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Originally published Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 7:04 PM

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A detailed, categorized calendar of events all over Seattle and Western Washington, Dec. 9-15, 2011

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Animal events

Santa Paws Pet Photos benefiting Seattle Humane Society

SAT Digital holiday photo of dogs with Santa, sale of pet-related holiday items, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Seattle Humane Society, 13212 S.E. Eastgate Way, Bellevue; $20 (425-373-5388 or www.seattlehumane.org/explore/events/holiday">www.seattlehumane.org/explore/events/holiday).

Polar Bear Birthday

SAT Bears get enrichment activity toys and treats, keeper talk, noon Saturday, Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma; $6.25-$14.50 (253-591-5337 or www.pdza.org).

Holiday Pet Photos

SUN Holiday pet photos benefit Doney Memorial Pet Clinic free veterinary care for pets of low income- and homeless people, 2 p.m. Sunday, The Puppy Perfectors, 9629 17th Ave. S.W., Seattle; $25 (206-935-0289).

Adopt-A-Dobe

SUN Rescue Dobermans needing homes, information on the breed, holiday photos of your dog, noon Sunday, All the Best Pet Care, 1909 N.W. Market St., Seattle (206-763-6237 or www.pugetsounddoberescue.org).

Canine Christmas Extravaganza Adoption Event

SUN Meet adoptable dogs and puppies from 20 shelters and rescues, spayed/neutered, temperament tested; noon Sunday, Paws-Abilities Total Dog Center, 7338 26th St. E., Fife; optional adoption information workshop, 9:30 a.m. Sunday, $20 per family by reservation (425-698-7900 or www.pawsitivealliance.org/).

Free cat and critter adoption

THRU DEC. 31 Adoption fees waived for cats one year old and older and all small animals including rabbits, hamsters and guinea pigs, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays through Dec. 31, Seattle Humane Society, 13212 S.E. Eastgate Way, Bellevue (425-641-0080 or www.seattlehumane.org).

Benefits

Chickpea Charity Holiday Party

FRI Entertainment, craft beers, wine, food, dance party, for ages 21 and older, proceeds benefit local elementary schools, 8 p.m. Friday, WithinSodo, 2916 Utah Ave. S., Seattle; $35-$40 (www.chickpeacharity.com).

Celebrations Holiday Home Tour

FRI Self-guided tour of six homes in Kirkland, proceeds benefit Assistance League of the Eastside, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday; after-party, 6-9 p.m., Sur La Table, Kirkland; $30, tickets available online, by phone and at Ravenna Gardens, Kirkland (425-556-5106 or eastside.assistanceleague.org).

CookieFest

SAT Sale of 10,000 cookies made by Seattle's best bakeries and culinary schools, sold per baker's dozen, proceeds benefit the Seattle Milk Fund, 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. or while supplies last Saturday, Macy's, 1601 Third Ave., Seattle; $15 (206-526-7944 or seattlemilkfund.org/events/cookiefest/).

Seattle Jingle Bell Run

SUN Costume contest, 8 a.m.; Children's 1K Run With the Elves, $10/with shirt, free without shirt, 8:20 a.m.; 5K timed run or untimed run, jog, walk, 11 a.m. Sunday; register 6:45-8:45 a.m.; proceeds benefit Arthritis Foundation, Westlake Center, 400 Pine St., Seattle; $35-$40 (seattlejinglebellrun.org).

Woodinville Artisan Craft & Wine Fair

WED Artists, appetizers and wine, benefiting Brigadoon Service Dogs, 5-9 p.m. Wednesday, The Hollywood Schoolhouse, 14810 N.E. 145th St., Woodinville; $20-$25 (425-208-2770 or www.WoodWareWine.com/id18.html).

Biking

Swansons/Carkeek Park/Golden Gardens

FRI Cascade Bicycle Club 25-mile, leisurely paced ride on streets and trails with stops at Swansons nursery, Carkeek Park and Golden Gardens, new riders welcome; steady rain cancels, 10 a.m. Friday, Gas Works Park, 2101 N. Northlake Way, Seattle (206-522-3222 or www.cascade.org).

Street Scramble at the Market

SUN On foot or by bike, visit as many of 30 locations circled on a map as you can in 90 minutes or 3 hours; competitive or casual, team or solo, 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Pike Place Market, 1501 Pike Place, Seattle; $5-$25 (206-992-8663 or www.StreetScramble.com).

Salvadorean Beach Cruise

SAT Cascade Bicycle Club 32-mile, leisurely paced ride with some hills, stop at South Seattle Community College gardens and Salvadorean Bakery Cafe, steady rain cancels, 10 a.m. Saturday, Jack Block Shoreline Park, 2130 Harbor Ave. S.W., Seattle (www.cascade.org).

Boating

Chet Gibson Memorial Cruise

FRI-SAT Parade of lighted boats (206-709-2000 or www.queencity.org); • 6 p.m. Friday, Lake Union; 7 p.m., Webster Point; 7:25 p.m., Leschi Park; 8:30 p.m., Meydenbauer Bay;

• 6 p.m. Saturday, Lake Union; 7 p.m., Webster Point; 7:40 p.m., Cozy Cove; 8:10 p.m., Kirkland; 8:40 p.m., Matthews Beach; 9 p.m., Sand Point.

Gig Harbor Yacht Club

Lighted Boat Parade

SAT Holiday-decorated boat parade around Gig Harbor Bay, 5 p.m. Saturday, Gig Harbor Town Dock (253-851-1807 or www.gigharborguide.com).

