Must-see Holiday Hits

Your guide to the best seasonal shows and events

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Your guide to the best seasonal shows and events--both naughty and nice!

SEASONAL EVENTS:

SNOWFLAKE LANE
11/28–12/24 • A corner of downtown Bellevue is transformed into a veritable North Pole as live drummers, toy soldiers, carolers, music, holiday lights and snow fill the sidewalks with holiday cheer during a nightly performance. After Christmas, Snowflake Lane becomes Celebration Lane, and the festivities continue 12/26–12/31. Daily, 7 p.m. Free. The Bellevue Collection, Bellevue Way and NE Eighth Street; magicseason.com.

WINTERFEST
11/28–12/31 • Highlights of this year’s wide-ranging Winterfest (Seattle Center’s annual family-friendly holiday celebration) include kooky Circus Contraption with the high-flying Aerialistas, ice sculpting, a magical mystery show and a marvelous turn-of-the-century model train and holiday village for the wee ones. Daily (closed Christmas). Free. Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St.; 206.684.7200; seattlecenter.com.

CHRISTMAS SHIP FESTIVAL
11/29–12/23 • The Christmas Ship Festival has been a Northwest tradition for the past 59 years. Festooned boats sail around Lake Washington, Lake Union, Elliott Bay and the Puget Sound—stopping at more than a dozen waterfront parks over the course of the festival—while on shore, communities gather to ooh and ahh at the dazzling, light-strung flotilla and warm their hands over bonfires. Want a closer look? Come aboard and experience the cruise first-hand. A portion of ticket sales goes to The Seattle Times’ Fund for the Needy. Times and prices vary. For dates, times and ticket prices to ride along, contact Argosy Cruises, 206.623.1445; argosycruises.com. For best free viewing locations, visit seattlemag.com/holidayevents08.

COMMUNITY HANUKKAH CELEBRATION
12/14 • Celebrate Hanukkah in traditional style with a candle-lighting ceremony, live music, games, kosher latkes and more at the Stroum Jewish Community Center on Mercer Island. Celebrants may also participate in ceramic workshops, where they’ll learn how to craft their own menorah and dreidel, dreidel, dreidel. Everyone is welcome. Noon–3 p.m. Free. Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 East Mercer Way, Mercer Island; 206.232.7115, ext. 269; sjcc.org.

MACY’S ANNUAL HOLIDAY PARADE
11/28 • This year’s parade features Mayor Greg Nickels, myriad high school bands, a new poinsettia float (with poinsettia performers dancing through the parade) and Santa Claus himself. Stick around to watch the lighting of the Macy’s holiday star and the tree at Westlake Center, followed by fireworks launched from the top of the Macy’s building (5:30 p.m.). 8:45 a.m. Free. Parade begins at Seventh Avenue and Pine Street and ends on 4th Ave. between Pine and Stewart; 206.506.7556.  

CHRISTMAS SHIP FESTIVAL
11/29–12/23 • The Christmas Ship Festival has been a Northwest tradition for the past 59 years. Festooned boats sail around Lake Washington, Lake Union, Elliot Bay and the Puget Sound, stopping at more than a dozen waterfront parks over the course of the festival, while on shore, communities gather to ooh and ahh at the dazzling, light-strung flotilla and warm their hands over bonfires. Want a closer look? Come aboard and experience the cruise first-hand. A portion of ticket sales goes to The Seattle Times’ Fund for the Needy. T

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