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Originally published Friday, November 23, 2007 at 12:00 AM

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Holiday Parade, Star Lighting and Fireworks NOV. 23 Balloon floats, marching bands, costumed characters, Santa; concluding with Santa's...

Holiday Parade, Star Lighting and Fireworks

NOV. 23 Balloon floats, marching bands, costumed characters, Santa; concluding with Santa's arrival at Macy's with confetti snowstorm, 8:45 a.m. today, from Seventh Avenue and Pine Street to Fifth Avenue, on Fifth Avenue to University Street, on University Street to Fourth Avenue, on Fourth Avenue to Macy's, Seattle; Macy's star-lighting and fireworks, 5 p.m. today, weather permitting, Macy's, Third Avenue and Pine Street, Seattle (206-506-6000).

Sheraton Seattle's Gingerbread Village

NOV. 23-JAN. 2 Elaborate "Holidays Around The World" gingerbread creations by architectural firms, trade associations and hotel culinary staff, on display daily through Jan. 2, Sheraton Seattle Hotel and Towers, 1400 Sixth Ave., Seattle; donations to Northwest Chapter of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation requested (206-621-9000).

Winter Wonderland, Pacific Place

NOV. 23-DEC. 24 Snowfall show in the atrium, 6 p.m. daily through Dec. 24, Pacific Place, 600 Pine St., Seattle; free (206-405-2655).

Teddy Bear Suite

NOV. 23-DEC. 26 Holiday hotel suite with display of teddy bears and teddy-bear themed children's books, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily through Dec. 26, Fairmont Olympic Hotel, 411 University St., Seattle; free, donations for Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center requested (206-621-1700).

Seattle Center Winterfest

NOV. 23-JAN. 6 Classic carousel, Campus Luminaria light displays, train-and-winter-village display, activities and performances, today-Jan. 6, including Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra Student Showcase opening performance, 11 a.m. today; World Market vendors, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. today, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday; Winter Worldfest cultural festival with ethnic entertainment from around the world, 1-7 p.m. today, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; contra dance, 7-9 p.m. Sunday; indoor ice rink, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays through Jan. 6, Fisher Pavilion, $2-$3, skate rental $2, cash only; bonfire, 5-7 p.m. Dec. 15; Winter Solstice celebration, 3:45 p.m. Dec. 22-23; Kwanzaa celebration, 2-4 p.m. Dec. 28; New Year's Eve celebration dance party, 8-11:45 p.m. Dec. 31, Seattle Center, Seattle; most events free (206-684-7200 or www.seattlecenter.com/winterfest).

Festival of Trees

NOV. 23-NOV. 27 Display of 25 creatively decorated trees to be sold or auctioned to benefit Children's Hospital & Regional Medical Center, on display through Nov. 27, Fairmont Olympic Hotel, 411 University St., Seattle (206-621-1700).

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Bellevue Magic Season

NOV. 23-JAN. 6 Snowflake Lane display of lights, music, dramatic drumming from live toy soldiers and magical snow, 7 p.m. nightly through Dec. 24, ring in the new year with nightly performances of Celebration Lane, 7 p.m. Dec. 26-31, along Bellevue Way and Northeast Eighth Street, Bellevue (425-454-8096); outdoor ice arena with covered portion, heated tent for spectators, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays, 3-9 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, 1-9 p.m. Wednesdays through Dec. 16 and Jan. 2-6, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. daily Dec. 17-23, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 24, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Dec. 26-30, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Dec. 31, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Jan. 1, Bellevue Downtown Park, 10201 N.E. Fourth St., Bellevue; $9/with skate rental, $6/bring your own ice skates (425-453-1223 or www.magicseason.com).

Redmond Town Center Holiday Train

NOV. 23-DEC. 24 Redmond Town Center alight with lights and holiday décor, Santa's house for photos and holiday train, hours vary daily through Dec. 24, Redmond Town Center, 16495 N.E. 74th St., Redmond; $3-$5 (425-867-0808).

Festival of Poinsettias

NOV. 23-DEC. 24 Winter wonderland features over 30 varieties of poinsettias, holiday accessories, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday-Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday through Dec. 24, Molbak's, 13625 N.E. 175th St., Woodinville (425-483-5000).

