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— Spirit of Giving: Nov. 10, 5-9 p.m., Silverdale Grange, 12535 Clear Creek Road, Silverdale. Fifth annual potluck and silent auction benefitting local charities. Bring a donation (toys, clothing, check). Event admission is a bag of nonperishable food for North Kitsap Fishline. Info: Claudia, (360) 697-1960, claudia.k@comcastnet.
— Winter Wonderettes: Nov. 16 to Dec. 9, Jewel Box Theatre, 225 Iverson St., Poulsbo. Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Those wacky lovable Wonderettes are back for a musical holiday feast. Info and tickets: Email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.brownpapertickets.com or www.jewelboxpoulsbo.org, (360) 697-3183.
— Gingerbread House Parties: Nov. 24 to Dec. 16, The Farm Kitchen, 24309 Port Gamble Road NE, Poulsbo. The Farm Kitchen Gingerbread House Parties fill the barn with holiday smells, laughter and delight for “kids of all ages.” Info: (360) 297-6615.
— Christmas Tree Lighting on Viking Avenue: Nov. 23, 7 p.m., at Martinson Cabin, 317 Lindvig Way, Poulsbo (by Nelson Park). Christmas tree-lighting ceremony, Father Christmas, North Kitsap High School Choir, the Vikings, hayrides and the “Awakening of the Norseman” — unveiling of the Viking statue.
— Horsedrawn hayrides and Mr. and Mrs. Claus: Nov. 23 to Dec. 22, Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Anderson Parkway, Poulsbo.
— The Hometown Band Holiday Music Concert: Dec. 7, 7-9 p.m., Silverdale Lutheran Church, 11701 Ridgepoint Drive NW, Silverdale. Info: Warrick Wilson (360) 536-2575.
— Scandinavian Bazaar: Dec. 1, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Sons of Norway, 18891 Front St. NE. Arts, crafts, traditional pea soup and meatball dinner, folk dancing by Poulsbo Leikarringen, singing by Vestre Sund Mannskor.
— JuleFest: Dec. 1, 4-6 p.m., Waterfront Park. Christmas tree lighting, bonfire, Santa Claus, music, arrival of Lucia Bride with the Vikings. Hot chocolate, hot cider and hot dogs for sale.
— Big Band Christmas: Dec. 8, 7-10 p.m., Sons of Norway, 18891 Front St., Poulsbo. Featuring Buz Whitley Band. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at Marina Market, Second Seasons, North Point Church or www.brownbagtickets.com. Proceeds benefit Fishline Food Bank. Sponsored by North Point Church. Info: (360) 779-0800.
— Lighted boat parade: Dec. 14-15, Port of Poulsbo, dusk. Presented by the Poulsbo Yacht Club and Historic Downtown Poulsbo Association. The boats cruise Liberty Bay showing off their finest holiday sparkle.
— Redeemer United Methodist Church Christmas Bazaar: Nov. 17, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 9900 NE Shorty Campbell Road, Kingston. Handmade items made by church members, crafts and homemade goodies will be available for purchase. Info: Susan (360) 297-2440, Pat (360) 297-3482.
— Indianola Holiday Fair: Nov. 17, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Indianola Club House, 19876 Indianola Road. Featuring high-quality jewelry, fine art, housewares, note cards, women’s apparel, unique and whimsical handmade gifts and more.
— Santa’s Workshop: Dec. 1, 2:30-5 p.m., Kingston Yacht Club, 25878 Washington Blvd NE. Hosted by Kingston Kiwanis Club. Families can meet Santa, make crafts, and enjoy hot cocoa or cider. Bring a donation for the toy drive.
— Country Christmas: Dec. 1, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Holiday music by Kingston High and Middle school bands, bonfire, Christmas tree lighting, Botanical Light Show, lighted boat parade in Appletree Cove. Admission free, donations accepted.
— Santa Breakfast: Dec. 8, 8:30-11 a.m., Wolfle Elementary, 27089 Highland Road, Kingston. Have breakfast with Santa, bid in the silent auction and enter for a raffle prize.
— Holiday Gift & Food Fair: Nov. 16-18, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Kitsap Fairgrounds & Events Center, 1200 NW Fairgrounds Road, Bremerton. Kick off the largest shopping season of the year with the 25th annual Holiday Gift & Food Fair. Admission: $5/adults, $4/seniors and teens, 12 and younger free; bring a new toy for free admission, bring a can of food for $1 off. Info: www.holidaygiftfair.com, (360) 731-2628.
— Bremerton Holiday Market: Nov. 18, noon-4 p.m., Norm Dicks Government Building, 345 6th St.
— Little Doves Holiday Bazaar: Nov. 23-24, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Spirit of Life Lutheran Church, 3901 SE Mullenix Road, Port Orchard. Free admission, free parking, live music and free kid’s activities. Over 30 vendors specializing in a variety of crafts, such as candy making, wood working, quilting, jewelry making, and more. Info: littledoveschildcare.org.
— Winter Festival: Nov. 24, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m., Pavilion, 1200 Fairgrounds Road NW, Bremerton. Free for kids, with free Workshops, Santa, clowns, food and local authors. Fundraiser for the Angie Harrison Memorial Guild; $3 donation. Info: www.neighborlygreeitings.com.
