Country Crafts Home and Gift Show—Savor the season's delights and thousands of hand-crafted gifts, furnishings, gourmet foods, garments, and accessories from 95 Northwest crafters and designers. Accepting canned food donations to benefit local food banks. Wheelchair accessible. Vasa Park Resort, 3549 W Lake Sammamish Pkwy SE, Bellevue, 425-888-1798 or www.country-craft.com. Free. Thu-Fri 10-8, Sat 10-6. 11/18-12/4.
The Velveteen Rabbit—Remember that Margery Williams story about a velveteen rabbit who becomes a boy's best pal, until the stuffed animal's exiled from the house after the boy contracts scarlet fever? Whether you do or not, you don't want to miss Burgess Clark's stage adaptation of this timeless tale, as directed by Christine Sumpton. Set designer Edie Whitsett moves away from the traditional English nursery of earlier productions to impart an open, Scandinavian-inspired atmosphere. The puppets are an integral part of the staging, with all puppeteers fully visible and incorporated into the action. Presented by Seattle Children's Theater. Seattle Center, Eve Alvord Theater, 441-3322. Adult matinees $20.50/evenings $19.50; senior/student/child matinees $14.50/evenings $13.50. Sat-Sun at 2 and 5:30. 11/18-1/15/00.
University Village's Annual Sharing & Caring Tree—Now's your chance to share the spirit of the season with children in need by selecting a gift wish ornament from the Sharing & Caring Tree. Shoppers can also purchase a child's gift wish and return it unwrapped to the tree for delivery to the child's home on Christmas Eve. Co-sponsored by the University Sunrise Rotary Club and Boy Scout Troop #186, donating to University Food Bank, Central Area Motivational Program, and Fremont Food Bank. University Village, Center Court, 523-7104. Gift drop-off times: Weeknights 5-8, Sat 10-6, Sun noon-5. 11/18-12/19.
20th Annual Christmas House Bazaar—Celebrate the Christmas House's history while browsing through a plentiful collection of unique and beautiful hand-crafted gift and decorating items brought to you by 40 exhibitors. 2517 10th W, 283-1043. Free. Fri 10-8, Sat 10-6, Sun 10-5. 11/19-21.
Best of the Northwest—Come on down to this unique arts and crafts marketplace representing the finest in Northwest arts, crafts, music, food, and creative expression. Seattle Center, Exhibition Hall, 360-221-6191. $6, 12 and under free. Fri noon-8, Sat 10-7, Sun 10-6. 11/19-21.
Emerald City Crafters 19th Annual Bazaar—I don't think we're in Kansas anymore, Toto, but this seems even better! This juried event, bigger than ever, boasts unique items crafted by local artists. Sample the famous spiced cider or just mosey on through the many booths. Free parking, wheelchair accessible. Lake City Community Center, 12531 28th NE, 365-8477. Free. Fri 4-8, Sat 9-5, Sun 9-3. 11/19-21.
18th Annual Ayame-Kai Holiday Crafts Fair—This fab fair offers over 60 quality crafts, including Asian crafts, Christmas decorations, Japanese dolls, pottery, stained glass, woodcrafts, and much more. Browse while munching on an Asian pastry. Proceeds benefit the Seattle Keiro Nursing Home. Seattle Buddhist Church, 1427 S Main, 723-5283. Free. 11/20, 10-4.
A Festival of Hope—This alternative Christmas fair features third world and local crafts, books, cards, gifts, decorations, lunch, and a bake sale. All proceeds benefit hunger relief programs. Keystone Congregational United Church of Christ, 5019 Keystone Pl N, 632-6021. Free. Sat 10-4, Sun noon-3. 11/20-21.
Nordic Heritage Museum's Yulefest—Want to find out what an aebleskiver tastes like? Well, now's the time, as this museum transforms itself into a gigantic, festive Christmas marketplace filled with music, dance, trinkets, and food. Nordic Heritage Museum, 3014 NW 67th, 789-5707. $1 admission, $1 parking. 11/20-21, 10-6.
