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Weekend calendar

A listing of weekend events and activities.

Seattle Times staff

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Animal events

Canary and Finch Show

SAT-SUN Cascade Canary Breeders Association display and sale of a large variety of canaries and finches, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday; silent-auction raffle and bird-care demonstrations Sunday, Evergreen State Fairgrounds, 14405 179th Ave. S.E., Monroe; $3/person or $5/family (425-743-5025).

Seattle Aquarium

ONGOING Exhibits including Sound to Mountains, Underwater Dome and Pacific Coral Reef; 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. today, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, visitors may stay an hour later than the gate closes, Pier 59, Waterfront Park, Seattle, $15/ages 13 and older, $10/ ages 4-12, free/ages 3 and younger (206-386-4320 or www.seattleaquarium.org).

Woodland Park Zoo

ONGOING African Savanna, Temperate Forest, Family Farm, Tropical Rain Forest, Tropical Asia Elephant Forest, Zoomazium indoor/outdoor play space for kids, Northern Trail, Day and Night building with snakes, reptiles and nocturnal animals, pink flamingos, Rain Forest Food Pavilion, ZooStore; 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. daily including today; Woodland Park Zoo, 5500 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle; $8-$11; parking $4.50 (206-548-2500 or www.zoo.org).

Adopt a Senior Pet Month

ONGOING Free adoption of dogs and cats 6 years and older available for seniors and adults with disabilities through this month, noon-6 p.m. daily, Seattle Animal Shelter, 2061 15th Ave. W., Seattle (206-386-7387 or www.seattleanimalshelter.org).

Holidog "Paw"ty

PLAN AHEAD Photos of your dog with the Gingerbread Man, treats and libations for humans and hounds, silent auction and play time; all proceeds from pictures and auction benefit the Seattle Humane Society, 6 p.m. Dec. 4, Three Dog Bakery, 1418 First Ave., Seattle; preregistration required for photos (206-364-9999 or threedogbakerywest.com).

Benefits

advertising

HopeLink

SAT Collecting food donations for HopeLink, offering free 15-minute massages and free exam certificates for donations, 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Eblen Chiropractic and Massage, Bridle Trails Shopping Center, 6515 142nd Ave. N.E., Kirkland (425-822-4326).

Providence O'Christmas Trees

FRI-JAN. 1 Tour of elaborately decorated Christmas trees on display at 10 locations in downtown Seattle, download the map from Web site, get the map stamped at each location and submit for a chance to win a $1,000 gift certificate to Pacific Place, Friday-Jan. 1; display of dozens of decorated trees, entertainment, craft activities for kids, Santa visits, 3-8 p.m. Monday, free; O'Christmas Trees Silver Bells Luncheon with music by Merrilee Rush, Santa visits, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, $50, by reservation; O'Christmas Trees gala dinner and auction of decorated trees to benefit Providence Senior and Community Services health care, housing and hospice services, 5 p.m. Wednesday, $275, by reservation; all at The Westin Seattle, 1900 Fifth Ave., Seattle (206-938-2788 or www.providence.org/OTrees).

The Great Figgy Pudding Street Corner Caroling Contest

PLAN AHEAD More than 40 caroling teams compete as a fundraiser for the Pike Market Senior Center and Downtown Food Bank, 6 p.m. Dec. 5, Westlake Park, 401 Pine St., Seattle; free, donations suggested (206-728-2773 or www.figgypuddingpmsc.org).

Gingerbread Homes for the Homeless

PLAN AHEAD All-ages event to decorate a gingerbread house to raise funds and awareness of homelessness in Seattle, all supplies included, 4-6 p.m. or 6:30-9 p.m. Dec. 6, Portage Bay Cafe, South Lake Union, 309 Terry Ave. N., Seattle; $35-$40 (206-794-5597 or www.gingerbreadproject.org).

Humane Society Holiday Dinner/Auction

PLAN AHEAD Auction of holiday gifts, decorations, wine, events, food; benefits the Humane Society animal food bank and medical expenses for animals, 3 p.m. Dec. 6, Rusty Pelican Cafe, 1924 N. 45th St., Seattle; $40, preregister, space limited (360-652-5844 or www.saveourdogs.com).

