Holiday Calendar 2003

ANNUAL HOLIDAY SHOW AT BEROZKINA GALLERY

The gallery's monthlong holiday expo features paintings, glass, ceramics, and other media from artists near and far. Expect a nice assortment of local creators as well as a national and overseas contingent. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Thurs.; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Fri.-Sat.; noon-5 p.m. Sun. Through Sun., Dec. 7. Free admission. Berozkina Gallery, 9 Lake St., 425-803-5032. KIRKLAND

COUGAR MOUNTAIN ZOO REINDEER FESTIVAL

This is probably as close as Seattleites can get to the North Pole without leaving Washington state. The Cougar Mountain Zoo allows children (of all ages) to meet Santa's reindeer, hear an elf read stories, sit in Santa's sleigh, and write a letter to Santa and drop it in his mailbox. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Through Tues., Dec. 23. $6.50-$9.50. Cougar Mountain Zoo, 19525 S.E. 54th St., 425-391-5508. ISSAQUAH

CHRISTMAS TREE SALE AT ISSAQUAH CHRISTIAN CHURCH

Some people object to Christmas trees, thinking they cause deforestation (though they're crops just like cabbages are crops). ICC gives ambivalent do-gooders an out by making their tree sale a fund-raiser for house-building projects in Mexicolike Habitat for Humanity, only without the secular part. Open 10 a.m.-9 p.m. weekdays; 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Sat.; noon-9 p.m. Sun. Through Wed., Dec. 24. Free admission, tree prices vary. Issaquah Christian Church, 10328 Issaquah-Hobart Rd. S.E., 425-392-5848. ISSAQUAH

CHOOSE & CUT GUIDE TO CHRISTMAS TREE FARMS

If you think one Christmas tree lot is like the next, you're living in a dream world. Luckily, the Pacific Northwest Christmas Tree Association (who knew?) has assembled a scarily authoritative list of U-Cut tree farms in our lovely state. Now you can flex some muscle and use the money you save (by cutting down your own tree) to purchase a nice wreath. Needless to say, hot chocolate is provided at many of these tree farms, but check to make sure before you go. Through Thurs., Dec. 25. Hours and prices vary. PNWCTA, www.nwtrees.com, 503-364-2942. WASHINGTON STATE

HOLIDAY ANGELS TOY DRIVE

Despite its status as the Holy Roman Empire of coffeehouse franchises, Starbucks is still in touch with the little peopleliterally, since its Holiday Angels Toy Drive benefits children with critical illnesses (through the Starlight Children's Foundation). At any Starbucks location, customers may choose "gift tags" representing toyslike books, movies, and video gamesand donate accordingly to provide hospitalized young people with a welcome distraction from the business of being sick. Also, 10 cents from every peppermint mocha purchase will help the kids. Various donation levels. Through Thurs., Dec. 25. Starbucks locations across North America, 425-861-7827 (for more information). NORTH AMERICA

A CHRISTMAS CAROL AT ACT THEATRE

When ACT sells its 500,000th Christmas Carol ticket during this season's run of the show, Charles Dickens will surely look down from his clouda cloud notably devoid of Dickensian sufferingand smile. Showtimes vary; consult www.acttheatre.com for details. Through Sat., Dec. 27. $14-$36. ACT Theatre, 700 Union St., 206-292-7676. DOWNTOWN SEATTLE

THE STARDUST CAVALCADE

Set in 1943, Cavalcade re-creates those magical times when the country was at war and the only thing that could really inspire our men in uniform was "a toe-tappin', finger-snappin' revue of song, dance, and comedy." Your uncle Ernie might appreciate this re-enactment of a USO tour, with its "radio skits" and "great swing combo," but anyone under 70 is advised to avoid it. 8 p.m. (weekend matinees at 2 p.m.) Through Sat., Dec. 27. $21-$29. State Theater, 202 Fourth Ave. E., 360-786-0151. OLYMPIA

SHERATON GINGERBREAD VILLAGE

The eight massive gingerbread houses erected yearly at the downtown Sheraton require mind-boggling quantities of baking ingredients. Check this out: 1,200 pounds of dough, 600 pounds of icing, 100 pounds of almond paste (that's "marzipan" to you), and an unholy 500 pounds of candy. Though admission to the gingerbread village is free, the event is intended as a fund-raiser for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Through Fri., Dec. 26. Free admission, donations accepted. Sheraton Seattle Hotel & Towers, 1400 Sixth Ave., 206-621-9000. DOWNTOWN SEATTLE

A HOME 4 THE HOLIDAYS

Giving pets as presents can be risky business. Just make sure your family is ready for the responsibility of a furry compadre who may not always do what he's told. With that in mind, consider Seattle Animal Shelter's holiday adoption campaign as a possible source of canine or feline companionship. Last year "Home" sent over 20,000 animals barking or purring into the exuberant arms of petless people, and this year could be even more successful. All adoption packages include vaccinations, a free exam, and all the other basics (spaying or neutering, licensing, etc.). Open noon-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat.; noon-4 p.m. Sun. Through Wed., Dec. 31. $72-$115. Seattle Animal Shelter, 2061 15th Ave. W., 206-386-PETS. BALLARD

