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Originally published Friday, December 30, 2011 at 11:24 AM

4 family-friendly New Year's Eve events

Here are some family-friendly New Year's Eve festivities, plus a list of holiday-themed activities for one last long-weekend hurrah.

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Here are some family-friendly New Year's Eve festivities, plus a list of holiday-themed activities for one last long-weekend hurrah.

New Year's

Children's Museum Holiday Countdown: Countdown to New Year's around the world hourly, starting with countdown for India at 11 a.m. and ending with celebration of traditions of Brazil at 5 p.m., with noisemakers and juice to celebrate, cultural craft activities, open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Seattle Children's Museum, Center House, Seattle Center; $6.50-$7.50 (www.thechildrensmuseum.org).

Rockin' New Year's Eve Daytime Party: Make party wear, celebrate the new year every hour with dancing and music from around the world, noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Imagine Children's Museum, 1502 Wall St., Everett; $7.95 (425-258-1006 or www.imaginecm.org).

Ring in 2012 at Seattle Center: All-ages dance with music by The Rhythm Nation, food vendors inside the Center House and mobile-food vendors on the South Fountain Lawn, 8-11:45 p.m. Saturday; Space Needle fireworks at midnight, Seattle Center, Seattle; free (206-684-7200 or www.seattlecenter.com).

First Night Port Townsend: Alcohol-free, all-ages New Year's Eve celebration with dance, art, music, theater, storytelling, puppetry, hands-on history and art projects, films, children's games, and fireworks, 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Port Townsend Historic District (360-385-1003 or jchsmuseum.org).

Holiday-themed

Bellevue Magic Season Celebration Lane: Simulated snowfall, live toy soldiers and winter characters, music, light show, 7 p.m. Saturday; Bellevue Way and Northeast Eighth Street, Bellevue (425-454-8096 or magicseason.com).

Garden d'Lights: Winter wonderland of light displays, gift shop, 5-10 p.m. Saturday, last entry 9:30 p.m., Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St., Bellevue; $5, ages 10 and younger free (425-452-6844 or www.gardendlights.org).

Gingerbread Village: Seattle architecture firms and Sheraton culinary staff gingerbread displays inspired by the theme "Holiday Express," through Sunday, 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: Holiday carousel rides, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, Westlake Park, 401 Pine St., Seattle; $2/suggested donation benefits Downtown Seattle Association and Treehouse charity for children in foster care (www.downtownholidays.com).

Toyland Village: Display of more than 50 larger-than-life illuminated toys until 10 p.m. through Sunday, Waterfront Park, Pier 57-59, Seattle (downtownholidays.com).

Clam Lights: Clam Lights display, 5-9 p.m. through Sunday, Gene Coulon Park, 1201 Lake Washington Blvd., Renton (www.rentonwa.gov or ivars.com).

Zoolights: Lights and light sculptures of animals and local landmarks, music, aquarium, camel rides, carousel, 5-9 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma; $7-$8.25, ages 2 and younger free (253-591-5337, ext. 3, or www.pdza.org/zoolights).

Seattle Times staff

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