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Holiday festivals 2013

A roundup of holiday festivals for 2013.


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Reindeer Festival

Through DEC. 22 Two of Santa’s reindeer and a camel on display, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily through Dec. 24; sit in a holiday sleigh with a live reindeer, bring your own camera, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 30-Dec. 1; Santa photos, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays through Dec. 22; Swansons Nursery, 9701 15th Ave. N.W., Seattle (206-782-2543 or swansonsnursery.com).

Festivals of Light

Through JAN. 5 Explore winter celebration traditions around the world, Seattle Children’s Museum, Seattle Center Armory, Seattle; $7.25-$8.25 (206-441-1768 or thechildrensmuseum.org/fol).

Gingerbread Village

Through JAN. 5 Gingerbread displays created by architecture firms with “Nursery Rhymes” theme, Sheraton Seattle Hotel, 1400 Sixth Ave., Seattle; free, donations to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation suggested (gingerbreadvillage.myevent.com ).

Westlake Holiday Carousel

Through JAN. 1 Ride the carousel, benefits Treehouse for foster kids, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Nov. 29-30; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Dec. 1; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Dec. 2-5; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Dec. 6; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Dec. 7; 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Dec. 8; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Dec. 9-12; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Dec. 13; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Dec. 14; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Dec. 15; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Dec. 16-19; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Dec. 20; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Dec. 21; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Dec. 22; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Dec. 23; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 24; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Dec. 26; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Dec. 27; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Dec. 28; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Dec. 29; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Dec. 30-31; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Jan. 1, Westlake Park, 401 Pine St., Seattle; $3 suggested donation (holidaysinseattle.com).

Teddy Bear Suite

Thorugh DEC. 24 Teddy bear wonderland, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Dec. 24, Fairmont Olympic Hotel, 411 University St., Seattle; free, donations collected for Seattle Children's Hospital (fairmont.com/seattle).

Bellevue Snowflake Lane

Through DEC. 31 Music, light show, drummers, live toy soldiers, magical snowstorm; with arrival of Santa Nov. 29, 7 p.m. Nov. 29-Dec. 24; Celebration Lane, 7 p.m. Dec. 26-31, Bellevue Way and Northeast Eighth Street, Bellevue (bellevuecollection.com/snowflake.html).

Pacific Place Holiday Season

Through DEC. 31 Snow flurries, 6 p.m. daily (closed Dec. 25), Santa visits, weekend music performances, Pacific Place, Sixth Avenue and Pine Street, Seattle (206-405-2655 or pacificplaceseattle.com ).

Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium ZooLights

Through JAN. 1 Winter-, holiday- and animal-themed light displays, camel rides, aquarium, 5-9 p.m. Nov. 29-Dec. 23 and Dec. 25-Jan. 1; scuba-diving Santa in the aquarium, 6 p.m. Dec. 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma; $4.25-$8.75 (pdza.org/zoolights).

Seattle Center Winterfest

Through JAN. 1 Winter train and village, holiday decorations, entertainment on weekends, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 29 through Dec. 31, closes 4 p.m. Dec. 24, closed Dec. 25; control the model train, 10:30 a.m.-noon, 1-2:30 p.m. and 3:30-5:30 p.m. daily, suggested donation $2, cash only; entertainment includes Keith Highlanders Pipe Band, 2 p.m. Nov. 29; ice sculpting, noon Nov. 30, Dec. 7, 14, 21, 28; Pacific Cascade Big Band, 2 p.m. Nov. 30; Klez Kidz Jewish music, 12:30 p.m. Dec. 1; Taiko drumming, 2 p.m. Dec. 1; Seattle Girls’ Choir, 12:30 p.m. Dec. 7; Garfield High School Jazz Band, 12:30 p.m. Dec. 14; Bailadores de Bronce, 12:30 p.m. Dec. 15; Captain Smartypants and Sensible Shoes, 12:30 p.m. Dec. 22; Massive Monkees, 12:30 p.m. Dec. 29; New Year’s Eve Celebration with The Nines, 8-11:45 p.m. Dec. 31, Seattle Center Armory; Winterfest Ice Rink, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays through Jan. 5, closes 4 p.m. Dec. 24, closed Dec. 25, closes 11:30 p.m. Dec. 31; Fisher Pavilion, $2-$7 includes skate rental, cash only (206-684-7200 or seattlecenter.com/winterfest).

Woodland Park Zoo WildLights

Through JAN. 4 Holiday-lights festival with wild animals and wild places light displays, reindeer, carolers, carousel, ZooStore, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Nov. 29-Dec. 23 and Dec. 26-Jan. 4, Woodland Park Zoo, 5500 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle; $6.50-$9.50, ages 2 and younger free (206-548-2500 or zoo.org/wildlights ).

