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Editor’s note: Foul weather, a group leader’s illness, insufficient sign-ups — many situations can cancel or cause schedule changes for events and outings. To be certain of your plans, always call before you go.

Community calendar: festivals, fairs and more

A detailed, categorized calendar of events all over Seattle and Western Washington for Dec. 28, 2012-Jan. 3, 2013

Seattle Times staff

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Animal events

Woodland Park Zoo Winter Celebration

FRI Willawong Station birds, Kunekune pigs, elephants get holiday-themed treats, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., zoo open 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. daily including Jan. 1, Woodland Park Zoo, 5500 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle; $8.50-$11.75 (206-548-2500 or www.zoo.org).

Winter Fishtival

FRI-JAN. 5 Activities, talks and opportunities to learn about the Aquarium’s fish, birds, tide-pool animals and marine mammals, highlighting a different sea animal each day, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through Jan. 5, The Seattle Aquarium, 1483 Alaskan Way, Seattle; $13.95-$19.95, ages 3 and younger free (206-386-4300 or www.seattleaquarium.org).

See Bald Eagles on the Skagit River

SAT-SUN Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest Service stations with volunteers, spotting scopes, binoculars, information, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays through Jan. 27, Howard Miller Steelhead Park, 52809 Rockport Park Road, State Route 20, Rockport; Sutter Creek Rest Area; and Marblemount Fish Hatchery; free (360-856-5700 or www.fs.usda.gov/mbs).

Skagit River Bald Eagle Interpretive Center

SAT-SUN Eagle viewing information, educational displays on eagles, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays through January, call to verify guided walks, 11 a.m., speakers, 1 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Skagit River Bald Eagle Interpretive Center, 52809 Rockport Park Road, Rockport; free, donations appreciated (360-853-7626 or www.skagiteagle.org).

Boating

Virginia V history cruises

SAT Celebrating MOHAI’s opening day with narrated one-hour cruises on historic steamer, 12:30 and 3 p.m. Saturday, 860 Terry Ave. N., Suite 223, Seattle; $10-$15, tickets day of event only (www.virginiav.org).

MOHAI Opening Cruises

SAT-SUN Celebrate the Grand Opening of the Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) on cruise with narration of the history of MOHAI and historical landmarks, sights and facts about Lake Union, 11:30 a.m., 1, 2:30 and 4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, $12-$19; or with breakfast buffet, 10:30 a.m. Saturday-Sunday, lunch buffet, 1:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Waterways Cruises, 2441 N. Northlake Way, Seattle; $21-$29, all cruises ages 12 and younger free and $5 discount with MOHAI admission ticket (206-223-2060 or www.waterwayscruises.com).

New Year’s Eve Cocktail Cruise

MON-TUE Music, dancing. viewing fireworks show, appetizer and dessert buffet on Lake Union cruise, 9:30 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, Waterways Cruises, 2441 N. Northlake Way, Seattle; $101-$112 (206-223-2060 or www.waterwayscruises.com).

Dance

Sno-King International Folk Dance Club

SAT Request dancing, folk dance lesson, international folk dancing; 7 p.m. Saturday, Cedar Valley Grange, 20526 52nd Ave. W., Lynnwood; $5-$7 (425-385-2088 or sno-king.org).

Festivals/Expos

Seattle Center Winterfest, New Years at the Needle

FRI-MON Winter Train and Village display, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Monday, all ages dance 8:15-11:45 p.m. Monday, Armory; ice skating, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Monday, Fisher Pavilion, $2-$7 includes skate rental, cash only; fireworks at the Space Needle at midnight Monday, Seattle Center (206-684-7200 or www.seattlecenter.com).

Bellevue Magic Season

FRI-MON Celebration Lane snowfall, live toy soldiers and winter characters, music, light show, 7 p.m. Friday-Monday, downtown Bellevue; outdoor ice skating, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Jan. 6, Bellevue Downtown Park, 10201 N.E. Fourth St., Bellevue; $10 includes skate rental (www.magicseason.com/events).