Biking

Lake Sammamish loop

THU Cascade Bicycle Club 25-mile, steady-paced ride, meet at tennis-court parking lot, steady rain cancels, 9:30 a.m. today, Marymoor Park, 6046 W. Lake Sammamish Parkway N.E., Redmond (206-522-3222 or www.cascade.org).

Dance

Northwest Dance Network

SAT West Coast swing-dance workshop, 7:30 p.m., dance to Little Bill & the Blue Notes, 8:30 p.m.-midnight Saturday, Leif Erikson Lodge, 2245 N.W. 57th St., Seattle; $15, $10/ages 22 and younger with ID (206-781-1238 or nwdance.net).

Thanksgiving Irish Ceili

SAT Irish dancing with live music, no partner or experience required, 7 p.m. Saturday, Vashon Grange Hall, 10365 S.W. Cowan Road, Vashon; $6-$8 (206-774-4047).

The Moodswings Jazz Band

SAT Dance to swing, Latin music and holiday music with a jazz flair with the all-women Moodswings Jazz Band, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Third Place Commons, 17171 Bothell Way N.E., Lake Forest Park; free (425-239-7502 or The-Mood-Swings.com).

Fairs/Festivals

Seattle Center Winterfest

FRI-DEC. 31 Classic carousel, train and winter village display, activities and performances, Friday-Dec. 31; opening ceremony with performance by Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra, 11 a.m. Friday; Winter Worldfest cultural festival with ethnic entertainment from around the world, Holiday World Market, kids' activities, 1-6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday; indoor ice rink, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays, Friday-Jan. 4, Fisher Pavilion, $3-$5, skate rental $2, cash only; bonfire with entertainment, 5-7 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 6, 13, 27; Seattle Center, Seattle (206-684-7200 or www.seattlecenter.com).

Food events

Community Thanksgiving meal

THU Traditional turkey dinner, all welcome, noon-3 p.m. today, The Hall at Fauntleroy, 9131 California Ave. S.W., Seattle; free (206-932-4357).

Native American

Thanksgiving Feast

THU Roast-turkey buffet, hosted by Freedom Socialist Party, 3 p.m. today, New Freeway Hall, 5018 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle; $5.50-$10 (206-722-2453).

Winter Beer Festival

PLAN AHEAD Winter seasonals from over 30 Washington breweries, pub cuisine, holiday gift shop, 5-10 p.m. Dec. 5, 1- 10 p.m. Dec. 6, Hale's Ales Brewpub and Palladium, 4301 Leary Way N.W., Seattle; $23-$25 (206-447-5649 or www.washingtonbeer.com/wbf.htm).

Confection workshop

PLAN AHEAD Hands-on class to learn how to make and decorate chocolate confections, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 6, Theo Chocolate, 3400 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle; $125 by reservation (206-632-5100).

Holiday cookie-decorating party

PLAN AHEAD Cookie-decorating party for kids, 2 p.m. Dec. 6, Zephyr Grill & Bar, 240 W. Kent Station St., Kent, and 2 p.m. Dec. 14, icon Grill, 1933 Fifth Ave., Seattle; free, by reservation, space limited (206-441-6330, icon; 253-854-5050, Zephyr).

Holiday breakfast at the Zoo

PLAN AHEAD Buffet breakfast and miniperformance of "The Nutcracker," Santa visit, 9 a.m. Dec. 6, Woodland Park Zoo, 5500 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle; $16.95-$28.75, by reservation; includes zoo admission (206-548-2662 or www.zoo.org).

Jingle Bell Brunch

PLAN AHEAD Brunch, Santa visits, entertainment, holiday crafts, 9 a.m. Dec. 6, Federal Way Community Center, 876 S. 333rd St., Federal Way; $6-$8, preregistration required by Nov. 30, space limited (206-835-6900 or www.cityoffederalway.com).

Santa brunch

PLAN AHEAD Buffet brunch, family portrait with your choice of African-American, Asian or Caucasian Santa, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; proceeds benefit senior-center programs, 10 a.m. Dec. 7, Southeast Seattle Senior Center, 4655 S. Holly St., Seattle; $15/person, free/ages 5 and younger, $65/table for six, $110/table for eight; call for reservations; 4x6 picture cards $5 each (206-722-0317).

Hiking

Issaquah Alps Trails Club

FRI, SUN Dogs welcome, 4-5 mile hike with 800-1,000 foot elevation gain, 9:30 a.m. Friday; Cougar Mountain, 9:30 a.m. Sunday; food, water, hiking shoes, raingear required for all hikes, Issaquah Alps Trail Club clubhouse, First and Bush Streets, Issaquah (www.issaquahalps.org).

