A roundup of festivals of lights and more around the Seattle area.
NOV. 22 Nordic Christmas celebration, craft sale, traditional Scandinavian Christmas food and drinks, music and dancing, visit from Santa, raffle, silent auction, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Nordic Heritage Museum, 3014 N.W. 67th St., Seattle; $5, children free (nordicmuseum.org).
Seattle Festival of Trees
THROUGH DEC. 2 Display of ornately decorated Christmas trees with stories of Seattle Children’s patients, on display through Dec. 2, free; celebration with entertainment, Christmas stories, lighting of the grand lobby tree at 1:15 p.m., Seattle Children’s patients, friends and family, sale of holiday items, photos with Santa, 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Fairmont Olympic Hotel, 411 University St., Seattle; (seattlefestivaloftrees.com).
North Pole at the Fair
THROUGH DEC. 24 Santa’s house with office, library of Christmas themed children’s books, Mrs. Claus Candy Store and Kitchen, workshop, toy museum, media den showing Christmas movies, Elf Village activities, Santa photos available by reservation or day of visit; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday and Nov. 24-25, 27; 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 28-29; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 2-4; 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Dec. 5; 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 6; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 9-11; 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Dec. 12; 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 13; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 15-18; 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Dec. 19-20; 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 21-23; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 24, Washington State Fair Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave. S.W., Puyallup; $5/admission, under age 2 free; additional charge for Santa photos, Santa’s workshop craft and food (253-841-5045 or northpoleatthefair.com/).
THROUGH JAN. 3 Display of creations made of candies and treats with “May The Holidays Be With You” theme inspired by “Star Wars” movies, on display 24 hours a day Tuesday-Jan. 3, Sheraton Seattle Hotel, 1400 Sixth Ave., Seattle; donations collected for JDRF Northwest Chapter (gingerbreadvillage.myevent.com/).
Seattle Turkey Trot
NOV. 26 Casual 5K run/walk, 9 a.m., 32nd Avenue Northwest and Northwest 85th Street to Golden Gardens Park, Seattle; $15-$35 benefits Ballard Food Bank (seattleturkeytrot.org).
Norpoint Turkey Trot
NOV. 26 Holiday activities, 5K chip timed run, 5K and 2 mile run/walk, kids’ dash, turkey costume contest, 9 a.m., Center at Norpoint, 4818 Nassau Ave. N.E., Tacoma; $20-$30 (metroparkstacoma.org/trot).
Teddy Bear Suite
NOV. 26-DEC. 27 Decorated teddy bear wonderland room, Nov. 26-Dec. 27, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Dec. 25, Fairmont Olympic Hotel, 411 University St., Seattle; free, donations collected for Seattle Children’s Hospital (fairmont.com/seattle/activities-services/events-calendar/).
Macy’s Holiday Parade and Star Lighting
NOV. 27 Holiday parade with floats, costumed characters, Santa, 9 a.m., Pine Street from Seventh Avenue to Fifth Avenue, on Fifth Avenue to University Street, on University Street to Fourth Avenue, on Fourth Avenue to Pine Street, concluding at Macy’s; lighting of the Macy’s star with fireworks (weather permitting), 5 p.m., Macy’s, 1601 Third Ave., Seattle (holidaysinseattle.com).
Westlake Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration
NOV. 27 Tree lighting ceremony with Santa, 4:45 p.m., Westlake Center, 400 Pine St., Seattle (206-467-1600 or westlakecenter.com).
Holiday Carousel and Winter Village
NOV. 27-JAN. 1 Holiday carousel, proceeds benefit Treehouse for foster kids, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Nov. 27, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturdays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sundays, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays; special hours, 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Dec. 13, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 24, closed Dec. 25, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 31, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Jan. 1, $3 suggested donation; Winter Village with music performances, food trucks, children’s activities, Westlake Park, 401 Pine St., Seattle (holidaysinseattle.com).
Pacific Place Holiday Season
NOV. 27-DEC. 31 Ten-minute snow flurries show with Santa, 6 p.m. nightly through Dec. 31; holiday entertainment performances, Fridays-Sundays; gift wrapping service to benefit The Forgotten Children’s fund, through Dec. 24; Holiday Unboxing Event, shoppers enter for a chance to open one of 50 prize boxes, 6-8 p.m. Dec. 10, Pacific Place, 600 Pine St., Seattle (pacificplaceseattle.com).
