Updated Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 07:01 AM
Santa arrives in a mini-parade on Second Avenue to Town Square Plaza to receive the key to the city from the mayor to open the holiday season, with music, kids’ story times and crafts, 3:30 p.m., lighting of the Christmas tree and Town Square, 5:30 p.m., festivities continuing until 9 p.m., sponsored by Kent Lions, Second Avenue and Smith Street, Kent (kcdays.com/winterfest).
Burien Winterfest: Shopping, entertainment, horse-and-carriage rides, holiday crafts for kids, photos with Saint Nick for dogs and people, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Southwest 152nd Street and Sixth Avenue Southwest, Burien (www.discoverburien.com).
Ski Helmet Fitting and Giveaway: Free ski- and snowboard-helmet fitting and giveaway for ages 4 to 18, wearers must be present and fitted to receive a helmet, supplies limited, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, Seattle Children’s Administration Building, 6901 Sand Point Way N.E., Seattle; free (206-987-5265 or www.seattlechildrens.org/classes-community/community-programs/kohls-helmet-safety/).
Russian Extravaganza: Russian poetry, dancing, singing including performance by St. Nicholas Cathedral School students, 2 p.m. Saturday, Seattle Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Seattle; free (206-684-0849 or www.spl.org).
Santa’s Coming to Mill Creek: Santa parade on Main Street, 3:30 p.m.; tree lighting, 4:30 p.m., City Hall; Santa visits, entertainment, horse-drawn carriage rides, music, live reindeer, Mill Creek Town Center and Mill Creek City Hall 15728 Main St., Mill Creek (millcreektowncenterbiz.com).
Edmonds-Woodway High School Music Boosters Craft Fair: Arts and crafts vendors, music by EWHS music ensembles, proceeds support school music programs, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Edmonds-Woodway High School, 7600 212th St. S.W., Edmonds (www.ewhsmusic.com).
PNA Winter Festival & Crafts Fair: Entertainment, arts and crafts from 115 vendors, bake sale, lunch, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle; $2-$4 (206-783-2244 or www.phinneycenter.org/winterfestival).
West Seattle Tree Lighting and Hometown Holidays: Holiday tree lighting, 5 p.m. Saturday, Junction Plaza Park, 42nd Avenue Southwest and Southwest Alaska Street, Seattle; mule carriage rides, Santa visits, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 16, California Avenue Southwest and Southwest Alaska Street, Seattle (wsjunction.org).
Nature Book and Gift Fair: Field guides, books, calendars, toys, nature gifts, bird feeders and seed, proceeds support the Center’s education programs, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Seward Park Audubon Center, 5902 Lake Washington Boulevard S., Seattle (206-652-2444 or sewardpark.audubon.org).
Compiled by Madeline McKenzie.
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