The annual holiday benefit for Seattle Opera will be held Dec. 10 at the Columbia Tower Club from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Featured will be an elegant gala reception, a gourmet dinner, and a vocal performance by baritone Erich Parce. (206) 624-1057.
This year's Hutch Holiday Gala, themed "The Ball," will be held Dec. 9 at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel and Towers. A silent auction, a sit-down dinner, a live auction, and late-night dancing will be part of the elegant evening.
Celebrate a Victorian Christmas season by having dinner with the characters from Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" serving you, or by joining Queen Victoria at a high tea. The events will be held at the Cooney Mansion in Cosmopolis, WA, from Dec. 1-10. (360) 533-0602.
Don't forget to visit "Holly," the baby reindeer, in the special petting area at the Washington Zoological Park in Issaquah. A special feature this month is a cougar lecture at 2 p.m. on Sundays, which are free with zoo admission. Nov. hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fri.-Sun. 391-5508.
Holiday events at Woodland Park Zoo: Bid on arts and crafts, gift certificates, food, plants, posters, T-shirts, and zoo treasures at the annual Holiday Silent Auction Nov. 17 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Tickets at 684-4800; make reservations by Nov. 20 for the Thanksgiving Day turkey feast at the zoo's Rain Forest Cafe Nov. 23 from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 632-9664 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
"Love Lights a Tree," a holiday tree lighting and dedication ceremony, will be held Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. at the Crossroads Shopping Center in Bellevue. The event will also honor cancer survivors as well as those who have died of cancer. Community members wishing to remember or honor someone special may make a donation to the American Cancer Society beginning Nov. 15. Each donation will be represented by a holiday ornament with the name of the donor and honoree. All names will be announced as the ornament is hung on the tree Dec. 8. 869-5588.
"Christmas in Seattle" gift show, Nov. 17 and 18 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Nov. 19 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Kingdome. Admission is $6.50 for adults and $5 for seniors and youths 9-14. Under 8 is free. 889-9494.
The Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair at St. Brendan Parish School is scheduled for Nov. 18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Nov. 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Works by over 100 craftspeople, assorted soups, baked goods, fun, and friendship are all featured at this annual event. Admission is free. The school is located at 10049 NE 195th St. in Bothell. 820-8092.
Children's Hospital's "Light Up A Child's Life" holiday events officially begin Nov. 22 at 10 a.m. when Children's Hospital's heart transplant patient, 13-year old Jacob Hansen, will light the 20-foot tree in the lobby of the Four Seasons Olympic Hotel. Hansen will then light up the Enchanted Forest in Rainier Square.
Reservations are being taken for the Santa Breakfast Nov. 24, Dec. 3, 17 and 23 at 8:30 a.m. in the Spanish Ballroom at the Four Seasons Olympic Hotel. This is an opportunity to visit Santa, the Sugarplum Fairy, and enjoy lively entertainment. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children. Call 528-2777 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
KCPQ 13 holiday specials include "Norman Rockwell's Breaking Home Ties" with Jason Robards and Eva Marie Saint, Nov. 17 at 1 p.m., and "Miracle on 34th Street," starring Maureen O'Hara and Natalie Wood, which will air Nov. 21 at 1 p.m.
Santa's Reindeer Farm at the Washington Zoological Park in Issaquah suggests a special visit from Santa, his elves, and one of his Siberian reindeer for a holiday event. (206) 392-6278.
The Snohomish Historical Society will host a Holiday Parlour Tour Dec. 10 beginning at the Blackman House Museum in Snohomish, followed by 5 homes decorated in festive holiday style. Tickets for the tour are $8 for adults and $6 for seniors and children under 15. Tickets will be sold the day of the tour at the museum or in advance beginning Nov. 10 by calling (360) 568-5235 or (360) 568-2526. Free trolley service is available.
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