Pike Place Market Holiday Magic

NOV. 24 Snow activities and games, kids' craft activities, Dickens Carolers, Santa poses for photos by vintage truck, free Market Centennial T-shirts with donation of four cans of food while supplies last, free parking in Public Market Parking Garage with $30 in receipts from that day at the market, holiday tree-lighting ceremony, noon-5 p.m. Saturday, Pike Place Market, 1501 Pike Place, Seattle (206-682-7453 or www.pikeplacemarket.org).

Victorian Country Christmas Festival

NOV.28-DEC.2 Victorian-village-themed vendors, wine garden, stage entertainment, singing nativity, craft and carnival activities for kids, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Nov. 28-Dec. 1, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 2, Puyallup Fair and Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave. S.W., Puyallup; $9/adults, $7.50/ages 6-18 and ages 62 and older (253-841-5045 or www.avictoriancountrychristmas.com).

Lynnwood Civic Lights Winter Celebration

NOV. 29 Photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus and entertainment at the Fire Station, arts-and-crafts workshop, free polar-bear swim and movie "Happy Feet" at the Recreation Center, snow play and kids' activities at the Council Chambers, storytelling, games and performance by Tim Noah at the library, festive light display, 6-9 p.m. Nov. 29, Lynnwood Civic Center Campus, 19000 44th Ave. W., Lynnwood (425-771-4030 or www.ci.lynnwood.wa.us).

Deck the (City) Halls, Mill Creek

NOV. 29 Holiday tree-lighting, pictures with Santa, music, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Nov. 29, Mill Creek City Hall, 15728 Main St., Mill Creek (425-745-1891).

The Lights of Christmas, Warm Beach

NOV. 29-DEC. 30 Light displays, music on three stages, pony rides, Polar Express train rides, petting farm, draft horse wagon ride, theater performances, vendors, food, 5-10 p.m. Nov. 29-Dec. 2, Dec. 6-9, 13-16, 20-23, 27-30, Warm Beach Christian Camps & Conference Center, 20800 Marine Drive, Stanwood; $12/adults, $8/ages 60 and older and active military, $7/ages 4-12, advance tickets and discounts available online (360-652-7575 or warmbeach.com).

Community Tree Lighting, Black Diamond

NOV. 30 Santa by firetruck to light the community Christmas tree, followed by snacks and Santa visits, 6-8:30 p.m. Nov. 30, Black Diamond Community Center, 31605 Third Ave., Black Diamond (360-888-1011).

The Crèche Exhibit: A Nativity Celebration

NOV. 30-DEC. 2 Display of more than 400 crèches depicting the birth of Jesus Christ, with live music from local instrumentalists, vocalists and choirs, live nativity, children's activities, 6-9 p.m. Nov. 30-Dec. 2, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 26800 236th Place S.E., Maple Valley; free (206-856-1351 or www.mvchristmascreche.org).

Bainbridge Island Christmas in the Country

NOV. 30-DEC. 2 Free self-guided driving tour stops by 11 historic homes, farms and nonprofits hosting regional artists, authors and musicians, arts and crafts, pony rides, food, Santa photos, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 2, maps online, at participating locations and at Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce, 509 Winslow Way E., Bainbridge; free (206-842-6883 or www.christmasinthecountry.info).

Greens Galore

DEC. 1 Handmade wreaths, freshly cut greens for holiday decorating, gifts, crafts and more for the holidays, proceeds benefit Washington Park Arboretum, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 1, Graham Visitors Center, 2300 Arboretum Drive E., Seattle (206-325-4510).

Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration, Renton

DEC. 1 Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive by firetruck, entertainment, refreshments, 5-7 p.m. Dec. 1, Renton Downtown Piazza, South Third Street and Burnett Avenue South, Renton (425-917-0173).

A Holly Jolly Day in Kent

DEC. 1 Holiday bazaar, ornament making, merchants' open house, 1-mile walk for people and pets, pet parade for kids and pets, entertainment, historic district tours by tractor ride, horse-drawn carriage rides, Santa visits, tree-lighting, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Dec. 1, downtown Kent and Kent Station (www.virtuallyyourz.com/ kentwinterfest.php).

Santa Parade, Puyallup

DEC. 1 Santa parade, 4 p.m. Dec. 1, downtown Puyallup, tree-lighting, Pioneer Park, Puyallup (253-840-2631 or www.puyallupmainstreet.com).

