Whether the holidays find you humming 'It's the most wonderful time of the year' or muttering 'You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch,' we bet our 2011 Holiday Entertainment Guide has a thing or two that hits just the right note.
Seattle Turkey Trot
Today Run/walk to benefit the Ballard Food Bank, 9 a.m., from Northwest 85th Street and 35th Avenue Northeast to Golden Gardens, Seattle; $25 (www.seattleturkeytrot.org).
Festival of Trees
Today-NOV. 30 Display of ornately decorated trees to be auctioned to benefit Seattle Children's Hospital, The Fairmont Olympic Hotel, 411 University St., Seattle; free (206-621-1700 or www.seattlefestivaloftrees.com).
Teddy Bear Suite
Today-DEC. 26 Display of dozens of teddy bears and children's books, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. daily, The Fairmont Olympic Hotel, 411 University St., Seattle; free, donations for Seattle Children's Hospital collected (206-621-1700 or www.fairmont.com/seattle).
Today-JAN. 1 Seattle architecture firms and trade associations and Sheraton Seattle culinary staff design, bake and build gingerbread displays inspired by the theme "Holiday Express," open daily through Jan. 1, Sheraton Seattle Hotel and Towers, 1400 Sixth Ave., Seattle; free, donations for Northwest Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation appreciated (gingerbreadvillage.myevent.com/3/events.htm).
FRI Inflatable floats, school marching bands, hundreds of costumed characters, community groups, Santa Claus, parade along Pine Street from Seventh Avenue to Fifth Avenue, on Fifth Avenue to University Street, on University Street to Fourth Avenue, then north to Macy's, 9 a.m., Seattle (206-506-7555 or www.macys.com/events).
Macy's Star Lighting & Fireworks Show
FRI Holiday Star lighting ceremony and Westlake Center tree lighting, followed by fireworks display (weather permitting), 5 p.m., Macy's, 1601 Third Ave., Seattle (www.downtownholidays.com).
FRI-SUN St. Nicholas, Santa and Mrs. Claus, shopping, music, children's crafts, 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, lantern parade Friday-Saturday, Leavenworth (www.christkindlmarktleavenworth.com).
Space Needle holidays
FRI-DEC. 24 Lighting of the Christmas tree on top of the Needle, Friday evening; children's craft activities, visits with Santa, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Dec. 3-4, 10-11, 17-24, Observation Deck, $11-$18, ages 2 and younger free, Space Needle, Seattle Center (206-905-2100 or www.spaceneedle.com).
Bellevue Magic Season Snowflake Lane
FRI-DEC. 24 Snowfall, live toy soldiers and winter characters, music, light show, 7 p.m. daily, Bellevue Way and Northeast Eighth Street, Bellevue (425-454-8096 or magicseason.com).
Bellevue Magic Season Enchanted Holidays at The Bravern
FRI-DEC. 24 Photos with Santa, entertainment on Fridays, pony rides noon-6 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, The Shops at The Bravern, 11111 N.E. Eighth St, Bellevue (magicseason.com).
Fairhaven Holiday Festival
FRI-DEC. 24 Late shopping hours Fridays, horse-drawn carriage rides and carolers on Saturdays, photos with the Grinch ($10) Saturdays and Sundays, Fairhaven district, Bellingham (360-647-1628 or www.fairhaven.com).
Pacific Place Winter Wonderland
FRI-DEC. 31 Holiday entertainment, noon-7 p.m. most days; Santa's Wonderland daily through Dec. 24; snowfall performances, 6 p.m. daily, Pacific Place, Sixth Avenue and Pine Street, Seattle (206-405-2655 or www.pacificplaceseattle.com).
Wonderland Holiday Carousel
FRI-JAN. 1 Holiday carousel rides, opens after the Holiday Parade Friday, closes at dusk for tree lighting, then open until 10 p.m. Friday; regular hours 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturdays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sundays, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Fridays through December; special hours, 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Dec. 11; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 24 and 31, closed Dec. 25, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Jan. 1, Westlake Center, 401 Pine St., Seattle; $2/suggested donation benefits Downtown Seattle Association and Treehouse charity for children in foster care (www.downtownholidays.com).