Turkey Trot

SAT Volkssport 20K (12.4 miles), 10K (6.2 miles) or 5K (3.1 miles) walks on sidewalks and trail, start anytime 8 a.m.-noon, finish by 3 p.m. Saturday, Port of Edmonds Marina, 336 Admiral Way, Edmonds (www.ava.org/clubs/esva).

Capitol holiday walk

PLAN AHEAD Volkssport 10K (6.2 miles) or 5K (3.1 miles) walk on sidewalks with views of state Capitol and Christmas tree, historic neighborhoods and Capitol Lake, flashlight recommended, start anytime 3-6 p.m., finish by 9 p.m. Dec. 6, State Capitol Campus, Olympia; (www.ava.org/clubs/esva/).

Museum events

Native Hawai'ians in the Pacific Northwest

ONGOING "Ho'omau ka Huaka'i, The Voyage Continues: Native Hawai'ians in the Pacific Northwest" exhibit explores the pioneer history of Native Hawai'ians as the first Asian Pacific Islander group in the Northwest and their contributions to Washington state in the past 200 years (closed today), 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. first Thursdays and third Saturdays, through August, Wing Luke Asian Museum, 719 S. King St., Seattle; $5-$8, free on first Thursdays and third Saturdays of each month (206-623-5124 or www.wingluke.org).

"Playing with the Past"

ONGOING Display of old toys, games, comic-book covers, dolls and stuffed animals, 1-4 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays through January (closed today), Edmonds Historical Museum, 118 Fifth Ave. N., Edmonds; free (425-774-0900).

Park events

Celebrate salmon return

to Carkeek

FRI All-ages event with information from salmon stewards, activities to welcome salmon, hot beverages, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, Carkeek Park, 950 N.W. Carkeek Park Road, Seattle (206-684-0877).

Low-tide beach walk

SAT Learn about marine creatures, intertidal plants and beach ecology at one of the lowest tides of the year, 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Mee Kwa Mooks beach, Southwest Jacobsen Road and Southwest Beach Drive, Seattle; $7, preregister by Friday (206-684-7434 or www.seattle.gov/parks).

Performances

Live music on the Market Stage

FRI-SAT Downtown Mountain Boys bluegrass, 7:30-10 p.m. Friday; blues with Alice Stuart and The Formerlys, 7:30-10 p.m. Nov. 29, Crossroads Bellevue, 15600 N.E. Eighth St., Bellevue; free (425-644-1111 or www.crossroadsbellevue.com).

Seattle Folklore Society

SAT Downtown Mountain Boys local bluegrass all-stars, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle; $14-$16 (206-528-8523 or www.seafolklore.org).

Noel! The Magic of Christmas

in Concert

SUN Ensemble featuring 4 harps, flute, strings, percussion with carols from around the world, jazz, stories and poems, 3 p.m. Sunday, Trinity Lutheran Church, 6215 196th St. S.W., Lynnwood; $10-$15 at the door (360-305-7136 or www.noelharp.com).

Running

Seattle Marathon

SUN 5K run/walk, 9 a.m. Saturday, Myrtle Edwards Park; Kids' 1.2 mile run for ages kindergarten through 8th grade, 10 a.m. Saturday, Seattle Center; Expo, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., bus tour of course, 1 p.m., carbo load dinner, 6 p.m. Saturday, Westin Hotel; marathon walk, 7:15 a.m., half-marathon run, 7:30 a.m., half-marathon walk, 7:45 a.m., marathon run, 8:15 a.m. Sunday, on Fifth Avenue between Harrison and Mercer streets, Seattle; $85-$100/marathon and half-marathon; 5K/$25-$30, no day of race registration; kids' race/$15 (www.seattlemarathon.org).

Sales/Shopping

Follow the Star Arts

and Crafts Fair

FRI-SAT Crafts from 70 vendors, lunch, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Edmonds Masonic Center, 515 Dayton Ave., Edmonds (206-910-8338).

Thanksgiving celebration

at Carpenter Creek Winery

FRI-SUN Holiday kickoff festivities; make a donation of $20 to the Giving Tree to benefit The Landing or a donation of a new unwrapped toy valued at $20 for a 50 percent discount on wine purchases, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Carpenter Creek Winery, 20376 E. Hickox Road, Mount Vernon (360-848-6673 or www.carpentercreek.com).

