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Originally published Saturday, October 26, 2013 at 7:20 PM

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Where to celebrate the holidays in Seattle

Seattle holiday activities include: holiday parade, Christmas tree lighting, Winterfet, Figgy Pudding carolers, Wildlights at Woodland Park Zoo and New Year’s festivities at the Space Needle

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If you’re coming to Seattle at Thanksgiving or in December, join in some of the holiday fun. Here’s a sampling of community events:

Nov. 29: Enjoy the Holiday Parade’s floats, marching bands, drill teams and Santa at 9 a.m. in downtown Seattle. Later in the day, watch the giant Christmas tree light up at Westlake Center at 5 p.m., followed by the lighting of the Macy’s star (a giant decorative star on the Macy’s store facing Westlake Center, at Fourth Avenue and Pine). Weather permitting, there also will be a fireworks show.

Last, but not least, take a ride on the Holiday Carousel at Westlake Park as it opens for the season.

Nov. 29-Dec. 31: At Winterfest, enjoy an ice-skating rink, music and other entertainment, food vendors and a big model train at Seattle Center, the cultural/civic complex on the edge of downtown (the Monorail takes you right there from Westlake Center). Hours vary daily. 206-684-7200 or

Dec. 6: Hear community choirs, some with dozens of singers and others with just a handful, performing on downtown sidewalks at the Figgy Pudding Street Corner Caroling Competition. Some singers wear costumes and sing wacky versions of Christmas songs. Figgy Pudding is a fundraiser (by donation) for the Pike Market Senior Center and Food Bank. Preshow entertainment is at 5 p.m., caroling competition 6-8:30 p.m., at Westlake Center and surrounding downtown streets. 206-728-2773, Ext. 8, or

Nov. 29-Jan. 4: At Woodland Park Zoo’s Wildlights, walk the zoo’s paths and see the wild things — wild animals and wild places — made of thousands of decorative lights. 5:30-8:30 p.m. nightly (closed Dec. 24-25) at Woodland Park Zoo in north Seattle; $6.50-$9.50. For a different kind of light, head to the Green Lake Pathway of Lights at the nearby Green Lake Park at dusk and during the early evening of Dec. 14. The 3-mile round-the-lake path is lined with luminaria. Musicians also perform along the path by the shimmering candlelight. 206-548-2500 or and

Dec. 31: Ring in the New Year at the Needle. Enjoy an all-ages dance at the Seattle Center (in the Armory). At midnight, fireworks blast off from the top of the Space Needle. It’s a free show, with thousands of revelers. 206-684-7200 or

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