Seattle Center Winterfest
FRI-JAN. 1 Winter train and village, entertainment, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, Friday-Dec. 29, Center House (206-684-7200 or www.seattlecenter.com):
• Winterfest Ice Rink, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays through Jan. 1 (closes 4 p.m. Dec. 24, 11:30 p.m. Dec. 31, closed Dec. 25), Fisher Pavilion; $7 adults, $5 ages 6-12, $2 ages 5 and younger, includes skate rental; cash only;
• Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra and Opening Ceremony, 12:30 p.m. Friday;
• Menorah Lighting Ceremony, 6-7 p.m. Dec. 21;
• New Year's Eve Celebration all-ages dance with The Rhythm Nation, 8-11:45 p.m. Dec. 31, Center House.
FRI-JAN. 1 Display of more than 50 larger-than-life illuminated toys until 10 p.m. daily, Waterfront Park, Pier 57-59, Seattle (www.downtownholidays.com).
FRI-JAN. 1 Lights and light sculptures of animals and local landmarks, music, aquarium, camel rides, carousel, scuba-diving Santa, 5-8 p.m. daily, Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium, 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma; $7-$8.25, ages 2 and younger free (253-404-3822 or www.pdza.org/zoolights).
Festivals of Light
FRI-JAN. 5 Learn about winter traditions around the world, Diwali, Hanukkah, Santa Lucia, Christmas, Kwanzaa and Chinese New Year, The Children's Museum, Seattle Center, Seattle; $6.50-$7.50 (206-441-1768 or thechildrensmuseum.org).
Bellevue Magic Season
FRI-JAN. 8 Open-air ice rink, shelter for all-weather skating, Bellevue Downtown Park, Northeast First Street and 102nd Avenue Northeast, Bellevue; $10 includes skate rental (magicseason.com).
Magic in the Market
SAT Take a photo with Santa and his 1936 International "sleigh," 1-5 p.m.; Dickens Carolers, 3-5 p.m.; thousands of colorful lights switched on for the season, 5 p.m.; gifts wrapped for a suggested $5 donation to the Market's social services; Pike Place Market, 1501 Pike Place, Seattle (pikeplacemarket.org/).
Steamer Virginia V
SAT Come aboard the Virginia V to watch the Christmas Ships as they depart from Lake Union Park for the first holiday cruise, 6 p.m., 860 Terry Ave. N., Suite 223, Seattle; free, donations encouraged (206-624-9119 or virginiav.org/events).
Tree Lighting and Santa Singalong, Edmonds
SAT Tree-lighting ceremony, 4:30 p.m., Centennial Plaza, Fifth and Bell Street, Edmonds (www.edmondswa.com); Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, holiday singalong, 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Edmonds Conference Center, 201 Fourth Ave. N., Edmonds; free (425-640-1808).
Downtown Open House, Tree Lighting, Bainbridge
SAT Merchants' activities, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; tree lighting, 5:30 p.m., downtown Bainbridge (www.bainbridgedowntown.org).
SAT-DEC. 17 Holiday-train excursion to visit Santa Claus at the historic Snoqualmie Depot with music, cookies and a small gift for each child, on the hour 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday and Dec. 3-4, 10-11, 17; and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 16, Northwest Railway Museum, 38625 S.E. King St., Snoqualmie; $20; advance purchase recommended (425-888-3030 or www.trainmuseum.org).
SAT-DEC. 31 Winter wonderland of light displays, gift shop, 5-10 p.m., last entry 9:30 p.m. daily, Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St., Bellevue; $5, ages 10 and younger free (425-452-6844 or www.gardendlights.org).
Mon-Wed Display of designer-decorated Christmas trees to be auctioned as a fundraiser for Providence Senior and Community Services, Santa visits, children's activities, noon-8 p.m. Monday, The Westin, Seattle; other events include Silver Bells Luncheon, Tuesday; Gala Dinner and Auction, Wednesday, The Westin (www2.providence.org/kingcounty).