Greenbank Farm holiday market

FRI-SUN Crafts by local artists, food, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Greenbank Farm, 765 E. Wonn Road, Greenbank, Whidbey Island (360-381-5067 or greenbankfarm.com).

Used-book sale at MOHAI

SAT Maritime, history and other books, presented by MOHAI and the Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Museum of History & Industry, 2700 24th Ave. E., Seattle; free admission to sale only (206-324-1126 or www.seattlehistory.org).

Holiday craft fair

SAT Shopping, psychic readings, aura healings, workshops, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, CDM, Everett, 2402 Summit Ave., Everett; free admission (425-258-1449 or www.c-d-m.org/).

Holiday open house,

Port Townsend

SAT Carriage rides, caroling, store events, Saturday, Port Townsend (www.ptmainstreet.org).

Christmas festival

SAT Pure beeswax handcrafted candles, gifts, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Quiet Light Candles, 29206 64th Ave. N.W., Stanwood (360-629-0285).

Winter wonderland holiday bazaar & fair

SAT-SUN Arts and crafts bazaar, holiday train display, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Freighthouse Square, 25th Street and East D Street, Tacoma; free, food-bank donations requested (253-383-7663 or www.freighthosuesquare.com).

Seasonal

Holiday Parade, Star Lighting and Fireworks

FRI Balloon floats, marching bands, costumed characters, Santa, 8:45 a.m. Friday, from Seventh Avenue and Pine Street to Fifth Avenue, on Fifth Avenue to University Street, on University Street to Fourth Avenue, on Fourth Avenue to Macy's, Seattle; Macy's star lighting and fireworks, 5 p.m. Friday, weather permitting, Macy's, Third Avenue and Pine Street, Seattle (206-506-6000).

Santa's Musical Arrival, Factoria

FRI Performance and singalong with Tim Noah, Santa's arrival to visit with children daily through Christmas Eve in the South Court, 11 a.m. Friday, Marketplace Factoria, 4092 Factoria Mall S.E., Bellevue (www.factoriamall.com).

Holiday Carousel

FRI-DEC. 31 Carousel holiday attraction benefiting Treehouse, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, then 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sundays, Westlake Park, 401 Pine St., Seattle; $2 (www.downtownholidays.com). Downtown Light Spectacular

NOV. 28-DEC. 31 Light show, dusk-10 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, dusk-8 p.m. Sundays, dusk-9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, through Dec. 31, Westlake Park, Seattle; also, gallery of 40 energy-efficient LED-lighted Toyland-themed displays including a doll, teddy bear, swing set, wagon, rocking horse and windup toys at locations around downtown Seattle (www.downtownholidays.com/toyland.html).

Winter Wonderland, Pacific Place

FRI-DEC. 31 Snowfall show in the atrium, 6 p.m. daily, Friday through Dec. 31, Pacific Place, 600 Pine St., Seattle; free (206-405-2655).

Space Needle Holiday Season

FRI-DEC. 31 Santa Claus visits and children's arts-and-crafts station, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday and Dec. 6-7, 13-14, 19-24, Observation Deck; holiday shopping at SpaceBase retail store daily; Santa Brunch, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, SkyCity Restaurant, Space Needle, Seattle; observation deck $7-$16; no admission required for SpaceBase; prices vary at SkyCity (206-905-2100 or www.spaceneedle.com). Santa, University Village

FRI-DEC. 24 Only one family allowed at a time into Santa's cabin to provide children with a quality visit, 11-8 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 10-8 p.m. Fridays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 24; on Mondays, Santa also takes photos with pets with a portion of the proceeds to benefit Seattle Humane Society, University Village Mall, 25th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 45th Street, Seattle (www.uvillage.com).