Argosy Christmas Ships

THRU DEC. 23 Decorated ship and companion boats sails to Puget Sound waterfront communities for 20-minute choir performances at each location; rides on Christmas ship or following boats available; Argosy Cruises, leaving from Seattle, Kirkland, Tacoma, Edmonds, Des Moines, Poulsbo through Dec. 23; $19-$58, by reservation (206-623-1445 or www.argosycruises.com).

This week's performances:

• Friday: Dickens Carolers, Manchester City Park at 8:05 p.m., Olympic Sculpture Park at 9:15 p.m.;

• Saturday: Dickens Carolers; 4:10 p.m. at Pier 66, 5:15 p.m.at Seacrest Park, 8:50 p.m. at Lowman Beach, 9:40 p.m. at Alki Beach;

• Sunday: Dickens Carolers; 6 p.m. at Carkeek Park; 6:30 p.m. at Blue Ridge;

• Monday: Soundwave; 7:30 p.m. at Winslow Waterfront Beach; 8:40 p.m. at Don Aremeni Boat Ramp;

• Tuesday: Everett Chorale; 7 p.m. at Edmonds Marina; 8:20 p.m. at Richmond Beach/Saltwater Park;

• Wednesday: North Kitsap Northern Lights; 7 p.m. at Poulsbo Marina, 7:45 p.m. at Keyport, Kitsap County; 8:30 p.m. at Lemolo;

• Dec. 15: Dickens Carolers; 7 p.m. at Des Moines waterfront, 8:10 p.m. at Dash Point;

• Dec. 16: Dickens Carolers; 7:55 p.m. at Mercer Island Beach Club; 8:45 p.m. at Newport Yacht Club.

Steamer Virginia V

SAT Historic Virginia V joins Queen City Yacht Club flotilla for a cruise around Lake Union and Lake Washington, dessert buffet, cash bar, 6 p.m. Saturday, 860 Terry Ave. N., Seattle; $49-$59 (206-624-9119 or virginiav.org/events).

La Conner

Lighted Boat Parade

SAT Watch the boat parade along the La Conner waterfront, Skagit County; 6:30 p.m. Saturday (360-466-4902 or www.laconnerchamber.com).

Dance

Benefit Square Dance

for Bike Works

FRI Square dance with The Tallboys to benefit Bike Works programs for youth, 7 p.m. Friday, Rainier Valley Cultural Center, 3515 S. Alaska St., Seattle; suggested donation $10-$15 at the door (www.seattlefolkfestival.com).

Big Balkan Misfit Bash for Northwest Folklife

FRI Dance to Balkan bands for ages 21 and older, 9 p.m. Friday, Columbia City Theater, 4916 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle; $10/advance, $15/at the door (www.brownpapertickets.com/event/210379).

Seattle Balkan Dancers

FRI Dance lesson, 7:30 p.m.; Balkan line dancing, partners not required, 8:30 p.m. Friday, Russian Community Center, 704 19th Ave. E., Seattle; $6-$12 (425-883-0332 or www.seattlebalkandancers.org).

Emerald City Contra Dance

FRI Beginners' workshop, 7 p.m.; dance to live music with caller; don't wear perfume or other scented products, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle; $5-$8 (206-440-9839 or seattledance.org/contra/emerald.city.html).

Food events

Santa Tea, Kirkland

SAT Traditional tea service with visit from Santa, 1 p.m. Saturday, The Woodmark, 1200 Carillon Point, Kirkland; $20-$45 (www.thewoodmark.com).

Top 100 Wines of 2011 tasting

SAT Taste several wines from Wine Spectator magazine's list, 1-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Arista Wine Cellars, 320 Fifth Ave. S., Edmonds (425-771-7009 or www.aristawines.com)

Salish Lodge Holiday Tea

SAT Tea, pastries, sandwiches, 2 p.m. Saturday, Salish Lodge, 6501 Railroad Ave. S.E., Snoqualmie; $15-$30 (800-272-5474 or www.salishlodge.com).

Bordeaux Winter Release

SAT-SUN Taste 2008 Bordeaux, noon-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Patterson Cellars, 19501 144th Ave. N.E., Suite D600, Woodinville; $5 tasting fee, waived with any purchase (www.pattersoncellars.com).

Chocolate Holiday Buffet

SUN Chocolate pastry treats, story time for kids, 3 p.m. Sundays in December, ART Restaurant & Lounge, 99 Union St., Seattle; $12-$20 (artrestaurantseattle.com).

Tokara Japanese Confectionery Open House

SUN Open house, 1-6 p.m.; Charaku Tea Company matcha and green teas with seasonal Japanese sweets, 1-5 p.m., $5, reservations recommended, 6208 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle (206-784-0226 or www.tokaragashi.com).

Holiday Boot Camp

at Willows Lodge

WED Class on holiday entertaining; cocktails and wine pairing, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Willows Lodge, 14580 N.E. 145th St., Woodinville; free (425-424-3900 or www.willowslodge.com).

Hiking/walks

Candlelit Labyrinth Walk

FRI Labyrinths for walking meditations, spiritual healing, prayer, walk at your own pace, 6-9 p.m. Friday, Advent Lutheran Church, 4306 132nd St. S.E., Mill Creek; free (206-200-5132 or www.adventlutheran.net/#/welcome).

East Shore Singles Lakemont Gorge Walk

SAT Singles older than 45, four-mile walk on urban trail, hiking sticks helpful for steep path, followed by optional lunch nearby, 11 a.m. Saturday, Lakemont Community Park, 5170 Village Park Drive S.E., Bellevue (206-409-9497 or www.eastshoresingles.org).

Hobbies

Electric Vehicle Potluck

SUN Potluck dinner and meeting for local Electric Auto Association (EAA) clubs and anyone with an interest in electric vehicles, 4-8 p.m. Sunday, Electric Transitions Development, 19802 62nd Ave S., Kent; by reservation (206-248-8079).

