Bunny Angels at Borders—This holiday season, Borders features a Christmas tree decorated with Bunny Angel ornaments designed by Sylvia Long, renowned illustrator of children's books.



A guide to holiday happenings in the area

Bunny Angels at Borders—This holiday season, Borders features a Christmas tree decorated with Bunny Angel ornaments designed by Sylvia Long, renowned illustrator of children's books. The Bunny Angels will bear the names and ages of needy children, supplied by the Salvation Army. Holiday shoppers can select a Bunny Angel from the tree and choose a gift from among hundreds of thousands of books, CDs, videos/DVDs, and other items throughout the store. Borders will then gift-wrap the items using the Bunny Angel as a tag; the Salvation Army will deliver the presents to the children; and your good deed will be complete. Borders Books, 1501 Fourth, 622-4599.

Star Power—On sale now: The Bon March駳 Holiday Star ornament. Buy one of these beauties at your local Bon and partial proceeds go to the Starlight Children's Foundation of Washington. $30 each plus tax. Call 506-4FUN for more info.

Northwest Boychoir—Their "Festival of Lessons and Carols" features multiple performances in multiple venues. Hear the voices of angels, we mean children, as they sing traditional favorites and holiday hymns. Purchase tickets in advance or at the door. $10 adults/$5 children. Arrive early, as concerts generally draw capacity audiences. Epiphany Church, 38th and Denny. 12/8 at 7:30. Trinity Episcopal Church, 2301 Hoyt, Everett. 12/9 at 7:30. Cedarcrest Performing Arts Center, 29000 NE 150th, Duvall. 12/10 at 7. Holy Rosary Church, 4139 42nd SW. 12/15 at 7:30. St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 4805 NE 45th. 12/16 at 7. Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 6211 NE 182nd, Kenmore. 12/17 at 7. Benaroya Hall, Mark Taper Auditorium, Third and Union. 12/21 at 7:30. Call 524-3234 for more information or advance tickets.

A Christmas Carol—It's A Contemporary Theater's 25th annual presentation of Charles Dickens' classic, and once again, Ebenezer Scrooge, the stingiest man in London, discovers the true spirit of Christmas. A Contemporary Theater, 700 Union, 292-7660. $16-$35/ $13.50-$29 seniors and children. Thu 12/7-Sun 12/24, call 292-7676 or visit www.acttheatre.org for times.

Argosy Christmas Ship Festival—Hop on board The Spirit of Seattle, the official Christmas ship, decked with thousands of white lights and other holiday decorations. Aboard ship, the Northwest's finest choirs sing holiday greetings; on shore, revelers gather around roaring bonfires. 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 several Puget Sound charity organizations and social service providers. Call 623-1445 or visit www.argosycruises.com for times and locations. Christmas ship: $26.50/$16.50 children; Argosy follow boats: $17/$12. Thu 12/7-Sat 12/23.

Nordys Giving Trees—Select a gift card from a Giving Tree at any Washington Nordstrom store and purchase the requested item for local charities to distribute. Each store selects a local charity in their community to support. For more info, call your local store: downtown Seattle (628-2111), Northgate (364-8800), Bellevue (425-455-5800), Southcenter (246-0400), Tacoma (253-475-3630), and Alderwood (425-771-5755). Thu 12/7-Sun 12/24.

Santa Castle Outside Nordys—Read your wish list to and take a photo with Mr. Claus inside the snow-covered castle outside the downtown Seattle Nordstrom. "Santa, I'd like to reinvent myself." African-American Santa and American-Sign-Language Santa will be there, as well. Sixth and Pine, call 628-1000 for more info or to schedule an appointment. Thu 12/7-Sun 12/24.

Wells Fargo Magic Season—Only three weeks left of Bellevue's holiday events and festivities. Some highlights: The Wells Fargo Ice Arena (Downtown Park, 10201 NE Fourth, Bellevue, 425-453-1223; $5 plus $2 for skate rental; 12/7-12/31) offers Nutcracker on Ice performances, special appearances, and private parties. Over 200,000 lights dress the Bellevue Botanical Garden in the Puget Sound Energy Garden D'Lights (Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main, 425-451-3755 or www.bellevuebotanical.org; $3 donation; 12/7-12/31). Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides in Old Bellevue (Wells Fargo Ice Arena, call 425-453-1655 for prices; 12/7-12/30) deliver you from Main Street to Bellevue's past. Sponsored by Wells Fargo, Puget Sound Energy, STAR 101.5, 570 KVI, Eastside Journal, and the City of Bellevue. For more info, www.magicseason.com.

