A weekend calendar of events for families.

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Arts-and-craft activities for children, lighting of candles ceremony, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Calm Rain Designs Studio, 1825 S. Jackson St., Seattle; free (206-860-3974 or www.calmrain.com).

Winter Holidays at Bellevue Arts Museum

Hands-on art and nature activity, creating artwork from nature, noon-3 p.m., Bellevue Arts Museum, 510 Bellevue Way N.E., Bellevue; $5 (425-519-0770 or www.bellevuearts.org).

Today, Sunday

Festivals of Light

Traditional celebration of the Swedish Festival of Santa Lucia, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. today and Sunday, closed Monday, The Children’s Museum, Seattle Center House, Seattle; $6.50-$7.50 (206-441-1768 or www.thechildrensmuseum.org).

Adventures with

Clifford The Big Red Dog

Join Clifford, Emily Elizabeth and friends in interactive, educational and bilingual (English and Spanish) exhibit, at the museum through Jan. 7, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. today and Sunday, closed Monday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Jan. 6-7, The Children’s Museum, Seattle Center House, Seattle; $6.50-$7.50 (206-441-1768 or www.thechildrensmuseum.org).

Museum of Flight Blackbird

Blackbird Tip-to-Tail tours of the museum’s unique M/D-21 Blackbird and Drone, the fastest jet in the world, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. today and Sunday, Museum of Flight, 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle; $14-$22 (206-628-0888 or www.museumofflight.org).

Today, Sunday, Monday


Holiday décor, entertainment, train display, opening 10 a.m. today and Sunday; rumba and salsa performance and dance with Cambalache Salsa Band, 7-10 p.m. today; create your own party hat and dance with music by Sonic Funk band, 8-11:45 p.m. Sunday, Center House, Seattle, free; New Year’s at the Needle fireworks show, midnight Sunday, Space Needle, Seattle; free; ice rink, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. today, 11 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday, Fisher Pavilion, Seattle Center, Seattle; $5 adult/$3 child admission, skate rental $2, Center House; Seattle Center, Seattle (206-684-7200).

Bellevue Magic Season

Snowflake Lane nightly light show with falling snow, live toy soldiers, music and light show, 7 p.m. today and Sunday, along the sidewalks of Bellevue Way and Northeast Eighth Street, Bellevue; ice rink, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. today, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday, Bellevue Downtown Park, Northeast First Street and 102nd Avenue Northeast, Bellevue; $8 admission includes skate rental, $6 without skate rental (425-453-1223 or www.magicseason.com).

Seattle Aquarium Winter Break Fantastic Fishtival

Hands-on activities, demonstrations and more, highlighting a different sea animal and activity each day; Sharks, today; Sea Stars, Sunday; Animals with Shells, Monday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, the Seattle Aquarium, 1483 Alaskan Way, Seattle; $5.50-$12.50 (206-386-4300).

Model Train Festival

Celebrate railroads from the past and present with model-train displays throughout the museum in addition to its permanent 1,800-square-foot layout, numerous holiday-themed layouts and dioramas will be on display, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today, Sunday, Monday, Washington State History Museum, 1911 Pacific Ave., Tacoma; $6-$8 (253-272-3500).


Light sculptures, entertainment, animal encounters, carousel rides, 5-9 p.m. today, Sunday, Monday, Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma; $5-$7 (253-591-5337 or www.pdza.org).


Polar Plunge

Seattle Parks and Recreation gives an official “Patch of Courage” to all who immerse themselves neck-deep in Lake Washington; costumes encouraged, 11:30 a.m., Matthews Beach, 9300 51st Ave., Seattle (206-684-4075).

New Year’s Queen Anne Walk

Volkssport 10K (6.2 miles) or 5K (3.1 miles) walk through Queen Anne neighborhood, start time 9 a.m.-1 p.m., finish by 4 p.m., St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 15 Roy St., Seattle (800-830-9255 or www.esva.org).

New Year’s Day Kite Fly

Washington Kitefliers Association welcomes all to start the year by flying kites, 11 a.m., Golden Gardens Park, 8498 Seaview Pl. N.W., Seattle.

New Year’s Day Walk in Interlaken Park

Duse McLean leads New Year’s walk for all ages, meet at 1 p.m. at the northwest entrance to Interlaken Park, Interlaken Boulevard and Delmar Street, Seattle (425-885-3173).


UW Early Entrance Program

Information for middle-school students, parents and teachers on the Transition School/Early Entrance Program that admits students ages 12-14 to the University of Washington, 7 p.m., Physics/Astronomy Building Room A102, University of Washington, Seattle; free, no reservations required (206-543-4160).


Toy swap

Buy and/or sell gently used toys, 6:30-8:30 p.m., High Point Community Center, 6920 34th Ave. S.W., Seattle; free admission, $2/table for sellers (206-684-7422).

Bellevue YMCA Family Night

Dinner and family activities including kids’ gym, “Dance Dance Revolution,” family swimming, projects and healthy snacks, dinner 5:30 p.m., activities 6:30-8:30 p.m., Bellevue Family YMCA, 14230 Bel-Red Road, Bellevue; $1-$5, preregistration required for dinner (425-745-9900).