Tree cutting, big horses, Santa, more weekend fun

Pick your tree: Thanksgiving is over and now we can think ahead to Christmas. If you’d like to cut your own holiday tree, check out our list of places to go here.

Plan your holidays: The holiday season is in full swing now. Take a look ahead and make sure you have time for your favorite activities. Take a look at our list here. You’ll find light displays, ballets, music, festivals and a lot more. And there are a lot of events that kick off this weekend.

Meet St. Nic: A North Pole Party is from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Imagine Children’s Museum in Everett. Kids can visit with Santa, and enjoy story time with Mrs. Claus. There will also be games, music, a tree lighting and crafts. Find more details in our story here along with a preview of other upcoming events at Imagine.

See the lights: Light Up Historic Downtown Monroe is on Saturday along Main and Lewis streets. A holiday bazaar runs from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and the tree lighting is from 4 to 5 p.m. There is also a craft beer and wine walk through 12 businesses with holiday snacks for those 21 and older. Walk tickets are $20. Call 360-794-5488 for more information.

Think art: “Celebration” is the featured exhibit at Schack’s annual Holiday Art Show with works by the Women Painters of Washington. The Holiday Art Show will also include glass and pottery by several local artists. The exhibit and show runs through Dec. 27 in the main gallery, 2921 Hoyt Ave. Everett. For more information, click here.

Meet Santa: Snohomish is celebrating Home for the Holidays on Friday featuring Santa Claus lighting up the Christmas tree in the historic downtown. Santa will arrive at 3:30 p.m. at the corner of First Street and Avenue B. He’ll be available for photos to anyone with their own camera from 5 to 7 p.m. at Bee Bops and Lollipops store, 1112 First St. There is no cost for photos. For more information, click here.

Beeswax candles: The Quiet Light Candles Christmas Festival begins at noon on Friday at the Convent of the Meeting of the Lord in Stanwood. A small convent of Orthodox Christian nuns support themselves by making 100 percent beeswax candles. Free tour are offered and you can make your own candle. Hours are noon-7 p.m. Fridays, and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. through Dec. 22. Call the convent to arrange a weekday visit. The convent is located at 29206 64th Ave NW, Stanwood. Call 360-629-0285 for more information. For directions, go to www.quietlightcandles.com.

BIG horses: The Budweiser Clydesdales are scheduled to make appearances in Marysville, Oak Harbor and Arlington after Thanksgiving. All events are dependent on the weather. Rainy weather means that the horses need to be kept inside at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds where the public can still visit them. The horses will be at the fairground from 9 a.m. to noon from Friday to Sunday. If it’s rainy, they will stay at the fairground and be available until 4 p.m. Here’s the schedule:

• 2 to 4 p.m. Friday: Navy Exchange, Marysville, 13904 45th Ave. NE, Building No. 13904, Marysville.

• 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday: Navy Exchange, Oak Harbor, 2110 North Coral Sea Ave., Building No. 17, Oak Harbor.

• 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday: Smokey Point Walmart, 4010 172nd St., Arlington.

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