Poinsettia Festival—Surround yourself with 38 varieties of Molbak's-grown poinsettias and celebrate the season with a slice of Danish pastry and coffee compliments of the store. Every hour, there'll be a drawing for a free poinsettia. Molbak's, 13625 NE 175th, Woodinville, 425-483-5000. 12/7-24, Mon-Sat 9-9, Sun 9-6. Also at Molbak's, University Village, 754-6500. 12/8-10, Fri 9-9, Sat 8am-9pm, Sun 9-7.

Festivals of Light—Light up the short days of winter with Seattle's annual Festivals of Light, which showcase the holiday traditions of diverse cultures. Festivals include Hanukkah (12/7-8), Santa Lucia (12/9-15), American Christmas: German Roots (12/16-22), and Kwanzaa (12/23-31). Seattle Center, the Children's Museum, call 441-1769 or visit www.thechildrensmuseum.org for event details. $5. Museum hours: Mon-Fri, 10-5; Sat-Sun, 10-6.

Holiday Ceramics Sale—A nonprofit arts organization that offers classes in ceramics and serves as studio space for local artists, Seward Park Art Studio showcases these artists' work at a fund-raising event for the organization. Seward Park Art Studio, 5900 Lake Washington Blvd S, 722-6342 or www.sewardparkart.org. Free. 12/7-24, weekdays 10-8, weekends 10-6.

Merry Chris Mouse—It's a couple of days before Christmas, and a family of mice, without a piece of cheese to their name, arrives at its new home. Twins Christine and Christopher scamper out of their hole in the wall to scavenge in a child's room. They find a caged white mouse and a big dog! Includes Sue Ennis' song "Carving the Christmas Cheese." Langston Hughes Cultural Arts Center, 104 17th S, 684-4757. $5; 3pm show costs $8/$6 seniors and children. Thu 12/7 at 10:30am and 5, Sun 12/10 at 3, Tue 12/12 at 10am.

KING 5 Winterfest—Go for a whirl on the Holiday Ice Rink (Seattle Center, Flag Pavilion. $6/$4 bring your own skates; $4 6 and under/$2 6 and under bring your own skates. 12/7-1/1, Sun-Thu 11-8, Fri-Sat 11-10. Sun 12/24, 11-8. Closed 12/31. Mon 1/1, 11-8) or take a ride on the painted ponies of the Holiday Carousel (Seattle Center, Flag Pavilion, Terrace. $1. 12/7-1/1, 11-6). Attractions inside Seattle Center House include the Holiday Train Display, Winterfest World Market, Sharing Gift Box, KING 5 Home Team Holiday Flights, Season's Readings Story Room, Season Student Music Performances, the Kwanzaa/African-American Holiday Celebration, and the Chinese New Year and Asian Pacific Holiday Celebration. Call 684-7200 or visit www.seattlecenter.com for event details.

Fantasy Lights at Spanaway Park—Enjoy over 200 larger-than-life light displays along a two-mile holiday drive-through that features reindeer, Candy Cane Lane, and other holiday-themed attractions. Presented by Pierce County Parks & Recreation. Spanaway Park, Lakewood, 253-798-3330. $8. Thu 12/7-Sun 12/31, 5-9.

SAM Lights Up!—Seattle Art Museum's fifth annual SAM Lights Up! is a multicultural holiday celebration of lights. Children representing different cultures' holiday traditions—including Diwali (Indian), Loi Krathong (Thai), Kwanzaa (African American), Hanukkah, and Christmas—light candles while the audience learns about their cultures' traditions. Other highlights: artist Sidney Genette's neon light installation, Dickens Carolers, Total Experience Gospel Choir, KING 5's Margaret Larson, SAM mascot Sammy the Camel, free cider and cookies. Seattle Art Museum, 100 University, 654-3100. Free. Thu 12/7, 5-7.

Sharing and Caring Tree—Select a gift wish from the S&C Tree, buy the object of desire, return it unwrapped to the S&C Tree, and you'll make one kid's dream come true. Cosponsored by the University Sunrise Rotary Club, Boy Scouts of America Troop #186, and the Roosevelt High School Interact Club. The S&C Tree benefits the University Food Bank, Central Area Motivational Program (CAMP), Fremont Public Association, and the Department of Social and Health Services. University Village, Center Court, 532-0622. Thu 12/7-Sat 12/23, Mon-Fri 5-8, Sat 10-6, Sun noon-5.