A Victorian Country Christmas Festival
Wed-DEC. 4 Victorian village with vendors, entertainment, singing nativity, wine garden, carousel, Santa, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesday-Dec. 3, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 4, Puyallup Fair and Event Center, Puyallup; $7-$10, ages 5 and younger free (253-841-5045 or www.avictoriancountrychristmas.com).
Bellevue Magic Season Gingerbread Lane
DEC. 1-21 Gingerbread house display, Hilton Hotel Bellevue, 300 112th Ave. S.E., Bellevue (magicseason.com).
The Lights of Christmas
DEC. 1-28 One million lights, music, theater, pony rides, petting farm, Polar Express Train rides, carolers, food, 5-10 p.m. Dec. 1-4, 8-11, 15-23, 26-28; overnight packages available, Warm Beach Christian Camps & Conference Center, 20800 Marine Dr., Stanwood; $9-$15 (800-228-6724 or www.warmbeach.com/index.php/lights-of-christmas).
Issaquah Reindeer Festival
DEC. 1-30 Meet Santa, see his reindeer, gift shop, food, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Dec. 1-23, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 26-30, Cougar Mountain Zoo, 19525 S.E. 54th St., Issaquah; $10.50-$12.50 (www.cougarmountainzoo.org).
Great Figgy Pudding Street Caroling Competition
DEC. 2 Forty teams compete in song-and-dance holiday tradition that raises funds for the Pike Market Senior Center and Downtown Food Bank, 5-8:30 p.m.; entertainment by Caspar Babypants and the 5th Avenue production of "Cinderella," 5-6 p.m., Seahawks Blue Thunder Drumline, 7:15 p.m.; on Pine Street from Third to Seventh avenues and at Westlake Park, 401 Pine St., Seattle; free, suggested donation $10/person (206-728-2773 orwww.pikemarketseniorcenter.org).
Volunteer Park Conservatory Holiday After Hours
DEC. 2 Tour the historic conservatory after dark, unveiling of 2011 holiday display, music, refreshments, shopping, 6-8 p.m., Volunteer Park Conservatory, 1400 E. Galer St., Seattle; free (206-322-4112 or www.volunteerparkconservatory.org).
Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, Belltown
DEC. 2 Santa Claus, candy, music, singalong, 6 p.m., Mars Hill Church, 2333 Western Ave., Seattle (206-734-5488).
Holiday Port Festival, Bellingham
DEC. 2-4 Firetrucks, horse-drawn wagon rides, music and dance performances, gingerbread-house display, Santa visits, noon-5 p.m. daily, Bellingham Cruise Terminal, 1801 Roeder Ave., Bellingham (360-676-2500 orwww.portofbellingham.com).
Olde Fashioned Christmas in Ferndale
DEC. 2-4 Tour 12 log cabins built by early settlers, decorated for the holidays and hosted by volunteers in period clothing, with Santa visits, crafts for kids, music, horse-drawn wagon rides, 5-9 p.m. Dec. 2, 1-9 p.m. Dec. 3, 1-4 p.m. Dec. 4, Pioneer Park, 2004 Cherry St., Ferndale (www.ferndaleheritagesociety.com).
Leavenworth Christmas Lighting Festival
DEC. 2-4,9-11,16-18 St. Nicholas arrives, 4 p.m. Dec. 2, 9, 16; Father Christmas, St. Nicholas and Santa Claus arrive at noon Dec. 3-4, 10-11, 17-18, with entertainment, village- and tree-lighting ceremony (4:30 p.m.), Leavenworth (www.leavenworth.org).
DEC. 2-JAN. 1 Community singalong, entertainment, 6:15 p.m. Dec. 2; official Clam Lights lighting, 7 p.m. Dec. 2; Rainier Yacht Club Parade of Boats, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2; clam lights nightly through Jan. 1, Gene Coulon Park, 1201 Lake Washington Blvd., Renton (www.rentonwa.gov or www.ivars.com).
Redmond Lights Winter Festival
DEC. 3 Tree lighting, entertainment and kids' activities at 4 p.m., followed by luminary walk along the Sammamish River from City Hall Plaza to Redmond Town Center with entertainment, light displays and festivities until 8 p.m., Redmond (425-556-2299 or www.redmondlights.com).