Holiday events

Kids Winter Wonderland Party

FRI Arts and crafts projects, holiday pictures, treats for ages 10 and younger, parents and grandparents welcome, 6 p.m. Friday, International District/Chinatown Community Center, 719 Eighth Ave. S., Seattle (206-233-0042).

Nativity Festival, Arlington

FRI-SUN Display of nativity scenes and Life of Christ artwork, children's activity room, 6-9 p.m. Friday; 2-9 p.m. Saturday; 3-7 p.m. Sunday; choral concert, 7 p.m. Sunday, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 17222 43rd Ave. N.E., Arlington; free (www.arlingtonnativityfestival.org).

Leavenworth Christmas Lighting

FRI-SUN St. Nicholas arrives, 4 p.m. Friday and Dec. 16; Father Christmas, St. Nicholas and Santa Claus arrive at noon, entertainment, village- and tree-lighting ceremony, 4:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday and Dec. 17-18, Leavenworth (www.leavenworth.org).

Cookies, Crafts and Carols

at Lake Union Park

SAT Holiday activities for all ages, make cards and ornaments, decorate cookies; cider and cocoa, carols, board historic ships including steamship Virginia V, tug Arthur Foss, schooner Adventuress, noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Center for Wooden Boats, 1010 Valley St., Seattle; free (206-382-2628 or www.cwb.org/).

Photos with the Ivar's Clam

SAT Ivar's Dancing Clam dressed in holiday garb to pose for photos, noon-3 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 17, Ivar's Acres of Clams, 1001 Alaskan Way, Pier 54, Seattle; free (206-624-6852 or www.ivars.com).

Green Lake Pathway of Lights

SAT Walk the 2.8-mile path along the lake lit by luminaria, music, 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Green Lake, Seattle (206-684-0780).

Sky Nursery holiday events

SAT Radio Disney Enchanted Holiday Party, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., craft vendors, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday; Sky Nursery, 18528 Aurora Ave. N., Shoreline; food bank donation suggested (206-546-4851 or www.skynursery.com).

Breakfast with Santa, Mountlake Terrace

SAT Breakfast, holiday music, Santa, 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, Mountlake Terrace High School, 21801 44th Ave. W., Mountlake Terrace; $5-$7/breakfast, $7-$10/Santa photos (www.edmonds.wednet.edu/mths/site/default.asp).

Candy Cane Lane

SAT THRU JAN. 1 Holiday decorations and music, 4-11 p.m. Saturday through Jan. 1, Northeast Park Road, off Ravenna Boulevard, Seattle; food bank donations collected.

Kirkland Community Christmas Nativity Display and Concert

SAT Display of hundreds of nativity sets, 5-9 p.m. Saturday; live nativity performance outdoors, 5:30, 6:30 and 8:15 p.m., in Spanish, 6 p.m.; concert with choirs and soloists, 7 p.m. Saturday, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Totem Lake Building, 13220 N.E. 132nd St., Kirkland; free (206-661-2057).

Santa Train, Lake Whatcom Railway

SAT Santa visits, Christmas singalong, food vendors on antique train excursion, 9:30 a.m., noon and 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 17, Lake Whatcom Railway, State Highway 9, Wickersham; $10-$20 (360-595-2218 or www.lakewhatcomrailway.com).

Drive-thru Christmas Story

SAT-SUN Ten-minute drive with thousands of lights and Nativity Story, 6-8:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Normandy Christian Church, 908 S. 200th St., Des Moines; free (206-878-4740 or www.normandychristian.org).

Festival of Lights and Mrs. Claus

SAT-SUN Light displays, meet Mrs. Claus giving children cookies, noon-3 p.m.; pony rides, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Country Village, 23732 Bothell-Everett Highway, Bothell (425-483-2250 or www.countryvillagebothell.com).

Luciafest

SUN Swedish Christmas program, reception with music and dancing around the Christmas tree, 5 p.m. Sunday, Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 2400 N.W. 85th St., Seattle; free (206-783-7900).

Traditional Santa Breakfasts

SUN and DEC. 17-18 Breakfast, entertainment by The Strolling Minstrels, "The Nutcracker" excerpts, Santa visit; portion of proceeds benefits Arthritis Foundation, 9:30 a.m. Sunday and Dec. 17-18, Sheraton Seattle Hotel and Towers, Seattle; $25-$55, by reservation (206-547-1290 or www.facebook.com/santabreakfast).

Meet Santa at Heritage Park Open House

SUN Holiday music, treats, meet Santa, 1 p.m. Sunday, Heritage Cottage, 19903 Poplar Way, Lynnwood; free (425-775-4694 or alderwood.org/events.html).

Santa's Brunch, Snohomish

SUN Photos with Santa, crafts for kids, brunch, 10 a.m. Sunday, The Golf Club at Echo Falls, 20414 121st Ave. SE, Snohomish; $14.95-$24.95 (360-668-3030 or www.echofallsgolf.com).

Christmas Tea at Browns Point

SUN Seasonal decorations, carols, cookies, music, museum tours in historic 1903 cottage, noon-4 p.m., Santa visits 2-3:30 p.m., Sunday, Browns Point Lighthouse Park, 201 Tulalip St. N.E., Tacoma; free (253-927-2536).

Snowy Days at Westfield Southcenter

DEC. 15 Mrs. Claus tells holiday favorites and helps kids create a winter craft, Santa appearance, 10 a.m. Dec. 15, Westfield Southcenter, 633 Southcenter Parkway, Tukwila; free (www.westfield.com/southcenter).

Seattle Center Winterfest

THRU DEC. 29 Winter train and village, entertainment, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily through Dec. 29, Center House (206-684-7200 or www.seattlecenter.com).