The Nutcracker—This year's performance of the holiday classic features the largest cast ever of Pacific Northwest Ballet students, choreography by PNB Artistic Director Kent Stowell, and magical sets and costumes designed by renowned author and illustrator Maurice Sendak. Seattle Center, Opera House, 292-ARTS. $15-$80. 12/7-17, Tue-Sat at 7:30, Sun at 1 and 5:30. Sat matinees at 2. 12/19-27, Tue-Sat at 2 and 7:30, Sun at 1 and 5:30 (except 12/24 at noon only). Ends 12/27.

Owen Meany's Christmas Pageant—Book-It Repertory Theater presents the story of Owen Meany, the smallest boy in Gravesend, New Hampshire, who enters a battle of wills with Christ Church's Christmas pageant director. The show's based on the chapters "The Little Lord Jesus" and "The Ghost of the Future" from John Irving's novel A Prayer for Owen Meany. North Seattle Community College campus, Stage One, 325-6500. $18/$14 seniors, students, and groups of 10 or more. 12/7-23, Wed-Sat at 7:30, Sun at 2. Tue 12/19 show at 7:30. Fri 12/22 and Sat 12/23 matinees at 2.

Sanders Family Christmas—Taproot Theater Company brings back its holiday musical comedy, featuring the Sanders family singing their hearts out on Christmas Eve 1941 at the Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church in North Carolina before their son goes to war. The show offers traditional bluegrass, gospel, country, and carols. Taproot Theater, 204 N 85th, 781-9707. Wed, Thu nights and Sat matinees: $17-$19. Fri and Sat nights: $23-$25, seniors $2 off. 12/7-30, Wed-Thu at 7:30, Fri at 8, Sat at 2 and 8. Tue show 12/19 at 7:30.

Seattle Symphony—The Symphony kicks off its holiday season with the Seattle Pops series, featuring the Canadian Brass in an eclectic musical celebration that features music from Bach to Ellington. All Symphony performances take place at Benaroya Hall, S Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium, Third and Union, 215-4747. $17-$54. Thu 12/7 at 7:30, Fri 12/8 at 8, Sat 12/9 at 2, Sat 12/9 at 8, Sun 12/10 at 2. Enjoy a classic Christmas favorite with Handel's Messiah, featuring the Seattle Symphony Chorale. $10-$64. Wed 12/13 at 7:30, Thu 12/14 at 7:30, Fri 1/15 at 8, Sat 12/16 at 8, Sun 12/17 at 2. An exuberant blend of jazz, folk, and the classics, traditional Klezmer music is performed by the Klezmer Conservatory Band. $10-$64. Wed 12/20 at 7:30. With the accompaniment of a majestic concert organ, the Holiday Organ Sing-Along includes seasonal works by Rutter, Willcocks, Dupre, and Pinkham. $15-$49. Fri 12/22 at 8, Sat 12/23 at 2. Timeless Christmas favorites are performed at the Holiday Extras and Light Classics. $10-$64. Fri 12/29-Sat 12/30 at 8.

Black Nativity—Intiman Theater presents the third annual run of Langston Hughes' Black Nativity: A Gospel Song Play, performed by Reverend Dr. Samuel B. McKinney, Pastor Patrinell Wright, the Total Experience Gospel Choir, narrators Gael To'mas Jones and Vivian Phillips, and dancers Bertram Johnson and Erricka Turner, with choreography by Kabby Mitchell III. This production features the largest performing company in Intiman's history—41 actors, singers, dancers, and musicians—who tell the traditional story of Christmas through narrative, song, and dance. Seattle Center, Intiman Theater, 269-1900. $38/$28 seniors, students, and groups of 40 or more/$10 youth 16 and under. 12/7-23, Tue, Wed, and Sun at 7; Thu, Fri, and Sat at 8. Sat matinees at 2 and 8, Sun matinees at 2. Ends 12/24 at 2.

Dina Martina Christmas Extravaganza—She's baaack . . . in this holiday tribute to the Sands, the legendary hotel and casino of Dina's hometown, Las Vegas. The variety show includes never-before-seen film and video segments, a special excerpt from The Countrycracker, and gifts for lucky audience members. Also on hand: Dina's lovely daughter, Phoebe (pronounced Fo-eh-bee) and a very special mystery guest! On the Boards, 100 W Roy, 217-9888. $15-$18. 12/7-17, Thu-Sun at 8.

