Arlington: Nativity Festival, 4 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, noon to 8:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sunday through Dec. 9 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 17222 43rd Ave NE; www.arlingtonnativityfestival.org. Live nativity scene and musical performances. Kids can dress up in period costume and take photos.
Edmonds: The Edmonds Driftwood Players 2012 Holiday Season Community Sing-Along: all ages and talents welcome; you don't need to read music but you are invited to rehearsals Tuesdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. until Dec 18 prior to the final "performance" 7 p.m. Dec. 19 all at the Wade James Theatre, 950 Main St., Edmonds. A monetary donation or boxed or canned food items for The Edmonds Food Bank will be accepted.
Everett: 12th annual Christmas Spectacular, 7 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Everett Civic Auditorium, 2416 Colby Ave.; featuring television anchor M.C. Brian Tracey and musician Dehner Franks; watch a talent show and enjoy live music and entertainment. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets $15 online at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/293084 or at the door. Supports Providence Children's Center and the Volunteers of America food bank. Canned food donations accepted.
Everett: "Wintertide," 4 to 7 p.m. Dec. 13 at Everett Performing Arts Center, 2710 Wetmore Ave.; 425-257-7101; www.enjoyEverett.org. Crafts, face painting, holiday photo booth, snacks, tree lighting, visit from Santa and showing of the 1966 animated special "How the Grinch Stole Christmas."
Mountlake Terrace: Winterfest Breakfast Celebration, 8 a.m. to noon Dec. 8. at Mountlake Terrace High School, 21801 44th Ave West. A pancake breakfast, holiday music by groups from MTHS, plus surrounding local schools, crafters and pictures with Santa. $7 adults, $5 for students/seniors, free for children under 3 years old. Call 425-478-1989 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Mountlake Terrace: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at Evergreen Playfield, 22205 56th Ave. W.; features caroling, refreshments and a visit from Santa with a spectacular tree lighting from atop the city's water tower; www.cityofmlt.com.
Stanwood: The Lights of Christmas: gates open at 5 p.m. and close at 10 p.m. Dec. 7 to 9, 13 to 16, 18 to 23, and 26 to 29 at Warm Beach Camp, 20800 Marine Drive; holiday lights, treats, live music, storytelling and theater performances, Nativity scene, petting farm, pony and train rides, meet Santa and Bruce the Talking Spruce; $9, $10 and $15, free for ages 3 and younger; 360-652-7575, 800-228-6724; www.warmbeachlights.com.
Seattle and beyond
Woodland Park Zoo's Wildlights: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. through Jan. 1 at N. 50th Street and Fremont Avenue N., Seattle; 206-548-2500; www.zoo.org. Check out wild animals and settings made from LED lights, visit animals, including reindeer, ride the carousel (extra cost) and enjoy other live entertainment. Tickets for adults $8.50 through Dec. 13 and $9.50 beginning Dec. 14; $6.50 for ages 3 to 12 and free to ages 2 and younger throughout the event.
Point Defiance Zoolights: 5 to 9 p.m. through Jan. 1 at 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma; www.pdza.org. Tickets $4.25 for members, $8.50 for non-members at the gate or $7.25 online or at Fred Meyer stores. Value passes that include admission to the zoo during the day and zoolights at night available from $12.75 to $15.75.
Seattle Aquarium: Diving Santa, Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 23 at 1483 Alaskan Way, Pier 59, Seattle; www.seattleaquarium.org. Enjoy holiday music and watch Santa diving in the Window on Washington Waters exhibit at noon and 3 p.m.
Seattle Center Winterfest: through Jan. 6; free; www.seattlecenter.com.
Through Jan. 6: Winterfest Ice Rink, Fisher Pavilion; admission includes skate rental: $7 for adults, $5 for children ages 6 to 12, and $2 children ages 5 and younger; cash only; see www.seattlecenter.com for hours.
Through Jan 6: Winter Train and Village, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Seattle Center Armory/Center House; miniature train ride through snowy, turn of the century village; $2 suggested donation; closes at 4 p.m. on Dec. 24; closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1; www.seattlecenter.com.
Through Dec. 29, Saturdays: Ice Sculpting, starts at noon outside Fisher Pavilion.