Bellevue Magic Season Ice Arena

Through JAN. 12 Open-air ice-skating rink, food concessions, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Nov. 29-30; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Dec. 1; 3-9 p.m. Dec. 2-3; 1-9 p.m. Dec. 4; 3-9 p.m. Dec. 5; 3-11 p.m. Dec. 6; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Dec. 7; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Dec. 8; 3-9 p.m. Dec. 9-10; 1-9 p.m. Dec. 11; 3-9 p.m. Dec. 12; 3-11 p.m. Dec. 13; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Dec. 14; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Dec. 15; 3-9 p.m. Dec. 16-17; 1-9 p.m. Dec. 18; 3-9 p.m. Dec. 19; 3-11 p.m. Dec. 20; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Dec. 21-23; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Dec. 24-25; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Dec. 26-Jan. 4; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Jan. 5; 3-9 p.m. Jan. 6-7; 1-9 p.m. Jan. 8; 3-9 p.m. Jan. 9; 3-11 p.m. Jan. 10; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Jan. 11; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Jan. 12, Bellevue Downtown Park, 10201 N.E. Fourth St., Bellevue; $12 or $8/ages 6 and younger, with skate rental; $9 with your own skates (magicseason.com).

Santa’s Workshop, Suncadia

Through DEC. 22 Weekend workshops, gingerbread house making, holiday ornaments, goodies; cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobile tours, tubing hill, ice skating available, Suncadia Resort, Cle Elum (509-649-6400 or suncadiaresort.com ).

Garden d’ Lights: Construction Edition

Through JAN. 4 Winter- and garden-themed light sculptures, on a shorter route because of construction project, 5-10 p.m. Nov. 30-Jan. 4, last entry 9:30 p.m., Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St., Bellevue; $5, ages 10 and younger free; free admission Dec. 2-5 and 9-12 (425-452-6844 or gardendlights.org ).

Issaquah Reindeer Festival

Through DEC. 30 Santa, reindeer, story times, animal feeding, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Dec. 1-23 and Dec. 26-30 (no Santa Dec. 26-30), Cougar Mountain Zoo, 19525 S.E. 54th St., Issaquah; $10.50-$12.50, ages 2 and younger free (cougarmountainzoo.org ).

Lights of Christmas

Through DEC. 29 One million lights, five entertainment stages, children’s activities, gifts, food, overnight packages available, 5-10 p.m. Dec. 5-8, 12-15, 18-23, 26-29, Warm Beach Conference Center, 20800 Marine Drive, Stanwood; $10-$15 (800-228-6724 or warmbeachlights.com).

Clam Lights

Through JAN. 1 Music, 6:15 p.m. Dec. 6, welcome and lighting of displays of holiday scenes, dancing clams and decorating park greenery, 7 p.m., Rainier Yacht Club parade of boats, 7:30 p.m.; Argosy Christmas Ship Parade, 8 p.m. Dec. 6; lights continue 5-9 p.m. nightly through Jan. 1, Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park, 1201 Lake Washington Blvd., Renton (ivars.com).

KidsQuest Children’s Museum Gingerbread Lane

Through DEC. 20 Display of gingerbread creations by local architecture firms and bakeries, Dec. 7-20; family gingerbread house workshops, 4 and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 12-13, 9:30 a.m., noon and 2:30-4 p.m. Dec. 14; 10:30 a.m. Dec. 15, $40-$45/family, by reservation; holiday concert and gingerbread house awards, 11 a.m. Dec. 14, Bellevue Hilton, 300 112th Ave. S.E., Bellevue (magicseason.com ).

Seward Park: Winter Wonderland

DEC. 21 Holiday crafts, treats, learn about birds, native plants and animals, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., free; truck-drawn hay-wagon ride around Seward Park with naturalist, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. hourly, $5/person, Seward Park Audubon Center, 5902 Lake Washington Boulevard S., Seattle (206-652-2444 or brownpapertickets.com ).

Candy Cane Lane

Through JAN. 1 View lighted homes on Park Road, 4-11 p.m. daily Dec. 7-Jan. 1, until midnight Dec. 24, 25, 31, Northeast Park Road and Ravenna Boulevard, Seattle; free, food bank donations suggested.

Bloedel Reserve Holiday Village

Through JAN. 5 Miniature village display with electric trains, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays, The Bloedel Reserve, 7571 Dolphin Drive N.E., Bainbridge Island; $5-$13 (206-842-7631 or bloedelreserve.org).

Seattle’s Traditional Santa Breakfast

DEC. 22 Santa, traditional entertainment, Arthritis Foundation benefit for juvenile arthritis, 9 a.m. Dec. 14, 15 and 22, Sheraton Seattle Hotel, 1400 Sixth Ave., Seattle; $25-$55, by reservation (206-547-2707 or santabreakfasts.kintera.org ).

Holiday tea with Santa

DEC. 21 Santa and Mrs. Claus, children’s activities, Christmas songs, gifts, seatings at 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and noon, Fairmont Olympic Hotel, 411 University St., Seattle; $25-$55 by reservation (206-287-4049 or fairmont.com/seattle ).

Model Train Festival

DEC. 21-23, DEC. 26-JAN. 1 Model train displays, kids’ activities, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Santa visits 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 21-23, Washington State History Museum, 1911 Pacific Ave., Tacoma; $7-$9.50 (253-272-9747 or washingtonhistory.org ).

Compiled by Madeline McKenzie.

This article was corrected on Thursday, Dec. 26. An earlier version included an incorrect amount for the suggested donation for the Westlake Holiday Carousel.



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