Ham for the Holidays IV: Glazing Saddles—Seattle favorites Lisa Koch and Peggy Platt (a.k.a. Dos Fallopia) continue the ham series (Ham for the Holidays, Son of Ham, Bride of Ham) with Glazing Saddles, which features a cornucopia of dysfunctional characters: the Sequim Gay Men's Chorus, a kosher lounge band, Sister Mary Agnes and Craft Lady, mother-daughter superstars the Spudds, and more. Directed by Burton Curtis. Theater Off-Jackson, 409 Seventh S, 325-6500. $15 (Wed, Thu, Sun, and all matinees)/$17 (Fri-Sat). 12/7-24, Wed-Sat at 8, Sun matinees at 4. Sat matinees 12/16 and 12/23.

It's a Wonderful Life: The Play—The Everett Theater Players presents Frank Rodgers' adaptation of It's a Wonderful Life, based on the 1946 Frank Capra movie starring James Stewart and Donna Reed and the original story by Philip Van Doren Stern. Faced with the failure of his savings and loan, George Bailey contemplates suicide until a guardian angel arrives and shows Bailey that his hometown would have been a sadder place had he never lived. Everett Theater, 2911 Colby, Everett, 425-258-6766. $12/$9 seniors, students, and military personnel/$5 children under 10. 12/7-17, Thu-Sat at 8, Sun at 2.

Matt Smith's Beyond Kindness: The Holiday Edition—The acclaimed performer who brought Seattle audiences My Year with the Nuns portrays the author of a Machiavellian child-rearing manual who unveils not only his numerous child-rearing tips but also himself as he discusses his drive for fame at all costs and his own crazed family relationships. On the Boards, 100 W Roy, 217-9888. $12-$14. 12/7-17, Thu-Sun at 8.

X-mas at the Johnsons (An Evening of Real Art)—A Theater Under the Influence presents this celebration of the Association for Real Art, also known as the Oberiu, an avant-garde art group active in Leningrad between 1918 and the mid-1930s. Plotwise, the play concerns the Johnsons, "a unit that makes the Addams family look like a Goth Leave It to Beaver." Directed by Craig Bradshaw. Union Garage, 1418 10th, 720-1942. $12 Fri and Sat/$10 Sun. Pay-what-you-will Thu. 12/7-17, Thu-Sat at 8, Sun at 2.

Blue Art—Vodvil Theater presents this Christmas farce, subtitled "A Beautiful and Complete Revue for the American Demimonde," starring the Rollvulvas and featuring Combo Craig and "Blue Vice Musicals," historic cinema from Shining Moment Productions. Directed by Curtis Taylor. OK Hotel, Ballroom, 212 Alaskan Wy, 621-7903. $12. Thu 12/7-Fri 12/8 at 9.

Santa at Molbak's—Santa cares about gardeners and their children, too. Bring your own camera or purchase photos through the store's professional photographer. Molbak's, 13625 NE 175th, Woodinville, 425-483-5000. Fri 12/8, registration at 4, sittings 5:30-8:30.

Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition—More than 40 caroling teams line the streets of downtown Seattle and begin singing in the early evening. Join in the fun at Pike Place Market, 728-2773. Free. Fri 12/8, 5-7:30.

A Christmas Carol—Bob Zinn returns to the Bainbridge Performing Arts stage as Ebenezer Scrooge, the ungenerous misanthrope who's transformed into a caring and giving soul one Christmas Eve. Directed by Stephanie Shine. The Playhouse, 200 Madison N, Bainbridge Island, 206-842-8569. 12/8-23, Thu-Fri at 7:30, Sun matinees at 3. Pay-what-you-can performance Thu 12/21 at 7:30. $18/$15 seniors and students.

Handel's Messiah—Seattle Baroque joins the Tudor Choir, soprano Cyndia Sieden, and others to recreate the first London performance in 1743. St. Mark's Cathedral, 1245 10th E, 323-1040. $30 reserved seating/$20/$15 seniors and students. Fri 12/8-Sat 12/9 at 7:30, Sun 12/10 at 3.

Nutcracker Puppet Ballet—Carter Family Marionettes present this holiday extravaganza, in which Brave Clara and her nutcracker journey to a land of dancing flowers, Russian bears, Chinese ribbon dancers, the Sugarplum Fairy, and a silly snowman. Northwest Puppet Center, 9123 15th NE, 523-2579 or www.nwpuppet.org. $8.50/$7 seniors/$6.50 children. 12/8-17, Fri at 7:30, Sat at 1 and 3, Sun at 1 and 3.