Bellevue Magic Season

FRI-DEC. 31 Santa arrives to visit with children at Kids' Cove, 8:30 a.m. Friday, before heading to his workshop at Center Court for visits throughout the Christmas season, Bellevue Square; Snowflake Lane display of lights, music, dramatic drumming from live toy soldiers and magical snow, 7 p.m. Friday through Dec. 24, along Bellevue Way and Northeast Eighth Street, Bellevue (425-454-8096); outdoor ice arena with covered portion, heated tent for spectators, Friday-Jan. 11, Bellevue Downtown Park, 10201 N.E. Fourth St., Bellevue; $10 with skate rental, $7 to bring your own ice skates (425-453-1223 or www.magicseason.com). Zoolights

FRI-JAN. 4 Holiday and animal-themed light displays, 5-9 p.m. Friday through Jan. 4 (closed Dec. 24), Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma; $7 (253-404-3822 or www.pdza.org).

Marsh Family Christmas Trees

FRI-DEC. 24 Grand opening with music, snacks, sale, 5 p.m. Friday; Douglas, Fraser, Nordmann, noble and grand firs, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. daily, until noon Dec. 24; portion of the proceeds benefit Virginia Mason Foundation for Cancer research, Marsh Family Christmas Trees, 9901 Evergreen Way, Everett (206-407-6466 or www.marshfamilychristmastrees.com).

Magic in the Market Tree Lighting Ceremony

SAT Holiday concert, followed by tree lighting, noon-5 p.m. Saturday, Pike Place Market, 1501 Pike Place, Seattle (206-682-7453 or www.pikeplacemarket.org).

Edmonds Tree Lighting

SAT Caroling, music, Santa, 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Edmonds Centennial Plaza, 121 Fifth Ave N., Edmonds (425-776-6711 or www.edmondswa.com).

Kirkland Night of Lights

SAT Music, live reindeer, Santa, tree lighting, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Marina Park, 25 Lake Shore Plaza, Kirkland (425-893-8766 or www.kirklanddowntown.org).

Christmas Ships

SAT-DEC. 24 Decorated ships and follow boats parade to locations throughout Puget Sound, providing holiday concerts including Madison Park, 7:50 p.m. and Seattle Yacht Club, 8:30 p.m. Saturday; South Lake Union Park, 6 p.m., Seattle Tennis Club, 7:20 p.m. Sunday; Kirkland Marina Park, 7 p.m., Gas Works Park, 8:10 p.m. Monday; Mercer Island Beach Club, 7:55 p.m., Beaux Arts, 9:45 p.m. Tuesday; Matthews Beach, 7:30 p.m., Houghton Beach, 8:30 p.m. Wednesday; Atlantic City Park, 7:50 p.m., Seward Park, 8:25 p.m. Dec. 4; for complete schedule including information on riding onboard call 206-623-1445 or go to www.argosycruises.com.

Garden d'Lights

SAT-JAN. 3 Holiday and garden-themed display with 500,000 lights, 5-10 p.m. daily, Saturday through Jan. 3, Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St., Bellevue; free, donations encouraged; preferred parking $5, parking at Wilburton Park free (425-452-2750 or www.bellevuebotanical.org).

Redmond Town Center Holiday Train

SAT-SUN Redmond Town Center alight with lights and holiday décor, Santa's house for photos and holiday train, hours noon-8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 14, daily Dec. 18-24, Redmond Town Center, 16495 N.E. 74th St., Redmond; $3 (425-867-0808). Gingerbread Village

ONGOING Elaborate gingerbread village, "A Superhero Holiday," created by top local architectural firms and Sheraton culinary staff, daily through Jan. 4, Sheraton Seattle Hotel and Towers, 1400 Sixth Ave., Seattle; free, donations collected for the Northwest Chapter of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (206-621-9000). Teddy Bear Suite

ONGOING Visit holiday suite with dozens of teddy bears and children's books, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. daily through Dec. 26, The Fairmont Olympic Hotel, 411 University St., Seattle; free, donations accepted for Seattle Children's Hospital (www.downtownholidays.com). Festival of Poinsettias

ONGOING Winter wonderland features over 30 varieties of poinsettias, holiday accessories, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays-Fridays through Dec. 24 (closed today), Molbak's, 13625 N.E. 175th St., Woodinville (425-483-5000). Santa, Westfield Southcenter

ONGOING Santa and his reindeer meet with children, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday, near Macy's, Westfield Southcenter, 633 Southcenter Parkway, Tukwila (www.westfield.com/southcenter). National Forest trees

ONGOING Permits available to cut personal-use Christmas trees in Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest in Pierce, King, Snohomish, Skagit and Whatcom counties. Cutting-area maps and information provided with permit, $10 for tree up to 12 feet, trees taller than 12 feet $20 minimum; checks and cash only, credit cards not accepted at Forest Service offices; check for road and weather information (www.fs.fed.us/r6/mbs); permits available at following locations:

• 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday through Dec. 23, REI, 3000 184th St. S.W., Lynnwood (425-640-6200).

