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Holiday Cheer in Bellevue

Here are some events in the upcoming week that will get you in the holiday mood.

Looking for some holiday cheer? Here are some holiday events in Bellevue that will get you in the spirit!

Don't see your event on here? Go to our events calendar and add it. Don't forget to click on "Holiday Guide 2011."

Friday and Saturday, Dec. 2 and 3, Northwest Arts Center, 9825 NE 24th St.

It's the last few days of the Hilltop Holiday Craft Show at the . The annual Hilltop Holiday Craft Show is back, featuring thousands of handmade works from more than 80 selected Northwest crafters.

December 2, Friday, 10 AM - 8 PM

December 3, Saturday, 10 AM - 5 PM

Enjoy Christmas ships, a beach fire and festive music at one of two locations this year:

at Newcastle , 4400 Lake Washington Blvd SE.

at , 419 98th Ave NE.

The annual downtown celebration has a host of events and activities this season, including at the , at the and the at downtown Park.

Friday Dec. 3, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m, 5620 119th Ave SE, Bellevue.

Plan to attend the third annual Newport Hills Community Club Holiday Bazaar featuring arts, crafts and other gift items  from area residents.

Little ones can give their wish list to Santa and snap photos with him between 10 a.m. and noon.

Stay for lunch at one of the local restaurants and mail those packages at the shipping center. You can also drop off a nonperishable donation for the local food bank.

The bazaar is in the former Cy's Hallmark shop, at 5620 119th Ave SE, Bellevue.

Saturday Dec. 3, 4. pm, 550 106th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA, FREE

 Start the holiday celebration with the Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony at Bellevue Galleria. This year's tree lighting event will feature live musical performances by local schools and organizations, including Clyde Hill Elementary, Eastgate Elementary and more.

Festivities start at 4 p.m. with the Christmas tree lighting ceremony at 5:30 pm.

Saturday Dec, 3, 7 p.m., , 1717 Bellevue Way NE,Bellevue.

The 2011 Whitworth University Christmas Festival Concert, "Arise, Shine!" will feature the Whitworth Choir, the Whitworth Women's Choir, the Whitworth Men's Chorus, and the Whitworth Chamber Singers. More than 130 student performers will include members of the four choirs, as well as student-instrumentalists and narrators.  The concert theme, "Arise, Shine!" will be elevated through choral works, Old and New Testament readings from Isaiah and Luke, and traditional carols. Presented without interruption, the ever-popular concert will be concluded in candlelight. Tickets are $18.

Sunday Dec. 4, 4 p.m., , 510 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue.

Stop by on your way to and experience this one-of-a-kind event brought to you by the Junior League of Seattle and Bellevue Arts Museum. This hands-on family event features private performances from the Snowflake Lane toy soldier drum line, hot cocoa, cider and snack bar, photo booth, craft stations and face painting. Donations are appreciated and will benefit the Junior League of Seattle's nonprofit community partners.

Regular BAM admission applies to 2nd and 3rd floor galleries.

Wednesday Dec. 7, 4-8 p.m., 500 106th Ave NE, Bellevue.

A festive evening of holiday shopping will take place from 4 to 8 pm Wednesday, Dec. 7 throughout various homes, including models, on the upper floors of the project’s North Tower at 500 106th Ave. NE in Bellevue. The first-time event will feature everything from decorative holiday treatments to home and fashion accessories, hostess gifts, specialty food baskets, jewelry and gifts for your favorite pet from such Northwest merchants as , , Alicia Peru, , Design 10301, Maison, , Wee Tots, the , Gourmet Blends, VUESOCIETY,  and more.

The public will have the opportunity to sample hors d’oeuvres and wines throughout the evening from the award-winning .

Saturday Dec, 10, 9:30 a.m., 15231 Lake Hills Blvd, Bellevue.

Join us for a winter celebration kids will love!  We start the day with snowman pancakes and then we are off to make holiday crafts.  The morning ends with milk and cookies and a visit with Santa.  Bring your camera!

Other Holiday Happenings

Free Latkes for Hanukkah at Golberg's Famous Delicatessen

Hanukkah will be celebrated Dec. 20-28 this year, and , located at the (also known as the Factoria Mall), will be giving away a free potato latke with dinner entrees throughout the month.

Seattle Humane Society Waives Adoption Fees for Cats and Critters

As a big holiday "Thank you," the , such as hamsters and rabbits, through December.

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