Holiday events, music and more weekend fun

Cozy caroling: Go a-caroling and still keep warm. The Dickens Carolers, a group of Victorian-costumed singers, will lead a holiday sing-along from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Evergreen Branch of the Everett Public Library. All ages are welcome and it’s free. The library is at 9512 Evergreen Way, Everett. Call 425-257-8250 for more information.

Local music Everett band I Will Keep Your Ghost has a release party on Saturday for their new album, “It’s Natural.” They will be sharing the stage with up-and-coming Seattle acts Vox Mod and Kairos. The show starts at 9 p.m. at Kroakers in Everett. The show is for those 21 and older. Get tickets and more info here.

History buffs: Monroe Historical Society is holding a holiday open house from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday to unveil a new exhibit on Monroe schools. The event includes refreshments and activities for kids. The historical society is at 207 E. Main St., Monroe. Call 360-217-7223 or go to the website for more information.

Arts and crafts: A holiday sale of fine arts and crafts is from noon to 6 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Schack Art Center in Everett. The first 50 people through the door on Friday will receive a free gift. On Saturday, wine from Wicked Cellars will be served from noon to 5 p.m. for “Shop and Sip.”Get more info here.

Stay safe: Learn about avalanche safety and climbing rescue techniques at an event on Saturday at Vertical World in Everett. Get more info here.

Light: Check out beeswax candles handmade by Orthodox Christian nuns in Stanwood. You can also try your hand at candle-making and visit with the nuns and volunteers. The Quiet Light Christmas Festival is at the Convent of the Meeting of the Lord, 29206 64th Ave. NW in Stanwood. It runs through Dec. 21. Shop hours are noon to 7 p.m. on Fridays and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. Get more info in our story here.

Darth Vader for charity: Vader’s 501st Garrison Titan Group will come in professional costumes to BobaKhan’s annual Star Wars Christmastime Holiday Food Drive from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at the toy store, 2916 Hewitt Ave., Everett. The event benefits the Volunteers of America Food Bank in Everett. Bring a nonperishable food donation and have your picture taken with Darth Vader, Boba Fett, Stormtroopers, Imperial Officers and many more. A raffle to benefit charity also will be held. Get more info at 425-258-3582

Country style: Head to Historic Everett Theatre at 7:30 Saturday night for the Hometown Hootenanny with traditional and country songs, all with a holiday flair, a dessert auction and a visit from Santa. Get more info in our story here.

A chorus or two: Enjoy more songs of the season and sing-alongs at 8 p.m. Saturday at Everett Civic Auditorium, 2415 Colby, as the Seattle Men’s Chorus presents “Play It Again, Santa.” Tickets are $23 to $43 and available here or by calling 206-388-1400.

Ballet: Olympic Ballet’s production of “The Nutcracker” takes the stage at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday at the Everett Performing Arts Center. Get more info in our story here.

Sweet: Mountlake Terrace Library’s Winter Extravaganza, Sweet Science, is from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Kids ages 5 to 11 can do some scientific experimenting with sweet treats. The library is at 23300 58th Ave. W., Mountlake Terrace. The event is free. Call 425-776-8722 for more info.

Flight night: It’s the Night of the Elves at Imagine Children’s Museum. You can drop off your children, ages 4 to 12, from 5:30 to 8:30 Saturday night and escape to shop, eat, whatever, for three hours. The kids’ll be fed, entertained and allowed to skate on the carpet. As you might expect, this event sells out, so call to see if there’s room: 425-258-1006. Nonmembers pay $40 for the first child and $25 each for siblings. The member prices are $35 and $20.

Family friendly Scrooge: You can choose between two versions of “A Christmas Carol” on Sunday. The play is at 2 and 4 p.m. on Sunday in Everett. “A Kaddywompas Christmas Carol” also plays Sunday, this one is at 2 p.m and 7:30 p.m. in Snohomish. Get all the details in our story here.

Decorate: Make ornaments, Grinch and Santa cupcakes during a holiday class from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday in Mill Creek. Cost is $20 to $23. Call Kristen Froseth for details at 425-921-5779.

Flying Santa: This weekend, Santa will fly his new Staggerwing to the Historic Flight Foundation. Visit and take photos with the jolly old elf at noon Saturday. There will be homemade cookies, cider and hot chocolate. More information here.

Sing along: Hear and sing Christmas music at the Skagit Symphony Holiday Concert. The event is from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday in Mount Vernon. Cost is $5 to $40. Tickets here.

More in Life

Lots to see in Upper Skagit, even if the eagles are elusive

A guided hike through a mossy old-growth forest more than makes up for a lack of raptor sightings.

Shopping cart showdown: Which stores have best food prices?

Jennifer Bardsley compares Fred Meyer, PCC, QFC, Safeway, Trader Joe’s, WinCo and Whole Foods offers.

Take a closer look: Winter gardens share gifts in subtle way

Go on a neighborhood walk this month to enjoy the seasonal beauty offered by a variety of gardens.

Samish Flats in Skagit County prime turf for winter birders

This spot is great for birdwatching because of the mostly flat land, marshy areas and open water.

Outdoor classes and activities in and around Snohomish County

GET OUT Christmas bird count: Volunteers are needed for the Everett-Marysville Christmas… Continue reading

Relationship do’s and don’ts: Lessons from 40 years of marriage

Paul Schoenfeld reflects on what he’s learned about relationships after four decades with his wife.

Making it through the holidays on 4 legs and 4 wheels

1. Driving safety Here are some travel tips from the Red Cross… Continue reading

The top 10 albums of 2017: From Jay-Z to St. Vincent

This year saw an upward trend in music industry revenue due to the popularity of streaming services.

Snohomish County book calendar

Jennifer Wilhoit Noon to 1 p.m., Jan. 13, Edmonds Bookshop Wilhoit will… Continue reading

Most Read