Seattle Center Winterfest
NOV. 27-DEC. 31 Winter village and model train display, food vendors, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, closing 4 p.m. Dec. 24, closed Dec. 25, Seattle Center Armory; entertainment including Keith Highlanders Pipe Band, 12:30 p.m. Nov. 27; Zaniac Comedy Show, 11 a.m. Nov. 28; SANCA Cirrus Circus, 12:30 Nov. 28; Global Heat, 12:30 p.m. Dec. 5; Garfield Jazz Band, 12:30 p.m. Dec. 12; KlezKids, 2 p.m. Dec. 13; The Bobs, 12:30 p.m. Dec. 20; Bailadores de Bronce, 12:30 p.m. Dec. 26; Winterfest Ice Rink, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays through Jan. 3, closing 4 p.m. Dec. 24, closed Dec. 25, open until 11:30 p.m. Dec. 31, Fisher Pavilion, $2-$7 includes skate rental; New Year’s Eve Celebration all-ages dance, 8-11:45 p.m. Dec. 31, Seattle Center, Seattle (206-684-7200 or seattlecenter.com/winterfest).
Woodland Park Zoo WildLights
NOV. 27-JAN. 3 Light displays of wild animals and wild places, reindeer, music, activities, 5:30-8:30 p.m. daily Nov. 27-Dec. 23 and Dec. 26-Jan. 3, Woodland Park Zoo, 5500 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle; $6.95-$9.95 (206-548-2500 or zoo.org).
Snowflake Lane and Celebration Lane
NOV. 27-DEC. 31 Toy soldier drummers, costumed characters, Jingle Belle Dancers, music, lights, falling snow, 7 p.m. daily through Dec. 24; Celebration Lane to ring in the New Year, 7 p.m. Dec. 26-31, Bellevue Way and Northeast Eighth Street, Bellevue (bellevuedowntown.com).
Magic Season Ice Arena
NOV. 27-JAN. 10 Covered, open-air ice arena, food concessions, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Nov. 27; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Nov. 28; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 29; 3-9 p.m. Nov. 30-Dec. 1; 1-9 p.m. Dec. 2; 3-9 p.m. Dec. 3; 3-11 p.m. Dec. 4; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Dec. 5; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 6; 3-9 p.m. Dec. 7-8; 1-9 p.m. Dec. 9; 3-9 p.m. Dec. 10; 3-11 p.m. Dec. 11; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Dec. 12; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 13; 3-9 p.m. Dec. 14-15; 1-9 p.m. Dec. 16; 3-9 p.m. Dec. 17; 3-11 p.m. Dec. 18; 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Dec. 19-23; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 24-25; 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Dec. 26-Jan. 2; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Jan. 3; 3-9 p.m. Jan. 4-5; 1-9 p.m. Jan. 6; 3-9 p.m. Jan. 7; 3-11 p.m. Jan. 8; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Jan. 9; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Jan. 10; group or private skating lessons available for a fee; free skating lessons with admission, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, Jan. 5, 6, 7; Bellevue Downtown Park, 10201 N.E. Fourth St., Bellevue; $9-$12 includes skate rental; $3 off if bringing your own skates (bellevuedowntown.com).
Point Defiance Zoo ZooLights
NOV. 27-JAN. 3 Light displays with animal themes; camel rides, carousel, gift shop, aquarium, 5-9 p.m. Nov. 27-Dec. 23 and Dec. 25-Jan. 3, Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma; $5-$10, ages 2 and younger free (pdza.org).
Greet the Season at Lake Union Park
NOV. 28 A celebration with music, crafts, activities for all ages, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., at Lake Union Park, MOHAI, The Center for Wooden Boats and Historic Ships Wharf; the Argosy Cruises Christmas Ship Festival launch is 7 p.m., Lake Union Park, 860 Terry Ave. N., Seattle; regular MOHAI admission ($14-$17, ages 14 and younger free) 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; museum admission free after 5 p.m. (mohai.org).
Magic in the Market
NOV. 28 Free photo with Santa, cookie decorating the Market Atrium Kitchen, performances by Figgy Pudding caroling teams, 1-5 p.m.; Santa leads countdown to lighting holiday tree and lights throughout the Market, 5 p.m., Pike Place Market, Seattle; first hour parking free at Public Market Parking Garage 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (pikeplacemarket.org).
Tacoma Holiday Tree Lighting
NOV. 28 Carols and photos with Santa, 5 p.m. Saturday, Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway, Tacoma (broadwaycenter.org/).