HOLIDAY CAROUSEL

Show us a person who hates carousels, and we'll show you a malformed individual. For the 18th time in as many years, an antique merry-go-round from 1906 will appear, as if by magic, at Westlake Park. How it gets there, no one knows. (Actually, it's sponsored by Qwest and hauled in on flatbed trucks, but knowing that might spoil the magic.) 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Thurs.; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri.; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sat.; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sun. Through Wed., Dec. 31. $2 suggested donation. Westlake Park, Fourth Avenue and Pine Street, 206-623-0340. DOWNTOWN SEATTLE

HOLIDAY HELPERS

Wallingford's Community Psychiatric Clinic serves the mentally ill, many of whom lack money. Donating to the CPC means enabling your underprivileged fellow citizens to enjoy at least a few of the basic comforts between Thanksgiving and Christmas, including food, warm clothing, and toiletries. Tax-deductible contributions may be sent to the clinic at its address through Wednesday, Dec. 31and beyond, of course, though the Holiday Helpers campaign focuses on the holiday season. CPC, 4319 Stone Way N., 206-545-2345. WALLINGFORD

HOLIDAY ART SHOW AT THE JEFFREY MOOSE GALLERY

With few exceptions, a gallery owner named Moose is unlikely to play by the rules. Such is the case with Jeffrey Moose, whose gallery offers a highly eclectic m鬡nge of prints, glass, photography, jewelry, and cards "with value in mind, to reflect the realities of today's economy." When's the last time a gallery got pragmatic during the holidays? See, we told you Moose is different. 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; noon-5 p.m. Sat. Through January. Free admission. Jeffrey Moose Gallery, 1333 Fifth Ave., 206-467-6951. RAINIER SQUARE

A SWEET TRADITION: GINGERBREAD HOUSES

"Are you itching to do something?" the press release asks. For us, the answer is an unqualified "Yes!" South Seattle Community College's one-day culinary workshop offers step-by-step guidance in the construction of edible holiday architecture. (One adult and one child is the desired combo.) 9 a.m.-noon Sat., Nov. 22. $89 (for two). SSCC Pastry Lab, 6000 16th Ave. S.W., 206-764-5339. WEST SEATTLE

WASHINGTON MUTUAL WINTERFEST

Cross-cultural learning and figures from popular children's books will make cold, possibly snowy bedfellows at the big-time bank's celebration of all things winter. Along with "holiday traditions from Thailand to Africa," the festival will spotlight Captain Smartypants and Clifford the Big Red Dog. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat., Nov. 22-Wed., Dec. 31. Free admission. Seattle Center, 206-684-7200. SEATTLE CENTER

ARTISTS' HOLIDAY SALE AT GALLERY 110

The artists at Gallery 110 seem to offer all the normal art artifacts: photos, etchings, ceramics, cement doorknobs, flammable and edible paintings. . . . Wait a second: cement doorknobs? Flammable and edible paintings? Though advertised as a run-of-the-mill three-day holiday sale, these unusual artworks hint at something special. Plus, there is a "holiday bash" on Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. with food, a raffle, and live music. Sale hours: noon-6 p.m. Fri., Nov. 28-Sun., Nov. 30. Free admission. Gallery 110, 110 S. Washington St., 206-624-9336. DOWNTOWN

VOICES OF CHRISTMAS

Everyone seems to love this yearly salute to multicultural holiday cheer, so far be it from us to deride ArtsWest Playhouse's yuletide m鮡ge ࠢsongs, skits, and personal stories" that help make the season just a little bit brighter (or louder, at least). Now in its 20th year, Voices might well be your best bet for a quick fix of holiday cheer. 7:30 p.m. Tues.-Fri.; 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Fri., Nov. 28-Wed., Dec. 24. $10-$30. ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery, 4711 California Ave. S.W., 206-938-0339. WEST SEATTLE

SAN JUAN ISLAND NORTHERN LIGHTS FEST

Friday Harbor takes Christmas to the extreme with a 50-foot tree of lights and their own version of the northern lights. The main events occur on Saturday nights from Nov. 29 to Dec. 20. Expect carolers, a lighted boat parade, and Santa. In addition, many Friday Harbor shops will stay open late on Friday and Saturday nights during the holidays. Sat., Nov. 29-Sat., Dec. 20. Free admission. Friday Harbor, www.fridayharborfun.com, 360-378-5240. SAN JUAN ISLAND

GARDEN D'LIGHTS

Silly name notwithstanding, Bellevue's annual Garden d'Lights display is a stunner. Who can resist "thousands of colorful mini-lights [arranged to] resemble plants and animals found in Northwest gardens"? Not us, by gosh. Not us. 5-9:30 p.m. Sat., Nov. 29-Wed., Dec. 31. Donations accepted. 12001 Main St., 425-451-3755. BELLEVUE