— The Nutcracker: Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 2, 3 p.m., Bremerton Performing Arts Center, 1500 13th Ave. Traditional presentation of the Nutcracker featuring Alan Futterman conducting the Peninsula Ballet Orchestra. Info: www.peninsuladancetheatre.org/the-nutcracker, Lawan Morrison (360) 377-6214.
— 2012 Festival of Chimes & Lights: Dec. 1, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m., 216 Prospect St., Port Orchard. Holiday lights, free goodies, activities and sights. Info: Cindy Lucarelli (608) 347-7508.
— Port Orchard Jingle Bell Run/Walk: Dec. 1, 11 a.m., Port Orchard. 5K for the Arthritis Foundation. Registration and the start/finish line will be in front of City Hall. Info: www.portorchardjinglebellrun.kintera.org, email@example.com, Sheila Cline (360) 710-6547.
— Messiah in concert: Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m., Bremerton Performing Arts Center, 1500 13th St. Join the Bremerton Symphony Orchestra and Concert Chorale for Handel’s Messiah in it’s entirety. Tickets: $8/youth, $24/adult. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org, (360) 373-1722.
— Suquamish Holiday Bazaar: Dec. 1-2, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., House of Awakened Culture, 7235 Parkway NE, Suquamish. Celebrate the season with a day of fun, food and gifts made by area craftsmen and Northwest Native American artists. Jewelry, holiday decorations, gift cards, wood and cedar woven crafts will all be available for purchase. Info: Renee Peleti at email@example.com.
— Eglon Holiday Sale: Dec. 1, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Eglon Schoolhouse. Tables of handmade items, holiday wreaths and greenery, bake sale treats and coffee.
— The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: Dec. 7-22, Fridays and Saturdays 7 p.m., Sundays 2 p.m.; Country Christmas matinee Dec. 8 at 2 p.m.; Port Gamble Theater Co., 4839 NE View Dr. Info and tickets: www.portgambletheater.com.
— Country Christmas: Dec 8-9, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Port Gamble. Wagon rides with Santa, tree lighting, fireworks, Santa’s Workshop, fruit cake contest and over 100,000 lights. Info: www.portgamble.com, (360) 297-8074.
— Christmas Home Tour: Dec. 14, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hosted by Hansville Ladies Aid. Tour six decorated homes, Point No Point Lighthouse and the Community Church’s Nativity Scenes. Tickets are $12, available at Hansville Grocery or from any Ladies Aid member.
— Hometown Band Family Christmas Concert: Dec. 16, 2 p.m., Greater Hansville Community Center at Buck Lake Park. Sing carols, wish your friends a Merry Christmas and prepare yourselves for a great holiday season. Open to the public.
— Puppets Please Show: Dec. 20, 7 p.m., Greater Hansville Community Center at Buck Lake Park. Children can interact with large marionettes who sing and dance, share their Christmas wishes with Santa Claus, and receive a small item. Cookies and Christmas punch will be served.
— Kiwanis Annual Christmas Wreath Sales: Nov. 17, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Safeway, 253 NE High School Road, & Winslow Mall, Winslow Way, Bainbridge Island. $20. Info: Jim Snook, firstname.lastname@example.org, (206) 505-5492.
— Community Thanksgiving Service: Nov. 20, 7 p.m., Bethany Lutheran Church, 7968 Finch Road NE, Bainbridge Island. The 9th Annual Community Interfaith Thanksgiving Service. Bring donations for Helpline House and Fishline. Refreshments and fellowship will follow. Info: Bill Scarvie, (206) 780-0720, email@example.com.
— Turkey Trot: Nov. 22, 9 a.m., Battle Point Park, Arrow Point Dr. and Frey Ave., Bainbridge Island. Runners and walkers of all ages - start your Thanksgiving Day with a fun, active community event that supports local families in need. 5K and 1 Mile fun run, benefits Helpline House. Info: www.bainbridgeturkeytrot.org.
— Downtown Holiday Open House & Tree Lighting: Nov. 24, noon - 7 p.m., Winslow Way, Bainbridge Island. Live music, refreshments and carriage rides. Fun for the whole family. Join Santa Claus at 5:30 and help light the holiday tree. Info: www.bainbridgedowntown.org.
— Christmas in the Country: Nov. 30-Dec. 2, Bainbridge Island. Self-guided tour of arts & crafts in Bainbridge Island’s historic homes, farms and studios. Info: www.christmasinthecountry.info.
— Bloedel Reserve Holiday Village: Dec. 1-31, Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., open Christmas Eve and New Years Eve, 7571 N.E. Dolphin Dr., Bainbridge Island. A model French village, handmade by Bloedel volunteer, encircled by a train set, and an antique doll collection. Family-friendly; hot beverages available. Info: (206) 842-7631, www.bloedelreserve.org.
— Bethlehem Experience: Dec. 7-8, 6-9 p.m., Rolling Bay Presbyterian Church, 11042 Sunrise Dr., Bainbridge Island. A drive-through, living Nativity. Info: www.rbpres.org.