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By Carrie Rodriguez editor@bellevuereporter.com

At Bellevue Botanical Garden, a half-million lights delight.


midst the bright butterflies, tropical fish, and peacock lurks the dragon. The radiant green beast with glaring eyes and a hissing tongue has caused thousands of people to pause along the trail of the Bellevue Botanical Garden during the annual Garden d’Lights. “Everyone loves the dragon,” says communications manager Darcy McInnis of the attraction that brings a parade of visitors to the holiday display that has taken over the Garden every winter for the past 22 years. There is more to see than the dragon, though. From Nov. 25 through Dec. 31, Garden d’Lights visitors will be treated to a dazzling ecosystem of whimsical creatures—a blue heron, the spider and the web, a golden swan on a radiant blue pond, an owl, and dragonflies. Holiday music will fill the air as they pass by sparkling sunflowers, daffodils, lilies, delphiniums, a poinsettia tree, and a grape arbor. “Flowers you would find in your own yard or garden,” says Candice McIvor, one of the society’s longtime volunteers who co-leads the Garden d’Lights program with volunteer Cleo Raulerson. Even those who have seen it before are likely to find something surprising: new elements this year include an expanded

butterfly garden and entertainment options. McInnis has already booked several local groups, including Northwest Sound, the Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra Holiday Flute Tour, the Youth Opera Project from the Seattle Opera, Sammamish Symphony Youth Chamber, and a couple of ukulele groups. While the lights will eventually go out, the event, which is produced by Bellevue Botanical Garden Society in partnership with Bellevue Parks and Community Services, is a year-round effort that employs more than 100 volunteers. “For a lot of people, it’s part of their holiday tradition,” McInnis says. 12001 Main St., Bellevue More information Open nightly, 4:30–9 p.m., lights go out at 9:30 p.m. $5 admission, children 10 and under free. Advance tickets available online at gardendlights. org. Event proceeds will support the Society’s children and adult education programs, and improvements to the Bellevue Botanical Garden. No tickets required on Nov. 27–30 and Dec. 4–7. On-site parking $5 per vehicle (cash only), free with disabled parking permit. Free parking at Wilburton Hill Park.

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between Hector’s and Milagro’s. Food vendors will be on site and shops will be open for Small Business Saturday. Downtown Kirkland, 3-6 p.m. Nov. 25

Tree Lighting Festival

Lights, boats, & Santas run amok! Festival of Trees

Sponsor a stunningly decorated tree for $3,000 or buy one for $4,000! Or maybe just stop in and gaze. Fairmont Olympic Hotel, 411 University St., Through Nov. 29

Gingerbread Village

To mark its 25th year of delicious design, this Seattle holiday mainstay has themed this year’s festivities as “25 Years of Cheer: A Celebration of Seattle.”The area’s top architectural firms and master buildings will again team up with the Sheraton’s culinary teams to build structures that look good enough to live in … and eat. City Centre, 1420 Fifth Ave., Seattle. Through Jan. 1

Christmas Ship Festival

Choose the lead boat or the follow boat, both decked out with lights, and enjoy choral music as you cruise Puget Sound. Various departure points; see argosycruises.com for schedule. $20–$62. Nov. 24–Dec. 23


Skating, ice sculpting, music, comedy, and more in Seattle Center’s seasonal celebration. See seattlecenter.com/ winterfest for the full lineup. Seattle Center Armory, Nov. 24–Dec. 31.

Bellevue Magic Season Ice Arena The region’s largest open-air holiday skating experience boasts a heated viewing area, shelter for all-weather skating, concessions, special events, and 9,000 square feet of ice. Bellevue Downtown Park, 10201 NE Fourth St. $10–$14. Nov. 24–Jan. 15.