CHRISTMAS SHIP FESTIVAL

Every year, Argosy Cruises sends a small fleet of "Christmas ships" around Seattle and the surrounding municipalities. Then, two days before Christmas, the best-decorated ship receives a lovely prize. Each night during the festival, you can gather around an enormous bonfire on land, then board a ship, listen to caroling, and just generally feel magical. Most nights the departure-return schedule runs from 7 to 10 p.m., but call to find out when the Christmas ships are navigating your way. Mon., Dec. 1-Tues., Dec. 23. $17-$29 (less on bargain nights). Various locations, 206-623-1445. VARIOUS NEIGHBORHOODS

HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES AT IVAR'S SALMON HOUSE

The "Keep Clam" people kindly offer their popular Salmon House on Lake Union as a hot spot for holiday revelers. Dates to save include Monday, Dec. 1 (a performance by the Life Christian Academy Chamber Choir) and Tuesday, Dec. 23 (Christmas ships square off in a "best-decorated boats contest"). Various other events are scheduled throughout the month. Call for details! Mon., Dec. 1-Tues., Dec. 23. Free admission. 401 N.E. Northlake Way, 206-632-0767. FREMONT

HOLIDAY BASH AT BLUEBOTTLE ART GALLERY

Fans of lucha libre wrestling have been waiting quite a while for a holiday event to call their own. We're proud to announce that said event has finally arrived. Gallery co-owner Matthew Porter's Mexican-wrestler portraits are bound to satisfy lucha enthusiasts; those not into brawny Spanish-speaking men with masks can enjoy a selection of holiday cards and ornaments from local artists. So everybody wins . . . unlike lucha libre, where only one person can. 1-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; noon-6 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Mon., Dec. 1-Wed., Dec. 31. Free admission. Bluebottle Art Gallery and Store, 415 E. Pine St., 206-325-1592. CAPITOL HILL

SEATTLE PACIFIC UNIVERSITY HOLIDAY CONCERT

Eschewing the trend toward profanity, SPU's various choirs will solemnly intone "The Sacred Sounds of Christmas" in the semisacred performance space that is Benaroya Hall. 7:30 p.m. Tues., Dec. 2. $15-$18. Benaroya Hall, Third Avenue and Union Street, 206-292-ARTS. DOWNTOWN SEATTLE

O CHRISTMAS TREES CELEBRATION

Christmas-tree decorating is a vastly underappreciated career option, yet this annual celebration at the Westin is going into its 19th year, so clearly we're all behind the times. Catch up at this gala event to benefit Providence Senior and Community Services; the fiesta features "more than 25 professionally designed Christmas trees." Cocktails, dinner, and a classy auction are included in the price. Hosted by KING 5 anchorman Dennis Bounds! 5:30 p.m. Tues., Dec. 2. $200. The Westin Hotel Seattle, 1900 Fifth Ave., 206-938-2788. DOWNTOWN SEATTLE

A WELSH CHRISTMAS WITH TELYNEG

The Welsh are widely misunderstood, especially when it comes to their music. Besides Tom Jones, few tuneful Welshmen and -women have achieved renown, which is why Telyneg are important cultural ambassadors. Be sure to catch their yule-oriented blend of melodies and storytelling, led by harpist Robin Huw Bowen. 7:30 p.m. Tues., Dec. 2. $15. Museum of History and Industry, 2700 24th Ave. E., 206-524-0854. MONTLAKE

MODEL CHRISTMAS VILLAGE AT NORDIC HERITAGE MUSEUM

Germany would be a lot more accessible if it were teeny-tiny. Former school shrink Jim Forneris effectively small-sizes the land of schnapps and wurst in his Christmas villages. Forneris' miniature models of German towns and cities feature itsy-bitsy cathedrals, shops, and homes; best of all, each minuscule building is perfectly to scale. For anyone who values that which is small, checking out these models is a must. 10 a.m.-4 p.m Tues.-Sat.; noon-4 p.m. Sun. Tues., Dec. 2-Fri., Jan. 2. $4-$6. Nordic Heritage Museum, 3014 N.W. 67th St., 206-789-5707. BALLARD

'A CHRISTMAS STORY' ON STAGE

"You'll shoot your eye out." Those iconic words distinguish this Christmas story from any other Christmas story. Longview Stageworks is performing the stage version of the hilarious 1983 movie. If the stage production is half as good as the movie, there should be plenty of laughs to go around. 8 p.m. Thurs.-Fri.; 2 p.m and 8 p.m. Sat.; 2 p.m. Sun. Runs Thurs., Dec. 4-Sun., Dec. 21. $18 ($12 matinees). Pepper Studio Theater, 1235 Vandercook Way, 360-575-8499. LONGVIEW