• 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Nov. 29, Dec. 6-7, 13-14, Snoqualmie Ranger Station, 450 Roosevelt Ave. E., Enumclaw (360-825-6585).

• 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Nov. 29, Dec. 6-7, 13-14, Snoqualmie Ranger Station, 42404 S.E. North Bend Way, North Bend (425-888-1421).

• 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, Darrington Ranger Station, 1405 Emens Ave. N., Darrington (360-436-1155).

• 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Sauk River Trading Post, 1015 Seeman St., Darrington (360-436-1500).

• 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays and Nov. 28, Verlot Public Service Center, 33515 Mountain Loop Highway, 11 miles east of Granite Falls (360-691-7791).

• 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Nov. 29, Dec. 6 and 13, Mount Baker Ranger Station, 810 State Route 20, Sedro-Woolley (360-856-5700, ext. 515).

• 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Nov. 29-30, Dec. 6-7, Skykomish Ranger District Forest Service Guard Station, on Highway 2, east of Skykomish (360-677-2414).

• 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 29-30, Dec. 6-7, Dec. 13-14, Glacier Public Service Center, Mount Baker Highway 542, Glacier (360-599-2714).

Puget Sound Christmas Tree Association (PSCTA)

ONGOING Organization of choose-and-cut tree farms (www.pscta.org).

Pacific Northwest Christmas Tree Association

ONGOING Organization of Christmas-tree farms in Washington and Oregon; information available online or in printed guides available at libraries, chambers of commerce, AAA offices and participating YMCAs and Fred Meyer stores (503-364-2942 or www.nwtrees.com/). Issaquah Reindeer Festival

PLAN AHEAD Santa's Siberian Reindeer team and South American reindeer, Santa visits, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily, Dec. 1-23, Cougar Mountain Zoo, 19525 S.E. 54th St., Issaquah; $11.50, $10.50/ages 62 and older, $9.50/ages 2-12 (425-391-5508). Victorian Country Christmas Festival

PLAN AHEAD Victorian-village-themed vendors, wine garden, stage entertainment, singing nativity, craft and carnival activities for kids, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Dec. 3-6, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 7, Puyallup Fair and Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave. S.W., Puyallup; $9.50/adults, $8/ages 6-18 and ages 62 and older (253-841-5045 or www.avictoriancountrychristmas.com). Lynnwood Civic Lights Winter Celebration

PLAN AHEAD Photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus and entertainment, arts and crafts, ice carving, Kwanzaa and Santa Lucia celebrations, refreshments, music and dance performances, storytelling, puppet show by Clay Martin at the library, light display, 6-9 p.m. Dec. 4, Lynnwood Civic Center Campus, 19000 44th Ave. W., Lynnwood (425-771-4030 or www.ci.lynnwood.wa.us). The Lights of Christmas

PLAN AHEAD Light displays, train rides, music, pony rides, vendors, 5-10 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays Dec. 4-28, Warm Beach Christian Camps & Conference Center, 20800 Marine Drive, Stanwood; $7-$12 (360-652-7575 or www.warmbeach.com).

Holiday Tree Lighting and Firehouse Munch

PLAN AHEAD Tree-lighting ceremony and community singalong, firehouse chili and children's activities in the North Fire Station follows, 7 p.m. Dec. 5, Mercerdale Park, 77th Southeast and Southeast 32nd, Mercer Island; free, coat and/or unwrapped toy donations requested (206-275-7609 or www.miparks.net).

Bothell Winterfest

PLAN AHEAD Hayrides, holiday tree lighting, Santa's arrival, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Dec. 5, Bothell Landing, Woodinville Drive and 100th Avenue Northeast, Bothell (425-486-7430). Woodinville Light Festival

PLAN AHEAD Holiday lights, music, lighted train, crafts, arrival of Santa by helicopter and holiday character parade, 5:30-9 p.m., Dec. 5, Carol Edwards Community Center, 17401 133rd Ave. N.E., Woodinville (425-489-2700 or www.ci.woodinville.wa.us).

