2014 Parade of Lighted Ships: Register your vessel from 3-5 p.m. at the Olympia Yacht Club. The fleet departs at 6 p.m. from the Port Plaza and then proceeds into Budd Inlet and beyond Boston Harbor. The Parade of Lighted Ships is sponsored by the Olympia Yacht Club. Go to olympiayachtclub.org for more details and a schedule.

The Olympia Toy Run: Gates open for the 37th annual Olympia Toy Run at 10 a.m. at Lacey’s South Sound Center, 711 Sleater-Kinney Road SE. The parade will leave for Marathon Park at 1 p.m. Enjoy performers and vendors at 11 a.m. Cost is one unwrapped toy or $10 per single or $15 per couple. Please, no stuffed animals. For more information and route map, to olytoyrun.chrome-horse.net.

Santa Breakfast: Sponsored by Olympics West and the Holly Guild of Olympia, the breakfast goes from 9:30-11 a.m. at Olympics West Senior Living Community, 929 Trosper Road SW, Tumwater. The money raised will go to Seattle Children’s Hospital. Open to the public.

Feline Friends Holiday Bazaar and Cat Adoption: Browse more than 20 vendor booths with handcrafted gifts for friends and pets from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Griffin Fire Department, 3707 Steamboat Loop NW, Olympia. Santa Paws will be available for pictures with children or pets. Call 360-866-1909 or go to feline-friends.net for additional information.

Saturday and Sunday

Christmas Forest 2014: A public viewing and Kids Day is from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Saturday. Special crafts and activities for kids by Hands On Children’s Museum. Family Day is from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at the Red Lion Hotel, 2300 Evergreen Park Drive SW, Olympia. Admission is $6 for adults, and $1 for children younger than 12.

Fiber Artist’s Show and Sale: An opportunity to view and purchase beautiful fiber products, hosted by the Olympia Weavers Guild. Show and sale goes from 1-6 p.m. Saturday, and from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, at the North Olympia Fire Station No. 7, 5046 Boston Harbor Road NE, Olympia.


2014 Holiday Tour of Historic Homes: The Olympia Historical Society and Bigelow House Museum will sponsor the tour from noon-4 p.m. The tour will feature six properties, including the Bigelow House, at 918 Glass Ave. NE, where tickets and refreshments will be available. This year’s tour features several important landmarks and Olympia Historic Register properties in the east side area of Olympia. Tickets are $20 per person, and can be purchased in advance in Olympia, at Drees, 524 Washington St. SE, Popinjay, 414 Capitol Way S., and at Thompson Furniture, 5407 Capitol Blvd. Go to olympiahistory.org/wp for additional information.

Dec. 13

Alternative Gift Fair & Cookie Sale: Choose from organizations that help the homeless, support victims of domestic violence, protect the environment and feed the hungry, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Lacey Community Church, 4501 19th Ave. SE, Lacey. Make a gift of a night indoors with warm blankets and clothes for someone without a home; purchase a flock of chickens for a family in need; or support a kitchen garden project. Local, regional and national nonprofit organizations will be participating and gift cards are available. For more information, call 360-491-1741 or email servant@laceycomchurch.comcastbiz.net.

new‘An Olde Fashioned Christmas Caroling’: Restoration Hope will host caroling from noon-4 p.m., at Prosperity Grange, 3701 Steamboat Loop NW, Olympia. This event will be in conjunction with Griffin Fire Department’s 'Santa's Sleigh.' Funds raised will go toward supporting St. Christopher's vegetable garden providing fresh produce for the Thurston County Food Bank, as well as to contribute towards a special fund at Griffin School for children in need.

Dec. 13-14

newBanff Mountain Film Festival World Tour: 7 p.m. Saturday, and 6 p.m. Sunday, at Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. SE, Olympia. Different films are shown each night. Tickets are $14. Advance tickets are available at Centro, 408 Olympia Ave., or at www.OlympiaFilmSocity.org.