NOV. 28-JAN. 2 Garden and holiday themed light sculptures, 4:30-9:30 p.m. daily through Jan. 2, Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St., Bellevue; $5, ages 10 and younger free; advance tickets available (425-252-2750 or gardendlights.org).
NOV. 28-DEC. 19 Vintage train excursion with snacks, visit with Santa in historic depot, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on the hour Nov. 28-29, Dec. 5-6, 12-13, 18-19, Northwest Railway Museum, 38625 S.E. King St, Snoqualmie; $22, advance purchase recommended, some sold out (425-888-3030 or trainmuseum.org).
Santa Express Train
NOV. 28-DEC. 20 Historic train through scenic foothills, with Santa visits, Saturdays-Sundays Nov. 28-Dec. 20, Mount Rainier Scenic Railroad, 54124 Mountain Highway E., Elbe; $18-$32, reservations strongly recommended (360-569-7959 or mrsr.com).
Kirkland Winterfest Holiday Tree Lighting and Music Festlval
NOV. 29 Performances, bonfires, food, kids’ activities, 2 p.m., Santa arrives 5 p.m. for tree lighting ceremony, Marina Park, 25 Lake Shore Plaza, Kirkland (kirklanddowntown.org/kirkland-winterfest/).
Edmonds Tree Lighting Ceremony
NOV. 29 Tree lighting, Santa Claus, carols, snacks, 4:30 p.m. Nov. 29, Centennial Plaza, Fifth Avenue and Bell Street, Edmonds (425-670-1496 or edmondswa.com).
Providence O’Christmas Trees
NOV. 30-DEC. 1 Display of decorated trees, pictures with Santa, kids’ carnival games and crafts, concert by Caspar Babypants, 4-8 p.m. Nov. 30, free; Silver Bells Luncheon, fashion show, 11 a.m. Nov. 30, $75 by reservation; Gala Dinner and Auction benefiting health care, housing and hospice for people in need, 5 p.m. Dec. 1, $330 by reservation; The Westin Seattle, 1900 Fifth Ave., Seattle (206-938-2788 or providence.org/OTrees).
Issaquah Reindeer Festival
DEC. 1-23 See Santa and his reindeer, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Dec. 1-23, proceeds benefit zoo animals and education programs, Cougar Mountain Zoo, 19525 S.E. 54th St., Issaquah; $10-$14 (425-391-5508 or cougarmountainzoo.org).
Winter’s Eve Celebration
DEC. 2 Nocturnal walk through the forest, 6 and 7 p.m.; holiday crafts, decorate cookies, luminaria to bonfire and Christmas Ship visit at 8:20 p.m., Seward Park Audubon Center, 5902 Lake Washington Boulevard S., Seattle; free, reservations required (206-652-2444 or brownpapertickets.com/event/897388).
Victorian Country Christmas Festlval
DEC. 2-6 Victorian village with stage shows, concerts, activities, wine garden, singing nativity, 500 stores, Santa visits, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 2-3, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Dec. 4-5, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 6, Washington State Fair Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave. S.W., Puyallup; $8-$12, ages 5 and younger free (253-841-5045 or avictoriancountrychristmas.com/).
The Lights of Christmas
DEC. 3-29 Holiday festival with 1 million lights, five entertainment stages, children’s activities, food vendors, 5-10 p.m. Dec. 3-6, 10-13, 17-23, 26-29; overnight packages and holiday theater tickets available, Warm Beach Christian Camps & Conference Center, 20800 Marine Drive, Stanwood; $11-$16, ages 3 and younger free; pay what you can, at the gate only, Dec. 3, 10, 28, 29 (800-228-6724 or warmbeachlights.com).
Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition
DEC. 4 Dozens of caroling teams perform, proceeds benefit Pike Market Senior Center and Food Bank; teams compete on surrounding streets, 6:15-7:15 p.m.; Blue Thunder leads parade to Main Stage, 7:15 p.m.; Main Stage sing-off and awards presentation, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Westlake Center, 400 Pine St., Seattle; free for spectators, $75/team of 5 or more to compete, fundraising encouraged (pikemarketseniorcenter.org/figgy-pudding).
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DEC. 4-5 Advent exhibit of 600 Nativities from around the world, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Dec. 4-5, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 6, Lamb of God Lutheran Church, 12509 27th Ave. N.E., Seattle (206-383-5718 or nativityexhibitnw.org).
