51 festivals and community events for the 2012 holiday season
Tree-lightings, parades, festivals and more will light Northwest nights through Dec. 31, 2012.
Seattle Times staff
Festival of Trees Celebration
THRU NOV. 28 20 themed Christmas trees auctioned to benefit Seattle Children's Hospital on display through Nov. 28; celebration with Santa, holiday boutique, entertainment, cookies, lighting of the Fairmont Lobby Tree and opening of the Teddy Bear Suite, 2-5 p.m. Nov. 18, Fairmont Olympic Hotel, 411 University St., Seattle; free, donations welcome (www.seattlefestivaloftrees.com).
Teddy Bear Suite
THRU DEC. 24 Holiday teddy bears suite, 2:30-6 p.m. Nov. 18, then 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Fridays-Sundays through Dec. 24, Fairmont Olympic Hotel, 411 University St., Seattle; free, donations to Seattle Children's Hospital suggested (www.holidaysinseattle.com).
THRU JAN. 1 Gingerbread castles by Seattle architecture firms, trade associations and Sheraton culinary staff, daily through Jan. 1, Sheraton Seattle Hotel and Towers, 1400 Sixth Ave., Seattle; free, donations for Northwest Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation requested (www.sheratonseattle.com/gingerbreadvillage).
NOV. 18 Nordic Christmas craft vendors, music, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Nordic Heritage Museum, 3014 N.W. 67th St., Seattle; $1-$3 (206-789-5707 or www.nordicmuseum.org/events.aspx#Yulefest).
Festivals of Light, Seattle Children's Museum
NOV. 19-JAN. 6 Kid-sized home, crafts explore winter holiday celebrations around the world; Diwali, Nov. 19-Nov. 26; Hanukkah, Nov. 27-Dec. 3; Santa Lucia, Dec. 4-10; Las Posadas, Dec. 11-17; Christmas Around the World, Dec. 18-22; Kwanzaa, Dec. 26-31; Chinese New Year Celebration, Jan. 2-6, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays-Sunday, Seattle Children's Museum, Seattle Center, Seattle; $6-$7.50 (206-441-1768 or www.thechildrensmuseum.org/fol).
Seattle Turkey Trot
NOV. 22 Casual 5K walk/run, benefits Ballard Food Bank, 9 a.m. from Northwest 85th Street and 32nd Avenue Northwest, Seattle; $25-$30 (206-789-7800 or www.seattleturkeytrot.org).
Issaquah Turkey Trot
NOV. 22 Casual 5K, benefits Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank, Thanksgiving costumes encouraged, 9 a.m., City of Issaquah Northwest Building, 1775 12th Ave. N.W., Issaquah; $5-$25 (www.issaquahturkeytrot.org).
Bainbridge Island Turkey Trot
NOV. 22 Run/walk 1 mile, 8:30 a.m., 5K, 9 a.m., benefits Helpline, Battle Point Park, 11299 Arrow Point Drive N.E., Bainbridge Island; $10-$30 (www.bainbridgeturkeytrot.org).
NOV. 23 Floats, marching bands, drill teams and Santa, 9 a.m., from Seventh Avenue and Pine Street, ending at Fourth Avenue and Pine Street; Seattle (www.holidaysinseattle.com).
Macy's Star and Westlake Center Holiday Tree Lighting
NOV. 23 Holiday star lighting at Macy's, tree lighting ceremony, fireworks (weather permitting), 4:45 p.m., Westlake Center, 400 Pine St., Seattle (www.holidaysinseattle.com).
NOV. 23-JAN. 1 Carousel, benefits Treehouse for foster kids, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Nov. 23-24, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Nov. 23-29, through Jan. 1, times subject to change due to weather and other conditions, Westlake Park, 401 Pine St., Seattle; suggested donation $2 (www.holidaysinseattle.com).
Pacific Place Winter Wonderland
NOV. 23-DEC. 31 Musical performances and snow shows, 6 p.m. Nov. 23 through Dec. 31, Pacific Place Mall, 600 Pine St., Seattle (www.pacificplaceseattle.com).