Fort Nisqually's 19th-Century Christmas

DEC. 1 Experience the Christmas season in 1855 style with the sounds of penny whistles, the aroma of ginger biscuits, Christmas dances and the slower pace of the 19th-century Christmas season, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 1, Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma; $2-$4 (253-591-5339).

Victorian Holiday Celebration

DEC. 1 Display and sale of poinsettias, Santa visit for children, staff in Victorian costume, gift shop, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 1, Wright Park, 501 S. I St., Tacoma (253-305-1000 or www.metroparkstacoma.org). Tree-lighting, Brier

DEC. 1 Santa and Mrs. Claus, music, holiday parade of boats, tree- lighting, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 1, Brier Park, 2903 228th St. S.W., Brier (ci.brier.wa.us).

Merrysville for the Holidays

DEC. 1 Electric Lights Parade, water-tower lighting, outdoor holiday concert, visit from Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus, 6-8 p.m. Dec. 1, Comeford Park, State Avenue and Fifth Street, Marysville (360-363-8400).

Christmas Town Lighting and Santa's Arrival

DEC. 1 Santa and holiday wonderland of lights, 4 p.m. Saturday, Railroad Avenue and Highway 2, Skykomish (360-677-2261).

Winter Festival and Crafts Fair

DEC. 1-2 Holiday shopping with 115 crafts vendors, live entertainment, food, quilt raffle, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 1-2, Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle; $2-$4 (206-783-2244 or www.phinneycenter.org).

Festival of Lights & Visit with Mrs. Claus

DEC. 1-2 Holiday lights displays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 1, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 2; children can visit with Mrs. Claus, noon-3 p.m. Dec. 1-2, Country Village, 23732 Bothell-Everett Highway, Bothell (425-483-2250 or www.countryvillagebothell.com).

Reindeer Festival

DEC. 1-23 Reindeer visitors Dasher and Blitzen, cider, cookies, seasonal music, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Dec. 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, 22-23, Swansons Nursery, 9701 15th Ave. N.W., Seattle (206-782-2543).

Issaquah Reindeer Festival

DEC. 1-23 Santa's Siberian Reindeer team and South American reindeer, Santa visits, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily Dec. 1-23, Cougar Mountain Zoo, 19525 S.E. 54th St., Issaquah; $10.50, $9.50/ages 62 and older, $8/ages 2-12 (425-391-5508).

RedmondLights Kickoff

DEC. 2 Outdoor event with food, music, art exhibit, kids' crafts, holiday tree-lighting and entertainment from around the world on a path of life with music and dance including Scottish bagpipes, Taiko drummers, African marimbas, mariachi band and carolers, 4-8 p.m. Dec. 2, events continue throughout December, Redmond City Hall, 15670 N.E. 85th St., Redmond (425-556-2300 or www.redmond.gov).

Community-Wide Hanukkah Celebration

DEC. 1 Family celebration of the Festival of Lights with candlelighting ceremony, games, arts and crafts, Hanukkah gift bazaar and Jewish bands, make your own menorah and dreidel, storytelling, musical program, lunch and latkes available for purchase, noon-3 p.m. Sunday, Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 E. Mercer Way, Mercer Island; free (206-232-7115).

Great Figgy Pudding Street Corner Caroling Competition

DEC. 7 Caroling teams compete for best vocal performance and best wild-and-wacky performance at fundraising event for Pike Market Senior Center and Downtown Food Bank, 6:15-8:30 p.m. Dec. 7, Westlake Park, 401 Pine St., Seattle; $60/per team of 5 or more carolers, preregistration required, additional donations requested (206-728-2773, ext. 8, or figgypuddingpmsc.org/newfiggy.asp).

Holiday Magic

DEC. 7 Petting zoo, puppet- theater, holiday characters like Rudolph and Mrs. Claus, live entertainment and discounts and promotions from local businesses, 3-7 p.m. Dec. 7, on Queen Anne Avenue from Galer to McGraw Streets, Seattle (206-384-5777).

West Seattle Community Tree Lighting Ceremony

DEC. 7 Tree-lighting, caroling, games, refreshments, family activities free (please bring a nonperishable food bank donation), 7-9 p.m. Dec. 7, Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 7000 35th Ave. S.W., Seattle (206-935-0358).

Holiday Tree Lighting & Firehouse Munch

DEC. 7 Tree-lighting and community singalong at the park followed by music, Santa photos, chili and children's entertainment at the North Fire Station, 7-9 p.m. Dec. 7, Mercerdale Park, 77th Southeast and Southeast 32nd, Mercer Island (206-236-3545).

