“Faces of Christmas”: Magical musical celebration for all ages, 4 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12 and 2 p.m. Dec. 13, Tim Noah Thumbnail Theater, 1211 4th St., Snohomish. For tickets, $20, go to www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2414178.
Star Wars food drive: Noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 12, BobaKhan Toys, 500 SE Everett Mall Way, Suite A-1, Everett. Bring non-perishable food donations and have your photo taken with a Star Wars character. For more, call 425-258-3582.
Home for the Holidays: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 12, Imagine Children’s Museum: 1502 Wall St., Everett. Santa, music, carpet skating and more. For more, visit imaginecm.org or call 425-258-1006.
“Cupcake Wars: Battle of the Books”: Cupcake competition for young culinary artists, ages 9 to 15, to create cupcakes inspired by their favorite books while learning about practices from professional kitchens, 3 to 4 p.m. Dec. 11, Lake Stevens Library, 1804 Main St. A special guest judge will award prizes for creativity and presentation. For more, call 425-334-1900.
“Star Wars, Feel the Force”: 4 p.m. Dec. 14, Lynnwood Library, 19200 44th Ave. W. Wear “Star Wars” gear, enjoy trivia and test your Jedi skills. For more information, visit sno-isle.org.
Campout Cinema “Gremlins”: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17. EMP Museum, 325 5th Ave. N, Seattle. Come face-to-face with the actual Gizmo the Mogwai, making his EMP debut inside the “Can’t Look Away: The Lure of Horror Film” exhibit before and during intermission of a showing of the film, “Gremlins.” Photo ops, trivia and giveaways. Tickets are $12; $9 for ages 5 to 17. Film is rated PG. More at www.EMPmuseum.org.
Solstice Science: 2 p.m. Dec. 22, Mukilteo Library, 4675 Harbour Pointe Blvd., Mukilteo.Why does it get so dark in winter? Explore our planet and the science of the season. Discover how people around the world celebrate the long days of winter. Animals in Winter, 2 p.m. Dec. 30. Migrate, hibernate or camouflage? Learn how animals survive the winter by moving to warmer climates or adapting to their environment. Come as your favorite animal getting ready for winter with wings, pajamas or camouflage.
Warm Beach Camp’s The Lights of Christmas: 5 to 10 p.m. Dec. 10 through 13, 17 through 23 and 26 through 29. More than a million Christmas lights displayed over 15 acres at Warm Beach Camp. Live entertainment, children’s activities, food and overnight getaway options. In addition to the general festival, there’s a dinner theater and Sunday dessert matinees, this year featuring an original production, “The Christmas Changeup.” More at www.thelightsofchristmas.com.
Hometown Holiday Celebration: 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12, Whitehorse Farmers Market, Darrington. Bonfire, caroling, cocoa, cider, roast marshmallows and hot dogs. Bring your own roasting stick. Santa will also make a visit.
Santa at the Lighthouse: 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 12, Mukilteo Lighthouse, 608 Front St. Lighthouse gift shop also open noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 12. Proceeds support educational outreach and the preservation of the lighthouse and Mukilteo history.
Marysville’s Holiday Tour of Lights: 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 21, 22 and 23 with a grand finale Dec. 26 at Cedarcrest Golf Course, 6810 84th St. NE. Ride the Marysville Noon Rotary train for a 20-minute tour of lighted holiday displays. Hot chocolate, music, s’mores and more. Suggested donation is $5, $3 children, $20 family. More info: marysvillewa.gov, 360-363-8400.
“Dickens in America”: 2 to 3 p.m. Dec. 12, Mukilteo Library, 4675 Harbour Pointe Blvd. Hear readings from Charles Dickens’ first American visit in 1842 and selections from his classics, including “A Christmas Carol.” Refreshments. More info: http://goo.gl/2J7MpP, 425-493-8202 ext. 3231.