Through Jan. 6: Winterfest Student Showcases, various times in the Armory; see www.seattlecenter.com for a showcase schedule.
Dec. 10 to 31: The Magic of the Moment: PTSA Reflections, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Harrison Street Gallery, 3rd Floor Armory; selected artwork of Seattle Public School students; www.seattlecouncilptsa.org.
Dec. 15: Bailadores de Bronce, 12:30 p.m. in the Armory; breaking down cultural barriers and building bridges through Mexican folklore dances; www.bailadoresdebronce.org.
Dec. 16: Klez Kidz, 12:30 p.m. in the Armory; intergenerational musicians, singers and dancers in an interactive concert of world Jewish music and mirth; www.templebetham.org/music/klezkidz.
Dec. 22: SANCA Youth Performance Company, 12:30 p.m. in the Armory; aerial arts, juggling, tightwire, clowning, unicycle and acrobatics; www.sancaseattle.org.
Dec. 23: Garfield High School Jazz Band, 1 p.m. in the Armory; www.garfieldjazz.org.
Dec. 29: The Dickens Carolers, 12:30 p.m. in the Armory; www.dickenscarolers.com.
Dec. 30: Eastside Modern Jazz Orchestra, 12:30 p.m. in the Armory; www.woodinvilleband.org/index.php.
Dec. 31: New Year's Eve Celebration, 8:15 p.m. to 11:45 p.m. in the Armory; The Rhythm Nation will play a diverse mix of popular dance, R&B and rock from the 1970s to today; www.therhythmnation.net.
"Home for the Holidays": Visits with Santa start at 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. ; The Noise Guy, 11:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.; Canyon Hills Community Church Carolers, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Quilceda Wood Carvers 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and The Elves Workshop Swag Making (add $3) all on Dec. 8, Imagine Children's Museum, 1502 Wall St., Everett. Admission is free for children 1 year and under; general admission is $9.
"How I Became a Pirate": 2 and 4 p.m. Dec. 8, Everett Performing Arts Center, 2710 Wetmore Ave., Everett. Tickets are $15. Call 425- 257-8600 or online villagetheatre.org/; Omaha Theatre Company produced this musical adventure story that stars young Jeremy Jacob who learns all about being a pirate while recruited by Capt. Braid Beard to help him bury his treasure.
"Willie Wonka Junior": The Roald Dahl story of the genius candy maker who is looking for an heir and finds instead four horrible little children and one delightful Charlie Bucket: opens 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at Whidbey Children's Theater, 222 Anthes Ave., Langley; weekend performances through Dec. 22. Tickets are $8, $10 and $12. Call 306-221-2282 or go to www.whidbeychildrenstheater.org/.
"Plastics Unwrapped": The Burke Museum explores the impact of plastics on people and the planet, from life before plastics to the effects of plastics on our health and the environment today; opens at 10 a.m. Dec. 20 and runs through May 27 at the Burke Museum, on the University of Washington campus, at the corner of NE 45th St. and 17th Ave. NE. Admission: $10 general, $8 senior, $7.50 student/ youth. Admission is free to children four and under, Burke members, UW students, faculty, and staff. Admission is free to the public on the first Thursday of each month. Call 206-543-5590 or visit www.burkemuseum.org.
Tutankhamun: The Golden King and The Great Pharaohs: The exhibition features more than 100 objects from King Tut's tomb and ancient sites representing some of the most important rulers throughout 2,000 years of ancient Egyptian history. Many of these objects have never toured in the United States before this exhibit. Come face-to-face with the largest image of King Tut ever unearthed -- a 10-foot statue of the pharaoh; through Jan. 6 at Pacific Science Center, 200 Second Ave. N, Seattle. Admission is $27.50, $24.50, $16.50 and $15.50. Call 206-443-2001, www.pacificsciencecenter.org.
"The Wizard of Oz": Meet the Munchins, Good Witch Glinda, Dorothy and all her friends in the wonderful land of Oz; because flying monkeys might be scary recommended for ages 5 and up; at various times through Jan. 6 at Seattle Children's Theatre, 201 Thomas St., Seattle; Tickets start at $29. Call 206-441.3322 or visit www.sct.org. Discounts for groups of 10 or more are available by calling the Group Sales Office at 206- 859.4054.
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