Gingerbread Village

THRU JAN. 1 Seattle architecture firms and Sheraton 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).

Wonderland Holiday Carousel

THRU JAN. 1 Holiday carousel rides, 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. Sunday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 24 and 31, closed Dec. 25, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Jan. 1, Westlake Park, 401 Pine St., Seattle; $2/suggested donation benefits Downtown Seattle Association and Treehouse charity for children in foster care (www.downtownholidays.com).

Pacific Place Winter Wonderland

THRU DEC. 31 Holiday entertainment, noon-7 p.m. most days; Santa's Wonderland daily through Dec. 24; snow performances, 6 p.m. daily, Pacific Place, Sixth Avenue and Pine Street, Seattle (206-405-2655 or www.pacificplaceseattle.com).

Teddy Bear Suite

THRU DEC. 26 Visit holiday suite filled with Teddy bears, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. daily, Fairmont Olympic Hotel, 411 University St., Seattle; free, donations for Seattle Children's Hospital requested (206-287-4049).

Toyland Village

THRU JAN. 1 Display of more than 50 larger-than-life illuminated toys until 10 p.m. daily through Jan. 1, Waterfront Park, Pier 57-59, Seattle (www.downtownholidays.com).

Space Needle holidays

THRU DEC. 24 Children's craft activities, visits with Santa, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday and Dec. 17-24, Observation Deck, $11-$18, ages 2 and younger free, The Space Needle, Seattle (206-905-2100 or www.spaceneedle.com).

Swansons Reindeer Festival

THRU DEC. 24 See reindeer Dasher and Blitzen, Curly the Camel, Moe the miniature donkey, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. daily, Swansons Nursery, 9701 15th Ave. N.W., Seattle (206-782-2543 or www.swansonsnursery.com).

Bellevue Magic Season Snowflake Lane

THRU DEC. 24 Simulated 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).

Garden d'Lights

THRU 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; free admission for all Monday-Wednesday (425-452-6844 or www.gardendlights.org).

Fantasy Christmas Doll Suite

THRU DEC. 23 Hundreds of dolls on display; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday through Dec. 23; group tours available by appointment, Riverside East Retirement and Assisted Living, 10315 E. Riverside Drive, Bothell; free, donations to benefit the Moyer Foundation for children suggested (425-481-1976 or villageconcepts.com).

Clam Lights

THRU JAN. 1 Clam Lights display nightly through Jan. 1, Gene Coulon Park, 1201 Lake Washington Blvd., Renton (www.rentonwa.gov or www.ivars.com).

Issaquah Reindeer Festival

THRU DEC. 30 Meet Santa, see his reindeer, gift shop, food, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily through Dec. 23, Cougar Mountain Zoo, 19525 S.E. 54th St., Issaquah; $10.50-$12.50 (www.cougarmountainzoo.org).

Festival of Poinsettias

THRU DEC. 23 Poinsettias in 25 varieties, 14-foot poinsettia tree, holiday music and Santa visits on weekends, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. daily, Molbak's nursery, 13625 N.E. 175th St., Woodinville (425-483-5000 or www.molbaks.com).

Santa Train

THRU DEC. 17 Northwest Railway Museum and Snoqualmie Valley Railroad's train excursion to visit Santa Claus at the Snoqualmie Depot, with music, cookies, small gift for each child, hourly 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday and Dec. 17; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 16; departs from North Bend depot, 205 McClellan St., North Bend; $20; advance purchase recommended (425-888-3030 or www.trainmuseum.org).

Zoolights

THRU JAN. 1 Lights and light sculptures of animals and local landmarks, music, aquarium, camel rides, carousel, scuba-diving Santa, 5-8 p.m. Friday through Jan. 1 (closed Dec. 24), Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma; $7-$8.25, ages 2 and younger free (253-404-3822 or www.pdza.org/zoolights).

The Lights of Christmas

THRU DEC. 28 1 million lights, music, theater, pony rides, petting farm, train rides, food, 5-10 p.m. Friday through Sunday and Dec. 15-23, 26-28; Warm Beach Christian Camps & Conference Center, Stanwood; $9-$15 (800-228-6724 or www.warmbeach.com/index.php/lights-of-christmas).

Puget Sound

Christmas Tree Association

ONGOING Tree farms in Snohomish, King, Pierce, Thurston and Kitsap counties, information online and in brochure available at public libraries and other locations (www.PSCTA.org).

Pacific Northwest Christmas Tree Association

ONGOING Tree farms in Washington and Oregon, information online and in brochure available at public libraries, AAA offices and other locations (www.nwchristmastrees.org).

Christmas tree permits,

Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest

ONGOING Permits available to cut a Christmas tree in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest; $10-$20, cash only at most locations (www.fs.usda.gov/mbs);

• Outdoor Recreation Information Center, REI, 222 Yale Ave. N., Seattle (206-470-4060)

• REI, 3000 184th St. S.W., Lynnwood (425-640-6200)

• North Bend ranger station, 902 S.E. North Bend Way, North Bend (425-888-1421)

• Enumclaw ranger station, 450 Roosevelt Ave. E., Enumclaw (360-825-6585)

• Skykomish ranger station, 74920 N.E. Stevens Pass Highway, Skykomish (360-677-2414)

• Verlot Public Service Center, 33515 Mountain Loop Highway, Granite Falls (360-691-7791)

• Darrington ranger station, 1405 Emens Ave. N., Darrington (360-436-1155)

• Glacier Public Service Center, Mt. Baker Highway 542, Glacier (360-599-2714)

• Sedro-Woolley ranger station, 810 State Route 20, Sedro-Woolley (360-856-5700, ext. 515)

Christmas tree permits, Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest

ONGOING Permits available to cut one tree per family; get permits at ranger stations and businesses in Cle Elum, Ellensburg, Leavenworth, Wenatchee, Chelan, Winthrop; $15 (www.fs.usda.gov/okawen).