University Village Open House—U-Village kicks off the season with a variety of festivities, including live entertainment, trunk shows, refreshments, holiday treats, and Canvas, an a cappella jazz ensemble who will perform holiday music from 1-3. This is also U-Village's special Holiday Shopping Day, during which participating merchants donate a portion of proceeds to First Place, a school for homeless children in Seattle. Look for the signs in participating merchants' windows. University Village, 523-0622. Free. 11/21, 11-6.
The Teddy Bear Suite—Don't miss your chance to hang out with the Teddy Bear family in their rustic holiday cabin! Four Seasons Olympic Hotel, 411 University, 621-1700 ext. 3259. Free, donations to Children's Hospital gladly accepted. 11/24-12/31, 9-7.
The Art of the Holiday Season Tour—What's better than a trip to Vancouver? A trip to Vancouver with a tour of selected group artist studios where you can buy one-of-a-kind works in ceramic, wood, glass, and other media. So get up north and get ready for fun! This tour features neighborhoods filled with festive lights and a visit to Trudy Van Dop's home gallery, one of the most prominent galleries in Western Canada, featuring an outstanding collection of contemporary Canadian fine art and crafts from across the country. Pickup from downtown hotels, call 604-646-6636 for information. $56. 11/24-12/23, 5-9pm.
Bellevue: The Magic Season—Where else to celebrate the holidays than beautiful Bellevue? Here's a sample of the treats downtown's offering during its Magic Season celebration: Skating at the Wells Fargo Ice Arena under the big-top tent in Downtown Bellevue Park, one block south of Bellevue Square, 425-451-2455. $5 admission, $2 skate rentals. Overlake Hospital Garden D'Lights offers 3-D "blossoms" fashioned from nearly 200,000 lights, accompanied by musical entertainment and treats. Bellevue Botanical Gardens, 12001 Main, 425-451-3755. $3 donation. 5-10. Main Street Magic in Old Bellevue allows you to stroll through Old Bellevue while enjoying a neighborhood enriched with over 80 unique shops and boutiques, specialty restaurants, holiday lighting, and festive decor. Old Bellevue, Main, 425-453-1655. Santa's Toyland Parade brings the jolly old man to town by horse-drawn carriage. The parade begins at the west drive of Bellevue Square 12/26 at 5:30, and free entertainment follows in the Center Court at 6:30. Bellevue Square, 425-454-8096. 11/26-1/3/00.
Miracle on 77th Street—Make like Jimmy Stewart: Warm your heart and brighten the season at this irresistible bazaar that offers top-quality gifts and decorations everyone can afford. 627 NW 77th, 784-7854. Free. Fri 9-8, Sat 9-5. 11/26-27.
Santa at University Village—Join Santa as he arrives in his shiny green classic '54 Chevy truck 11/26 at noon, joined by his lovable sidekicks, the Dancing Tree and the Toy Soldier. Urban Rhythms Holiday Pop & Gospel Choir provides music, while children decorate their very own gingerbread cookies compliments of A La Francaise and The Confectionery. Santa's setting up camp in the photo house by the large granite fountain (adjacent to Abercrombie & Fitch) 11/26-12/24. University Village. For photo prices and times call 523-9976. 11/26-12/23.
Westlake Center Tree Lighting Ceremony—Light up your lives at this event emceed by Seattle celeb and KOMO-TV news anchor Steve Pool and Seattle Mayor Paul Schell. The Northwest Girl Choir and Columbia Choir provide festive musical tunes while Greta Matassa leads the crowd in a holiday sing-along. The program lasts approximately 30-35 minutes, and includes the lighting of the Westlake Center tree, the Westlake Park carousel, the Westlake Center Plaza trees, and the Bon March頳tar. Westlake Center, Fifth and Pine, 467-1600. Free. 11/26 at 5.