Community Tree Lighting, Black Diamond

PLAN AHEAD Caroling, 6:30 p.m., Santa arrives to light the Community Christmas Tree, 7 p.m. Dec. 5, followed by snacks and Santa visits for kids age 12 and younger, Black Diamond Community Center, 31605 Third Ave., Black Diamond (360-888-1011). CRISTA Nativity Exhibit

PLAN AHEAD More than 750 nativity displays from 81 countries, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Dec. 5, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 6, Cristwood Nursing Center, 19303 Fremont Ave., N., Seattle, St.; free (206-546-7565 or www.cristaseniors.org) Ivar's Lights

PLAN AHEAD Opening-night lighting ceremony, 7:15 p.m., parade of boats, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5; display nightly through Jan. 1, Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park, 1201 Lake Washington Blvd., Renton (425-630-6700 or www.rentonwa.gov).

Bainbridge Island Christmas in the Country

PLAN AHEAD Self-guided driving tour includes 11 historic homes, farms and nonprofits hosting regional artists, authors and musicians, arts and crafts, pony rides, food, entertainment, Santa photos, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 5-6, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 7, maps available online, at participating locations and at Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce, 509 Winslow Way E., Bainbridge (206-842-3700 or www.christmasinthecountry.info). Holiday Tree Lighting

PLAN AHEAD Tree lighting with caroling, music and Santa, 5-7 p.m. Dec. 6, Renton Downtown Piazza, South Third Street and Burnett Avenue South, Renton (www.piazzarenton.com).

Holiday Tree Lighting, North City

PLAN AHEAD Music, singalong, tree lighting, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 6, Les Schwab, 17754 15th Ave. N.E., Shoreline; free (206-801-2600 or www.cityofshoreline.com).

Holiday Tree Lighting, Mukilteo

PLAN AHEAD Santa, music, snacks, tree lighting, parade of boats (weather permitting), 7:15 p.m. Dec. 6, Lincoln Avenue and Third Street, Mukilteo (425-355-2069). A Holly Jolly Day in Kent

PLAN AHEAD Holiday bazaar, ornament making, merchants' open house, one-mile walk for people and pets, pet parade for kids and pets, entertainment, historic district tours by tractor ride, horse-drawn carriage rides, Santa visits, tree lighting, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 6, downtown Kent and Kent Station (www.kentdowntown.org/PublicWeb/winterfest/).

Tree Lighting, Brier

PLAN AHEAD Santa and Mrs. Claus, music, holiday parade of boats, tree lighting, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 6, Brier Park, 2903 228th St. S.W., Brier (ci.brier.wa.us).

Merrysville for the Holidays

PLAN AHEAD Electric Lights Parade, water-tower lighting, outdoor holiday concert, visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, 6:30-8 p.m. Dec. 6, Comeford Park, State Avenue and Fifth Street, Marysville (360-363-8400).

Santa Parade, Puyallup

PLAN AHEAD Santa parade, 4 p.m. Dec. 6, downtown Puyallup, tree lighting, Pioneer Park, Puyallup (253-840-2631 or www.puyallupmainstreet.com).

Fort Nisqually's 19th Century Christmas

PLAN AHEAD Experience the Christmas season in 1855 style with Christmas dances and other traditions of 19th-century Christmas season, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 6, Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma; $2-$4 (253-591-5339).

Victorian Holiday Celebration

PLAN AHEAD Display and sale of poinsettias, Santa visit for children, staff in Victorian costume, gift shop, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 6, W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory, 316 South G St., Tacoma (253-305-1000 or www.metroparkstacoma.org). Special People's Holiday Cruise

DEC. 7 Seafair holiday boat parade of hundreds of decorated boats hosting developmentally disabled adults, from several docks and yacht-club locations throughout the Puget Sound area, 3:30 p.m. Dec. 7, by reservation; donations of decorated powerboats 26 feet or longer needed; contact Seafair to volunteer (206-728-0123 or seafair.com). RedmondLights Kickoff

DEC. 7 Holiday tree lighting, music, art exhibit, walk along the Sammamish River past light displays and music from around the world, 4-8 p.m. Dec. 7, Redmond City Hall, 15670 N.E. 85th St., Redmond; event continues throughout December (425-556-2300 or www.ci.redmond.wa.us).