Movie bargains

"The Rum Diary" and "The Guard"

It's new at the Crest Cinema. Also there: "Dolphin Tale," "The Big Year," "50/50" and "The Help" ($3).

"The Big Year, "50/50" and "The Three Musketeers"

They're new at the Admiral Theater in West Seattle. Also there: "The Help" ($5.75).

"Charlotte Rampling: The Look"

It's new at the Varsity Theatre. Also there: "El Bulli: Cooking in Progress" and "Midnight in Paris." All seats on Tuesday are $7.

"Santa Claus Conquers the Martians"

It's the midnight movie at the Egyptian Friday and Saturday. All seats are $8.25.

"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part One"

It continues at the Big Picture Seattle. The 3:30 p.m. shows Saturday-Sunday are $7.

"Scrooged" and "Bad Santa"

They're new at the Central Cinema in Seattle. All shows $6-$8.

"Cowboys & Aliens"

It's new at the Tin Theater in Burien this week. All shows $7-$8.

"Midnight in Paris," "Paranormal Activity 3," "The Rum Diary" and "What's Your Number?"

They're new at the Gateway in Federal Way. Also there: "50/50," "Dolphin Tale 3D," "Dream House." The Three Musketeers," "The Help," "The Lion King 3D" and "The Smurfs 3D" ($2, all seats on Tuesdays $1).

Museum events

Art Attack Teen Night Out

FRI Entertainment by Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Garfield Drum Line, Mak Fai Lion Dancers, tours led by teens and local artists, art-making activities, open to all high-school teens, ID required, 7 p.m. Friday, Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Ave., Seattle; free (www.seattleartmuseum.org).

Festivals of Light

THRU JAN. 5 Each week in December features different winter traditions around the world; Santa Lucia through Dec. 15; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, The Children's Museum, Seattle Center House, Seattle; $6.50-$7.50 (206-441-1768 or thechildrensmuseum.org).

Future of Flight exhibit opening

SAT Opening day of new temporary exhibit exploring developments in the commercial spaceflight industry, with planetarium shows, family activities, films, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, half-price admission for each visitor with at least one nonperishable food bank donation; also, "Salute to the USO: A History of Service" with songs, vintage uniforms, comedy, oral history, 2 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 17; Museum of Flight, 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle; regular admission $9-$16 (206-764-5720 or www.museumofflight.org).

Holiday Films at EMP

SAT "Batteries Not Included," 1 p.m. Saturday; "A Jetson Christmas Carol," 3 p.m. Saturday; "The Muppet Christmas Carol," 1 p.m. Dec. 17; "A Muppet Christmas: Letter to Santa," 2:30 p.m. Dec. 17; Experience Music Project/Science Fiction Museum, 325 Fifth Ave. N., Seattle; $5, or free with museum admission (206-770-2700 or www.empmuseum.org).

State Capital Museum

Historic Holiday Celebration

SAT Petting zoo, Santa, cookie decorating, arts and crafts in the historic mansion, pony rides and hayrides on the grounds, noon Saturday, Washington State Capital Museum, 211 W. 21st Ave., Olympia; $7/person or $25/family (360-753-2580 or www.washingtonhistory.org/wscm).

Diving Santa

SAT-SUN See Santa diving in the Window on Washington exhibit, noon and 3 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays through Dec. 18, Seattle Aquarium, 1483 Alaskan Way, Pier 59, Seattle; $12-$19 (206-386-4300 or www.seattleaquarium.org).

North Pole Party

— Gingerbread Village

SAT-SUN Kids design a sweet candy brick for gingerbread house and create a holiday swag; story time, Santa visits, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Imagine Children's Museum, 1502 Wall St., Everett; $7.95 (425-258-1006 or www.ImagineCM.org).

Duwamish Christmas Concert

— Teaching of the First People

SUN Native artist and storyteller shares stories, song and dance; hot cocoa and cookies, 2 p.m. Sunday, Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center, 4705 W. Marginal Way S.W., Seattle; $5-$10 (206-431-1582 or www.duwamishtribe.org).

Jingle Bell-evue Blvd.

SUN Performances by the Snowflake Lane toy-soldier drum line, snack bar, craft stations, 4 p.m. Sunday, Bellevue Arts Museum, 510 Bellevue Way N.E., Bellevue; free (425-519-0770 or www.bellevuearts.org).

Aurora Valentinetti

Puppet Museum

THRU JAN. 14 Holiday exhibit of puppets that were displayed in Frederick & Nelson department store windows during several holiday seasons in the 1950s and '60s, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, Aurora Valentinetti Puppet Museum, 257 Fourth St., Bremerton; free, donations appreciated (360-373-2992 or ectandpuppets).

Victorian Holiday

at the Gaches Mansion

THRU DEC. 30 Historic 1891 mansion decorated for the holidays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays; vintage records played on a 1911 Victor Electrola Talking Machine, 3-5 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum, 703 S. Second St., La Conner; $7 (360-466-4288 or www.laconnerquilts.com).

Park events

Snowflake Funfest

FRI Carnival games, songs, crafts, 6 p.m. Friday, Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center, 6535 Ravenna Ave. N.E., Seattle; $1 (206-684-7534 or www.seattle.gov/parks).

Winter Wonderland Fiesta

SAT Children's winter themed arts and crafts, spiced cider and hot cocoa, make winter bird feeders, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Seward Park Audubon Center, 5902 Lake Washington Boulevard S., Seattle; free (206-652-2444 or sewardpark.audubon.org).