The Nutcracker Puppet Ballet—Whirling ballerina puppets! Frolicking Russian bears! Don't miss out on this magical theatrical event! Northwest Puppet Center, 9123 15th NE, 523-2579. $8.50/$7 seniors/$6.50 children. Fri at 7:30, Sat-Sun at 1 and 3. 11/26-12/19.
Citizen Scrooge—Unexpected Productions brings back this much-requested hilarious cross between Orson Welles' film Citizen Kane and the Charles Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol. Market Theater, 1428 Post Alley, 781-9273. $10. Thu-Sat at 8, Sun at 7. 11/26-12/23.
St. Vincent de Paul School's 13th Annual Holiday Bazaar—This shindig features over 80 craft tables on two floors, including a bake sale, door prizes, and visits from Santa. More good news: The Candy Cane Caf頩s open for lunch and snacks. St. Vincent de Paul Parish School, 30527 Eighth S, Federal Way, 253-833-7339. Free. Sat 9-6, Sun 9-1. 11/27-28.
Third Annual Holiday History Market—Listen up, history buffs: The Museum of History and Industry is once again holding its unique "one-stop shop" for holiday gifts with a Pacific Northwest heritage theme. Vendors include regional historical societies, cultural organizations, and arts and crafts groups. Expect live entertainment, gift wrapping, refreshments, and current museum exhibits open with complementary admission. Noted filmmaker Stephen Sadis will appear, along with local history authors Paul Dorpat and Richard Berner, who will sign copies of their books. Museum of History and Industry, 2700 24th E, 324-1126. Free. 11/27, 10-5.
The Argosy Christmas Ship Festival—It's the 50th year of the Argosy Christmas Ship Festival, so come aboard The Spirit of Seattle, the unofficial Christmas Ship, decked with hundreds of shimmering white lights. Aboard ship, joyous voices from the Northwest's finest choirs sing holiday greetings; on shore, young and old gather around roaring bonfires hosted by Seattle's Best Coffee. The Argosy Christmas Ship Festival cruises to over 45 waterfront locations throughout Seattle, Lake Washington, and the Puget Sound area, and benefits The Seattle Times Fund for the Needy, which supports nonprofit agencies providing vital services to thousands of deserving families and youth in our community. Call 623-1445 or visit www.argosycruises.com for times and locations. Christmas ship: $26.50/$16.50 children; Argosy follow boats: $17/$12. 12/1-23.
The Holiday Survival Game Show '99: Millennium, Shlumennium—This year's incarnation features a wacky mixture of sketch comedy and real-life game show with audience members vying for prize packages worth tens of dollars (playing game show favorites like Wheel of Karaoke, The Family Values Game, and the Really Tall Pyramid). And with the year 2000 rapidly approaching, the Game Show gleefully thumbs its nose at Father Time: Book a room at Ye Olde Bed and Breakfast, circa 999! See the gorgeous contestants compete at the Miss Seafair Pageant of the Future! Marvel at the first Vegas version of the Birth of Jesus! Written by Eric Des O'del, Peggy Platt (Dos Fallopia), and composer/producer Lisa Koch (Dos Fallopia, Venus Envy). Presented by Tonguinchic/Way Out West Productions and Rain City Projects. Broadway Performance Hall, 1625 Broadway, 709-7994. $17-$19.99. Tue-Sun at 8, Sat and Sun matinees at 2, no show 12/25. 12/2-26.
Seattle Art Museum's Tribute to Holiday Food Feast—This exhibit focuses on the one tradition that every holiday includes—food! The feast includes work by such artists as Christopher Kroehler, Gary Nisbet, Lisa Poole, David Tupper, Nicola Vruwink, and more. Seattle Art Museum Rental/Sales Gallery, 1334 First, 748-9282. Free. Mon-Fri 11-5, Sat 11-4. 12/2-30.
