Alderwood Dance Spectrum’s rehearsal of “A Storybook Nutcracker,” an abbreviated version of the original ballet that is intended for young audiences, at the Snohomish PUD Auditorium on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018 in Everett, Wa. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Alderwood Dance Spectrum’s rehearsal of “A Storybook Nutcracker,” an abbreviated version of the original ballet that is intended for young audiences, at the Snohomish PUD Auditorium on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018 in Everett, Wa. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Holiday events and fun in Snohomish County and beyond for 2019

Our annual list of holiday happenings include lights, concerts, theater and dance performances.

My Christmas tradition is attending the Gothard Sisters’ annual Celtic Christmas concert. My Features colleague Sharon Salyer’s is the annual Christmas concert by the Mill Creek Chorale, for which her brother sings baritone. And Features writer Evan Thompson takes in the Lights of Christmas at Warm Beach.

The Gothard Sisters will perform their sixth annual Christmas with the Gothards concert Dec. 6 in Edmonds. Greta, Willow and Solana look forward to their annual hometown concert all year, and so do I.

The 95-member Mill Creek Chorale — including Sharon’s brother Ival — will sing its “I Wish You Christmas” concert on Dec. 7 in Bothell. Songs will include Ola Gjeilo’s “Away in a Manger,” “Festival First Nowell” by Dan Forrest, John Rutter’s “I Wish You Christmas” and “Ain’t That a Rockin’” by Stacey Gibbs.

The Lights of Christmas at Warm Beach run Dec. 1-29 and feature more than 1 million Christmas lights. It reminds Evan of a family tradition where the Thompsons would drive around Clinton neighborhoods to look at all the sparking holiday decorations.

What’s your Christmas tradition? If you don’t have one yet, you’re sure to find it in The Daily Herald’s annual list of holiday events. They span from before Thanksgiving to after New Year’s Eve, and include lights, concerts, theater and dance performances, and fun stuff for kids.

LIGHTS

Enchant Seattle: See the world’s largest Christmas light maze through Dec. 29 at T-Mobile Park, 1250 First Ave. S., Seattle. Featuring a Christmas market, ice skating trail, food and drink, a kids zone and visits with Santa. Ticket are $14.99-$32.99. More at www.enchantchristmas.com/seattle.

Woodland Park Zoo: The zoo’s WildLights are on from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 29 through Jan. 5, except for Dec. 2-3, 9-10 and 24-25. Admission is $16.95 for adults and $12.95 for children and free for toddlers. Enter through west entrance on Phinney Avenue N. Parking $6. Call 206-548-2500. More at www.zoo.org.

Bellevue Botanical Garden: The garden’s 25th annual winter wonderland called Garden d’Lights is displayed 4:30 to 9 p.m. Nov. 30 through Dec. 31, 12001 Main St., Bellevue. Admission is $5, free for ages 10 and younger. Parking $5. No free nights this year. Call 425-452-2750 or go to www.bellevuebotanical.org/garden-dlights.

The Lights of Christmas: The festival is 5 to 10 p.m. Dec. 1, 5-8, 12-15, 18-23, 26-29, Warm Beach Camp, 20800 Marine Drive, Stanwood. More than 1 million Christmas lights, dazzling displays, live music, theater, pony and train rides, petting zoo, Santa, Bruce the Spruce. Tickets are $13-18. Children 3 and younger get in free. Call 360-652-7575 or go to www.thelightsofchristmas.com.

Merrysville for the Holidays: Marysville becomes “Merrysville” this time of year. The Electric Lights Parade, with grand marshals Santa and Mrs. Claus, kicks off at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at Comeford Park and State Avenue in Marysville. Free. Concessions will be available for purchase. Then the Holiday Tour of Lights is 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Dec. 11-14, 18-21 and 23 at Cedarcrest Golf Course, 6810 84th St. NE, Marysville. Hop on board the Rotary train for holiday tour of lights. Enjoy a bonfire and hot cocoa. Suggested donation is $5 adults, $3 youth and $20 family. More at www.marysvillewa.gov.

Menorah Lighting: The eighth annual Unity Menorah Lighting and Celebration is 4 p.m. Dec. 22 at Lynnwood City Hall, 19100 44th Ave. W., in Lynnwood. The event will feature a 9-foot menorah, holiday treats, face painting, light up Hanukkah glasses for kids and a musical performance by the Seattle based Klez Katz Klezmer band. Personal menorahs and dreidels will be available. Call 425-286-7465 or go to www.jewishsnohomish.com.

