Seasonal celebrations

Julie Paylor, 8, and sister Jaime, 7, both of Redmond, were among the delighted youngsters taking part in the 4-H sponsored pony ride at the Classic Nursery Open House. The event continues Dec. 2-3 and 9-10 from noon to 4 p.m. and also features a petting zoo, Santa, stories, homemade cookies, and cocoa.
Photo by Anne Schefter/Woodinville Weekly.

seasonal celebrations Santa and his sleigh will descend from the sky Dec. 2 at 5 p.m. at the Country Village in Bothell. Area groups will carol on the main stage from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 483-2250.

   The Bothell High School Honor Society is sponsoring a North Pole mailbox at Country Village. Children of all ages can drop their letters to Santa and receive a personal answer. Look for the red and white striped pole. There is no charge, but be sure to include your return address. 483-2250.

   The Carnation Tree Farm, two blocks south of Carnation on Highway 203, will provide Santa and cute ponies from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekends through Dec. 10, along with trees, wreaths, garlands, holly and Christmas gifts and baked goods and coffee. There is still space for charitable fundraising bake sales and consignment items for the Christmas Shop. 333-4510.

   Winter Weekend at Fall City Farms is Dec. 2-3,11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sip a cup of hot cider and shop for holly, decorated garlic braids, wreaths, and candles. 222-7930.

   "Around the World: A Season for Singing" will be held Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. at Eastlake High School Theater. All ages are welcome to this free program. 836-8793.

   Creative Kids Cooperative Preschool in Snohomish is offering free pictures of Santa Dec. 5 for kids up to age 5, plus face painting, cookies and ornaments to decorate and refreshments. Pictures for children over 5 will be $1. Siblings are welcome. 487- 2816.

   Santa, elves, Christmas music, and refreshments will all be on board the Lake Whatcom Railway Santa Train, a vintage steam train, Dec. 9 and Dec. 16-23. All seats are reserved. 360-1058 or 206-236-2857.

   Start a family Christmas tradition at Woodland Park Zoo's Santa Breakfast Dec. 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, and 24 from 9-10 a.m. Enjoy mini-Cinnabons, hot cocoa, a visit with Santa, songs by Dickens carolers and a performance by Olympic Ballet Company. By reservation only. 684-4800.

   Columbia Athletic Club in Mill Creek and Juanita, along with the Salvation Army, is sponsoring a Sharing Tree to help children who might otherwise not have any Christmas gifts. 485-4040 or 337-5050.

   Visit Santa's Reindeer Farm at the Washington Zoological Park in Issaquah Wed.-Sun. Dec. 1-23 from 5-8:30 p.m. Photos with Santa,refreshment and special gifts. 391-5508.

   The Northwest Puppet Center production of "Babar and Father Christmas" will open Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m. The Dec. 2 performance at 1 p.m. is signed for the hearing impaired. 523-2579.

   Dance Theatre of Bellevue will present its annual "Nutcracker" ballet at Eastlake Theater in Redmond Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2 at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 3 at 1:30 p.m. Reserved seating; 746-3659.

   A Contemporary Theatre (ACT) in Seattle continues a Northwest holiday tradition by presenting its 20th production of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" through Dec. 27. On Christmas Eve, patrons are invited to join the Dickens Carolers and ACT staff for complimentary eggnog. Tickets at 285-5110.

   Upcoming KCPQ-13 Holiday Specials include: "Doug's Christmas" (animated), Dec. 1 at 1 p.m. and Dec. 10 at 5 p.m.; "For the Love of Benji," Dec. 2 at 2 p.m.; "Benji, the Hunted," Dec. 2 at 4 p.m.; "Babes in Toyland," with Ray Bolger and Annette Funicello, Dec. 5 at 1 p.m. and Dec. 30 at 2 p.m.; "Cat in the Hat," "Cat Meets the Grinch," "Pontoffel Pock," "Blue Toes the Christmas Elf" (all animated), Dec. 6 from 1-3 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, honoring cancer survivors as well as cancer victims. Remember or honor someone special with a donation to the American Cancer Society. 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.

   Reservations are being taken for the Santa Breakfast Dec. 3, 17, and 23 at the Four Seasons Olympic Hotel. Visit Santa and the Sugarplum Fairy. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children. Call 528-2777.

   The Fallen Angel Choir will will present their 20th anniversary season of holiday satire Dec. 1, 2, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16 at the Scottish Rite Temple in Portland. (503) 295-1142.

For more holiday activities, also check King County Library and Senior Activities.