Afro-Celtic Winter Concert—Gospel director Kent Stevenson and Cantabile Choir director Fred West put their minds together to create this show, featuring traditional Celtic and Gospel music, authentic Gambian drumming, a 20-person choir, and actor Todd Jefferson Moore spinning a web of Celtic myth and legend. A free-will collection for the Seattle P-I Reader Care fund will be taken at the close of each evening. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth, 623-8632. $13adv/$15/$8 seniors, students, disabled, and children under 12. Fri 12/8 at 8, Sat 12/9 at 7, Sun 12/10 at 8.

It's a Wonderful Life: The Reading—Elliott Bay Theater present two benefit readings of the classic Frank Capra film script, It's a Wonderful Life, featuring local actors. Directed by EBT artistic director Scott Charles Francis. Proceeds will enable EBT to stage their inaugural production of June Moon, by Ring Lardner and George S. Kaufman. Speakeasy Cafe, 2304 Second, 784-5073. $35. Fri 12/8 at 8, Sat 12/9 at 8.

Send Out the Love—Join Pro Homo Voci, Seattle's out and outrageous lesbian and gay theater ensemble, for its holiday concert, Someone's Got to Send Out the Love. This delightful, fast-paced musical review rollicks through naughty and nice send-ups of the season, including the Virgin birth (like you've never seen it before), Hannukah, and the winter solstice. Broadway Performance Hall, 1625 Broadway E, 628-0888. $20. Fri 12/8-Sat 12/9 at 8, Sun 12/10 at 2.

The Snow Maiden—Ballet Bellevue presents Tchaikovsky's classic ballet with guest artists Yury Andreev and Natalia Toriachvili from St. Petersburg, Russia. Featuring Tchaikowsky's haunting score, The Snow Maiden tells the Russian fable of a snow maiden whose heart of ice is melted by the warmth of human love. Meydenbauer Center Theater, 11100 NE Sixth, Bellevue, 425-455-1345. $17/$10 seniors and students. Fri 12/8-Sat 12/9 at 8, Sun 12/10 at 3.

Christmas Rush Fun Run and Walk—Kent Parks' 18th annual Run and Walk includes refreshments, awards, post-race entertainment, and a random prize drawing. City of Kent Maintenance Shops, 24400 Russell Rd, call 253-856-5050 for more info. $20/$25 with a T-shirt. Sat 12/9, registration at 8:30am, walk at 9:50am, run at 10am.

Fred Hutchinson Santa Breakfasts—Breakfasts to benefit the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, featuring strolling minstrels, Olympic Ballet dancers, Leo the Clown, the Light-Speed Juggler, and Santa. Sheraton Seattle Hotel, 1400 Sixth, 667-6264. $30/$20 children. 12/9-10, 12/16-17, 12/23-24, 9:30-11am.

Classic Nursery Holiday Open House—Jump into the holiday spirit with Santa, pony rides, cookies and cocoa, and a petting farm featuring goats, chickens, turkeys, rabbits, and sheep. Proceeds go to Hopelink, Little Bit Therapeutic Riders, and the YWCA. Classic Nursery and Landscape Co., 12526 Avondale Rd NE, Redmond, 425-885-5678. Donations. Sat 12/9-Sun 12/10, noon-4.

Holiday Laser Shows—Sit back and enjoy Holiday Magic and Laser Nutcracker. Santa, please keep the reindeer on the ground. Pacific Science Center, 200 Second N, 443-2001. $12.50/$10 13 and under (includes center admission). Sat 12/9-Sun 12/31 (closed Mon 12/25). Holiday Magic Sat and Sun at 2, Laser Nutcracker Sat and Sun at 4.

A Christmas Carol: The Reading—Legendary actor John Gilbert reads A Christmas Carol; ArtsWest Theater Managing Director Michael Harris leads a sing-along. ArtsWest Theater, 4711 California SW, 938-0339. $15/$12 seniors/$10 students. 12/10, 12/13, and 12/17 at 7:30; 12/9, and 12/17 at 3.