Rockin' Shoppin' Sing-Along

DEC. 7 Snohomish country middle and high schools perform in competition for most creative costume, best choir and best band, 6-8 p.m. Dec. 7, Alderwood Mall, Lynnwood; free, donations for school music programs collected (425-771-1121).

Bothell Winterfest

DEC. 7 Hayrides, holiday tree-lighting, Santa's arrival, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Dec. 7, Bothell Landing, Woodinville Drive and 100th Avenue Northeast, Bothell (425-486-7430).

Woodinville Light Festival

DEC. 7 Santa Claus lights the tree, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 7, Woodinville City Hall, 17301 133rd Ave N.E., Woodinville; Crystal Courtyard light display (also 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays through Dec. 20); entertainment, model-train display, gingerbread-house contest displays, kids' crafts, 5:30-9 p.m. Dec. 7, Carol Edwards Community Center, 17401 133rd Ave. N.E., Woodinville; entertainment and Santa photos, Brittany Park Retirement Community, 5:30-9 p.m. Dec. 7, Brittany Park Retirement Community, 17143 133rd Ave. N.E., Woodinville (www.ci.woodinville.wa.us).

Pike Place Market Holiday Magic

DEC. 7-8, 14-15, 21-22 Dickens carolers, Santa, free parking in Public Market Parking Garage with $30 in receipts from that day at the market, holiday tree-lighting ceremony, noon-4 p.m. Dec. 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, Pike Place Market, 1501 Pike Place, Seattle (206-682-7453 or www.pikeplacemarket.org).

Community Christmas Celebration

DEC. 7-8 "Christmas Around the World" instrumental and vocal performances, hundreds of nativity scenes from around the world, carol singalong at 8 p.m. with Community Choir performing selections from "Messiah," international Christmas trees, exhibit of sacred art, 4-9 p.m. Dec. 7-8, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 14020 Ambaum Boulevard S.W., Burien; free (206-938-4969).

Merry-Time on the Waterfront

DEC. 8 Craft activities and special shopping and dining deals along the waterfront from Pier 52 to Olympic Sculpture Park, noon-3 p.m. Dec. 8, with entertainment and kids' craft activities at the Aquarium, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 8, the Seattle Aquarium, 1483 Alaskan Way, Seattle; Aquarium admission $10-$15 (206-386-4300).

Secular Jewish Circle Hanukkah Party

DEC. 8 Secular Jewish Circle Hanukkah celebration, with latkes and holiday singalong in a secular setting, 5:30-8 p.m. Dec. 8, University Friends Center, 4001 Ninth Ave. N.E., Seattle; free (206-528-1944).

Tree Lighting and Santa Arrival

DEC. 8 Music, kids' train rides, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., arrival of Santa by sleigh from the sky followed by a traditional tree-lighting, 7 p.m. Dec. 8, Country Village, 23732 Bothell-Everett Highway, Bothell (425-483-2250).

Jingle Bell Run

DEC. 9 5K race and walk, costume contest, post-event bash, proceeds benefit the Arthritis Foundation, 8 a.m. Dec. 9, Westlake Center, Seattle; $25/advance registration, $10/ages 8 and younger, $35/day of race (www.seattlejinglebellrun.org).

Lucia Fest

DEC. 9 Celebration of Sankta Lucia, all-Swedish program with refreshments, traditional music and dance, 5 p.m. Dec. 9, Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 2400 N.W. 85th St., Seattle; free (206-783-7900).

Hanukkah Party benefit

DEC. 9 Community celebration of the Jewish festival of Hanukkah with catered food including potato latkes, salmon, blintz loaf and desserts, candlelighting ceremony, Klezmer music, 5-8 p.m. Dec. 9, Temple De Hirsch Sinai, 1520 E. Union St., Seattle; free, donations requested for Mazon: A Jewish response to hunger worldwide charity; no reservations needed (206-323-7674).

Woodland Park Zoo Winter Celebration

DEC. 19-21, 26-29 Zoo animals get holiday-themed treats as an enrichment activity, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 19-21, 26-29, Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle; $7.50-$10.50 (206-684-4800 or www.zoo.org).

Compiled by Madeline McKenzie.

Copyright © 2007 The Seattle Times Company

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