Winter Wonderland

Wagon Rides

SAT Horse-drawn wagon ride around the park, hourly 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 24, Seward Park Audubon Center, Seattle; $15 (206-652-2444 or www.brownpapertickets.com/profile/17346).

Accessible Birding Tour

SAT Eastside Audubon leads leisurely paced birding tour on paved pathways for people in wheelchairs or who walk slowly, 9 a.m. Saturday, Juanita Bay Park, 2201 Market St., Kirkland (425-637-0892 or www.eastsideaudubon.org).

Seahurst Nighttime Beach Walk

SAT Guided exploration of the beach at low tide, bring a flashlight, 7 p.m. Saturday, Seahurst Park, Southwest 136th Street and 13th Avenue Southwest, Burien; $5, preregister (360-754-9177, Ext. 160, or pugetsound.org).

Hood Canal Pier sealife exploration

SAT Watch from the dock with naturalists as sea creatures are drawn to submerged lights, for ages 8 and older, bring a flashlight, 8 p.m. Saturday, Hood Canal Marina, 5101 E. State Route 106, Union; $10, reservations required (360-754-9177, Ext. 160, or pugetsound.org).

Performances

Holiday Concert by Breath of Aire

FRI Holiday musical celebration, 7 p.m. Friday, Bastyr University, 14500 Juanita Drive N.E., Kenmore; free (425-823-1300 or www.bastyr.edu/).

Northshore Wranglers

"The Music Project" Holiday Concert

FRI Northshore Wranglers holiday extravaganza, 7 p.m. Friday, Northshore Senior Center, 10201 E. Riverside Drive, Bothell; free, donations appreciated (425-488-4821 or www.northshorewranglers.org).

"It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play"

FRI-SAT The story of George Bailey, told as a 1940s radio broadcast, 7 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, East Eastridge Church, 24205 S.E. Issaquah Fall City Road, Issaquah; free, ticket required (425-270-6300 or www.eastridgetoday.com).

"Santa Claus and the Martians"

FRI-SAT Stage adaptation of the 1964 film, 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday at the Carnegie Library, 105 Cedar St., Snohomish; free, donations accepted (www.snohomishtheaterproject.org).

Concert for Kids

SAT Season for Singing singalong with Nancy Stewart for ages 4-12, 11 a.m. Saturday, Northgate Community Center, 10510 Fifth Ave. N.E., Seattle; free (www.hallerlakearts.org).

Seattle Mandolin Orchestra

SAT Concert of Christmas and Hanukkah music from around the world, 2 p.m. Saturday, Ballard Library, 5614 22nd Ave. N.W., Seattle (206-684-4089 or www.spl.org).

Cascade Brass Quintet

SAT Holiday concert, 2 p.m. Saturday, Kirkland Library, 308 Kirkland Ave., Kirkland (425-822-2459 or www.kcls.org).

Northwest Ballet Holiday Recital

SAT Ballet of the season, 1 p.m. Saturday, Third Place Commons, 17171 Bothell Way N.E., Lake Forest Park; free (206-366-3302 or www.thirdplacecommons.org).

Holiday Magic

SAT Holiday-themed magic show for ages 5 and older, 2 p.m. Saturday, Algona-Pacific Library, 255 Ellingson Road, Pacific (253-833-3554 or www.kcls.org).

Journey through the Season of Rock

SAT The Not-Its music for families and kids ages 2 and older, 2 p.m. Saturday, North Bend Library, 115 E. Fourth St., North Bend (425-888-0554 or www.kcls.org).

Dr. Noize Live! Benefit Concert

SUN Interactive music concert for kids of all ages, all proceeds benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 1:30 p.m. Sunday, The Vera Project, Northwest Rooms, Seattle Center, Seattle; $12 (www.doctornoize.com).

Puget Brass Holiday Spectacular

SUN Holiday concert by British style brass band, 2 p.m. Sunday, Redmond Library, 15990 N.E. 85th St., Redmond (425-885-1861 or www.kcls.org).

Renton City Concert Band

SUN Holiday music by the 60-member band, 2 p.m. Sunday, Ikea Performing Arts Center, 400 S. Second St., Renton; $7-$10 tickets available at Renton Community Center or at the door (425-430-6700).

12 Minutes Max

SUN-MON Short performances of contemporary works-in-process by local performers, 7 p.m. Sunday-Monday, On the Boards, 100 W. Roy St., Seattle; $8 (206-217-9888 or www.ontheboards.org).

"Reckless"

DEC. 15 Theater Schmeater stages Craig Lucas' comedy about a woman who discovers her husband has hired a hit man to kill her, 8 p.m. Dec. 15, Theater Schmeater, 1500 Summit Ave., Seattle; pay-what-you-can (206-423-5801 or www.schmeater.org).

Running

Solstice Run/Walk

SAT One-mile fun run/walk, 9 a.m. Saturday, 5K road race/walk, 9:30 a.m., kids dashes, benefits Go Run! organization for girls; registration opens 7:30 a.m., Bainbridge Performing Arts Center, 200 Madison Ave. N., Bainbridge Island; $5-$25 (206-842-5720 or www.gorunhavefun.org).

Sales/Shopping

Gifts & Greens Galore

FRI-SAT Holiday decorations, including wreaths, swags and fresh-cut greens, nature-themed gifts for all ages, live seasonal music, 3-7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, kids craft activities Saturday, Santa visits 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Graham Visitors Center, Washington Park Arboretum, 2300 Arboretum Drive E., Seattle (206-325-4510 or www.arboretumfoundation.org/).

Black Dog Forge Open House and Holiday Sale

FRI-SUN See the forge, sale of hand-forged gifts, 5-9 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Black Dog Forge in conjunction with Object Gallery, 2316 Second Ave., Seattle (206-443-9413 or blackdogforge.com).