DEC. 4-5 Drive-through living Nativity scene, 6-8:30 p.m., Rolling Bay Presbyterian Church, 11042 Sunrise Drive N.E., Bainbridge Island; free (rbpres.org).
Bellevue Festival of The Nativity
DEC. 4-13 Display of 550 Nativities from around the world, performances, family activities, noon-9 p.m. Dec. 4-7 and 11-13, Bellevue South LDS Stake Center, 15205 S.E. 28th St., Bellevue (bellevuenativity.com/).
DEC. 4-JAN. 1 Entertainment, 6:15-7:30 p.m., official lighting, 7 p.m., Rainier Yacht Club Parade of Boats, 7:30 p.m., Argosy Christmas Ship, 8 p.m. Dec. 4; Clam Lights 5-9 p.m. nightly, Dec. 5-Jan. 1, Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park, 1201 Lake Washington Blvd. N., Renton (rentonwa.gov/clamlights/).
Celebrate The Nativity, Maple Valley
DEC. 4-6 Display of 600 nativities, artwork, children’s activities, live Nativity, music performances, 2-9 p.m., LDS Church, Maple Valley, 26800 236th Place S.E., Maple Valley; food bank donations collected (celebratethenativity.com/).
Holiday With Lights
DEC. 4-JAN. 2 Holiday light and sound displays, 20 amusement rides, Santa, Toyland for ages 12 and younger, food vendors, Frosty and Rudolph Sing-a-Long shows, 5-9 p.m. Dec. 4-5, 5-10 p.m. Dec. 11-12, 5-9 p.m. Dec. 13; 5-10 p.m. Dec. 18-23, 26-31 and Jan. 1-2, Wild Waves Theme Park, 36201 Enchanted Parkway S., Federal Way; $9.99-$14.99, parking $10-$20 (253-661-8000 or wildwaves.com).
Junction Tree Lighting and Holiday Party
DEC. 5 Progressive party at Junction businesses staying open late, with snacks, drinks, games, sales, 4 p.m.; tree lighting, 5 p.m., Junction Plaza Park, 42nd Avenue Southwest and Southwest Alaska Street, Seattle (wsjunction.org).
DEC. 5 Highlighting the city’s diverse holiday traditions with market, noon-6 p.m.; entertainment, campus tree lighting, 5 p.m., Redmond City Hall Plaza, 15670 N.E. 85th St., Redmond; walk along Redmond Central Connection to Redmond Town Center with luminaries, light displays, music, beverages, 5-7 p.m.; celebration with skating rink, entertainment, kids’ crafts, carousel, 6-8 p.m., Redmond Town Center (redmondlights.com).
Holiday Tree Lighting and Santa Arrival, Renton
DEC. 5 Community celebration of the season, 5-7 p.m. Dec. 5, Renton Downtown Piazza, South Third Street and Burnett Avenue South, Renton (piazzarenton.com).
Santa Arrival and Tree Lighting, Country Village
DEC. 5 Live reindeer, caroling, gingerbread house display, visit by the Grinch, animated light display, pony rides, Santa’s Workshop, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; free hot roasted chestnuts, 4 p.m. while supplies last; arrival of Santa on Christmas float followed by traditional tree lighting, 7 p.m., Country Village, 23718 Bothell-Everett Highway, Bothell (425-483-2250 or countryvillagebothell.com/).
19th Century Christmas
DEC. 5 Experience Christmas in the 1800s with arrival of the yule log, games, ornament making, visit by Father Christmas, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma; $5-$8, ages 4 and younger free (253-591-5339 or metroparkstacoma.org/fort-nisqually-living-history-museum).
Candy Cane Lane
DEC. 5-JAN. 1 Walk or drive through decorated houses and displays, 4-11 p.m. daily Dec. 5-Jan. 1, 21st Avenue Northeast north of Ravenna Boulevard, Seattle; food bank donations appreciated.
Ballard Holiday Festival
DEC. 6 Activities for all ages, free photos with Santa, popcorn and hot chocolate, caroling, merchant events, 2-5 p.m., Marvin’s Garden Park, 5400 Ballard Ave. N.W., Seattle (ballardchamber.com).
