See four displays made mostly of food with a “chocolate factory” theme at Gingerbread Village in Sheraton Grand Seattle, 1400 6th Ave. Open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. (except closes 11 p.m. on Fridays & Saturdays). FREE
Watch model trains run through detailed scenes of the Pacific Northwest, and see railroad-history exhibits at the Model Train Festival at Washington State History Museum, 1911 Pacific Ave. in Tacoma. Closed Dec. 24 & 25.
Buy a ticket online, then drive two miles past “300 elaborate displays” of holiday lights while you hear holiday music on radio station 1700 AM at Fantasy Lights in Spanaway Park, 14905 Bresemann Blvd. S in Spanaway. Open every night. At peak times, the line can take three hours.
WildLanterns features “large-scale animal and nature scape lanterns representing wild places from around the globe” including bugs, lions, pandas, parrots, and dragons, with snacks for sale and a performance in the entrance building at Woodland Park Zoo, 5500 Phinney Ave. N in Seattle. Grounds map. (Closed most Mondays and Dec. 24 & 25.)
Watch 95 minutes of short films selected from the 2023 Sundance Film Festival program, including “fiction, documentary, and animation from around the world” during Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour at Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave. in Seattle.
A fast, funny, and wild play by William Shakespeare, The Comedy of Errors features slapstick comedy about mistaken identity at Center Theatre, 305 Harrison St. in Seattle. Discussions before or after some shows.
Your $83 ticket to Taste of the Northwest includes six oysters plus 12 tasting tickets for wine, beer, and whiskey, with live music and food for sale at Campbell's Resort on Lake Chelan, 104 W Woodin Ave. in Chelan.
Dress warmly for Lake Chelan Winterfest, which features ice sculptures, live music, wine & ale tasting, kids’ activities, a polar bear splash, a giant beach bonfire, and fireworks on the sunnier side of the state.
The schedule of events for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration last year included children’s activities, food trucks, music, art, a Civil Rights film, a keynote speech, Sounders players, and an evening party for adults at Northwest African American Museum, 2300 S Massachusetts St. in Seattle. FREE
Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration features a keynote speaker plus music, dance, and poetry at Greater Tacoma Convention Center. Doors open at 10 a.m. so you can meet community organizations. Admission and street parking are FREE.
UW Dance Presents “showcases original choreography by internationally recognized faculty and visiting artists” to live music in Meany Hall for the Performing Arts at 4040 George Washington Lane NE in Seattle.
Up with a Twist is a $200 fundraiser for the School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts (SANCA), which includes a dinner, a dessert buffet, two drink tickets, and a “flying trapeze, aerial, and circus show” at Emerald City Trapeze Arts, 2702 6th Ave. S in Seattle.
National Geographic Live presents scientists, photographers, filmmakers, and adventurers live on stage with amazing photos and video at Benaroya Hall, 200 University St. in Seattle. January is about life in the Arctic. Discount tickets $24.
Walk between 15 restaurants serving a variety of soups (gumbo, ramen, posole, chowder, chili, Jamaican curry) during Fremont Soupocalypse, which requires no ticket and has a prize when you collect 8 soup stamps.
Dress up and dance to “swing, R & B, Latin, waltzes, ‘50s rock ‘n’ roll, foxtrots, quicksteps, and blues” played by a live orchestra at Masquerade in Century Ballroom, 915 E Pine St. in Seattle for age 21+. Singles welcome.
Watch motorcycles go from zero to 60 mph in three seconds over a slippery ice surface at Xtreme International Ice Racing as drivers compete to earn points at Angel of the Winds Arena, 2000 Hewitt Ave. in Everett.
Celebrate the year of the dragon at Microsoft Asian Spring Festival Celebration, which has a family-friendly afternoon festival (games, gifts, food court, afternoon performance, and photo booth with traditional Chinese outfits) and an evening gala performance at Overlake Christian Church, 9900 Willows Road NE in Redmond.
Instead of celebrating Groundhog’s Day, meet a frog named Snohomish Slew at the annual GroundFrog Day Celebration, with kids’ games, crafts, music, mascots, family entertainment, and photo opportunities at Snohomish Aquatic Center, 516 Maple Ave. in Snohomish.
Live and breathe weddings at the Seattle Wedding Show in the Washington State Convention Center, 705 Pike St. in Seattle. Expect fashion shows, discount gowns, and hundreds of vendors. Children age 12 and younger are free.
Watch tournaments and competitions, try your hand at archery and thrown weapons during open hours, play games, and shop from artisans at the quirky Ursulmas Medieval Faire at Evergreen State Fairgrounds, 14405 179th Ave. SE in Monroe. Public days are Sat. & Sun.
Celebrate Asia “honors Seattle’s Asian American community through exploring the rich musical traditions of Asian countries” at Benaroya Hall. Watch international entertainment in the lobby before (3 p.m.) and after the concert. Discount tickets $33.
Kids can meet the Snow Sisters, eat “fancy treats and candies,” make a snowflake magic wand, get crowned with a rhinestone tiara, dance, and watch “snow” falling at the Winter Royal Ball at Tea and Tiaras Party Parlor, 1809 99th St. E in Tacoma.