South Whidbey Holiday Galleria

FRI-SUN Artists of South Whidbey, paintings, prints, cards, reception 5-7 p.m. Friday; show 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Clinton Progressive Hall, 6411 Central Ave., Clinton (www.artworkswhidbey.com).

Highland Park Holiday Bazaar

SAT 25 vendors, raffle, bake sale, lunch available, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Highland Park Elementary School, 1012 S.W. Trenton St., Seattle (highlandparkes.seattleschools.org/).

I Heart Indie Holidays

SAT Arts and crafts by 42 local artists, a portion of the proceeds benefits Boys & Girls Club Keystone Program, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Wallingford Boys & Girls Club, 1310 N. 45th St., Seattle (www.facebook.com/events/207591379303588/).

Seattle Shores Sweet Adelines Holiday Bazaar

SAT Crafts, bake sale, used books, jewelry, household items, performances by the Chorus, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Shoreline Unitarian Universalist Church, 14724 First Ave. N.E., Shoreline (seattleshores.org).

Designer Disaster/Supply Sale Show

SAT Handcrafted and commercial items, cash or checks only, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Local 302 Union Hall, 18701 120th Ave. N.E., Bothell (206-412-2633).

Holiday Bazaar, Monroe

SAT Craft and bake sale, lunch available, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, East County Senior Center, 276 Sky River Parkway, Monroe (360-794-6359 or www.eastcountyseniorcenter.org).

Alternative Gift Fair

SUN Gifts from around the world from 35 fair-trade and nonprofit organizations, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, Plymouth Congregational Church, 1217 Sixth Ave., Seattle (206-725-1469 or www.plymouthchurchseattle.org).

The North American Post's

Japanese Holiday Art Sale

SUN Arts and crafts including Japanese traditional and contemporary art by local artists, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Nagomi Tea House, 519 Sixth Avenue South, Seattle (206-623-0100).

Bellevue Friends of the Library Book Sale

SUN Proceeds benefit the library, 1 p.m. Sunday, Lake Hills Library, 15590 Lake Hills Blvd., Bellevue (425-747-3350 or www.kcls.org).

Indoor Farmers Market

SUN Produce, crafts, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; music by Milner Family Fiddles, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Dickens Carolers, 2-3 p.m. Sunday, Third Place Commons, 17171 Bothell Way N.E., Lake Forest Park (206-366-3302 or www.thirdplacecommons.org).

Seward Park Clay Studio

Holiday Show and Sale

THRU DEC. 24 Ceramic works by 50 artists, noon-7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, Seward Park Clay Studio, 5900 Lake Washington Blvd. S., Seattle (206-722-6342 or www.sewardparkart.org).

Holiday and Seconds Sale

Thru DEC. 22 Seconds, close-outs and holiday art-glass sale, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily through Dec. 22, Jones Glassworks, 900 N. 34th St., Seattle (206-632-3604 or jonesglassworks.com).

Skating

Seattle Center Winterfest

THRU JAN. 1 Winterfest Ice Rink, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays (closes 4 p.m. Dec. 24, closed Dec. 25), Fisher Pavilion, Seattle Center; $7/adults, $5/ages 6-12, $2/ages 5 and younger, includes skate rental; cash only (206-684-7200 or www.seattlecenter.com).

Holiday Ice Rink, Cal Anderson Park

THRU DEC. 24 Covered outdoor ice skating with music, holiday decorations, concessions, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. daily through Dec. 24, Cal Anderson Park, 1635 11th Ave., Seattle; $12/adults, $6/ages 8 and younger, per hour, with or without skate rental (www.capitolhillicerink.com).

Bellevue Magic Season Ice Arena

THRU JAN. 8 Open-air ice skating, shelter for all-weather skating, hours vary through Jan. 11, including 3-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday; 3-9 p.m. Monday; 3-7 p.m. Tuesday; 1-9 p.m. Wednesday; 3-9 p.m. Dec. 15, 3-11 p.m. Dec. 16; skating for people with young children in strollers only, 2-3 p.m. Dec. 15, Bellevue Downtown Park, 10201 N.E. Fourth St., Bellevue; $10 includes skate rental; Free Skate Mondays with Bank of America debit or credit card or pass from downtown Bellevue banking center (425-453-1223 or magicseason.com).

Snow sports

Snowshoes.com Get Going! Workshop

DEC. 15 For novice or intermediate snowshoeing, choose the right snowshoe, where to find trails and events near you, 7 p.m. Dec. 15, REI, 222 Yale Ave. N., Seattle; free (206-223-1944 or www.rei.com/event/30151/session/37549).

Avalanche Awareness Clinic

DEC. 15 Information for winter recreationists of all levels, 6 p.m. Dec. 15, evo, 122 N.W. 36th St., Seattle; free (www.mountainmadness.com).

Ranger-Guided Snowshoe Walks

DEC. 17-JAN. 1 Moderately strenuous 1.5-mile guided snowshoe walks for ages 8 and older, snowshoes provided or bring your own, 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. daily Dec. 17 through Jan. 1, then Saturdays, Sundays and holidays through April 1; sign up one hour before each walk; Mount Rainier Visitor Center, Ashford; $15/park entry fee; $4 donation suggested for; all vehicles required to carry tire chains (360-569-2211 or www.nps.gov/mora/).

Special interest

Historian Richard White

FRI White discusses his book "Railroaded: The Transcontinental and the Making of Modern America," 7 p.m. Friday, Seattle Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Seattle (206-386-4636 or www.spl.org).