SEASON OF LIGHT: HOLIDAY TRADITIONS AROUND THE WORLD

More multiculti starlight and rapture, this time from the Bellevue Chamber Chorus (under the direction of Fredrick Lokken). 7:30 p.m. Fri., Dec. 5. $11. Meydenbauer Center, 11100 N.E. Sixth St., 425-881-0445. BELLEVUE

THE TALLIS SCHOLARS AT ST. MARK'S CATHEDRAL

The Tallis Scholars know whassup when it comes to Renaissance sacred polyphony, and after their bravura performance at beautiful St. Mark'sa performance centered around Allegri's Miserereyou, too, will be a polyphony proponent. 8 p.m. Fri., Dec. 5. $25-$35. St. Mark's Cathedral, 1245 10th Ave. E., 206-323-9415. CAPITOL HILL

KENT PARKS HOLIDAY BAZAAR

One thing we need more of during the holidays: "quality handcrafted items." This holiday bazaar promises to deliver the goods, which in this case include "pottery, handmade soaps and candles, mohair bears [!], Victorian home d飯r, [and] bird houses." It occurs to us at this point that Mohair Bear would be an excellent name for a band! 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Fri., Dec. 5; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., Dec. 6. $1. Kent Commons, 525 Fourth Ave. N., 253-856-5050. KENT

OLDE FASHIONED CHRISTMAS AT PIONEER PARK

We at the Holiday Calendar try to avoid recommending events that spell "old" with an E. But the flyer for this yuletide hoedown in Ferndale shows a happy family caroling together . . . and we're feeling sentimental. People in period attire and decorated log cabins await you at this ode to everything 1900s and Christmasy. 5-9 p.m. Fri., Dec. 5-Sat., Dec. 6; 1-4 p.m. Sun., Dec. 7. $3/adults, $2/children and seniors. Pioneer Park, Cherry Street and First Avenue, 360-384-4897. FERNDALE

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

Whidbey Island gets a theatrical Carol all its own, "complete with falling snow." Directed by Laurel Pilar Garcia. 7:30 p.m. Fri, Dec. 5-Sat., Dec. 6 and Fri., Dec. 12-Sat., Dec. 13; 2 p.m. matinees Sat., Dec. 6-Sun., Dec. 7 and Sat., Dec. 13-Sun., Dec. 14. $10-$15. Whidbey Island Center for the Arts (adjacent to Langley Middle School), www.wicaonline.com, 360-221-8268. LANGLEY

THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER

Seattle Public Theater's yearly production of Pageant is very sweet, and this is reportedly the last time they'll be putting on the classic holiday play. The oddball Herdman clan represents everything that people in tidy bedroom communities love to shun, but when the eggnog hits the fan, the community in this show finds a way to accept them. And that is very sweet. 7:30 p.m. Thurs.-Sat. and 2 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Runs Fri., Dec. 5-Sun., Dec. 28. $10-$18. SPT at the Bathhouse Theater, 7312 W. Greenlake Dr. N., 206-524-1300. GREENLAKE

SEATTLE MEN'S CHORUS IN EVERETT

The Seattle Men's Chorus takes a break from their month of shows in Seattle to make a special trip north to Everett. In their performance of "Haul Out the Holly," expect choral works, funny songs, "Silent Night," and "the liveliest carol sing-along in the Northwest." 8 p.m. Sat., Dec. 6. $16.50-$32.50. Everett Civic Auditorium, 2415 Colby, 888-527-3722. EVERETT

UW SORORITY HOLIDAY HOUSE TOUR

Beautiful UW sorority girls go wildwildly festive, that is! Alpha Phi, Alpha Chi Omega, Alpha Delta Pi, and a healthy variety of non-Alpha houses will throw their doors open to a curious public. The sororities will be decked out in true holiday style, and all proceeds become grist for the scholarship millto ensure that the Alpha females and their pals remain as intelligent as they are charming. 1-5 p.m. Sat., Dec. 6. $10 in advance, $15 at the door. 4545 17th Ave. N.E. (and other addresses), www.geocities.com/uwhousetour/2003. UNIVERSITY DISTRICT

CHOIR OF THE SOUND HOLIDAY CONCERT

"In Praise of Lutefisk"? The Choir of the Sound is revving up for its 27th annual holiday song fest, and that long-maligned fish concoction will finally get the tuneful tribute it so richly deserves. The program also includes "Ave Maria" and carols from Russia, Spain, and Scotland. 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sat., Dec. 6-Sun., Dec. 7. $18/$16. Shorecrest High School Performing Arts Center, 15343 25th Ave. N.E., 206-528-9990. SHORELINE

VASHON ISLAND HOLIDAY ART STUDIO TOUR

Another art amalgam for the holiday rush, this Vashon tradition puts 100-plus artists from 36 studios in the same glittering venue. Jewelry, paintings, sculpture, glass, prints, textiles, and photography are just some of the artistic media that'll be on display. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat., Dec. 6-Sun., Dec. 7 and Sat., Dec. 13-Sun., Dec. 14. Free admission. Odd Fellows Building (Vashon Highway. just south of Cemetery Road), 206-463-3969. VASHON ISLAND