CONCERTS

Seattle Symphony: The Tenors will perform their Wonder of Christmas tour 7:30 p.m. Nov. 29 at Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle. The Holiday Pops concert is 8 p.m. Dec. 6, 2 and 8 p.m. Dec. 7, and 2 p.m. Dec. 8. The Holiday Musical Salute will be performed 10 a.m. Dec. 3. The Brass: March of the Toys will be performed 9:30 a.m. Dec. 6, and 9:30, 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. Dec. 7. Jim Brickman’s “A Holiday Christmas Celebration” is 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 8. Tickets and more at www.seattlesymphony.org.

Geoffrey Castle’s Celtic Christmas: The electric six-string violinist brings along the Seattle Irish Dance Co.; Pamela and Veronica Nim, mother and daughter Seattle Opera singers; and local singer-songwriter Dan Connolly, for this 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30 Celtic Christmas concert at the Historic Everett Theatre, 2911 Colby Ave., Everett. Tickets are $23-$35. Call 425-258-6766. More at www.yourhistoriceveretttheatre.org.

Tingstad & Rumbel: Grammy-winning musicians Eric Tingstad and Nancy Rumbel perform at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30 at Tim Noah Thumbnail Theater, 1211 Fourth St., Snohomish. Tingstad, on fingerstyle guitar, and Rumbel, on clarinet, have performed together since 1985. Tickets are $25. Call 360-568-9412. More at www.thumbnailtheater.org.

Everett Philharmonic Orchestra: The orchestra’s “Music for the Imagination” concert is 3 p.m. Dec. 1 at Everett Civic Auditorium, 2415 Colby Ave., Everett. The program — featuring the Snohomish County Music Teacher Association concerto competition winner — includes Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite” and Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride.” Tickets are $20 adults and $10 youths. Children younger than 5 get in free. Group discounts available. More at www.everettphil.org.

Winter’s Return: A Celebration of Music: 6 p.m. Dec. 1, St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 21405 82nd Pl. W., Edmonds, featuring Felicia Dale, William Pint, Tania Opland and Mike Freeman. Admission is by donation to Chase Lake Community School’s Safety Net Program. More at www.stalbansedmonds.org.

Edmonds Symphonic Choir Holiday Concert: Edmonds Community College’s choir will perform at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 6215 196th St. SW, Lynnwood. More at www.trinitylutheranchurch.com.

Puget Brass: A holiday benefit concert is at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 6215 196th St. SW, Lynnwood. Proceeds go to Neighbors in Need, ahomeless mission of Trinity Lutheran. Donations in the form of cash, travel sized toiletries and non-perishable food items will be accepted the day of the event. More at www.neighbors-in-need.com.

Christmas with the Gothard Sisters: The world-traveling sisters return home for their annual Celtic Christmas concert scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 Fourth Ave. N., Edmonds. Tickets are $10-$26. Call 425-275-9595. More at www.edmondscenterforthearts.org.

Mark O’Connor’s Appalachian Christmas: The virtuoso fiddler Mark O’Connor will perform songs from his “An Appalachian Christmas” album at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Historic Everett Theatre, 2911 Colby Ave., Everett. The album features 11 Christmas tracks, as well as several other Appalachian-themed songs. Tickets are $55-$65. More at www.yourhistoriceveretttheatre.org.

An Old-Fashioned Christmas Variety Show: The new holiday show is 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6 at Marysville Opera House, 1225 Third St., Marysville. Step back in time to the heydey of live television when celebrities hosted sing-along holiday shows. Tickets are $18. Call 360-363-8400 or go to www.marysvillewa.gov.

Mill Creek Chorale: The 95-member chorale will present its sixth annual Christmas concert at 3 and 7 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Bothell United Methodist Church, 18515 92nd Ave. NE, Bothell. Tickets are $15 adults, $10 seniors and students, $2 for children 10 and younger. Tickets available at the door or online. More at www.facebook.com/MillCreekChorale.

Christmas in Edmonds: This benefit concert features the Mosaic Choir and Orchestra at 4 and 7 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 Fourth Ave. N., Edmonds. The choir and orchestra includes members from all over Western Washington. Proceeds go to Vision House, a Shoreline nonprofit organization for homeless children. Tickets are $15-$18. Call 425-275-9595. More at www.ec4arts.org.