International Human Rights Day

SAT Speaker Marie Hilao-Enriquez, chairwoman of the Philippines-based human rights coalition Karapatan, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Filipino Community Center, 5740 Martin Luther King Jr. Way S., Seattle; $5-$20 (pusoseattle.wordpress.com).

Remembrance Ceremony — Light a Light for our Children

SUN Providence Hospice invites any families whose child has died to participate in an International Day of Remembrance ceremony, 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Providence Hospice of Seattle, 425 Pontius Ave. N., Suite 300, Seattle; free (206-320-4000 ).

"Not In Our Town: Light in the Darkness"

TUE Documentary film and community discussion on intolerance and hate crimes against immigrants, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Mountlake Terrace Library, 23300 58th Ave. W., Mountlake Terrace (www.sno-isle.org/).

Seattle bargains

DEC. 15 Author David Volk reads from "A Cheap Bastard's Guide to Seattle," 7 p.m. Dec. 15, White Center Library, 11220 16th S.W., Seattle (206-243-0233 or www.kcls.org).

Tours

Seattle Architecture Foundation

FRI-SAT Tours from Seattle Architecture Foundation offices, 1333 Fifth Ave., Rainier Square Atrium, Seattle, unless noted otherwise; $15-$25 (800-838-3006 or www.seattlearchitecture.org);

• Design Details, including Smith Tower Observation Deck where tour ends, 10 a.m. Friday;

• Art Deco, 10 a.m. Saturday;

• Architecture Greatest Hits, 10 a.m. Dec. 15;

• Architecture 101, 10 a.m. Dec. 16.

Santa's Lights tour

SAT Metro Employee Historic Vehicle Association 3-hour tour of Seattle Christmas lights from aboard a fleet of King County Metro historic transit buses; Santa visit, 7 p.m. Saturday, from Second Avenue South and South Main Street, Seattle; $5/no Metro tickets or passes accepted (206-684-1816 or www.mehva.org).

Snow Train To Leavenworth's Lighting Festival

SAT Rail tour to Leavenworth, Saturday and Dec. 17 from King Street Station, Edmonds Station, or Everett Station; $149 (206-935-6848 or www.alkitours.com).

Vashon Island Art Studio Tour

SAT-SUN More than 40 studios open, with fiber art, glass, jewelry, wood, candles, pottery, mosaic, photography, sculpture, prints, paintings, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Vashon Island; free maps available online and at local businesses (206-463-6691 or www.VashonIslandArtStudioTour.com).

Holiday Lights Tour

THRU Dec. 23 Tour lights of downtown Seattle, the waterfront, Pioneer Square on 40-minute land-only Duck ride; first tours depart 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 5 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays through Dec. 23, Westlake Park, 401 Pine St., Seattle; $1-$15, reservations recommended (206-441-3825 or www.ridetheducksofseattle.com).

Travel events

Europe Through

the Back Door

SAT Venice, Florence and Rome, 10 a.m. Saturday, Edmonds Theater, 415 Main St., Edmonds; free, reservations required (425-771-8303, ext. 298 or www.ricksteves.com).

Volunteer

Tree planting

at Lake Sammamish

SAT Washington State Parks and Mountains to Sound Greenway park restoration project to remove invasive plants and plant trees, no experience necessary, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, all or half day, Lake Sammamish State Park, preregistration required (206-812-0122 or mtsgreenway.org).

Workshops

Gingerbread House Workshops

FRI-SAT Make a gingerbread creation, 6-8 p.m. Friday; 12:30-2 p.m. and 2:30-4 p.m. Saturday, Bellevue Hilton, Bellevue; $35-$40, preregister, space limited (425-637-8100 or www.kidsquestmuseum.org).

Auto Leaks Class

SAT Cars inspected, how to fix leaks to keep oil and other automotive fluids out of Puget Sound, 9 a.m. Dec. 10, South Seattle Community College, Seattle; free, preregister (206-386-9746).

Fundraising: From A to Z

SAT Building donor base, planning innovative events, grant writing and attracting corporate sponsors, 10 a.m. Saturday, 2100 Building, 2100 24th Ave. S., Seattle; $75 (425-653-1575 or www.o2joyent.com/workshops).

Hypnosis workshops

SAT Learn to use NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) and hypnosis to enhance business and personal success, banish holiday stress, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Mindworks Hypnosis, 1601 114th Ave. N.E., Suite 103, Bellevue; $69-$97 (425-564-8608 or www.seattlenlptraining.com).

Ornamentally Yours

— Tealight Ornament

SAT Make an ornament, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Ben Franklin Crafts & Frame Shop, 21121 Highway 410, Bonney Lake; $3 (253-862-6822 or www.bfranklincrafts.com/BonneyLEvents.html).

Holiday Photo & Garden Photo Frames

SAT Make a garden photo frame to give as a gift, photographer on hand to take a picture of each child for their frame, 11 a.m. Saturday, The Plant Farm, 15022 Twin Lakes Ave. N.E., Marysville (360-652-3351 or www.theplantfarm.com/kidsclub.htm).

Introduction to genealogy

SUN Introductory workshop by Eastside Genealogy Society, 2 p.m. Sunday, Issaquah Library, 10 W. Sunset Way, Issaquah (425-392-5430 or www.kcls.org).

Knitting with Milly Workshop & Potluck

SUN Bring knitting projects you need help with, 11 a.m. Sunday, Ben Franklin Crafts & Frame Shop, 21121 Highway 410, Bonney Lake; $20, preregister (253-862-6822 or www.bfranklincrafts.com/BonneyLEvents.html).

Winter crafts for children

WED Children through fifth grade make books and other crafts for gift giving, 4 p.m. Wednesday, Lake City Library, 12501 28th Ave. N.E., Seattle (206-684-7518 or www.spl.org).

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