Newport Ski Swap is a huge consignment sale that includes skis, snowboards, snowshoes, and winter clothing at Newport High School, 4333 Factoria Blvd. SE in Bellevue. Free except the first hour on Friday. Entry time can be reserved.
The Port Gamble Ghost Conference features paranormal investigations, guest speakers, classes, and ghost tours in the historic town of Port Gamble, beginning at Port Gamble Theater, View Drive NE in Poulsbo. Pre-register.
The Veterans Day Parade & Observance includes veterans’ units, military vehicles, motorcycles, 25 marching bands, and floats moving along E Main St. (from E St. to A St.). See related events on their web page. Free.
A $35 ticket to Renton Wine Walk includes a souvenir glass and 10 tokens to sample wine in downtown businesses where you can meet the winemakers, beginning at 700 S 3rd St. in Renton. Bring age 21+ ID. Held summer, fall, and winter.
The Tree-Lighting Celebration pre-show entertainment begins at 3 p.m., the countdown to light the tree and giant star begins at 5 p.m., and a post-show concert follows in Westlake Park, 401 Pine St. in Seattle. Free.
GeekCraft Expo Seattle Holiday Market promises “gifts for the geeks on your holiday shopping list” handmade by 100 vendors in Hangar 30 at Magnuson Park. Friday costs more. Free for age 12 and younger.
Arrive early to park and find a good viewing spot for the 20-minute show of lights, music, falling snow, young dancers, and drummers in uniform on Snowflake Lane (Bellevue Way between N.E. 4th & N.E. 8th). Free.
The popular Santa Train includes a gift from Santa. The 25-minute ride departs from Snoqualmie, and the 2-hour ride with kids’ activity stop departs from Northwest Railway Museum, 205 E McClellan St. in North Bend.
The Hip Hop Nutcracker gives Tchaikovsky’s score a modern twist with 12 hip-hop dancers (including “King of Rap” Kurtis Blow), an on-stage DJ, an electric violinist, and a digital background with an urban vibe.
Attend panel discussions, and watch 24 feature films and 79 short films focused on countries like Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka at the Tasveer South Asian Film Festival with screenings in Bellevue, Kirkland, Renton, and Seattle.
A ticket to Family Sing-Along includes a “sing-along concert featuring the Northwest Boychoir Apprentices and the Seattle Girls Choir” followed by dinner, surrounded by a dozen decorated Christmas trees in the ballroom of The Westin Seattle, 1900 5th Ave. in Seattle.
GeekGirlCon creates a community for women in science, technology, arts and literature, comics, and game design in The Conference Center at the Washington State Convention Center, 800 Pike St. in Seattle.
Taste “some of the most prestigious single malt, premium Scotch whiskies and other unique whiskies from around the world” with unlimited light bites at Whiskies of the World at The Rainier Club, 820 4th Ave. in Seattle. Bring age 21+ ID.
Animation Show of Shows screens 10 international short films “which deal with both the anxieties and hopes of a world faced with a seemingly endless series of existential crises” at SIFF Cinema Egyptian, 805 E Pine St. in Seattle. National website.
Watch films from an obscure country with a taste for dark humor at the Romanian Film Festival at Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave. in Seattle. All films have English subtitles. Some films offer question-and-answer sessions with directors on Zoom.
“Join a secret order of spiritualists, and summon a carefully curated collection of ghosts for the evening’s entertainment” at the interactive show Spirit Parlour for age 21+ at Cafe Nordo, 109 South Main St. in Seattle. Optional wine & cocktails.
With a laser-light show backdrop, The Ghosts of Christmas Eve features the driving, thundering beats of guitars and electric violins played by Trans-Siberian Orchestra at Climate Pledge Arena, 334 1st Ave. N in Seattle. Video (1 minute).
Save yourself a flight to Japan and watch three sumo stars wrestle in six live matches during Sumo + Sushi for age 21+, with optional sushi, sake, and beer at WaMu Theater, 800 Occidental Ave. S in Seattle.
Aerial Americana is “a celebration of local musicians and acrobatic artists” for all ages, with a chamber orchestra, trapeze acts, and a bar available at Emerald City Trapeze Arts, 2702 6th Ave. S in Seattle. For all ages.
A ticket to the Cider Maker’s Dinner includes a reception with appetizers and a four-course dinner paired with cider to benefit hunger relief at The Factory Luxe, 3100 Airport Way S in Seattle for age 21+.
WildLanterns features “large-scale animal and nature scape lanterns representing wild places from around the globe” including bugs, dinosaurs, tigers, peacocks, and dragons, with snacks for sale at Woodland Park Zoo, 5500 Phinney Ave. N in Seattle. Free parking. Enter by 8:30 p.m. (Closed Mon. to Wed.)
Julefest is a popular outdoor Christmas event with Nordic food, craft booths, kids’ activities, musicians, and a beverage garden, plus access to the National Nordic Museum, 2655 NW Market St. in Seattle. Free for children age 11 and younger. Expect scarce parking.
Shop for clothing, jewelry, woodworking, drums, and art prints at United Indians Native Art Market in Discovery Park at Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center, 5011 Bernie Whitebear Way in Seattle. Free.
Shop from “100+ local crafty food and beverage vendors” at Gobble Up, organized by Urban Craft Uprising in Hangar 30 at Magnuson Park, 6310 NE 74th St. in Seattle. Examples of what you’ll find include sauces, teas, kitchenware, and food trucks. Held in June & November. Free.
Veterans Day Ceremony includes remarks by the mayor of Bellevue, recognition of veterans by “senior officers from each armed forces service,” bagpipes, and the playing of taps at Sunset Hills Memorial Park, 1215 145th Place SE in Bellevue. Free.
A ticket to Songea’s Kids Soiree includes a wine & appetizer reception, a plated dinner, stories about kids being helped in Tanzania, and live & silent auctions at Seattle Marriott Redmond, 7401 164th Ave. NE in Redmond.
A ticket to Festival of the Trees includes hors d’oeuvres, alcoholic beverages, live music, entertainment, and an auction to benefit Ukrainian Association of Washington State in Hayne’s Hall at McMenamins Anderson School, 18067 Bothell Way NE in Bothell.
“Get dressed up and come sample area wines” at the Wine Makers’ Ball for age 21+, which also has hors d’oeuvres, a keynote presentation, a catered dinner, a band, and a dance floor in Pioneer Park Pavilion, 330 S Meridian in Puyallup.
Sound the Bells features the Tacoma Concert Band playing “family friendly holiday music to kick off the holiday season” at Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway in Tacoma. (Go to the box office to get free tickets for children age 17 and younger.)
Sample local beers and ciders, and meet Northwest craft brewers in the beer garden at Brewallup Craft Beer Festival, which includes “a full lineup of bands and a night market” at Washington State Fair Events Center, 110 9th Ave. SW in Puyallup. Bring age 21+ ID.
Bundle up to admire 800,000 holiday lights and displays at Zoolights from 4:30 to 10 p.m. at Point Defiance Zoo, 5400 N Pearl St. in Tacoma. The kids area has goats. The adult beer garden has fire pits.
Buy a ticket online, then drive two miles past “300 elaborate displays” of holiday lights at Fantasy Lights in Spanaway Park, 14905 Bresemann Blvd. S in Spanaway. Hear holiday music in the park on radio station 1700 AM.