KIRKLAND ARTS CENTER HOLIDAY ARTS SALE

If it really is the thought that counts, then handmade crafts are a much better gift than anything bought from a corporation. Kirkland seems to have more than its share of handmade crafts, and the city's going to feature nearly all of them in its annual holiday arts sale. The sale also includes pottery, jewelry, toys, chocolates, and candles. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. Sat., Dec. 6-Sat., Dec. 20. Free admission. Kirkland Arts Center, 620 Market St., 425-822-7161. KIRKLAND

PRATT'S ANNUAL HOLIDAY ART SALE

The nice people at Pratt Fine Art Center think you need art in your life. Lots of it. So they've gathered 250 area artists to contribute to their dazzling yearly sale, which starts at the center's main building and moves to Annex 3 after Dec. 7. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Thurs.; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Fri.-Sun. Sat., Dec. 6-Sun., Dec. 21. Free admission. 1902 S. Main St., 206-328-2200. CENTRAL DISTRICT

SEWARD PARK CLAY STUDIO HOLIDAY SHOW

Clay, like the holiday season, can be anything you want it to be. Explore the world of malleable materials at the nonprofit studio's December show. Practical pots and decorative sculpture will both be well represented, and cider will be served. N.B. There will be a preview party from 7 to 10 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 5; a $10 donation is requested. Noon-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Sat., Dec. 6-Wed., Dec. 24. Free admission. Seward Park Clay Studio, 5900 Lake Washington Blvd. S., 206-722-6342. SEWARD PARK

SNO-KING COMMUNITY CHORALE HOLIDAY CONCERT

No, they're not a snow-shoveling service. The chorale that bravely represents Snohomish and King counties rides again, bringing "O Holy Night," "O Come, O Come Emmanuel," and "The Holly and the Ivy" along for good measure. 3:30 p.m. Sun., Dec. 7. $10 for adults (students are free). Edmonds Center for the Arts, Fourth Avenue and Daley Street, 425-673-7671. EDMONDS

HOLIDAY CONCERT AT SOUTH SEATTLE COMMUNITY COLLEGE

SSCC's holiday concert has it all, if by "all" we mean "a bell-choir and a sing-along" as well as rapturous "holiday standards" performed by a 60-voice choir and a smaller vocal ensemble. Directed by Paula Herd. 6:30 p.m. Sun., Dec. 7. Free admission. SSCC (Jerry Brockney Student Center), 6000 16th Ave. S.W., 206-768-6450. WEST SEATTLE

HOLIDAY EVENTS AT MINTER'S EARLINGTON GREENHOUSE

Poinsettias, Christmas trees, and other festive plant life are yours to explore at the nursery's open house. "Refreshments" and other forms of yuletide cheer will reportedly "abound." 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat., Dec. 6; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun., Dec. 7. Free admission. Also noteworthy: Minter's "Wreath Making 101" class aims to teach you everything there is to know about making wreaths. Bring your own shears! 6:30-9 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 11. $20. Minter's Earlington Greenhouse, 13043 Renton Ave. S., 425-255-7744. SKYWAY

KIRKLAND ARTS CENTER HOLIDAY ART SALE

KAC's tag line for its holiday sale is: "Uncle Bob has enough socks. Give art." We actually have an Uncle Boband by God, they're right. He does have enough socks. More than enough, if you ask us. Get your Uncle Bob various species of handcrafted art at this yearly show, and don't forget that Dec. 13 is "Santa Saturday." 'Nuff said. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. Sat., Dec. 6-Sat., Dec. 20. Free admission. Kirkland Arts Center, 620 Market St., 425-822-7161. KIRKLAND

SCHREMPF FOUNDATION ANNUAL HOLIDAY CRUISE

A three-hour tour didn't end too well for Gilligan and crew, but since this one's for charity, you can bet they'll have you back in time for supper. Join affluent do-gooders Detlef and Mari Schrempf on Royal Argosy's fine dining ship for a nautical afternoon of food, music, and Santa. All proceeds go to Young Life Open Door, a ministry for disabled kids. 1-4 p.m. Sun., Dec. 7. $75/person, $250/family of four. 1201 Alaskan Way, 206-623-1445. SODO

HANUKKAH CONCERT WITH WHAT THE CHELM!