Macy’s Holiday Parade The holiday shopping season kicks off with a merry parade that follows Santa from Seventh and Pine to Macy’s where he’ll open Santaland. 9 a.m. Fri., Nov. 24

Kirkland Winterfest The holiday season will begin with a tree-lighting ceremony at Peter Kirk Park (202 3rd St.) and a display of holiday decorations throughout Kirkland, including a lighting display spanning the trees of downtown and a giant wreath that will be displayed

The weather outside might be frightful —but the city of Snoqualmie’s holiday tree lighting is so delightful! Enjoy cookies and hot chocolate, listen to carolers and live music, and ride in a horse-drawn wagon. Meet Santa and watch the tree light up. 5-8 p.m. Railroad Park, Snoqualmie. Nov. 25

Snowflake Lane The Bellevue Collection has expanded and so has Snowflake Lane. You can experience all your favorite characters—with falling snow, beautiful lights, and delightful holiday music—and better viewing along the extended parade route. Bellevue Square, between Northeast Eighth Street and Northeast Fourth Street. Nov. 24-Dec. 24

Santa Train Ride to Snoqualmie and back and meet Santa. Sponsored by the Northwest Railway Museum. Begins at the North Bend Depot, 205 McClellan St. Ages 2 and up. $26. Nov. 25-Dec. 17

O Christmas Trees Christmas Carnival Fourteen glamorous trees will be auctioned to benefit Providence Health & Services. With a performance by Caspar Babypants and free milk and cookies! The Westin, 1900 Fifth Ave., Free, 3-7 p.m., Nov. 27

Very Merry Sammamish This festive family fun event is a perfect way to kick off the holiday season. Enjoy a petting zoo, face painting, crafts, live entertainment and treats. The event is free and open to the public. Food is available for purchase. Special guests will also be on-site to meet and for photo-ops. Bring diapers and other infant items to benefit Eastside Baby Corner. Sammamish City Hall, 801 228th Ave. SE, Sammamish. 5-7:30 p.m. Dec. 1

Ivar’s Clam Lights and Argosy Christmas Ship Start your holiday season off at Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park, with an evening of entertainment, holiday spirit and stunning visual effects. Ivar’s Clam lights is a visual display of several dozen trees and shrubs professionally decorated with thousands of lights. A fun, free event for young and old alike. Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park, 1201 Lake Washington Blvd. N., Renton, 5:307:30 p.m. Dec. 1

Issaquah Reindeer Festival This is the perfect opportunity to meet Santa and his reindeer team, sit in Santa’s sleigh, wander through the Magic Forest and hear a story from an elf. Cougar Mountain Zoo, 19525 SE 54th St., Issaquah. Dec. 1-23

Covington Hollydaze

The city will overrun with holiday cheer as this 10th annual event takes over the town. Start the day with a brisk run during the Reindeer Dash 5k, then fuel up for a day of shopping at the Craft Bazaar with a pancake breakfast with Santa. Cap it off with the tree lighting ceremony at the Don Henning Roundabout and a “float-in” film festival at the aquatic center. Dec. 2

Bellevue Brunch With Santa Ring in the season with Mr. Claus himself at a festive, flavorful prix fixe brunch for the entire family. While you indulge in a host of holiday delights, snap some “elfies,” download complimentary photos by Santa’s personal photographer, snag a gift bag of other surprises and more. The Bravern in Bellevue, 11111 NE Eighth St, Bellevue; $39 per adult, $29 per child; 10 a.m.-noon; Dec. 2 & 9

Redmond Lights This family-friendly event celebrates the city’s diverse holiday traditions, cultures and faiths. It starts with a tree-lighting ceremony at 4 p.m., then take a stroll down the Redmond Central Connector Luminary Walk and end with an evening at Town Center. Redmond Municipal Campus. Dec. 2-3

Bothell’s Tree Lighting Festival on Main Street The tree celebrated as the world’s largest living Christmas tree in 1962 by Life magazine will once again be illuminated. Main Street will celebrate with a holiday festival of activities, refreshments and an appearance by Santa and holiday characters. 10100 Main St., Bothell. 4:45-7 p.m. Dec. 3

