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Courtesy of Woodland Park Zoo

Amazon Hosts Rare Plant Sale to Benefit Zoo

Mark your calendar! From Jan. 9 to Jan. 22, Periodic: A Pop-Up Shop is hosting a fundraiser for the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle featuring more than 2,000 rare plants for sale from the Amazon Horticulture Department at the Amazon Spheres. All the proceeds will benefit Woodland Park Zoo’s Living Northwest Conservation Program. Make a reservation here.

Wintertide in Everett

The City of Everett is in the Christmas spirit. On Monday from noon to 4 p.m., head to the new community center, The Village on Casino Road, and grab some edible cookie dough and ice cream from Sugar & Spoon food truck (it’s free for the first 150 people). Also sip free hot cocoa, grab a gift for kids (while supplies last), and snap photos in front of the holiday light display. Click here to learn about more Wintertide happenings and where to see Santa on a firetruck next week.

Santa Needs Help in Snoqualmie

If you live in the area, help Santa and his firefighter friends by making food donations. Just leave your donations at the curb or end of your driveway and they will pick them up Saturday, Dec. 19, from 10 a.m. to noon. Learn more about it here. Also, for everyone else, take a drive to Snoqualmie to see sparkling-light displays from Snoqualmie Falls, the Ridge, and throughout downtown every night until the new year. Learn more and print a map here.

Last-Minute Gift Solutions

If you’re still struggling to figure out what to get your loved ones this Christmas, don’t stress. Just head to the Bellevue Farmers Market. You can support local purveyors and find amazing gifts for everyone still left on your list. That’s a win-win. More here.

Let It Snow

If you are wishing for a white Christmas, head to the Bellevue Collection and experience the “snow” during the nightly Snowflake Lane event. Also, make sure to schedule an appointment with Santa and get a photo to remember the moment.