Seattle Home Remodeling Expo

PLAN AHEAD Displays, vendors and information on home innovations and design trends, noon-8 p.m. Jan. 4, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Jan. 5, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Jan. 6, Washington State Convention Center, Seattle; $6 ages 17 and younger free (800-374-6463 or homeshowcenter.com).

NW Health & Fitness Expo

PLAN AHEAD Demonstrations, products and guest speakers promote health, fitness and wellness, Jan. 4-6, Puyallup Fair and Events Center, Puyallup; $8 (253-318-6314 or NWHealthandFitnessExpo.net).

Hiking/walks

East Shore Singles Trilogy Walk

SAT Singles over 45, walk on Bog Trail through wooded area followed by optional lunch nearby, 11 a.m. Saturday, QFC, 23475 N.E. Novelty Hill Road, Redmond; free (www.meetup.com/Eastshore-Singles).

New Year’s Eve/Day Walks

MON-TUES Emerald City Wanderers scenic, noncompetitive 5K and 10K Volkssport walks for all ages, start anytime 4-7 p.m., finish by 10 p.m. Monday; and start anytime 9 a.m.-noon, finish by 3 p.m. Tuesday, St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church, 3050 California Ave. S.W., Seattle; free (206-935-3225 or www.walkingwithecw.org).

East Shore Singles New Year’s Day Walk

TUE Singles over 45, walk in Kirkland with views of the lake followed by optional happy hour, 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Big Fish Grill, 10426 N.E. Northup Way, Kirkland; free (www.meetup.com/Eastshore-Singles).

Issaquah Alps Trail Club

TUE Dogs welcome on easy 4-6 mile hike with up to 1,200-foot elevation gain, water, food, daypack, rain gear, hiking shoes/boots required, 10 a.m. Tuesday, Issaquah Alps Trail Club clubhouse, First and Bush Streets, Issaquah (www.issaquahalps.org).

First Day Hike, Saltwater State Park

TUE Two-part hike, learn about park history and plants, second part to beach to see CCC-constructed structures, for ages 5 and older, no pets, 10 a.m. Tuesday, Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Visitor Center, Saltwater State Park, 25205 Eighth Pl. S., Des Moines; Discover Pass required (www.parks.wa.gov/events).

First Day Hike, Iron Horse State Park

TUE Moderate 3-mile hike to Cedar Butte, through Olallie State Park, for ages 10 and older, no pets, 11 a.m. Tuesday, Iron Horse State Park, North Bend Cedar Falls Trailhead, Cedar Falls Road, North Bend; Discover Pass required (www.parks.wa.gov/events).

First Day Hike, Cama Beach State Park

TUE Easy 1.5-mile hike for all ages through woods and along Saratoga Passage, leashed dogs welcome, 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Cama Beach State Park, 1880 S. West Camano Drive, Camano Island; free Discover Pass required (www.parks.wa.gov/events).

First Day Hike, Camano Island State Park

TUE Moderate 2.5-mile hike for all ages from Bluff Trailhead near Lowell Point parking area, ending at Cama Center, shuttle available to return hikers to Lowell Point, 1 p.m. Tuesday, Camano Island State Park, 2269 Lowell Point Road, Camano; free (www.parks.wa.gov/events).

First Day Hike, Deception Pass State Park

TUE Moderate 1.5 mile hike for all ages with one steep section; no pets, 11 a.m. Tuesday, Deception Pass State Park, State Route 20, Whidbey Island; Discover Pass required (www.parks.wa.gov/events).

First Day Hike, Fort Townsend State Park

TUE Easy hike to discover park flora and fauna and newly installed mural, for ages 5 years and older (younger children if carried), leashed dogs allowed, 1 p.m. Tuesday, Fort Townsend State Park, Old Fort Townsend Road, Port Townsend; Discover Pass required (www.parks.wa.gov/events).

First Day Hike, Lake Sylvia State Park

TUE Two-hour tour along Sylvia Creek or shorter option, ribbon cutting to celebrate new interpretive signs, no dogs, 1 p.m. Tuesday, Lake Sylvia State Park, 1813 Lake Sylvia Road, Montesano; free, Discover Pass required (360-249-3621).