K9 Candy Cane 5K Holiday revelers looking for a way to burn off that extra helping at Thanksgiving are invited to run or walk along the scenic Cedar River Trail and then maybe win a prize after they cross the finish line. 1715 Maple Valley Hwy, Renton. 9:15 a.m. Dec. 3

Hands on Hanukkah Make an edible dreidel and decorate Hanukkah placemats at this free-forall community event, featuring giant dreidel spinning and face painting. Crossroads Bellevue, 15600 NE 8th St., Bellevue, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Dec. 3

Holiday With Lights

Wild Waves transforms into a familyfriendly winter wonderland for the month of December, featuring a fantastical light display and laser light shows. Kids can play in the falling snow tent at Toyland and take in two holiday-themed family shows in the evening. And then, of course, there are all those rides. Wild Waves, 36201 Enchanted Pkwy S., Federal Way. Select days, Dec. 3-31

Jingle Bell Run

The longest-running holiday run in the region, this 5k dash raises money for The Arthritis Foundation. Participants are encouraged to wear holiday costumes. We suggest jingle bells. Lots of jingle bells. Westlake Park, Downtown Seattle. Dec. 10

SAM Lights

Luminarias, eats & drinks, kids’ crafts, live entertainment, and more. Olympic Sculpture Park, 2901 Western Ave., seattleartmuseum.org. Free, but RSVP. 6–9 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 14


What was once a pub crawl has turned into an annual invasion of more than 1,500 jolly revelers spreading cheer throughout downtown Seattle. Anyone can take part. Holiday spirit required and cash (cards make for long lines at the bar and grumpy Santas). Downtown Seattle, noon. Dec 16

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WWW.ISSAQUAHREPORTER.COM A Christmas Carol returns to ACT Theatre. Photo by Chris Bennion

Holiday stories from the stage.

A John Waters Christmas

little spicier. The Triple Door, 216 Union St., $45–$70, Dec. 7–28

The one-man show from the outlaw filmmaker that asks those burning questions “Is Prancer the only gay reindeer?” and “Should you disrupt living crèche celebrations this year in the name of political action?” The Neptune, 1303 N.E. 45th St., $38–$115, Nov. 30

It’s a Wonderful Life

Ham for the Holidays The comedy duo of Lisa Koch and Peggy Platt present their high-camp sendup of holiday traditions for the 17th year. ACT, 700 Union St., $20–$45, Nov. 30–Dec. 17

A Charlie Brown Christmas


International Ballet Theatre’s Nutcracker With traditional Russian choreography. Meydenbauer Center, Bellevue, 11100 N.E. Sixth St., Bellevue, $25–$50, Dec. 15–22

Emerald Ballet Theatre’s Nutcracker Accompanied by the Rainier Symphony. Northshore Performing Arts Center, Bothell, 18125 92nd Ave. N.E., $20–$43, Dec. 2-10

The Nutcracker & The Tale of the Hard Nut An alternative take from the Tacoma City Ballet: How did the Prince get turned into a nutcracker, anyway? Federal Way Performing Arts & Event Center, 31510 Pete von Reichbauer Way S., Federal Way, $18–$104, Dec. 15–23

Buttcracker III Replacing Tchaikovsky with ’80s hair metal. Erickson Theater, 524 Harvard Ave., Seattle, $20–$25, Dec. 8–17

Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Nutcracker Sure, there are things we all miss about the Maurice Sendak/Kent Stowell production, but PNB’s George Balanchine/Ian Falconer version is as magical, and the music is still Tchaikovsky. McCaw Hall, Seattle Center, $26–$190, Nov. 24– Dec. 28


Bellevue Youth Theatre Presenting ’Twas the Night Before Christmas (Nov. 24-Dec. 3) and

Miracle on 34th Street: The Musical (Dec. 8–17). Bellevue Youth Theatre, 16051 N.E. 10th St., Bellevue.

