holiday events

Holiday happenings

   "Letters to Santa!" 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. Call483-2250.

   Get pictures taken with Santa at his Gingerbread Kastle, at Alexa's on Main in Bothell. Pictures are by Photography by Maurice, Thursdays and Fridays from 3-6 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., through Dec. 23. For more information, call Kristina at the Greater Bothell Associaton at 485-4353.

   The Bothell United Methodist Church will present its first Live Nativity Dec. 15 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Included in the scene will be a donkey, goats, sheep, and a pair of English Trumpeter pigeons. Shepherds will be on hand to help direct traffic, and the public will be able to view the scene from their cars or park in the church parking lot to listen to the Christmas carolers. 486-7132.

   Stafford Miller and the Stafford Strings will present a holiday concert Dec. 17 at 3 p.m. at the Woodinville Library. Sponsored by Molbak's and hosted by the Woodinville Friends of the Library, the event will feature traditional carols, carols of other lands, and other popular Christmas music for all ages. 788-0733.

   The Festival Brass Ensemble will present "Holiday Sounds" Dec. 18 at the Bothell Regional Library. The ensemble will perform again Dec. 19 at the Lake Forest Park Library. Both concerts are from 7:30 to 9 p.m. and will feature Christmas and Renaissance music. This free event is for the whole family. 486- 7811 (Bothell) or 362-8860 (Lake Forest Park).

   The Redmond Firefighters Union is sponsoring the 6th annual "Santa on a Firetruck" festivities Dec. 11-23 in Redmond. Santa will be transported on an antique 1949 GMC firetruck sleigh adorned with Christmas lights, arriving in neighborhoods accompanied by holiday music and sirens, receiving donations of food for the Redmond Food Bank, and handing out candy canes to greeters. Santa's hours will be 6-9 p.m. His schedule is subject to cancellations due to weather variables and/or vehicle availability. For more information, call 556-2221 or 881-2639.

   December events at Totem Lake Malls will include "Father Christmas," a reading with favorite characters at 1 p.m., and Harpsong and an opportunity to meet Frosty the Snowman Dec. 17 at 1 p.m. Frosty will also appear Dec. 24 at 1 p.m.

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

   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. 333-4135.

   Crossroads Community Center in Bellevue needs donations for its annual Holiday Giving Tree. Clothing and toys for children and young adults are the center's biggest needs. Both new and used items are being accepted. Outdated electronics are in special demand. The center will pick up. Call 453-4874.

   All the regal pageantry and ceremonial pomp of an Olde English Christmas will be brought to life when Kantorei, a Bellevue Christian High School select singing group, hosts a Madrigal Christmas Dinner and musical performance Dec. 16, 18, and 19 at the campus. Reservations required. 454-4028.

   One-of-a-kind holiday stockings created by Northwest graphic artists will be on display in the Westin Hotel lobby through Dec. 18 in a Stocking Auction to benefit the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, open to the public for silent bidding. Minimum bids begin at $50. Call 728-1000.

   Redmond's Timberline development, known for its spectacular holiday lights and displays, is asking visitors to bring new, unwrapped toys for the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots program Dec. 16 between 3 and 9 p.m. There will be a "Humvee" station at the entrance. 882-9313.

   A Christmas Cabaret, "Babes in Toyland," will be presented by the Washington Dance Club staff and students Dec. 16. Doors will open at 8 p.m. with a light buffet and general dancing. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 the day of the show. 628-8939.

   Have a hearty Breakfast with the Beasts in NW Trek Wildlife Park's Fir Bough Cafe followed by a questions and answers and a tram ride through the park Dec. 30 from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Cost is $12 for adults and $8 for children 12 and under. (360) 832-6117.

   The International Creche Festival in Bellingham will continue through Dec. 31. This year's focus is on Mexico, with over 100 nativity sets from that nation. The awards ceremony, with Mexican food, and auction will be held Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m. Guided tours each Sat. 360-671-3990 or 360-734-9757.

   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. All proceeds benefit the center. 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. 206-771-5302.

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

   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.