Olympia Downtown for the Holidays: Festivities for all ages begin at noon in and around Sylvester Park and wind down with a tree-lighting ceremony at 4:30 p.m.
SideWalk’s Gingerbread Village: View and vote on one-of-a-kind gingerbread house creations from noon to 4:30 p.m. at The Washington Center Black Box, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. Free. Voting tickets are $1 each, and all proceeds benefit SideWalk’s mission to end homelessness in Thurston County.
DSHS Mobile Community Service Office: Apply for assistance, drop off paperwork, complete an eligibility or midcertification review or make changes to an existing case from 8 a.m.-noon at Union Gospel Mission, 413 Franklin St., Olympia.
Spice of the Season: An evening of spirit in story and song is planned at 7 p.m. at Traditions Cafe, 300 Fifth Ave., Olympia. Storytellers are Maggie Lott and Rebecca Hom.
Panorama Republicans: Guest speaker Sam Reed, former Washington secretary of state, will talk about candidates for 2016 state and federal elections at 2 p.m., at 1835 Circle Lane, Lacey, in the basement auditorium. For information, call Ron Bax at 360-438-5641 or email email@example.com.
Low-cost cat spay days: Concern for Animals, in cooperation with Animal Care Veterinary Clinic, will offer Low-Cost Cat Spay Days on Thursday, Dec. 10 and 17, and Jan. 7, 14, 21 and 28. Animal Care Vet Clinic will be handling 20 surgeries per day for female cats 12 weeks and older that are not in heat, overweight or pregnant. Proof of low income and Thurston, Mason or Lewis county residence is needed to qualify. Information: 360-489-1478.
Dec 4. and Dec. 5
Holiday concerts: The South Puget Sound Community College Music Program is having three holiday concerts. On Dec. 4 and 5, the SPSCC Concert Choir and SPSCC Concert Band perform at 7 p.m. The concert will be on the Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts Mainstage. Tickets are $10 general admission, and free to all SPSCC students, staff and faculty with identification. On Dec. 5, the South Puget Sound College Orchestra offers two performances — one at 3 p.m. and another at 7:30 p.m. Those concerts will also be on the Minnaert Center Mainstage. Tickets are $10 for general admission, and $8 for seniors, non-SPSCC students (with identification) and members of the military. It’s free for all SPSCC students, staff and faculty with valid identification. All tickets are available at OlyTix.org, or by visiting or calling The Washington Center for the Performing Arts Box Office at 360-753-8586. For more information, go to spscc.edu/entertainment or call 360-596-5411.
Noel sing-along: Unity of Olympia, 1335 Fern St. SW, will host an old-fashioned Christmas carol sing-along 7 to 8:30 p.m. Hot apple cider will be served. No charge to attend, but donations will be accepted. This program is part of Unity’s regular First Friday events featuring speakers, music and films. For more information, call Unity of Olympia at 943-5757.
Parade of Lighted Ships: “Deck the Hulls” kicks off at 6 p.m., at the Port Plaza. Parade registration is from 3-5 p.m., at the Olympia Yacht Club, 201 Simmons St. NW. For more information, go to olympiayachtclub.org.
38th Olympia Toy Run: Gates open and festivities begin at 10 a.m. at South Sound Center in Lacey. Kickstands up at 1 p.m. Cost to ride is $10 single and $15 for couples, or a new, unwrapped toy or gift for an older child. For information on fundraising sales and entertainment, go to olytoyrun.com.
Mistletunes and Songflakes: Masterworks Choral Ensemble continues its 35th anniversary season with selections from “The Polar Express” and “Frozen,” and will include a piano performance by Martha Nguyen, a student at Garfield Elementary School. Masterworks performs at 7:30 p.m., at The Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. Silent auction preceds the concert at 6 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults, $21 for seniors, and $14 for students, and are on sale now at Masterworks’s website MCE.org, and at The Washington Center Box Office. Call 360-753-8586 or go to Olytix.org.
Mountain View Elementary holiday bazaar: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at Mountain View Elementary, 1900 College St. SE, Lacey. For more information, contact Dorothy Lane at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Winter Fest Bazaar in Tenino: From 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m., at Tenino High School, 500 W. Second St.
Stonewall Youth’s Winter Gayla: The event is 6-9 p.m. at the Olympic Ballroom above the Urban Onion at 116 Legion Way SE, Olympia. Tickets at stonewallgayla.brownpapertickets.com. Go to stonewallyouth.org.
Jingle Bell run: The fourth annual Jingle Bell Run is at Saint Martin’s University on the university’s Lacey campus, 5000 Abbey Way SE. Registered runners can pick up their swag bags Friday from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Norman Worthington Conference Center. Check-in and day-of registration and swag bag pick-up begins at 8 a.m. in the Norman Worthington Conference Center. All proceeds will benefit Saint Martin’s athletics. Adult registration (until Dec. 5) is $40; military is $30; middle school, high school and college students (with valid identification) is $10; and day-of registration for people ages 11 years and younger is free (does not include the T-shirt or swag).
Tree lighting: Ralph’s Thriftway hosts from 5-7 p.m. The event will include musical performances by Roosevelt Elementary and Reeves Middle School Orchestra students, Santa Claus for Selfies with Santa, airbrush artists for kids to get festive face painting, holiday food and beverage sampling includes Lattin’s Country Cider Mill, Twister Donuts, Top Rung Brewery out of Lacey and Karma Vineyards out of Chelan.