K-9 Candy Cane 5K Fun Run/Walk
DEC. 6 Cedar River Trail course, dogs welcome, includes sweatshirt if registered before Nov. 29; prizes, snacks, Santa, 9 a.m., Renton Community Center, 1715 Maple Valley Highway, Renton; $35-$40 (signmeup.com/site/online-event-registration/109786)
Festivals of Light, Seattle Children’s Museum
DEC. 6-27 Children and families explore winter solstice celebrations from around the world, including performances exploring Scandinavian Santa, 11:30 a.m. Dec. 6; African-American Kwanzaa, 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 12; Santa/St. Nicholas, Dec. 17-19; Mexican Las Posadas, 2:30 p.m. Dec. 26; Hanukkah, 11:30 a.m. Dec. 27, Seattle Children’s Museum, Seattle Center Armory, Seattle; $7.25-$8.25, infants under 12 months old free (206-441-1768 or thechildrensmuseum.org).
The Big Chanukah Show
DEC. 7 Musical variety show featuring Jewish Chanukah-related music and entertainment, lighting of the Chanukah candles, 7 p.m. Dec. 7, Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 E. Mercer Way, Mercer Island; free (206-234-7600 or jewishsound.org/event/the-big-chanukah-show/).
PhinneyWood Monkey Trolley Tour and Art Walk
DEC. 11 Unlimited off and on trolley to see holiday monkey light sculptures around the neighborhood, art walk, 6-10 p.m., designated stops on Phinney and, Greenwood Avenues North between Woodland Park Zoo (North 55th Street) and North 87th Street, Seattle (monkeywood.org).
DEC. 12 Local pastry artists provide thousands of holiday-inspired treats, $15/dozen or $1.50 each, all proceeds benefit Seattle Milk Fund’s Child Care & Family Support Program; 10 a.m., while supplies last, usually 2-3 hours; Seattle Center Armory, Seattle (seattlemilkfund.org).
Pioneer Square Howlidays
DEC. 12 Entertainment and activities for people of all ages and dogs, pop-up pooch park and agility course, dog costume contest, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Occidental Park, 117 S. Washington St., Seattle (pioneersquare.org).
Green Lake Pathway of Lights
DEC. 12 Path around the lake lit by luminaria, music on four stages, 4:30-7:30 p.m. Dec. 12, Green Lake Community Center, 7201 E. Green Lake Dr. N., Seattle; free, canned food bank donations suggested (206-684-0780 or seattle.gov/parks).
Santa’s Lights Tour
DEC. 12 Metro Employees Historic Vehicle Association’s 3-hour tour on historic buses to see Christmas lights, 7 p.m. Dec. 12, Second Avenue South and South Main Street, Seattle; $5, no ORCA, Metro tickets or passes accepted (206-684-1816 or mehva.org).
Drive-Thru Christmas Story
DEC. 12-13 Full-size sets and volunteers depict Nativity scenes, 6-8:30 p.m. Dec. 12-13, Normandy Christian Church, 908 S. 200th St., Des Moines (206-878-4740 or normandychristian.org).
Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis
DEC. 13 5K competitive and noncompetitive run and walk, Elf Village with Santa, costume contest, 7 a.m.-noon; Run With the Elves kids 1K fun run, 8 a.m.; runners and walkers start 8:20-8:35 a.m.; Holiday Cheery Garden, 8:45 a.m.-11:35 a.m., Westlake Center, 400 Pine St., Seattle; $40-$45, fundraising/donations suggested; Kids’ Run $10 (jbr.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1138396).
Traditional Santa Lucia Celebration
DEC. 13 Swedish pageant, candlelight procession, smorgasbord, dancing around the tree, for all ages, 5-8 p.m. Dec. 13, Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 2400 N.W. 85th St., Seattle (206-783-7900 or ourredeemers.net).
Holiday Season at Sea-Tac Airport
DEC. 16-24 Music, Santa, parade 9:30 a.m. daily in Central Terminal, free gift wrapping, donations to USO suggested, 6 a.m.-2 p.m., post-security area, Sea-Tac Airport, 17801 International Blvd., SeaTac (portseattle.org/about/contact).
Seattle’s Traditional Santa Breakfasts
DEC. 19-20 Santa, entertainment, benefits the Arthritis Foundation, 9:30 a.m. Dec. 19-20, Sheraton Seattle Hotel, 1400 Sixth Ave., Seattle; $30-$55 by reservation (arthgwr.ejoinme.org/santabreakfast).
12Ks of Christmas Holiday Run
DEC. 20 Holiday-themed 12K and 5K run/walk with food, music, holiday costume contest, free kids’ dash for ages 10 and younger, 9:30 a.m., Heritage Park, Waverly Way at Market Street, Kirkland; $35-$50 (206-729-9972 or promotionevents.com/12Ks/12K_Info.htm).