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Best Events This Weekend December 23 – 25

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Seattle, Bellevue and Tacoma are lit up like Christmas trees this weekend – buzzing with activities for the whole family! Some are even open on Sunday, December 25!

Ice Sculpting
Saturday, December 24
12:00pm – 2:00pm
Seattle Center, Outside Fisher Pavilion
305 Harrison Street
Seattle, WA 98109
http://www.seattlecenter.com/winterfest

Artistry and ice unite to express the season! Watch internationally acclaimed, award-winning artists at work as their ice creations unfold – or stop by to see the glistening results.

Winterfest Ice Rink
Friday and Saturday
December 23 and 24
Seattle Center
305 Harrison Street
Seattle, WA 98109
http://www.seattlecenter.com/winterfest

Glide across the ice with your friends and family! Friday: 11:00am-10:00pm Saturday: December 24, closes at 4pm.

Seattle’s Coolest Santa & His Out-of-this-World Workshop
Friday and Saturday
December 23 and 24
11:00am – 5:00pm
Space Needle Observation Deck
400 Broad St.
Seattle, WA 98109
http://www.spaceneedle.com

Santa and his elves can be found at the top of the Space Needle this holiday season. Eager to show off his new, super-sleek workshop and flashy new threads, Jolly St. Nick will be on the Observation Deck to meet and greet guests and to take pictures with them in his shiny new ride. After telling Santa what is on their wish list, kids are invited to visit the Space Needle arts and crafts station to make and take home a complimentary keepsake.

Garden d’Lights
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
December 23 – 25
5:00pm – 10:00pm
Bellevue Botanical Garden
12001 Main Street
Bellevue, WA 98005
http://www.gardendlights.org

Open every evening from 5:00pm to 10:00pm, including holidays, through December 31. Over a half million lights transform the Bellevue Botanical Garden into a blossoming winter wonderland.

Snowflake Lane
Friday and Saturday
December 23 and 24
7:00pm
Downtown Bellevue
http://www.magicseason.com

Join The Bellevue Collection for a memorable tradition celebrating the sixth annual holiday showing of Snowflake Lane. It’s a nightly display along the sidewalks of Bellevue Way and NE 8th Street of dazzling lights, music, dramatic drumming from live toy soldiers and magical snow. No show on Sunday, December 25. Celebration Lane begins at 7:00pm December 26 – 31.

Magic Season Ice Arena
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
December 23, 24 and 25
NE 1st Street and 102nd Avenue NE
Downtown Bellevue Park
http://www.magicseason.com

Open each day through January 8 (including Christmas Day), come skate and enjoy the season in an outdoor rink! 11:00a – 11:00pm on Friday, 11:00a – 6:00p on Saturday and Sunday.

Jingle Bell Run – 5K Run or Walk
Saturday, December 24
1:30pm
Wright Park
501 S. I St.
Tacoma, WA 98404
http://www.metroparkstacoma.org.

Fun for all ages! Put on your jingle bells and bring a donation of non-perishable food or old running shoes!

Zoolights
Friday and Sunday
December 23 and 25 (closed December 24)
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
5400 North Pearl Street
Tacoma, WA 98407
http://www.pdza.org

Bundle up and stroll the Zoo as it comes aglow with more than a half-million lights. Sip hot cocoa while you explore seas of dazzling lights and breathtaking displays of ice-skating puffins, a preying eagle, tiger cubs, the Narrows Bridges and the massive flame tree. Warm up with the sharks in the steamy South Pacific Aquarium, ride a camel or take a spin on an antique carousel! Runs nightly through January 1, 2012. Closed December 24.

Franciscan Polar Plaza Ice Skating
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
December 23, 24 and 25
Tollefson Plaza
17th and Pacific
Tacoma, WA 98407
http://www.PolarPlaza.org

Come out for a skate! Friday, December 23 is Ugly Sweater Night. Wear your favorite ugly holiday sweater and receive $1 off admission. Christmas Eve skating hours are 10:00am – 8:00pm. Christmas Day skating hours are 12:00pm – 6:00pm.

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