Northwest Chorale: The Seattle-based chorale’s “Christmas Tidings” concert is at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at Edmonds United Methodist Church, 828 Caspers St., Edmonds. The program includes a movement from Bach’s “Mass in B Minor,” Dan Forrest’s “Venite Adoreumus” and Eric Whitacre’s “Alleluia.” Admission is free, but donations will be collected for Northwest Harvest. Call 206-696-1222 or go to www.nwchorale.org.

Cantabile Chamber Choir: The Mount Vernon-based choir performs “Carols by Candlelight” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at Tidelands Church, 10101 271st St. NW, Stanwood. Includes classic and contemporary songs of the season. Tickets are $16-$18 in advance or $18-$20 at the door. More at www.cantabilechamberchoir.org.

Everett Chorale: The “Joy!” concert will be performed at 3 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Everett Performing Arts Center, 2710 Wetmore Ave. Features include Daniel Pinkham’s “Christmas Cantata for Chorus, Brass Quartet and Oregon” and selections from Beethoven’s Ninth. Tickets are $19-$22. More at www.everettchorale.org.

Common Ground: The all-male a cappella group will perform at 3 p.m. Dec. 8, Snohomish United Methodist Church, 2400 Lake Ave., Snohomish. The program for the “Merrily We Sing” concert will include traditional works such as “Jingle Bells” and “Silent Night,” as well as contemporary songs like Mariah Carey’s “Jesus, What A Wonderful Child” and Dan Forrest’s “There Is Faint Music.” The concert is free, but donations will go toward the Excellence in Vocal Music Award at Snohomish High School. Call 425-876-4857 or email castrop60@gmail.com.

Pacifica Chamber Orchestra: The winter concert will be performed 3 p.m. Dec. 8 at Trinity Episcopal Church, 2301 Hoyt Ave., Everett. Program includes Anton Reicha’s “Quintet for Winds in E Flat Major No. 2” and “Capriol Suite for String Orchestra” by Peter Warlock. Tickets are $15-$20. More at www.pacificachamberorchestra.org.

Mukilteo Presbyterian Church: The church’s Christmas Choir and Orchestra will perform its 17th annual Christmas Cantata free concerts at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8, 4514 84th St. SW, Mukilteo. Prelude music begins 30 minutes before. Call 425-355-2802. More at www.mpclife.com.

Cascade Symphony Orchestra: The Holiday Pops concert will be performed 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8 and 9 at Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 Fourth Ave. N., Edmonds. The program includes Percy Faith’s “Brazilian Sleigh Bells,” Vaughan Williams’ “Greensleeves” and selections from Duke Ellington’s “The Nutcracker Suite.” Featuring Sasha Starcevich on piano. Tickets are $10-$27. More at www.cascadesymphony.org.

CeCe Winans’ Christmas Show: The bestselling female gospel artist of all time will perform a Christmas concert 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 Fourth Ave. N., Edmonds. Tickets are 39-$74. More at www.edmondscenterforthearts.org.

Sno-King Community Chorale: The “Holiday Magic: Rockin’ Around” concert will be performed at 3 and 7 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 Fourth Ave. N., Edmonds. Featuring holiday favorites such as “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” and “Feliz Navidad.” Tickets are $15-$22. More at www.sno-kingchorale.org.

Seattle Men’s Chorus: The internationally renowned chorus will perform at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14 at Everett Civic Auditorium, 2415 Colby Ave., Everett. The program features fresh takes on holiday classics, including ”Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” “Good King Wenceslas” and “Santa Claus Got Stuck in My Chimney.” Featuring the Supertonics. Tickets are $25-$58. Call 206-388-1400. More at www.seattlechoruses.org.

Open Door Baptist Church: Free Christmas concert by the church’s choir at 7 p.m. Dec. 14 and 11:15 a.m. Dec. 15, 17014 44th Ave. W., Lynnwood. More at www.opendoorbaptist.com.

Kamiak High School’s “Messiah”: Kamiak High’s 23rd annual Holiday Classics Concert features selections from Handel’s Messiah and other holiday favorites, performed by four choirs and two orchestras. Performances at 1 and 3:30 p.m. Dec. 15, Everett Civic Auditorium, 2415 Colby Ave., Everett. Tickets are $5 to $50. More at www.kamiakarts.org.