A Christmas Carol

A stage adaptation of the evergreen animated special based on Charles Schulz’s Peanuts characters. Taproot Theatre, 204 N. 85th St., $15–$25, Nov. 30–Dec. 27

Timothy McCuen Piggee and Peter Crook share the role of Scrooge in Seattle’s most acclaimed production of the Dickens favorite. ACT, 700 Union St., $32–$105, Nov. 24–Dec. 28

A Christmas Carol

A(n Improvised) Christmas Carol

The Flight Before Xmas & Christmastown: A Holiday Noir

If you’ve ever wanted to rewrite Dickens, now’s your chance. Market Theater, 1428 Post Alley, $5–$15, Nov. 24-Dec. 23

Dina Martina Christmas Show The consummate entertaineress’s annual holiday extravaganza of comedy, song, audience gifts, and general WTF-ness. With accompanist Chris Jeffries. Re-bar, 1114 Howell St., $25, Nov. 24–Dec. 31

Uncle Mike Ruins Christmas “You write down a heartwarming holiday memory. We re-enact it. Then Uncle Mike ruins it.” Jet City Improv, 5510 University Way N.E., $17–$18, Nov. 24–Dec. 23

Holiday Inn Inspired by the Oscar-winning film, with songs by Irving Berlin. 5th Avenue Theatre, 1308 Fifth Ave., $34–$131, Nov. 24–Dec. 31

Studio East Presenting ’Twas The Night ... ($20; Nov. 25–Dec. 17) and The Elves & The Toymaker ($18; Dec. 2–19) in various Eastside venues; see studio-east.org for complete schedule.

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SecondStory Rep’s fifth annual production of Dickens. SecondStory Repertory, 7325 166th Ave. N.E., Suite F250, Redmond, Dec. 1–23

Seattle Public Theater’s comic double bill strands you in an airport on Christmas and puts you in the (gum) shoes of a hard-boiled detective. Seattle Public Theater, 7312 W. Green Lake Dr. N., $17–$34, Dec. 1–24

Homo for the Holidays Burlesque, cabaret, dance, and drag with an all-star cast of dozens. Make your Yuletide really gay! West Hall, OddFellows Building, 915 E. Pine St., $35–$40, Dec. 7–30

Elf the Musical Raised mistakenly by elves at the North Pole, a human returns to New York to wreak sparkly havoc in this musical based on the Will Ferrell vehicle. The Paramount, 911 Pine St., $30 and up, Dec. 5–10

The View From Santa’s Lap Scot Augustson’s show for Cafe Nordo sets a murder mystery in a department store. Nordo’s Culinarium, 109 S. Main St., $85, Dec. 7–24

Land of the Sweets: The Burlesque Nutcracker In its 12th year, Lily Verlaine and Jasper McCann make the holiday chestnut a

Twelfth Night Productions presents Frank Capra’s heartwarming classic in the form of a live radio show. Kenyon Hall, 7904 35th Ave. S.W., $18–$20, Dec. 8–17

12 Days of Christmas Each of those gifts—the maids-amilking, the French hens, and the rest—has a backstory. Here it is, in a musical. Renton Civic Theatre, 507 S. Third St., $22–$25, Dec. 8–23

It’s a Wonderful Life Done in Theater Anonymous style: None of the cast knows who anyone else in the cast is until performance time. Cornish Playhouse, Seattle Center, $20, Dec. 9

Twisted Flicks Jet City Improv re-dubs, live, the notoriously terrible 1964 film Santa Claus Conquers the Martians. Kirkland Performance Center, 350 Kirkland Ave., Kirkland, $16–$24, Dec. 16

Cirque Dreams Holidaze Grand and glitzy Vegas-style entertainment for the whole family. The Paramount, 911 Pine St., $40– $70, Dec. 22–24

A Drag Queen Christmas A sextet of stars from RuPaul’s Drag Race help you through your postChristmas hangover. The Moore, 1932 Second Ave., $21.50–$160.50, Dec. 29


Trans-Siberian Orchestra “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve” is the theme of their subtle and understated holiday musical production. KeyArena, Seattle Center, $42-$74, 3:30 p.m. & 8 p.m., Nov. 25