The Magic Horn, or Sleeping Beauty in the Woods—A puppet variety show, with puppets performing pieces from Dickens' A Christmas Carol and Han Christian Andersen's The Fir Tree. Also, enjoy demonstrations of hand puppets, rod puppets, shadow puppets, black light theater, and toy theater pieces. Sammamish Library, 825 228th NE, Sammamish, 425-836-8793. Sat 12/9 at 3.

Bellevue Philharmonic—"Festival of Light" includes a visit from Santa and candy canes and sleigh bells for kids. Eastlake Performing Arts Center, 400 228th NE, Sammamish, 425-455-4171. $12/$6 students and seniors. Sat 12/9 at 7.

Northwest Chamber Chorus—A nostalgic trip down mistletoe-adorned memory lane, A Merry Little Christmas features popular tunes from holidays past, along with historical perspective on how these songs became popular classics. Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, 7500 Greenwood N. Sat 12/9 at 7:30, Sun 12/10 at 3:30. $14-$16/free children 6-12.

Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis—Get in step with a great cause through this 5K run, a Seattle holiday tradition that winds through the streets of downtown. Entry forms available at Bartell Drugs stores, Tully's coffee locations, Fast Lady Sports at Redmond Town Center and University Village, super Jock'n'Jill, Sound Sports, and Niketown. Brochures and entry forms can also be found at www.ontherun.com/jinglebell or by calling 547-2707. The run/walk begins at Westlake Center. $20 entry fee before 12/8, $25 on 12/10. Sat 12/10 at 9:10am. Also, Run for the Elves, a children's 1K fun run, is open to kids 10 and under. Westlake Center. $10 entry fee. Sat 12/10, register at 7am, run at 8:40am.

The Christmas Revels—Celebrate the winter solstice with traditional and ritual dances, processionals, carols, and dramas. Featuring the Revels Chorus, Benazir, the Hobble Knobble Children, Wassail Bells, Seattle Brass Ensemble, and Abbotts Bromley Horn Dance. Stage director: B.J. Douglas. Music director: Susan Senft. Rialto Theater, 310 S Ninth, Tacoma, 253-591-4415. $13-$19.50/seniors and students $11-$16.50/children 12 and under $8-$13. 12/15-19, Fri at 8, Sat at 3 and 7:30 (evening show ASL interpreted), Sun at 1 and 5:30, and Tue at 7:30.

Winter Concert—The Kirkland Choral Society presents Vivaldi's Gloria; the program also includes a selection of holiday songs. Lake Washington United Methodist Church, 7525 132nd NE, Kirkland, 425-822-9584. $10 donation. Sun 12/17 at 2.

Bronn Journey's 19th Annual Christmas Concert—Join concert harp performer Bronn Journey at his annual holiday event. Village Theatre, 303 Front N, Issaquah, 425-393-2202. Mon 12/18 at 7:30. Also at Shorecrest High School, 15343 25th NE, Shoreline. Thu 12/21 at 7:30. $12.50adv/$15.

The Holiday Big Broadcast—For nearly 20 years, The Big Broadcast brightened the holiday season for tens of thousands of theatergoers, providing an entertaining glimpse back at the golden age of radio from the 1930s and '40s. This new version examines the tradition of popular culture from radio to television. Presented by Boomer Classics. Fri and Sat $25/$21 seniors and students; all other days $23/$19 seniors and students; New Year's Benefit $75. Kirkland Performance Center, 350 Kirkland, Kirkland, 425-893-9900. $18-$24. Thu 12/21-Sat 12/23 and Tue 12/26-Sun 12/31 at 8; Fri 12/22-Sun 12/24, Wed 12/27, and Sat 12/30 at 2.

Ice Festival—Build an igloo, make a snowman, create an ice sculpture, discover the science and properties of ice at Pacific Science Center, 200 Second N, 443-2001. $8/$5.50 13 and under. Tue 12/26-Sun 12/31.

Seattle Sings Messiah—At Seattle's premiere sing-along Messiah, you can raise your voices and be part of the heavenly chorus. First United Methodist Church, Fifth and Marion, 622-7278 ext. 44, or visit www.seattlesingsmessiah.org. $9adv/$10. Sat 12/27 at 7.

Tudor Christmas—Performed by the Tudor Choir; featuring the Christmas Mass by Thomas Tallis. First Presbyterian Church of Bellevue, 1717 Bellevue Wy NE, Bellevue. Fri 12/29 at 8. Also at St. Mark's Cathedral, 1245 10th E. Sat 12/30 at 8. Call 322-3118 for tickets/information. $18/$15 seniors and students.

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