Evergreen Community Orchestra: The Everett orchestra’s holiday concert is at 3:30 p.m. Dec. 15 at First Presbyterian Church, 2936 Rockefeller Ave., Everett. Donations accepted. More at www.evergreencommunityorchestra.org.

Magical Strings Celtic Yuletide: The Celtic concert is 3 p.m. Dec. 15, Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St., Mount Vernon. The Boulding family has entertained for more than 40 years. Tickets are $17-$26. Call 360-336-8955 or go to www.lincolntheatre.org.

“A Charlie Brown Christmas”: The Jose Gonzales jazz trio plays the Vince Guaraldi’s gem 4 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Tim Noah Thumbnail Theater, 1211 Fourth St., Snohomish. Tickets are $20-$25. More at www.thumbnailtheater.org.

Johnny Cash Tribute Christmas Show: James Garner performs as Johnny Chash in this Christmas show at 5 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Historic Everett Theatre, 2911 Colby Ave., Everett. Garner will perform popular songs from the legendary country musician’s Christmas albums, along with his greatest hits. Tickets are $20-$35. Call 425-258-6766. More at www.yourhistoriceveretttheatre.org.

Ahn Family Christmas Concert: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19, Trinity Lutheran Church, 6215 196th St. SW, Lynnwood. The concert is dedicated in late Rev. Sung Jin Ahn’s memory. Featuring opera singer Yunah Lee, who is reknowned for playing the title role in “Madame Butterfly.” The 25th annual concert benefits Neighbors in Need, a homeless mission of Trinity Lutheran. The music director, Kwan Bin Park, is Ahn’s grandson. Admission by donation.

Monroe Community Band: The “Ring the Bells! It’s Christmas!” concert is at 7 p.m. Dec. 20 at Wagner Performing Arts Center, 639 W. Main St., Monroe. More at www.monroecommunityband.org.

Sonus Boreal: The Snohomish County women’s choir will perform “A Northern Sound Christmas” 2 and 6 p.m. on Dec. 21 at Marysville United Methodist Church, 5600 64th St. NE, Marysville. The featured soloist is Sheila Houlahan, a singer and actress from Seattle best known for her role as Optima in the movie “Wallflower.” Tickets are $15 adults, $10 seniors and students, groups of five or more are $12. Kids 5 and younger get in free. Call 360-474-7672. More at www.northernsoundchoirs.org.

Bronn Journey: The harpist’s annual Christmas concert is at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21 at the Everett Performing Arts Center, 2710 Wetmore Ave., Everett. Tickets are $28. Call 425-257-8600 or go to www.villagetheatre.org.

THEATER

Taproot Theatre: The Christmas touring productions of “Open on Christmas,” “Shoemaker’s Christmas,” “Foolish Wiseman and “The (Improvised) Nutcracker” are scheduled Nov. 24 through Dec. 22 in Snohomish, Edmonds, Everett and Sultan. Check the schedule at www.taproottheatre.org.

Red Curtain: The Red Curtain Arts Center, 9315 State Ave., Suite J, Marysville (in the Goodwill shopping center, behind the Everett Community College cosmetology school); 360-322-7402; www.redcurtainfoundation.org. “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical,” showing Nov. 29 through Dec. 15, is a new musical adaptation of the family holiday classic. The rowdy Herdman kids join their local church’s annual production of “The Christmas Story,” causing panic throughout the town. Tickets are $20 for adults, $17 for students, seniors and military, and $10 for kids 12 and younger.

Phoenix Theatre: 9673 Firdale Ave., Edmonds; 206-533-2000; www.tptedmonds.org. Showing Nov. 29 through Dec. 22, is the madcap Christmas comedy “Inspecting Carol.” Behind the scenes of a struggling theatre’s annual clumsy production of “A Christmas Carol,” rehearsals are at a standstill. Tim is no longer Tiny, Scrooge wants to do the play in Spanish (Feliz Navidad), and the play’s funding is on hold pending an inspection. Tickets are $25 adults, $20 seniors, students, military.

