NOTE: Reservations are no longer being taken for the Breakfast with Santa at the Lacey Community Center Saturday morning that I earlier suggested. If you don't already have reservations, you will not be able to attend.
FRIDAY-SATURDAY -- Native arts: Find handmade gifts at the LONGHOUSE HOLIDAY NATIVE ARTS FAIR. Artists will offer items such as prints, basketry, dolls, cards, jewelry and carvings at the Longhouse Education and Cultural Center at The Evergreen State College, 2700 Evergreen Parkway NW. Live entertainment and food round out the event. Hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Admission is free. For more information, call 360-867-6413.
FRIDAY-SUNDAY -- Go nuts: Two productions of Tchaikovsky's NUTCRACKER open this weekend in Olympia. Ballet Northwest will perform the beloved holiday ballet at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and again at the same times next weekend, Dec. 20-22 at The Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. Tickets are $23-$30 general admission, $19-$26 for students and seniors, $14-$18 for youths (younger than 12). For more information, call 360-753-8586, olytix.org or balletnorthwest.org. Meanwhile Studio West Dance Theatres The Nutcracker runs just this weekend at 7 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday at the Minnaert Center for the Arts at South Puget Sound Community College, 2011 Mottman Road SW, Olympia. Tickets are $22.50-$25 general admission, $18.50-$20.50 for students and seniors, $16 for youths (12 and younger). For more information, call 360-753-8586, olytix.org or studiowestdanceacademy.com.
SATURDAY -- Outside the (gift) box: Take a creative approach to the holidays by attending the annual ALTERNATIVE GIFT FAIR & COOKIE SALE from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at Lacey Community Church, 4501 19th Ave. SE, Lacey. Purchase gifts that support organizations that help the homeless, support victims of domestic violence, protect the environment, feed the hungry and otherwise make a difference. More than a dozen organizations will participate. For more information, call 360-491-1741.
SATURDAY -- Hand made, not mass produced: The Olympia Film Societys 11th annual DUCK THE MALLS holiday arts and crafts fair hosts 61 artists and crafters and a really big bake sale. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. SE, Olympia. Admission is free, but not the lovely gifts and baked goods. For more information, call 360-754-6670 or go to olympiafilmsociety.org
SATURDAY -- Holidays through a historic lens: Its a HISTORIC HOLIDAY CELEBRATION in the decked-out 1923 Lord Mansion, home to the State Capital Museum, 211 21st Ave. SW, Olympia. The festivities are noon-3 p.m. Saturday and include photos with Santa, a petting zoo, pony rides, and free electric trolley rides through the historic district. Take part in a snowflake-making class from noon-1 p.m. with Nikki McClure, plus there will be other crafts and cookie decorating. Admission is $7 or $25 for a family of four. For more information, call 360-753-2580.
SATURDAY -- Deck the (city) hall: Share your holidays with the community by attending the TUMWATER CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING FESTIVAL from 2-5 p.m. Saturday. The fun includes games, holiday crafts, school choir performances, the arrival of Santa, and tree lighting. Its all sponsored by the Tumwater Downtown Association and Tumwater Parks & Recreation. The festivities will be held at Tumwater City Hall, 555 Israel Road, and the Tumwater Fire Station, 311 Israel Road.
SATURDAY -- Royal laughs: Fresh off winning the Boston Comedy Festival and earning a five-star review from Scotlands Minister of Culture at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Portlands DWIGHT SLADE makes a stop in Olympia for an 8:30 p.m. show Saturday at The Royal Lounge, 311 Capitol Way N. Tickets are $12-$15. Get yours online at baurice.com.