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Originally published Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 5:30 AM

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Luminarias, holiday scavenger hunt | Weekend Preview

Activities for the weekend of Dec. 13-15, 2013, include Green Lake Pathways of Lights, Holiday GooseChase and Indoor Farmers Market. Films opening include “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” and “Saving Mr. Banks.”


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AROUND TOWN

Green Lake Pathways of Lights: Holiday music, luminarias along the 2.8-mile path around the lake, 4:30-7:30 p.m. Saturday, Green Lake Park, 7201 E. Green Lake Drive N., Seattle (www.facebook.com/GreenLakePathwayofLights ).

Holiday GooseChase: Downtown Seattle scavenger hunt to festive locations, chance to win prizes, 10 a.m. Saturday-Sunday, downtown Seattle; free (www.HolidaysInSeattle.com).

Indoor Farmers Market: Local produce and food, crafts, holiday music, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Third Place Commons, 17171 Bothell Way N.E., Lake Forest Park (206-366-3302 or www.thirdplacecommons.org).

AT THE MOVIES

“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”: The second installment of Peter Jackson’s film version of “The Hobbit,” starring Martin Freeman and Ian McKellen, has midnight previews late Thursday and opens Friday at several theaters (at many in 3D).

“Saving Mr. Banks”: This story of how “Mary Poppins” came to be made stars Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks. It opens Friday at the Pacific Place and will open on more screens Dec. 20.

“Is the Man Who is Tall Happy?”: Michel Gondry’s documentary features a series of interviews with Noam Chomsky done in hand-drawn animation. It opens Friday at the Sundance Cinemas.

“Improvement Club”: This comedy about a dance troupe comes from Seattle choreographer and theater director Dayna Hanson. It opens Friday at the Northwest Film Forum.

“Tyler Perry’s a Madea Christmas”: Tyler Perry’s Madea character returns with this holiday-themed comedy. It also has late-night previews Thursday, and opens Friday at several theaters.

For reviews and showtimes, go to seattletimes.com/movies or to Friday’s Weekend Plus section.



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