First Day Hike, Millersylvania State Park

TUE Easy 5-mile along Fitness and Nature Trail through old-growth forest, for all ages, no pets, 9 a.m. Tuesday, Millersylvania State Park, off Tilley Road South, off exit 95 from north or south I-5, Olympia; Discover Pass required (www.parks.wa.gov/events).

First Day Hike, Rockport State Park

TUE Moderate 3.5-mile Deep Forest Experience hike through old-growth forest, for ages 7 and older, leashed dogs welcome, 10 a.m. Tuesday, Rockport State Park, Milepost 96.5, Highway 20, Rockport; Discover Pass required (www.parks.wa.gov/events).

First Day Hike, Wallace Falls State Park

TUE Moderate, 4.5-mile hike to waterfalls and old-growth forest, for all ages, leashed dogs allowed, 11 a.m. Tuesday, Wallace Falls State Park, 14503 Wallace Lake Road, Goldbar; Discover Pass required (www.parks.wa.gov/events).

Museum events

Museum of Flight Winter Family Fun

FRI-SUN Family activities, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday-Sunday, The Museum of Flight, 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle; $9-$17 (206-764-5720 or www.museumofflight.com).

“Plastics Unwrapped” Holiday Activities

FRI-MON Explore the new exhibit, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily; plastics crafts, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, University of Washington, Seattle; $7.50-$10 (206-543-5590 or www.burkemuseum.org).

Festivals of Light, Seattle Children’s Museum

FRI-SUN Celebrating Kwanzaa, Friday through Monday; Chinese New Year Celebration, Jan. 2-6, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, closed Jan. 1; Seattle Children’s Museum, Seattle Center Armory, Seattle; $6-$7.50 (www.thechildrensmuseum.org/fol).

Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs

FRI-JAN. 6 Display of more than 100 objects from King Tut’s tomb and treasures from 2,000 years of ancient Egyptian history, 9 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Jan. 3, 9 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Jan. 4-6, 2013, Pacific Science Center, 200 Second Ave. N, Seattle; $15.50-$32.50, timed ticket entry, reservations strongly recommended (800-664-8775 or www.pacificsciencecenter.org).

Gates Foundation Visitor Center Family Day: The Give Effect

SAT Family Day to experience the joy of giving for all ages, interactive exhibits, activities for kids, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center, 440 Fifth Ave. N., Seattle; free (206-709-3100 or www.facebook.com and search “Family Day: The Give Effect).

MOHAI Grand Opening

SAT-JAN. 3 Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) celebrates new home at restored Naval Reserve Building, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, with ribbon cutting, 10 a.m.; performances by poet Henry Luke, opera singer Sarah Fletcher and the Chief Sealth Marching Band; activities including Salish weaving demonstration, print making; boat rides and dragon boat racing on the lake, free admission, timed ticket available online required Saturday; paid admission with timed ticket available online required, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday; New Year’s Family Day activities, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday; free First Thursday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Jan. 3, MOHAI at Lake Union Park, 860 Terry Ave. N., Seattle; regular admission $12-$15, ages 13 and younger free with adult (206-324-1126 or www.seattlehistory.org).

New Year’s Eve Celebration, Seattle Children’s Museum

MON Join in counting down to the New Year every hour celebrating the new year around the world, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Seattle Children’s Museum, Seattle Center Armory, Seattle; $6.50-$7.50 (206-576-2322 or www.thechildrensmuseum.org/nyecountdown).

New Year’s Eve Party, Imagine Children’s Museum

MON Magician, DJ, New Year’s Eve ball drop at 9 p.m., 6 p.m. Monday, Imagine Children’s Museum, 1502 Wall St., Everett; $10-$20, advance purchase available, at the door if space available (425-258-1006).