Edmonds Driftwood Players: Wade James Theatre, 950 Main St., Edmonds; www.edmondsdriftwoodplayers.org; 425-774-9600. “A Christmas Story: The Musical,” staging Nov. 29 through Dec. 22, is the musical based on the popular 1983 film. All Ralphie wants for Christmas is a BB gun. Tickets are $28 adults and $25 for seniors, juniors and military.

ACT’s “A Christmas Carol”: The region’s longest-running Dickens show, Nov. 29 through Dec. 28, Allen Theatre at ACT, 700 Union St., Seattle. Tickets are $37-$75. No one under age 5 will be permitted. More at www.acttheatre.org.

“O Christmas Tea: A British Comedy”: Off-Broadway comedians James & Jamesy (Aaron Malkin and Alastair Knowles) present the Christmas comedy at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 Fourth Ave. N., Edmonds. When catastrophe strikes at James and Jamesy’s Christmas tea party, flooding the world with tea, the friends leap into action, finding innovative and hilarious solutions to keep them afloat. Tickets are $19-$44. More at www.edmondscenterforthearts.org.

DANCE

Pacific Northwest Ballet: See George Balanchine’s “The Nutcracker” with sets and costumes by Ian Falconer and Tchaikovsky’s beloved score Nov. 29 to Dec. 28 at McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St., Seattle. More at www.pnb.org/nutcracker.

Emerald Ballet Theatre: See “The Nutcracker” with the Emerald Ballet Theatre Orchestra at the Northshore Performing Arts Center, 18125 92nd Ave. NE, Bothell. Show times are 2 p.m. Dec. 7, 8, 14 and 15. Tickets are $38-$43 for adults, $33-38 for seniors and military, and $20-$22 for students. Call 425-298-3449 or go to www.npacf.org/the-nutcracker.

The Dance School: The Everett dance company will perform the “Nutcracker” ballet at 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 7 at Everett Performing Arts Center, 2710 Wetmore Ave., Everett. Ticket prices have yet to be determined. More at www.thedanceschool.org.

Olympic Ballet Theatre in Everett: Everett shows of “The Nutcracker” are Dec. 13-15. Abridged version 10 a.m. and noon Dec. 13 (good for young children), full version 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 14, 1 and 5 p.m. Dec. 15, Everett Performing Arts Center, 2710 Wetmore Ave. Tickets are $25-$39. More at www.olympicballet.com.

Alderwood Dance Spectrum: “A Storybook Nutcracker,” 7 p.m. Dec. 13 and 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Snohomish County PUD auditorium, 2320 California St., Everett. Now in its 24th year, the show has become an Everett tradition. Tickets are $20. Group rates available. Call 425-771-2994 or go to www.alderwooddancespectrum.com.

“The Sitting Room”: A one-act play, written and performed by Rebecca Redshaw of Mount Vernon, will be presented at 2 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Schack Art Center’s Mezzanine Gallery, 2921 Hoyt Ave., Everett. The performance is free but tickets, available online, are required. More at tinyurl.com/SittingRoom.

Reflections School of Dance: “One Uncontainable Gift,” 4 p.m. Dec. 15, Jackson High School, 1508 136th St. SE, Mill Creek. Tickets are $10 at the door. Festival seeating. More at www.reflectionsschoolofdance.com.

Olympic Ballet Theatre in Edmonds: Edmonds shows of “The Nutckracker” are Dec. 20-23. Abridged version offered at 10 a.m. and noon Dec. 19 and 10:30 a.m. Dec. 20 (good for children), full version 7 p.m. Dec. 20, 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 21, 5 p.m. Dec. 22 and 2 p.m. Dec. 23, Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 Fourth Ave. N., Edmonds. Tickets are $28-$48. More at www.olympicballet.com.

ART

Schack Art Center: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday; 2921 Hoyt Ave., Everett. The Holiday Show, on display through Jan. 4, features work by members of the Colored Pencil Society of America, as well as 3D art such as glass and pottery from more than 70 regional artists. Through December, also find all kinds of art by regional artists for gift giving. Free admission. Call 425-259-5050 or go to www.schack.org.

Cascadia Art Museum: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday at 190 Sunset Ave., Edmonds. The annual holiday show, “Vintage Christmas Cards by Northwest Artists,” with works from the 1900s to the ’90s, will be on display at the museum through Jan. 26. Admission is $10 adults, military and seniors $7, families (two adults and up to 3 children under 18) $25. Members and students get in free. On third Thursdays, the museum is open until 8 p.m. and is free during Art Walk Edmonds hours, 5 to 8 p.m. Call 425-336-4809. More at www.cascadiaartmuseum.org.