Sports

Garfield High School Pre-Season Jamboree

SAT Preseason varsity basketball jamboree and 3-point shootout including girls' teams from Cleveland Seattle Prep, Holy Names, Kentlake and Kennedy high schools, boys' teams from West Seattle, Evergreen, Cleveland, Foss and Renton high schools and others, 10 a.m. Saturday, Garfield High School, 400 23rd Ave., Seattle; $3-$5 (ghs.seattleschools.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=page&pageid=333).

Special interest

Grandparents Rights of Washington State

SAT Open meeting of group working with the state legislature to draft grandparents or third-party visitation law, 2 p.m. Saturday, Barnaby's, 16401 West Valley Highway, Tukwila (206-522-8634 or grandparentsrightsofwashingtonstate.org).

Family Day

SAT Bouncy house, clubhouses and other toys for young children, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Andrew's Playroom, 328 N. Olympic Ave., Arlington; $5-$8.50 (360-435-2626 or www.andrewsplayroom.com).

Tours

Holiday Parade of Boats with Waterways Cruises

SAT Holiday menu aboard decorated yacht, following a parade of festive boats, 7 p.m. Saturday, Waterways Cruises, 2501 N. Northlake Way, Seattle; $30-$65 by reservation (206-223-2060 or www.waterwayscruises.com).

Horse carriage tours

ONGOING Horse-drawn carriage rides, six-passenger carriages with convertible tops, Friday-Sunday, daily starting Dec. 12, reservations recommended for weekend rides, custom tours and pickup available, Sealth Horsecarriages, leaving from Fourth Avenue and Pine Street, Seattle; prices vary, $45/20-minute ride, $65/35 minutes, $100/hour (425-277-8282). Celebrations Holiday Home Tour

PLAN AHEAD Assistance League of the Eastside tour of homes in Medina, on Meydenbauer Bay and Yarrow Point decorated for the holidays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 5, Overlake Country Club, 8000 N.E. 16th St., Medina; $30 (425-556-5106 or eastside.assistanceleague.org).

Magnolia Holiday Tour of Homes

DEC. 6 Six homes decorated for the holidays, craft boutique and tea house, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Dec. 6, Our Lady of Fatima Parish Center, 3218 W. Barrett St., Seattle; $25-$30 advance tickets, $25, sold at Around the Block, Magnolia Village; tour-day tickets $30, sold at Our Lady of Fatima Social Center (206-284-2407).

Holiday Home Tour on Camano

PLAN AHEAD Visit five homes decorated for the holidays, 1:30-5 p.m., followed by party with silent and live auctions, food, wine, beer, soft drinks, live music, 5-8 p.m. Dec. 6; proceeds benefit Camano Island Democrats Scholarship Fund and community events, Oddfellows Hall, 96 South Camano Ridge Road, Camano Island; $10, tickets/maps available at Snow Goose Bookstore or Scandia Coffeehouse in Stanwood, Camano Coffee Roasters at Terry's Corner on Camano and Seagrass Gallery at the plaza on Camano at the Terry's Corner (360-387-5123).

Santa train ride

PLAN AHEAD Classic train ride through the woods with visit from Santa, food available, 9:30 a.m., noon and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 6, Lake Whatcom Railway, State Highway 9, Wickersham; $18/ages 18 and older, $9/ages 1-17; tickets must be ordered in advance by mail, request alternate dates in case sold out, with self-addressed stamped envelope, P.O. Box 91, Acme, WA 98220 (lakewhatcomerailway.com).

Workshops

Family holiday art workshops

SAT Create folk art including batik, straw weaving, pysanky egg painting, 1 p.m. Saturday, Mukilteo Art Academy, 304 Lincoln Ave., Mukilteo; $35 (425-308-5503 or www.mukilteoart.org).

Holly-Day Decorations

PLAN AHEAD Create wreaths, garlands and sprays using English ivy, Scot's Broom and holly from the park; bring special decorations to add, 1 p.m. Dec. 6, Discovery Park, 3801 W. Government Way, Seattle; $16-$20, register by Dec. 4 (206-386-4236 or www.seattle.gov/parks).

Wreath making

PLAN AHEAD Supplies provided, bring your own gloves, pruners and favorite items to include in your wreath, 10 a.m.-noon or 1-3 p.m. Dec. 6, Volunteer Park Conservatory, 1400 E. Galer St., Seattle; $20-$25, preregister, space limited (206-322-4112).

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