Holiday happenings

Lindsey Luckevich, 1 1/2, of Redmond, had a special holiday experience at Classic Nursery, where 4-H clubs provided animals to pet and ponies to ride during the nursery's holiday open house.
Photo by Anne Schefter/Woodinville Weekly.

holiday events MacPherson's/Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate is conducting a Holiday Food Drive to help needy Puget Sound families. Bring donations of non-perishable food items by Dec. 23 to the office at 17820 130th NE in Woodinville.

   University Unitarian Church in Seattle will present its annual "Messiah" sing-and-play-along Dec. 26 at 7 p.m. Singers and instrumentalists should bring their own scores. Some loaners will be available. Tickets are $8 general admission and $5 for students and seniors. Doors open at 6 p.m. 525-8400.

   Tickets are still available for the Spirit of Puget Sound New Year's Eve cruise. The six-hour party, which begins at 7 p.m., features hors d'eouvres and an open bar at dockside, cruising, a prime rib and salmon dinner, dancing to live bands, and a champagne toast. Price is $110 per person. 443-1442.

   The Seattle Symphony Associates will host a New Year's Eve celebration Dec. 31 beginning with cocktails at 6 p.m. at the Four Seasons Olympic Hotel. A "New Year's Eve in Old Vienna" concert at the Opera House will follow with a champagne toast and Dilettante chocolate-covered strawberries during intermission. Dining, dancing, Ste. Michelle wine, and champagne will begin at 10:20 p.m. at the Four Seasons. Cost is $200 per person. 443-4740.

   The Shoppe will host its family-oriented and alcohol-free New Year's Eve concert from 8:30 p.m. to 12:20 a.m. on the Puyallup Fairgrounds. Tickets are $16.50 and available at Ticketmaster ticket centers. (214) 259-1890.

   Washington Dance Club will host a New Year's Eve celebration featuring dance demonstrations and general dancing. A buffet, champagne, and party favors will also be available. Tickets are $30 and must be purchased in advance. 628-8939.