Country Crafts Home and Gift Show—Savor the season's delights and thousands of hand-crafted, folk-art 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. 11/25-12/4.
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 on stage. 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. 11/25-1/15/00.
University Village's Annual Sharing and 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. 11/25-12/19.
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. 11/25-12/31, 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. Well, then get yourself on up north, and get ready for fun! This tour features neighborhoods filled with festive lights and a visit to the home gallery of Trudy Van Dop, one of the most prominent galleries in Western Canada and home of an outstanding collection of contemporary Canadian fine art and crafts from across the country. Pickup from downtown Vancouver hotels, call 604-646-6636 for information. $56. 11/25-12/23, 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.
16th Annual Holiday Open House—Alpacas and sheep and goats, oh my! A holiday dream come true: pony rides, story time with Santa, and one treat you'll only find in the Pacific Northwest... Santa's team of salmon! 12526 Avondale Rd NE, Redmond, 425-885-5678. 11/26-27, 12/4-5, 12/11-12 noon-4; pony rides available 12/5, noon-3:30. 11/26-12/12.
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 local history authors Paul Dorpat and Richard Berner sign copies of their books, along with noted filmmaker Stephen Sadis. Museum of History and Industry, 2700 24th E, 324-1126. Free. 11/27, 10-5.
Light Up A Child's Life—The Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center is celebrating the holidays with two events to raise money and help assure quality medical care for all children of the Northwest. Silent and Live Auction: Throw on your black tie and head on over to the Four Seasons Olympic Hotel, 411 University, 368-4876. $250. 11/27 at 8. Holiday Gala: You don't have to get quite as dressed up for this one, but you do have to drink some cocktails, eat some food, and dance, dance, dance to the Craig Lawrence Quintet. Four Seasons Olympic Hotel. Call 425-557-2831 for more information. $125. 11/30 at 6.
Jewish Community Center's Hanukkah Celebration—This year's theme is "Bringing Hanukkah Home," and focuses on ways for families to create their own holiday traditions. The event includes guest speakers, children's activities, and samples of holiday foods. Samuel and Althea Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 E Mercer Wy, Mercer Island, 206-232-7115. Free. 11/28, 11-3.
Great "O" Antiphons—Join the Cathedral and Compline Choirs of St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral as they mark the beginning of Advent with the famous Great "O" Antiphons. Expect much singing, praying, incense, handbell ringing, and a procession. St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral, 1245 10th E, 323-0300 ext. 203. Free. 11/28 at 7.
Tingstad & Rumbel's Holiday Concert—Don't even try to play football after eating that huge Thanksgiving meal. Kick back and let this eclectic acoustic duo soothe your overstuffed belly. Carco Theater, 1717 Maple Valley Hwy, Renton, 425-277-5559. $10/$8 students and seniors. 11/28 at 7.
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.
Issaquah Reindeer Festival—Little did you know that Santa's Reindeer Farm is located in Issaquah, complete with a two-story house, a runway for takeoffs and landings, play areas, and a row of spacious and cozy barns for the reindeer. Come visit with Santa during an evening event or listen to a story by an elf during a day event; check out all the reindeer, sit in the Grand Traveling Sleigh, hum to the South American reindeer tune, or watch Santa's big kittens frolic and play. Cougar Mountain Zoo, 19525 SE 54th, 425-391-5508. Day events: $4. Wed-Sun 10:30-1:30; evening events: $6/$5 seniors and kids 2-15. Wed-Sun 5-7:30, plus Mon and Tue 12/20-21. 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 Old 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, accompanied by snacks, hot drinks, and live entertainment. Seattle Art Museum, 100 University, fourth floor lobby, 654-3100. Free. 12/2, 5-7.
City of Kent Parks and Recreation's 16th Annual Holiday Bazaar—Kent's largest bazaar features over 18,000 square feet of quality, juried crafts, and consists of over 100 crafters selling a wide assortment of handmade soaps and candles, gourmet food items, unique jewelry, country crafts, wooden toys, ornaments, stained glass, quilted items, and much more. Delicious barbecue beef and chicken sandwiches, soup, chili, desserts, and beverages are on sale at Tavares International Foods' "Wild West BBQ" booth located in the Green River Room, while espresso and kettle corn can be found at the entrance. Kent Commons, 525 Fourth, Kent, 253-856-5050. Fri 9-7, Sat 9-5. 12/3-4.
Christmas Elegance—Held in a private home beautifully decorated with abundance, quality, and 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. Fri 4-9, Sat-Sun 10-5. 12/3-5.
Holiday Breakfast and Tree Sale—Kill two birds with one stone—eat breakfast and buy your Christmas tree in one day! Hosted by Steven's Elementary School PTA. Miller Community Center, 300 19th E, 323-1779. Breakfast $5/$3 children. 12/4, 8:30-11am. Trees: 12/4, 11-4; 12/5, 11-3.
St. Matthew's Holiday Bazaar—This popular event features wood crafts, collector's items, doll clothes, furniture, and more from Puget Sound area artists and craftsmen. 1240 NE 127th, 363-3141. Free. 12/4, 9-5.
Matt Messina And His Orchestra—Popular Pacific Northwest composer Messina performs his new symphony, "A Christmas." Benaroya Hall, Third and Union, 325-7066. $18. 12/4 and 12/11 at 7:30.
Phinney Neighborhood Association Winter Festival and Crafts Fair—Enjoy scrumptious food, music, and dance performances while you search for treasures and perennial gifts from an array of crafts that 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.