SEATTLE HOLIDAY EVENTS
Scuba diving Santa and music Seattle Aquarium, 1483 Alaskan Way. See Santa scuba dive and get your picture taken. Diving Santa, noon and 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 20, with live music at 1:30 p.m.: Dec. 12, Caspar Babypants. Dec. 13, Red Octopus. Dec. 19, Johnny Bregar and the Country Dawgs. Dec. 20, No Love for Fire. Donations accepted to help fund DreamNights at the Seattle Aquarium for bringing children who have disabilities. More at seattleaquarium.org/diving-santa.
Holiday Carousel: Outdoor, old-fashioned carousel through Jan. 1, Westlake Park, 401 Pine St., Seattle. Westlake Park Winter Village. Live music, sound-reactive holiday lighting, doughnuts and hot chocolate, children’s activity area. Carousel will be open until 5 p.m. Christmas Eve. Cost is $3 suggested donation.
Seattle Center Winterfest: Lots of free and affordable holiday activities and entertainment, through Dec. 31, Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St., Seattle. Skate at the ice arena, drive a miniature locomotive through a turn-of-the-century village inside the Armory, watch ice sculpting demonstrations, listen to Dickens carolers and see performances by more than 100 different student groups. Fireworks show and concert on New Year’s Eve. All activities are free except ice skating. More at seattlecenter.com/winterfest.
Snow Showers Inside Pacific Place: Through Dec. 24, Pacific Place, 600 Pine St., Seattle. Flurry of snowflakes, each night in the atrium at Pacific Place. Musical performances on the weekends. Free. More at pacificplaceseattle.com.
Gingerbread Village: Sheraton Seattle Hotel Lobby, 1400 6th Ave., Seattle, through Jan. 3. Larger-than-life gingerbread creations follow the theme “May The Holidays Be With You,” inspired by scenes from Star Wars movies. Free, with donations accepted for the Northwest Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. More at www.sheratonseattle.com/gingerbread-village.
Teddy Bear Suite: Big bears, little bears, brown bears, white bears. Through Dec. 27, Fairmont Olympic Hotel, 411 University St., Seattle. Free with donations accepted for Seattle Children’s Hospital. More at www.fairmont.com/seattle/activities-services/events-calendar.
“WildLights”: Through Jan. 3, Woodland Park Zoo. Electrifying after-hours displays of wild animals and exotic destinations including “African Water Hole,” “Jungle Lights” and “Northern Lights.” A visit from Santa’s reindeers. Zoomazium will be transformed into Snowmazium which will be open every night for storytelling and faux snowball fights. More at zoo.org/wildlights.
Performing Arts Show Biz Kids 4-H Club: 6:30 to 8 p.m. second Thursday of each month, Horseshoe Grange, 164th and Broadway, Cathcart/Clearview area. Call Jan Bond at 360-668-6681 or the 4-H office at 425-357-6044. The grange also is the home of drama, guitar and line-dance lessons.
GROSSOLOGY: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body: Through Jan. 3, 2016, at Pacific Science Center, 200 Second Ave. N, Seattle. Farts. Snot. Pus. What better way to bond with Dad? Explore the good, bad and downright ugly about how your body works. Included with admission. More at www.pacificsciencecenter.org.
“Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty”: Seattle’s EMP Museum hosts the first large-scale Hello Kitty museum retrospective, through May 15. For more information and to buy tickets, go to www.empmuseum.org.
Imagine Children’s Museum: 1502 Wall St., Everett. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. Each third Friday of the month is the museum’s Free Friday Night Live. Play indoors with the kids from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at no cost. For more, visit imaginecm.org or call 425-258-1006.
Schack Art Center: 2921 Hoyt Ave., Everett; 425-259-5050. Go to www.schack.org to learn about classes for kids and teens.
Snohomish County Children’s Choir: Open to all kids of all ages, the choir is enrolling new members. More information is available at www.snohomishcountychildrenschoir.com. Rehearsals are weekly at the Everett Music Hall in the Everett Mall.