A roundup of A-list events around Seattle and Western Washington, Dec. 23-26, 2010.
Merry Christmas. Mele Kalikimaka. Feliz Navidad. Or, if that’s not your holiday du jour: Happy solstice and the start of winter, everybody. The good news: Days are getting longer now, and more hours of daylight will be chasing away our Seasonal Affective Disorder. Other things that might make us all happy:
Play in the snow: Folks living near sea level aren’t likely to get the ghost of Bing Crosby crooning “White Christmas” in respect to the weekend’s weather, forecasters insist. But head for Mount Rainier and all bets are off. The national park’s snowplay and sliding area at Paradise opened last weekend and continues with daily supervision through Jan. 2. For more details, see www.nps.gov/mora.
Get dazzled: If you haven’t already, take an evening drive to see holiday lights. If you missed it last week, you can still find The Seattle Times guide to the region’s best holiday lights (and a Google map to get you there) at seattletimes.com. From the top of the home page, search for “Take your own tour of holiday lights.”
Train time: This always seems like perfect timing. If you didn’t get that special model-train set under the tree, head for Tacoma’s Washington State History Museum for the annual Model Train Festival, which starts Sunday. See www.washingtonhistory.org/wshm/festivals/modeltrains.aspx.
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Last ports o’ call: Thursday evening, the Argosy Christmas Ships leave from Kirkland and visit Matthews Beach, Houghton Beach, Portage Bay and Gas Works Park. It’s the final sailing of the year. Details at www.argosy%cruises.com.
Quilts in La Conner: If an out-of-town drive suits you, the historic 1891 Gaches Mansion, home to the La Conner Quilt and Textile Museum, is decorated for the holidays and has a special quilt display through Dec. 31, up in Skagit County. Details at www.laconnerquilts.com.
Just get outta the house: Join Cascade Orienteering Club’s Bog Slog on Sunday at Saint Edward State Park. See www.cascadeoc.org.