22.25 (360-832-6117 or

New Year’s at the Needle

DEC. 31 Fireworks at midnight to ring in 2018, Space Needle, Seattle (206-684-7200 or

First Night, Tacoma

DEC. 31 Entertainment for all ages on several stages, festivities to ring in the New Year, 6 p.m., Broadway between South Seventh and South 11th Streets, Tacoma; $10-$15, ages 10 and younger free (

New Year Walks

DEC. 31-JAN. 1 Emerald City Wanderers host scenic Volkssport walks; 10K (6.2 miles) walk to Alki with city views or 5k (3.1 miles) walk around the Admiral district, start anytime 4-7 p.m. Dec. 31 and 9 a.m.-noon Jan. 1, St. John the Baptist Church, 3050 California Ave. S.W., Seattle; free (