Fourth Annual Seattle Art Museum Lights Up!—Multicultural children light up SAM's halls with merriment and holiday cheer, nourished by snacks, hot drinks, and live entertainment. Seattle Art Museum, 100 University, fourth floor lobby, 654-3100. Free. 12/2, 5-7.
Christmas Elegance—Held in a private home beautifully decorated with one-of-a-kind items presented by Northwest craftspeople, this event offers a wide variety of home furnishings, florals, pottery, primitives, fully decorated trees, holiday goodies, antiques, and collectibles. 13029 NE 196th Pl, Woodinville, 425-246-6925. Free. Fri 10-7, Sat 10-5, Sun 10-4. 12/3-5.
Holiday Lunch and Gift Book Presentation—Want to buy a book for a friend but don't know which one to choose? Sue Draper of Madison Park Books and Karen Binder of Madison Park Caf頨elp out during a gourmet lunch accompanied by a presentation of new books. Dig in, bookworms, at Madison Park Books, 1807 42nd E, 324-2636. $25. 12/3 at noon.
12th Annual Seattle Sampling Holiday Tour of Crafts—Forget the stores! Go straight to the homes and studios of participating artists during this holiday sale and open house. Just some of the goods on display: enameled tableware, birdhouses, outdoor sculpture, carved tiles and vessels, handbuilt and thrown stoneware, watercolor portraits, slashed-silk scarves and vests, and much more. For a list of artists, goods, and locations, call 517-0712. Free. 12/3 4-9.
Phinney Neighborhood Association Winter Festival and Crafts Fair—Enjoy scrumptious food, music, and dance performances while you search for treasures from an array of crafts to fit any budget. You'll find selections for the home and garden, clothes, jewelry, toys, ceramics, glassware, handmade soaps, furnishings, specialty foods, and fine arts. Proceeds support Phinney Neighborhood Association programs and local food banks. Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney N, 783-2244. $3 donation and a can of food. 12/4-5, 10-5.
Annual Holiday Art Sale—Check out the largest selection of holiday art and gifts in the Northwest, with thousands of items in all media and price ranges. Help support students and emerging and established visual artists. Free apple cider. Pratt Fine Arts Center, 1902 Main, 328-2200. Free. 12/4-19, noon-8. (12/18-19: discount weekend, with all items 25 percent off!)
Holiday Gift and Craft Sale—Don't miss this event that features hand-crafted items, beautifully displayed in a gallery setting in the heart of creative Capitol Hill. Free parking and admission. 526 19th E, 328-7158. Free. Mon-Fri noon-4:30, Sat-Sun 10-6. 12/4-17.
24th Annual Hutch Holiday Gala—This elegant, black-tie evening includes combination of fine cuisine, silent and live auctions, presentations, and late-night dancing. Raising $2,000,000 in 1998, this is the single largest fund raiser benefiting the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Sheraton Seattle Hotel, Grand Ballroom, 1400 Sixth, 667-2980. $300; corporate tickets may be purchased at a Supporter level of $3,000 for four tickets or at a Gold level of $5,000 for 10 tickets. 12/4, registration at 4:30; silent auction and cocktails at 5; live auction and dinner at 7:30; followed by late-night dancing and a dessert bar.
Jingle Bell Run/Walk—Participate in either the Children's Fun Run, a 1K "Run for the Elves," or the 5K Adult Run/Walk, which promises just as much laughter (okay, and maybe a little wheezing) for you older folks. Proceeds benefit the Arthritis Foundation. Westlake Center, Fourth and Pine, 467-1600. $10. Children's Fun Run at 8:30am, Adult Run/Walk at 9am. 12/5.
Keep The Spirit Family Holiday Concert—This celebration sharing the music and dance of Christmas, Hanukkah, and the winter season is presented by Tickle Tune Typhoon in cooperation with the Whistlestop Dance Company. Museum of History and Industry, 2700 24th E, 632-9466 or www.tickletunetyphoon.com. $10. 12/19 at 1 and 3:30.