Even the darkest winter nights come alive with the warm glow of lights. Upcoming festivities include Green Lake Pathway of Lights, Seattle; Hanukkah Under the Stars, Mercer Island; and SAM Lights, Dec. 17.

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Green Lake will glow with luminaria, music and holiday cheer at Pathway of Lights on Saturday, Dec. 12. A favorite holiday tradition on the second Saturday of December since the 1980s, the event on the 2.8-mile path around the lake at one of Seattle’s most popular parks draws more than 20,000 people a year, no matter the weather.

Local school and community groups perform at four sites, Green Lake Community Center, the Arch and near the Aqua Theatre and Bathhouse, including school jazz bands from Roosevelt, Chief Sealth and Eckstein; Seattle Holiday Sax Choir; Phinney Ridge Gospel Choir; Seattle Ukulele Players; and many more.

Hot beverages are available at each performance location, along with donation stations for a food drive benefiting FamilyWorks. Everyone’s invited to bring their own candles or lights to add to the festive ambience.

Green Lake Pathway of Lights

Time: 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12

Cost: Free; nonperishable food donations suggested

Location: Green Lake Community Center and Park, 7201 E. Green Lake Dr. N., Seattle

More info: 206-684-0780 or seattle.gov/parks

Hanukkah Under the Stars

Time: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12

Cost: Free, donation of new pair of socks requested; preregister online

Location: Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 E. Mercer Way, Mercer Island

More info: 206-232-7115 or sjcc.org

SAM Lights

Time: 6 to 9 p.m. next Thursday, Dec. 17

Cost: Free; online preregistration requested

Location: Olympic Sculpture Park, Broad Street and Elliott Avenue, Seattle

More info:seattleartmuseum.org/lights

Since the paths will be full of walkers, cyclists are asked to walk their bike or use the bike parking available near the Community Center and the Bathhouse. Walking, bus and car pools are also suggested, since parking is limited.

Hanukkah Under the Stars, also Saturday, invites the community to a festive indoor Hanukkah party for all ages with acrobatics by SANCA Circus, music by Shul of Rock, games, crafts and community candle lighting at Stroum Jewish Community Center on Mercer Island. Attractions include Museum of Flight’s planetarium experience and a science demonstration by Pacific Science Center. Three food trucks will be on hand. Donations of new socks and preregistration are requested; registration will also be available at the door.

For more outdoor luminaria and music, SAM Lights fills Seattle Art Museum’s waterfront Olympic Sculpture Park with lights and luminaria, art activities, music and food vendors next Thursday, Dec. 17.