New Year at Chihuly Garden and Glass

MON Stephanie Porter Orchestra, appetizers, view of Space Needle fireworks, 8 p.m. Monday, Chihuly Garden and Glass, Seattle Center, Seattle; $200 (www.chihulygardenandglass.com).

New Years at noon at Children’s Museum of Tacoma

MON New Years parade through the museum at noon; make noisemakers and other crafts, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Children’s Museum of Tacoma, 1501 Pacific Ave., Tacoma; pay as you will admission (www.playtacoma.org).

Park events

Movie at Mercer Slough

FRI Movie “Planet Earth — Seasonal Forests,” popcorn, 5 p.m. Friday, Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center, 1625 118th Ave. S.E., Bellevue; free (425-452-2565).

Volunteer Park Conservatory

FRI-TUES Holiday display including poinsettias, holiday train, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, Volunteer Park Conservatory, 1400 E. Galer St., Seattle; free donations suggested (206-322-4112 or www.volunteerparkconservatory.org).

Polar Bear Plunge

TUE Official Patch of Courage for all who submerge neck-deep in Lake Washington, costumes welcome, noon Tuesday, registration 11 a.m., Polar Cub Plunge for kids, or anyone who needs more room, precedes main plunge, Matthews Beach Park, 9300 51st Ave. N.E., Seattle; free (parkways.seattle.gov).

Polar Bear Plunge, Point Defiance

TUE New Year plunge into Puget Sound, Cub Plunge for ages 9 and younger at 11:30 a.m. followed by Adult/Family Plunge, costumes welcome, noon Tuesday, Point Defiance Marina, 5912 N. Waterfront Drive; Fun Run one mile run/walk to the Marina 11 a.m. Tuesday, Point Defiance Park, 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma; free (253-591-5325 or www.metroparkstacoma.org).

Polar Bear Plunge, Whidbey Island

TUE New Year dip in the water, noon Tuesday, registration opens 11 a.m., Double Bluff Beach, South Double Bluff Road and East Shore Avenue, Freeland, Whidbey Island (360-221-6788 or www.swparks.org).

Running

Commitment Day

TUE New Year 5K-run/walk event in 35 cities including Seattle, a movement to get moving; includes T-shirt and commitment journal; 8 a.m. Tuesday, registration opens 6 a.m., Memorial Stadium, 401 Fifth Ave. N., Seattle; $34-$39, ages 17 and younger free with paid adult; preregistration available at Sports Authority stores and other local retailers (www.commitmentday.com/content/seattle).

Seasonal

Gingerbread Village

FRI-TUE Gingerbread fairy-tale castles created by Seattle architecture firms and Sheraton Seattle culinary staff, daily through Tuesday, Sheraton Seattle Hotel and Towers, 1400 Sixth Ave., Seattle; free, donations for Northwest Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation requested (206-621-9000 or www.sheratonseattle.com/gingerbreadvillage).

Holiday Carousel

FRI-TUE Holiday carousel, proceeds benefit Treehouse for foster kids, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, Westlake Park, 401 Pine St., Seattle; $2 (www.holidaysinseattle.com).

WildLights at Woodland Park Zoo

FRI-TUE Light sculptures of wild animals and destinations around the world, carousel, reindeer visits, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday-Tuesday, Woodland Park Zoo, 5500 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle; $6.50-$9.50 online advance purchase, night of event sale if space available; ages 2 and younger free (www.zoo.org/wildlights).

Candy Cane Lane

FRI-TUE Neighborhood Christmas display, lights and music from 4:30-10 p.m. through Tuesday, until midnight Monday, Northeast Park Road, off Ravenna Boulevard, Seattle; free, donations for Northwest Harvest collected.

Garden d’Lights

FRI-MON Winter wonderland lights, 5-10 p.m., last entry 9:30 p.m., Friday-Monday, Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St., Bellevue; $5, ages 10 and younger free; advance ticket purchase recommended (425-452-6844 or www.gardendlights.org).

Clam Lights

FRI-MON Light display nightly through Monday, Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park, 1201 Lake Washington Blvd., Renton (www.ivars.com).

