Whether you’re in the mood for holiday festivities or just good ol’ fashioned entertainment, there are plenty of options in and around Maple Leaf this weekend:
- The festivities begin tonight with Gingerbread House Decorating from 6-8 at Northgate Community Center, 10510 Fifth Ave N.E. Kids and parents are invited to decorate a gingerbread house with all kinds of candy and take it home to display with your holiday decorations. Everything will be provided for a family activity fee of $5.
- One of Northeast Seattle’s more popular holiday events is the 34th annual Green Lake Pathway of Lights. Rain or shine, luminaries will be lit up from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Saturday around Green Lake Park, 7201 E. Green Lake Drive N. Our sister blog My Green Lake writes:
Local musicians will perform at four sites around the lake: the Green Lake Community Center on the east side, the Green Lake Small Craft Center (the Aqua Theater) on the south side, the Bathhouse Theater (Seattle Public Theater) on the north side and The Arch on the east of side of the community center/pool. Warm drinks and treats will be available at those locations, as will donation bins for non-perishable food items for Northwest Harvest.
- Keep an eye on the weather for an “atmospheric river” of rain that’s expected to arrive about the same time as the luminaries end.
- If you’re in the mood for something brand new, head over to the Laurelhurst Community Center, 4554 N.E. 41st St., at 3 p.m. Saturday for the debut of the Watershed Opera, which is presenting a family-friendly performance of opera scenes from “The Barber of Seville,” “Hamlet,” “Rigoletto” and ‘The Marriage of Figaro,” using storytelling humor to engage the audience. And in case you’ve always wanted to learn the Bullfighter song from “Carmen,” The Toreador himself will teach the audience the song to kick off a sing-along after the performance. Read more about Watershed Opera on the Laurelhurst Blog.
- The two-week run of “Love for Three Oranges” begins this weekend at Northwest Puppet Center, 9123 15th Ave. N.E., with performances at 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $10.50 for adults, $9 for seniors and $8.50 for children, and are available online or at the door.
- There’s another puppet show at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Northgate Community Center called “The Knights Before Christmas,” The Zambini Brothers’ holiday-ized version of “The Tasty Tale of Brave Sir Bump.” All children must be accompanied by an adult, and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis at the free event.
- And although the Kaleidoscope Dance Company’s Gift of Dance Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday is in Shoreline at Shorewood High School Theater, 17300 Fremont Ave. N., eight of the 38 dancers between the ages of 8 and 16 are from the Maple Leaf/View Ridge/Wedgwood neighborhoods. Tickets are available at the door and cost $8 for adults and $5 for youths.
- If you’re still looking for that perfect gift, don’t forget about the glass-blowing open houses from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every weekend through Christmas Eve at Maple Leaf’s own holiday hot shop at 1517 N.E. 89th St., where Maya Radoczy is selling blown or sculpted glass art at wholesale prices – between $5 and $30 each.