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas Chip Davis has released 27 Christmas albums from which to choose the set list for his annual holiday extravaganza. The Paramount, 911 Pine St., $32–$82. 8 p.m. Sat., Nov. 25

Jane Lynch: A Swingin’ Little Christmas From game shows to Glee, and a lynchpin of Christopher Guest’s genius series of mockumentaries, Jane Lynch also sings. She returns to the Triple Door to pep up your holiday. The Triple Door, 216 Union St., $55–$80, 6:30 & 9:30 p.m., Nov. 29-30

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1: The third annual Historic Shell Holiday Shop opens on Nov. 24 at the Historic Shell Station in Issaquah. Courtesy photo

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2: Jewelry by Bellevue artist Christine Stoll. Stoll is one of more than 35 artists whose products will be featured a the Historic Shell Holiday Shop in Issaquah. Courtesy photo

By Carrie Rodriguez crodriguez@soundpublishing.com

3: Seattle artist Shino Mikami’s eco-friendly women’s poncho made of hemp/organic cotton jersey displays a picture of poppy flowers screen-printed on the front. Courtesy of Shino Mikami


A holiday pop-up shop filled with heart and handmade gifts.


hen Christine Stoll’s grandmother passed away, she left Stoll her collection of beads, buttons, broken costume jewelry, and jewelry-making tools. This inspired Stoll to use repurposed and vintage materials to create modern jewelry. In pursuit of her creations, the Bellevue artist enjoys digging through bins of vintage buttons and jars of antique hardware at flea markets searching for material. Stoll is one of more than 35 artists whose products will be available for sale at the third annual Historic Shell Holiday Shop in downtown Issaquah. The Downtown Issaquah Association’s pop-up

shop—curated and run by Alison Lang of So, There—will feature handmade goods from local artists. Open for the holiday season from noon to 6 p.m., FridaySunday, from Nov. 24 through Dec. 30, this shop offers patrons the opportunity to find unique handmade holiday gifts, including jewelry, ceramics, cards, apparel, and more. New this year, the downtown association has added two outdoor holiday winter market weekends featuring décor, food, gifts, music, and more, from noon to 4 p.m. on Nov. 25-26 and Dec. 22-23. 232 Front St. N. in Issaquah. For more information, visit facebook.com/ShellHolidayShop


Bellevue Botanical Garden The Bellevue Botanical Garden has some fun and rewarding opportunities for volunteers. Participate in the set-up, installation, lights maintenance and take-down of the organization’s Garden lights for this popular seasonal event, which requires year-round efforts. Or participate in the event itself as a greeter, cashier or special event support staff. For more information, visit www. bellevuebotanical.org/volunteer.

Bellevue Lifespring Adopt a Family Bellevue LifeSpring’s Holiday Adopt-AFamily program allows caring individuals, families, businesses and community groups to personally make a difference for a struggling family during the holidays. Community sponsors are matched with families in need to provide gifts for Christmas and a grocery store gift card. The program culminates in distribution day with an amazing team

of over 150 volunteers at First United Methodist Church in Bellevue. To volunteer for Holiday Adopt-A-Family, contact 425-451-1175.

Eastside Friends of Seniors Changes in the family structure have left many seniors alone in their family home without the type of help that would normally be provided by neighbors or relatives. Help with little things like the weekly shopping trip or the spring clean up in the yard can make a big difference in the ability of seniors to maintain their independence and vitality. If you have a passion for growing vegetables in the backyard or love to shop at the mall, there is probably an elderly person down the block who would treasure the time spent together sharing the same activity. Volunteers with Eastside Friends provide seniors the dignity they seek and the companionship they deserve. Simple rides and occasional help with routine errands give seniors the confidence to maintain the dignity of an independent life. For more information, visit http:// eastsidefriendsofseniors.org/volunteer.

