Seattle Center Winterfest
NOV. 23-JAN. 6 Model train in historical winter village display, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 23-Dec. 23, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 24, closed Dec. 25, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 26-31; take a turn controlling the train, 10:30 a.m.-noon, 1-2:30 p.m., 3:30-5:30 p.m. daily, $2 suggested donation; weekend entertainment including Northwest Tap Connection, 11 a.m. Nov. 23; Tloke Nahuake Aztec Dancerts, 1 p.m. Nov. 23; Zaniac Comedy Show, 12:30 p.m. Nov. 24; Bailadores de Bronce folkloric dancers, 2 p.m. Nov. 24; Federal Way Chorale, 12:30 p.m. Dec. 1; KlezKidz Jewish music and mirth, 12:30 p.m. Dec. 2; Seattle Girls’ Choir, 12:30 p.m. Dec. 8; NorthwestBoychoir, 2 p.m. Dec. 8; SANCA Cirrus Circus, 12:30 p.m. Dec. 9; Garfield Jazz Band, 12:30 p.m. Dec. 15; Greater SeattleTubaChristmas, 3 p.m. Dec. 16; Dancer and Prancer holiday surf band, 12:30 p.m. Dec. 21; The Not-Its, 12:30 p.m. Dec. 27; dances, fireworks at the Space Needle on Dec. 31; Seattle Center Armory, Seattle; ice skating, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays Nov. 23-Jan. 6, closes 4 p.m. Dec. 24, closed Dec. 25, open until 11:30 p.m. Dec. 31, Fisher Pavilion; prices vary (206-684-7200 or seattlecenter.com/winterfest).
Merrysville for the Holidays
Marysville becomes “Merrysville” this time of year. The Electric Lights Parade, with grand marshals Santa and Mrs. Claus, kicks off at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 1 at Comeford Park and State Avenue in Marysville. Free. Consessions will be available for purchase. Then the Holiday Tour of Lights is 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Dec. 7-8, 12-15, 19-22 at Cedarcrest Golf Course, 6810 84th St. NE, Marysville. Hop on board the Rotary train for holiday tour of lights. Enjoy a bonfire and hot cocoa. Suggested donation is $5 adults, $3 youth and $20 family. More at www.marysvillewa.gov.
NOV. 23-DEC. 30 Christmas-light maze and market, ice-skating trail, Santa and Mrs. Claus, entertainment, 4-10 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays, 4-11 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays through Dec. 30, closed Nov. 26, Dec. 3 and 10, Safeco Field, 1250 First Ave., Seattle; $19.99-$89.99, advance purchase recommended (enchantchristmas.com/seattle).
Woodland Park Zoo WildLights
NOV. 23-JAN. 5 Light displays throughout the zoo, animal encounters, indoor exhibits including meerkats and nocturnal animals; carousel, indoor Snowmazium; food and beverages available, 5:30-8:30 p.m. through Jan. 5, closed Dec. 12, 24, 25, Woodland Park Zoo, 5500 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle; $9.95-$14.95 (206-548-2500 or zoo.org/wildlights).
Bellevue Downtown Ice Rink
NOV. 23-JAN. 13 Open-air holiday ice skating, shelter for all-weather skating, food and beverage concessions, special events include free skate Mondays, hours vary daily, Bellevue Downtown Park, 10201 N.E. Fourth St., Bellevue; $6-$15, (425-453-1223 or bellevueicerink.com).
The Lights of Christmas Festival
NOV. 29-DEC. 29 A million lights, entertainment stages, children’s activities, food, 5-10 p.m. Nov. 29-Dec. 2, Dec. 6-9, Dec. 13-16, Dec. 19-23, Dec. 26-29, Warm Beach Camp and Conference Center, 20800 Marine Drive, Stanwood; $12-$16, overnight packages available (360-652-7575 or thelightsofchristmas.com).
Port of Everett Holiday on the Bay
DEC. 1 Vendors, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; entertainment, holiday activities, music, movies, 1-5 p.m.; Holiday Tree Lighting and Santa visit, 5 p.m.; Mukilteo Yacht Club Lighted Boat Parade, 5:30 p.m. Dec. 1, Port of Everett Waterfront Center, 1205 Craftsman Way, Everett
Santa Arrgh-rival — A Pirate X-Mas
DEC. 8 Pirates of Treasure Island arrgh-rive on The Buccaneer Queen, Santa lights the Jolly Rodney pirate ship, 7 p.m. Dec. 8, Country Village, 23718 Bothell-Everett Highway, Bothell (425-483-2250 or countryvillagebothell.com).
Jingle Bell Run
DEC. 9 12K, 5K, 1-mile runs, entertainment, Holiday Cheer Garden, costume contest, benefits the Arthritis Foundation, 8 a.m. Dec. 9, Westlake Park, 401 Pine St., Seattle; $45-$75, additional fundraising suggested (206-413-6858 or events.arthritis.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=cms.page&id=1615&eventID=649).
New Year’s at the Needle
DEC. 31 All-ages dances, cover band Sway, 8 p.m.-midnight Dec. 31, Seattle Center Armory; Fountain of Light dance party at International Fountain with DJs, electronic music and a video-projection show, 10 p.m., fireworks at the Space Needle at midnight (seattlecenter.com/winterfest).