If bad Jewish puns are what you're after this Hanukkah, local dance troupe What the Chelm! has you covered. With graceful dances and holiday songs in Yiddish and English, the talented Chelmers will transport you to ancient Assyria, where the Chosen People emerged victorious and still had time to come up with a good latke recipe. 2 p.m. Sun., Dec. 7. Free admission. Whatcom Museum, 121 Prospect St., 360-676-6981. BELLINGHAM

A CHILD'S CHRISTMAS IN WALES

When he wasn't raging against the dying of the light, Dylan Thomas was composing poetry. "A Child's Christmas in Wales," one of his best-known poems, has become a holiday tradition for Welsh and non-Welsh alike, and with some help from the Northwest Chamber Chorus (pitching in carols like "A-Soalin" between verses), it's likely to sound better than ever. 3 p.m. Sun., Dec. 7. $14-$18. Plymouth Congregational Church, Sixth Avenue and University Street, 206-523-1196. DOWNTOWN SEATTLE

NAVIDAD! CHRISTMAS IN SPAIN AND LATIN AMERICA

Enjoy a reasonable facsimile of the yuletide season en espa�/I> at this pan-Latino salute to Jesucristo and the music that celebrates his life. Highlights to include baroque villancicos, medieval cantigas, and audience sing-along on the more recognizable carols. This is likely to be beautiful, since Seattle Pro Musica is involved. So show up and make your Navidad a little more feliz. 3 p.m. Sun., Dec. 7. $10-$21. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-781-2766. DOWNTOWN SEATTLE

HAVE YOURSELF A DIVALYCIOUS CHRISTMAS!

Like Seattle Weekly, the four sassy members of local girl group Divalycious consider themselves "the perfect combination of class and camp." If you're tired of the same solemn carols, think seriously about attending their holiday show. Even if the divas' "extensive salute to Santa Songs" doesn't charm you, the run is studded with dinner-theater performances, so you can lose yourself in the food if necessary. 8 p.m. Weds.-Sat.; 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Sun. Sun., Dec. 7-Sun., Dec. 21. $14. The Liberty Deli, 2722 Alki Ave. S.W., 206-935-8420. WEST SEATTLE

LAST CHANCE CHRISTMAS CRAFT SHOW

This one sells itself. Take a look: "Knights of Columbus of Bothell will host the Starving Housewives Last Chance Christmas Craft Show." 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Weds., Dec. 10-Sat., Dec. 13. Free admission. Knights of Columbus Hall, 24323 Bothell-Everett Hwy., 360-668-1987. BOTHELL

DECK THE HALL BALL 2003

We at the Holiday Calendar have an 11-year-old nephew who enjoys the music of Linkin Park. Seattle Weekly's Andrew Bonazelli informs us that the band is "definitely n-metal, but they're intentionally clean, so they don't swear." This is all the information you need to decide whether this KNDD-sponsored show (featuring LP and like-minded friends AFI, Rancid, and Chevelle) is right for you. Doors open at 5 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 11. $40. The Moore Theater, 1932 Second Ave., 206-467-5510. DOWNTOWN SEATTLE

MEDIEVAL WOMEN'S CHOIR CHRISTMAS SHOW

At Christmastime 700 years from now, our generation might shock the world when a Destiny's Child Christmas CD is discovered and played for the general public. Currently, we don't have to worry about that, but we can hear holiday music from 700 years ago thanks to the Medieval Women's Choir. 8 p.m. Fri., Dec. 12-Sat., Dec. 13. $10-$15. Suzzallo Library (Graduate Reading Room), University of Washington, 206-527-2667. UNIVERSITY DISTRICT

HANDEL'S MESSIAH

The great choral work in all its glorynot the bowdlerized version you find so often on television. Performed by the Northwest Chorale. Visit www.nwchorale.org for details. Free admission. 7 p.m. Fri., Dec. 12. St. Stephens Episcopal Church, 4805 N.E. 45th St. LAURELHURST; 7:30 p.m. Sat., Dec. 13. First Presbyterian Church, Spring Street and Seventh Avenue. DOWNTOWN SEATTLE

A CHRISTMAS CAROL AT STONE SOUP THEATRE

Bong jokes aside, Stone Soup Theatre's blacklight version of Dickens' immovable classic could be a very cool experience. Especially because SST's performance space is about the size of a dorm room. 8 p.m. Fri.; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Sat.; 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sun. Runs Dec. 12-14 and Dec. 19-21. $8. Stone Soup Theatre, 4035 Stone Way N., 206-633-1883. WALLINGFORD

LIGHTED HOLIDAY TRAIN

Most trains cost more than $2 to ride and travel many miles from their departure site. In this day and age of e-commerce and go-go-go, some people might not have the time or money for an extended train ride. The Redmond Town Center offers their lighted holiday train as a solution. Hop a ride at the Center Street Plaza, cruise around the center and, bada-boom bada-bing, the train ride is over and everybody's happy. Hours vary, call 425-869-0808 for details. Fri., Dec. 12-Sun., Dec. 28. $2. Redmond Town Center, 16495 N.E. 74th St., 425-869-0808. REDMOND

FIESTA DE NAVIDAD! CHRISTMAS IN SPAIN AND LATIN AMERICA

Fred Coleman has done his homework. The director of the Seattle Choral Company has pored over massive tomes of Spanish and Latin American musical lore so his holiday concert can be as authentic as possible. A program including music by some of the masters (Joaqu???Rodrigo and Juan Guti鲲ez de Padilla among them) is sure to bewitch audience members unfamiliar with the material and bring tears to the eyes of those who know it well. 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Sat., Dec. 13. $10-$24. Meany Hall (UW campus), 206-363-1100. UNIVERSITY DISTRICT