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Holiday cheer for your ears. Byrd Ensemble English choral music: Britten, Holst, and more. St. James Cathedral, 804 Ninth Ave., byrdensemble. com, $20–$30, 8 p.m., Nov. 25

Magical Strings Celtic yuletide music from the extended Boulding family. Eight concerts throughout the Puget Sound region. See magicalstrings.com for exact schedule. $12–$28, Nov. 26– Dec. 23

Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition Dozens of teams compete to benefit the Pike Market Senior Center & Food Bank (see photo above). Pine Street at Fifth & Sixth Ave., donation, 6 p.m., Dec. 1

Northwest Chorale Lynn Hall directs Messiah. Donation to benefit Northwest Harvest. Epiphany Parish of Seattle, 1805 38th Ave., nwchorale.org, 6:30 p.m., Dec. 2

Colla Voce Seattle “Angels & Shepherds” is this 16-voice choir’s Christmas concert. St. Catherine of Siena Church, 814 N.E. 85th St.; collavoceseattle.org; $20; 7:30 p.m. Sat., 3 p.m. Sunday; Dec. 2-3

Holiday Pops Extravaganza Federal Way Symphony performs with “Wantz.” The Performing Arts & Events Center, Federal Way. Saturday at 7:30, p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. Dec. 2-3

Bach’s Christmas Oratorio The Kirkland Choral Society and Kirkland Chamber Singers perform with Philharmonia Northwest. Bastyr University Chapel, 14500 Juanita Drive NE, Kenmore; kirklandchoralsociety. org; $20–$25; 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 3 p.m. Sun.; Dec. 2-3

Northwest Chamber Chorus “Mother and Child” includes music inspired by a certain Mary and

her son. Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, 7500 Greenwood Ave. N., northwestchamberchorus.org, $20– $25, 3 p.m., Dec. 3 & 10

Choral Arts Northwest Robert Bode conducts, with classical guitarist Bob McCaffery-Lent. Plymouth Congregational Church, 1217 Sixth Ave., choralartsnw.org, $24–$28, 8 p.m., Dec. 8

Sammamish Symphony Orchestra They will perform their traditional pops concert in Sammamish (Dec. 3) and Bellevue (Dec. 8). Go to sammamishsymphony.com for more details on each performance.

Seattle Symphony Holiday Pops

14500 Juanita Dr. NE; Kenmore, 3 & 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 16.

Seattle Choral Company “Buon Natale: An Italian Christmas” will explore centuries of musical contributions made by Italians and Italian-Americans, from Palestrina through Rossini to Menotti. St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, 1245 Tenth Ave. E., $5–$25, 8 p.m., Dec. 9

Seattle Men’s Chorus “A Sassy Brassy Holiday” is their annual extravaganza. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St. $25–$85. Six performances Dec. 10–23; also in Tacoma Dec. 9 and Everett Dec. 16; see seattlechoruses.org for exact schedule.

Northwest Boychoir

Stuart Chafetz conduct with the University of Washington Chorale joining in. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., seattlesymphony.org. $36–$96; 8 p.m. Fri. & Sat., 2 p.m. Sun.; Dec. 8-10

Their 39th annual “A Festival of Lessons & Carols,” patterned after the Christmas Eve observance at King’s College in Cambridge, England. Eight performances; prices vary by venue; see nwchoirs.org for exact schedule. Dec. 9–22

Cantaré Vocal Ensemble

Jose Gonzales Trio

Carols old and new in “All My Heart This Night Rejoices.” St. Catherine of Siena Church, 814 NE 85th St., 7:30 p.m. Fri.–Sat.; Holy Rosary Church, 4139 42nd Ave. S.W., 2 p.m. Sun., $20–$25. Dec. 8-10

Medieval Women’s Choir Christmas music from centuries long past. St. James Cathedral, 804 Ninth Ave., medievalwomenschoir.org, $15–$30, 8 p.m., Dec. 9

