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51 festivals and community events for the 2012 holiday season

Tree-lightings, parades, festivals and more will light Northwest nights through Dec. 31, 2012.

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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).

Gingerbread Village

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).

Yulefest

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).

Holiday Parade

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).

Holiday Carousel

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).

Santa Train

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).

Nativity Exhibit

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).

Clam Lights

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).

Redmond Lights

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).

Nutcracker Brunch

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).

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