CELTIC WINTER HOLIDAYS CONCERT

Due to the recent persecution of a Seattle-area kilt-wearer, the Elliott Bay Pipe Band's annual salute to winter holidays is more important than ever. Bound for Glasgow in 2005 for the world championships of piping, our local kilted crew is sure to make this concert as memorable as a brogue and as loud as a Scottish soccer fan. 1:30 p.m. Sat., Dec. 13. $10-$15. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-628-0888. DOWNTOWN SEATTLE

CAPT. CHRISTMAS

If she's not wearing a red-and-green cape, demand your money back. Seriously, though, kids and the people who love them "are invited to come on down and meet Capt. Christmas," whose talents apparently include teaching children how to make toy boats from scratch, kind of like a yuletide-savvy MacGyver. 1-4 p.m. Sun., Dec. 14. $2-$5. The Center for Wooden Boats, 1010 Valley St., 206-382-2628. SOUTH LAKE UNION

HOLIDAY DANCE PARTY

This is not the sort of dance party that occurred in Go, a movie about a Christmastime rave gone hideously awry. This is the sort of dance party where rumba lessons are taught. The festivities will also include a light buffet and "holiday merry making." 8 p.m. lessons; 9 p.m. party: Fri., Dec. 19. $10. Washington Dance Club, 1017 Stewart St., 206-628-8939. DOWNTOWN SEATTLE

SEATTLE BAROQUE HOLIDAY CONCERT

"Deck the Halls" and "Jingle Bells" are not the only Christmas songs around. There are other songs, performed by an orchestra, that do not require audience participation. So sit back, relax, and enjoy Seattle Baroque's "Noels" and other Christmas selections. 8 p.m. Fri., Dec. 19-Sat., Dec. 20. $20-$29. University Christian Church, 4731 15th Ave. N.E., 206-322-3118. UNIVERSITY DISTRICT; 3 p.m. Dec. 21. $5-$24. Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., 206-322-3118. DOWNTOWN SEATTLE

A CHRISTMAS CAROL RADIO SHOW

Why this is happening onstage for the public to view is beyond us (unless it has something to do with cash), but feel free to show up and close your eyes as the Eastside Musical Theatre performs a "radio-style retelling" of A Christmas Carol. 8 p.m. Fri., Dec. 19-Sat., Dec. 20 and Fri., Dec. 26-Sat., Dec. 27; 2 and 7 p.m. Sun., Dec. 21 and Sun., Dec. 28. $13-$21. Kirkland Performance Center, 350 Kirkland Ave., 425-893-9900. KIRKLAND

HANUKKAH STORIES AND SONGS WITH KETZI TONEY

Fight the oppressive influence of Christmas Day with Ketzi Toney, the Jewish storyteller whose Hanukkah tale-spinning sessions just happen to fall on Dec. 25. The earlier hour is meant for preschoolers, but those who already experience heartburn and guilt tripsi.e., their parentsare welcome to attend as well. 11 a.m.-noon and 2-3 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 25. Free admission. Tree of Life Judaica & Books, 2201 N.E. 65th St., 206-527-1130. RAVENNA

MESSIAH SING-AND-PLAY-ALONG

Of the many Messiahs we're blessed with this holiday season, University Unitarian Church's evergreen "sing-and-play-along" rendition is bound to be the most fun. Get this: "All singers and instrumentalists are invited to participate." You can hunker down and belt out the whole damn oratorio if you so choose. See how that could be fun? Doors open at 6 p.m. Fri., Dec. 26. $7-$10. University Unitarian Church, 6556 35th Ave. N.E., 206-525-8400. RAVENNA

MISTLETOE & HOLLYWOOD FILM FESTIVAL

One of the best things about the holidays is staying indoors and watching the snow fall (or sleet, if you're in the Northwest) and watching a classic movie. For its first holiday film fest, the Museum of History and Industry trots out Babes in Toyland, Christmas in Connecticut, and Meet Me in St. Louis (among other festive faves) between Christmas and New Year's Eve. Apparently Eight Crazy Nights is too much to expect? 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Fri., Dec. 26-Wed., Dec. 31. $7/$5. MOHAI, 2700 24th Ave. E., 206-324-1126. MONTLAKE

HOMO FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Two "gender illusionists," a stand-up comic, special guest singers, and a reading of "Twas the Night Before Christmas on Capitol Hill" should add up to a gay old time. Seating at 8:30 p.m., show at 9:30 p.m. Wed., Dec. 10; Fri., Dec. 12; and Wed., Dec. 17. $12. Thumper's Cabaret on the Hill, 1500 E. Madison St., 206-328-3800. CAPITOL HILL