Seattle Metals Guild Holiday Trunk Show, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 23 and noon to 5 p.m. Nov. 24, Schack Art Center, 2921 Hoyt Ave., Everett, will feature the work of nine jewelers selling one-of-a-kind pieces. Featured artists are: Stephanie Benson, Peggy Foy, Nina Raizel, Jean Shaffer, Samantha Slater, Yuko Tanaka, Tegan Wallace, Sarah Wilbanks and Vicky Zomenou.

The Holiday Market at Holiday on the Bay: A new holiday market co-sponsored by the Schack Art Center and the Port of Everett, is 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 7, at the Waterfront Center, 1205 Craftsman Way, Everett. Twenty-five local artists will be selling their wares upstairs at the Port Building — the same building that houses Scuttlebutt Restaurant. More at tinyurl.com/portmarket.

KIDS

Gingerbread Village: The 27th annual Gingerbread Village is up through to Jan. 1 at Sheraton Grand Seattle, 1400 Sixth Ave., Seattle. Seattle’s top architecture firms, master builders and Sheraton Seattle culinary teams have come together to build elaborate gingerbread creations. Admission is free. More at www.gingerbreadvillage.org.

Seattle Center Winterfest: The festival is Nov. 29 through Dec. 31. Features the Winter Train & Village, Winterfest Ice Rink, Saturday ice sculpting, sparking lights and live performances. The festival rings in the New Year with fireworks, the Fountain of Light dance party with live music inside the Armory. More at www.seattlecenter.com/winterfest.

North Pole Party: Imagine Children’s Museum’s visit with Santa is 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Nov. 30 at 1502 Wall St., Everett. If you’re a member, you’re welcome to show up 9 to 9:45 p.m. The party includes selfies with Santa, winter carpet skating, story and craft time with Mrs. Claus, a 25 days of kindness calendar challenge, reindeer bark making and holiday music with Bonnie Birch on accordion. More at www.imaginecm.org.

Wintertide Celebration: The celebration is 4 to 7 p.m. Dec. 5, Everett Performing Arts Center, 2710 Wetmore Ave., Everett. Free. Features KIDSTAGE performances of “Music Man” at 4:45 and 6:30 p.m., performances by local youth chorales, and a pop-up Everett Makers Market. Enjoy cocoa, treats, face painting, story time, and arts and crafts. Santa rolls in via firetruck at 5:30 p.m. More at www.everettwa.gov/832/Wintertide-Celebration.

Teddy Bear Breakfast: Providence General Children’s Association’s annual Teddy Bear Breakfast is 9 to 10:30 a.m. Dec. 7 at the Tulalip Resort, 10200 Quil Ceda Blvd., Tulalip. Tickets are $35 each. To register and pay by check, leave a message at 425-258-7805 or email teddybearbreakfast@gmail.com or go to squareup.com/store/teddy-bear-breakfast. The deadline to order tickets is Nov. 29.

Holiday Cards Workshop: A free family workshop is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Cascadia Art Museum, 190 Sunset Ave., Edmonds. Celebrate the holidays by learning holiday card printmaking with local artist Mona Fairbanks. All materials will be provided. Call 425-336-4809 or go to www.cascadiaartmuseum.org.

Believe in Holiday Magic: Watch “The Grinch ” Dec. 8 at the Marysville Opera House, 1225 Third St., Marysville. Showtimes are 1 and 3:30 p.m. Admission is $5 and includes popcorn and hot chocolate. Call 360-363-8400 or go to www.marysvillewa.gov.

An Afternoon with Santa: Spend an afternoon with Santa Claus from 2 to 6 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Camano Center, 606 Arrowhead Road, Camano Island. Free. Sip hot cocoa, decorate a cookie, make holiday crafts. Get photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus and the festive Mr. Bear. Call 360-387-0222.

Tanks Giving: The Flying Heritage and Combat Armor Museum at Paine Field hosts a special event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 14 at the museum, 3407 109th St. SW, Everett. Have a snowball fight, decorate cookies, go on a penguin scavenger hunt, see a holiday military vehicle parade and get your photo taken with Santa. Advance tickets are $18 adults, $12 youth or $20 adults, $15 youth the day of. Children 5 and younger get in free. Call 206-342-4242 or go to www.flyingheritage.org.