Vashon Island Holiday Art Tour—Vashon Island welcomes art lovers with its biannual self-guided tour of the island's many studios and galleries. Artists open their studios to the public for viewing and purchasing of their latest works, and galleries display special exhibits of local talent. This rural art experience began over 20 years ago as a potter's tour—now it includes functional and decorative pottery, whimsical ceramic tiles, paintings, mixed media, sculptures, jewelry, glass, and wearable art. Vashon Island, 463-1231 or www.vashonisland.com/holidayarttour. Free. 12/4-5 and 12/11-12, 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 price ranges and media. 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 handcrafted 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.
Seasonal Celebrations—Masterworks Choral Ensemble ushers in the new millennium by joining forces with choral voices of the Olympia Youth Chorus. A pre-concert lecture precedes each performance. Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 S Washington, Olympia, 360-491-3305. $15/$8 students. 12/4-5 at 1:15 and 7:15.
24th Annual Hutch Holiday Gala—This elegant, black-tie evening includes a spectacular 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—Inhale that crisp winter air as you participate in either the Children's Fun Run, a 1K "Run for the Elves" that promises lots of laughter for your rugrats, 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.
A Child's Christmas in Wales—Join the Northwest Chamber Chorus for its annual Christmas concert featuring traditional carols, audience sing-along, actor Frank Corrado reading Dylan Thomas' beloved poem, and Britten's dramatic Rejoice in the Lamb for chorus and organ. Bastyr University Chapel, 14500 Juanita Dr, Kenmore. 12/5 at 3:30. Also at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, 7500 Greenwood N. 12/11-12 at 8. Call 523-1196 for tickets. $16 preferred seating, $14 general, $12 seniors and students.
Holiday Extravaganza—Village Theatre presents a spirited musical revue featuring traditional favorite carols, pop hits, zany comedy acts, and exciting new music. Kirkland Performance Center, 350 Kirkland, Kirkland, 425-893-9900. $18-$25. Tue-Sat at 8, Sat and Sun matinees at 2, Sun eve at 7. 12/9-26.
The Great Figgy Pudding Street Corner Caroling Competition—Caroling groups garbed in traditional (and some very out there!) costumes sing carols on the streets of downtown Seattle, followed by a program where audience members vote for their favorite group. The event benefits Pike Market Senior Center/Downtown Food Bank. Westlake Center, Fourth and Pine, 467-1600. Free. 12/10, 5-7.
A Seattle Christmas Festival—Your favorite Christmas carols as well as contemporary holiday songs are presented in a variety of musical styles—big band/swing, gospel, jazz, and classical. Charity donations are presented to SIDS Foundation of Washington, Seattle Children's Home, and New Beginnings. Calvary Temple, 6810 Eighth NE, 525-7473. Free, but donations gladly accepted. 12/10-12 at 6:30.
17th Annual Christmas Fun Run and Walk—Wanna get in some exercise before the big Christmas dinner? Head on over to the City of Kent Parks and Recreation Department's Fun Run and Walk, a 5K run to make you look your holiday best. Parking lot behind the City of Kent Maintenance Shops, James and Russell Road, Kent, 253-856-5050. Pre-register by 12/6: $10 run/walk only, $15 with T-shirt; day-of prices: $20/$25. 5K run at 9:50am, 10K run at 10am. 12/11.
Leavenworth Tree Lightings—Grab your kids and join the Children's Museum for a day of Bavarian-style winter fun! There's sleigh riding, ice skating, and old-time caroling. Tickets include transportation, snack, and bus activities. Catch the bus on Saturday morning at 9am in Seattle Center's Lot 2. To reserve your tickets call Children's Museum, 441-1768. $21/$16.50 children. 12/11.
Franklin High School Quaker Band's Annual Holiday Gift Fair—Over 100 local arts-and-crafters, live music, baked goods, and a raffle. This is a fund raiser for the band, so show some support! Franklin High. Franklin Commons, 3013 S Mount Baker Blvd, 760-4600. Free. 12/11, 10-5.
Advent Music at St. James—Join the Opus 7 Vocal Ensemble as they present a special Advent program titled "Awake Jerusalem, Arise." Special guests include the Seattle Baroque Orchestra (with stellar Ingrid Matthews as concertmaster, Byron Schenkman on harpsichord), Joseph Adam on organ, Lisa Cardwell Pont鮠as soprano, Kevin Helppie as baritone, and the Seattle Girls Choir. With J.S. Bach's majestic Cantata 140, Wachet auf, Francis Poulenc's Quatre Motets pour le Temps de N�/I>, Tavener's Today the Virgin, Britten's A Hymn to the Virgin and In the Bleak Midwinter, and Robert Scandrett's Veni, Emmanuel. St. James Cathedral, 804 Ninth E, 782-2354. $20 suggested donation (reserved seats for early donation). 12/12 at 7:30.
24th Annual IDHA Party—Come on down to the International District Housing Alliance's holiday bash. The goals of the party are to provide opportunities for elders to meet neighbors and to learn about community activities, but most importantly, IDHA wants the low-income elderly in the International District to feel welcome during the often lonely days of the holiday season. Donations for sponsoring an elder, raffle prizes, food, supplies, or cash would be greatly appreciated. FYI, IDHA is a nonprofit, community-based agency whose mission is to improve the quality of life for International District residents and Asian and Pacific Islanders of Greater Seattle by providing low-income housing and related services. Bush H