Operation Saint Nick
DEC. 3 Free Santa photos, ornament making, cookies, gingerbread-house family activity; 10 a.m., Shoreline/South County YMCA, 1220 N.E. 175th St., Shoreline; free (206-618-4024 or www.operationstnick.org).
with Santa Claus
DEC. 3 Kiwanis Clubs and Skyline and Eastlake High Schools sponsor pancake breakfast with music, pictures with Santa, crafts activities, two seatings, 8:45 and 10 a.m.; Good Samaritan Episcopal Church, 1757 244th Ave. N.E., Sammamish; $10 adults, $5 kids (425-392-8905 or sammamishkiwanis.org/).
DEC. 3 Free horse-and-carriage rides, hayrides, store events, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., downtown Burien (www.discoverburien.com).
Holiday Tree Lighting, Renton
DEC. 3 Dickens Carolers, 3-5 p.m., downtown retail area; music, tree lighting, 5 p.m., Renton Piazza, South Third Street and Burnett Avenue South, Renton (425-917-0173 or www.piazzarenton.com).
Breakfast with Santa, Tukwila
DEC. 3 Breakfast, entertainment, Santa visit, 9 a.m. Dec. 3, Tukwila Community Center, 12424 42nd Ave. S., Tukwila; $5 (206-768-0524).
Auburn Santa Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony
DEC. 3 Children's parade, followed by community caroling and lighting of the City Hall Christmas tree, 4:30 p.m., Auburn Ave., Auburn (253-931-3043 orwww.auburnwa.gov).
Holiday Tree Lighting, Mukilteo
DEC. 3 Santa photos, entertainment, food, 6 p.m., Rosehill Community Center, 304 Lincoln St., Mukilteo (425-263-8180).
Santa's Coming to Town Parade and Tree Lighting, Mill Creek
DEC. 3 Parade, tree lighting, 3:30-7 p.m., Mill Creek Main Street and City Hall, Mill Creek (425-745-1891 orwww.cityofmillcreek.com).
Santa Arrival and Tree Lighting, Bothell
DEC. 3 Santa arrives by sleigh from the sky to light the Christmas tree, 7 p.m.; Grinch visits, 3-7 p.m.; train rides and live reindeer display, Country Village, 23732 Bothell-Everett Highway, Bothell (425-483-2250 or www.countryvillagebothell.com).
Holiday Tree Lighting, Brier
DEC. 3 Santa arrives, 6:30 p.m., Brier Park, 2903 228th St. S.W., Brier (ci.brier.wa.us/cityhall/events.htm).
19th Century Christmas at Fort Nisqually
DEC. 3 Re-enactors portray the Christmas season in 1855 and the daily life of workers from many cultures who lived at this historic site, sharing stories, cookies, dancing and carrying in of the Yule log, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma; $4-$6 (253-591-5339 or www.fortnisqually.org).
Santa Parade and Tree Lighting, Arlington
DEC. 3 Santa parade, noon; tree-lighting ceremony, 5 p.m.; Legion Park, Arlington (www.arlingtonwa.gov/)
Lighted Christmas Parade, Lynden
DEC. 3 Lighted tractors, wagons, firetrucks, antique cars and appearance by Sinterklaas, 6 p.m., Lynden (www.lynden.org).
JuleFest and Christmas Bazaar
DEC. 3 Sons of Norway food, crafts, bake sale, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Poulsbo Lodge, 18891 Front St., Poulsbo; music, Lucia event, bonfire, 4-6 p.m., Waterfront Park, Poulsbo (360-779-5209 orwww.poulsbosonsofnorway.com).
La Conner Holiday Spirit
DEC. 3 Breakfast with Santa, 8:30-11 a.m., Maple Hall, $3-$6; bazaar, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., La Conner Middle School; community tree lighting, Santa arrives by firetruck, 5 p.m., La Conner (360-466-4778).