Seattle Center Winterfest
NOV. 23-DEC. 31 Winter Train and Village display, entertainment including Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra, 12:30 p.m. Nov. 23; Seattle Men's Chorus, 12:30 p.m. Nov. 24; Armory/Center House, Seattle Center, Seattle (206-684-7200 or www.seattlecenter.com);
• Winterfest Ice Rink indoor ice skating, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays through Jan. 6, Fisher Pavilion, Seattle Center; $7/adults, $5/ages 6-12, $2/ages 5 and younger, includes skate rental, cash only
WildLights at Woodland Park Zoo
NOV. 23-JAN. 1 Light sculptures of wild animals and destinations around the world, carousel, reindeer visits, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Nov. 23-Dec. 23, Dec. 26-Jan. 1, Woodland Park Zoo, 5500 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle; $6.50-$9.50 by online advance purchase, night of event sale if space available; ages 2 and younger free (www.zoo.org/wildlights).
Bellevue Magic Season
NOV. 23-DEC. 31 Snowflake Lane snowfall, live toy soldiers and winter characters, music, light show, 7 p. m. daily Nov. 23 through Dec. 24 along the sidewalks of Bellevue Way and Northeast Eighth Street; Celebration Lane Dec. 26-31, Bellevue Way and Northeast Eighth Street, Bellevue; free (www.magicseason.com).
• Bellevue Ice Arena open-air ice skating rink, food concessions, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Nov. 23-24, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 25, hours vary daily through Jan. 13; Bellevue Downtown Park, 10201 N.E. Fourth St., Bellevue; $10 includes skate rental, two skate for the price of one Tuesdays;
• Garden d'Lights, light sculpture flowers, animal characters, 5-10 p.m., last entry 9:30 p.m., Nov. 24 through Dec. 31, Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St., Bellevue; $5, ages 10 and younger free; advance ticket purchase recommended; free Nov. 26-29, Dec. 3-6 (425-452-6844 or www.gardendlights.org).
• Gingerbread Lane gingerbread sculptures by architecture firms, bakeries, Dec. 1-16; Bellevue Hilton, 300 112th Ave. S.E., Bellevue (www.kidsquestmuseum.org).
Zoolights, Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
NOV. 23-JAN. 1 Lights and light sculptures, South Pacific Aquarium, camel rides, carousel, 5-9 p.m. Nov. 23-Jan. 1 (closed Dec. 24), Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma; $7.25-$15.75 (253-591-5337 or www.pdza.org).
Magic in The Market
NOV. 24 Dickens Carolers and Great Figgy Pudding caroling teams perform, merchants' extended hours, 1-8 p.m.; tree lighting and parade through the Arcade with Santa, 5 p.m., Pike Place Market, Seattle (www.pikeplacemarket.org).
Holiday Lights at Lake Union Park
NOV. 24 Holiday craft activities, music, launch of Argosy Christmas Ship parade, 1-8 p.m., South Lake Union Park, Seattle (www.mohai.org).
Seattle Holiday Lights Tour
NOV. 24-DEC. 30 40-minute tour of downtown Seattle lights, starting 5 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, 6 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, Nov. 24 through Dec. 23 and Dec. 26-30, Westlake Park, 401 Pine St., Seattle; $5-$15, reservations recommended, walk ups welcome if space available (206-441-3825 or 800-817-1116 or www.ridetheducksofseattle.com).
NOV. 24-DEC. 15 Holiday train excursion, visit Santa Claus at Snoqualmie Depot, hourly 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 24-25, Dec. 1-2, 8-9, 14-15, Northwest Railway Museum, 38625 S.E. King St., Snoqualmie; $20, advance purchase recommended (425-888-3030 or www.trainmuseum.org).
Providence O'Christmas Trees
NOV. 26-28 Display of 16 designed trees to be auctioned, proceeds benefit seniors and hospice patients served by Providence Health & Services' Senior and Community Services, The Westin Seattle, 1900 Fifth Ave., Seattle (206-938-2788 or www2.providence.org/kingcounty/giving/providence-o-christmas-trees/);
• Christmas Carnival, Santa, kids' activities and entertainment, craft projects for kids, noon-8 p.m. Nov. 26, free admission;
• Silver Bells Luncheon, holiday attire fashion show for men and women featuring models and residents of Providence Senior and Community Services facilities, 11 a.m. Nov. 27; $60 by reservation;
• Gala Dinner and Auction, 5 p.m. Nov. 28, $300, by reservation.