Bellevue Chamber Chorus Latvian composer Eriks Ešenvalds adds tuned water glasses to the choir. St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 3030 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue; bellevuechamberchorus.org; $10–$20; 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 3 p.m. Sun.; Dec. 9-10

Seattle Pro Musica “Winter Rose” celebrates the hope symbolized by this unseasonal bloom. $12–$38. Seattle First Baptist Church, 1111 Harvard Ave.; 3 & 7:30 p.m. Sat.; Dec. 9. Chapel at Bastyr University,

Playing Vince Guaraldi’s peerlessly evocative score for A Charlie Brown Christmas in its entirety. Cornish Playhouse, Seattle Center, strawshop. org, 1 p.m. (for families, $15–$24) & 6 p.m. (for adults, with cocktails, $27–$75), Dec. 10

Christmas Caroling at the Historic Train Depot City of Issaquah Arts Commissioner Fred Hopkins will lead the chorus in all your favorite carols. Issaquah Depot Museum, 78 First Ave. NE, Issaquah, 6-7 p.m., Dec. 14

Cappella Romana “A Byzantine Christmas: The Sun of Justice” includes ancient chants in Greek, Arabic, and English. St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 2100 Boyer Ave. E., cappellaromana. org, $25–$50, 8 p.m., Dec. 15

Seattle Symphony Ruth Reinhardt conducts Messiah. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St.,

seattlesymphony.org, $24–$89, 8 p.m. Fri., 1 & 8 p.m. Sat., 2 p.m. Sun, Dec. 15-17

Seattle Girls Choir Accompanied by harp, they should be a sonic delight. Holy Rosary Church, 4139 42nd Ave. SW, 8 p.m. Fri., Dec. 15; Chapel of Saint Ignatius, Seattle University campus, 901 12th Ave., 7:30 p.m. Sun., Dec. 17, $15, seattlegirlschoir.org

Lindsey Stirling The EDM violinist visits on her “Warmer in Winter” holiday tour. The Paramount, 911 Pine St., $31– $109, 8 p.m., Dec. 16

City Cantabile Choir “A Celtic Christmas” features music from Ireland and Scotland (with pipes, fiddle, and step dancers), and also Spain. Green Lake United Methodist Church, 6415 First Ave. NE, citycantabilechoir.org, $20–$25, 7:30 p.m. Sat., 3 p.m. Sun, Dec. 16-17

Orchestra Seattle/ Seattle Chamber Singers Clinton Smith conducts Messiah, a four-decade tradition for the group. First Free Methodist Church, 3200 Third Ave. W., osscs.org, $10–$25, 7:30 p.m., Dec. 16

Opus 7 Choral music by Brahms, Poulenc, and a selection of Northwest composers. St. James Cathedral, 804 Ninth Ave., opus7.org, $20–$24, 7:30 p.m., Dec. 17

Messiah Sing-and-Play-Along A Seattle holiday tradition since 1971. Karen P. Thomas conducts the entire oratorio, and the choir will also sing the solos. University Unitarian Church, 6556 35th Ave. NE, $13–$18, 7 p.m., Dec. 26

The Brian Setzer Orchestra Christmas Show It’s the 14th annual “Christmas Rocks!” tour for Setzer and his 19-piece orchestra. The Paramount, 911 Pine St., $41–$96. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 26

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Lvl Up Sprites replace pixels with beads. Courtesy of GeekCraft Expo

MIVAL Holiday Show The annual Holiday Show from the Mercer Island Visual Arts League consists of 2D and 3D artwork, holiday decor, jewelry, and gifts. Appetizers, refreshments, and live music will round out the evening. The show this year is juried by well-known watercolorist, Tom Hoffmann. Mercer Gallery at Mercer Island Community and Event Center, 8236 SE 24th St., Mercer Island, through Dec. 15

Bothell Country Village Stroll the grounds of a village filled with beautiful twinkling lights and displays, visit two of Santa’s live reindeer, and make holiday ornaments at the free snowflake station. Those who love Santa can visit his workshop, get their photo taken and vote for their favorite gingerbread house. Pirate fans will want to be present on Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. for Santa’s Arrgh-rival, A Pirate X-Mas. 23718 Bothell Everett Highway, Bothell, through Dec. 25