WHEN AUGUST REIGNED: A BYZANTINE CHRISTMAS

The holidays are a busy season for the arts, as this calendar proves. Finally someone realized how to stand out from the pack: Stage a Christmas show after Christmas! Conductor Alexander Lingas leads Cappella Romana through work composed by European and American composers in the vein of Byzantine chants from the eighth through the 18th centuries. 8 p.m. Sat., Jan. 3. $12-$20. Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 4139 42nd Ave. S.W., 866-822-7735. WEST SEATTLE

KPLU CHRISTMAS JAM WITH PEARL DJANGO

Christmas music and jazz go together like Christmas music and jazz. Pearl Django and Pacific Lutheran University's instrumental and vocal jazz ensembles will prove as much in a concert at PLU. You might not be able to attend, but you can still hear the music broadcast live on KPLU, 88.5 FM. 1 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 11. Free admission. Mary Baker Russell Music Center at PLU, 1010 122nd St. S., 206-922-1021. TACOMA

RENDEZVOUS FILM NIGHT PRESENTS "SCROOGE"

'Twas the night before Christmas, and those who did not have friends or family in the vicinity rushed to the Rendezvous to watch the 1935 version of Scrooge with a room full of equally lonely strangers. 7:30 p.m. Wed., Dec. 24. $5. The Rendezvous, 2322 Second Ave., 206-441-5823. BELLTOWN

SEATTLE SINGS MESSIAH

Barring any last-minute surprise performances, this promises to be the final Messiah sing-a-long of the season. Seattle Outreach Arts wants to do it right, as they have brought in Louis Magor, founder of the nationally televised "Sing-It-Yourself Messiah." 7 p.m. Sat., Dec. 27. $10 advance, $12 at door. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 206-365-6500. DOWNTOWN

A CHORAL AND ORGAN HOLIDAY

December is the only month of the year when it's appropriate to sing Christmas carols. Until that bias changes, you had better get the carol singing out of your system, because next December is over 11 months away. Choral Arts offers an evening of choral music, organ solos, and carols to boot. 3 p.m. Sun., Dec. 21. $10-$14 advance, $10-$18 at the door. Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, 7500 Greenwood Ave. N., 877-404-2269. PHINNEY RIDGE

TRIP THE NIGHT FANTASTIC

If the title of this show is a reference, we don't get it. (Then again, we don't dance very often.) A guy named Lee Howard will sing some songs, and dance band Nasty Habits (cue nun jokes) will be there as well, all thanks to the Ingersoll Gender Center. 5:30 p.m. Sun., Dec. 14. $25-$40. Polish Home Association, 1714 18th Ave. E., 206-329-6651. CAPITOL HILL

ST. JAMES CATHEDRAL CAROL SERVICE

Here is a chance to see Seattle's oldest children's choir. The children are not old, but the choir is, dating back to early last century. The St. James children's choir will join tenor Alex Mansoori in a traditional candlelit carol service. For many of the carols, cathedral organist Joseph Adam will accompany them on the pipe organs, as you might expect an organist to do. 7:30 p.m. Sun., Dec. 21. $10 suggested donation. St. James Cathedral, 804 Ninth Ave., 206-382-4874. FIRST HILL

CHRISTMAS IN THE PARK

This event takes place in a parkVolunteer Parkbut it is not outside. The actual location of the concert is the auditorium of the Seattle Asian Art Museum. Professional singers and voice teachers from the Roberta Manion vocal studio will sing holiday classics and lesser-known songs with an accompanist and someone playing a recorder. 2 p.m. Sun., Dec. 14. Free admission. Seattle Asian Art Museum, 1400 E. Prospect St., 206-726-5983. CAPITOL HILL

ORGAN WORKS FOR ADVENT AND CHRISTMASTIDE

The press release says "Christmastide," which is apparently the same as "Christmastime." The point is, St. James Cathedral organist Joseph Adam is going to play Christmas music on the cathedral's organ, as one might expect an organist to do (see the calendar entry for "St. James Cathedral Carol Service"). Good timing, considering it's Christmastide and all. 7:30 p.m. Sun., Dec. 14. $15 suggested donation. St. James Cathedral, 804 Ninth Ave., 206-382-4874. FIRST HILL

A FESTIVE YULETIDE WITH ENSEMBLE VINDOBANA

Ensemble Vindobana consists of piano, clarinet, and bassoon. If that combination of instruments sounds pleasing to you, then feel free join the ensemble (as an audience member, that is). The musical performance will also include holiday poetry (always nice) and refreshments. 7 p.m. Sun., Dec. 21. $13-$17. Bethany Lutheran Church, 7400 Woodlawn Ave. N., 206-364-7710. GREEN LAKE

QUIXOTIC: A HOLIDAY ART SALE

SeattleArtShow.com is doing what it does best: putting on an art show in Seattle. And since Christmas is right around the corner, they suggest that you show up and buy some photography, paintings, jewelry, cards, candles, and more. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sat., Dec. 13. Free admission. SODO POP, 2424 First Ave. S., 206-547-6397. SODO

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