A Victorian Country Christmas
NOV. 28-DEC. 2 Holiday entertainment, vendors, 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; $8-$10 (253-841-5045 or www.avictoriancountrychristmas.com).
NOV. 30-DEC. 2 Exhibit of 700 nativities from many cultures, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 2, Lamb of God Lutheran Church, 12509 27th Ave. N.E., Seattle; free (www.nativityexhibitnw.org).
Saint Nick's Winter in Woodinville
NOV. 30-DEC. 2 Holiday tree lighting event for all ages, 5:30 p.m. Nov. 30, Chateau Ste. Michelle, 14111 N.E. 145th St., Woodinville; Saint Nick at Night Wine Tasting for ages 21 and older, 7-9:30 p.m. Nov. 30, $50; Winery Open House Weekend for ages 21 and older only, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 1-2, Woodinville Wine Country venues, Woodinville; $65/two days, $50/Sunday only (www.woodinvillewinecountry.com).
Vashon Winterfest Weekend
NOV. 30-DEC. 2 Art Gallery Tour, Nov. 30; art studio tour, Dec. 1-2; merchant open house, holiday parade and tree lighting Dec. 1, Vashon Island (206-463-6217 or www.vashonchamber.com).
NOV. 30-DEC. 31 Opening celebration with boat parade, 7 p.m. Nov. 30; light display continues nightly through Dec. 31, Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park, 1201 Lake Washington Blvd., Renton (www.ivars.com).
Magnolia Holiday Tour of Homes
DEC. 1 Boutique and tea house, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., tour of five homes decorated for the holidays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Our Lady of Fatima Parish Center, 3218 W. Barrett St., Seattle; $25/advance, $30/day of show (www.magnoliaholidaytourofhomes.com).
Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting, Renton
DEC. 1 Holiday celebration, 3 p.m., tree lighting, 5 p.m., Renton Downtown Piazza, South Third Street and Burnett Avenue South, Renton and local merchants (rentonwa.gov).
DEC. 1 Celebrate the Centennial, kids' activities, craft market, historical display, noon-4 p.m.; celebration of Redmond's diverse cultural traditions of the winter season with food, entertainment, 4-8 p.m., Redmond Town Center, Sammamish Trail and City Hall, Redmond (www.RedmondLights.com).
Santa's Coming to Town, Mill Creek
DEC. 1 Santa parade on Main Street, 3:30 p.m.; community tree lighting, 4:30 p.m., Mill Creek City Hall, 15728 Main St., Mill Creek; Santa visits, entertainment, horse-drawn carriage rides, music, live reindeer, Mill Creek Town Center, Mill Creek (millcreektowncenterbiz.com).
Santa's arrival, Bothell
DEC. 1 Holiday activities, shopping, entertainment, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Santa arrives and lights the Christmas tree, 7 p.m., Country Village, 23732 Bothell-Everett Highway, Bothell (425-483-2250 or www.countryvillagebothell.com).
Issaquah History Museums Holiday Open House
DEC. 1 Holiday craft fair vendors, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., visits with Santa, entertainment, children's craft table, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Issaquah Depot, 50 Rainier Blvd. N., Issaquah (425-392-3500 or www.issaquahhistory.org).
Holiday Tea, White River Valley Museum
DEC. 1 Holiday tea, seatings at 12:30 and 2:30 p.m., White River Valley Museum, 918 H St. S.E., Auburn; $12, by reservation (253-288-7439 or wrvmuseum.org/events.html).
Auburn Santa Parade
DEC. 1 Lighting of the city Christmas tree; entertainment, 4 p.m. in front of City Hall, followed by parade; downtown Auburn (253-931-3043 or www.auburnwa.gov).
Brier Tree Lighting
DEC. 1 Carols, snacks, arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus, lighting of community holiday tree, 6:30 p.m., Brier Park, 2903 228th St. S.W., Brier; food bank donations suggested (www.ci.brier.wa.us).
PNA Winter Festival & Crafts Fair
DEC. 1-2 Entertainment on two stages, arts and crafts from 115 vendors, quilt raffle, bake sale, lunch, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle; $2-$4 (206-783-2244 or www.phinneycenter.org/winterfestival).