Holiday Fun at Redmond Town Center For the entire month, shoppers will enjoy extended shopping hours (of course) and a lot of special treats for themselves or the kids in tow, including a horse carousel, a covered synthetic skate rink, a train, and visits with Santa. 7525 166th Ave. NE, Redmond, Nov. 24-Jan. 1

Magic in the Market Cookie decorating, a ukulele band, photos with Santa under the big

clock, a tree lighting, arts and crafts, and, as always, lots and lots of vendors selling gifts for all. Pike Place Market, 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Sat., Nov. 25

Issaquah Highlands Shop Local Bazaar Come join local shops, vendors and artisans for some holiday shopping and community fun at the third annual event. Blakely Hall, 2550 NE Park Drive, Issaquah, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m, Nov. 25

GobbleUp The organizers of Urban Craft Uprising will host their first-ever artisanal, foodie show in Bellevue. GobbleUp will feature 70 food vendors ranging from specialty caramel and vegan truffles to crout, shrubs, and kitchen supply sellers. Some of those vendors include Capuli Club, And Tonic, Ayako and Family, Eliot’s Adult Nut Butters, Harbor Herbalist, Jonboy Caramels and Old Salt Merchants, among others. Meydenbauer Center, 11100 NE Sixth St., Bellevue, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Nov. 25

GeekCraft Expo The comicon of craft markets, GeekCraft Expo debuted two years ago and now has a fan base all its own with plans to expand to 17 cities across the county. This year’s edition is three times larger and will feature 80 exhibitors selling one-ofa-kind handmade gifts for the pop culture fan in your life. Also new to the two-day event is a section hosted by Seattle ReCreative where

kids can make their own geeky gifts. Hangar 30 at Magnuson Park. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. Nov. 25-26

Hilltop Holiday Craft Show This craft show features thousands of hand-crafted items, including holiday ornaments, decorations, pottery, jewelry, wood, and knit items from more than 60 selected Northwest crafters. Northwest Arts Center, 9825 NE 24th St, Bellevue, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Nov. 29-Dec. 1

Giving Marketplace There is gifting and then there is giving. Do both at this two-day affair featuring dozens of pop-up shops peddling socially conscious wares with proceeds going to support the environment, refugees, and children in need. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center, 440 5th Ave. N., 10a.m.-5p.m., Dec 1-2

Skyline Holiday Bazaar A festive holiday shopping to-do featuring local artisans and crafters, as well as a bake sale, musical performances by students, and a raffle drawing. Skyline High School, 1122 228th Ave. SE, Sammamish, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Dec. 2

Urban Craft Uprising Now in its 22nd year, this celebration of high-quality handmade goods covers all the bases, from furniture to food stuff and clothing to candles. And toys too, of course. Featuring more than 150 jury-selected vendors,

there is no reason why you shouldn’t be able to take care of your entire list with this one stop. Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, 301 Mercer St., 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Dec. 2-3

Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism’s Annual Holiday Sale Mix some culture in with your commerce this season at this annual sale. Tibetan vendors will be on hand selling items born of the Himalayas, including statues, incense, beads, art prints, and prayer flags. Then take a guided tour of the Monastery’s shrine room, which contains murals, mandalas, sculptures, and an immense golden Buddha. Also, there will be a bake sale. 108 NW 83rd Street, Seattle, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Dec. 3

Oddmall More than just an ordinary craft show, Oddmall is a celebration of uniqueness, creativity, imagination and wonder where artists, crafters and like-minded sorts gather to offer their unusual creations for public consumption. It’s the perfect place to find something unique for that special someone. Browsing Oddmall’s indoor profusion of nearly 200 vendors is a great and fantastic way to spend an afternoon with the family. Bellevue College, 3000 Landerholm Circle SE, Bellevue. Dec. 16-17

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