holiday events

Holiday Happenings

The Dickens Carolers entertained shoppers at Woodinville Plaza Saturday during the center's holiday special event.

Woodinville firefighters added their own brand of holiday cheer collecting donations for the food bank at Stock Market Foods.
Photos by Anne Schefter/Woodinville Weekly.

   The 12th annual "Classic" Holiday Open House, hosted by Clasic Nursery and Landscape Co., continues Dec. 9-10 from noon to 4 p.m. Featured are a petting zoo, Santa, stories, homemade cookies, and cocoa. 885-5678.

   Letters to Santa! The Bothell High School Honor Society is sponsoring a North Pole Mail Box 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 Designer Disaster will be held Dec. 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Knights of Columbus Hall, 24323 Bothell Everett Hiway, Bothell. The show features low prices on seconds or year end closeouts by area artists. Admission is free.

   Just in time for Christmas, the Kirkland Arts Center will hold its annual holiday pottery sale Dec. 9-16 at the center. A preview party is set for Dec. 8 from 5 to 9 p.m. A donation of $3 is requested. KAC members are free. 822- 7161.

   All area women are invited to the "Christmas Holly-Daze" brunch hosted by the Northshore Christian Women's Club at the Inglewood Country Club in Kenmore, Dec.13, 9:45 to 11:30 am. Featured will be creative gift wrapping, music and a talk on "Tying it All Together." Cost is $10.50. Call Linda at 836-4165 by Dec. 8.

   MacPherson's is sponsoring its "Be a Better Neighbor" campaign. Between now and Dec. 23, all MacPherson's/Better Homes & Gardens offices will be accepting donations of non-perishable food items, which will be given to food banks nearest to the MacPherson's branch involved, so each office will directly benefit the community they serve. The office in Woodinville is located at 17820 130th NE.

   The Salvation Army will be collecting new, unwrapped toys for underprivileged children Dec. 9 from noon to 9 p.m. at Westlake Park in Seattle. At the community bonfires awaiting the Argosy Christmas Ship, the Salvation Army brass ensemble will perform Dec. 11 from 8:10 to 8:40 p.m. at Carkeek Park and Dec. 13 from 7:15 to 7:45 p.m. at Gasworks Park. 281-4610.

   St. Edward Catholic School's Elite Ensemble will entertain with holiday songs on the Waterways Cruise's Luncheon Cruise on the Lakes Dec. 7 beginning at Chandlers Cove. Cost is $24.70 per person. 223-2060.

   For a slightly skewed celebration of the holidays, don't miss the annual Great Figgy Pudding Street Corner Caroling Competition Dec. 8 from 6 to 6:30 p.m. at Westlake Center. Both the best and wackiest teams will receive awards. The event benefits the Pike Market Senior Center and the Downtown Food Bank. 728-2773.

   Including the Blackman Museum, there are nine homes on the Snohomish Historical Society Holiday Parlour Tour Dec. 10 from noon to 4 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for seniors and children under 12. (360) 568-5235 or (360) 568-2526.

   Visit Santa and his reindeer at the Washington Zoological Park Wed.-Sat. through Dec. 23 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Visitors will also enjoy thousands of lights, South American reindeer, special holiday felines, hot cocoa, or cider. Bring your camera. 206-392-6278.

   Purchase a star-shaped gingerbread cookie for a child touched with cancer as the Sorrento Hotel hosts their annual "Wish Upon a Sorrento Star" cookie sale through Dec. 22. The cookies, priced at $5 each, will be wrapped, sealed and tagged with the name of the purchaser for delivery to children at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Call 667-5896.

   The Edmonds Seventh-Day Adventist Church will present a live Nativity Pageant featuring Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus, wise men, shepherds, and angels Dec. 15 and 16 from 6 to 9 p.m. Live animals, choir performances, and refreshments will also be available. 206-771-5302.

   The public is invited to "The Star of Bethlehem Live Nativity" at the Issaquah Christian Church (10305 238th Way SE) Dec. 13-17 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. each evening. For more information, call 206-392-5848.

   Portraits and visits with Santa will be featured at the Snoqualmie Winery Dec. 9 from noon to 2 p.m. The Seattle Flute Society will play from 2 to 3 p.m. and hot mulled wine and wine tasting will be available all day. 206-888-4000.

   Thousands of holiday lights will be on display at Remlinger Farms from dusk until 8 p.m. through Dec. 23. The old-fashioned lighted steam train ride and the new Christmas Fantasy marionette show will be presented between 5 and 8 p.m. Admission price is $3.50. A spaghetti buffet, a holiday craft fair and pre-cut trees, wreaths, and swags are also available. Call 333-4135.
   Santa, elves, Christmas music, and refreshments will all be on board the Lake Whatcom Railway vintage steam Santa Train Dec. 9. The holiday fun will return Dec. 16- 23. All seats are reserved. Fare is $10 for adults and $5 for children. Under 2 is free. 360-1058 or 206-236-2857.

   Columbia Athletic Club, with the Salvation Army, is offering a Sharing Tree to help children who might otherwise not have any Christmas gifts. The club at Mill Creek is located at 15907 Mill Creek Blvd. The Juanita Bay club is at 11450 98th Ave. N.E. in Kirkland. 485-4040 or 337-5050.

   The annual Vashon Island Potters' Studio Tour & Holiday Sale will be held Dec. 9, 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The free self-guided event features a wide variety of pottery in the setting of working studios. 567-5008.

   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 are now on sale. 285-5110.

   Upcoming KCPQ-13 holiday television specials include: "Doug’s Christmas" (animated), Dec. 10 at 5 p.m.; "Flintstone's Christmas Carol" (animated) Dec. 13, 1 p.m.; "Dr. Seuss on the Loose" (animated), Dec. 13, 2:30 p.m.; "The Nutcracker," by PNB, Dec. 14, 1 p.m.; "A Very Brady Christmas," Dec. 15, 1 p.m.