West Seattle Tree Lighting and Hometown Holidays
DEC. 1-16 Holiday tree lighting, 5 p.m. Dec. 1, Junction Plaza Park, 42nd Avenue Southwest and Southwest Alaska Street, Seattle; mule carriage rides, Santa visits, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 2, 9, 16, California Avenue Southwest and Southwest Alaska Street, Seattle (wsjunction.org).
Issaquah Reindeer Festival
DEC. 1-30 Meet Santa and his reindeer, story times, animal exhibits, gift shop, 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).
Salish Holiday Tea
DEC. 1-30 Tea, sandwiches, pastries, 2 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays Dec. 1-23, daily Dec. 26-30, Salish Lodge and Spa, 6501 Railroad Ave. S.E., on Highway 202, Snoqualmie; $15-$30, reservations required (800-272-5474 or www.salishlodge.com).
Great Figgy Pudding Street Corner Caroling Competition
DEC. 7 Entertainment, caroling competition by 40 teams, benefits Pike Market Senior Center and Food Bank, 5-8:30 p.m., Westlake Park, 401 Pine St., Seattle (www.pikemarketseniorcenter.org/figgy-pudding).
Holiday Tree Lighting, Mercer Island
DEC. 7 Kids' activities, 6 p.m.; tree lighting, 6:30 p.m.; Mercerdale Park, 77th Avenue Southeast and Southeast 32nd Street, Mercer Island; Santa visits, treats, children's entertainment, 7-8:30 p.m., North Fire Station, Mercer Island; free, unwrapped toys donation for Toys For Tots requested (www.mercergov.org).
Tree Lighting, Mountlake Terrace
DEC. 7 Music, Santa, tree lighting, 8:30 p.m., Evergreen Playfield, 22205 56th Ave. W., Mountlake Terrace (www.cityofmlt.com).
Gifts & Greens Galore
DEC. 7-8 Sale of wreaths, swags, garlands, gardening and nature books and other garden-related items, craft activities, noon-5 p.m. Dec. 7, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 8, Graham Visitors Center, Washington Park Arboretum, Seattle (www.arboretumfoundation.org).
Green Lake Pathway of Lights
DEC. 8 Path around the lake lit by luminaria with musicians, treats along the way, 5-8 p.m., Green Lake Park, 7201 E. Green Lake Drive N., Seattle (facebook.com/GreenLakePathwayofLights).
Seattle Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis
DEC. 9 Festive 5K run/walk, holiday costumes encouraged, 8:50 a.m.; 1k children's Run with the Elves, 8:20 a.m., Westlake Center, 400 Pine St., Seattle; $10-$35 (206-547-2707 or seattlejinglebellrun.org).
DEC. 8 Pacific Northwest Ballet Nutcracker mini-performance, brunch, 10:30 a.m., McCaw Hall, Seattle; $45-$65 (206-441-2424 or www.pnb.org).
Candy Cane Lane
DEC. 8-31 Neighborhood Christmas display, lights and music, 4-11 p.m. Dec. 8-Jan. 1, until midnight Dec. 24, 25 and 31, Northeast Park Road, off Ravenna Boulevard, Seattle; free, donations for Northwest Harvest collected.
Santa Brunch benefiting Make-A-Wish Washington
DEC. 9 Breakfast, photo with Santa, 9 a.m., Four Seasons Hotel, Seattle; $25-$50, reservations required by Nov. 30 (206-623-5300).
Menorah Lighting at U Village
DEC. 12 Celebrate Hanukkah with Menorah lighting, performance by the KlezKids, dreidels for children, 6 p.m. Dec. 12, University Village Mall, 25th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 45th Street, Seattle (206-523-0622 or www.uvillage.com/events).
Wright Spirit Celebration
DEC. 15 Celebrate the Wright brothers' first flight; Santa arrives by aircraft, 10 a.m., Santa and Mrs. Claus greet children until 2 p.m., Museum of Flight, 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle; $9-$17 (www.museumofflight.org).
Seattle's Traditional Santa Breakfasts
DEC. 16-23 In the tradition of Frederick & Nelson department store, Strolling Minstrels, Olympic Ballet Dancers, Santa, benefit Arthritis Foundation programs for children, 9:30 a.m. Dec. 16, 22, 23, Sheraton Seattle Hotel and Towers, Seattle; $25-$55 by reservation (206-547-1290 or SantaBreakfasts.kintera.org).