Lighted Farm Implement Parade
DEC. 3 More than 50 farm implements, vehicles and floats with decorative lights in parade to pay tribute to agricultural heritage, 6 p.m., Sunnyside (www.visityakima.com).
Phinney Neighborhood Association Winter Festival
DEC. 3-4 Juried crafts from 120 vendors, entertainment on two stages, quilt raffle, bake sale, lunch, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle; $2-$4 (www.phinneycenter.org/events/wf.shtml).
Snow Train To Leavenworth Christmas Lighting Festival
DEC. 3, 10, 17 Rail-tour day trip to Leavenworth Christmas Lighting Festival, with a catered continental breakfast and dinner, onboard entertainment including strolling musicians, magicians and Santa, Dec. 3, 10 and 17, boards at King Street Station, Seattle, Edmonds and Everett; $149 (206-935-6848 or www.alkitours.com).
Hayrides with Santa, Bellevue
DEC. 7-8 Tractor-pulled wagon ride around the farm, 1-3 p.m. Dec. 7, 10 a.m.-noon Dec. 8, Kelsey Creek Farm Park, 410 130th Place S.E., Bellevue; $5-$6, preregistration recommended (425-452-7688).
DEC. 10 Sale of 10,000 cookies made by Seattle bakeries and culinary schools sold by baker's dozen, proceeds benefit the Seattle Milk Fund, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. or while supplies last Dec. 10, Macy's, 1601 Third Ave., Seattle; $15 (206-526-7944 or seattlemilkfund.org/events/cookiefest/).
Santa's Lights tour
DEC. 10 Santa Claus hosts 3-hour tour of Seattle Christmas lights aboard King County Metro historic transit buses, 7 p.m., from Second Avenue South and South Main Street, Seattle; $5 no Metro tickets or passes accepted (206-684-1816 or www.mehva.org).
Green Lake Pathway of Lights
DEC. 10 Walk the 2.8-mile path along the lake lighted by luminaria, music, 5-8 p.m., Green Lake, Seattle (206-684-0780).
Drive-thru Christmas Story
DEC. 10 Ten-minute drive with thousands of lights and full-size sets bring the Nativity Story to life, 6 p.m., Normandy Christian Church, 908 S. 200th St., Des Moines; free (206-878-4740 or www.normandychristian.org).
Candy Cane Lane
DEC. 10-JAN. 1 Holiday decorations and music, 4-11 p.m. daily, 4 p.m.-midnight Dec. 24, 25, 31, Candy Cane Lane, Northeast Park Road, off Ravenna Boulevard, Seattle; food-bank donations collected.
Jingle Bell Run/Walk
DEC. 11 Festive 5K run, walk, costume contest, kids' 1K Run with the Elves, proceeds benefit the Arthritis Foundation, 8:30 a.m., Westlake Center, Seattle; $10-$40 (seattlejinglebellrun.org).
DEC. 11 Swedish Christmas program, reception with music and dancing around the Christmas tree, 5 p.m., Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 2400 N.W. 85th St., Seattle; free (206-783-7900).
Traditional Santa Breakfasts
DEC. 11, 17-18 Breakfast, entertainment by the Strolling Minstrels, Bob the Magician, abridged version of The Nutcracker, Santa visit; portion of proceeds benefits the Arthritis Foundation, 9:30 a.m. Dec. 11 and 17-18, Sheraton Seattle Hotel and Towers, Seattle; $25-$55 by reservation (206-547-1290 or www.facebook.com/santabreakfast).
Candy Cane Cruise
DEC. 21 The Sorrento Santa in a Phil Smart Mercedes sleigh delivers 1,000 candy canes on the streets of Seattle, three golden candy canes win a grand prize, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., downtown Seattle (www.hotelsorrento.com).
Bellevue Magic Season Celebration Lane
DEC. 26-31 Snowfall, music, light show to ring in the new year, 7 p.m., Bellevue Way and Northeast Eighth Street, Bellevue (magicseason.com).
New Year's at the Needle
DEC. 31 Parties on the Observation Deck and restaurants, by reservation; fireworks at midnight, The Space Needle, Seattle (206-905-2100 or www.spaceneedle.com).
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