“A Holiday Hooray!”: Music Shine Time with Lisa and Linda presents “A Holiday Hooray” at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Dec. 21 at the Camano Center, 606 Arrowhead Road, Camano Island. Children sing along to frosty favorites and dance along to “The Nutcracker” and other holiday classics. Accompanied by trumpet, trombone and tuba. Tickets are $10 and available via Eventbrite. Babes in arms get in free. Call 360-387-0222.

MORE HAPPENINGS

Holiday Home Tour: Tour north Everett homes decorated for the holidays from noon to 6 p.m. Dec. 2. Hosted by the Assistance League of Everett. Features tastings from local chefs, raffle baskets and a gift boutique. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 on tour day. Purchase tickets at the Assistance League Thrift Shop, 5107 Evergreen Way, Everett. More at www.assistanceleagueofeverett.org.

Providence Festival of Trees: The festival, with the theme “Season of Miracles,” runs Dec. 3-7 at the Tulalip Resort, 10200 Quil Ceda Blvd., Tulalip. A free open house is 1 to 6 p.m. Dec. 4. Registration required for gala dinner, silent and live auctions, and teddy bear breakfast. Call 425-258-7999 or go to www.washington.providence.org.

Holiday model trains: The Swamp Creek & Western Railroad Association hosts a Holiday Open House featuring model train demonstrations from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 7 at the association’s headquarters, 210 Railroad St., Edmonds. Free. Members will operate their HO scale model trains across a holiday-inspired layout. The layout features 400 feet of HO scale track that passes through miniature towns and detailed scenery. Many of the model trains are equipped with digital command control technology and will make sounds. Call 425-879-2220 or go to www.scwrra.org.

Snohomish Christmas Parlor Tour: Tour historic Snohomish homes decorated for the holidays from noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 8. Hosted by the Snohomish Historical Society. Tickets are $12-$15. Advanced tickets are available at Joyworks, 1002 First St.; McDaniel’s Do-It Center, 510 Second St.; and Annie’s On First, 1122 First St. Buy tickets day of tour at the Waltz Building, 116 Ave. B. More at www.snohomishhistoricalsociety.org.

“Alis” Christmas Gala: Cirque du Soleil and Circo Contemporaneo partnered to put on a show featuring the talents of 24 circus performers, including tightrope walkers, acrobats, jugglers, clowns, musicians and athletes. Now on film, “Alis,” which is inspired by Louis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland,” is screening for 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19 at the Historic Everett Theatre, 2911 Colby Ave., Everett. Tickets are $10-$12. More at www.yourhistoriceveretttheatre.org.

Snohomish Winter Solstice Walk: Enjoy a candlelit walk along the Snohomish Riverfront Trail from 4 to 8 p.m. Dec. 21. The walk is from Cady Park to First Street and Avenue D. This free event is hosted by Snohomish Winter Solstice Walk and Historic Downtown Snohomish. More at tinyurl.com/solsticewalk2019.

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Caption: Family photos like this one of the author’s grandmother give extra meaning to this family’s holiday decorations.
Memories linger like the scent of fake Christmas trees

On this family’s tree, the most important ornaments are framed photos of beloved family, especially the ones who have passed away.

The 2022 Infiniti QX60 is available in four trim levels, all with standard front-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive. (Manufacturer photo)
Infiniti QX60 midsize SUV is all new and deluxe for 2022

An extra dash of exterior drama, upgraded interior, and new Autograph model keep QX60 in the running.

Beachcombing on London’s riverbank.
Beachcombing through London’s long history

At low tide, the banks of the Thames teem with the flotsam and jetsam of centuries gone by.

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Anthony Schmidt, 13, uses forced perspective photography to make model cars look real. This was taken at King Charley’s Drive-In on Highway 9 in Snohomish. (Anthony Schmidt)
He’s 13, and famous for photos making toy cars look real

Anthony Schmidt, who is on the autism spectrum, has gallery exhibits, 2,500 model cars and a real 1957 Ford named Betty.

Orangebark Stewartia, Stewartia monadelpha,
Great Plant Pick: Orangebark Stewartia

This tree’s stunning bark is shown to perfection when it’s planted with a backdrop of evergreens.

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