Holiday with Lights

FRI-MON Rides, light displays, entertainment, 6-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 6-10 p.m. Sunday-Monday, Wild Waves and Enchanted Village, 36201 Enchanted Parkway S., Federal Way; $12.99-$14.99, ages 3 and younger free; parking $5-$10 (253-661-8000 or wildwaves.com/events-deals/holiday-with-lights).

Zoolights at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

FRI-TUE Lights and light sculptures, South Pacific Aquarium, camel rides, antique carousel, 5-9 p.m. Friday-Tuesday, Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma; $7.25-$15.75 (253-591-5337 or www.pdza.org).

The Lights of Christmas

FRI-SAT Light displays, entertainment, train rides, pony rides, nativity, vendors, 5-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Warm Beach Christian Camps & Conference Center, Stanwood; $9-$15 pay what you can Dec. 29 (www.warmbeach.com/index.php/lights-of-christmas).

Underworld New Year’s Eve Party

MON Underworld New Year’s Eve adults-only stroll through old red-light district of underground city that was Seattle’s birthplace, midnight Champagne toast in restored 19th century saloon, tours at 7, 8, 9 and 10 p.m. Monday, Seattle Underground Tour, 608 First Ave., Seattle; $25 (206-682-4646 or www.undergroundtour.com).

Salmon-chanted New Year’s Eve Party

MON New Year’s Eve Party dinner, entertainment, viewing of the Space Needle fireworks, midnight toast, 8 p.m. Monday, Ivar’s Salmon House, 401 NE. Northlake Way, Seattle; $75 reservations required (206-957-0767 or www.ivars.com).

New Year’s Eve Celebration

MON Radical Women New Year’s celebration, buffet, dancing, political comedy, no-host bar, 8:30 p.m. Monday, New Freeway Hall, 5018 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle; $5-$17 sliding scale and work exchanges available for students, unemployed and low-income people (206-722-6057).

New Year’s Eve Labyrinth Walk

MON Walk the labyrinth, an ancient pattern used for contemplation, meditation, all welcome anytime 4-8 p.m. Monday, Lake Washington United Methodist Church, 7525 132nd Ave. N.E., Kirkland; free (425-885-3311 or www.lwumc.com/ministries/labyrinth).

Sports

Battle For Seattle

SAT Band together to complete missions to save the human race game for all skill levels, instruction available, bring your own Nerf gun (no realistic-looking weaponry) and extra pair of clean socks, 1 p.m. Saturday, Gas Works Park, 2101 N. Northlake Way, Seattle; $5 (www.bubbleseattle.com).

Snow sports

First Day Hike, Pearrygin Lake State Park

TUE Easy 2.5 mile snowshoe hike and cross country ski at park normally closed for the season, open to all with snowshoes or skis, leashed dogs welcome, 1 p.m. Tuesday, Pearrygin Lake State Park, Bear Creek Road, Winthrop; Discover Pass required (www.parks.wa.gov/events).

Guided snowshoe walks, Snoqualmie Pass

PLAN AHEAD Forest Service guided 90 minute walks on one-mile loop walk through old-growth forest, snowshoes provided, no experience necessary; 10 and 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, Jan. 5 through March, Snoqualmie Pass; $10/youth, $15/adult donation requested; reservations required (425-434-6111 or www.fs.usda.gov/mbs).

Special interest

International films for children

FRI Short films from around the world for children, 2-3:30 p.m. Friday, Seattle Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Seattle; free (206-386-4675 or www.spl.org).

Apollo 13: Mission Control

FRI-SUN Interactive event, audience members in “Mission Control” must help bring astronauts home, 7 p.m. Friday, 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Tacoma Dome, 2727 E. D St., Tacoma; $39.50-$54.50 (800-745-3000 or apollo13live.com).

Centennial Community Bonfire

SUN Celebrate Redmond’s 100 years, bonfire, music and luminaria, 5 p.m. Sunday, Redmond City Hall, 15670 N.E. 85th St., Redmond; free (www.100years.Redmond.gov).

Travel events

Europe Through the Back Door

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

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