Family fun calendar
"Lights of Christmas": 5 to 10 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays through Dec. 29 at Warm Beach Camp near Stanwood. More than 1 million lights on 15 acres with Victorian carolers, musicians, a Polar Express Train and pony rides for tots, as well as meals, snacks and refreshments. Admission is $15 for teens and adults, $11 for seniors and military, $10 for kids 4 to 12, and free for kids 3 and younger at www.warmbeach.com/lights-of-christmas/tickets. On "pay what you can nights," Dec. 5, 12 and 29, you can pay what you can afford, at the gate only.
Holiday on the Bay: Starts at noon Dec. 7 at Port of Everett Waterfront Center, 1205 Craftsman Way, Everett. Kid-friendly activities are offered throughout the day, such as decorating ornaments and rides on the Everett antique fire truck between 3 and 6 p.m. The tree lighting will take place at 6 p.m. followed by the lighted boat parade. Classic holiday movies will be shown from 4 to 6 p.m. and choirs will perform from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Winterfest: A wonderland of sparkling lights, activities for kids and a variety of entertainments; through Dec. 31 at the Seattle Center. The Winterfest Ice Rink returns, along with Saturday ice sculpting and weekend performances like pipe bands and breakdancers, suitable for adults too. The Dicken Carolers will perform from 11 a.m. to noon Dec. 29; Captain Smartypants, an comedy offshoot of the Seattle Men's Chorus, and Sensible Shoes, a group of singers from the Seattle Women's Chorus, perform from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Dec. 22. More the whole schedule, see www.seattlecenter.com.
Second Sunday Song Syrcle: Musician Greg Deere, "Mr. Toe Tap," shares songs and makes it easy to join in; 3 to 5 p.m. every second Sunday (Dec. 14). Learn new songs and bring copies of favorite songs to share and your favorite instrument; Suggested donation if $5 to $10; Tim Noah Thumbnail Theater, 1211 Fourth St., Snohomish; 360-568-9412; thumbnailtheater.com.
"A Child's Storybook: The Nutcracker": A child-friendly version of "The Nutcracker" with more than 50 dancers continues at 7 p.m. Dec. 6 and 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Snohomish County PUD auditorium, 2320 California St., Everett. Produced by Alderwood Dance Spectrum. Tickets are $15 each at www.brownpapertickets.com and at the door if available; www.AlderwoodDanceSpectrum.com or 425-771-2994.
"James and the Giant Peach": The Seattle Children's Theatre presents the musical based on Roald Dahl's book through Jan. 12 at SCT's Charlotte Martin Theatre. When James' mean aunts make him chop down an old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that turns the peach into a flying machine. The play is recommended for ages 6 and up. Tickets are $25 to $39 by calling 206-441-3322 or by visiting www.sct.org. The Children's Theatre is at 201 Thomas St., Seattle.
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